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s we get ready to close out 2020 and move into the new year, I reflect on this beautiful community and how proud I am of the people that make Ogden such a great place to live and visit. I could not be more proud of how we’ve navigated the challenges that this year has presented, and I know that we’ll continue to move in the right direction together into 2021. The holiday season is upon us, and I’m very excited to announce that Ogden’s Christmas Village will once again light up our downtown with hundreds of thousands of lights and nearly one-hundred handmade cottages. We know that it will be different this year with limited programming, but I hope you’ll take time to safely enjoy the lights, Christmas cabins, and memories that Ogden’s Christmas Village provides. It is genuinely one of our gems and a Utah holiday tradition. As always, please be safe, patient, and kind while you are out with your friends and loved ones. While you are downtown, please take the time to visit our local merchants and spend locally. Ogden is a treasure-trove of locally owned businesses and offers a wide variety of experiences and options while you are out Christmas shopping. Who knows ~ you may even discover a new favorite restaurant or local artist while you are out! Speaking of local artists, I’m excited to recognize nine Ogden creatives to be honored at the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts program shines the light of recognition on local creatives and arts-based organizations who have been or are currently making a beneficial impact in Ogden. Ogden artists are not only featured at our several museums and galleries, but a wide variety of arts venues and entertainment choices. Art is a fundamental part of our exceptional quality of life in Ogden, and I’m honored to recognize the contributions to our community from the following individuals: • WSU Arts Learning Collaboration - Arts in Education • August Akada - Emerging Artist • Joseph Blake - Performing Arts • Project Success Coalition - Folk Arts • Lydia Gravis – Visual Arts • Laura Stott – Literary Arts • Daniel Matthews - Media Arts • Jake McIntire/Union Creative Agency – Arts Advocacy • Brad Wheeler – Lifetime Contribution Again, we live in a wonderful place, surrounded by amazing people. Whether it’s skiing with your family, hitting the trail with your dog, curling up with your favorite book, or enjoying the company of your loved ones, I hope you’ll find the time to enjoy all that is good and right in our lives this holiday season. Please, also continue to reach out to your neighbors or those that might need a little help this season. Ogden continues to be recognized in national publications as one of the best places in the country to raise a family, and it’s the giving people of our community that deserve this recognition. With sincere gratitude,

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NOVEMBER-JANUARY The Connection Publishing Team Meet the people behind the pages of our magazines!


ALL ABOUT THE TREE! We asked our staff when they put up & take down their Christmas tree AND if they have a real or artificial tree.



A LOOK BACK Alhambra Theatre


COMMUNITY Events Student of the Month

Melissa Spelts Owner Rhett Long Sales VP


Kristina Case Graphic Design

BUSINESS Independence Univeristy Wheelright University 36 ARTS & CULTURE Nine Rails Creative District Onstage Ogden


GIFT GUIDE for the good and cooking enthusiast in your life

Robert Ryan Spelts Dodd Publisher/Owner Graphic Design of Roy Connection, and Ad Design

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Abigail Rigby Ad Design Crystal Rappleye Ad Design


Vy Trinh Sales Leadership

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Introducing the Energy Wise Ogden Strategic Implementation Plan BY BRANDON GARSIDE

The Utah Energy Wise Communities project is an initiative of the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development and is funded by the United States Department of Energy. Local non-profit, Utah Clean Energy, served as the primary project facilitator. This innovative initiative was launched to reduce energy consumption, reduce energy costs, and improve resilience across an entire community. Ogden is the first community in the state to test this process that may be used to inform future projects with other Utah communities. “The Energy Wise Strategic Implementation Plan is designed to enhance economic stability, protect our quality of life, and preserve Ogden’s rich natural environment,” Council Member Marcia White said, “We look forward to working in close collaboration with Ogden businesses, residents, and local nonprofits to help achieve our ambitious goals.” The Plan serves as the strategy for Ogden City's residents, businesses, and community and business organizations to follow to reduce energy consumption and improve community resilience. It outlines the steps needed for Ogden to save the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of about 11,670 average Utah homes, and the annual natural gas consumption of 1,026 average Utah homes, by 2025. “This Plan relies on close collaboration among Ogden City government, area businesses, residents, local nonprofits, institutions, other entities and is intended to result in a cost-savings for consumers and businesses,” Council Chair Angela Choberka said. “Implementing the strategies and actions outlined in this Plan will require coordinated community effort to bring us closer to meeting these impressive energy-saving goals.” Municipal Strategies These ambitious energy reductions will be achieved through energy efficiency improvements, such as facility upgrades, and behavioral changes,

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such as changing heating and cooling controls. As a result, the Ogden community will achieve substantial cost and carbonemission savings. It will also improve community resilience to natural hazards and other potential disruptions that could impact health, safety, and local economic well-being. Business Sector Strategies In Ogden, the business sector consumes over 70% of electricity and natural gas, despite residents making up 90% of utility customers. A small proportion of businesses consume most of the energy in Ogden, which means that there is a large opportunity for energy savings; if just a few businesses take action to reduce energy use, it will have a large impact. Residential Sector Strategies Ogden residents can also benefit greatly from energy efficiency— while the energy impact per household is comparatively small, energy cost-savings can reduce many Ogden families’ household energy expenditure and energy footprints. Overall, Ogden’s community-wide energy consumption is typical of similarly sized cities in the Western United States. However, Ogden has an older building stock that presents an opportunity to increase efficiency and improve the resilience of buildings. The energy-savings goals adopted through this project will conserve energy and reduce utility costs for municipal facilities, area businesses, and Ogden residents. The structure of the goals within the three sectors vary but each goal will lead to energy savings and improved resilience of the Ogden community. “We are grateful to all those involved in providing the essential guidance needed to develop this Plan, including the many community members who responded to surveys and attended community outreach meetings,” Chair Choberka added. “Ogden’s future is bright!”


This program will provide long-term energy savings for Ogden City, fewer emissions from more efficient buildings, and easier avenues for communities to work with state and local utilities. It is anticipated that this project will increase energy resiliency and create job opportunities in the Ogden community.

For more information and to read the Plan in its entirety, visit OgdenCity.com/ EnergyWiseOgden.


Everything You Need To Know About Christmas Village This Year BY STACEY OLSEN

Good news! Christmas Village will light up downtown Ogden Municipal Gardens (353 E 25th Street) beginning the last weekend of November through January 1, 2021, but it will be slightly different this year. Christmas lights will still glow in the Village, and Cottages will still be placed. In an abundance of caution, public health, and safety the following attractions and programs are cancelled until next year. • Holiday Electric Light Parade • Opening Gala and Fireworks Show • Visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause • Entertainment on the stage • Train Rides • “I Spy” game in the cottages • Breakfast with Santa

Hot Chocolate Booth- The Ogden Breakfast Exchange Club has been providing hot chocolate to the visitors of Christmas Village for the past 43 years. Each year, Shoes for Tots benefits from the sales of the hot chocolate. We encourage anyone who can to donate to Shoes for Tots. They provide shoes to underserved children in the Ogden and Weber School Districs. Any amount is appreciated. DONATE NOW! Visit www.ogdenbex.org click the Donate button on the home page.

To keep our community and visitors safe, we ask that you follow these guidelines when visiting Christmas Village: Wear a mask or face covering at all times Maintain 6’ social distance from other households/groups Do not touch the cottages or other areas Wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently, especially before and after visiting Christmas Village

We want everyone to have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

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Lo Que Debe Saber Acerca De Christmas Village Este Año

Use una máscara o cubre bocas en todo tiempo

¡Buenas noticias! Christmas Village alumbrar el centro de Ogden (353 E 25th Street) embozando el último fin de semana de noviembre hasta el 1 de enero de 2021, pero las actividades serán un poco diferente este año. Luces navideñas alumbrarán la cuadra, y las casas navideñas estarán puestas. A medida de precaución, salud pública, y seguridad las siguientes atracciones y programas serán cancelados hasta el próximo ano. • El Desfile de Luces Navideñas • Gala de apertura y espectáculo de fuegos artificiales • Visitas con Santa y la Señora Clause • Entretenimiento en el escenario • Paseos en tren • El Juego “Yo Veo” • Desayuno con Santa

Mantenga 6 pies de distancia con otros grupos de familia

Venta de Chocolate Caliente – La organización Ogden Breakfast

Queremos que todos tengan una temporada navideña segura, saludable, y feliz. Para mantener a nuestra comunidad y visitantes seguros, les pedimos que sigan estas pautas cuando visite Christmas Village:

No toque las casas navideñas u otras áreas Lávese y/o desinféctese las manos con frecuencia, especialmente antes y después de visitar Christmas Village

Exchange Club a estado proveyendo chocolate caliente a visitantes de Christmas Village por los últimos 43 años. Cada ano, Shoes for Tots beneficia de las ventas de chocolate caliente. . Animamos a todos los que puedan a donar a Shoes for Tots de hacerlo. Ellos proveen zapatos a niños de bajos recursos in los distritos escolares de Ogden y Weber. Cualquier cantidad es bien recibida. Visite www.ogdenbex.org, y haga clic en el botón de Donación en la pagina principal.

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Presentando el Plan Estratégico de Implementación de Energía Sabia de Ogden El proyecto de Utah de

Comunidades de Energía Sabia (Energy Wise Communities en inglés) es una iniciativa de la Oficina del Desarrollo de Energía del Gobernador de Utah y está financiado por el Departamento de Energía de los Estados Unidos. Utah Clean Energy, una organización local sin fines de lucro, actuó como facilitador principal del proyecto. Esta innovadora iniciativa se lanzó para reducir el consumo de energía, reducir los costos de energía y mejorar la resiliencia en toda la comunidad. Ogden es la primera comunidad en el estado en probar este proceso, el cual puede usarse para informar proyectos futuros con otras comunidades de Utah. La concejal Marcia White dijo: “El Plan Estratégico de Implementación de Energía Sabia está diseñado para mejorar la estabilidad económica, proteger nuestra calidad de vida y preservar el rico entorno natural de Ogden. Esperamos trabajar en estrecha colaboración con las empresas, los residentes y las organizaciones sin fines de lucro locales de Ogden para ayudar a lograr nuestros ambiciosos objetivos”. El plan sirve como la estrategia que deben seguir la ciudad de Ogden, los residentes, las empresas y las organizaciones comunitarias y comerciales para reducir el consumo de energía y mejorar la resiliencia de la comunidad. Este describe los pasos necesarios para que Ogden ahorre el equivalente al consumo de electricidad anual de aproximadamente 11,670 hogares promedio de Utah y el consumo anual de gas natural de 1,026 hogares promedio de Utah para el 2025. La presidenta del Consejo, Angela Choberka, dijo: “Este plan se basa en una estrecha colaboración entre el gobierno de la ciudad de Ogden, las empresas del área, los residentes, las organizaciones sin fines de lucro locales, las instituciones y otros, y está destinado a generar ahorros para los consumidores y las empresas. La implementación de las estrategias y acciones descritas en este plan requerirán un esfuerzo comunitario coordinado para acercarnos al cumplimento de estos impresionantes objetivos de ahorro de energía”. Estrategias municipales Estas ambiciosas reducciones de energía se lograrán mediante mejoras en la eficiencia energética, como mejoras en las instalaciones y cambios de comportamiento, como cambios en los

controles de calefacción y aire acondicionado. Como resultado, la comunidad de Ogden logrará ahorros importantes en costos y emisiones de carbono. También mejora la resiliencia de la comunidad a los peligros naturales y otras posibles interrupciones que podrían afectar la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar económico local. Estrategias del sector comercial El sector comercial en Ogden consume más del 70% de la electricidad y el gas natural, a pesar de que los residentes representan el 90% de los clientes de servicios públicos. Una pequeña proporción de empresas consume la mayor parte de la energía en Ogden, lo que significa que existe una gran oportunidad de ahorro de energía ya que solo unas pocas empresas que toman medidas para reducir el uso de energía pueden tener un gran impacto. Estrategias del sector residencial Los residentes de Ogden también pueden beneficiarse enormemente de la eficiencia de energía, si bien el impacto energético por hogar es comparativamente pequeño, el ahorro de costos de energía puede reducir la huella y el gasto energético de muchas familias de Ogden. En general, el consumo de energía de la comunidad de Ogden es típico de ciudades de tamaño similar en el oeste de los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, Ogden tiene edificios más antiguos que presentan una oportunidad para aumentar la eficiencia y mejorar la resiliencia de los edificios. Las metas de ahorro de energía adoptadas en este proyecto conservarán la energía y reducirán los costos de servicios públicos para las instalaciones municipales, las empresas del área y los residentes de Ogden. La estructura de los objetivos dentro de los tres sectores varía, pero cada objetivo conducirá al ahorro de energía y a una mayor resiliencia de la comunidad de Ogden. La presidenta del Consejo, Choberka, agregó: “Estamos agradecidos a todos los involucrados en brindar la orientación esencial necesaria para desarrollar este plan, incluyendo a la cantidad de miembros de la comunidad que respondieron a las encuestas y asistieron a las reuniones de alcance comunitario. ¡El futuro de Ogden es brillante!” Este programa proporcionará ahorros de energía a largo plazo para la ciudad de Ogden, menos emisiones por medio de edificios más eficientes y vías más fáciles para que las comunidades trabajen con los servicios públicos estatales y locales. Se anticipa que este proyecto aumentará la resiliencia energética y creará oportunidades de trabajo en la comunidad de Ogden. Para obtener más información y leer el plan en su totalidad, visite OgdenCity.com/EnergyWiseOgden.

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Ogden City Recreation BY SABRINA LEE

Youth Basketball registration open!

JR. JAZZ REGISTRATION OPEN NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 7TH Every year Ogden City Recreation provides Jr. Jazz Youth Basketball for hundreds of local youths. The program serves youths from 1st grade to High School age, and all skill levels are welcome.  This year, our 1st and 2nd-grade participants will be playing in a 3 vs. 3 format. We offer a 7-game season for boys and girls 1st-9th grade, as well as a boy’s high school league.  REGISTRATION for 1st-9th grade includes a jersey. Costs ranges between $30 -$35 for residents and $39.00 to $45.50 for nonresidents.   For the more advanced players, we are currently taking registration for our Winter Division III Competitive Boys Basketball. This league is designed specifically for new comp teams or teams seeking a lower level of competitive basketball.  There is a 7-game guarantee and no post-season tournament. Registration for this league is currently open for Boys 4th/5th Grade and Boys 5th/6th grade.

We need you!

We are looking for volunteer basketball coac hes.

As with all of our youth recreation programs, Ogden City Recreation needs committed willing community members to help coach our youth. Coaches are our program’s greatest assets. Youth sports coaches must complete the application procedures and pass a background check. Must be at least 18 years of age. Training is provided.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION on becoming a coach, league descriptions, specific age group pricing, or to register, please visit www.ogdencity.com/393/Youth-Basketball, or call our office Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 801-629-8253

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Ogden's Sustainability Committee BY ADAM TOBEY

Each quarter, we’ll highlight something extraordinary our city is doing to become more sustainable! These past few months, Ogden City replaced all of the overhead lights at Lindquist Field with high-efficiency, low-energy usage bulbs, Make the which are Dark Switch Sky certified! Consider taking Next, we’ll be part in our replacing the old bulbs with Empower Program LED bulbs on where you can trade the Ogden sign 10 old bulbs for new on Washington LED ones! Boulevard. Consistent changes like these will help reduce city costs and Ogden’s carbon footprint. LED bulbs can save residents money each month and help reduce our carbon footprint. Consider exchanging old bulbs for LEDs by buying new ones or taking part in Weber State›s «Empower» program, where Northern residents can trade up to 10 old bulbs for new LED ones!

Also, check out darksky.org to learn how you can reduce light pollution.

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

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12 Fun Thanksgiving Facts from Ogden City Fire Department BY DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF, SHELBY WILLIS

As we near the holiday season, We thought we would share some fun facts for this holiday season. Hope you find this humorous and share a few of these tidbits.

1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving Day feast happened in 1621 with three whole days dedicated to the celebration. Although turkey was plentiful, it was not served at the first Thanksgiving. Instead, “ducks, geese and swans” are believed to have been served.

2. Benjamin Franklin wished the turkey was the national bird. In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country...For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird.”

3. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had live Central Park Zoo animals. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally called the «Macy›s Christmas Parade» Held in 1924, the first parade «included a menagerie of circus mainstays, including monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants, all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo,» instead of the traditional character balloons.

4. Sarah Josepha Hale was actually the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” Famously known for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Sarah J. Hale was a 19thcentury writer who was nicknamed the Mother of Thanksgiving. The named seemed fitting after she wrote a letter to

President Lincoln calling for the declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

10. The turkey’s tryptophan doesn’t actually make you tired.

5. Thanksgiving was once celebrated on the third Thursday in November.

The reason you can’t imagine doing anything other than watching football on the couch is because you over-ate. The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500. Ouch!

Decades after President Lincoln officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, President Roosevelt wanted to mix up the holiday by moving it up to the third Thursday in November, instead of the fourth. By doing this, there were seven more shopping days added in 1939.

6. The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played 1920. 7. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song. Before becoming a Christmas anthem, Jingle Bells was an 1857 song titled «One Horse Open Sleigh,” and its composer, James Pierpont, intended it to be a Thanksgiving Day song.

8. Each year, there are about 46 million turkeys cooked. 9. Butterball has had a Turkey Talk-Line open for over 35 years. Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions each November and December, and have done so since 1981.

11. President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey. In 1989, the 41st president pardoned the first turkey ever after noticing the 50-pound bird looked a little antsy at his official Thanksgiving proclamation. Since then, every president has upheld the tradition and a few of the turkeys have gone on to serve a different purpose.

12. Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes — and the first TV dinner was born! All kidding aside, please reflect this holiday season on all we have to be thankful for. My husband, son and I have a tradition on thanksgiving morning; we each share three things that we are thankful for… Son: “Skiing, video games and skiing” (insert eye roll). We continue and talk about just how lucky we are to live in this great place and have the freedoms we enjoy everyday. We are truly blessed.

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Sewer and Water Lateral Repair and Replacement Disclosure

As a customer served with drinking water and sanitary sewer services by Ogden City, you are responsible for repair and replacement of the water lateral and sewer lateral serving your property. WHERE IS MY SEWER LATERAL? The sewer lateral is the pipe that connects your property’s sewage system to the city’s sewer main. Property owners are responsible to maintain the sewer lateral to the point where the lateral connects with the city sewer main (which is usually located beyond the property line in the street). Blockages in sewer laterals are a common occurrence which can be expensive and inconvenient to resolve. To avoid a sewer blockage in your lateral: • Avoid putting grease down your garbage disposal or drain. •

Never flush disposable diapers, sanitary napkins or paper towels down the toilet. Even if the product says it can be flushed, these items can clog your drain lines and cause damage to your plumbing system.

If you have an older home, the lateral may have a jointed pipe system. The roots of large trees or shrubs near the line can invade, clog, and potentially break your lateral. Avoid planting trees near the lateral.

If the city discovers that roots or other materials from your sewer lateral are creating a blockage in the city sewer main, you will be required to have your lateral cleaned to remove the blockage.

WHERE IS MY WATER LATERAL? Your water lateral is the is the pipe that connects your property to the city’s water main line (which is usually in the road). The city maintains the water lateral from the water main to a point that is twelve inches behind the curb or five feet behind the street pavement if there is no curb. This point is frequently, but not always, where your water meter is located. You are responsible for the repair and replacement of the water lateral beyond that point as it leads to and enters your home or business. Common types of water lateral issues are: • Old lines that have corroded and started to leak. •

Fittings that leak or have gasket issues.

Sprinkling systems connected to water laterals that are not winterized and freeze.

These types of leaks often cause a large loss of water which can be expensive. Fixing these issues can pay for themselves in water savings. If you suspect a leak but are unsure where to begin, contact the Ogden City Water Department at (801) 629-8321 and set up a high bill check. One of our crews will make an appointment to meet you at the property. They can assist you to start the process to identify if you have a leak.


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The visions of a square-eyed artist BY LORIE BUCKLEY

The other day I read a quote by Jonathan Swift that said, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

Located at the southwest corner of 25th Street and Ogden Ave., the new unnamed artsbased plaza will be home to all sorts of arts events. Everything from intimate concerts and live performances to film screenings and art installations. The plaza will also be a space for everyday gatherings – a place to eat lunch, meet a friend and bring your family.

I don’t usually spend my days reading quotes by 17th-century essayists. I do have a life you know. I find that it’s hard to have vision when all you can see is the dust piling up on your furniture as you spend your days jumping from zoom meeting to zoom meeting. I am starting to think that my “vision” will be permanently skewed into the shape of my laptop.

Want to know more? Visit ninerailsplaza.com to explore the vision for this project. You can even add some of your vision.

The vision I am thinking of relates to an empty dirt lot found in Downtown Ogden. Right now, all you can see is dirt, rocks, and an old brick wall in disrepair. Not much to look at, but with a bit of vision, the sky is the limit as to what it could become. Did you know that Ogden City, along with some wonderful community partners, has been working on a big vision for that little dirt lot?

I feel like a kid on Christmas; I can’t wait for you all to see what this vision will be turned into. Maybe seeing this in person will help me with my poor laptop-shaped eyes. Great, just great. Pretty soon you all will be calling me square eyes, but my square-eyed view of the arts plaza will be beautiful.


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Want to know more? Visit ninerailsplaza.com to explore vision for this project. You can even Bank ofthe Utah add some of your vision.

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Plans for the plaza at the corner of 25th Street include places to eat and gather.


Students of the Month

Congratulations to our hardworking student's that are recognized by teachers and faculty at their schools.

Brady Walling

Michelle Pruz

Ben Lomond High School

Ben Lomond High School

Brady Walling is a Senior this year at Ben Lomond High school. His favorite subject in school is Math because he has found it to be easy the past couple years. His favorite teacher is Nate Tuatagaloa, the weight conditioning coach. Brady is very active in sports playing football, basketball and baseball. His favorite thing to do outside of school is play sports. After he graduates, he is hoping to have a scholarship at Weber State University through his sports or academics. He likes how close Weber State University is and would like to go into their Real-Estate and Business Management programs. He has had a hearing problem his entire life, making everyday activities a little more difficult. Reading lips has becomes an important part of understanding what people are saying. Wearing masks has made his ability to hear people very difficult. He is making it work , though, and we are very proud of him for for his ability to succeed, in spite of the challenges in his life.

Michelle Pruz is a Junior at Ben Lomond High school. She is an SBO vice president and is very active in a couple of school clubs (Latinos in Action and Junior Professionalism). She loves being involved in school and helping in the community. She is also in the nursing program at the ATC. When she graduates from High School she would like to continue her education in Nursing at Weber State University. She loves learning new things at her school, experiencing new things, and meeting new people. Her favorite things outside of school are hiking, traveling, and going on adventures. Michelle has such a sweet heart and will do great things in her life.






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Alhambra Theatre BY SARAH LANGSDON


arch 26, 1914, the Ogden Examiner ran an article about the building plans for a new theater on Hudson (now Kiesel) Avenue. The Alhambra Theatre company purchased the land from Fred J. Kiesel and announced that it was going to open the largest theater in Ogden. The company was owned by Albert Scowcroft and Charles Zeimer. The cost of the building was $150,000 and would seat 2,200 people. The architects of Shreeve and Madson were to build it entirely of concrete, including the roof. It would also have the largest stage available in Ogden so that any theatrical production could be staged on it with ease. It was described as “America’s most beautiful moving picture palace.” Huge murals were on the side walls that represented song, drama, dance and music. The theater was advertised as a “germ-free theater. Fresh air for everyone.” The building opened on March 17, 1915 with a concert by the Ogden Tabernacle Choir. The theater also included a Kimball pipe organ that took five expert organ builders to assemble. It was the largest one in America installed in a theater. The organ cost $20,000 and rivaled the organ in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Along with Broadway-style productions, the theater showed movies. The first silent film was Charlie Chaplin’s “The Champion.” In May 1915, Ogden Theater brought a suit against Paramount Pictures for selling films to the Alhambra,

claiming that the Ogden theater had the contract. Paramount stated that the contract had expired in April and they were free to sell pictures to other theaters. Sporting matches were also common at the Alhambra. Boxing was a staple for the theater. On May 13, 1916, a notable match between two local boys took place. A packed crowd of 2,000 saw local boy Jack Dempsey defeat Terry Kelly in ten rounds. There were often wrestling matches in the theater which included midget wrestling matches. Many local wrestlers like Pete Visser and Jack Harbertson took on nationally-known champions.  In 1923, Abe Glasmann purchased the theater. Glasmann was the publisher of the Ogden Standard, and owner of the Orpheum Theatre on Washington Boulevard. He immediately reduced ticket prices to 10 cents for matinees and 20 cents for evening shows to keep on par with the Orpheum. During the summer months, the vaudeville acts from the Orpheum would move to the Alhambra to take advantage of the air conditioning. In 1925, the theater was leased to Publix Theatres and renamed Paramount Theatre. The new owners completed renovation and reduced the number of seats to 1,900. When the American Theater in Salt Lake City closed in 1929, the Paramount had the title of Utah’s largest theater. The theater went through two more remodels, one in 1948 which again reduced the seating, and remodeled the stage in order to bring in big bands. The second was in 1954; this included new seating, a larger screen, and a new marquee and sign outside the building. With changes in Americans' viewing habits, the theater faced stiff competition from drive-ins and was forced to close during the summer months. It became dependent on low-budget horror and exploitation films and move-overs from the Orpheum. By 1963, the theater basically closed down hosting just a few community events. In 1971, the building was razed by developers, and some of the fixtures were donated to a local community theater. Of the early theaters in Ogden: Orpheum, Lyceum, Colonial, Ogden, Alhambra, and Egypitan, only the Egyptian remains.

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November-January Events SCHOOL DISTRICT Nov 25 -27: Thanksgiving Break - No School Dec 28 - Jan 1: Winter Break - No School Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Dy - No School Jan 20: Ogden School District Storytelling Festival @ Virtual 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 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.

LIBRARY EVENTS The Ogden Main Branch Library is open and ready to serve the public. To support social distancing efforts, Weber County Library programs have moved online. New content is available weekly at weberpl.org as well as the Library’s social media channels. Like them at facebook. com/weberpl or follow us @webercountylibrary on Instagram. Nov 4-30: Library Bingo. Earn a bingo and receive a sweet treat. Collect your prize at the children’s desk. Check out Weber County Library’s virtual programming content! New videos are shared online and via the Library’s Facebook page. To watch the latest videos, visit: www.weberpl.org Art at Home: Drawing Faces. Learn how to draw faces without reference, using this simple stepby-step guide to proportion! Craft at Home: Gnome Sweet Gnome. Make a simple, adorable gnome decoration using just a few supplies! Beginning in November, kits for this craft will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The instructional video can be found at https:// vimeo.com/showcase/wclcrafting. 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. Zoom Book Discussions: Limited free copies of the book will be available; ask your librarian how to sign up. All book discussions will be held via Zoom. To register, call your location or sign up here: https:// www.weberpl.lib.ut.us/discover/grownups-corner The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan Tue, Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. | Main Library | Register: 801-337-2632 Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing; when her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh travels to Taiwan, searching for the bird that was once her mother. There, she meets her maternal grandparent for the first time. Explore themes of family, friendship, grief, identity, and love.

FUN THINGS TO DO Stay connected with the Ogden Nature Center Virtually. On their Facebook page, they post their Wild Wednesdays discussions. All summer camps listed on the calendar online are happening. 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 NOVEMBER Nov 1: Back to the Future FREE @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Nov 4: Free Monday Concert featuring Louisiana 801 @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Nov 6-8: Acorn’s Antique & Vintage Show @ Golden Spike Event Center 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov 8-9: Ogden Film Festival @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Nov 9: Utah Youth Rodeo @ Golden Spike Event Center 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Nov 15: Matched Horses Races @ Golden Spike Event Center 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nov 17: Virtual Wasatch Audubon Monthly Program. Call Ogden Nature Center for details (801)621-7595 Nov 25: Virtual Wild Wednesdays: All about Turkeys @ Ogden Nature Center Facebook Page Nov 28: Ogden Santa Run is canceled | Christmas Village Opens @ Ogden Municipal Gardens 5 p.m. - Midnight Nov 30: Holiday Open House @ Ogden Nature Center. Free animal presentations daily in the outdoor amphitheater at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. DECEMBER Dec 1: Wildcat Conversations: Racism ONLINE Event url: www.weber.edu/wildcatconversations/ Dec 2: Virtual Wild Wednesdays: Animals and Plants Prepare for Winter @ Ogden Nature Center Facebook Page 3:45 p.m. Dec 11: Weber State University Graduation Dec 16: Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand Christmas Concert @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Virtual Wild Wednesdays: Nature’s Hoarders @ Ogden Nature Center Facebook Page 3:45 p.m. Dec 23: Utah Symphony: Here Comes Santa Claus @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Virtual Wild Wednesdays: Snow, Snow, Snow! @ Ogden Nature Center Facebook Page 3:45 p.m. Dec 28: The Greatest Showman Sing Along @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Costumes highly encouraged. Tickets now on sale. Dec 31: Bull Wars @ Golden Spike Event Center 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. JANUARY Jan 4: USA Miss Utah Pageant. Tickets on sale Dec 12 @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Last day of Christmas Village before it is taken down. Jan 6: Free Monday Concert featuring Josh Wright @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 7: Brahms 1 & Prokofiev @ Val A. Browning Center 7:30 p.m. Jan 8, 9, 22, 23: RMX Arena Cross @ Golden Spike Event Center 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Home and Garden 60. Appliance/ Furniture Store _______________________ 61. Garden/ Nursery Center _______________________ 62. HVAC _______________________ 63. Plumber _______________________ 64. Electrician _______________________ 65. Landscaping/ Lawn Care _______________________

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OUR FIRST READER’S FAVORITE AWARDS! 66. Cleaning Service _______________________ 67. Hardware Store _______________________ 68. Carpet and Flooring _______________________ 69. Bridal Shop _______________________ 70. Wedding Venue _______________________ 71. Door and Window Replacement _______________________ 72. Remodel/ Handyman _______________________ 73. Painter _______________________

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Independence University Offers Online and On Campus Degree Programs

Students can obtain degrees in four areas of studies.

The university is known for its efficiency in getting students quickly through their schooling so they can get on to their career fast.

INFO Business: Independence University 1890 South 1350 West Ogden, UT (801) 392-1471 independence.edu


ndependence University (IU), an ACCSC-accredited* school known nationally for career-focused degree programs earned online, has expanded its reach to include degree offerings in a blended in-class/online environment at its beautiful West Haven/ Ogden, Utah campus. The blended-learning model provides students with the flexibility of online learning along with the personal and social connections made in the classroom. As a nonprofit university, IU believes in investing in its students. Along with offering degrees in Healthcare, Business, and Technology, IU invests heavily in resources and tools that encourage success. In addition to one-on-one tutoring and career services, caring instructors with real-world experience help to ensure students enter their career field with confidence.

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One of the largest degree programs at our ground campus is Surgical Technology. IU is one of only a handful of schools in the state to offer a Surg Tech degree. This valuable healthcare program was created by first consulting the medical community and then putting local surgeons and medical professionals on the medical advisory board to help determine the scope of the curriculum. Students complete a three-month externship as part of their schooling, providing them with valuable field experience. Surg Tech students also determine what specialty they would like to focus on during their externship, making this real-world experience even more valuable and targeted to their goals. The university is known for its efficiency in getting students quickly through their schooling so they can get on to their career quickly. An Associate’s degree can be completed in as few as 19 months and a Bachelor’s degree in as few as 36 months. Students take one or two classes at a time that are completed in four-week modules. With 24/7 anytime,

anywhere learning, students’ study schedules can work around their jobs and family commitments. In addition to the Surgical Technologist program, IU also offers degrees in Medical Assisting, Business Administration, Software Development, and Network Security. Students’ tuition is all-inclusive and covers not only classes but textbooks and even a laptop that students can keep at the end of their schooling. For most programs, students can enroll and start within four weeks. Class sizes are kept small and feature handson learning wherever possible. The professional faculty at the university includes fulltime teachers and program directors, plus some adjunct professors who come from the field they’re teaching in. There is also a compliance department that helps the school and its programs stay consistent within their accreditation requirements. Those interested in earning a career-focused degree can call IU at 801-284-3216 to learn more. *Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)



This years Ogden photo contest was astounding. There were 10+ photos that could have been selected as our publisher’s choice winners. It is an honor for Connection Publishing to host this contest each year and we loved seeing through the eyes of these incredible photographers. Here are the results of this years contest.



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Wheelright Lumber BY RYAN SPELTS

What started as a sawmill in 1908, has become a quality lumber family business.

A large supplier to builders and contractors, as well as retail customers.

Whether it's lumber including White or Douglas fir, a custom door, or tools for an upcoming project, Wheelright Lumber has it all.

INFO Business: Wheelright Lumber 3127 Midland Dr. Ogden (801) 627-0850 wheelrightlumberco.com


n 1908, Wheelwright Lumber was established and primarily operated as a sawmill by Thomas and Solomon Wheelwright. Their location was between 24th and 25th street on Quincy. Eventually, they realized that they could do more business by carrying pre-milled lumber and being a local lumber supplier. They were at the Quincy Avenue location from 1908 until 2004. They had two acres, and just simply ran out of space as demand grew for additional products. The Wheelwright family has owned and operated the business from day one and continue to do so today. Paul Wheelwright is the current president and was brought up in the business by his father, Hal. When Paul’s son Trevor eventually takes over, he will be the 5th generation Wheelwright to run the business in its 112-year history. In the early 2000's, Paul knew they needed more space and wanted to find a place where they could have a rail spur

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that could come directly into their yard. As you might guess, rail spurs are not a commonly-requested feature for a property, and at first they struggled to find one with that option. They found their current location off of Midland Drive, built their current building and moved into the space in 2004. Today they own 12 acres of land, presently using more than half of the acreage presently owned and the family informed us that they will begin expanding their covered -storage area in the next couple of years, in order to utilize the rest of the space. Wheelwright has always been known for their quality lumber. They choose not to carry the lowest grade lumber and to go up at least one grade in lumber in every size. They are able to stay competitive on pricing due to the rail spur. The spur allows them to purchase lumber directly and deliver it at the lowest cost. So, for close to the same price as the lower grade lumber sold at other lumber yards, Wheelwright can sell a better grade product. Paul estimates that they have unloaded more than 300 rail cars full of lumber this year. Wheelwright Lumber carries large supplies of White fir and Douglas fir lumber. The White fir is preferred by home builders in the area because it holds up so well in our

climate, while commercial builders are required to use Douglas fir, which is about 8% stronger. Wheelwright is a large supplier to builders and contractors; however, they are also a great retail lumber yard. They sometimes get questions about whether or not they serve retail customers and the answer is yes. In fact, they love helping people get their personal projects done. They also know it can be a bit intimidating, and they are there to help get the right tools and lumber for your project. Wheelwright is also known locally as the place to go for having doors made. They have a state-of-the-art door building shop that can produce custom sizes and can help get the right swing and jam sizes as needed by the client. Along with the door shop, they have a retail store with tools needed for almost any project. I know from personal experience that Wheelwright has had some specialty tools I needed that I couldn’t find anywhere else in town. A family tradition and great customer service are Wheelwright's keys to success. I know from personal experience that they will take care of you, and offer expert assistance for your upcoming home projects.


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Special article brought to you by Independence University

Should you go back to school to earn your degree? How the coronavirus is changing the job market:

Juggling life’s commitments with school? It’s very doable.

Almost overnight, life changed dramatically. What was once a strong economy and robust employment outlook vanished in the blink of an eye. Thanks to the pandemic, the U.S. has been in a recession for several months.1

Thanks to technology, going back to school doesn’t necessarily equate to sitting in a classroom. With work and family commitments, you can still earn your degree online and work around your current schedule – doing your coursework on your lunch break, while the baby’s napping, or even at midnight when there’s peace and quiet. By effectively applying time management skills, even those with busy schedules can still earn a degree.

What does this mean for you? Whether you’ve been laid off or are one of those fortunate to keep their job, now is the time to review your career goals and gain the skills you need to be more marketable. In an economic environment where jobs are scarce, earning a degree just makes sense.

Education as an investment... now more than ever. A recent report from the New York Fed’s Liberty Tree Economics blog2 analyzed the returns from a college education. The study found that even though college continues to get more expensive, the financial benefits of earning a degree still make higher education a good investment. The data also indicates that college graduates tend to earn a substantial wage premium in the labor market. In fact, the current rate of return for a Bachelor’s degree is nearly 14%!2 Education has always been a good investment. Now it may be a crucial investment as well.

Business, and IT. All of our students enrolled in on-campus or online programs receive no-cost, one-on-one tutoring (if needed) and a laptop – yours to use and keep when you graduate.

Call 801-284-3216 to get started! www.Independence.edu/Ogden

In class or online…which learning model works for you? Some still prefer the more structured classroom environment and may have a more flexible schedule to accommodate this traditional learning model. The good news is that Independence University now offers both on-campus and online degree programs so you can choose what works best for you.

Independence University (IU) has hit the ground!

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libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed. org/2019/06/despite-rising-costscollege-is-still-a-good-investment.html

As a university known for specializing in career-focused degrees earned online, IU has expanded to include blended in-class/online degree programs at their new Utah campus. Call 801-284-3216 to take a tour of our beautiful campus at our West Haven/Ogden location. We offer degree programs in Healthcare,

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Warm the Soles Here at Wasatch Peaks Credit Union, we are excited to host our annual Warm the Soles Fundraising Program. Warm the Soles is an incredible opportunity for our community to provide new Nike® shoes to local elementary school children who are in need!

amazing assistance in making the Warm the Soles program occur. Once Wasatch Peaks has received the list of students, we provide the information to the Nike® staff. These staff members handpick shoes for each child on the list, including adaptive shoes for students who may have special needs. The Wasatch Peaks staff then take the time to wrap each

This year, our recipients have been selected from the following elementary schools: Burch Creek, Heritage, James Madison, Municipal, New Bridge, North Park, Odyssey, Riverdale, Roosevelt, T.O. Smith, Wasatch, and Washington Terrace Elementary.

How Can You Help? Since 2006, Wasatch Peaks has raised $189,533, providing 6,739 pairs of shoes for our local elementary school children. Last year was a record-breaking year and we were able to raise $33,110 in donations, more than double our goal!

How it Works: Members of our community can donate to the Warm the Soles program and help Wasatch Peaks in supporting our local children. We are able to work with the elementary schools directly so we can best benefit those children who need our support. Teachers and administrators select students, and then provide us with a list of those students and their shoe sizes. These selected students then receive a brand-new pair of Nike® shoes, purchased with the donations made from our community. The Nike® Factory Store in Farmington has provided

their time. During our visits to deliver shoes, we have seen shoes that don’t fit or are filled with holes, children wearing sandals in the slush and snow, and shoes that are held together with tape. These new shoes make a huge difference in these kids’ lives, providing them confidence, comfort, and the ability to focus and succeed in school.

pair of shoes, complete with a pair of socks and some treats. After they’ve all been wrapped, the shoes are then gifted to the children at their schools.

The Impact: The Warm the Soles Program has a lasting impact not only the children receiving the shoes, but also for those who are donating or volunteering

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This year, we have the amazing opportunity to support 1,960 of our young local students with 1,960 pairs of new Nike® shoes. We appreciate any and all donations made to help us provide these new shoes. A new pair of shoes costs just $25, so any donation makes a big difference.

Donations can be made at: • Online: wasatchpeaks.com • Venmo: @WasatchPeaks • Mail: 4723 Harrison Blvd Ogden, UT 84403 • Visit: Your local Wasatch Peaks branch






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Nine Rails Creative District Arts Updates and latest events


The Nine Rails Creative District is thriving, even as our community continues to face the impact of a worldwide pandemic. Established by Ogden City and community partners, the district—between Grant and Madison Avenues from 24th to 26th Streets—is a place where exciting new opportunities are being created for the community to engage in art this fall and winter. The events calendar at The Monarch is packed full of family-friendly festivities... and designs for the new Nine Rails Arts Plaza are near completion!

What to See and Do The Monarch Creatives are busy in their studios making one-of-a-kind art and hosting learning workshops. The community is always welcome to take a stroll through the beautiful, historic space.

• Art Box, inside The Monarch, is open daily—now including Sundays— where you can drop in to make a candle anytime!

Open Studio Nights at The Monarch are the BEST date nights! Open Studio nights are in full swing, in conjunction with First Friday Art Stroll, with Creatives showcasing their recent art projects, Van Sessions live music broadcasts, and special live art performances. And there’s no setting more romantic than WB’s for a glass of wine and small bites before an enchanting stroll through the creative studios.

The Monarch Venues transformed the outside Upper Deck into an enchanting “under the stars” backdrop for the Indie Ogden Awards, and for weddings and other special events which can be continued safely in the elegant spaciousness of the Royal Room, The Atrium, or the Gist. Craft Lake City is Back! Be sure to save the date and grab your tickets for this hugely popular event, which is returning December 4 and 5 for its second appearance at The Monarch.

OCA’s New and Improved PLATFORMS Interactive Sculpture Park! PLATFORMS, located in the Nine Rails Creative District, across from the Monarch on 25th Street, currently features PARAdbOXES by Lauren and James Argo— eight polycarbonate cubes programmed with touch and motion sensors. Each cube has its own pulsating light sequence that responds to interactivity. A wonderful place to take a family stroll in the evening. 36 ogdenconnection.com | November -January 2020

OGden BIZarre Market Come get wacky and weird at The Monarch every Sunday! Indie Ogden’s spicy re-invention of the popular Indoor Swap Meet brings even more local artists, crafters, up-cyclers, vintage resellers, artisans, non-profits, service providers and food trucks in a socially-distanced, masks-required environment. The entire Monarch building is utilized for the event with plenty of space to comfortably support those who have been hit hard during the pandemic.

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“Modern West shares our desire to inspire and help our communities thrive through contemporary art.” OCA Executive Director Venessa Castagnoli. At the first look event, visitors will experience OCA’s two levels of gallery space, which includes future artistin-residence studios and digital installation rooms. Learn more about the space, and you can support continued programming at ocacenter.org.

OCA Soft Opening & Grand Opening in January The new OCA Center, located inside The Monarch, will expand the active footprint of the building and provide another artistic outlet for Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District. “We look forward to offering a high level of contemporary art programming by providing a facility that will engage with globally and nationally recognized artists and curators,” says

“We are thrilled to bring the brilliance of Modern West Fine Art into OCA Center for our first-look exhibition,” says Castagnoli. “Modern West shares our desire to inspire and help our communities thrive through contemporary art.” Constructed, by Modern West, on display through December 27th, features the processbased work of Andrew Alba, Levi Jackson and Shalee Cooper, while celebrating the newly built art space that has long been anticipated by Ogden’s art community.



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Ogden Musical Theater was born in 2017. It had been nearly a decade since Utah Musical Theater closed, but Weber County had the vision to bring musical theatre back to Peery’s Egyptian Theater. Kassi Bybee was handpicked for the job and she said, when they first asked her to launch this program, she wasn’t sure it was even possible. However, she believed to her core that if she brought in the right people to help, they could accomplish something amazing, and they have! Things have been strange and challenging this year with the pandemic; however, support has remained strong for the theatre and the Kids Act Up Theatre Camp that they continued to hold, with precautions in place. Membership in the Camp were sold out, even though there were some strict requirements for all participants. The Camp progressed well, in spite of mask-wearing and physical distancing. Coming up later this month is a traditional seasonal performance of Five Carols for Christmas. It's a comedy set in the 1950’s of five women, all of whom happen to be named Carol, who have taken on the task of arranging the annual PTA Christmas performance. It is a hilarious look at all the challenges that arise and the comedy ensues. It's a great way to get some laughs while celebrating your holiday season! This musical was actually written and produced by two Weber State educators.

It is so special to have a musical theater to serve our community, especially one of this caliber. Jim Christian is a Professor Emeritus from Weber State University and with 40 years of professional experience as a director, teacher, actor, writer and producer. Jim wrote this musical with friend and colleague Kenneth Plain who is the composer. The musical features original songs combined with some traditional Christmas favorites. Maurie Tarbox is the Artistic Director for Ogden Musical Theatre and she is directing this year’s performance. Jim said the musical is spun off from his memories watching his mother and her friends. His favorite part of writing the musical has been getting to know each character as he developed their niche and influence in the group. Some are based on actual people. He also loves that it was

set in the 1950’s, a fond time in his life. It is so special to have a musical theater to serve our community, especially one of this caliber. Nearly five years ago when the idea was brought forward, America First Credit Union took a risk and donated to Jim's dream, an idea really. Their help, combined with the support of RAMP Grants, Stewart Education Foundation and Weber State University, helped get things off the ground. In addition, cooperation and access to Weber State University’s Performing Arts programs provides Ogden Musical Theater the ability to put out top quality events with local talent. “There is no need to hire big names and bring them in; we have all we need here and it exceeds expectations;” said Kassi.

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kin care is a vital part of our health, and being diligent with check-ups can make all the difference in the world. I’d like to share a very personal story, with the intent of bringing awareness about the devastating effects of skin cancer.


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I first met Candice at a job interview, as she was seeking a position at our Dermatology practice. Her daughter had been working at our clinic for a couple of years, and she thought her mom, Candice, would be perfect for the job opening. When I met Candice, I agreed, and it wasn’t long before she was running our front desk, and later, our billing department. I was looking forward to her running our entire office – she was just one of those amazing human beings! At the time she was hired, I was unaware that Candice had previously been diagnosed with a malignant skin cancer called Melanoma. As an employee, Candice benefited from regular skin checks and treatments in our clinic. Unfortunately, during one of our examinations, it became obvious that the Melanoma she had originally been diagnosed with, had spread to other organs in her body. Even with immediate treatment of lesions found in our clinic, the silent damage from the first lesion had remained undiagnosed for far too long. It had continued to metastasize, or spread, within her body. After a trip to Florida, she started to experience a shortness of breath and cold-like symptoms. Tests confirmed that her lungs were filling with fluid, and further testing confirmed a diagnosis of lung cancer. After three months of vigilantly fighting her disease, she passed away; we miss her every day. I am relating this difficult story in order to highlight the need for early detection. Even as an employee of a dermatology practice who was frequently treated for lesions when the appeared, she could not escape the reality that very first spot wasn’t

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