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March 2019


re You Lucky? A Tricks and Tips to Help You Create Your Own Luck

City News & Events Calendar Gardening & Pets What to Eat: Brixtons and much more...



Ogden, UT PERMIT NO. 418





Keeping the Community Connected


ith winter coming to a close and spring but days away, I would like to thank our snowplow team for their service this year. At all hours of the day, they stepped up and cleared our streets as effective and efficient as possible. Well done! The Roy Connection is published monthly by Connection Publishing© | (801) 721-3762 PUBLISHER Ryan Spelts PUBLICATION DESIGN Robert Dodd AD DESIGN Robert Dodd Ryan Spelts EDITORS Heather Godfrey

"We can still retain our small town culture and evolve into a competitive, robust City where people still want to live, work and play."

Roy City, much like other local governments, is enabled by the Utah Legislature with very broad powers to control land use. Our Zoning Ordinance provides zoning districts, standards, guidance, and regulation of land, buildings, structures, and related activities outlined in the Roy City Municipal Code. These policies are intended to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and businesses, and to promote the orderly use of lands within the City. These Ordinances therefore allow for efficient and orderly growth; preserve open spaces; provide required public services, and protect landowners from potential adverse impacts from adjacent uses. For many years, this Municipal Code has helped us to evolve into a prosperous community.

WRITERS Robert Dandoy Melissa Spelts

The issue today, while working with these Ordinances, is, are they still relevant? Do the policies in use today, that were created years ago, provide the needed value or are they a hindrance in moving us forward? Interesting question when you consider the impact these Ordinances have on the day to day lives of residents, property owners and business owners. Healthy governments should take a serious look and review their zoning laws and policies. We are doing just that!


Roy City recently issued a contract to a company to assist us in updating our General Plan. As I stated in the October 2018 edition, we will be focusing our attention on the Business District along 1900 and the Frontrunner Station development. There will come a point soon when your ideas, concerns and recommendations will be needed. Watch for the community engagement dates / times and please get involved.

News, contests, photos from readers and lots more! We love hearing from you!

Disclaimer: The paid advertisements contained within the Roy Connection magazine are not endorsed or recommended by Connection Publishing or Roy City. Therefore, neither party may be held liable for the business practices of these companies. The City is also not responsible for any content in the magazines except for that which they directly submit for print.

In addition, our Business Advisory Board is off and running with a charter to help us by reviewing our ordinances / policies and make recommendations to the Council. The first couple meetings has surfaced a genuine desire to do a deep dive into our zoning policies. I am confident they will present some solid recommendations, but equally important, they will walk away with a better understanding of the complexities of City government. We will share with you the progress we are making in these two initiatives. I am sure that as we take the time to access and review our ordinances and policies, we can make the minor adjustments needed to bring them in line with our modern society. To climb that sizable “mountain of rules”, we must take that first step. We have done just that! It is important that we plan our future and not react to it! We can still retain our small town culture and evolve into a competitive, robust City where people still want to live, work and play. You can help! Know the ordinances that govern our City. Follow those ordinances and be compliant. If you find an ordinance that seems outdated, bring it to our attention. You have elected City officials who work for you. Reach out, get them involved! Let your voice be heard! Your issues are our issues. –Robert Dandoy, Mayor

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10 Calendar of Events 22 Water For Roy 28 Are you Lucky? 30 What to Eat: Brixtons Cover Photo by Shauna Havey


½ lb fresh tomatillos (4-5) ½ cup large yellow onion 4 cloves garlic 2 ripe avocados, pitted and skin removed 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed ½ bunch cilantro Juice of ½ a lime 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup water

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City of Roy Updates Fire Departments Newest Addition Has Arrived. This February, Roy City Fire Department took delivery of a new Fire Engine to replace Engine 32. The new engine is a Rosenbauer Commander and was built in Minnesota. The Roy City Fire Department provides fire, emergency services and all hazard response to the City of Roy and surrounding communities. This new engine was designed and built with the needs of our community and these services as priorities. The life of a fire engine is approximately 10-15 years and our old engine was 14 years old and had reached its life span. This new engine is fully contained and enclosed for equipment storage, has advance safety features, updated technology, and was designed with environment protection and longevity in mind. It has a 2000 gallon per minute pump, holds 750 gallons of water on board with a 30 gallon foam tank. It’s a clean diesel with Green Star Technology that decreases engine idle time and helps to protect the

environment and decrease fuel consumption. This fire engine took over a year to build and is expected to last 15 years. It will be staffed 24/7 with cross trained Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics. We are currently in the process of changing over equipment and training our firefighters on it before we will place it in service around the middle of March. The Roy City Fire Department is appreciative to the citizens and very excited to operate and provide service in this new fire engine. The Roy City Fire Department strives to provide excellent service to the community and stay progressive in its approach. During the month of March, the Roy Fire Department will be doing meet and greets in the community. We invite the public to come out and take a close up look of their new fire truck, Engine 32. On March 16, 2019 from 10-11am E32 will be at the Roy Branch Weber Library and again on March 23, 2019 at Kent’s Market from 1011am. We look forward to seeing you. As a safety reminder, working smoke alarms and home fire escape plans help save lives. Please take the time to make sure yours are working and have new batteries. Also, have and practice a home escape plan with your family with two ways out of every room with a designated meeting place outside. We encourage everyone to be safe out there.

West Haven Elementary

Good Foundation Academy 5101 South 1050 West Riverdale, UT 801-393-2950

March 19 6:30PM West Haven Elementary is conducting a survey of our school and community to locate our incoming kindergarten students.

Children who will be five years of age on or before September 2, 2019 are about to embark on a wonderful, exciting adventure.

4385 S. 3900 W. West Haven, UT (801)452-4960

March 27 2:00PM Please bring your child to meet the Kindergarten teachers and find out what you need to know about kindergarten at Good Foundations Academy, a public charter school.

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Parks & Recreation

Complex Corner Located at: 2150 W 4700 S (801) 774-1050

MARCH SWIMMING LESSONS March 4-28 Sign Ups: March 11

Mon / Wed Tue / Thur

5:00 5:30 5:45 6:00 6:30 6:45

PSA Lv 1 PSB Lv 2 Lv 3 Lv 4 Lv 2

PSA Lv 3 PSB Lv 2 Lv 1 open Lv 4


To Register: Go to You can set up your account prior to registration. When setting up the account, please add the parent/guardian as the primary account holder and children as additional members. Registration is the second Monday of each month for the following month.

MARCH LIFEGUARD CLASS March 5-24 Cost $150.00 Tues & Thurs 4-7 PM / Sat. 10AM-1 PM WATER AEROBICS (Class Dates: March 4 - March 28) Morning: 8-8:45 AM (Deep), 8:45-9:30 AM (Deep) Evening: 4:15-5 PM (Deep), 8-8:45 PM (Deep),  8:30-9:15 PM (Shallow), 8:45-9:30 PM (Deep) Registration:  March 29 Cost:

Non Pass-holders: $30  Pass-holders:  $20  Seniors:  $15

Get Fit, Have Fun, Make Friends ZUMBA CLASSES Mondays 7 PM & Wednesdays 6 PM (Classes are included in entrance fee or with pass)

WOMEN'S STRENGTH TRAINING Mondays / Wednesdays & Fridays 8:45 AM (Classes are included in entrance fee or with pass)

YOGA CLASSES Mondays / Wednesdays 6:30 AM & Tuesdays / Thursdays 7 PM (Classes are included in entrance fee or with pass)

SENIOR EXERCISES Classic: Mondays /Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 AM Cardio: Tuesdays / Thursdays 9 AM & Fridays 10 AM (Classes are included in entrance fee or with pass)

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If you are interested in being a vendor, a parade participant, or an entertainer at the event, we have good news for you! Registration opens on April 1st at 10am at More information about Roy Days is to come. Check for all your Roy Days needs! You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.

EASTER EGG HUNT Save the Date! The Annual Roy City Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 20th at 10am in a new location: George Wahlen Park! More information to come in next month’s newsletter.

JOB POSTING Looking for a summer job? Check out the Aquatics, Parks and Recreation job opportunities at


Spring Sports are almost here! Registrations will run from March 1st - 31st at See below for each sport’s specific description. All participants receive a Salt Lake Bees’ jersey, hat and a Bees’ game voucher. Opening day games for grades 3rd-9th will be on Saturday, May 11th. Remaining games will be played on weekday nights.

T-BALL Boys and girls, ages 4-6. Child must turn 4 by August 31, 2019 to participate. This league is for children that are Pre-K age. If your child is attending Kindergarten this school year (2018/2019), please register the child in the Coach Pitch league. All teams will play eight games. Registration is $50. ****New this year: choose what nights of the week you want to play T-ball, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday!****

The new Business Advisory Board has a charter to help make the city more business friendly and to encourage businesses to locate here in Roy. It is comprised of ten local Roy city Residence who are committed to help grow the economic development of our City. The first task of the Business Advisory Board is to review the current municipal code to find out how that can be changed to make the environment more business friendly. The second task is to pursue how curb appeal can affect the businesses already in Roy. And third not only to bring business into Roy but to find the right businesses can that have an audience here. The Business Advisory Board looks to act as a liaison to the potential businesses and the City Council.


THIS SUMMER? There is no better way to get your foot in the door to the

COACH PITCH Boys and girls in Kindergarten. All teams will play eight games. Registration is $50.

BOYS MACHINE PITCH Boys in 1st or 2nd grade. Teams play eight games. Registration is $50. ****New this year: independent leagues for each grade****



GIRLS MACHINE PITCH Girls in 1st/2nd grade. Teams play eight games. Registration is $50.

BASEBALL Boys 3rd-9th Grade. Teams play ten games. Registration is $55.


Classes all

SPRING the cost is

beginning in January

ONLY $150.00!


•Must be able to swim 300 yards (breast stroke and front crawl) •Must be able to swim 20 yards, retrieve a brick at the bottom of the pool, swim back to start point with brick within a minute and forty second period

Girls 3rd-9th grade. Teams play ten games. Registration is $55.

ADULT SOFTBALL Our Adult Co-Ed league games will be played on Thursday nights, starting in mid-March. Games will be played at Roy West Park and teams will play double-header games. Our Adult Men’s league games will be played on Tuesday nights, starting mid-March. Games will be played at Roy West Park and teams will play double header games as well.

FUN SHOT Our second annual Jr. Jazz Fun Shot competition took place at Roy High on March 1st, 2019. Jr. Jazz participants from 3rd-9th grade had a blast showing us their shooting skills. The winners of the competition will move on to the Regional Fun Shot in Ogden, Utah on March 9th. March 2019 | 7


ROY ANIMAL CONTROL NOTICE: Please verify rabies are current on license form before mailing in renewal. $1.00 reprint fee will be charged for any license reprint. Your animal tag can now be reused yearly Please help speed up the licensing process and keep your tag.

Rabies & Licensing Clinic MARCH 23 10AM - 12PM ROY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT 5051 S 1900 W (east side of station) OFFERING MICROCHIPS AND ALL OTHER VACCINATIONS. Rabies vaccination fee 14.00

2019 Dog/Cat Licensing

Dog and Cat Licensing Fees

Roy City Ordinance allows only 2 dogs & 2 cats per household Licenses will be available for purchase annually on or before your expiration date. For added convenience you may mail in your renewal. It must

Transfer from another City........ $5.00 Spayed/Neutered........................$15.00 NOT Spayed/Neutered............... $30.00 Under 1 year...............................  $15.00

be post marked before the expiration date to avoid a LATE FEE. Rabies certificates from vet must be included if rabies vaccine expires or needs to be updated.

Animals owned by seniors (55+)

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Spayed/Neutered.......................$10.00 NOT Spayed/Neutered............. $20.00


Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule Beginning the day of the week the holiday falls on, garbage will be delayed one day of the remainder of the week ending with the normal Friday Collection being picked up Saturday. The following regular Monday pickup reverts to the regular schedule with collection on Monday. For info contact Waste Mgmt: 801-731-5052 or Weber County Landfill: 801-399-8358

Key Community Contacts Mayor: Robert Dandoy - (801) 774-1028 Council Members: Jan Burrell - (801) 726-3606

2019 Spring Dumpster Dates (Ext. 1090)

Joe Paul - (801) 725-2356

Public Works will have dumpsters available to Roy City residents April 8, 2019 through April 20, 2019.

Bryon Saxton - (801) 645-2015

Hours: Monday through Friday 6:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday 8:00 PM - 3:00 PM

David E. Tafoya - (801) 884-6944

Residents must sign in at the office and show proof of residency. No tires, paint, toxic or hazardous materials, herbicides pesticides, etc. Public Works does have the right to refuse any items deemed dangerous or hazardous. Glass and metal are accepted year round at the Public Works building.

RV Dump (Ext. 1090)

An RV dump is available to citizens of Roy City located at the Public Works Facility, 5460 S. 2700 W. Please check in at the front office and show valid Roy residency. Dumping available Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 3:30 PM, and Friday from 7 AM to 10 AM.

Cemetery Maintenance Schedule Beginning March 28th through October 31st all grave decorations will be removed by City crews every Thursday for mowing and maintenance. If weather prevents mowing on Thursday, maintenance will be performed on the first working day thereafter. Please be sure to remove decorations by Wednesday evening to avoid having them disposed.

Karlene Yeoman - (801) 725-6560 Roy Offices:

(801) 774-1000


Emergency 911  Business (801) 774-1063 Chief Carl G. Merino -


(801) 774-1080


 (801) 774-1000

Parks & Recreation:

 (801) 774-1048

Justice Court:

 (801) 774-1051

For more City information visit

Chicken and Rabbit Permits (Ext. 1040) Chickens and rabbits are allowed in all R-1 (Single family) zones. Property must have a minimum of 8000 square feet. Six chickens (excluding roosters and crowing hens), or six rabbits, or a combination of chickens and rabbits not to exceed six are allowed. A city permit is required and must be renewed annually.  All chickens and rabbits must be contained within an enclosure (coop and run) within the rear yard. No enclosures will be permitted in the front or side yards.

Beekeeping Permits (Ext. 1040) Roy City requires a permit for beekeeping of honey bees within the City. If you plan to be a beekeeper in the future, please apply for your permit prior to acquiring honey bees to assure that you meet the proper requirements. Permits are renewed annually in January. March 2019 | 9



March 6: Early out @12:15, SCHOOL PLAY 7-9pm the 6th-8th, Int/Advanced Band Festival 12am @RHS,

March 22: Girls Basketball Championships 3-5pm March 25: SBO elections 25th- 29th

March 1: Late start 8:30am

March 11: Roy Cone Band Concert 6:30-8pm

March 1-3: State wrestling Championships 12am

March 12: Adv.Orchestra festival 7- 2:30pm, Girls Basketball 3-4:30pm @ Orion Jr.

March 5: Community Council Meeting 7-8am

March 14: Girls Basketball Game North vs Roy 3-4:30pm @ Roy Jr.

March 6: Boys Baseball 4:30 pm @ ROY, Region Instrumental Solo Ensemble @ Bountiful High school 12pm

March 15: END OF 3RD QUARTER, Early out 12:00pm

March 14: Saint Patrick’s Tea @ 10:00

March 19: Girls Basketball Playoffs 3-4:30pm, @TBD

March 14: Battling the Aging Brain Speaker: Jeff from Humana

March 21: Baseball Game TH Bell vs Roy 3-4:30pm @ Roy

March 15: Saint Patrick’s Party, wear your green. Prizes for most Green

March 20: Early out @12:15

March: 5, 20 & 28 Bingo

March 22: Girls Basketball Championships 3-4:30pm @TBD

March 6: SPOT & WALDO @ 11:30am

March 13: Region choir festival 7pm-9pm

March 27: Donkey Basketball 5-8pm @Roy Jr.

March 19: Linda Hammer on piano @ 11:30am

March 14: Track and Field vs Farmington & Bountiful @ Bountiful High 3:30-5pm

March 28: Baseball Game Snowcrest vs Roy 3-4:30 @Roy Jr.

March 20: Garr Ashby @11:30



March: 7 & 21: Come out and dance to 2nd Generation from 11:00-1:00

March 1: Incentive 10am-12pm @Fatcats, Girls basketball VS. Roy @Sandridge 3-5pm

March 21: Legal services by appointment only

March 5: Band Concert 7-8:30pm @ RHS

March 21: Foot clinic @ 12:00

March 6: Band Festival @10am, Baseball tryouts 3-5pm

March 27: Stampede @11:30

March 7: ACT Parent Night 6pm-7pm, Royalaire's Night to Remember 7-9pm March 8: Late Start 8:30am March 11: Band Cone Concert 6-9pm @ Roy High March 12: Choir Cone Concert 7-9pm @ Roy High

March 18: Royalaire clinical tryouts 6am-7:30am the18th-21st, JV Baseball vs Davis @ Davis High 3:30-5:30pm March 21: HOSA State Leadership conference March 21-22: JV Track and Field Box Elder High 3:30-5pm March 22: Late start 8:30 am, Drama showcase 6pm-9pm March 25: Baseball vs Hunter @ Roy High 3:30-5pm March 26: Track & Field - City/County Meet @ Ogden High 3-4:30pm, Baseball vs Layton @ Roy High 3-4pm, Shakespeare Play 6-9pm @Roy March 28: JV Baseball vs Logan 4-5:30 @ Roy High ROY JR. HIGH March 1: Boys Basketball Game North vs Roy 3pm-4:30pm March 5: Girls Basketball Game Roy 3-4:30 @Roy

March 7: Musical 7-9pm 7th-8th March 8: Girls Basketball vs. Orion @ Sand Ridge 3-5pm March 11: Band Cone Concert 7-8:30pm @RHS



March 7: Eyebrow waxing

Apr 9: Last day AARP Tax preparation Call 801-773-0860 for appointment. All appointments are on Tuesday Please continue to check at the front desk and our board for new activities.

March 12: Roy Cone Beginning Groups Concert 6:30-8pm @ RHS, Orchestra Concert 7:30-8pm @RHS, Girls Basketball VS. North Jr. 3-5pm @ Sand Ridge March 14: Girls Basketball VS. Wahlquist @ Sand Ridge 3-5pm March 19: Girls Basketball Playoff Game 3-5pm March 20: Accreditation Meeting & School Improvement 7:00-7:45am March 21: Baseball VS. South @Sand Ridge 3-5pm

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St. Patricks's Day


March Calendar of Events FUN THINGS TO DO


March 1: Art stroll 7-9pm @ Union Station March 2: Vintage Jewelry and Home Decoration Sale 2-5pm @ Episcopal Church Ogden March 5: Nests, Nooks & Storybooks 4:45pm @ Ogden Nature Center every Tuesday


GENTLE MOVEMENTS Tuesdays @ 10:30am This vibrant, low-impact class combines gentle yoga, strength and stretch, guided dance, and meditation.

March 15: Winter Series Rodeo 7:30-9:30 @ Golden Spike Arena

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Tuesdays @ 3:45pm Activities exploring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) for elementary school-aged children.

March 30: Starbound National Talent Competition 7am-9pm @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre

YOGA Tuesdays @ 6:30pm (No Class March 9) This low-impact activity promotes relaxation and helps reduce stress. Bring your own mat

March 7: Free open riding 8am10am @ Golden Spike Arena

ROY COMPLEX March 1: March Water Aerobic Registration for New Class Members March 11: March Swim Lesson Registration March 15: Open Swim begins 1pm March 16: Gold Dig 10am March 29: April Water Aerobic Registration for New Class Members

PARKS & RECREATION March 1: Spring Sports Registrations Open at , Fun Shot Competition March 9 Regional Fun Shot Competition in Ogden March 16 Last day of games for 4th/5th Team League, 6th/7th Team League, 8th/9th Team League and 3rd grade March 18-22: Team League Tournaments March 23: Last day of games for 2nd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade and 7th grade March 30: Last day of games for 4th grade March 31: Spring Sports Registration Closes April 1: Roy Days Vendor, Parade and Entertainer Registrations Open at www.

DISCOVERY TIME Wednesdays @ 10:30 & 11:30am Separate sessions for ages 0-3 and 4-5. Help your child get ready to read with stories, music, and learning activities. YOUTH CHESS CLUB Wednesdays @ 4pm Players of all skill levels are invited to learn and play the ultimate intellectual game. TAI CHI Saturdays @ 10am (No Class March 9) Experience this gentle form of martial arts that uses slow, controlled movements to regulate breathing and build stamina. SENSORY STORY HOUR March 2 @ 10:30am Designed for children with special needs. Learning and fun are encouraged with books and activities that integrate the five senses. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR SEUSS March 2 @ 1pm Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Weber County Library! Learn about the beloved children’s book author and enjoy games, treats, and activities based on his classic stories. MAHJONG CLUB March 7 @ 4am Test your skill and luck as you play this ancient Chinese game with friends and new acquaintances.

TEEN TECH WEEK: GEEK TRIVIA March 7 @ 6:30pm Students ages 12-18 come get connected during Teen Tech Week with geek trivia at the Library. Answer a wide variety of tech-based questions and compete for the ultimate prize. WEBER READS PROGRAM: About the Transcontinental Railroad, How Ogden became the junction city and why Salt Lake never forgave us. March 12 @ 7pm Historian and author Val Holley will share stories and insights into the train coming to Ogden and the impact the railroad had on the city’s development from 1869 to 1900. The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin March 13 @ 7pm Jim Stringer’s head is full of the romance of the railways, not of its dangers, but that’s what he finds when he takes a job on the funeral line from Waterloo to Brookwood Cemetery. His predecessor has gone missing and if he can’t solve this perplexing Edwardian mystery, he’ll wind up with a one-way ticket on the Necropolis Railway. Iron Ladies of the American Railroad March 19 @ 7pm Stories of the hard-working women who entered the world of railroading as clerks, laundresses, engineers and more. FIGURE STUDY March 27 @ 7pm REGISTER: 801-337-2670 Learn drawing techniques for capturing proportion, skeletal and muscle structure, and the finer detail of the human figure. ADULT CHESS CLUB Mar 30 @ 12pm Meet up with friends and make new acquaintances as you test your skill at this challenging game. NATIONAL CRAYON DAY Mar 30 @ 1pm Celebrate this age-old coloring tool and learn about its history. Stories, treats, and a variety of crayon crafts will be available. visit our website at www.weberpl.lib. for more activities.

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Water For Roy By Marge Becraft Ever wonder why Roy Front Runner Station has giant shovels among the trees and flowering shrubs? In 1873, water was first brought in a wagon by Williams Evans Baker, Roy’s first settler, from Muskrat Springs (Hooper) because there was no water source in the area. He spent six months in Muskrat Springs and then six months in the area which would become Roy. Soon, other relatives joined him. If the settlers of Roy were ever going to grow anything, they had to have a source of water. The farmers in the area knew of springs of water up Weber Canyon, 16 miles away. That was the answer to their dilemma! Papers were drawn up and the farmers began in 1881 to build the canal. Early in 1881, construction work began at the mouth of Weber Canyon. Work on the canal was a family affair. The townspeople brought shovels, wheelbarrows, teams, and scrapers to work. Sections were assigned to each farmer. All families participated. Women gathered rocks in their aprons to throw aside, and the children cleared the brush and supplied drinking water to the workers. Water was turned into the flume they built on June 7, 1883, under the name of the Davis and Weber County Canal Company. The canal was finally completed so the barren sandy wastes of “Sandridge” became productive. The canal runs along by 5600 S. by the entrance to HAFB. If you have a chance, stop by the Front Runner Station and read the inscription on the shovels that tell where it all began! Above: Giant Shovel Locatated at the Roy Front Runner Station. Lower left: Inscription on Shovel

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Students of the Month A Step Above

Aisleigh Escobedo

Josh Gallegos

"Out of all the things you wear, a smile is the most fashionable." –Unknown

“The brave do not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” –Bill See

AWARDS: Student of the Month 2015 NJHS Secretary 2016 Hope Squad 2016 Best Teammate 2017 Hosa Secretary 2017 S.T.E.M. Certificate 2017 Hosa 2018 Homecoming Candidate 2018

AWARDS: 1st Team All-Region V 2nd Team All-Area Honorable Mention All-State Academic All-Region V 3rd Place at Utah State Weightlifting Competition 3.83 Cumulative GPA Team Captain Junior & Senior Year Honor Roll Student Iron Lion Award for 2 years

TALENTS & HOBBIES Loves to hang out with friendsv Loves to play guitar Participated on a competition cheer team for four years Loves to bowl Loves to lift other people up SERVICE: Donated clothes Blood donor Made beaded bracelets for people in Honduras Volunteer at a nursing home

Help us celebrate students with a sponsorship!

TALENTS & HOBBIES Football Freestyle skiing Xbox Wakeboarding Hunting Horseback Riding SERVICE: Laid sod at Emma Russell Park with Roy High football team Helped families move into new homes “Feed My Starving Children” for Washington Heights Church

Honor our Students of the Month Sponsorships available. Help honor and recognize local outstanding students and have your logo featured here. Call us for details. (801) 721-3762



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Egg Shell Garden Starters BY MELISSA SPELTS

A couple years ago, when snow was still on the ground, I couldn’t stop dreaming of the day I could start my garden. I longed to be outdoors and to have the

sun on my face. A long winter will do that to you and as I am writing this in February and it is still snowing, I am feeling it again. Having a garden can be so rewarding. Going out and picking fruit and veggies as you need them for your meals is the best feeling. I am not perfect at gardening but being in Utah you don’t have to be. Everything seems to grow here with little effort, I know from trying to garden in Las Vegas that it isn’t so easy everywhere. I decided to save us some money by starting my garden from seeds indoors. It was so fun watching my seeds change daily into a plant you would find in the gardening section of the supermarket. I felt so proud of my efforts. Ryan was sweet and a week before Mother’s day bought and prepped new soil for my garden. We checked the weather and it looked like it would be blue skies through Mother’s Day. Even though experienced gardeners would have said wait until after Mother’s Day, I felt we were safe. Unfortunately, a couple days after planting our garden, it snowed and the wind howled. I lost some of my garden but still managed to reap a good harvest. Seriously Utah, you ROCK!

Garden Starts 101

FIRST: Plants seeds in each egg shell with planting soil. Label each one.

Utah weather can be tricky in the spring. Try and plant after the last frost. If needed you can cover your seedlings wth a blanket for bad weather.

What You’ll Need: Egg Shells split in half (as close as you can) Planting Soil Seeds

Perks to using eggshells as your base… • Eggshells are pretty much free if you eat eggs like my family • They are full of calcium which is great for your seeds • They are super easy to plant because the shell can go into the ground with your plant.

I called the state agriculture department to ask about proper timing and Helen Muntz gave me some great ideas. • Try out vegetable varieties that aren’t always available as transplants. Look for the characteristics that works best for you, such as size, flavor, and use. Helen’s favorite tomato for example is called Super Sauce. It produces tomatoes the size of your hand, the fruit is meaty and very flavorful. • If you aren’t sure where to start, you can check out the USU Extension publication called “Recommended Vegetable Varieties for Northern Utah.” • Call the Utah State Horticulture if you have questions. They were super helpful to me. 801-399-8200

NEXT: Give them plenty of warm sunshine and water and watch them grow!

PLANT! Your starts are ready to continue growing outside. Plant directly into soil, no need to remove eggshells. Follow recommendations on seed packet of how far to space.

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LUCKY? Why do some people seem to have the odds always in their favor?



ome people have all the luck! Have you ever known someone who was extremely lucky? Someone who seems to not only have a silver lining to their clouds but the rain drops are also diamonds! I am not talking about someone who is by nature positive or optimistic, but I am referring to people who against all odds are very lucky.

The Lucky Sister I have five sisters and each of them are great, but one of them is one of the luckiest people I have ever known when it comes to winning things in drawings. It all started when she was quite young-I would say 8 or 9 years old- and she along with the rest of our family attended a credit union banquet. There was a

drawing and she entered and won the grand prize…a TV. None of us could believe it and I was particularly miffed because she was younger than me and was now able to have a TV in her room since she had won it. What the heck!?! I recently texted her for details and she told me that she has had an incredible run at winning things in drawings. She listed off 15 drawings she has won something in with winnings reaching over $1500 over the years. She actually has a sixth sense when she is going to win a drawing. Maybe she should try the lottery or something.

a call on her cell phone from someone claiming to represent Staples® and they needed information from her. She didn’t believe them and actually hung up on them. They called back and persuaded her to stay on the line. It turned out that she had actually won the drawing and was being awarded a brand new Audi TT convertible!! A few weeks later a beautiful sports car was delivered to her door. Wow, that is lucky. Amber also said the last time she was with her at a drawing, Ashley won 9 times on a $20 donation. Some people just have a gift. Obviously Ashley is one of them.

The Car-Winning Friend

The Survivor/Lottery Winner

I also spoke to a resident, Amber Stokes, who told me that she has a friend named Ashley who tends to win at raffles all the time as well. Her best win came one day when she was ordering office supplies on the Staples® website and she decided to enter the drawing they were running for a new une is Good fort . car. She forgot all about y on its wa it and one day she got

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A quick internet search reveals hundreds of stories and even some videos of some very lucky people. One told of an Australian man who was nearly killed in a car accident and was even taken off life support and yet still survived. When he awoke, he celebrated his unlikely survival by scratching off a lottery card on which he won about $12,000 US. A local news station thought that was fascinating and so they brought him on the news and purchased him an additional lottery card

so he could reenact the moment when he won the money. He proceeded to scratch off and win an additional $180,000 US on live TV. That is a lucky man. I think the fact that he survived a major car accident was the luckiest part.

The 4x Lottery Winner Another story told of Joan Ginther who has won the lottery 4 times. Did you know you are more likely to be struck by an asteroid than you are to win the lottery? Well Joan has defied that statistic by winning 4 times -and not small tickets either; she has won over $20mm.

The "I Escaped Death 9 times" There was also the story of a man who had escaped death not one or two times but 9 times. In very dramatic accidents or health scares. He was pulled from a frozen river after his train derailed and crashed. 17 others lost their lives and Frane Selak only had a broken arm. As if that wasn’t lucky enough, a year later, he was on a private plane which started to lose altitude quickly. There was a malfunctioning door and Frane was blown out of that door when it opened. He then fell into a haystack (true story) and was the sole survivor of 20 people on that plane. The last time he defied death was when he swerved to miss a truck on a mountain road. His car struck the guard rail which threw him from his car (he must have had a thing about not wearing seatbelts!). He watched as his car careened 300 feet into the canyon below. To top all of this off, in 2003 Frane won $1.1 million from the lottery, making him a wealthy man. Now that is lucky!

Lucky Symbols There are many symbols of luck

that we as a society have developed. Ancient sailors viewed the albatross as a sign of luck; to the English, the horseshoe is a sign of luck; to the Native American the dreamcatcher is lucky; and Americans view the Rabbit’s Foot as lucky...well maybe not for the rabbit, but you know... for the guy who buys it. And what about 4 leaf clovers? So is being lucky a thing of chance? These examples would seem to suggest that some people are luckier than others. When I talked to my sister about her luck at winning things, she said she has always considered herself lucky. She read somewhere that you can envision yourself winning and it will happen. Maybe she simply benefited from “proof” in her own mind that she could win because of that early win at the credit union banquet and has thus always assumed that she would win in future drawings and attracted that success to herself. If you read the popular book or watch the movie titled The Secret, you will find conversations with many very successful people who believe and teach that the Law of Attraction is the key to luck.

equation where we get a result in direct proportion to the effort we put in?

The Parking Spot There are many philosophies of success and the art of creating luck. I believe that you can attract to you success but it does require a conscious effort. My kids and I have a running joke about my parking spot at our local Walmart®. The second stall was available a couple of times in a row after we had taken a few consecutive trips to the Wal. I jokingly told my kids that they saved that spot for me and that it had become my spot. I am

Did you know you are more likely to be struck by an asteroid than you are to win the lottery?

Born Lucky or Create Luck? The question many would pose; “Are some people just born lucky, or can one create luck?” I remember starting off really well at a job which was an exact alignment of my skill set which I had developed over a 20 year career. The supervisor said, wow you are doing really well at this, you’re like an overnight success! I responded, yeah anyone else can be an overnight success too, so long as they do what I have done for the previous 20 years before they start here. He laughed and agreed that my previous experience was the key. So can we really create our own luck or is it a simple math

amazed now at how many times we pull into the parking lot and my spot is there waiting for me. It is an ongoing joke with my kids. The other day, someone was in my spot but the one next to it was open. My kids exclaimed “how could they let someone have your spot dad?” I figured one spot off wasn’t too bad.

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Tricks and Tips to Help You


Pursue worthwhile things that matter to you: Decide what it is, and read, study and learn everything you can about the subject. Put one foot in front of

the other. Start moving forward and start learning as you go. I have often taught a new sales person to go get their nose bloodied, or go make mistakes. I don’t think you even know what you don’t know until you make mistakes and learn from them. Also know in advance what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve what you want.


Persevere: I have always loved the story of the man who dug to within 3 feet of gold in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The man in the story catches the gold

fever and heads west to dig for gold. He staked a claim and began digging. He eventually found some gold and was excited to mine the vein. He would need to get some help and raise money to get the equipment he needed to mine the ore. He borrowed and enrolled family and friends in the cause and went back to the mines with the needed but expensive equipment. They pulled out the initial haul and were excited because they had found a rich vein that was sure to bring wealth and prosperity to the man and his family. Unfortunately the vein they had found soon ended and they began to only pull up rocks. They drilled and drilled hoping desperately to find again the vein but they were unsuccessful. They quit and gave up. They sold their equipment to a junk dealer and went back home to answer to unpaid debts. The junk dealer was an enterprising man and wondered about this mine. He decided to get the advice of a mining engineer to see if there was still a possibility of finding gold in the abandoned mine. The engineer surveyed the project and said that he believed the previous operation failed because they didn’t follow the fault line and that they were merely 3 feet from where gold would be found. He was right. The junk dealer found gold and pulled millions of dollars worth from the same mine that bankrupted the previous miners.

In Conclusion


Seek Expert Opinions: The junk dealer showed wisdom in seeking the advice of a successful person in his new field of pursuit. I have often had the chance to hire

new sales people at various jobs I have had over the years. One of the most challenging things I experienced were sales people who, with all sorts of promise and potential, would listen to a negative family member or friend and remove themselves from the chance to succeed. I always say, if you want to learn something, don’t ask the guy on the couch with an opinion on everything, ask someone who is good at it. And if you want to be great at something, ask someone who is great at it and replicate their approach.


Be flexible: I have often found that success looks different from what I had originally envisioned in my mind. My first


Count your blessings: I find that I feel much luckier when I acknowledge the blessings and beauty in my own life. It

job out of high school was what most would consider very successful. I made more money than I thought possible. I was a top performing district manager and had seen great success. The only problem was, I was working 60 hours a week in the off season and around 90 in the busy season. I am a huge fan of working hard but I was sacrificing something more important to me than money… my family. I made a change because I wanted something more than the money I was earning. I found success in other ways that weren’t so time consuming. They still took work, just not life consuming work.

helps me to stop envying those around me who seem to have “all the luck!” It also gives me perspective. I once complained and worried to a business mentor about the struggles I was having in my business. He told me to stop for a minute and look back to a year ago and see where we were comparatively. By doing so, I was moved by the progress we had made and it helped me to realize that the problems we were having were natural and part of what we could overcome by continuing to move forward. It also made me grateful for where we had come from.

These tips might not help you win the lottery and definitely will not help you survive a plane, train or car crash, but I believe they can help you create some of your own luck in your life. I have also found that timing is everything. Sometimes the stars align yet at other times they do not. It takes wisdom to know when things aren’t aligning so you can adjust the set of your sails. Like the ocean the tide comes in at times and recedes at others. You can either be frustrated at the receding sea or you can grab a board and enjoy the waves. We would love to hear about your stories of luck or success. Find us on Facebook and share your story. You can also enter to win in one of our monthly contests with great prizes. Maybe you can test the theory of attracting a win to yourself and let us know how it works.

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Precious Pet


This schnorkiepoo (that is the designer name for park schnauzer, yorkie and toy poodle) get a lot of love frome her family. By Melissa Spelts


hat a life this pretty girl has... We are talking about the dog of course. Indiana Jones (Indy) has been part of the family for seven years. She came to us from a family member who named her Indiana Jones before realizing that she was a girl. We decided to keep her name, and she has been known as Indy ever since. She has been such a good dog. Apparently she is a “designer dog,” part schnauzer, yorkie and toy poodle or schnorkiepoo. My husband calls her a mutt. The best part is that she doesn’t shed. She is more like a cat than a dog in that she likes to nap throughout the day and usually sleeps in until about 9. She doesn’t like to play fetch, though she loves having someone pet her and will sit for hours at a time just getting touched and rubbed. We and our five children love having Indy in our family. We love our Indy girl.

Designer Dogs In short, they are two in one. What’s funny about the term “designer” dog breeds is that these dogs are all just adorable (but trendy) mutts! Indy (her full name is Indiana Jones) with one of her favorite humans, Lucy, enjoys hours of petting


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March, the Month with an IDENTITY CRISIS! BY KEN YOUNG


ou have to feel sorry for the month of March. Poor March, the only month that suffers with a crippling conundrum of what he wants to be when he grows up. One day March is 65 degrees with magnificent spring sunshine, the crocuses are blooming, robins singing, people are smiling out in the yards, the next day, WHAM! A snow storm makes an encore visit from February who feels cheated because she only gets to have 28 days to showcase her winter weather. But then two days later the sun is out and the crocuses are back in action followed by another remnant of winter. My oh my, the weather mood swings of March are crazier than an out of control Yo-yo on a rollercoaster. With this flip flopping you would think Congress was in control of the weather. But you really can’t fault March for this state of personality uncertainty. To begin with there is the rule that a groundhog dictates whether or not winter will be continuing from February into March. That is disconcerting. Think about it, how would you feel if you knew your fate was in the hands (or paws) of a pudgy rodent?

After the insulting “destiny by rodent” edict, March is then blessed with the mascot of Leprechauns. The flummoxed weather conditions are certainly influenced by the shenanigans of Leprechauns as they cavort about all the while foisting their mystical pranks on innocent winter weary folks. At the least we should all be grateful we don’t have a month that has Bigfoot as the mascot. Also, how could you expect a month to get its seasons correct when we can’t even reach a consensus on how to set our clocks in March. “What time is it?” “Right now?” “Well Duh! Of course I mean right now.” “I just ask, because if this was yesterday at this time, this wouldn’t be right now, it would be an hour from now, either earlier or later, I’m not sure. But if you ask me tomorrow, what time is it, I will definitely tell you I’m still not sure what time it is. But then what did you expect, this is March, kind of the Twilight Time Zone of the year.”

After the insulting “destiny by rodent” edict, March is then blessed with the mascot of Leprechauns. If all of this is not enough, there is the Vernal Equinox of March that adds even more instability. The month starts out with more dark than light then has to do an about face and give more daylight than night. Poor March comes along, minding his own business, being a night person, then is mandated to change to being a morning person. Most people would rise to an insurrection if they were forced into such disagreeable conditions. What is a person to do to cope with these wild asymmetrical oscillations in the weather? Think ahead. It won’t be long, in the depths of the Dog Days of summer, during a string of 100 degree days, when most folks will once again be commiserating about the hardships of disagreeable weather. Oh how a small morsel of March’s capricious weather antics would be appreciated at that time. It’s all a matter of having the proper perspective and enjoying the moment, regardless of the variations of weather. Think of getting through March like a child turning the crank on an old time Jack-in the-box, listening to the tune with great anticipation. At some random time the clown jumps out of the box, the child laughs with delight with the surprise, closes the box and repeats. You can’t change the weather. Just keep turning the crank and smile with the spontaneous variety that is sure to pop up.

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Brand New Burger King coming to Roy A Brand New Burger King is opening in Roy. You may have noticed that the vacant restaurant in front of Harmons on 1900 W has been remodeled recently. It is soon to be another Meridian Restaurant. Meridian Restaurants was established in 2002 and is headquartered in Ogden, UT. Today they have over 130 restaurants with the new Roy location to be their latest. This will bring 50 new jobs to the area and another choice for eating out. Meridian Restaurants name was chosen to represent what the company stands for, “Meridian” is defined as the pinnacle, the best … striving for excellence! The company purpose is to make a positive difference in peoples lives. The lives of our team members, our guests and our communities.” Meridian places emphasis on being part of the community and supporting the communities in which their restaurants operate. They are very excited to open this new establishment to not only employ Roy community members but to serve the great tastes of Burger King to the community as well. As they say at Meridian, get ready to LOVE your job. They work every day to live a mission of LOVE through core values and a culture of accountability. Meridian wants leaders that LOVE what they do, LOVE their fellow team members and LOVE their guests. They believe the most important emotion in life is LOVE!



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INDIVIDUAL TAX RATES: The Act reduced tax rates by 2-3% in each bracket and also made tax brackets wider. The individual income tax rates for 2018 range from 10% to 37% depending on your taxable income. Capital gain rates range from 0-20% depending on the income tax bracket.

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DEPENDENCY EXEMPTIONS: The Act eliminated dependency exemptions. In past years, there was a deduction ($4,050 in 2017) for each person living in a household. This deduction has been eliminated. CHILD TAX CREDIT AND FAMILY CREDIT: To help mitigate the elimination of the dependency exemptions, the Act doubled the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000. The Child Tax Credit is available for dependents age 16 or younger. The Child Tax Credit is phased out starting at taxable income of $200,000 for single and $400,000 for married filing joint returns. This means that more families will benefit from this credit. The Family Tax Credit is a new $500 credit available for dependents age 17-24 with similar phase out rules.

CORPORATE TAX RATES: The Act adjusted the tax rate for all C-Corporations to a flat 21%. Due to this change, it may be advantageous to reevaluate the entity structure of a business. Companies that are S-Corporations, LLCs or Partnerships may benefit from this flat tax rate because it could be lower than the rate on individual taxes.

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PASS-THROUGH INCOME DEDUCTION: The Act created a new deduction for Pass-Through Entities which include LLCs, Partnerships, S-Corporations, Sole Proprietorships and rental activities. This deduction can be up to 20% of the income that is reported on your return from a pass-through entity. This deduction will reduce taxable income which in turn will reduce taxes.

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Enjoy this delicious meal for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate with GREEN!

Recipes and photos by Charlotte Hancey

I love making unique “green” food for my family’s St. Patrick’s Day meal. These enchiladas are full of flavor and are an easy weeknight dinner. They taste like you spent hours though! Split into two pans and pop one in the freezer to have on hand for busy nights or unexpected guests.

Enchiladas Verdes

2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon chili powder 4 oz can diced green chilies ½ large yellow onion, diced (3/4 cup) 28 March 2019 |

3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 28 oz can green enchilada sauce, divided ¾ cup sour cream 12 flour tortillas, soft taco sized 3 cups Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (recipe continued on next page)


(continued Enchiladas Verdes) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken in a bowl and add garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, and green chilies. Stir to combine and set aside. Add olive oil to a small skillet and heat to medium. Add onions and cook 5-7 minutes or until they start to brown a little. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add onions and garlic to chicken. Add ¼ cup of enchilada sauce to the chicken mixture as well then stir to combine. In a separate bowl, add remaining enchilada sauce and sour cream. Whisk to combine. Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Ladle about ¾ cup of the sauce mixture into the dish and spread with the back of a spoon. Add 1/3 cup chicken mixture to center of tortilla then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese. Roll up tightly and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. They will be packed in tight. Pour sauce mixture over the top, being careful to leave the open ends of the tortillas exposed (so they can get crispy). Add remaining 2 cups of cheese to the top. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with Avocado Green Salsa (recipe on right). A FEW TIPS: • This can easily be made in two smaller pans. Pop one in the freezer and save it for later! • Warm tortillas in the microwave before assembling for more pliability.


Growing up in the Houston area, green salsa was a staple at every Mexican restaurant. There are many different versions, but this one reminds me of my home state the most. It is bright, tangy, creamy and bursting with flavor! It is a must-have accompaniment to my Enchiladas Verdes!

Avocado Green Salsa

½ lb fresh tomatillos (4-5) ½ cup large yellow onion 4 cloves garlic 2 ripe avocados, pitted and skin removed 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed ½ bunch cilantro Juice of ½ a lime 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup water Remove husks from tomatillos and wash to remove stickiness. Cut in quarters and place in food processor or blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to create desired consistency. Taste and add more salt if needed. *No need to remove stems from cilantro.

About our recipe contributor Charlotte Hancey was born and raised in East Texas but now calls North Ogden home. She loves to make dishes from her childhood and create new ones with a Texas twist! When she’s not cooking for her husband and three kids, she loves to do cooking segments for ABC4’s Good Things Utah. Find her on Instagram @charlotte.shares AND

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When I first met my wife, she and I were both starving college students. This poorness was ever present in our grocery shopping. I would go to Melissa’s apartment and she would be eating dinner, which usually consisted of a baked potato. That was it. Sometimes, when she could afford it, she would put ketchup on the potato, but she couldn’t afford toppings. I thought she was crazy, but little did I know at the time but the potato contains all of the nutrients we need to survive, a healthy choice for my starving student wife-to-be. Today potatoes have actually gotten a bit of a black eye because of how we prepare them. Deep frying for fries or chips is just one example. However, even a baked potato contains a large amount of calories when you add butter and sour cream to it. Jamie Renda,

the Pot Roast Potato. We also tried a couple salads. Melissa really enjoyed the Asian Sesame and I thought the summer berry with raspberry vinaigrette was awesome. The sweetness of the dressing was offset beautifully by the savory goat cheese topping the salad. Very good! The menu also has delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Jamie is currently on the Keto diet and she loves having a sweet potato with butter and broccoli. Many of her vegan customers like the options she has with vegetable curry and other all-vegetable options that are delicious. Plus 90% of her menu is gluten free as well, which is great for those of you who have celiac disease or are just avoiding gluten.

owner of Brixton’s in Ogden by the Megaplex, hatched the idea of creating delicious dishes using popular entrees to top the potato instead of the standard butter, sour cream and chives. By doing so, she has created a very healthy, caloriefriendly meal using one of the most popular crops in the world.

They have delicious toppings for their oven baked potatoes like Chicken Alfredo (560 Calories), Chili Verde (560 calories), Pot Roast (450 calories), Thai Curry (640 calories) and Hawaiian BBQ (650 calories). Each of these is a full and filling meal and the calorie counts are better than many salads or soups. My favorite was the Chili Verde and my wife loved

MORE THAN POTATOES! Brixton's also offers salads like the summer berry above, sandwiches, smoothies, soups and a new addition: waffles!

Jamie has also ventured out recently and started offering some sweeter options. She purchased a waffle maker and makes a southern style waffle that

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can be topped with many toppings from fresh fruit to more indulgent options like Nutella® and Peanut Butter. I tried the buttermilk syrup and pecans on a waffle and it was awesome, and I hear their cinnamon rolls are amazing too (probably not as calorie-friendly, but yum!). Brixton’s is a great place to grab a healthy bite without taking a bite out of your wallet. Meals average between $4 and $8. The great thing is there are lots of options for kids as well, like the waffles or mash and cheese which is mashed potatoes and melted cheddar or even a simple favorites grilled cheese sandwich. A great place to Pot Roast take the family Potato or to hit up Tender, full of before your next flavor & drowned in gravy. Green beans movie night at included. the Megaplex. Go enjoy a Chili Verde healthy loaded Potato (pictured above) potato or have Chicken or pork one delivered smothered in fresh green chili sauce, with Door cheese, onions, sour Dash®! cream and cilantro.


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