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he following excerpt was taken from a journal of one of Lanny Holbrooks’s ancestors. It is an entry about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.

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“Today we hardly hear of Smallpox. ... Smallpox symptoms was [sic] a severe fever, aching and pain, rash and pustules on the skin. Later on, scabbing would occur leading to permanent scaring. The disease thru it[s] different stages lasted up to 4 week[s]. The mortality rate was 3 out of 10 died from this disease. ...

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After purchasing the 30-acre farm from Alvin Waite in 1966, he [Alvin Waite] related some of the history behind the little brick home on 1700 S 2177 W. The Horton Fisher family moved to Syracuse from Bountiful and built a home about 1910 having 3 children. Martha Stoker Fisher, the mother, came down with Smallpox. The family fearing for their lives boarded up the bedroom door preventing any contact with them. My grandfather, Joseph Holbrook, a young man at the time, had had Smallpox in prior years and had survived. He was asked to provide care thru the east window of the bedroom. All supplies and access was [sic] thru the window. At the young age of 30, she passed away, and her body was taken thru the window on March 2, 1913 leaving her family. Her mother, Kate Stoker, took over the task of raising the young children. ... A voice from the past says, “You don’t know how good you got it!” Lonny Holbrook stated in his letter, which was sent in response to the mayor’s request for family histories, “This doesn’t address the COVID-19 situation, but the epidemic has put our lives on hold and estranges us from our friends and family.”1 Mr. Holbrook is correct; our lives have been placed on hold through the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has now been well over a year since the city council has met in council chambers. A year ago at this time, our City Manager, Brody Bovero, partially activated the City’s Emergency Operations Committee [EOC]. At first, that body met three times a week. Today, understanding more about the transmission of the virus, it meets twice a month. The first mission of the EOC was to protect staff so that the level of service to all residents could remain. That mission was successful. Next, the city, through the use of CARES Act monies, has helped local businesses with PPE and grants to assist them in providing goods and services to the community. To date, the city has distributed just short of two million dollars to county and city businesses. With the help of staff, Brody has maintained a living management document which has addressed issues that have presented themselves to the city as this year has progressed. This document has helped the EOC flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve in Syracuse. As of the date of this writing, 3,275 of the Syracuse community members have had COVID-19; 69 of you are suffering from it now. Those statistics would be much worse without the efforts of Brody and the EOC. Hats off to you all! For the rest of us, the race is nearly won. Mayor Mike Gailey 1 Excerpt from a letter sent by Lanny Holbrook to the Mayor in response to the Mayor’s request for family histories of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic

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Syracuse City Updates Your City Council at Work

RDA board and approved a tax-increment-funded infrastructure project that will increase access around Bluff Ridge Drive and encourage commercial development. Using tax-increment funds (which is collected from properties within the specific redevelopment area), the RDA will reimburse some of the costs associated with the improvements. It is anticipated that some development will occur this year – including a public access point to Antelope Drive, east of the Pizza Factory – with retail and flex-office space coming in the following years.

On March 9, the council met in a business meeting and as a Redevelopment Agency. Here’s a synopsis of their actions: •

SEL Day: Issued a proclamation that March 26 is Social and Emotional Learning Day and expressed support for a program called Everyday Strong. SEL relates to empathy and the formation of healthy relationships, and Everyday Strong helps parents and caregivers provide healthy emotional environments in which children can develop SEL and thrive.

Still Water Plats: Approved the final plats of Still Water Development Phases 10 and 11. These represent the final phases of the Still Water Development on the Southern border of Syracuse. Development of those lots is ongoing.

500 West: Authorized an amendment to an agreement with Clearfield City related to the construction of 500 West. When constructed, it will connect 500 West (near Barlow Park) to Antelope Drive, providing improved access and circulation to the area. Clearfield is spearheading the construction in a project largely funded by grant dollars.

Sewers: Affirmed the city’s annual report on our sewer system. We are happy to report that there were no known sewage back-ups in our system in 2020.

Access Improvements: The Council met as an

Plat Approval Authority: Amended code related to administrative approvals of preliminary and final plats, giving final authority for those decisions to the Syracuse Planning Commission.

Election Services: Authorized agreement with Davis County to provide election services for the city’s 2021 municipal elections.

Volunteers Needed – The council discussed the difficulty we’ve had filling various volunteer boards in the city. We need civic-minded individuals for positions on multiple boards, which may include the Planning Commission, Architectural Review Committee, Arts Council, and Board of Adjustment. These are a great way to connect to others in the community and gain experience with how things work in the city. Inquiries should be directed to Shauna Greer through sgreer@ syracuseut.com.

Open Burning Regulations It is that time of year. Spring is in the air, and we are all excited to get outside and get our yards ready to enjoy summer barbeques and family gatherings around the fire pit. We wanted to send a quick reminder that open burning of brush, leaves, grass clippings, or any other yard waste is not allowed within Syracuse City Limits. Open burning is only allowed at properties in an agricultural zone, properties having 20 or more trees, and properties at least two acres in size. Recreational burns are allowed in established firepits using firewood (logs) only. Except for barbecue, gas, and charcoal grills, no burning shall be undertaken within 25 feet from any combustible material, combustible wall, or partition. Rec burns should not take place during poor air quality days – Red Air days. To learn the current day’s air quality, visit the Utah Department of Air Quality at https://air.utah.gov. Whether it is an agricultural burn or a recreational burn, please contact the fire station at 801614-9614 and inform them of the address and time the burn will take place. This information will be passed along to our dispatch and hopefully minimize an unexpected visit from the fire department. Thank you for your cooperation and please feel free to contact the fire station with any questions. Stay Safe Syracuse!

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Syracuse City Arts Council The Syracuse City Symphony Orchestra will be performing a free concert on May 10th at 7 p.m. @ Syracuse High School Auditorium. Please adhere to school district policies for mask wearing and social distance seating. SCAC is presenting “Folktales and Fairy Tales from Around the World”, an online Readers Theatre by the Junior Theater cast of kids ages 8-18 on April 9th @ 7:30 p.m. Please support these young thespians and watch it performed live on Zoom and streamed to our Facebook page.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt! The annual Syracuse Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Founder’s Park on Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. SHARP! Children 11 years of age and younger are welcome to participate. The Easter Bunny will be there for picture-taking with the children. Accommodations for special needs children will be available.

Junior Theatre Camp, “Going Places,” is June 7-18, Mon-Fri at 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Kids will learn acting skills, choreography, songs, and backstage skills, among other fun theater activities. Registration starts May 1st. Please see our webpage syracuseutaharts.org. Fees are $40 (city resident) and $45 (non-resident) for ages 5-17 years. We still need adult volunteers and teen counselors to help. Email info@syracuseutaharts.org if interested.

Spring Festival at the Syracuse Regional Museum Free admission & Free Candy!

The Junior Theater committee will also be having auditions for “Matilda Jr.” July 29-31, with rehearsals to begin in August. Watch for more details and times. Mark your calendars for Big Fish, the musical, June 16-21 at the Syracuse Arts Academy Amphitheater! We would like to thank these groups for their generous support of the arts in our community, including the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. In conjunction with the city’s Easter Bunny event, come join the Syracuse Regional Museum to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

Saturday, April 3rd 10 am ~12 pm

Employee Spotlight- Jo Hamblin Deputy Fire Chief Our employee spotlight for April is Jo Hamblin, the Deputy Fire Chief. He has served the people of Syracuse in the Fire Department for over 25 years. He does an amazing job in helping supervise, train, and ensure quality service is provided by the City. He is an accomplished hunter, and has assisted his children in 4-H programs and raising awardwinning livestock. Way to go, Jo!

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Public Works Update Flushable but not dissolvable wipes – Just because you CAN flush it does not mean you SHOULD flush it. Even wipes labeled as “flushable” can lead to toilet and pipe blockages. Please dispose of floatable, flushable wipes in the garbage to avoid possible sewer back-ups. Secondary water – Clean your filters and have your valves turned off prior to April 15th. Do not turn the city valve on or off. To request assistance with the city valve, please submit a fix-it ticket on the website, or for emergency shut off’s, call 801-825-7235. We expect to have the system to full pressure by April 21, 2021. Please call Public Works if you do not have secondary water by then. When would I need an excavation permit? Excavation permits are required for any work that is performed inside the city right-of-way (i.e., road, sidewalk, park-strip) that requires cutting asphalt, concrete, or excavations deeper than 6 inches. Examples may

include widening a drive approach, repairing underground utilities, and so forth. Permits are obtained at Public Works and online. Remember to call 811 for Blue Stakes before you start installing fences, landscaping, sprinklers, RV Pads, accessory buildings, swimming pools, trampoline pits, or anything that requires digging. It is a state law to contact Blue Stakes of Utah at least two full business days prior to any digging in order to have all utilities marked. Some utilities are located in back yards. Please be aware that if Blue Stakes is called for a project on or near your property, utility companies and city employees may need to enter your back yard to mark the utilities that are located in the back yard. This increases safety awareness to you or your contractor by knowing where underground utilities are located, so they do not risk damaging utilities. Blue Stake requests may also be submitted online at www.bluestakes.org. Blue Stakes

City Disaster Exercise BY DAN MERKLING

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Time: 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Activtiy: Zoom Check-In • Connect to the city’s Zoom meeting • Click CHAT button in the bottom bar • Enter your name and phone number Prizes: 10 gift bags/baskets • Selection of small gifts provided by local businesses • Exciting selection of goodies Zoom meeting ID: 836 8318 2029 or us 02web.zoom. us/j/83683182029

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Parks & Recreation Department Pitch, Hit & Run: FREE

Pitch, Hit & Run is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the “FUN” element of baseball/softball. Pitch, Hit & Run tests three of the most fundamental aspects of baseball/softball: pitching, hitting, and running. Participants will compete in each of the three components and accumulate a total score based on his/her performance. This is a FREE program for boys and girls, ages 7-14 (age is determined as of July 17, 2020). This year’s competition will take place Saturday, April 25th, at 11 a.m., at Founders Park (1700 South 1904 West). Please register online at www.pitchhitrun.com.

Jr. Home Run Derby: FREE

Jr. Home Run Derby is a fun and exciting competition for our youth to showcase their hitting abilities, with the opportunity of competing at the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week. There is NO registration fee to participate. Boys and girls are divided into two age divisions, 12U and 14U (age is determined as of July 17, 2020), and will have the chance to advance through three levels of competition. This year’s competition will take place Saturday, April 11th, at 1 p.m., at Founders Park (1700 South 1904 West). Please register online at www.JrHRD.com


Freeze drying retains nutritional value better than other drying methods. The process also preserves the actual color and shape of the original raw food. Freeze drying food at the peak of its ripeness and nutrient content preserves it comparably to using fresh produce. Studies have shown that freeze-dried foods often retain over 90% of the original fresh food’s nutrition. Freeze-dried foods offer a longer shelf life, lower moisture content, and generally taste better than dehydrated foods. Freeze-dried foods rehydrate faster and also retain their original shape, texture, and color better than dehydrated foods. Freeze drying food uses a process called lyophilization to lower the temperature of the product to below freezing, and then a high-pressure vacuum is applied which extracts the water from the food in the form of vapor. This process retains the physical structure of the food product and preserves it for re-hydration at a later date. If you have enough water or ways to purify water, you can easily survive on freezedried foods. Disadvantages: • The equipment needed for this process can be expensive. • The equipment takes up quite a bit of

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space, is not easy to move, and makes a bit of noise. It’s not as common to know how to use freeze-dried food to prepare meals. Freeze-dried foods also take up almost as much space as fresh foods.

To show how easy it is, here is an example: Eggs can be freeze-dried both raw and cooked, but the best way to freeze-dry eggs is raw. Simply crack a large number of eggs into a bowl and quickly scramble. Pour the raw eggs into a tray and freeze dry. Freeze dryers are no longer prohibitively expensive but are still an investment. Freeze dryers may be worth their cost for those who want lightweight, short- or long-term food storage with minimal loss in nutrition and taste. Freeze-dried foods last longer than dehydrated foods. Most freeze-dried foods that you buy are sealed airtight in resilient Mylar packaging, which does take up less space and has up to a twenty-five-year shelf life. Freeze-dried meats are on the lower end of the shelf-life spectrum and last around 10 years. Freeze-drying at home is easier than canning, takes less space when in Mylar bags, and helps food last longer.


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Located at 1875 S 2000 W in Syracuse. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: (801) 451-1850

Job Openings

For a list of current openings with Syracuse City, hover over the Government tab and click on the ‘Employment Opportunities’ link on our main city page www.syracuseut.gov. You can also sign up for Job Alerts by going to that same link.

Fix-It Requests

We appreciate our citizens who help the city to be aware of issues that need to be addressed throughout the city, such as road repairs, street light/sign repair, park maintenance, water problems (culinary & secondary), garbage can pickup, code ordinance enforcement, and employee feedback. The city website is a great tool for providing us with notifications. The Fix-it Request link can be found on our home page by clicking on the REPORT A CONCERN icon.

Passport Applications

Passport application processing services are offered at City Hall between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. More info available on our website www.syracuseut.com/Passports


Notice of 2021 Municipal Election In accordance with UCA 10-3-301 notice is hereby given that the following governing body positions are to be voted upon in the Syracuse City 2021 Municipal Election: • Mayor (4-year term) • Councilmember At-Large (4-year term) • Councilmember At-Large (4-year term) Candidate filing period begins June 1, 2021 and ends June 7, 2021 (UCA 20A-9-203). Declaration of Candidacy must be filed in person at the Syracuse City Recorder’s Office located at 1979 W. 1900 S., Syracuse, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Primary election to be held August 10, 2021. General election to be held November 2, 2021.


Corinne Bolduc: 801-529-5779 cbolduc@syracuseut.com Dave Maughan: 801-927-7752 dmaughan@syracuseut.com Jordan Savage: 385-424-0258 jsavage@syracuseut.com Seth Teague: 951-515-6423 steague@syracuseut.com


City Arts Council: 801-896-8101 volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org City Hall: 801-825-1477 1979 West 1900 South Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, closed holidays City Museum: 801-614-9674 Hours: Tues, Wed, & Thurs 2pm - 5pm Community Center: 801-614-9660 1912 West 1900 South Summer hours: Mon-Thurs-6am-8pm; Fri- 6am-8pm; Sat- 8am-12pm Fire Station: 801-614-9614 1869 South 3000 West Lady Lions Service & Social Club: 801-825-1752 Lions Club: 801-719-1804 Utah Lions District 28UT (open to all) Parks & Recreation: 801-614-9660 1912 W. 1900 S. parksandrecreation@syracuseut.com Police Station: 801-825-4400 1751 South 2000 West Post Office: 801-614-9677 (Inside City Hall) Public Works Facility: 801-825-7235 3061 South 2400 West Utilities Department: 801-825-1477 Opt #2 Volunteer/Eagle Scout Projects: Tess Jones 801-614-9655 tjones@syracuseut.com Youth Council: 801-643-8996 April 2021 | syracuseconnection.com 11

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April Calendar of Events LIBRARY EVENTS The Syracuse Library is now open! Visitors must call 801-451-1850 to make an appointment. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


No school April 1-2 for Spring Break Syracuse High School Apr 1: Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. Apr 5 - 9: Election Week Apr 6: Spring Sport COVID Testing | Baseball @ Lone Peak 3:30 p.m.| Boys Tennis @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. | Boys Basketball Spring Fling 6:30 p.m. Apr 7: Track Meet @ Syracuse 3 p.m. | Softball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. Apr 8: Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Davis 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Davis 7 p.m. Apr 9: Farmington Invitational Track Meet @ Farmington 3 p.m. | Girls Softball @ Riverton 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. Apr 13: Boys Tennis @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Syracuse 5:30 p.m. | Boys Basketball Spring Fling @ Syracuse 6:30 p.m. Apr 14: Track Tai-Meet @ Clearfield 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Region Band @ Farmington 4 p.m. Apr 15: Hosting Jr. High Track Meet @ Syracuse 3 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Clearfield 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Clearfield 7 p.m. Apr 16: Softball @ Herriman/Bingham 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Baseball @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ Auditorium 7 p.m. Apr 17: Davis Invitational Track Meet @ Davis 8 a.m. | Boys Tennis @ Ogden 9 a.m. | Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ auditorium 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Apr 19: Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ Auditorium 7 p.m. Apr 20: Spring Sport Covid Testing 12 p.m. | Baseball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Syracuse 5:30 p.m. Apr 21: Region Large Choir Festival @ Davis 3 p.m. | Track Meet @ Syracuse 3 p.m. | Jazz and Rhythm Section Tryouts @

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Band Room 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. Apr 22: Boys Soccer @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Region Orchestra @ Layton 4 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Syracuse 5:30 p.m. | Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ Auditorium 7 p.m. Apr 23: Baseball @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. | Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ Auditorium 7 p.m. Apr 24: Ogden Invitational Track Meet @ Ogden 8 a.m. | Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ Auditorium 7 p.m. Apr 26: Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Spring Musical “Bright Star” @ Auditorium 7 p.m. Apr 27: Boys Soccer @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Boys Basketball Spring Fling @ Syracuse Main Gym 6:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Roy 7 p.m. Apr 28: Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. Apr 29: Baseball @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Syracuse 5:30 p.m. | Theatre Parents Info Meeting 7 p.m. Apr 30: Woods Cross Invitational Track Meet @ Woods Cross 3 p.m.

Clearfield High School Apr 1: Spring Break No School | Baseball @ Layton 3:30 p.m. Apr 2: Spring Break No School | Scholarship Workshop @ commons 10 a.m. | Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. Apr 5: Cheer Tryout Meeting @ Library 6 p.m. Apr 6: ACT Make-up | Cheer Clinics | Boys Tennis @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. Apr 7: Cheer Clinics | Track @ Layton 3:15 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. Apr 8: Cheer Tryouts | Girls Golf @ Davis Park 12 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Clearfield 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Clearfield 7 p.m. Apr 9: Cheer Tryouts | Scholarship Workshop @ Commons 10 a.m. | Track @ Farmington 3:15 p.m. | Baseball @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. Apr 12: Prom Activity Week | Girls Golf @ The Barn 12 p.m. Apr 13: Boys Soccer @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Clearfield 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Clearfield 7 p.m. Apr 14: Region Band Festival | Track @

Clearfield 3:15 p.m. | Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. Apr 15: Boys Soccer @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Clearfield 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Clearfield 7 p.m. Apr 16: Softball Tournament: Strike Out Cancer @ South Jordan | Girls Golf @ Sun Hills 9 a.m. | Scholarship Workshop @ Commons 10 a.m. | Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. Apr 17: Softball Tournament: Strike Out Cancer @ South Jordan | Track Davis Invitational @ Davis 8 a.m. Apr 19: Advanced Theatre Showcase @ Little Theatre 7 p.m. Apr 20: Boys Soccer @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Layton 5:30 p.m. Apr 21: Region Choir Festival | Track @ Weber 3:15 p.m. | Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. Apr 22: State Theatre Competition @ Riverton | Girls Golf @ Sun Hills 12 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m.| Boys Tennis @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Syracuse 5:30 p.m. Apr 23: State Theatre Competition @ Riverton | Girls Golf @ Valley View 8 a.m. | Scholarship Workshop @ Commons 10 a.m. | Baseball @ Davis 3:30 p.m. Apr 24: State Theatre Competition @ Riverton | Track Morgan Invitational @ Morgan 8 a.m. Apr 26: Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Dance Concert @ auditorium 7 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Clearfield 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Clearfield 7 p.m. | Baseball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. Apr 29: Girls Golf @ Valley View 12 p.m. | Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Fremont 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Fremont 7 p.m. Apr 30: Girls Region Golf @ The Ridge 8 a.m. | Scholarship workshop @ Commons 10 a.m. Syracuse Jr. Apr 10: Tentative: Robotics State Championship Apr 14: Community Council 4 p.m. Apr 17: Tentative: Robotics State Championship Apr 20-22: Cheerleading Tryouts @ 3:15 p.m. Apr 21: District Jazz Band Festival

+ COMMUNITY Apr 23: Cheerleading Tryouts @ 2:30 p.m. Syracuse Arts Academy Apr 21-22: Parent Teacher Conference / Early Out Apr 23: No School Legacy Jr. Apr 6: AP Environment Science Review 3 p.m. Apr 7: Building Community Digital Assembly @ 2 p.m. | AP Human Geography Review 4 p.m. Apr 14: Student of the Month Breakfast @ 7:15 a.m. | AP Spanish Language and Culture Review 3 p.m. | Community Council @ Library 4 p.m. Apr 16: Track Meet @ Clearfield 3:15 p.m. Apr 20: AP Environment Science Review 3 p.m. Apr 21: Track Meet @ Layton 3:15 p.m. | District Jazz Band Festival 3:30 p.m. | AP Human Geography Review 4 p.m. Apr 24: AP Spanish Language & Culture Review 8 a.m. Apr 28: Track Meet @ Clearfield High 3 p.m. Syracuse Elementary Apr 9: PTA Meeting 9 a.m. Apr 13: Community Council 4:30 p.m. Apr 15: 5th Grade Maturation 2:15 p.m.

Ecosystems 9:30 a.m. Apr 29: Bluff Ridge Spirit day - Crazy Hair Day Buffalo Point Elementary Apr 9: Kindergarten Open House @ Gym 9 a.m. Apr 12 - 16: Kindergarten Registration Cook Elementary Apr 5: Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Kickoff Apr 9: PTA Board Meeting 9 a.m. Apr 13: Kindergarten Cap and Gown Picture Day Apr 20: 6th Grade Panoramic Picture 9 a.m.

CITY EVENTS Apr 6: Planning Commission Meeting @ Zoom 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Apr 13: City Council Business Meeting 6 p.m. Apr 20: Planning Commission Meeting @ Zoom 6 p.m. Apr 27: City Council Work Session 6 p.m.


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Founding Farmers: How Strawberries Came to Syracuse Richard Hamblin soon came to be known in the area as the “Strawberry King.” BY JENNY GOLDSBERRY


he area from Kaysville to South Weber to South Hooper is the Sandridge of Utah. It was here that the Weber River carried sand into the bottom of Lake Bonneville. After the ancient lake dried up, the soil was left sandy but also lush. Utah was still a dry climate, so the most successful crops in the beginning were hay and grain. This was a tactic known as dry farming, because these crops were more resistant to droughts. Plus, these were then fed to the cattle and sheep. Richard Hamblin and Emily Marie Slopper moved onto their 160 acres of Syracuse land in 1878. Emily had been the housekeeper for Richard’s father in England. The couple was attracted to Utah after the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed for the open sale of railroad lands. Richard filed a claim on some land as soon as he received his U.S. citizenship. At first, Richard helped on his uncle’s farm in Layton, but eventually, he wanted to try his own hand at farming. He personally loved strawberries, so he tried to bring them onto

Because of a few early settlers taking a risk in planting crops exotic to Utah, canning truly became the bread and butter of Syracuse.

his farm. He had to go down to St. George and back for the strawberry plants. With the help of his family, they eventually grew enough strawberries, not only for themselves, but also enough to ship 100 cases a day to Evanston, Wyoming. He soon came to be known in the area as the “Strawberry King.” During the reign of the Strawberry King, Syracuse did not have much to offer. The only other businesses besides fruit farming were salt yards and the resort along the edge of the Great Salt Lake. By the early 1900s, both the resort and the salt yards had gone under. Previously, the train station known as Syracuse was at the corner of 4500 West and 1700 South, and it had a branch that took travelers to that lakeshore resort. In March of 1906, those tracks were removed because the resort had failed and was deserted. While the salt and tourism industry in Syracuse had died, the fruit growing industry was doing better than ever. The new “Syracuse” station became the Barnes station at 715 South and 2000 West, right near the Kaysville Canning Company. The first Syracuse cannery began in January 1898 with a board of directors. James T. Walker, W.J. Parker, David Cook, William Beazer, and James Warren came together to build a new factory and contract local farmers. Their twelve original stockholders were David Cook Sr., D.C. Adams, John W. Singleton, Thomas A. Ross, Gilbert Parker, William H. Miller, and Daniel H. Walker, plus the five of them on the board. Each invested $160, and those who couldn’t afford that level of investment provided labor to the tune of $160 during that first year. In the subsequent year, they canned strawberries, pumpkins, cucumbers (which became pickles), apples, prunes, pears, peaches, plums, beans, and one of the very first crops grown in family gardens in Syracuse: tomatoes. Eventually, the Kaysville Cannery would buy out not just this cannery but also the Davis County Canning Company. In a previous issue, you can find an even greater detailed history of the Kaysville Cannery. Because of a few early settlers taking a risk in planting crops exotic to Utah, canning truly became the bread and butter of Syracuse.


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Happy 90th birthday Phillip Gooch! BY CINDY GOOCH

Phillip Gooch will turn 90 years old on April 8, 2021. Having lived in Syracuse with his family for over five decades, Phillip has always been proud to be part of the Syracuse community and willing to serve anyone in need. Phillip was an only child born and raised in Waterville, Maine. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Hill Air Force Base, where he met and married his sweet wife, Beverline in the 1950s. He loved being around her family, never having had brothers or sisters. Knowing what it was like to be alone as an only child, he was determined that their eight children would never have to experience that. He was married to Beverline for 61 years. In 2016, “his sparkle,” as he called Beverline, passed away. Dad stayed with her in the hospital till her last breath. Their love and commitment for each other have always been a great example to their children, 19 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.

Phillip Gooch is a one-ofa-kind friend, neighbor, husband, grandpa, doglover, and dad!

Some of Phil’s most memorable sayings, which are loved by his family and that he has used as he has greeted people or talked to his family over his 90 years, include the following: • Give me 20 acres, and I’ll turn this rig leave a door open or lights on in a room around. you just left). • Wants and Needs? (whenever you want• Did you pack a lunch or walk to work? ed to spend money on something like a • This is dumber then a boxs of rocks! new car). • You can’t get nothing done just sitting • Still live in the same place you do now? here! • Time dosen’t grow on trees. • To his family that lived in Mt. Green, Utah, • Were you born in a barn? (whenever you “Is it dark in Mt. Green yet?”

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The Joy of Renewing


UPDATING SMALL SPACES that are used often, like this laundry room, will make you enjoy your home so much more!


feel so blessed each day when I wake up in my bed, owned by me, in my house co-owned by me and the bank, in a beautiful part of the world. There is true joy in having a place to call home. This last year, we took on a job remodeling our kitchen. It was a part of our house that was adequate. We could cook food in it, and we did. We could fit in it, and we did, but it was getting outdated and was on the small side, which we have noticed more and more as our children have grown into adult-sized people. We decided it was time, and along with us, it seems most of Utah remodeled their kitchen at the beginning of the pandemic. We endured long lines at Lowes and Home Depot, along with experiencing the upset of not being able to cook in our kitchen for about two months. Despite those inconveniences, we love our results!

We rediscovered the joy that comes from renewing our space. We also reached out to the community and asked for examples from our readers of their remodeling projects, and we were so impressed by the beautiful spaces you shared with us. We also loved hearing about the joy that came to you in your renewal efforts.

Lindsay Northon’s laundry room got a refresh with cabinets, a shelf, and a pretty wallpaper.



On our cover this month is a photo of Haden and Julie Howell’s kitchen remodel. It turned out so beautifully — well done! You will also see an example to the left of a before and after of Lindsay Northon’s laundry room refresh. It goes to show how beautiful it can be to update even a small space like the laundry room. It certainly looks better than ours.

View more remodel before and afters! There were many


more submitted remodels, and we couldn’t print them all, so we have posted them on our website for you to see. Visit www.syracuseconnection.com.

In the following pages, you will find some awesome businesses who can help you with various aspects of renewing your spaces. They will speak of their expertise and specialties, and you may find the solution to your next renewal with them. We hope you enjoy this year’s House & Home issue.

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NORTHERN LIGHTING Brighten up your home’s exterior

When the sun goes down and the lights come on, does your home shine? Have you considered adding permanent LED lighting to your eves? These lights will

highlight the beauty of your home and can be used in many different ways. You can turn on some of them as accent lights or you can light them all up for a party, event, or holiday. You never have to put them up or take them down, and they always trim your home perfectly. Northern Lighting is an authorized dealer for JellyFish Lighting, the premium supplier of permanent outdoor LED lighting. Their products are known for their durability and will last for many years of use. The lighting system is also discrete. It blends into the architecture of your home and is not noticeable from a distance, until you turn it on. Your stystem will have nearly unlimited options. You can combine different colors, patterns, and zones to achieve just the effect you want. And you can make any adjustments with the touch of a button. Imagine the message you can send


through your neighborhood if you turn on the colors of your favorite sports team. And you can easily decorate for any holiday because the lights are already in place. Permanent LED lighting can also be installed on businesses. Improving the lighting makes your building look warmer, friendlier, and attracts more customers. You can change the colors with the touch of a button to match any season or promotion. Northern Lighting is also a great source for special event lighting. If you are planning an outdoor wedding or other formal event this summer, why not include beautiful mood lighting to enhance the atmosphere?

Beautiful mood lighting can be a perfect addition to a wedding or outdoor space.

If you’re thinking about enhancing your home’s lighting, we’d love to get you more information. We’d love to schedule a noobligation consultation to go over options with you. It’s time to brighten up your home’s exterior.

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ShelfGenie increases your ability to access what you need beyond the front row of your shelves, and it helps you keep rotations better so food doesn’t expire.

“We remove your storage and organization frustrations,” said Mike Gardner. He and his wife Rebecca own the business and serve customers all along the Wasatch Range. ShelfGenie adds more storage space than before and makes it . or disabled, it fully accessible. For the aging enables easy access to all their items if they can’t get on their hands and knees to dig through their cabinets. The pantry is where ShelfGenie really shines, since they can create 30% - 50% more usable storage space there. Mike explained that with regular shelves, there needs to be space between them, so you can reach in to grab what you need. With ShelfGenie, you pull out the shelves that can hold up to 100 lbs. at full extension. In-between shelf space isn’t necessary, and because of this, they can add more shelves. In pantries, there are usually five to start with, and then, there are typically seven to eight ShelfGenie custom shelves after installation. Because everything is custom, they will measure


your space, measure the tallest items you store, and install the next shelf just above that mark. “We understand the customer’s needs and work with them to custom design solutions,” said Mike. Not only can you customize the shelf size and the space between each, but you can also customize divider options, drawer height and style options, and the color and type of wood used. The materials used in the systems are high quality, and they also offer a lifetime warranty. From pantries to cabinets, vanities, and closets, ShelfGenie can make a world of difference in maximizing space, organizing your home, and making it easier to find and access exactly what you need when you need it. This home renovation lends a hand every time you use the kitchen, closets, or need access to whatever you have stored in your home. On multiple occasions, I have bought spices I already had because I didn’t think I had them. It can be a pain to get a stool and pull out the contents of a cupboard to check to see what your inventory looks like. ShelfGenie can satisfy the compulsive organizer or simply make it easier for the person who just wants to know where to find that can of chickpeas she bought when they were on sale last fall.

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IS NOW THE RIGHT TIME TO “RIGHT SIZE”? The definition of retirement has changed considerably in recent years. Surviving the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us about the importance of personal relationships and heightened our desire to maintain an active lifestyle that includes travel, exercise, new experiences, community, and learning. If you are preparing to retire, it might be time to re-think your housing situation. Is now the right time to “right-size”? Ask yourself these questions as you consider whether it makes sense for your situation: 1. Do my current housing costs affect my future lifestyle goals? 2. How long can I sustain the current upkeep and maintenance on my current home? 3. Do I need as much space as I currently have or does it create more work? 4. Can I take advantage of the market and have some additional cash for retirement? When is the right time to “right-size”? We strongly encourage you to consult with a licensed Realtor™ to get a factual and accurate price for your home. There are advantages that most 50+ sellers have in the current market:

1. They have more equity due to length of ownership.

According to Zillow’s data, in the last five years, Utah housing prices have gone up over 55%, from $258K to $401K. Home values have gone up 13.3% over the past year alone and will continue to rise at a similar rate (doubledigit appreciation). (zillow.com)

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2. It’s a seller’s market. As of the date of this article, there

were only 17 active listings on the Wasatch Front MLS for the 84075 and 84015 zip codes. The average price of these properties was $378,000.00. A limited amount of inventory means that sellers have the time to review offers and make sure their terms are met.

3. You may get more than the asking price. According to a 9/20/20 article in the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah is drawing people from all over the United States with our lowunemployment rates and active outdoor lifestyles. This demand is experienced by sellers as they receive multiple qualified offers. In many cases, homes sell for over 100% of the asking price.

If you “right-size”, where do you want to live? You want the right house in the right community. At this point, you need a good game plan. As you begin your research, consider these six things:

1. Size and style of Community. Active Adult Communities come in many shapes and sizes. In some Planned Unit Developments, you own the home but not the surrounding land. In others, you own the full lot with some responsibility for yard care. Some have community amenities, but also an increased Home Owners Association (HOA) fee. Maybe you want fewer neighbors, where others may want a larger development. You may also have the option of a detached, single family home, or an attached townhome. Consider your options and picture yourself in each of these communities. What size and features will make you feel most at ease?

2. Age Range and Restrictions. With few exceptions, most 55 plus communities are called age-targeted, meaning that they appeal to the 55+ age group but have an allowance for residents of all ages. Most have covenants, codes and restrictions that limit the number of people that can occupy the home and call out any exceptions. A keen understanding of the requirements will help you determine if the neighbors will build the community you are looking for.

3. Lifestyle. Most communities are

made this choice intending to find a home that meets your needs for the next 20 to 30 years. Choosing a community with a variety of house plans and designs will ensure that the style of your home will meet your current and future needs.

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designed for residents to take advantage of an active lifestyle. From walking trails, pickle ball courts, and pools, each community has different features. Keep in mind that added amenities and common areas may impact HOA fees, but it may be worth it. Most HOA’s are designed to manage yard care and snow removal in the wintertime for residents.

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THE PLACE TO SHOP FOR GRILLS & GUN SAFES! When Randy Stanger, Jeff Spencer’s uncle and business partner of 28 years, passed away, Jeff liquidated the inventory at Kent’s Sports and closed his doors. It only took about three months for him to grow restless and decide to reopen. Having grown an already successful business that was started by his grandparents, Kent and Evona Stanger, in 1949, Jeff was accustomed to working very hard. He wanted the reopened store to be more friendly to his newly acquired lifestyle as a grandpa.

The store has had many iterations over the years, including jewelry, firearms, ammunition, reloading supplies, bicycles, sports equipment, gun safes, and BBQ grills. Jeff knew that he could have a simpler business that was easier to run and much more lifestyle friendly. Today, Kent’s Sports Store is a specialty store that is the 12th largest Browning Gun Safe dealer in the US and one of the top dealers of Green Mountain Grills. There is not a better place in the state to see all of the technology and newest offerings from Browning for gun safes. They have everything. Items range from the small handgun safes that have biometric sensors and spring-loaded doors (which give access to the owner when needed), to a vault door that can be built in to your home and provide a safe room for, not only your guns, but also your family, in case of an emergency. Every shape, color, and size imaginable are available, along with some of the best technology in safes today. The other half of the newer and more simplified offerings are

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pellet wood grills. Kent’s Sporting Store has long been a large dealer of pellet grills. In fact, they introduced pellet grills to Utah many years ago, and they were the first dealer of Traeger Grills in the state. With many years of experience and expertise in grills, Jeff has researched each of the manufacturers of pellet grills and found an exceptional value in Green Mountain Grills. These grills are quality made and boast some unique features. Perhaps one of the best features is 110v or 12v battery operability. This means you can plug the grills into your cigarette lighter in the car or clip to a battery and run the grill. You can take your grill camping or, better yet, use it in an emergency. Jeff has found that pellet grill BBQ’s are the best for, not only safety and storage reasons, but also far superior in terms of cooking and flavor. Cooking over wood has long been considered the best way to maximize flavor. Pellet wood grills make this easier by using real wood pellets that can be fed into a chamber and used as needed to keep a consistent temperature. You can choose the flavor of the wood as well; flavor choices include mesquite, hickory, apple, cherry, and more. Each different wood imparts its own special flavor into the food as it is cooked. There is no better flavor than woodcooked food. The versatility of wood pellets can’t be matched. Kent’s Sports Store has now been open for 72 years. Today, it is a great place for both gun safes and wood pellet grills and supplies.

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Need help with quick dinner options? Here are some easy sheet-pan dinners that come together quickly AND help you avoid getting take out or fast food!

Steak & Parmesan Crusted Potatoes RECIPE FROM LEMONSANDZEST.COM

½ lb flank steak 2 lb red potatoes 1 lb asparagus 3-4 garlic cloves 1 tsp parsley (dried) 4-5 T parmesan cheese, grated 3 ½ T olive oil 1 tsp cracked pepper ½ tsp sea salt, more or less to taste Preheat oven to broil. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Rinse the fresh spears and pat dry. Cut potatoes into quarters. (If they are larger red potatoes, cut into eighths). In a medium bowl, or on sheet pan that has been sprayed with oil, toss together potatoes, 2 T olive oil, 2 T parmesan, 1 minced garlic clove, ½ tsp cracked pepper, salt to taste, and parsley. Toss well to coat all potatoes evenly. (Then ignore this completely and toss in more parmesan because, you know....) Spread potatoes evenly on sheet pan and broil for 6-8 minutes or until they just start to lightly brown. While potatoes are cooking, spread 1 T olive oil on both sides of steak and salt as desired. Spread two garlic cloves and the rest of the pepper. Sprinkle 2 T parmesan onto steak as well.

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When potatoes are ready, push them all to the side and place steak next to them. Add asparagus* and sprinkle them with a drizzle of olive oil (½ T), the rest of the parmesan, one garlic clove, minced, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Place pan back into oven and broil, cooking each side for 4-6 minutes, and then check for desired doneness.This should be cooked to about medium; if you want it more done, cook each side about 2 minutes or so longer. (You may need to remove the asparagus at this time) Remove pan from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve with an extra sprinkle of parmesan and enjoy!

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken and Veggies RECIPE FROM WWW.CAFEDELITES.COM

1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth or stock 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 T finely chopped garlic (or 4 cloves) 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your taste) Fresh ground black pepper, to season 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken & Veggies

1 1/2 c. each: sliced carrots, yellow bell peppers, broccoli, and red onions Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking tray/sheet with cooking oil spray. Combine together the butter, broth, garlic, parsley, thyme, and rosemary together in a bowl. Place chicken on the baking sheet and arrange the vegetables all around the chicken. Toss 1/2 cup of sauce through the chicken and vegetables, and season well with salt and pepper. Lightly spray all over with olive oil spray or cooking oil spray. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or when carrots just start to become soft. Carefully remove baking tray from the oven and flip each chicken breast. Pour the remaining garlic herb butter sauce over the beans, toss well, and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (no longer pink in the middle). Optional-broil for 2-3 minutes until chicken is golden and crisp. Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs (optional) and serve immediately with pan juices. SIZE UP! If you’re feeding more people, you can easily add 2 more chicken breasts as there is enough herb butter sauce. (continued on page 30)

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+ RECIPES Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

make more!


Double the recipes and put the protein on one sheet pan and veggies on the other. TIP: Buy veggies precut in the produce section to make meal prep even easier!

Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes RECIPE BY LIFELOVEANDGOODFOOD.COM

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes 1 large onion, sliced (optional) 1 T extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided 2 T Dijon mustard 2 T pure maple syrup 1 garlic clove, minced ¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper 1 pound pork tenderloin Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the cubed sweet potatoes and onion slices on the baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Toss gently to coat. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and black pepper. Pat the pork loin dry with paper towels, brush all over with the maple mustard mixture, and place fat-side-up on top of the sweet potatoes. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust begins to brown, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking another 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and the pork registers 145 degrees using an instant

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read thermometer. Remove from the oven and allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes before cutting diagonally into 3/4 inch slices. Crowd pleaser!

Chicken Fajitas


1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced (against the grain) into 1/2-inch thick strips 3 bell peppers (I use green, yellow and red , cored and sliced into strips) 1 yellow onion thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic , minced 3 T oil (vegetable or canola oil) 1 lime 1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped 8-10 small flour tortillas Fajita toppings: sour cream, sliced avocado or guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded cheese Fajita Seasoning: 1 T chili powder 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional Salt and freshly ground black pepper Lightly grease a large sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cut chicken and vegetables into strips. Lay the vegetables evenly on the pan and place the chicken on top of them.

Combine seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl. Stir well to combine. Sprinkle most of the seasoning over the chicken, and some of it over the vegetables as well. Spoon minced garlic on top of the chicken and drizzle olive oil over the entire pan. Toss everything well and spread it into an even layer across the pan. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees if you test with a thermometer). Wrap the flour tortillas in foil and place them in the oven to warm during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove everything from the oven. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the chicken and vegetables and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve in warm tortillas with extra toppings, if desired.



1 loaf French bread 3 T butter, melted 2 cloves minced garlic 1 jar marinara sauce 16 oz shredded pizza cheese or mozzarella cheese 1 package pepperoni slices veggies of your choice: red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, jalapenos, etc. Italian seasoning Preheat oven to 425°. Cut bread in half lengthwise and place cut side up on a large baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine butter and minced garlic. Using a basting brush, coat each half of bread with garlic butter mixture. Bake for 5 minutes. While the bread is baking, cut up your veggies and get your toppings ready. Remove bread from oven and top with marinara sauce, cheese, pepperonis and veggies to your liking. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 min and slice.

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Home Improvement, House to Home, The Joy of Renewing Your Spaces, Home Remodel, Syracuse, Mayor Message, Fast and Simple Dinner Recipes, Cal...

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Home Improvement, House to Home, The Joy of Renewing Your Spaces, Home Remodel, Syracuse, Mayor Message, Fast and Simple Dinner Recipes, Cal...