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Magic of the

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Holiday Party Food Recipes including tips on building a Charcuterie Board

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was ten, it was December 1960, and John F. Kennedy was president-elect. In a mock election held in my 5th grade class in November, I voted for Richard Nixon. Pop had his classrooms, too. First, he instructed at Weber State College. But, he, the student, was completing requirements at Utah State University for his Masters. I marvel now, as an adult, at his tenacity.

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Dad, a child of the Great Depression, often rehearsed a Christmas tale he experienced as a kid in the early 1930s when my grandparents decorated an ordinary chair, labeling it, “Christmas Tree”. Under that chair he discovered a homemade shirt sewn from flour-sacks and a single orange that were both his. Having survived the Depression, he, like others, was frugal and rather than spend money for a Christmas tree, Pop selected a leafless scrub-oak tree from our yard each year and decorated it. I wonder now, if he chose to do so, or perhaps for economic reasons he felt compelled. Times were hard again; perhaps you understand. In 1960 we knew nothing of Airpods® or smartphones! We had just left the age of vacuum tubes. Transistors were the thing! Transistors made listening mobile. I wanted a transistor radio for Christmas! I saw it in my mind when closing my eyes. It was black! It had a genuine-leather case! It had a jack with a wire connecting the radio to a single earphone. On Christmas morning under our leafless tree, Santa had indeed left a transistor radio. But there were issues—there was no genuineleather case—no earphone—and worst of all… it was RED! I began my sulk. I felt, after all, entitled. Traditionally, Christmas morning we met for breakfast at my Uncle Ferrel’s home in Syracuse. My Uncle Ferrel was my hero. He had the softest, kindest eyes and yet, he was a man’s man! As I walked into his home that morning, my eyes focused on the floor, he looked me square-on and asked me what Santa had brought. I’m not proud of my response. “Oh …not that much,” said I, still in my sulk. Out of the corner of my eye I watched those words STING Papa! I will never forget watching those four, selfish words destroy his countenance. He winced. I’d hurt him! And I sorrow today, because of what I childishly said then. In the 2004 film “The Polar Express,” only those who recognize the true Spirit of Christmas can hear a certain magical bell. I failed to hear it that cold morning in 1960 but – repentant – have heard it ever since! When the Polar Express screeches to a halt at your house this year, I hope you, like the boy-hero, Chris, hear the bell. Merry Christmas to you all! I want to thank you, the citizens of this fine city, for all the good things you do, though often not seen or recognized. “Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.” -William George Jordan Michael Gailey, Mayor

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The Connection Publishing Team Meet the people behind the pages of our magazines! We asked our staff what their favorite Christmas traditon is...

Christmas tree hunting in the mountains Melissa Spelts Owner

See page 28 for a Wassail recipe, a warm and delicious holiday drink Ryan Spelts Publisher/Owner


Rhett Long Sales VP



COMMUNITY Calendar of Events History Little Free Library Pickleball Courts in Syracuse Student of the Month


BUSINESS Modern Woodman


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Celebrating different faiths feature on page 16

ON OUR COVER 16 Learn how different faiths celebrate during the holidays 28 Holiday Recipes


RECIPES Wassail Cream Cheese Fruit Dip How to Build a Charcuterie Board


Robert Dodd Graphic Design of Roy Connection, and Ad Design Ann Park Sales & Writer

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My Christmas sugar cookie decorating party with family and friends. Our cookies are always so festive and delicious!

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Syracuse City Updates Holiday Safety Tips For the Christmas season, Syracuse Police Department reminds us of 12 ways to be safe and crime free. 1. Shut your garage doors 2. Lock up your houses 3. Don’t leave valuables in vehicles 4. Check your banking/credit statements 5. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE 6. Keep your purse zipped and wear the strap “crossbody” 7. Keep your wallet in a front pant pocket or an inside jacket pocket 8. Plan ahead for delivery of packages so you don’t attract porch pirates


Question: I just paid my property taxes. Where do I learn how the City is spending our tax dollars? Answer: Syracuse prides itself on providing transparent information for those interested in its finances. In fact, the city has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the past nine years, starting in 2010. Those who are casually interested in the subject should refer to the city’s annual publication of the Citizen’s Financial Report, which provides a general overview of taxes received and where those dollars are spent. Those more distrustful of local government may use the tool provided by the State of Utah,, to research the city’s financial actions. Those who crave charts and spreadsheets need look no further than the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This 100+ page document goes above and beyond state reporting requirements and provides detailed analysis of revenues, expenditures, capital assets, debt, and more. The city also undergoes an independent audit of its finances annually, providing another level of accountability. The auditors present their report to the council.

9. Be aware of your surroundings 10. Don’t carry or show large sums of cash 11. Join with neighbors to start a block buddies program where you agree to watch a neighbor’s home, remove newspapers from driveways, and accept packages while the other person is away. 12. Arrive alive. Plan extra time for travel, drive defensively, stay off cell phones while driving, and slow down during winter weather. If you are victim of any crime, please contact Syracuse Police Department @ 801-825-4400. Syracuse Police Department wishes you a happy and safe holiday season.

Toy Drive

Syracuse's Annual Toy Drive has just begun. The Toy Drive will run from December 1st to December 16th.


Syracuse is partnering with Syracuse Elementary schools to create a list of students who are in need this Christmas. All donations will be accepted at Syracuse City Hall. Please drop them off inside city hall in our toy collection bin. All donations must be new and unwrapped. The donations will be distributed to the parents of the children in need by Friday, December 20th, just in time for Christmas. In previous years, the Toy Drive has been a huge success with many students' wishes fulfilled. This is because of our awesome Syracuse residents! If you are able to donate, even a small gift, please come to City Hall and be someone's Santa this year.

Suggested Toys include: basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, match box cars, art kits, jump ropes, legos, remote control cars, nerf balls, yoyos, barbie dolls, dress up clothes, board games, or anything else you can think of for children ages 5-12.

Financial reports are available on the city’s website at Do you have a community question? Submit your question to

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Arts Council Update We appreciate the support this year from our community, business sponsors, and volunteers. We wish all of you a joyous holiday season! Don’t miss our combined orchestra, choir and jazz band concert on December 2 at 7 p.m. in the Syracuse High School Auditorium.

Calendar of Events December 2 - A Holly Jolly Combined Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Syracuse High School February 24 Give My Regards to Broadway Concert

Auditions Auditions for the summer production of Big Fish will be April 17-18. We are now accepting letters of interest for our Production team. Performances will be held July 16-20, 2020. Please include which position you would like to be considered for, your experience, contact info and any conflicts you have from April through July to info@

February Concert Our orchestra will perform show March 23 tunes in the “Give My Regards to Spring Fling Concert Broadway Concert” on February April 17-18 24, 2020 at Syracuse High School. Big Fish The Musical The jazz band and choir will Auditions combine for the “Spring Fling Concert” on March 23, 2020 at City Hall. Look for notices on our website and on Facebook pages for more details.

If you are interested in participating in our orchestra, choir, or jazz band please email If you would like more information about volunteering with the Syracuse City Arts Council, please email

Employee Spotlight- Shauna Greer HR Specialist The City would like to recognize Shauna Greer for her fantastic work as our HR specialist. She has been very heavily involved in recruiting and hiring processes. The City recently experienced a wave of new hires in almost all the departments, and Shauna went the extra mile to review and make sure every new hire was taken care of. She has a sense of quality and detail and has done a fantastic job. Thanks, Shauna, for all you do!

THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication to our City residents!

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Public Works Update Garbage Collection: Green waste containers can be used for regular household waste beginning December 1st to the end of March. Garbage pick-up will be delayed one day following Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Christmas tree pick up is January 6, 2020. Live Christmas trees need to be placed on the curb by 6:00 a.m. January 6th for pick up. All lights and ornaments must be removed, and the tree must be placed on top of any snow.

(Ordinance 4-5-160C). Violators are subject to a fine. If you store large quantities of salt or de-ice products outside, remember to keep it in a covered container. Sewer Drains: Help fight Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) from clogging the sewer pipelines. Absorb grease with paper towels. Wipe out greasy dishes, pots, and pans before washing. Allow grease to cool and harden prior to placing it in the trash.

Frozen Water Pipes: Freezing outdoor temperatures can cause water lines to freeze. Here are a few simple precautions to avoid burst pipes: insulate exposed pipes and hose bibs; disconnect garden hoses; seal leaks; let water drip overnight; open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls or near cold air returns. Good things to know when it snows: As we prepare for snow, please be cautious, slow down, and help others as you commute this winter. To allow the Public Works Dept. to remove snow from the roads in a timely manner, please remember to do your part to help us in snow removal operations by not parking in the street (Ordinance 11-20-050) and not pushing snow into the street.

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Parks and Recreation SPRING SOCCER Registration will be January 1-February 15. This program is for Little Kicks (must be 4 as of September 1, 2019) through 6th Grade.  All leagues are Co-Ed.  Cost is $46 for residents. Registration fee includes a jersey, shorts, and socks.

LITTLE DANCERS (WINTER) This class is a fun introduction to dance. Children will explore their movement potential as they learn a variety of dance with an introduction to ballet/creative movement.  No dance shoes required. Ages 3 - 5 Thursdays 10:15 a.m. -10:55 a.m. or 11 a.m. -11:40 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

FITNESS CLASSES FOR ADULTS OFFERED!  ZUMBA WITH ANGIE! Come see what Zumba can do for you. Tues: 9 a.m. Sat: 9 a.m. Thursday Zumba Tone: 9:00 a.m. (Zumba Tone is cardio and toning all in one!) Cost is $36 for 12 Class Punch Pass or $5/ class First Class is FREE! What Are You Waiting For? More info at

 STEP IT UP! Mon, Wed, Fri 9-10 a.m. Work your heart, muscles- and mind in this fun, energetic workout! All skill levels are welcome; we offer low and high intensity options for you to choose from. ​​​Find more info on Facebook at Syracuse Fitness Classes. $3 Drop-In, $20 for a 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

8-week session for $45, begins January 16 and runs to March 5

COMING SOON! YOUTH TUMBLING Registration January 1- February 15. More details in the January issue or see our website for all the info!

For more detailed information on all of the classes go to

 PUMP IT UP! Tues: 6 am Boost your metabolism and tone your muscles with resistance training. We provide hand weights and exercise balls, you just bring your own exercise mat. All skill levels are welcome; we suggest different options. Syracuse Community Center. $3 DropIn, $20 for a 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

2020 Spring CERT Class Dates Starting February 19th. Call 801-614-9614 to register or show up the first day of class. This 7-week class offers classroom instruction, skills practice, and mock disaster. CERT Classroom Instruction & Skills Practice Wednesday Evenings - 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. : February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15 Classes include time for hands-on practice of concepts taught! Location: Syracuse Fire Station-1869 S. 3000 W. Syracuse, UT 84075 Practical Mock Disaster (course requirement) Saturday, April 18 – 9 a.m. - Noon (Non-CERT and CERT volunteers requested) Class Cost: FREE!! Optional Cost: $25-45 for Kit (recommended) Includes instruction, training materials, CERT book Kit Includes: CERT hard hat, CERT vest, gloves, goggles, triage tape, multi-tool and more. Course Coordinator: Dan Holman, Additional Courses: Rapid Disaster Assessment Program (RDAP) Training 3rd Saturday of each month - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that impact their area.

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Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Start Date: Fridays (January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14) 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: FREE ($15/book)

Green Waste

The green waste season ended on November 30th and will resume again April 1, 2020. During the months of December to March, you may use your green waste cans for regular household waste.

To Pre-register: Call (801)525-5087 (Space is limited) Location: Syracuse Community Center 1912 W 1900 S Description: A 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for those dealing with a chronic or limiting health condition. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of any type of ongoing health condition. The program has also been proven to be effective for caregivers.

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Post Office Holiday Hours Our holiday hours will be Monday through Friday, December 9th - 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. We will also be open Saturday, December 14th and 21st, from 9 a.m. to Noon. Please DO NOT leave packages in the lobby or in the Post Office unattended.

Syracuse City Information

Key Community Contacts MAYOR

Michael Gailey: 801-589-0976


Lisa W. Bingham: 801-725-2300 Corinne Bolduc: 801-529-5779

Syracuse Library

Dave Maughan: 801-927-7752

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

Doug Peterson: 801-660-5290

The newly expanded Syracuse Library is now open!

Election Results

Jordan Savage: 385-424-0258

Thanks To Those That Voted In The Syracuse City Municipal General Election. The Syracuse City General Election was held November 5, 2019 and of the 14,132 registered voters in Syracuse, 4.117 of you turned out to vote; this equates to a 29.13 percent voter turnout. Thank you for taking an interest in your community and letting your voice be heard!


Congratulations to the those elected to office in Syracuse City. The newly elected officials that will be sworn into office in January of 2020 are: Councilmember-Elect Dave Maughan (4-year term) Councilmember-Elect Seth Teague (4-year term) Councilmember-Elect Lisa Wood Bingham (4-year term)

City Museum: 801-614-9674 Hours: Tues, Wed, & Thurs 2pm - 5pm

Any questions regarding the information contained in this article or any aspect of Syracuse City Municipal Elections can be directed to the City Recorder, Cassie Brown, at 614-9633 or by emailing

Fire Station: 801-614-9614 1869 South 3000 West

Fix-It Requests

Lions Club: 801-719-1804 Utah Lions District 28UT (open to all)

We appreciate our citizens helping the city 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 even 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 at the top left-hand side under Popular Pages.

Parks & Recreation: 801-614-9660 1912 W. 1900 S.

Job Openings For a list of the current openings with Syracuse City, click on the 'Jobs' link on our main city page

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City Arts Council: 801-896-8101 City Hall: 801-825-1477 1979 West 1900 South Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, closed holidays

Community Center: 801-614-9660 1912 West 1900 South Summer hours: Mon-Thurs-6am-8pm; Fri- 6am-8pm; Sat- 8am-12pm

Lady Lions Service & Social Club: 801-825-1752

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 Youth Council: 801-643-8996

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December Calendar of Events SENIOR EVENTS MONTHLY MOVIE Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 1 p.m. (Buttons: A Christmas Tale) FREE ~ Please RSVP THINK TUESDAY Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 10 a.m. (Tri-Ominos) FREE ~ Please RSVP

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SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL Dec 3: Boys Basketball @ Farmington 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. BOOK CLUB Dec 5: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 7 Tuesday, December 17, 2019 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Boys Basketball Corner 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Canyon Tournament @ Corner Canyon FREE ~ Please RSVP High School Dec 6: Wrestling @ Syracuse 2:30 p.m. – LUNCH & BINGO 10 p.m. | Boys Basketball Corner Canyon (Christmas Party) Tournament @ Corner Canyon High Wednesday, December 18, 2019 School | Girls Basketball Morgan Tour@ 12 Noon nament @ Morgan, UT Merry Musical Entertainment, Raffle, mas! Dec 7: Wrestling @ Syracuse 2:30 st ri Ch Bingo. Suggested donation of p.m. – 10 p.m. | Boys Basketball $3.00/person. Must RSVP by 10 Corner Canyon Tournament @ Cora.m. on Monday, December 16, ner Canyon High School | Girls Basketball 2019 Morgan Tournament @ Morgan, UT | Drama Fundraiser @ Little Theatre and BUS TRIP Cafeteria 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Dance Line Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (Leaving at Mustang Classic Competition @ Herri3:30 pm) man High School MADDOX RANCH HOUSE/Fantasy at the Dec 9: Choral Temple Square perforBay Christmas Lights mance @ Temple Square 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. $3.00/person with dinner on your own! Dec 10: Boys Basketball @ Taylorsville 7 (Reservation required) p.m. – 9 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. BUS TRIP #2 Dec 11: Military Entrance Exam | Boys Saturday, December 21, 2019 Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. HOLIDAY FOLLIES/On Pitch Performing Dec 12: Holiday Department Concert @ Arts Center Auditorium 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Hosts, Comedy, Songs, Dance, HUGE Dec 13: Girls Basketball @ Ridgeline 7 costumes, and special guests) p.m. – 9 p.m. $13.00/per person (Reservation required) Dec 14: Dance Line Excalibur Classic Competition @ Murray High School | SENIOR YOGA ACT Test @ 1100 Hall 7:40 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 8 a.m. | Choir Temple Square performance @ Available for anyone aged 50+/$1.00 or Temple Square 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 60+/$0.50 Dec 17: Jr. High / Elementary Orchestra Concert @ Auditorium 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. PICKLEBALL Dec 18: Wrestling @ Syracuse 5 p.m. – Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon) 8:30 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Taylorsville Thursdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon) 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adults/$2.00 or Seniors 60+/$0.50 Dec 20: Two Hour Early Out | Boys Basketball @ Northridge 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Please call the Syracuse Community | Girls Basketball @ Northridge 7 p.m. – 9 Center at (801) 614-9660 #1 to RSVP p.m. for activities listed above. Dec 23-Jan 3: No School To learn more about activities for Senior Citizens, please stop by the CLEARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Syracuse Community Center for a Dec 3: Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5

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p.m. – 6 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Bonneville 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 5: Swimming @ Clearfield 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Dance Company: Winter Concert @ Auditorium 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dec 6: Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Idaho Falls 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 7: Boys Basketball @ Skyline, Idaho | Swimming County / District Championships @ TBD Dec 9: Falcons Are Fabulous Opening Assembly @ Auditorium 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Parent Teacher Conferences 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Jazz and Percussion Concert 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dec 10: Girls Basketball @ Bountiful 5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dec 11: Legacy Jr. High Choir Concert @ Auditorium 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 12: Swimming @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Girls basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Wrestling @ Fremont 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Improv Show 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 13: Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Northern Utah High School Dance Concert @ Davis High School 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dec 14: ACT Test Day 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. | FAF Winter Dance 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dec 17: Madrigals Temple Square | Swimming @ Davis 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | North Davis Jr. Choir Concert @ Auditorium 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec 18: Wrestling @ Clearfield 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | IB Alumni awards night @ Library 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Winter Orchestra Concert @ Auditorium 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 19: Choir Concert @ Auditorium 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 20: Falcons Are Fabulous Closing Assembly @ Auditorium 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec 23-Jan 3: Winter Break Dec 28: Girls Basketball @ Morgan 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. SYRACUSE JR. HIGH Dec 3: Boys Basketball – District Tournament Quarter Finals 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. | NAL @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dec 5: Parent Teacher Conference 3:30 p.m. Dec 7: VEX IQ Robotics – Syracuse Super Tournament

Dec 9: Girls Basketball Tryouts | Boys Basketball – District Tournament Semi Finals 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dec 10: Student of the Month Breakfast 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. | Choir Concert 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec 11: Boys Basketball – District Tournament Finals Dec 13: Yearbook Group Photo | Dance Class Field Trip @ Davis High School 9:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dec 17: Girls Basketball @ Shoreline 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. | NAL @ West Point 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Orchestra Concert @ Syracuse High School 7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec 18: Winter Dance 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dec 19: Music Assembly 8: 15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. | Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dec 23 –Jan 3: Winter Break SYRACUSE ARTS ACADEMY Dec 23 – Jan 3: Winter Break LEGACY JR. HIGH Dec 2: Girls Basketball Open Gym @ North Gym 6:30 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. | Chess Club @ 2106 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dec 3: Wrestling Intramurals 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Lockout Drill 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Book Club @ 1101 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | NAL @ Syracuse 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Art Club @ Room 1213 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball Quarter Finals Playoff Game 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Dec 4: Parent Teacher Conference 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dec 5: Dungeons & Dragons Club @ 1216 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Mock Trial Club @ 2104 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | P7 Club @ Mrs. Keller’s Room 2102 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Treblemakers Club @ Room 1112 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Robotics Team @ Room 1106 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Dec 9: Girls Basketball Tryouts 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Chess Club @ 2106 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Boys Basketball Playoff Semifinals Game 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Dec 10: Girls Basketball Tryouts – Final Cut 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | NAL @ Legacy 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Art Club 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Dec 11: Student of the Month Breakfast @ 1200 Collaboration Area 7:15 a.m. – 8 a.m. | NAL Practice @ 2100 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | NJHS Meeting @ 2202 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Boys Basketball Playoff Finals 3:15 p.m. – 5: 15 p.m. | Choir Concert @ Clearfield High School 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Dec 12: Boys / Girls Basketball Pep Rally 1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. | Symphonic & Jazz Bands at Elementary Schools 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dungeons & Dragons Club @ 1216 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Mock Trial Club @ 2104 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | P7 Club @ Mrs. Keller’s Room 2102 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Treblemakers Club @ Room 1112 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Robotics Team @ Room 1106 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Wrestling Intramurals

@ South Gym / Weight Room 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Winter Art Show @ Cafeteria 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 13: Jazz Band Plays during Lunch @ Stage 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dec 16: Chess Club @ 2106 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Minecon Club @ 1204 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dec 17: Wrestling Intramurals 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Fine Arts Assembly @ Gym 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | NAL @ North Layton 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Art Club @ Room 1213 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ West Point 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Orchestra Concert @ Gym 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 18: NAL Practice @ 2100 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | SBO Sponsored Holiday Party @ Gym 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Band Concert @ Gym 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 19: Dungeons & Dragons Club @ 1216 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Mock Trial Club @ 2104 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | P7 Club @ Mrs. Keller’s Room 2102 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Treblemakers Club @ Room 1112 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Robotics Team @ Room 1106 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Dec 23 - Jan 3: Winter Break SYRACUSE ELEMENTARY Dec 2: Coding Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 3: Choir 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | 5th Grade Filed Trip Centerville Imax 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Dash and Dot Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 4: Karate Club 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. | VEX IQ Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dec 5: Choir 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Dec 6: Early Out Dec 9: Coding Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 10: Choir 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Dash and Dot Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 11: Karate Club 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | VEX IQ Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 12: Choir 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Dec 13: Early Out Dec 16: Coding Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 17: Choir 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | 5th Grade Filed Trip Megaplex Theatre Centerville 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Dash and Dot Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Orchestra Concert with Syracuse Jr. High @ Syracuse High School 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec 18: Karate Club 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | VEX IQ Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dec 19: Choir 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Dec 20: Early Out Dec 23 – Jan 3: Winter Break BLUFF RIDGE ELEMENTARY Dec 3: Orchestra Practice @ Music Portable 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Dec 4: Student Council Meeting 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Dec 5: Orchestra Practice @ Music Portable 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Dec 10: Orchestra Practice @ Music Portable 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Dec 12: Orchestra Practice @ Music Portable 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Dec 17: Orchestra Practice @ Music Portable 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Dec 19: Orchestra Practice @ Music Portable 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Dec 23 – Jan 3: Winter Break BUFFALO POINT ELEMENTARY Dec 23 – Jan 3: Winter Break SAND SPRINGS ELEMENTARY Dec 2: VEX 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dec 4: VEX 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dec 9: VEX 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dec 11: VEX 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dec 16: VEX 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dec 18: VEX 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Dec 23 – Jan 3: Winter Break

FUN THINGS TO DO! Dec 2: A Holly Jolly Christmas Concert @ Syracuse High School 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dec 5: The National Parks Benefit Concert @ Syracuse High School 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dec 6: Lightwood Duo @ Alpine Church Layton 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free Dec 6-8: Utah Winter Faire @ Legacy Events Center Dec 8-9: Santa Cares @ Layton Hills Mall 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Dec 9: Laughing All the Way @ Northridge High School Auditorium 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Sons of Serendip @ Layton High School 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dec 14: Free Holiday Craft Fair and Open House @ On Pitch Performing Arts Center Dec 14 & 15: Christmas Musical Drama @ Faith Baptist Church 6 p.m. Dec 16: Santa Pet Night with Ruffledale @ Layton Hills Mall 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec 17: Mini Quest @ SeaQuest Utah 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dec 31: LDS Mid-Singles Ultra Neon NYE 2020 Dance Party @ 270 N 300 E Centerville, UT SYRACUSE BRANCH LIBRARY EVENTS Dec 2: Star Wars Trivia Night 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesdays: Storytime 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Storytime 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

CITY EVENTS Dec 10: City Council Meeting @ Council Chambers 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Syracuse in the Winter Activities during the winter season were usually limited to ice skating, indoor basketball and hunting. BY LANNY HOLBROOK


uring the winter of 1949, the countryside in Syracuse was a white-out of snow.

Drifts were six feet high in places, roads were impassable, and school was closed for a week. The snow was deeper than three feet and then the winds blew the snow into large long drifts. The snow was packed, and even cattle could walk over fences without sinking. That winter was one no one will forget. The winters were very cold back then. Fog would hang around for weeks, and often, cold spells lasted beyond a month. Ice skating was a popular fun thing to do because the ice stayed frozen for most of the winter. There are many ponds in Syracuse, and if the ice got roughed up in one area, skaters would move to a different pond. The favorite spot was Miller’s Pond, which is just off 4000 W 2700 S, west of Larry Miller’s house. The pond is still there today but hasn’t had ice thick enough for years. On Saturday, Sunday, and Friday nights there would be twenty or more skaters comprised mostly of boys. I was one of them and we would set large tires afire so we could stay warm and thaw out our hands and feet. The black smoke could be seen a mile away. We should have died from breathing that crap. We reeked of burning tire smoke. There was a fence that crossed the pond on one end that was meant to keep the cattle from wandering off. After dark, it was a memorable event to accidentally hit that fence while skating around 20 mph. We’d try our best to avoid hitting a barb on the barbed wire. The ice sometimes was rough, especially where ducks and geese lit, or landed, while the water was freezing. When snow accumulated on top, skating was over. Ice skating wasn’t the only option as a recreational activity during the winter. Every kid had a sled but there were no hills in Syracuse. Sometimes, the sled was pulled by a truck or horse, or an occasional hayride on a wagon at a church event. Duck and geese hunting was good until everything froze, then the birds went south. Muskrat trapping was profitable during the winter because winter pelts were top grade. Church basketball was another winter activity and it was very competitive for teenagers as well as the adults. Practice was after Mutual Improvement Association, or youth activities, on

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Wednesday nights. If you were at the stake level, you could advance to region. The ultimate goal was all-church. At that level, there were ex-college players who had played at the U or BYU on the adult teams. The basketball program was supposed to promote brotherhood and sportsmanship, but often players had to repent before they played again. Poor refereeing lent itself to games getting out of control. There were no local theaters; the closest one was in Ogden, fourteen miles away. Instead of traveling to Ogden, there was show night at the church in the cultural hall or gym. A couple would secure a film and operate the projector. The shows were well attended whether it be Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, or Flash Gordon. Winter was a time to slow down, read a good book, and stay warm.


Little Free Library: Walnut Grove Neighborhood Library How one small addition by a resident has grown community and a love of reading BY JUDY HALL


t all started in 2016, when a friend posted a Facebook post about the Little Free Library program. It showed a small library set in someone’s yard with a sign “Take a book, Share a book” along with the website. Little Free Library is an international, non-profit program to promote literacy and community. The concept is that you can take a book to read, keep it, share it with someone else, or return it to the Little Free Library when you get another book.  I checked on the website and I was hooked. The stated goals of the movement are: Building community, sparking creativity, and inspiring readers. Community and books are two of my passions, and the Little Free Library was a way that I could share both of these passions with the people around me. My husband supported that idea and gave me the library as my birthday gift. We had our ribbon-cutting ceremony in April of 2017, and since that time, we have had great experiences sharing books with our neighbors and friends. Although many of the books we started off with were from our collection, we have been fortunate to have a constant stream of books donated to the library. Books are either left in the library or in boxes on our porch. I even had a college roommate mail several books from Houston, Texas to add to our library. My sister, who is a published author, donated one of her books. One of the purposes of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy by providing books freely. We have had so many books donated to us that we have been able to share totes of books with non-profit agencies in our community who serve high-need clientele. For many of them, it is a way to provide books to homes where there are no books. We have had many sweet moments with our library. The neighborhood children often tell us about the books they are reading from the library or the ones they are going to put in the

library for others. Many times, we have backed out of our driveway and “caught” someone at the library and have stopped for a brief (or long) conversation. One of those visits came at 10:00 pm during a rainstorm. A mom and her son were standing under an umbrella with a flashlight looking for a book that he could start reading for an upcoming assignment. Another day, it was a former librarian who had seen a little free library on a trip to California. When she returned home, she told her husband that she wanted one for their yard. However, when she got on the website, she discovered our library less than a mile from her house. She stopped by with a box of books for us to use and apparently a relieved husband who had one less project to do! One of our neighbors dropped by with some books he loved on aviation. He asked us if he should mark out his name which was on the title pages of many of the books. We told him that it was up to him, so he left them with his name in it. Later, he approached us and told us that a 10-year-old boy in our neighborhood had come to his door to talk about the aviation book that he had taken from the library. They had a nice conversation about airplanes and flight all because he shared his book through the library and a young boy loved it. That is what community is all about. We have had, and will continue to have, community events at our library. All are welcome to come and see and take a book to read! Check out the website at https:// They have a map that can be searched for all Little Free Library locations in the area; at present, there are five locations in Layton and one in Syracuse. We encourage others to consider adding a Little Free Library to their neighborhood, their workplace, or in areas where books are needed.

The library has provided many sweet moments with children sharing about the books they are reading or adding to the libary, and donations that have come in from near and far.

Like it says on our sign: “Be awesome. Be a

book nut.” Dr. Seuss

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ommunity, tradition, self-betterment, and a love towards their higher power and other people are a common theme I’ve seen among the religions we’ve included in this article. I’ve just scratched the surface learning about Faith Baptist Church in Layton,

the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Jewish faith, and Catholic faith. However you celebrate this holiday season, we hope you will make good memories, strengthen bonds of love between friends and family, and perhaps connect with your community in a new way this year. Of the faiths we talk about here, I went into more depth with the first two religions because, with the help of the community, I found people to interview. Pastor Chuck Beikel and President Scott Nussbaum serve the Syracuse community and and I hope you feel their goodness as you read about the faiths they represent. In my opinion, we have some amazing people who serve the Syracuse community. Happy holidays!

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Regardless of your beliefs, we hope your holiday season is one filled with love, hope, time with family and community.

“It’s hard for us to talk about Christmas without looking at the big picture,” said Pastor Chuck Beikel, the pastor for the

“We celebrate the birth of Jesus but it’s impossible to celebrate his birth without talking about why he came. This world needs a Savior. In order to be a Savior, you have to be able Faith Baptist Church in Layton.

to save, to be able to save, you have to be able to forgive, and to be able to forgive, you have to be God. Jesus isn’t just the best baby who was born; he is God in the flesh. When we think of Christmas, it’s a huge wonderful celebration but it’s bigger than the birth of Christ. …He came to die for our sins because he loves us that much. He died for our sins so we can be born again.” The Faith Baptist Church has Christmas sermons on a couple of Sundays in December. Their services start at 10:30 a.m. and it is open for anyone to attend. They also always have a musical drama they put together for the community, and this year, it will be on Dec. 14 and 15 at 6 p.m. “Normally, one of our people writes a play or a drama and we have a lot of special music that goes with it.” Pastor Beikel talked about how easy it is to get overwhelmed with all the expectations that society puts on people during the holiday season. It might be the expectation to give the perfect gift, to give more than you’re able, get the decorations just right or have the perfect four-course meal ready when the family comes over. “That’s not what Christmas is all about!” Their Christmas drama is a way to help people refocus on Jesus during the holiday season. Pastor Beikel said a way to make this holiday season more meaningful is to take a minute and ask the Lord who he wants to bless through you…then go do it. This is one of his favorite Christmas memories: “I went to the bank and got five $20 bills and brought them home.” He gave one to each member of his family and they prayed together to know who to give them to. Earlier that day, Pastor Beikel stopped by the newly opened Texas Roadhouse in Layton to see what their hours were. While there, he saw a woman rushing out of the restaurant who was crying. He forgot about the experience until later that evening while they were at dinner there. Each of his kids still had their $20 but they didn’t have an idea of who they wanted to give them to yet. Chuck asked their waitress to get her manager and asked if there was anyone who worked there who was a single mom or maybe

having a hard day. The manager said he had someone in mind. A woman started her first day of work that day. She was a single mom and the father of their child was supposed to pick up their son from school that day. While at work, she got a call from the school telling her that her boy was left waiting at the school. It turns out this was the woman he saw crying as she left the restaurant when Chuck stopped by earlier. She was rushing to pick up her son and probably thought her job security was jeopardized. The manager asked how he could help and Chuck asked him to bring an envelope. While the manager was away, Chuck told his kids he was going to give his $20 to this woman, and each of his kids eagerly contributed their $20’s. “After the manager gave her the envelope she came out crying and asking, how did you pick me? I told her we didn’t pick her, the Lord picked her. I don’t think my kids will ever forget that.”

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS “The greatest gift is God sent his Only Begotten Son to sacrifice himself for us that we might be redeemed,” said President Scott Nussbaum, the Stake

President of the Syracuse South Stake. “It’s more than about his birth, but what his birth represents. The Savior was sent to make it possible for imperfect people in a fallen world to return to live with our Heavenly Father. We rejoice because He December 2019 | 17

lives and loves us and we can still have a personal relationship with Him. I’m forever grateful that with my weaknesses and imperfections, the grace of Jesus Christ is there.” There are many events this church hosts during the Christmas season that are open to anyone. At Temple Square in Salt Lake City, you can see Christmas lights and nativities or attend musical performances and plays celebrating the birth and life of Jesus. Nussbaum explained, “At a more local level, there are generally parties with our congregations, or wards. Neighbors and friends are more than welcome to attend and enjoy each other’s company, and asking a neighbor who is a member of the church is the best way to find out when and where one is happening.” It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors, since congregations are determined by geographic location. Family is central in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; for members of this faith, worshiping as families is something that takes place in the home and at church. “Some of the neatest traditions are the simple, sacred ones in families such as reading scripture together and singing Christmas music,” said President Nussbaum. On Christmas Eve, he and his family gather with extended family at his aunt’s house and reenact the nativity. “We also sing together with our varying degrees of talent.” Service is also central to the holiday spirit. Nussbaum said, “The church is trying to unite members, friends, and neighbors and make Christmas a season of service through a campaign to light the world.” At, you can sign up to receive text message prompts for ways you can serve others each day leading up to Christmas. You can see ways others are lighting the world if you search #LightTheWorld on social media. President Nussbaum hopes people will make Christmas about Christ. “Learn about him, love him and pray to God. Understand we have a loving Heavenly Father who answers prayers. There is help and hope. Our Savior taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves and we would love to help our neighbors to come to know Christ. Just ask.”


Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish religious holiday celebrated in December. The Jewish faith doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but Hanukkah is a minor holiday that falls at around the same time. When Judah and the Maccabees defeated Antiochus and his army, they took back their temple and began to clean it up. They found a container of oil and they knew it would only be enough to feed a flame for one night. Instead, the oil lasted for 8 days and 8 nights, and the people saw the miracle as a sign that God was with them. This is why the Jewish people light 18 | December 2019

one candle each night during the Hanukkah celebration. David Geller is a member of the faith and he said families with small children typically celebrate Hanukkah by giving a gift each night of Hanukkah. He also said families typically celebrate one night with a big family dinner; other nights they make and eat fried potato pancakes.

The Hanukkiah, or Menorah, is the stand that holds the 9 candles. The 9th candle stands in the middle and is known as the Shamash or helper. It is used to light the other candles each night.


I’m sure many of you have heard of advent calendars and maybe have some sort of fun way to count down to Christmas. The Catholic tradition of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and it is a way members prepare themselves for the birth of Christ. Penance,

charity, giving to those in need, and self-betterment are all part of the process. The Catholic faith urges Christians to make Jesus the center of all celebrations during Christmas and gift themselves to others, especially the marginalized. During his General Audience of Dec. 27, 2017, Pope Francis said the lights, sounds, various local traditions, including food, all go to create the atmosphere of a true Christmas, only if Jesus is the center. He said we can welcome God’s gift of Jesus by giving of ourselves to those we encounter. “Those who receive the gift of Jesus come to know God’s saving grace and the promise of a new life, based no longer on selfishness but on self-giving love.” The Saint Rose of Lima Parish holds mass on Sunday at 8 a.m. in English, 10:30 a.m. in English, and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.


Miracles for Christmas Benefit Concert BY PAMLA BARRETT

Join us December 21st at Syracuse High school from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) for a special night to celebrate this Christmas season with a dedicated event to raise funds for Operation Underground Railroad. Come together with us to reach our goal of $50,000 by buying tickets for our evening dedicated to providing enough funds for a mission to save children through Operation Underground Railroad. All ticket sales and donations will go to those helping save children around the world from trafficking and sex slavery. The concert will feature several local talented artists, including James King, The Lars Yorgason Singers, D for Danze, Pamla Barrett, and more! With music and dance to inspire you, this one-of-a-kind concert will be filled with holiday spirit and love.

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“West Davis Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence� In order to recognize outstanding students and athletes in Syracuse, the Community and Economic Development Department has developed the West Davis Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence. This monthly award recognizes the outstanding performance of male and female students who excel in athletics, arts and/or academics. The individuals selected for this award will be identified by Syracuse City in partnership with representatives from the local recreation department, and local elementary, junior high and high schools.

Tysha Williams

Brock Belleau

Cook Elementary

Cook Elementary

Tysha Williams exemplifies a caring and thoughtful student. She is kind and inclusive to all. She is more aware of others than the typical sixth grade student. She truly wants everyone to feel included. Tysha cares about doing well in all her school subjects. She does her best work and encourages others to work also. Tysha participates in the HOPE squad, which reaches out to students in physical or emotional need.

Brock Belleau is very respectful and is always the first to recognize where there is a need. He is the first to jump in and help in any way. He is very selfless in his thinking and an amazing example to all. Brock is very helpful to students with special needs in our class. He provides service daily without being asked. Brock takes ballroom classes at the school and is on a competition soccer team. He is a hard worker and puts his full effort into everything he does. Brock is a member of the student council which provides services to our school community. He earns wonderful grades in school because of his dedication and strong efforts.

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

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Residents Rally to Bring Pickleball Courts to Syracuse BY HAILEY MINTON

Residents of Syracuse are coming together and working with the Syracuse City Council to bring pickleball courts to the city. The goal is to bring eight courts to Founders Park that will be outdoors and open year round.

sport, but that is changing. Youth fill the outdoor courts every evening in neighboring cities. Syracuse High School has a pickleball club and even Kellie’s 6 year old plays when she takes her family out.

Pickleball is a sport that is a mix between tennis and ping pong. The court resembles a mini tennis court, but instead of rackets, it is played with a ping pong type paddle. The ball looks like a wiffleball but it is bigger, heavier, and has more holes. You dink the ball over the net, play to 11, and have to win by two points.

During the summer she took her family to go play in Roy and Kaysville and meet a lot of Syracuse people. They were making friends with their Syracuse neighbors 30 minutes away in a different city. This got her thinking Syracuse needs its own courts and there has been abundant support as she and other community members have rallied together to make it happen.

To bring pickleball courts to Syracuse, the community needs to raise half the cost on their own. The city intends to match what is raised dollar for dollar and the combined total will be enough to make the courts happen. Kellie Burtenshaw and the pickleball committee are spearheading the efforts to bring courts to Syracuse and they have raised $66K as of Nov. 16, 2019 and they hope to reach $120K. They have had several fundraisers so far and in December they will have an online auction followed by a Polar Paddle Battle in January. To stay in the loop with dates and details, join the Syracuse Pickleball facebook page. Kellie and her friend Heather Mickey first attempted pickleball in June 2019 and Kellie has seen in a short time what a good thing it can be for a community. “The culture of pickleball is so inclusive.” She said if you just show up to a court with a paddle and want to play, you’ll more than likely be invited to join a game. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a different race, a young kid, or at a different phase of life, we can still go play pickelball together.” One of her favorite seniors who pay is a gentleman who doesn’t let an oxygen mask backpack keep him from slamming and dinking on the court. She said “I like playing with older players because they can kick the tar out of you if they play wise.” Up until lately pickleball was an elderly

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Another supporter of the cause is Brandt Bennett who is the maker of Bison Paddles. He makes the paddles right here in Davis County and he sells them at cost to Kellie. She sells them for $45 each or two for $80 and all the profits go directly to the pickleball courts fund. You can reach out to Kellie on the Syracuse pickleball page if you want to buy one. Kaysville has recently brought pickleball courts to their city and Kellie has done research trying to figure out how they made it happen so she and the pickleball community can replicate it in Syracuse. “Kaysville had a lot of people and companies who donated different parts of the courts including nets and fencing. It helped a lot.” She hopes businesses that support Syracuse will donate parts of the courts in a similar fashion.

Want to Donate? If you’d like to rally for the pickleball cause, cash donations are accepted through Venmo to @Syracusepickleball and the Syracuse Pickleball Charitable account at America First Credit Union.

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Michael doesn’t see himself living on the beach when he retires, but he’d like to vacation there with his wife. He worries he isn’t saving enough in the 401(k) account he has at work, but he isn’t sure what more he can manage with two kids, a mortgage and credit cards. Michael is like most Americans. He faces two dilemmas: 1. Saving enough money for a comfortable retirement. 2. Making those savings last his lifetime. Retirees today are spending more than they expected. The average Social Security benefit is less than $1,300 per month,* and it’s uncertain if it will be there for Michael when he retires. It has become rare for companies to fund traditional pensions for their employees, leaving retirees to rely on income from part-time jobs, personal savings and taxadvantaged retirement savings, such as 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts, called IRAs. A professional financial representative in your community can explain your retirement savings options in simple terms, so you can decide what’s the best option for you. Some options include:

Traditional and Roth IRAs offer potential income tax benefits while saving for retirement. 401(k) and 403(b) plans, allow contributions to be made directly from your paycheck and grow on a taxdeferred basis. Plus, many companies match your contributions up to a certain percentage. Fixed annuities offer a guaranteed interest rate, tax-deferred growth and a range of income options at retirement, including lifetime income you can’t outlive.

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Five Critical Things to Do BEFORE the Cold is Here to Stay! By Roger Grow


CLEAR OUT YOUR RAIN GUTTERS - while this sounds easy,

When rain and melting snow is allowed to just run off without being routed away from the house with an extender, the water will find its way to the lowest spot which will sooner or later be your basement. Often the homeowners don’t even realize that the extender blew away in the last wind storm. Secure them in place and make sure the water runs away from the home for best results.

when is the last time you did it? If you have trees around your home, it is a NEVER-ENDING job! Having clog-free rain gutters will allow water and melting snow to run away from your home and prevent ICE DAMS. We have all seen rain gutters with huge, seriously awesome ice cycles hanging off of them. Insurance guys like me, though, have nightmares when we see them hanging, because we know the unseen damage that is being caused to the home!

Prevent ice dams by cleaning out your rain gutters!

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR HOSE BIBS - I recently had this happen at my own house. I removed the hoses from the bibs before this last cold spell. However, I found that one of my daughters sprayed off her car on a sunny day and left the hose back on! This small thing can make a large issue when we reach freezing temperatures again. The pipes can freeze and burst inside the walls of the house. These are huge issues that none of us need in the middle of winter!

kitchen or bar area that are not often used. Those less used areas where the heat is off or low to conserve costs need to have better insulated pipes. It can also be a good idea to leave the front of the cabinets open to let in the warmer air. We all seem to have that one area in the house that is colder and is always an issue. If you plan ahead, it will save you money and aggravation. One last strong recommendation is to HAVE CARBON MONOXIDE


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LET'S PARTY! 'Tis the season for holiday parties! Here are some recipes that are great to bring to a party or make when you're hosting. Happy Holidays!

Mary Sue Rasmussen’s Cream Cheese Toffee Fruit Dip BY HAILEY MINTON

This fruit dip is a medley of sweet, creamy smoothness with an exciting crunch of toffee. My favorite way to eat it is with green apples, but it is good on practically any fruit! It has been a hit ever since my grandma introduced it to us, and it makes an appearance at most Rasmussen family parties.


This drink is a swirl of sweetness and spices that will warm you to your core. This is one of those seasonal drinks to which you can attach vivid memories with the taste and the smell it delivers. For me, the smell of cloves and cinnamon call back fond memories of making wassail with my uncle during our annual family Christmas party. I was a teenager at the time, and we made a regular batch. Then we made a special batch, just for us, that had more spices in it than the average person liked. I think the candle makers try to tap into these fond memories to coax us into buying their merchandise, but I’ll just make wassail instead.

Let the cream cheese soften for 20-30 minutes.

2 Apples 8 C Apple cider 2 C Orange juice 1/3 C Lemon juice 4 Cinnamon sticks 15 Whole cloves or ½ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp Ground ginger ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg 1 Tbsp brown Sugar (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a mixer.

Poke the whole cloves into the apples on all sides.

Scoop into a serving dish and chill until ready to serve.

Add all the ingredients, including the apples, to a large pot over medium low heat. (I use a crockpot)

*Coating sliced apples with lemon juice keeps them from oxidizing or turning brown quickly.

Bring to a simmer for 30-45 minutes

1 8oz block of cream cheese ½ C brown sugar ¼ C white sugar 1 tsp vanilla ½ package Heath toffee baking bits (4oz)

Cheers to all the fun parties of the season!

Wassail Recipe

Remove apples, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Ladle into mugs and enjoy!

+ RECIPES Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of assembling cured meats, cheeses, fruits and other items either on a table or a serving board. They are popular because they are a pretty and tasty centerpiece to any kind or size of party, you can customize to your tastes, and they are fun to put together. Here are some tips for assembling one for your next holiday party.


Choose your serveware

This can be a cutting board, a serving tray, a cheese tray, or whatever you have on hand (or borrow) that will fit all of your items. You could also put butcher paper down on a table or kitchen island and fill with your ingredients.

Add the cheeses + meats

Start with the cheese and arrange in different places on board. Slice the hard cheeses, start crumbling the goat or feta, and have a cheese knife to spread the soft ones. Add sliced meats that you have folded or rolled. Prosciutto is sliced thin and looks good piled up.

Add bread and crackers

You'll need a vehicle with which to eat all this deliciousness. Stack, fan them out or if you don't have room, they can go in a basket on the side.

Olives + Spreads

A few small dishes to hold these will add a variety of size to your board.


Make sure to include plenty of spoons, knives and tongs to help your guests to dig in and serve it up easily.

SHOPPING LIST • 2-3 cheeses: a mix of hard,



soft and a crumbled cheese (optional)

Fill in with fruit + nuts

These help bring a balance of flavor and texture. Pile up nuts in empty spaces and place fruit along the edges.

The extras

Have fun with this part! Rosemary and fresh herbs add color and texture. Fresh greenery like eucalyptus can be added around the base of the tray. For a holiday theme, you could add pine cones, and accents of red such as fresh or dried cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Love sweets? Add chocolate! Just make sure it doesn't touch any meat or cheese.

ADD LABELS to your board as let your guests know exactly what they are eating. You can buy mini-chalkboard labels like these on Amazon.

Soft: Brie, Bleu, Burrata, Provolone

Hard: Gouda, Sharp Cheddar, Asiago or Parmesan

Crumble: feta and goat cheese

Meat: 2-3 kinds of meats:

Fresh fruit: grapes,

Dried Fruit & Nuts:

Add-ins: assortment of olives,


sliced ham, salami, pepperoni, or prosciutto. You can also use other deli meats like turkey and roast beef. strawberries, orange slices, pomegranates cut in half cranberries, apricots, almonds, pecans, or walnuts fig or fruit spreads, and dips

breadsticks, a variety of crackers, including butter, wheat, rice or water crackers, crostini or sliced baguettes.

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+ W H AT T O E AT seasonal. All were delicious and none of them tasted remotely the same. The names and flavors are determined by the spices and ingredients in each sauce. They vary from savory to sweet, with degrees of heat ranging from none to flames out of your nostrils. Yes, wimpy tongues can eat here too. Ask for a sample of any of the flavors that seem interesting to help decide which one to have on your meal. Meals are put over brown or white rice and can be combined with a protein of your choice along with fresh veggies on top.

Thai Curry Kitchen BY RYAN SPELTS


hen most people think of curry, they often have a particular flavor in mind, and maybe a color. For me, that color is yellow, which, when found in Thai Curry, gets its distinctive color from the spice, Tumeric. Others think that all curry is hot, as in spicy hot, that is also not true. What I didn’t realize is curry is actually defined as sauce with flavors. Those flavors can be extremely varied. We sat down with John Thompson, the General Manager of Thai Curry Kitchen in Ogden, and sampled about 8 different flavors of curry. We tasted green, yellow, white, massaman, papuan, Red Jungle, Spicy Steve, and pumpkin, which is

If you are trying to be a bit healthier for your lunch or dinner, or simply want a break from the standard burger and fries routine, Thai Curry Kitchen can fit both of those bills. Their fast-casual style restaurant is patterned after Thailand’s numerous street food vendors. It is located in the heart of the new Nine Rails Creative District on 25th Street, just east of Washington and across the street from the iconic Weber County Main Library. There you will find a charming small diner run by at most 3 employees. This lean operation though, can feed you and your friends or family in a hurry with their simple yet flavorful dishes. In fact, they are so fast and efficient that it almost isn’t necessary to call your order ahead. John says that people often call ahead, but the restaurant still waits until just before the customer arrives to make their food because it only takes 20 seconds to prepare. Thai Curry Kitchen is one of those places where you can taste the freshness of the food. All food is purchased and prepared daily; their freezer is only for the shrimp and ice cream when they have it seasonally. In addition to curry dishes, you can also enjoy some fresh appetizers like spring rolls, pot stickers


Rainbow Salad (pictured at top) + any curry Mango Sticky Rice for dessert!

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and some fresh salads. Their most popular salad is the Rainbow Salad which consists of spiralized zucchini, carrots, red cabbage, peppers, cilantro, topped with a peanut dressing, sesame seeds and edamame (delish!). For dessert, you will have to try the Mango Sticky Rice! I loved it; it is my comeback flavor. John is there nearly every day and prides himself in running a clean, efficient, fresh and environmentally aware restaurant. He is a partner in the business with Steve Ballard, who owns the Sonora Grill in Downtown Ogden. Steve and John have become really good friends over the years, and when Steve decided to open a Thai restaurant, he asked John to partner with him and run it. Before opening, they and their families all flew to Thailand to experience the culture and taste the flavors. That trip has had a lasting impact on their menu and on their approach to creating their dishes. We highly recommend stopping by Thai Curry Kitchen and giving it a try. Our our guess is that it will make it onto your list of regular haunts after just one visit. You can also find their food truck at various events across the valley. Follow their instagram @thaicurrykitchen to find out the location and times of their truck.

 Thai Curry Kitchen 582 25th st. Ogden, UT 84401 P: (385) 333-7100

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Syracuse Connection December 2019  

How different religions celebrate Christmas, Mayor Message, Syracuse City, Calendar of Events, Holiday Recipes

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How different religions celebrate Christmas, Mayor Message, Syracuse City, Calendar of Events, Holiday Recipes