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Janie: Please, God, something’s the matter with Daddy... The opening lines of my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, reveal friends and family praying for George Bailey. This past Christmas season, Ben Fonua, thinking he would be forced to close his restaurant in January, asked residents of our community, in a social media post, to pray for his family. Ben is the owner of Leila’s Luau. The COVID-19 Pandemic hits local, familyowned eateries the hardest. As reported by a KUTV news reporter, the response of our residents to Ben’s request is worth a second look.2 Just like the script in It’s a Wonderful Life, not only did the community offer prayers for a local businessman, in the end, many rushed to shore up his struggling family business by reaching into their own pockets. February is love’s month. In the language of the ancient Greeks, there are at least seven different forms of love. February is most commonly linked to Eros, romantic love. May I focus your attention on Philia, brotherly love? Philia is one seeing need in the community and being willing to step forward and meet it. We all witnessed this kind of love in action when Ben requested prayers, and the community came to the rescue. From my current position, I see Phila in action regularly. No wonder we love Syracuse! Mayor Mike Gailey 1 It’s a Wonderful Life; Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling 2 https://kutv.com/news/local/family-restaurant-in-syracuse-saved-after-owners-request-for-prayergoes-viral February 2021 | syracuseconnection.com 3

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Syracuse City Updates Respecting New ‘Toys’ in the New Year Christmas has come and gone. Presents were exchanged, and memories were made. Many of us received new toys, and for some of us, those toys were new weapons to add to our gun safes. Although it should go unmentioned, sometimes a simple reminder is needed to review gun safety rules, not only for ourselves, but with those around us whom we hold close. THE 12 GOLDEN RULES FOR SAFE GUN HANDLING

• Always treat the gun as a loaded weapon. • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. • Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

• Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it. • Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy. • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

• Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.

• Always use proper ammunition. • Make sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.

• If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your

shooting position for several seconds; then, with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.

• Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing. • Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you

don’t trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.

Here is another tip: when using your weapon with your family or a group of people, decide on whom will be the group’s safety officer to keep an eye on opportunities to revisit a safety rule if needed. Be safe!


QUESTION: I have a concern about traffic safety in my neighborhood. How do I get the city to install signs or other traffic control measures? Answer: All Syracuse City streets follow standards endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Syracuse public works engineers determine effective use of traffic control devices based upon national standards. For instance, the manual establishes standards for road signalization, stop-controlled intersections, and warning sign location. Additionally, the Public Works Department considers the practical effect of traffic control measures, including cost and maintenance. They also evaluate traffic conditions at various times, such as when new roads or connections are made, road

reconstruction, and when additional uses such as schools are introduced to neighborhoods. Sometimes, residents feel that traffic conditions have changed and require new safety devices. A resident may request a traffic evaluation by contacting the public works department and completing a Traffic Evaluation Request Form found on the city construction and engineering webpage. Due to extensive work involved, such as traffic counting, reviewing standards, researching site conditions, and applying standards to the situation, there is a fee for analysis request. The fee is refunded if the analysis shows that the change is necessary.

Do you have a community question? Submit your question to proberts@syracuseut.com.

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Public Works Update Public works is dedicated to contributing to a safe environment for the community by providing fast and courteous service. Public works handles all matters regarding water, storm water, sewer, land drain, streets, street signs, streetlamps, as well as pothole and sidewalk repairs. For any concerns related to these matters, the first contact made must be to our public works department. Although social media is a great tool for mass communication, the most effective response related to a public works concern will come from a phone call or an online fix-it request from our website. Both methods are available 24 hours a day. For public works related emergency situations that occur after hours, phone calls can be made to an emergency hotline. When water flows across our lawns, driveways, and roads (rain, melting snow, etc.), it picks up fertilizers, pet waste, engine oil, and more. It’s called stormwater runoff, and the pollutants it carries are transported straight to our streams, rivers, and lakes. This is not filtered or treated. The storm drain system flows directly to our local waterways. Even soil can be considered a pollutant when excess sediment washes into the storm drain and clouds up our waterways. Then, when the dirt settles, it could clog the pipe and cause a flood. Let us all do our part and keep pollutants out of the storm-drains. This differs from the sanitary sewer system that your house is connected to, where wastewater is sent to a treatment plant and is treated before it returns to our waterways.

Layton Canal Update Sections of the Syracuse Trail are temporarily closed through early spring 2021 to maintain public safety through work zones. Detours are noted on the map below. Crews are also boring underneath the intersection of 3000 West/Tryall Drive to install pipe casings, which has required a temporary closure of the intersection. Northbound traffic is detoured to St. Andrews Drive and southbound traffic is detoured to Bluff Road. The road will reopen as boring operations and roadway restoration are completed. For more information, please contact Andy Neff with the project public involvement team at 801-419-9554. Updates will also be posted to the West Davis Corridor website: westdavis. udot.utah.gov/

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in our nation’s waterways and one that is extremely difficult to regulate. We all contribute to pollutants in runoff, and we can all help protect our water quality. May we all do our part and continue to have a beautiful city.

Employee Spotlight- Heather Davies Administrative Professional, City Hall Our employee spotlight is Heather Davies! Heather is an Administrative Professional in City Hall and is often the first person people see when they arrive. She has played a leadership role in making improvements to internal processes. She is known for her excellent customer service. She is team player. As an example, she volunteered to adjust her schedule to help out when other team members were out due to COVID-19 exposures. She was also recently awarded Employee of the Month. Well done, Heather!

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

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Syracuse City Arts Council The SCAC Theatre committees were thrilled with the participation of adults and children of all ages, some who were trying theatre for the first time, and all who helped us with our online Readers Theatre of “A Christmas Carol,” performed on Facebook Live in December. If you missed these renditions (and you aren’t quite ready to get out of the Christmas spirit), check out our Facebook page under videos to see what an enthusiastic performance everyone did! A big Bravo to both the junior and adult casts! Exciting News!!! We are hoping to have some dates of shows for the rest of 2021, and we hope that everyone else is excited too! The musical “Big Fish,” which was postponed last summer,

is being cautiously planned to be performed early this coming summer. Watch for more details next month. The Junior Theatre is excited to tentatively plan for both the summer children’s musical theatre camp and the musical “Matilda Jr.” later in the fall. Stay tuned for more details and dates. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more SCAC updates and information. The SCAC Executive Board will be having their monthly meeting on February 3rd, at 8 p.m. via Zoom (see our website syracuseutaharts.org for the link). Our meetings are open to the public, and individuals who wish to make public comments will be limited to three minutes each. You may also send ideas or comments to info@syracuseutaharts. org, and your email will be read to the SCAC Executive Board.

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Registration: February 1- March 28 This program is for pre-kindergarteners (must be 5 before September 1, 2021) thru 9th grade. Cost is as follows: T Ball, Coach Pitch and Machine Pitch $46; Minor/Major $51; Jr. High $56. Registration fee includes a jersey and hat

For more detailed information on programs, go to www.syracuseut.gov

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Passport application processing services are offered at City Hall between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Processing takes approximately 20-30 minutes per application. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted and served in order of arrival. For multiple applications and/or photos, wait times may be longer. All required forms, photos, and payments must be completed prior to 4 p.m. to be accepted the same day. Applications can be found on the www.travel.state.gov website. Application fees must be paid with a check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State. More info available on our website www.syracuseut. com/Passports

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.

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.

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February Calendar of Events SCHOOL EVENTS Syracuse High Feb 2: State Drill Semi-Finals @ UVU | Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Choir Jumpstart Sectional 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Feb 3: Solo / Ensemble Festival @ Band, Choir & Orchestra Rooms 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Feb 4: Talent Show Auditions 2:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 5: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Wrestling 6A Divisional Tournament @ Syracuse Feb 6: Wrestling 6A Divisional Tournament @ Syracuse | State Drill Finals @ UVU Feb 9: Girls Basketball @ Davis 5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Davis 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb 10: Vocal / Piano Solo & Ensemble @ Choir & Band Room 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb 12: Singing Valentines 5/6th period | Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb 13: Weber State Jazz Band Festival @ Weber State 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb 15: No School Feb 16: No School | Girls Basketball @ Layton 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Layton 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb 17 - 18: Wrestling 6A State Tournament @ UVU Feb 18: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb 19 - 20: 6A State Swimming Championships @ BYU, Provo Feb 22: Parent Teacher Conference Clearfield High Feb 2: Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 9p.m. Feb 5 - 6: Wrestling 6A Divisional Tournament @ Syracuse 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feb 5: Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Fremont 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 9: Girls Basketball @ Roy 5:15 p.m. -

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Syracuse Jr. Feb 1: Girls Basketball @ North Davis 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Feb 2: Vocal Solo & Ensemble @ Choir & Band Room 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Feb 9: Girls Basketball - Quarter Finals | NAL Playoff Feb 10: Community Council 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Feb 11: Girls Basketball - Semifinals Feb 15: No School - Presidents Day Feb 16: No School | District Vocal & Band Solo & Ensemble 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 17: Girls Basketball Finals | NAL District Championship Feb 23: Wrestling @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Feb 24: Jazz Band Concert @ Cafeteria 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb 25: Wrestling @ Syracuse Jr. 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Parent Teacher Conference 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Feb 26: High School State Robotics Tournament 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Legacy Jr. Feb 1: Girls Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Feb 2: Girls Basketball @ Centennial 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | NAL @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Feb 3: 6th Grade Open House 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Feb 8: Girls Basketball Playoffs 3:15 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Feb 9: Solo Ensemble Festival @ Choir Room 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Girls Basketball Playoffs Quarter Finals 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Feb 10: Student of the Month Breakfast 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. | Community Council @ Library 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 11: Girls Basketball Playoffs Semifinals 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 12: High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 13: High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 15: No School - Presidents Day Feb 17: Girls Basketball Finals 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | NAL District Championship 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 18: High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 19: High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 20: High School Musical 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 22: Musical Theatre Auditions - By Appointment 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Feb 23: Wresting @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Feb 24: Parent Teacher Conference By appointment 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Parent Teacher Conference Open House 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Feb 25: Wrestling @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Feb 26: Musical Theatre Auditions - By appointment 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Syracuse Arts Academy Feb 10 - 11: Parent Teacher Conference / Early Out Feb 12: No School Feb 15: No School - President’s Day

Syracuse Elementary Feb 9: Community Council 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Feb 11: Chinese New Year Celebration 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 12: Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Northridge 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 15: No School - Presidents Day Feb 16: Girls Basketball @ Davis 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 17: State Wrestling 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Community Council @ Media Center 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Feb 18: Orchestra Solo & Ensemble 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | State Wrestling @ 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 19: Swimming State @ BYU, Provo Richards Building 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Feb 20: Swimming State @ BYU, Provo Richards Building 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Feb 26 - 27: Student Directed One Act Plays 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Feb 15: No School - Presidents Day Bluff Ridge Elementary Feb 8 - 12: Kindergarten Registration Feb 15: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 16: No School Feb 17: Spelling Bee 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Feb 25: Spirit Day (wear green) Buffalo Point Elementary Feb 15: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 16: No School Sand Springs Elementary Feb 15: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 17 - 18: Class Photos West Point Elementary Feb 15: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 16: No School

CITY EVENTS Feb 2: Planning Commission @ Zoom 6

p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 9: City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Feb 16: Planning Commission @ Zoom 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 23: City Council Work Session 6 p.m.

FUN THINGS TO DO Feb 3: Virtual Event Chang-rae Lee Discusses her new book, My Year Abroad @ the Barnes and Noble Facebook page 7 p.m. Feb 3, 10, 17, 24: Winter Time Only’s @ Golden Spike Arena 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 6: Wasatch Audubon - Ponds Field Trip @ 8 a.m. Meet at large parking lot by Wendy’s in Roy 1900 W 5600 S at 8:00 am. We will visit the following ponds: Meadows, Clinton, Jensen, the Resting Pond at Farmington Bay and Kaysville Ponds. Bring lunch. Dan Johnston (801) 645-8633| Intro to Backcountry Touring @ 238 25th street Ogden 6:30 p.m. This pro-

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From Farmers to Friends to Family: The Schofield’s Story BY JENNY GOLDSBERRY


ruce F. Schofield turns 95 this month. His wife, Mary Williams Schofield, just turned 94 in December. This year, they will have been married for 77 years, and they spent almost every one of those years in the same home in Syracuse. Even before they were married, they lived very near each other in Syracuse. They both came from a lifestyle of living and working on a farm.

During the second World War, Bruce served in the Air Force. Afterward, he continued to work for the Air Force as a civilian. He, along with over 20,000 people, got a job at Hill Air Force base, which he kept for almost 40 years. The base was created in 1940 because it was thought to be a secure area on account of the Rocky Mountains. At the time, Utah had 13 other military bases, but Hill Air Force base employed a majority of them, according to the Utah History Encyclopedia. It soon became Utah’s biggest employer, not only employing Utahns like Bruce, but also active-duty military men and prisoners of war. Mary found work at Farr Better Ice Cream as an ice cream scooper. She was lucky to be employed at that time because Farr Better Ice Cream actually started in ice sales. The work involved collecting ice from the surface of ponds across Weber County, which was much less sanitary than scooping ice cream. While today there are five locations, Mary worked at the first original location on Washington Boulevard. They charged a nickel for a scoop of ice cream. It might seem like light work, but anyone who’s scooped giant tubs of ice cream can attest that it takes more arm strength than it looks. At one point in their marriage, they ran an auto mechanic shop, and after 25 years of marriage, they started a snowmobile shop together. The farming lifestyle, which could be traced back generations in both their families, ended with them. According to his children, Bruce could fix anything because he was an expert in all things mechanical. Mary was a great manager because she had previously managed the kitchen of Garden Home Training Center. Together, they were the perfect team, because they complemented each other. All of these workplaces, from Hill Air Force base to Farr Better Ice Cream to Schofield Snowmobile Sales, were local companies, which

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Bruce and Mary Schofield have been married for 77 years

helped the Schofields stay rooted in their hometown. Today, they are the oldest living couple native to Syracuse. They had seven children who gave them many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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It’s Time to Snowshoe! Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing BY ANN PARK

Frequently Asked Questions Q: What should I wear? A: The first mistake most people make is to dress too warmly. Snowshoeing is pretty hard if you’re going uphill, and you will work up a sweat. Dress in layers so you can adjust. Remember, the weather can change. If it gets windy, it will feel much colder. Don’t forget your gaiters. They will keep the snow from filling up your boots. Q: Do I need to have poles? A: They help with balance for beginners, and they also allow you to use more of your muscles to climb. But, if you don’t have them or don’t like to use them, you’ll be fine without poles. Q: What kind of terrain can I walk on in snowshoes? A: Almost any type. That’s the joy of snowshoes. Areas with lots of brush or uneven rocks under the snow are more difficult to walk in.

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Beginners –flat or gentle slopes • Bonneville Shoreline Trail • Pioneer Trail • Set track at the Nordic Center in Ogden Valley Moderate experience - steeper terrain • Coldwater Canyon Loop • Ben Lomond Trail or Lewis Peak Trail (Start at North Ogden Divide) • Malan’s Basin Advanced Trails • Ben Lomond Peak • Cowboy’s Paradise • Ridge routes

Snowshoeing Safety Tips: Always dress for the weather, carry emergency clothes and supplies, drink plenty of water, and carry extra food. Be aware that if you climb up onto a ridge, it will very likely be much colder and windier than the rest of your route. Use the buddy-system and keep an eye on your friends. Watch for changes in the weather. It can be dangerous if visibility is suddenly reduced. Don’t get lost. Keep an eye on your location. Always make sure you have a safe route back to your car.



Avalanche Safety Tips: Check the avalanche forecast in advance and avoid high-risk terrain (especially if snow conditions warrant extra caution). High-risk terrain includes areas that are steep, clear of trees, have lots of rock under the snow, or have signs of previous snow slides. Here are some great local resources for more info and forecasts: www.instagram.com/ogdenavalanche utahavalanchecenter.org 18 syracuseconnection.com | February 2021

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ICE HOCKEY FUN Syracuse Resident, Ian Roemer, took this photo from the eastern side of Pineview Reservoir. These ice hockey players cleared off some of the snow to have some fun on the ice. Ian snapped this as the setting sun cast a sunbeam onto them. There are just a few people skating in this picture, but all of them sitting on the sidelines were involved in a game of ice hockey earlier. In the middle of the picture, there is a log that someone has pulled out onto the ice. Ian said people do this to help with fish habitat. When the ice melts, the log will eventually sink to the bottom. This provides a good spot for fish to take shelter, and for fishermen to find them. Just outside of the picture, there were also ice fishermen out enjoying the day. In the background of the photo, you can see the mountains and its network of ski runs up at Snow Basin. Whether it’s ice skating, ice fishing, or skiing, it’s clear that cold weather opens up a whole new set of possibilities for outdoor fun here in Northern Utah. Get out and enjoy it!

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FROM THE PUBLISHER 2020 was simultaneously an eventful and equally uneventful year. It seemed like we all stayed home and watched while the world around us was in chaos, and most of us are probably glad it is now in the rearview mirror. At Connection Publishing, 2020 was equally rewarding and challenging. We saw dear friends struggle and some even close their businesses, while others thrived and couldn’t keep inventory in place. We sincerely hope each of you continue to make the effort to shop local and support local. We are proud to be a publication where local businesses and brands are able to make themselves better known to you, our readers. As you turn the pages of these magazines each month, we hope you will choose to support our advertisers as they make this magazine possible. 2020 also marks the year that we started a new tradition for the magazine with our Favorites Readers’ Poll. Thank you to all of you who voted and made your voice heard. We wanted to hear what your favorite businesses and services in the community were this past year, and you answered the call; this special results issue is the product of your votes. One of the challenges of a Readers’ Choice Poll is finding a balance between having too many categories and not covering something important to the community. If you see something we missed, please let us know, and we can add it next year. That being said, one readers’ poll we researched before we launched our own had over 250 categories with some odd ones like “best public bathroom,” which is nice if you are in a bind with a newly potty-trained two-year-old, but maybe not something everyone would vote on. We made our initial list and then narrowed it down as best we could to have as much impact as possible. After the votes were tallied, we even knocked a few more off the list because they didn’t get enough overall votes. We also made sure to Google every business to ensure we found the correct company and spelling. With fill-in-the-blank voting like we had, it can sometimes be difficult to know for sure what someone is referring to when they might have it spelled incorrectly. We think we found everyone, though, and the results are listed in this special section. Each category you will see in the following pages is listed with 1st-place winners and runners up, with winners listed in bold and runners up listed below. In some cases, there was even a tie. It is a great accomplishment to make it on the list. People voted their mind anonymously and had to type in the name of the business for it to receive a vote. We would like to extend a congratulations to everyone on the list. Well done for being a business that your customers are willing to vote for. Keep up the good work, and we look forward to seeing you in next year’s Favorites Poll.

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Readers’ Poll Results


Art & Entertainment Car/Auto


Beauty & Fitness Business & Industrial


Food & Drink


Health Hobbies & Leisure


Home & Garden


Jobs & Education Pets & Animals Shopping

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1. Jerry Shepherd’s Custom Auto

Repair Shop

1. Shadetree Automotive

AMC Layton Hills 9 Megaplex Theaters at the Junction

Syracuse Arts Council Centerpoint Theater Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater Hale Centre Theatre On Pitch Performing Arts Center Syracuse Arts Academy

Car Dealership

Haacke Motors - Layton

1. UEC Syracuse Stadium 6

1. Warehouse 22 Event Center


Movie Theater

Live Theatre/ Venue


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Family Fun Center

1. The Rush Funplex Boondocks EOS Fitness

CAR/AUTO New Car Dealership 1. Ed Kenley Ford

Paul’s Automotive and 4x4 Jer’s Elite Automotive Pearson Auto

Body Shop

1. Anderson Auto Body Custom Auto Ogden

Car Wash

1. Utah Wash Factory of Syracuse Willy Wash and Detail

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1. Dustin Peterson (ERA Skyline Two Brothers) 1. Jonathan De Young (Century 21) Annette Judd (Realty One Group Arete)


Real Estate Brokerage

Beauty and Fitness Spa

Mortgage Broker/ Loan Officer

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1. Jennifer Nollner SWBC Mortgage Econ Mortgage Jan & Keith Brady North Star Mortgage

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Home/ Auto Insurance


1. A Insurance

Platinum Insurance Group The Bon Agency Insurance

1. Jennifer Brown My Tax Advisor

Health Insurance

1. China Barnes with Switch Insurance

1. Texas Roadhouse


1. America First Credit Union

Tax Advisor

Steak House

Maddox Ranch House Sizzler

Credit Union/ Bank Bank of Utah Horizon Credit Union Wells Fargo

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1. Fry Me To The Moon Krispy Kreme Madbrook Donut Company

Coffee Shop

1. The Base Restaurant & Bar Little Caesars Gio’s Pizza Hungry Howie’s Marco’s Pizza Papa Murphy’s The Pie

1. Futures Coffee Beans & Brews Vintage Grind

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1. Crown Burgers

Iceberg Drive Inn The Base Restaurant & Bar The Habit Burger Grill Warrens

1. Leila’s Luau Hug-Hes Cafe Fry Me To The Moon


1. The Base Restaurant & Grill



1. Famous Dave’s 1. Holy Smoke BBQ & Grill


1. Chris’ Cafe Sill’s Cafe


1. Hug-Hes Cafe The Bird Arby’s

Ice Cream/ Frozen Treat 1. Iceberg Drive Inn

Cold Stone Creamery Farr Better Ice Cream Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Zeppe’s Italian ice

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1. Olive Garden

Soda Pop Stand 1. FiiZ Drinks Swig Twisted Sugar


1. Chuck-A-Rama Asian Buffet Golden Corral

HEALTH Pharmacy


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Coleman Orthodontics


1. McKay-Dee Hospital Layton Hospital

Health Store

1. Good Earth Good Earth Natural Foods Co.

Physical Therapy

1. Mountain Land Physical Therapy


1. Simply Wellness Chiropractic

1. Smith’s Walgreens Walmart

1. Sheldon Peck Orthodontics

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Sports, Hunting, Fishing Store

1. Sportsman’s Warehouse

Ski Resort

1. Snowbasin Powder Mountain

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Appliance/Furniture Store 1. RC Willey

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1. J&J Nursery and Garden Center


1. Total Home Services of Utah Rentmeister Total Home Service


1. 212 Degree Radiant H&S Plumbing Rentmeister Total Home Service


1. STF Electric Rich Olsen Electric Services Master Electric

Landscaping, Lawncare 1. Rushton Lawncare Big League Lawns

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Cleaning Service 1. Got Dirt

Desert Ridge Services 2. Two Girls Cleaning

1. R-n-R Carpet Center JS ProFinish

Hardware Store

1. South Fork Hardware The Home Depot Lowe’s

Carpet and Flooring 1. Cotton & Timber Allman’s Flooring RC Willey


1. Lindquist Mortuaries/ Cemeteries Russon Mortuary & Crematory

Door & Window Replacement

1. Northern Utah Glass Sander Glass


1. JS ProFinish 1. Rosewood Painting

Garage Door Repair

1. A1 Garage Door Repair

Dry Cleaning

1. Faye’s Hoffman Cleaners

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Pest Control

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1. Columbia Pest Control 1. Beeline Pest Control

Walmart WinCo

Jewelry Store

Aaron’s Jewelry Roy Franco Jewelers

Roofing Company

1. Bear Creek Roofing CCR Roofing



1. Layton Hills Mall

2. Oasis Montessori Schools


1. Oasis Montessori School Bravo Arts Academy Memory Lane Preschool

Animal Hospital

1. Antelope Animal Hospital

Charter School 1. NUAMES

Farmington Station

PETS & ANIMALS Quail Pointe Veterinary Hospital

SHOPPING Grocery Store 1. Smith’s

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Our Favorite



Smoked Garlic Lemon Shrimp BY DAVE BOATWRIGHT

1 pound of shrimp, preferably 26/30 (large, raw, peeled, tail-on) One lemon 1 tbl black pepper 1 tbl salt 2 tbl minced garlic 1 tsp chili flakes (optional) Put rinsed shrimp in a bowl, cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into the bowl. Add salt, pepper, garlic, and chili flakes.

Mix everything together and then lay the mixture in a cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the smoker at 225 degrees (in the oven at 250 or a on a grill on low heat) and cook until the shrimp barely start to turn pink. Pour in 2 tbl of cooking wine (I use Mirin) and 8 tbl (one cube) of butter, sliced into chunks. Keep on cooking until the shrimp are done, usually 15-20 more minutes. The shrimp will be a uniform pink. Garnish with a bit of chopped parsley, or my favorite, cilantro. It’s fun to just bring the skillet in and serve it right out of that!

Easy Baked Herb Salmon BY KRISTINA CASE

1 1/2 lb piece of fresh (not frozen) salmon cut into 3-4 equal sections 2 tbl butter, melted 1 tbl olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbl fresh lemon juice Fresh lemon slices 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves 1 tbl fresh parsley, chopped and divided 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat® liner. Arrange salmon, skin side down. Letting the salmon come to room temperature before baking will make it cook more evenly. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped thyme, and ½ tablespoon chopped parsley. Spread butter mixture over top of salmon. Bake for 15-20 minutes- just until salmon is cooked and flaky. Remove from oven and serve with slices of lemon on top of each section and sprinkle with remaining fresh parsley.

SALMON BUYING TIPS Although May & June are the months you’ll see more salmon in grocery stores because that’s when its caught fresh, stores carry salmon all year round. I buy it at the butcher’s counter rather than the freezer. You might pay a little more, but it’s worth the flavor. My favorites are King which is rich and high in fat or Sockeye, a leaner, bright red flesh that has great flavor. If you prefer a milder flavor, go with Coho or Atlantic.

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A fun and unique dinner, albeit quite easy, is to do a shrimp boil. All you need to get started is a large pot to boil water and lots of stuff to add to it. This dinner can be a real crowd pleaser too. My favorite part of this meal is dumping the fresh, steaming pot out on the table in front of the guests and watching as everyone digs in! (This method may not be COVID friendly). Also commonly called a Low-Country Boil, there are plenty of recipes and tips online. The more you make it, the more successful you’ll be, and you can experiment with different ingredients. I started doing boils about 16 yrs ago after I was taught by my brother, who was taught by his neighbor. They did it regularly as neighbors and friends. We have done this for our family many times, and I have done it for church groups for 12 years in a row until COVID put the tradition on a temporary hiatus. I ended up buying a couple of 80-quart pots and strainer baskets, but we did it for years with our multiple kitchen pots and slotted spoons. If you have big pots, you can use a propane cooker outside or just do it on your kitchen stove with your pots. We have done it for as few as three to four people and for groups of 150.

The process is very basic: 1. Get a pot and boil salted water. Fill the pot a little less than half-way full. Careful not to overfill so you don’t overflow the pot once you add the ingredients. 2. Add the ingredients and seasoning in order of longest cook time to shortest: potatoes and carrots first, with shrimp last.

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Get the pot of water to a good rolling boil before you add any food. Bring the water back to a rolling boil as quickly as you can after adding each food. Drain the water very thoroughly before dumping the pot out on the table. There is always more water with the food than you think there is. Only use 4-6 carrots per person. Shrimp and Sausage will be most popular. Have at least 1/2 pound of protein per person. Use wax or poly lined freezer paper as your tablecloth. It makes for easy clean up. Use raw shrimp. • Pre-cooked shrimp almost always ends up shriveled and tough. • Once the shrimp has turned white, it is cooked. Don’t overcook shrimp. • Thaw the shrimp prior to cooking. Frozen shrimp cools the boiling water a lot. Use precooked sausage. Have some seasonings and hot sauce to put on the food as you eat (Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning is my favorite). Use plenty of crab boil seasoning. I like Zatarain’s; it’s cheap and readily available at most grocery stores.

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Shrimp, 2-3 minutes

Smoked Sausage/kielbasa (precooked) 2-3 minutes just to warm through

Potato – Small works best 10-12 minutes

Corn on the cob 6-8 minutes

Fresh (peeled) garlic cloves or whole bulbs 6-8 minutes

Baby Carrot 10-12 minutes

Onion 8-10 minutes

String Beans 4-6 minutes

Mushroom 3-5 minutes

Cabbage 6-8 minutes

Brussel Sprout 6-8 minutes

Zuccchini 4-6 minutes

Asparagus 3-5 minutes


This recipe works well for 6-8 good-sized Kokanee Salmon. Fillet and debone the fish. Leave the skin on. Cut each fillet in 2-4 pieces, depending on what size you want. You can adjust the recipe proportions up or down, depending on your batch size. Brine: 3 cups dark brown sugar & 1 cup Kosher salt Place fish pieces side by side (skin down) in a glass or plastic pan. Apply a generous amount of the brine. Be sure all meat gets covered with some brine. You can layer the fish if needed or use an additional pan. Cover and allow fish to brine in the fridge for 12-18 hours. Remove from the fridge, rinse off brine, and pat fish dry. Allow them to sit for 20-30 mins. Preheat the smoker to 200-225. For smoke, I like the competition blends, but other woods can work for fish. Place on the smoker and, after 30 minutes, baste the fish with the brine (syrup consistency). Baste the fish every 30 minutes after that until done. This is typically 2-3 hours, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Allow to cool; refrigerate or freeze for longer-term storage. Salted Caramel Sauce: 3 cups brown sugar 1-2 tbl pink Himalayan salt (I tend to like it a little lighter on the salt) ½ stick Butter Water to achieve desired consistency (syrup-like) Place ingredients into a sauce pan and heat slowly over medium heat until all the sugar crystals have liquefied. Add just a little water to start, then add little amounts at a time to get it like pancake syrup. It doesn’t need much. You will likely have to reheat the sauce as, when you take it off the heat, it will start to recrystallize.


1 cup flour ½ cup milk ½ cup water 2 tbl baking powder 1 tsp salt Around 2 lbs. of fish (pollock or cod) 6-8 tbl olive oil Whisk together the dry ingredients first, then add the milk and water. Mix until smooth. Heat 6 - 8 tablespoons of oil or enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Cut fish into 2 ½-inch pieces and dab off any excess moisture with a paper towel. To test to see if the oil is hot enough, drop a small dollop of dough in the skillet. If it doesn’t sizzle right away, it needs to be hotter. If it explodes into a sizzle, it’s too hot. If it has a steady, even sizzle, it’s ready. Dip the fish in the batter and coat well. Set the fish in the skillet and make sure to allow enough room to flip each piece. Cook on each side for about 4 minutes or until the batter has turned golden brown. Remove the fish from the pan and place it on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve plain or with tartar sauce.

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Finding Love During World War II: The Burrows’ Story

“He was always sneaking up on her in the kitchen and dancing with her.”



everly Marie Keate and Duane Kenneth Burrows met while they were teenagers at East High school in the 1940s. They were married soon after they graduated, which happened to be just as the United States joined World War II. The draft was looking for men born on or after January 1, 1922 or before June 30, 1924. Since Duane was born on July 27, 1922, he was drafted at the end of June, just a year after he graduated high school. When he left to fight in the war, he left behind his small family; Beverly had already given birth to a little boy. While they were apart for years, they would write letters back and forth. This situation was not new to either Beverly or Duane, because both of their fathers also served in World War I. They knew what it took to keep a family together when the world was falling apart. It would have been very normal for them because, not only had the previous generation lived through it, but also because over 60,000 Utahns enrolled in active military service in 1945. Most of their neighbors were going through the exact same thing. Most, like the Burrows, also had children at the time. The population grew by 25% that decade, according to the Utah History Encyclopedia. Many Utahns were making a great sacrifice and sending fathers of small children off to the war, just like the Burrows. For two years, Duane served as a staff sergeant in the Philippines. As a staff sergeant, he was in charge of squads stationed there. According to the U.S. Army Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer, this rank had just been created by Congress following World War I. Duane was one of the first few staff sergeants in the Army’s history. He was also briefly stationed in Utah’s Fort Douglas, previously known as Camp Douglas or the Fort Douglas guardhouse. During the Civil War, the fort was made out of sandstone and adobe, according to the Fort Douglas Museum. Later on, it was used as a prisoner of war camp for Germans in World War I. During Duane’s lifetime, it was mostly occupied by the Army’s ground troops. It was a

-Great-grandaugther MaKayka Bachman

convenient station near his family. While Duane was away, Beverly modeled. She loved to dance, which made her excellent at posing for pictures. Her pictures even made their way to Hill Air Force base, where she was the pinup girl there during the war. She was a perfect model to lift the spirits of men missing their wives because she was a military wife herself. When the war was over, the Burrows moved into a house with a farm complete with cows and chickens. Beverly still kept her love for dance, only now, her favorite hobby was dancing with her husband. “He loved her so much,” their great-granddaughter MaKayla Bachman said. “He was always sneaking up on her in the kitchen and dancing with her.” Eventually, they opened up a dance studio together, where they were dance instructors themselves. The studio also had a ballerina shop next door. They had two more children and travelled as much as they could together. After being married for over 70 years, Duane passed away, and Beverly did about a year later. From their three children, they had 17 grandchildren, almost 50 great grandchildren, and almost 20 greatgreat grandchildren. MaKayla Bahman, Lexi Cannon, and Mo Cannon are three of their greatgrandchildren still living in Syracuse today. Their legacy still lives with them. “I love their love story,” Michelle said. “It kept the expectations really high for me.” February 2021 | syracuseconnection.com 37

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