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atty Jex and her husband Grant are dear neighborhood friends. I asked her if I could share this entry from her greatgrandmother’s written memories of Star Valley, Wyoming, and their 1918 battle with the Spanish Flu. I then went looking for written memories of those living here in Syracuse during the 1918 pandemic. Since I have found none to this date, please share with me, from your family histories’ written records, what it was like in Syracuse in 1918. When sharing this excerpt from her ancestor’s journal, Patty reported, “This gave me some helpful perspective to what we are going through with COVID”:

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Helen was six weeks old when Esse came home one day and told me Dr. West had asked him to go into the home of Ernst and Hulda Hoopes to help them. Hulda had lost a premature baby, they had milk cows and stock to care for, and Ern himself was in bed too. Dr. promised him if he would do as he told him to, he would not take the flu.

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Up the road nearer Fairview, another niece of Esse (Hulda was a niece) Rileys Hoopes and his family were all down too. His wife was Luella Harmon Hoopes, and she was very seriously ill. Luella’s Aunt Luella Wilkes of Afton, mentioned earlier in my story, had come to care for this family as did a neighbor lady, Lettie D. Campbell.

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Luella, the mother of this little family, a husband and three children, died. Esse came to help these two ladies. They prepared her body for burial, and Esse helped them place her in the casket.

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I’ll never forget my fear as I took our two little children and Esse drove the team down to the Hoopes home, 1 1/2 miles north of Fairview. I drove back alone and unhooked the horses and turned them into the field. Esse was to wear a formaldehyde mask each time he went into the sick rooms and wash his hands in water with formaldehyde when he came out.

There could be no funeral service. Men from Fairview brought clothes and a casket in back of a white-topped buggy. They drove to the canal just inside Rileys gate, then fastened a piece of wire to the bridle bit of one horse; Esse was not to drive them or touch the harness. He led the team to the house, wading the canal, and backed them up to the bedroom window. With the two women helping Esse, they managed to get the casket out the window and into the back of the buggy, and Esse led the team out to the gate, again, wading the canal. That’s how frightened some people were.1 I ask of you another favor: There will be a written record of how the City of Syracuse managed the COVID—19 pandemic. That will be a municipal record. May I ask each family in Syracuse, if you choose, to send me a written record (500-words or less), containing your experiences as a family with the pandemic? I intend to preserve these stories by submitting them to the museum. I will respond to each record received. Thank you: mgailey@syracuseut.com Mayor Mike Gailey

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JANUARY The Connection Publishing Team Meet the people behind the pages of our magazines! HAPPY 2021! FINALLY! We asked our staff what they are looking forward to MOST in 2021.

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Syracuse City Updates Syracuse Heritage Cookbook CALLING ALL COOKS AND BAKERS! Do you want to be a part of history and have a favorite family recipe to share? The Syracuse Museum is looking for recipes to include in our first-ever Syracuse Heritage Cookbook. Do you have a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation? Is there a story behind a baked good that you prepare during the holidays? What is your comfort meal on a tough day? The cookbook aims to be a community-involved endeavor which will document the collective histories of food & community within Syracuse. Be a part of history by contributing to the first Syracuse Heritage Cookbook. If you would like to be a part of this project, please email us the recipe and a story associated with it at museumsyracuse@gmail.com

Thank you! Thank you to all those who donated to the city's annual holiday toy donation drive. Your generosity filled our collection box multiple times and overflowed into our conference room, making numerous Syracuse children's holiday brighter!


QUESTION: What is the current sales tax percentage that I should use when ordering items? Are some products taxed differently or tax exempt? Answer: The sales tax for purchases made in Syracuse (or ordered online or from catalogues for a Syracuse household) is currently 7.25%. This percentage includes all of the applicable sales taxes (State: 4.85%, Syracuse: 1%, Davis County: 0.25%, Transit/Highway: 1.05%, and Syracuse Recreation Arts and Parks: 0.1%). Sales tax rates are subject to change by governing bodies. Grocery foods are currently subject to a reduced tax of 3%. Whether an item qualifies as a grocery food depends upon the facts. The Utah Tax Commission provides some guidance

and a graphical flowchart at https://tax.utah.gov/sales/foodrate. Other commodities are entirely exempt from sales tax under state law (prescribed medication is one example). Any item that is exempt from state sales tax by law is also exempt from local sales taxes; sales tax collection and distribution is handled entirely by the Utah State Tax Commission. Services are not currently subject to sales tax, but goods installed (pipes, car parts, etc.) are. Questions about specific transactions or goods should be directed to the Tax Commission or a tax professional.

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

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Winter Heating Tips

Traffic Safety

There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths?

Making sure you follow the rules of the road is extremely important for maintaining safety for you and others around you. ​​In 2019, a total of 3,271 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Utah work zones, resulting in 20 deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration and the Utah Department of Public Safety, speeding and distracted driving were the highest contributing factors to these fatal work zone crashes.

With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening. Be warm and safe this winter! • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. • Never use your oven to heat your home. • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions. • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters. • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. UDOT and Syracuse City urges drivers to be safe and help reach Zero Fatalities by: • Driving the posted speed limit. • Paying 100 percent attention to the roadway, as lanes are often narrowed and shifted for construction. • Eliminating distracting activities, such as changing radio/ music, using mobile devices (surfing, tweeting, talking, texting), eating and drinking, putting on makeup, and reaching while driving. • Minimizing lane changes within the work zone. • Merging into the proper lane well before reaching a lane closure. • Watching out for workers and their equipment in the work zone, as they can be especially hard to see at night.

Check out these videos for more information:

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month. Please contact the fire department if you have any questions.

National Traffic Incident Work Zone Management Week Safety Week 2020

Employee Spotlight- Paul H. Roberts Paul H. Roberts, City Attorney Our employee spotlight for this month is City Attorney, Paul H. Roberts. He has been with the city since 2015. Prior to that, he was Assistant City Attorney for the City of South Salt Lake. Paul brings a proactive and positive attitude to the legal services of the city, with a genuine care for our employees and citizens. Paul has recently done excellent work on improving the city’s Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and Equal Employment Opportunity policies. He was recently awarded Employee of the Month for the great job he does. Well done, Paul!

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

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Public Works Update


2Christmas Tree Pick Up: Robinson Waste will pick up

Christmas trees on Monday, January 4, 2021. Trees must be placed in the park strip by the curb and on top of the snow by 6 a.m. Any that are buried under the snow will not be picked up. 1- No tree stands are to be left on the tree. 2- No flocked trees. 3- No lights, ornaments, or tinsel. 4- If trees are taller than eight feet, they must be cut in half. Snow Preparations: As we prepare for snow, please be cautious, slow down, and help others as you commute this winter. Please remember to clear sidewalks and ramps around your property to make it safe for pedestrians. Helping a neighbor in need of snow removal is how you continue to make this community a great place.

:No parking in road: Efficiency of snow removal operations on the street improves when vehicles are not parked on the roads. It is unlawful to park any vehicle within the public right of way of

any street within Syracuse City limits during snowstorms and after storms, while plows are clearing roads. Please assist us this winter by making sure your vehicles are not parked on the street during a snowstorm. Offenders will be cited (Ord. 11-20-050).

:No snow pushed in road: It is unlawful for any person to push or throw snow into the street or sidewalks. As you clear your driveway and walkways this winter, please throw the snow into your yard and not into the road. (Ord. 4-05-160C). Snow Plowing Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the city website syracuseut.gov on the home page under News & Announcements. 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, and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks near exterior walls.

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Parks & Recreation Department BY KRESTA ROBINSON

Spring Soccer Registration: January 1-February 14 This program is for Little Kicks (must be 4 as of September 1, 2020) thru 6th Grade.  All leagues are Co-Ed.  Cost is $46 (residents). - Registration fee includes a jersey, shorts, and socks.

Pickleball League Registration opens on January 4th for residents and January 6th for non-residents. Registration closes on January 24th or until filled. Cost is $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Leagues will run for six weeks and begin the week of February 1st. 3.0 Skill Level: Mondays 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 3.5 Skill Level: Wednesdays 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Baseball/Softball: Registration: February 1- March 28

Adult Fitness PUMP IT UP! Tuesday 6 a.m. 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. $3 dropin, $20 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

Open Seats on City Committees We have three committees that have open seats to be filled by volunteers: Two Open Seats Available on the Parks Advisory Committee The Parks Advisory Committee is a group established by the city council to provide input and advice on matters related to the city’s parks. The committee is made up of five volunteers and two City Council members. This committee currently has two open seats. At least one of the open seats needs to be filled by someone who lives east of 2000 West and south of Antelope Drive. If you are appointed to the committee, the term is for two years. The Parks Advisory Committee currently meets on an as needed basis. One Open Seat on the Board of Adjustment The Syracuse City Board of Adjustment is a five-member board of volunteers that hears and adjudicates applications for variances from the zoning ordinance. For example, when property owners have a unique situation that creates a hardship such that it is unfeasible to comply with the zoning ordinance, the Board

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Have some amazing pickleball skills?

PICKLEBALL LEAGUE starts February 1! Register now!

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 STEP IT UP! Mon, Wed, Fri 9 a.m.-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 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

of Adjustment will hear the application to see if it meets the threshold to grant a variance to the property owner. There is one open seat on the Board of Adjustment. Each member serves a five-year term, and the Board meets on an as-needed basis. The City of Syracuse is seeking someone to fill a spot as the Alternate Planning Commission Member. This is a four-year term appointed by the mayor with the consent of the city council. The Alternate attends the planning commission meetings (1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month) and votes when a regular planning commission member is absent. It is common for the Alternate to be later appointed as a full voting member of the Commission when a seat is vacated. Apply now!

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit your letter of interest via email to Shauna Greer, sgreer@syracuseut.com . The deadline to submit letters of interest is January 25th.

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Internet Crimes DO NOT STOP During a Pandemic BY BRYCE WEIR

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many facets of our society to a grinding halt. Unfortunately, the sexual exploitation of children experienced no such slow down. Detective Bryce Weir of Syracuse Police Department has collateral duties as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and Child Exploitation Task Forces (FBI-CETF). Due in large part to Detective Weir’s hard work and desire to protect children, Syracuse Police Department is recognized for expertise in child exploitation matters and frequently provides assistance and consultation on cases with law enforcement and prosecuting agencies throughout Utah. These partnerships provide a variety of resources to Syracuse Police Department that are critical to helping us protect children from these heinous crimes. Resources include technical expertise, subject matter experts, computer-related forensics, and training and equipment. These partnerships also allow the department to receive and share information about perpetrators on state, national, and international levels. Using these resources, we are then able to investigate potential violations into those who would prey upon children through use of the Internet and other technology. In one example, Syracuse Police Department was able to work with a local victim and track an offender into Canada. A federal arrest warrant was issued, and Canadian authorities were able to take the suspect into custody. Through ICAC, Syracuse Police Department receives CyberTipline reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. These reports are most often filed by electronic service providers such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook regarding users who unlawfully use these platforms to exploit children.  Through FBI-CET, Syracuse Police Department engages in an assortment of proactive activities and follow up investigations. This partnership also provides the opportunity to work directly with

the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute these offenders through the federal system. The FBI-CETF began operations in Utah only a few years ago, yet (unfortunately) this taskforce has made more than 500 arrests in a variety of cases involving child exploitation. One trend these taskforces continue to see is often referred to as “sextortion.” Offenders in these circumstances will obtain a compromising photo or video of the underage victim through a variety of tactics. The offender then uses that photo or video to extort the victim out of additional compromising photos, videos, or money. The impact of these circumstances has been devastating to victims; some victims have even committed suicide. Here are three things parents/guardians can do to help prevent your child from being a victim:

1. Talk with your children about your expectations in their

Internet use. Open the door to positive conversations so that children feel comfortable reporting to parents when they encounter online issues.

2. Utilize available resources such as monitoring apps, router settings, and device-specific settings. For example, many routers can be set with content and time restrictions for specific devices utilized by children.

3. Know your children’s passcodes and passwords so that

devices and platforms can be checked regularly. Try to be an informed parent and know what is going on in their digital world too.

If you have reason to believe a child is being trafficked, sextorted, or otherwise sexually abused, please contact your local law enforcement agency. Protecting our children is a community responsibility, and Syracuse Police Department stands ready to provide prevention education and take enforcement action.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Protecting our children is a community responsibility, and Syracuse Police Department stands ready to provide prevention education and take enforcement action. IF YOU HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE A CHILD IS BEING TRAFFICKED, SEXTORTED, OR OTHERWISE SEXUALLY ABUSED, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

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There’s nothing more vital to life, love and your well-being than taking care of your heart. At Davis Hospital, our accredited chest pain center is safe and ready for all of your heart care needs. All so you can get back to the people, and activities, you love most. In Partnership with Physician Owners.

January 2021 | syracuseconnection.com 11 SCHEDULE a heart view scan by calling 866-431-WELL (9355).


Snowplow Awareness As the winter season approaches, snowplows will be abundant among city roads. Please keep these tips in mind for staying safe while navigating around snowplows. • Remember that the road in front of the plow is usually in much worse condition than the roadway behind the plow. Plows will typically travel at a slower speed while plowing, and there is always a temptation to pass them. For your safety, it is recommended that you stay a safe distance behind the snowplows. • During plowing operations, visibility can be reduced by blowing snow, and plow operators may need time to stop or move over to avoid parked vehicles. Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the plow is very important to avoid accidents. • Do not pass a snowplow unless there are two or more lanes open and plowed in the same direction you are travelling. Allow plenty of room when passing a snowplow. Do not cut back into the lane ahead of the plow too quickly, since the blade extends several feet ahead of the truck. • When you see an approaching snowplow on an undivided roadway, move as far away from the center line as you safely can, since blowing snow may obscure the actual width of the snowplow’s blade.

• Turn on your lights to see and be seen. Brush the snow off your headlights and taillights frequently. • Winter driving requires motorists to be careful and alert, but the most important tip for winter driving is to SLOW DOWN! Quick changes in speed and direction create a recipe for disaster in the snow. • Do not drive ATV’s around snowplows. Operating a snowplow is nothing like a passenger vehicle. Like a train, snowplows have a lot of momentum, which makes it difficult to slow down when vehicles around it are making quick maneuvers. Additional information for winter driving: clearroads.org/ winter-driving-tips/

KISS Financials: Be Kind, Invest, Save and Spend BY JON T. HOOIMAN, RICP®, FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Most people don’t have 3-6 months of living expenses in savings but it can alleviate a lot of stress when an emergency like losing a job happens.

2020 has been a year to remember. In our small community alone, we have gone through: a global pandemic with COVID, an earthquake, hurricane-like winds, school closures, job losses, social distancing, toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages, and much emotional distress due to hardship.

appreciated this, and I also look for unique ways to pay it forward.

What can be done to predictably bring about happiness and minimize stress during these crazy times? There is a financial formula that can bring about good financial health, regardless if the world is going through good or bad periods. The formula is K-I-S-S, representing the order that we should use money: be Kind, Invest, Save, and then finally Spend.

Save – A general rule of thumb is to maintain 3-6 months of living expenses in savings. COVID-19 has proven that the world can change very rapidly. People quickly lost jobs they previously thought were secure. Having a savings account can help to alleviate the stress and burden that may be felt after unexpectedly losing a job.

Kind – Studies have shown that people feel up to three times happier when they give $20 to someone in need than when they receive $20. Support those who are experiencing financial hardships. You may find that this simple gesture will do much more for you than you could have expected. I have seen this in my own life when a vehicle in front of me at a drive thru has paid for my food. I have greatly

Following these financial principles can help facilitate a well-rounded life, regardless of the current economic or financial situation we are in.

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Invest – Investing is when you have your money work for you, with hopes to earn even more money down the road. If you don’t know how to invest, see an advisor to create a financial plan and begin doing so if you have not already.

Spend – After you have been kind, invested, and saved money, then you should spend only what is leftover.

Any opinions are those of Jon T. Hooiman, and not necessarily those of Raymond James.

Syracuse City Information

Key Community Contacts MAYOR

Michael Gailey: 801-589-0976 mgailey@syracuseut.com


Lisa W. Bingham: 801-725-2300 lbingham@syracuseut.com Corinne Bolduc: 801-529-5779 cbolduc@syracuseut.com Dave Maughan: 801-927-7752 dmaughan@syracuseut.com

Syracuse Library

The newly expanded Syracuse Library is now open!

Jordan Savage: 385-424-0258 jsavage@syracuseut.com

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

Seth Teague: 915-516-6423 steague@syracuseut.com

Passport Applications


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

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January Calendar of Events SCHOOL EVENTS Syracuse High Jan 1: No School Jan 2: Syracuse Scuffle 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 5: Swimming @ Clearfield Aquatic and Fitness Center 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 6: Wrestling @ Syracuse 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jan 7: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Jan 8: Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 8 - 9: Wrestling Box Elder Tournament Jan 9: Bountiful Invitational Drill Competition @ Bountiful | Debate @ Portia Douglass 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan 12: Swimming @ Weber 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Davis 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 14: Swimming @ Clearfield Aquatic Center 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Wrestling @ Syracuse 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jan 14 - 16: All State Band @ Abravenel Hall 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Jan 15: Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 16 - 17: Debate @ Beaver Battles Jan 16: Girls Wrestling Lady Phoenix Duel @ Farmington High Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School Jan 19: No School | Swimming @ Davis 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Layton 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 20: Wrestling @ Northridge 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jan 21: Wrestling @ Syracuse 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jan 22: Girls Basketball @ Fremont 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Fremont 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 26: Girls Basketball @ Roy 5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Roy 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 28: Wrestling @ Syracuse 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 29: Debate @ Layton Luau 3 p.m. 10 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Northridge 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @

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Northridge 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. p.m. Jan 30: Region 1 Swimming Championships Jan 29: Girls Basketball @ Layton 5:15 p.m. @ South Davis Rec. center 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Clearfield High School Jan 30: Region Swimming 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Jan 1: No School Jan 5: Swimming @ Clearfield Aquatic Cen- Syracuse Arts Academy ter 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Girls Basketball Jan 1: No School @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Basketball @ Layton 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | IB School Awards & Alumni Night 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 19: No School Jan 7: Wrestling @ Clearfield 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. Legacy Jr. - 6:45 p.m. Jan 1: No School Jan 8: Scholarship Workshop @ Clearfield Jan 5: Girls Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. Commons 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Boys Bas- - 4:45 p.m. ketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 7: Girls Basketball @ North Davis 3:15 Jan 12: Swimming @ Weber 3:30 p.m. p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 5:30 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Clearfield Jan 11: Girls Basketball @ Mueller Park 3:15 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Roy 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 12: NAL @ Westpoint 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 Jan 14: Swimming @ Clearfield Aquatic p.m. Center 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Wrestling @ Jan 13: Student of the Month Breakfast Davis 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Jan 15: Scholarship Workshop 10 a.m. Jan 14: Girls Basketball @ Shoreline 3:15 11:30 a.m. | Girls Basketball @ Fremont p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Jan 15: Musical Theatre Callbacks 2 p.m. - 6 Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. p.m. Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School School Jan 19: No School | Swimming @ Davis 3:30 Jan 19: No School p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ ClearJan 20: Girls Basketball @ Kaysville 3:15 field 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball p.m. - 4:45 p.m. @ Davis 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 21: Girls Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. Jan 20: Wrestling @ Clearfield 5 p.m. - 7 - 4:45 p.m. p.m. | School Play “The Tempest” @ CHS Jan 25 - 28: 7th and 8th grade registration Little Theatre 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. for next school year Jan 21: Wrestling @ Northridge 5 p.m. - 7 Jan 26: Girls Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. | School Play “The Tempest” @ CHS p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | NAL @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. Little Theatre 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Jan 22: Girls Basketball @ Northridge Jan 28: Girls Basketball @ Centennial 3:15 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Northridge 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | School Play “The Tempest” @ CHS Little Theatre 7 p.m. Syracuse Jr. - 10 p.m. Jan 1: No School Jan 23: Drill Region Competition @ Roy 12 Jan 5: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. p.m. - 3 p.m. | School Play “The Tempest” - 5:15 p.m. | NAL @ Central Davis 3:15 p.m. @ CHS Little Theatre 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Jan 25: School Play “The Tempest” @ CHS Jan 6: Club and Organization Photos Little Theatre 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Jan 7: Girls Basketball @ Farmington 3:15 Jan 26: Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Dance Recital @ Gym 7 - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Jan 11: Girls Basketball @ Meuller Park 3:15 Jan 28: Wrestling @ Clearfield 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Jan 12: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Jan 14: Girls Basketball @ Central Davis 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School Jan 19: No School Jan 20: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Jan 21: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Jan 26: Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | NAL @ North Davis 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Jan 27: Band Solo & Ensemble @ Choir & Band Room 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jan 29: Robotics Tournament 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 30: Robotics Tournament 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Syracuse Elementary Jan 1: No School Jan 12: Community Council 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School Jan 19: No School Jan 27 - 28: SEP Conferences - Early Out

Bluff Ridge Elementary Jan 1: No School Jan 18 - 22: National No Name Calling Week Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School Jan 19: No School Jan 27 - 28: Parent Conferences - Early Out Buffalo Point Elementary Sand Springs Elementary Jan 1: No School Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School Jan 19: No School West Point Elementary Jan 1: No School Jan 7: Community Council 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School Jan 19: No School

CITY EVENTS Jan 5, 19: Planning Commission @ Zoom 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

FUN THINGS TO DO Jan 1: Antelope Island 1st Day Hike | Ogden First Friday Art Stroll | Wasatch Audubon - Antelope Island Christmas Bird Count @ Antelope Island Park Entrance, 8 a.m. bring lunch and water. For more details call John Bellmon (801)444-3074 Jan 2, 9, 23, 30: Chariot Races @ Golden Spike Event Center 12 p.m. Jan 6, 13, 20, 27: Time Only’s @ Golden Spike Arena 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 7 - Jan 16: Frozen Jr. @ The Ziegfeld Theater 7:30 p.m. visit nowplayingutah.com for tickets Jan 8: Ogden Virtual Game Night 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Register on eventbrite online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ogden-virtualgame-night-trivia-charades-and-drawingover-video-tickets-107859759444 Jan 13: Free Jazz Concert @ Union Station Grand Lobby 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 15: RMPRA Winter Series Rodeo @ Golden Spike Arena Jan 16: Emergency Preparedness Fair @ Liberty Hall Venue 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.



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New Year’s Resolutions From the Past

Maybe you have already set resolutions for yourself this year or maybe you’ve given up entirely on new year’s resolutions. Here you’ll find a collection of voices from the past and the goals they set for themselves. Their goals are a look into the past, and also inspiration for the future.


1912 “The influence of a father and mother hang around us no matter where we go. We all want to see our children grow up to be honorable men and women.” - Louie Call “We are more ill-prepared for married life than any other calling in life. We should teach our children all we can. There is a great responsibility resting upon us today.” - Alice Steed “We have as good a set of young people here as you will find any place, and they are trying to do what is right. The gospel comes to us too easy. We do not appreciate it as we should.” Alice Ava Barber The manual training classroom in 1917 Syracuse Sunday School 144 years ago this month, Brigham Young established a stake for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Davis County. It wasn’t until five years later that people in Syracuse began worshipping together, and still nine years after that until a meeting house was built. The minutes taken during the meetings in those early days have been preserved today. 1892 “In making covenants and obligations we should be careful and not violate them.” - James G. Wood “The parents should set their children good examples worthy of their imitators.” - Alma Stoker “I would like to see proper reverence and respect shown to all sacred ordinances. We should pay attention and keep good order. Show to the Almighty the love and respect for his laws and ordinances.” - David Cook “We should have order in our school and meetings.” - David Cook Sr.

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“What we say ought to come from the heart. How much better to put flowers in the hand of the living than a whole armful after they are dead.” - Evelyne Walker “Teaching is building character. Attitude is the most important quality. Thinking, praying, studying, and talking help to prepare a lesson. Beautiful things of life are caught not taught.” - Doris Briggs “There is as great an opportunity to preach and teach the gospel to the youth of Zion and to incorporate in their minds correct principles as to go to the nations of the earth.” -Thomas E. Briggs 1913 “The most heavenly thing is to be at peace with ourselves. We should not judge others. We do not know the conditions they labor under.” - Alice Steed “We should not partake of the spirit of not bearing children that is among us today. We are co-labrorers with God. We should not shrink this privilege. We should control ourselves and then we can govern others.” - Mary Rockwood

“As our schools are soon to start, we should be interested in the teachers also, because of the influences our children are placed under. We should teach them ourselves and not trust them to others so much.” - Chloe Lee “If anyone needs our prayers, it is our school teachers as they are moulding the characters of our children.” - Amy Willey 1915 “I am pleased to meet all of the sisters, and I have a desire to come to meeting whenever I can.” - Esther Sessions “It is our duty to teach our children to pray. If they will as they grow up, it will be a great benefit to them.” - Julia Tree “We each benefit ourselves more by doing our duty than anyone else.” - Lillie Miller Readers feedback

The old North Davis High School building, with an extension that was added in 1914. This building was on “Gailey Corner,” the northwest corner of 200 W and 700 S

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You know the little organism responsible for making fluffy bread? I’ve always thought it only came in packets or in a little jar. Turns out yeast is all around us, in the air, on our kitchen surfaces, and in our flour. To make sourdough, you’re simply giving naturally occurring yeast time and food to grow so it can raise your bread. Mix some water and flour, set it on your counter, wait for it to bubble, and feed it when it’s hungry. Soon enough, you’ll grow enough little yeast cells to leaven your bread! The tangy flavor of sourdough bread is a byproduct of bacteria also feasting on the flour. Strange, isn’t it? When you make a sourdough start, you’re growing your own little ecosystem of fungi and bacteria. It’s a concoction of living organisms that will reward you with yummy baked goods for generations if you take care of it regularly!

Sourdough Starter Day 1. Combine whole wheat flour with water in a nonreactive container. Stir everything together so there’s no dry flour anywhere. Cover the container loosely (using a paper towel will allow microbes to enter and exit). Let it sit at room temperature (about 70 F) for 24 hours. Day 2. Discard half the starter; add a scant 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and let sit for 24 hours Day 3. You’ll likely see some bubbling, smell a fresh fruity aroma, and see some expansion. It’s now time to begin two feedings daily, as evenly spaced as you can. Stir down the starter, remove a generous 1/2 cup, and place in a clean container; discard the rest. Add a scant 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water and mix. Wait approximately 12 hours before repeating. Repeat these steps for days 4-5. If you’re not seeing much expansion and bubbles between feedings, just wait until you do. I was following directions to a “T” and nothing seemed to be happening. As I waited a little longer between feedings I started

seeing more growth. Different variables might mean your starter grows faster or slower. Be patient!

How do you know if your starter is ready? One way to tell is to drop a small scoop of your starter into water. If it floats, it’s ready; if it sinks, your starter will need more time to develop. Another way to tell is if it’s doubling in size within 4-6 hours.

To keep your starter going– most people recommend feeding it once a week by discarding half the starter and mixing in 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup water. It’s a good idea if you refrigerate your starter to take it out after feeding it and let it sit at room temp before using for a recipe. Scientist Carl De Smedt said you can go up to 2 months between feeding before you start losing the fungi and bacteria. If you see a pink or orange tint or streak, this is a sure sign that your sourdough starter has gone bad and should be discarded.

Discard DON’T THROW Creating a starter means throwing away or discarding about half of it each time you feed it. It’s important to discard some to IT AWAY! keep your starter a manageable size and to have less yeast and bacteria competing for food. I didn’t have the heart to throw it all away, so I saved it all in a separate container and used it to make waffles, pancakes, and crackers. I really liked these sourdough discard waffles from this recipe on page 22: www. allrecipes.com/recipe/279948/sourdough-discard-waffles/ 18 syracuseconnection.com | January 2021

The Stories behind the Sourdough Gloria D. Gross has had the same sourdough start in their family for many years now. Their sourdough has been continuously fed and used since sometime around 1960. LaMar Hortt is Gloria’s father, and he deserves some of the credit for the start she has now, although he wasn’t the one who actually created it. His father, James Henry Hortt, had a start and used it when he was in Southern Utah. LaMar went with his Dad for periods of time to help him with his work. He longed for the biscuits his father made for their meals, but his father’s start was gone. LaMar began experimenting with water and flour around 1960, attempting to grow his own starter. He forgot that sourdough needs time to raise and that is what kept him from success. His sister, Beth Hortt Murphy, saw his efforts and decided to give it a try. She created the one Gloria still uses to this day. Here is an excerpt from her family’s history on their sourdough, written by Lila Hortt: “The stories are legend of how the miners in that long ago era loved the good bread that sourdough gave them. The alternative was “hard tack”, which must have been just what its name implies. It is said that if a miner lost his start, he would trade a Bull Durham sack of gold for a start from a more provident miner. The story goes that they would sleep with their start in order to keep it active and ready to go in the cold, icy northern mornings.” I love the idea of recording your sourdough’s story. Some starts get passed on from one generation to the next, but it’s currently impossible to know the age of a start by testing it. It’s a living thing, and you’re constantly adding new water and flour to it, so the only way to know when and where a start originated is to record its history.

Wendy Ann Heinze, a resident in Roy, works in the bakery at Kent’s Market, and

Deena Goins Harris got her start from a friend in Nevada.

she got her sourdough from her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law told her it came across the plains with the pioneers to Utah. Wendy uses it regularly to make sourdough pancakes, and we included the recipe she shared; see below!

Rodney Marchant is a resident in Syracuse, and his start is on its third year now; he really likes the flavor. “It just adds so much, instead of using bread as a vehicle to transport the rest of the sandwich, it adds flavor itself.”

Deena Goins Harris, a North Ogden resident, has been baking with sourdough for a shorter amount of time, and she got her start from her friend in Nevada. Her friend bought her start from King Aurtur Flour, a company that sells flour and sourdough starts. If you have any questions about sourdough, Deena recommends going to their website kingaurthurbaking.com. I found it very helpful as well.

Wendy’s Sourdough Pancakes 1 cup sourdough start 1 TBL sugar Half stick butter melted 2 eggs 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp baking soda Add however much flour to make the pancakes your desired thickness.

Preheat the grill. Mix and cook on a buttered flat top grill. Remember to use glass, plastic or rubber utensils and bowls.

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The Science of Sourdough Each of these people were kind enough to share their starts with me. It seems I have my own little sourdough library in my fridge now! Scientist Carl De Smedt cares for 128 sourdough starts from all over the world in his sourdough library in Berlin. One start dates back to 1874 and came from Tokyo. A woman in China got hers from her grandmother, who got it from her grandmother, and no one is sure how far back it goes. The strangest sourdough they have in the library comes from Japan, and it is made with cooked rice. They can keep the sourdoughs dormant for up to 2 months, but they risk losing the microbes that make them unique if they go longer than that between feeding them. They also have 2179 registered sourdoughs in their online collection at thequestforsourdough.com, and you can register your own there or explore around to see the different starts from all over the world. You might wonder how a start doesn’t go bad. To leave food out on the counter for days with a plan to eat it later goes against what I’ve been taught. Flour

STARTER FLAVORS Temps 77 degrees and below, favor the yeast which gives more fruity flavors. Higher temperatures favor the bacteria which results in a really sour sourdough.

provides sugar and starch, which is food for the bacteria and yeast that exist in the environment already. As the bacteria metabolize the flour, they produce acid, which keeps other microbes from growing. This same acid gives sourdough its sour flavor. The yeast in the starter produces CO2 and makes the bread rise and affects texture. It is also responsible for the aromas that contribute to the complex flavors and smells. There are thousands of types of yeast in the world but only three types are produced commercially. Scientists Lauren Nichols and Erin McKenney explained that baking bread with traditional store-bought yeast is like living in a world where only brown, black, and yellow labs exist. In reality, there are SO many more types of dog breeds, and yeasts, than that. Not only are there the different types of domestic dogs, but there are also wolves, foxes, and hyenas. Sourdough harnesses the diversity of yeasts in the world! A sourdough start can change in flavor over time, but the key to a consistent flavor is consistent conditions. Feeding it the same flour, using the same type of water, and storing it at the same temperature will help. However, it is next to impossible to keep a start one hundred percent the same over time. Microbes and yeast drift in and out of our homes; even having an open window can change the concoction of microbes! Scientist Karl De Smedt explained that it’s difficult to change the flora once it is established. He said the dominant species remains the same, but less dominant species will fluctuate. After looking at starters from around the world, they found that the variations in the yeast were linked to the geographic location. Bacteria, however, doesn’t seem to follow the same geographical rules that yeast does. For bacteria, it seems like the diversity depends on the flour

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Hailey’s first loaf of sourdough. you use, the bacteria on your hands, and whether you keep it on your counter or in the fridge. They have also found the temperature you store your starter affects the taste. Lower temperatures, like 77 degrees and below, favor the yeast which gives more fruity flavors. Higher temperatures favor the bacteria which results in a really sour sourdough. After gathering the different starts and thinking my own start was failing, I sat on my couch feeling sure I was going to ruin the starts I was entrusted with! “Is it too cold in my house? Am I not feeding it often enough? Am I feeding it too much and diluting the bacteria and yeast that are trying to grow? What if I fail at my starter? I certainly can’t be trusted to keep these other starters alive then! AHHH!!!” I baked a loaf with Deena’s start first and she digitally held my hand through the process over Facebook messenger. I’ve learned sourdough starts are pretty resilient, so if you’re wanting to venture into the world of sourdough, remember to keep trying, and failure, or perceived failure, is just another part of growing. My sourdough start eventually made a delicious loaf of bread and, wow, I felt like a winner when that loaf came out of the oven all puffy and golden!

Simple Sourdough Bread Recipe Tip: There might be just as many ways to make sourdough as there are types of yeasts in the world. I chose a simple recipe and found success with it. If you’re venturing into the world of sourdough for your first time or perhaps you want to try something new, look at what you read about sourdough as one of many approaches. 3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups plus 4 teaspoons water, room temperature 1/3 cup mature sourdough starter (fed 8-12 hours beforehand

Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix the sourdough starter and water in a separate bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth-looking Lightly flour your hands and counter, then turn the dough onto the counter and form into a ball. Coat the bowl with oil and put the dough back into it, rolling it to coat the entire ball with oil. Cover the bowl and let it sit on the counter for 12 hours. Transfer to the fridge to continue fermenting or bake whenever you’re ready. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 500 F with a baking sheet or cast iron skillet inside to get hot. When the oven is preheated, take the chilled dough out of the fridge and gently run a rubber spatula along the sides to separate it from the bowl. Sprinkle rice flour or cornmeal on the top surface of the dough. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, then turn the bowl upside-down over the pan so the dough ball falls out, flour-side down, onto the hot pan. Using a sharp knife, quickly score the top of the loaf. Place the pan and dough into the oven on the middle rack. Close the oven door and re-set the temperature to 475. Bake 20 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 and bake for another 20 minutes or until the crust gets to your desired crispiness.

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Sourdough Discard Waffles Recipe by Allrecipes.com 1 c sourdough starter (or discard) 1 c plain yogurt 1 c all-purpose flour 1 T brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 c butter melted and cooled 1 t vanilla extract 1 t baking soda 1/2 t salt

Combine sourdough starter, yogurt, flour, and brown sugar in a bowl the night before you plan to cook the waffles. Cover the batter and let rest in the fridge 8 hours to overnight. Preheat waffle iron. Beat egg in a large bowl when you are ready to make the waffles. Add melted butter and vanilla. Mix in baking soda and salt. Add the sourdough starter mixture and stir until the batter is well combined Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.



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Sourdough Pizza Crust Dough Recipe Recipe by thefewellhomestead.com 3/4 cup water 1 cup sourdough starter (fed) 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients and knead well. It’s best if you make it in a stand mixer. Dough should be firm but slightly tacky. Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise for at least 2 hours. Once risen, thinly roll out dough onto your greased pizza pan. It should be an inch or less thick. Place toppings on your pizza and let set for 30 mins. Bake your sourdough pizza at 500 degrees (preheated) for about 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to turn brown.

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out recipes. They perfected several recipes by 2018 and launched TheKetoCookie.com. There are other benefits to this cookie, as diabetics and those with blood sugar issues can enjoy them as well. They currently have eight recipes; each flavor contains between 150-190 calories, and they are only 1-4 grams of net carbs! Flavors include the following: Apes over Chocolate, Classic Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter Passion, Frosted Sugar? Cookie, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Traditional Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadaminuts, and Lemonicious. The idea that you can have a sweet treat, despite being on a very low sugar diet, is very appealing. Shaun and Jodie live in Syracuse and bake the cookies currently at Chris’ Café, where you can also pick up your order to avoid shipping. Cookies are baked fresh each week and shipped weekly. They are currently working on a full-time commercial bakery on their property as the company grows and develops more flavors and eventually additional products. As Shaun says, they deliver smiles! Give the Keto Cookie a try.

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Annette Judd-Judd homes BY ANN PARK


nnette Judd of Judd Homes has been in Real Estate since 2014. It’s obvious when you meet her that she chose this business because she loves people. She is always kind to others and is always doing her best to help. Originally from Saint Louis, MO, Annette spent time in the Air Force and also worked as an air-traffic controller until she took on working in Real Estate fulltime. She and her husband Ryan have a blended family of seven kids. With all the coming and going, she really uses her experience in air-traffic control. Annette has come to love living in this area. She’s someone who brings people and community together. Making new friends is one of her favorite things, as well as helping people make valuable connections with each other. Everywhere she goes, she keeps her eyes open for those who need introductions and referrals. As part of her work in Real Estate, she’s developed a large network of skilled craftsmen who can make repairs and home improvements. Her goal is to be able to quickly access great service if she needs work done on a house, and to provide the same privilege to friends, family, and neighbors. Community is very important to Annette. She works very hard to contribute in her local area, and she currently holds public office, serving as a member of the West Point City Council. She’s not someone who sits on the sidelines, observing. Look for Annette in the middle of the action, trying to help someone. Buying or selling a home is always an

adventure. Most of us are terrified of the thought! But the journey can be so much easier with a trained and talented Real Estate professional to help you navigate the process. If you’re preparing to sell your home, you want to present the property as well as you can in order to get the best price possible. One of the services Annette provides is a professional walk-through. She will be watching for the little details that need to be fixed to make your home look its best. If you’re thinking of selling, you should call her and ask for one. We’re all busy, and sometimes we get used to the small things around our homes that need to be fixed. Annette has great advice for homeowners, whether they’re selling or not: “Maintain your home as you go. Don’t leave all the fixing-up for when you’re getting ready to sell. Do a little at a time.” So, fix that leak, replace that switch, and touch up that paint! You’ll thank yourself later. Are you dreaming of a new home? Maybe you just have some questions you’d like to ask about Real Estate. Maybe you’re wondering how much your home might be worth or if you could upgrade. Maybe it’s time to simplify and downsize, but you aren’t sure where to start. Don’t hesitate to ask Annette your questions. She’ll be happy to talk to you. Annette has a gift for resolving unforeseen obstacles and challenges that can come up during the buying and selling process. This magic touch is one reason she’s done so well in Real Estate. She loves helping people through the home buying and selling process.

Annette’s advice for homeowners is to constantly care and maintain your home.

“If I talk to 100 people, my goal would be to help 100 people. They wouldn’t all need to buy or sell a house. I want to help them with whatever they need.”


With everything that has happened throughout the past year, you might be wondering about taxes. Local Tax Specialist, Jennifer Brown, provides simple answers to complicated questions. Stimulus Payments

Payments are not taxable; however, they are an advance of a 2020 credit. You will need to know the amount you received. If you did not receive it, you can claim it on this year’s taxes. If you received a stimulus payment and did not get enough, you will get the additional when you file taxes. (A good example of this is if you had a baby in 2020). If you received too much, currently, there is no provision in the law to pay it back.

Payroll Tax Holiday

Be aware - If your employer did not withhold Social Security and Medicare (also known as FICA) from your paychecks October-December, they will withhold extra in January-April to pay it back. The people most effected by this will be active duty military and government employees.


Unemployment payments to you are taxable. This year, it was possible to receive both the federal and state unemployment. At this point, we are told it will be on a single form. Make sure you have the 1099-G when you do your taxes if you received unemployment.

Retirement Withdrawals

You have a few unique opportunities this year If you withdrew money from an IRS or a 401K. I would recommend contacting a tax professional so you can go over each option and see which will be the best solution for you. • If you were affected by COVID, there is no 10% penalty for early withdrawal. • If you choose to, you can pay it back over three years and it will not be taxable income. • If you choose to, you can split the income over three years so that the tax impact is not as great as if you took it all at once.

Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) on Retirement Accounts:

Previously, if you turned 70 in the tax-year, you would be required to take minimum distributions on your IRA. This has now changed. You will not be required to take an RMD until you are 72. This only applies to people who became eligible for RMDs this year, not those who turned 70 before 2020.

New W-4

When the IRS changes the W-4 form, many people see an adjustment in the amount they owe or get refunded. In January 2020, the IRS started using a new W-4 form. Because of COVID, you may not have noticed a slight change. I anticipate seeing more people owing taxes this year due to this. If you end up owing or not getting as much back as you normally do, make sure to check your deductions on your paycheck.



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Sand & Swirl, Inc. BY ANN PARK

A family business that loves making bathrooms beautiful.

“We’ve got a great team. None of the magic could happen without our showroom team, the manufacturing team, and our experienced professional installers.” -ReBecca Erdmann, owner

Does your bathroom need a facelift? Schedule a design consultation and the pros at Sand & Swirl will transform it!

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eBecca and Corey Erdmann of Sand and Swirl have been making bathrooms beautiful since 2005. Their goal is to make sure your surfaces are beautiful and easy to clean. Their high-tech, new, groutfree bathroom products are much easier to care for than traditional tile. They can be wiped down easily or you can use a squeegee on them. Tile and grout can require frequent scrubbing, resealing, maintenance, and sometimes they just never look clean. With today’s busy lifestyle, everyone needs the cleaning to be fast and easy. Sand and Swirl is a local, family-owned company. They are a manufacturer of solid surface materials, so the finish surfaces for your new bathroom are being custom-made right here in

Ogden. They make each piece individually to fit the space in your room. For instance, they can create a shower floor that is all one piece so you won’t have joints and it will be easier to clean and worry free. They have gathered a large number of great reviews because of their commitment to doing the highest quality work. “We’ve got a great team,” Rebecca says. “None of the magic could happen without our showroom team, the manufacturing team, and our experienced professional installers. They’ll make sure your project is perfect before they leave.” What’s new in bathroom design? Sand and Swirl is now carrying a new product that looks like subway tile but is grout free. It has the same look as tile but is one solid piece, and it’s just as easy to clean as the rest of their products. Another new design option is a product called sandstone. It was recently featured in the parade of homes and has an interesting natural texture with long vein

patterns. It looks a little like a wood grain and has neutral colors, both grays and warm tones, so it can go with either warm or cool color schemes. If you’re ready to give your bathroom a facelift, you can schedule a design consultation. Sand and Swirl has a huge selection of solid surface products. There are endless combinations of texture, color, and style. The Sand and Swirl team is constantly keeping an eye on the latest design trends and customer requests, so they can help you create the bathroom of your dreams. And don’t worry, they know you’re dreaming of a bathroom that requires almost no effort to look beautiful! They can help you narrow down your choices based on your preferences, personal style, and your budget. Their products come in many different price ranges, so there is something to fit into every budget. Are you planning to remodel right away? You’re not alone. Sand and Swirl has been exceptionally busy during 2020. It was a big year for remodeling and new construction, and they’ve been very busy. But they’re still happy to help you, and they’ll get you on their spring schedule. It’s time to enjoy your new bathroom.

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Credit Score Goals for 2021 The new year is a great time to reassess where you are at with your personal finances. One important factor to consider is your credit score. A strong credit score can help you qualify for the best rates on a home mortgage or other loan.




The first step to improving your credit score is to know where it’s at right now. Scores provided by sites like Credit Karma are not the same ones used by mortgage lenders, so your score pulled by a potential mortgage lender will likely be different from what you see on the free sites or apps. A score over 740 is generally considered very good. A score between 670 and 739 is good. 580 to 669 is fair, and anything below 580 is considered poor credit.

SET A GOAL Once you know your score, you can set a credit goal to improve it. If your score is too low to qualify for a loan, you can set the goal to get it high enough to qualify. If your score is in the average range, you might set a goal to move into the next higher tier to unlock a better interest rate.

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL There are some credit factors that are hard to influence in the short-term. Length of credit history is an example of this. The only way to grow your credit history is to keep your accounts in good standing for a long period of time.

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Paying down any credit cards with a large balance can help boost your credit score. This is especially important if your total balance is over 30% of your total available credit. If you can get it under 10% credit utilization, that’s even better.

If you close an older account, you lose the age value from the account and it could also impact the utilization ratio for any remaining open account balances. Even if you’re not using an account, keep it open to avoid dinging your credit.

DON’T GIVE UP Depending on your individual situation, you might see a big jump in your credit score by making a few adjustments like paying down your balances, but it can also take time to see a significant improvement to your score. Be patient and stick with your plan and you’ll see your score improve over time. Who is Econ Mortgage? At Econ Mortgage we keep our overhead low and use technology to streamline the mortgage process. We make less profit on each loan, so we can pass the savings on to our clients. Our clients keep coming back because they know we’ll take care of them and get them the best possible rate at a competitive price. Call us at (385) 258-3588 or visit EconMortgage.com.

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