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March 2019

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Home on the Range


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ear the end of what is commonly referred to as the Ice Age, as glaciers began to retreat to the north, large puddles of water were left standing. One of those puddles was Lake Bonneville, formed about 30,000 years ago. It was a fresh water lake that covered the northwestern deserts of Utah, Nevada and Southern Idaho. For about 15,000 years, that lake dominated the Great Basin. 15,000 years ago, a geological event occurred near Downey, Idaho, north, between Preston and Malad at Redrock Pass, which lowered the depth of Lake Bonneville by 300 feet in just days! The water flowed from Lake Bonneville to the Snake River and then on to the Columbia, emptying into the Pacific. This catastrophic event created Lake Provo, a lake with no outlet. This event gave rise to the Great Salt Lake, after 5,000 additional years of inflow only and evaporation. When the frontiersman Jim Bridger discovered the Great Salt Lake in 1825, there were thousands of bison roaming the shoreline in Hooper, Clinton, Sunset, West Point, Clearfield, Layton and Kaysville. In fact, the bison created a significant pathway along the western shoreline. We know that trail as the Bluff Road. Early pioneers named this region of north Davis County the Big Range as it provided excellent grazing for livestock, just as it did for bison. Sadly, five years after Bridger’s visit, during the winter of 1830-31 severe snows in the valley stranded the beasts. They died where they stood. The victims of starvation, on the Big Range, that winter. Their impact remained! In the 1850s, pioneers using the Oregon Trail discovered that it was possible to pass through Salt Lake on their way to the Oregon Territory to rest livestock and restock. Once accomplished, they continued northwest on that old bison-trampled path to the City of Rocks in Southern Idaho, rejoining the Oregon Trail blazed by John Freemont and Kit Carson. That lonesome bison route was renamed the Old Emigrant Trail. Perhaps you’ve discovered the monument to its existence at 2500 S Bluff Road. I am a boomer! As a boy I remember listening to the radio a lot. My mother loved a serial soap opera called Young Dr. Malone. I remember listening to Gunsmoke. Sheriff, Matt Dillon, was read by William Conrad. I was a big fan of Gene Autry, too. I loved to hear him sing. Although Bing Crosby was the first to record Home on the Range, I had a personal preference for Mr. Autry’s version of the song; lyrics written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley in 1872 under the title of My Western Home. Home on the Range would become the State Song of Kansas in 1948. It well could be Syracuse City’s anthem! “Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam[ed]…”

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We live on the range! We’re all “home on the range” the Big Range. Soon, from that meandering, bison-led trail, a new conveyance will arise, the North Davis Corridor. And, we can thank thousands of bison for the favor. Let’s commit now, to not let that “trail” divide us with “discouraging words”! Michael Gailey, Mayor

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letter from the editor I hope you feel lucky this month. Not only is it the month of lucky Saint Patricks Day but it is also the month of our most popular annual contest! Our art contest has been truly inspiring in the past and we are excited to launch it again this month. Please see page 15 for details on how to enter or vote for your favorites in the contest. I can't wait to see what amazing art is entered into the contest this year. Spread the word, let your artistic friends know so they can enter the contest. Melissa and Ryan Spelts

Rentmeister Total Home Services. Christie Fewkes authored the article spotlighting their history in the Syracuse Community and the great work they do. She did a great job, but unfortunately we made and error. In the monthly craziness of producing this magazine on time, I was inadvertently listed as author of the article instead of Christie. I don't want to take credit from her so this is a correction, and apology to Christie who did a great job on the article. Thanks Christie.

Ryan Spelts, Publisher

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Syracuse City Updates 2020 Census Task Force The Mayor is forming a task force to assist the US Census folks to prepare for the 2020 US Census. This task force will be charged with helping to alert residents of the census scheduled for next year. An accurate reporting of all of us by location is critical to funding and representation. If you would be willing to serve, please apply at:

Community Question Corner BY PAUL ROBERTS, CITY ATTORNEY

Question: What are these Syracuse Vision 2050 meetings I’ve heard about? Answer: As the City continues to grow and respond to changes to our community, such as the West Davis Corridor, the Mayor and Council recognize the need to update our City’s general plan. Prior to putting pen to paper, it is critical that we get input from a variety of stakeholders in the City, so that the diversity of opinions and viewpoints are represented in the plan. In order to begin the process, the Mayor specifically invited dozens of stakeholders – including long-time residents, landowners, business owners, recent residents, youth, and developers – to a series of meetings in which they will discuss and provide input on important items, such as transportation, housing, recreation, economic development, and land use. Meetings began in January and will conclude in early March. Input from the members of the Syracuse Vision 2050 team will be utilized by the Planning Commission and staff as they draft a general plan. The City Council will ultimately vote to adopt a final general plan, possibly as early as this summer.

CPR Training: Be the Difference for Someone You Love!


Have you ever thought about what to do in the case of a medical emergency involving your friends and family? Have you ever seen a defibrillation machine (AED) on the wall in a public building and wondered how it works? Do you have a job that requires either first aid or CPR training? Do you have first aid and/or CPR training and need a refresher? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, here is a perfect opportunity to attend a course, get answers to those unknowns and become CPR certified! Did you know that Syracuse Fire Department offers CPR and First Aid training multiple times a year? Come and join us for our next class. Seating is limited, so sign up today by visiting this link:

During the Planning Commission and City Council processes, there will be opportunities for continued public input. Stay tuned! Do you have a community question? Submit your question to

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2019 Miss Syracuse Pageant Calling all young women! Come be a part of something that can change your life! Orientation meeting will be held March 28th at 7:00 pm at the Syracuse Community Center. Pageant will be June 22nd at SHS. Teens ages 14-17 and Miss ages 17-22. Pageant events include Community Service Project, Interview, Fitness, Talent, Evening Wear, and Onstage Interview (no swimsuit!). You will make new friends, gain confidence, learn how to create a professional resume, implement essential interview skills, and reach out and make a difference in your community. Over $6000 in cash & scholarships are awarded! Applications available March 1-30 at the Community Center, Jr. High and High School offices. For questions or to request an application by email, please contact Shelly Thorne at, find us on Facebook or online

Women in Entrepreneurship Panel at Syracuse High BY JORDAN CASEY

At Syracuse High School, for an FBLA/DECA project, we hosted a Women in Entrepreneurship panel. We invited women entrepreneurs from across the valley to come and talk to our students about their entrepreneurial journey, as well as give advice for our future entrepreneurs. They shared their stories about how they decided to become entrepreneurs and how they have both failed and succeed during their journey. It was an amazing experience for both the students at the school and the entrepreneurs that came and spoke.

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Employee Spotlight-Jody Howell Jody Howell – Court Clerk Supervisor As the Court Clerk Supervisor, Jody helps manage the day-to-day operations of the City’s justice court. She is involved with administering the judge’s decisions, organizing cases for court day, and following up with our court customers. Jody has been a dedicated employee of the City for over 19 years. She has held several positions throughout the years, including in accounts payable and in the Recreation Department. Recently, Jody worked with a team of coworkers to develop online court payment processing through the City’s website. So if you are unfortunate (but also fortunate) enough to interact with our court, you can now pay that fine online for your convenience. Jody is known for her outstanding organizational skills, and we are grateful for all she does for our City!

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


Public Works Updates During this time of season before the rain falls, we would appreciate your help to sweep the curb and gutters and dispose of any leaves, dirt, and debris into your garbage can. Keeping storm drain grates clear will improve the flows and quality of waters going to the Great Salt Lake. This will help beautify the City, increase curb appeal, and will allow “rain down the drain”. When fertilizing the lawn, please apply chemicals sparingly and follow directions accordingly. Don’t allow fertilizer to get onto the streets or into the curb and gutter. If this happens, please sweep up excess and dispose of properly. Thank you so much for making Syracuse City look appealing.

When do I need An Excavation Permit? Excavation permits are required for any work (except landscaping) that is performed inside the city right-of-way (ie. road, sidewalk, park-strip). Examples may include widening a drive approach, repairing underground utilities, and so forth. Permits are obtained at Public Works and online.

Secondary water pipes and reservoirs will begin filling midApril. Please remember to close your valves to prevent flooding situations. This month is a good time to prepare your sprinkler system and make repairs. It is recommended that you install your own shutoff valve and filter, if you don’t already have one. Road construction is beginning again. If you are interested in receiving updates for this year’s projects, send an email to .

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Arts Council Updates Due to an editing error, our Presenting Sponsors and Grants were removed from the February issue of the magazine. PRESENTER LEVEL Chelle’s Floral & Gifts A.A. Access Storage

We would like to thank everyone who participated in and attended Pirates of Penzance in concert. It was a wonderful evening filled with pirates, policemen, and maidens…oh my! Save the date for our next Orchestra Concert on Monday, April 8 at 7 pm in the Syracuse High School Auditorium. It will feature selections from Handel’s Messiah! This is the perfect kickoff to the Easter season. We will also be having a combined choir and jazz band concert on Monday, April 15th at 7 pm at Syracuse City Hall. Come tap your toes and listen to some fabulous Oldies music! Choir rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7 pm at the Syracuse Community Center. Everyone is welcome! Jazz Band rehearsals are also on Thursday nights. Email orchestra@ for more info. Cast auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be held Friday, April 12 from 6-9pm and Saturday, April 13 from 9am -1pm at the Syracuse Community Center, 1912 West 1900 South in Syracuse. In an effort to limit the wait time, please sign-up for an audition time. Walk-ins will be welcome, but priority will be given to those with a scheduled audition time. Please visit our website for the sign up link and forms.

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Please be prepared to sing a short excerpt (about 30 seconds) from a Broadway musical in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. MP3 recordings will also be accepted. Please bring your completed audition form, conflict calendar, and a headshot, if available. All roles are open. All roles are volunteer. If cast, you may be responsible to provide part or all of your costume and props. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. There will be seven performances on July 12, 13, 15, 18, 19 & 20 with a matinée on the 20th. The show will be directed by LeAnna Hamblin. Cast Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17, by invitation.  Pit orchestra auditions will be held Saturday, April 13th from 10am-12noon at the Syracuse Community Center. The orchestra will be directed by Tim Koster. Auditions are first-come first-served. Please come prepared to play an étude or other piece that showcases your talent and skill. Plan to possibly sight-read music as well. Please bring a completed pit orchestra conflict calendar, available on the website.


Calendar of Events April 8 – Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Concert April 12-13 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Auditions April 15 – Combined Choir and Jazz Band Concert June 29 – Heritage Days 5K Fun Run July 12-20 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Performances

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Parks and Recreation


YOUTH SPORTS BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Registration February 1- March 31 This program is for pre-kindergarteners (must be 5 before September 1, 2019) thru 9th grade. The cost/league is as follows: T-Ball and Coach Pitch ($40). Machine Pitch ($45); Minor/Major ($50); Jr. High ($55). Registration fee includes a jersey and hat.

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DANCERS (SPRING) (3-5-year-olds) This is a fun introduction to dance.  Children will explore their movement potential as they learn a variety of dance with an   introduction to ballet/creative movement.   Dance shoes not required. Optional recital May 18. Thursdays 10:15-10:55 am or 11:00-11:40 am 8 week session, $40 March 21 - May 16 (No class April 4)

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

 Pump It Up! Tues. 6:00 am Boost your metabolism and tone your muscles with resistance training. We provide hand weights and exercise balls, you just bring your own exercise mat. All skill levels are welcome, we suggest different options. Syracuse Community Center. $3 Drop-In, $20 for a 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

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Victory Medal for Cold War Veterans BY RYAN SPELTS

Local DAV Commander Tom Montez, working with Larry Kerr and Ferron Johnson, all part of DAV Davis County chapter 14, have taken up the mantle of honoring those veterans who served in the armed forces from 1945 to 1963 in what has been called the invisible war. A medal was created to honor these veterans and some funding was provided for their purchase; however, once the initial funding was expended, the program virtually stopped. After some research, Larry found out who created the medals and learned that he could purchase them in bulk for $15 each. In speaking with his DAV Commander and other veteran friends, these men felt moved to continue to honor these veterans. Many of these veterans served in terrible times and conditions, serving in bases and active military zones across the world, especially around communist nations to protect free people in neighboring countries. The conditions were terrible and the war though unnamed could be called the actual cold war. These men and women served and can sometimes go unrecognized because they don’t get to carry a title like WWII Veteran. However, they served in submarines, drove tanks and conducted surveillance from Germany to North Dakota. For Utah veterans, this greatly deserved recognition is being made possible by this local DAV unit and led by two Syracuse Veterans, Larry and Ferron. Initially the group was able to raise $500 and purchase 33 medals to distribute. Spreading the word and holding an event to honor these fine veterans, they saw in the eyes and heard from other veterans who attended that they wanted the award and honor as well and wondered if it was possible. This motivated Larry and Ferron to start pulling together resources to be able to honor more of the 70,000 potential recipients, which would take over $1,000,000 in funding to give the medal to every one of them. That is why this group is raising money and holding small events to honor as many as they can. Named the Cold War Victory medal, it is an authorized medal which was supported by Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Congress and the Utah Veterans of Foreign Affairs. The medal (pictured) is a small token of much needed gratitude for the brave who served in those perilous times.

has 40 medals available and are looking for nominees. The public is invited to attend the upcoming event to be held at the Syracuse Recreation Center on March 29th at 5pm. March 29th is now officially recognized as Vietnam Veterans Day after being honored by President Barack Obama in 2012 and then made official for every year by President Donald J. Trump in 2017. This will be a great and fitting day to honor other veterans who served by giving out Victory Medals.


The funding for these local medals is 100% by donations and the medals are purchased in $500 bundles. The group is accepting donations as well as name submissions for the upcoming event and future events. Families can also receive the medal even if their veteran family member has passed away. For more information, call either Larry Kerr 801-776-4230 or Ferron Johnson 801-9910257. I am grateful for the work these men are putting in as a labor of love to honor those men and women who served our country. Thank you!

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Syracuse City Information

Key Community Contacts MAYOR

Michael Gailey: 801-589-0976


Lisa W. Bingham: 801-725-2300 Corinne Bolduc: 801-529-5779 Dave Maughan: 801-927-7752

Syracuse Library (Pardon Our Dust While We Expand)

Doug Peterson: 801-660-5290

1875 South 2000 West Syracuse, UT 84075 (801) 451-1850 The Syracuse Library is temporarily closed for expansion. Please visit the Clearfield Branch for the time being. There is a kiosk located at 1747 Heritage Lane, Syracuse, UT 84075

Jordan Savage: 385-424-0258

Passport Applications

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

Passport application processing services are offered at City Hall between 9am- 4pm, processing takes approximately 20-30 minutes per application. Walk-ins are served in the order of arrival, multiple applications and/or photos wait times may be longer. All required forms, photos and payment must be completed prior to 4pm to be accepted the same day. Applications can be found on the website. Application fees must be paid with a Check or Money Order made payable to the U.S. Department of State.

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

Fix It Requests We appreciate our citizens helping the City be aware of issues that need to be addressed throughout the City such as road repairs, street light/sign repair, park maintenance, water problems (culinary & secondary), garbage can pickup, code ordinance enforcement and even employee feedback. The City website is a great tool for providing us with notifications. The Fix-it Request link can be found on our home page at the top left hand side under Popular Pages.

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City Arts Council - 801-896-8101

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. Police Station: 801-825-4400 1751 South 2000 West Post Office: 801-614-9677 (Inside City Hall) Public Works Facility: 801-825-7235 3061 South 2400 West Utilities Department: 801-825-1477 Opt #2 Volunteer/Eagle Scout Projects: Tess Jones 801-614-9655 Youth Council -801-643-8996

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March Calendar of Events SENIORS MONTHLY MOVIE Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 1 p.m. (First Man) FREE ~ Please RSVP BUS TRIP Friday, March 15, 2019 (Leaves at 11 a.m.) TAGGART’S GRILL in Morgan/Scenic Drive $2.00/per person with lunch on your own! (Reservation required) THINK TUESDAY Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 10 a.m. (NADA) FREE ~ Please RSVP LUNCH & BINGO Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 12 Noon Guest Speaker/Officer Erin Behm with Syracuse Police Department Suggested donation of $3.00/person Must RSVP by 10 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 SENIOR YOGA Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 8 a.m. Available for anyone aged 50+/$1.00 or 60+/$0.50 PICKLEBALL Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon) Thursdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon) Adults/$2.00 or Seniors 60+/$0.50 TAI CHI for ARTHRITIS Mondays @ 2:30-3:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $2.00/class DRIVER SAFETY CLASS The AARP Driver Safety classroom course is the nation’s first and largest course designed for drivers 50 and older. You’ll learn proven safety strategies to help maintain your confidence behind the wheel, so you can make new memories on the road. Plus, you could get a great discount on your car insurance! We will be offering an AARP Driver Safety Classroom Course here at the Syracuse Community Center on Friday, April 5, 2019. The class will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with a break for lunch). The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members, payable on the first day of class. To sign-up, please

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call the Front Desk at (801) 614-9660 #1. This class will be taught by Peter McDonough. Please call the Syracuse Community Center at (801) 614-9660 #1 to RSVP To learn more about activities for Senior Citizens, please stop by the Syracuse Community Center for a Senior Citizens Newsletter or visit If you would like to receive the Senior Citizens Newsletter via e-mail, please send your NAME and E-MAIL address to

12-4pm, Choir Auditions 3- 6pm, Boys Soccer @ Fremont 3:30-5:30pm March 22- State Jazz band competition @TBD, Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30-5:30pm March 23- State Jazz band competition @ TBD, MORP Dance 7pm-10pm March 25- SBO Election Day March 26- Cheer Tryout Clinics 5:307:30pm March 27- Music Department Tour March 28- GEAR UP Career Exploration @ Living Planet Aquarium, Girls Golf Tournament @ Sun Hills 124pm

Clearfield High School March 4- Spirit Week 4th-8th March 5- Softball @ Copperhills 3:305pm, DSD Transition Fair 5-8pm SCHOOL ACTIVITIES March 6- Softball vs Roy 3:30-5pm, Region Jazz Festival @WHS 6-8pm Syracuse High School March 7- Choir Concert 7-8pm March 1- Talent show assembly 8:30am March 12- Softball @Home 3:30-5pm March 4- Beginning of HOPE WEEK March 13- Region Solo & Ensemble 4th-8th Festival @ LYH, Track @ NHS 3-4pm March 6- 9am Council meeting March 15- Girls Golf @ Clearfield (Bluff) March 7- 3pm Ceramics open studio, 12-5pm 7pm choir Bon Voyage concert March 18- Professional Teaching Day March 8- 2:30 Dance company tryouts - No School, Clearfield Cone Activity March 12-13- Junior High Choir Festival 8am-11 3:30-8:30 March 19- SBO Election day, Boys March 12- JSSC meeting 2:45-3:45 Soccer @ NHS 3:30-5pm, Softball @ pm, Boys Soccer @ Roy 3:30FHS 3:30-5pm t Day rs Fi 5:30pm March 20- Track Super Meet @ Davis is ng ri Sp of March 13- Region Jazz @WSU 3-4pm, Vocal/piano solo ensemble ! 20 March 4pm, Dance line tryouts @3pm, Boys @ DHS 3-4pm soccer @ Home 3:30-5:30pm Community Council meeting @CHS March 14- Orchestra Concert 7-9pm, 4-5pm Boys tennis vs Roy @ 3:30-5:30, Girls March 21- Orchestra Spring Concert Golf 7-8pm, HOSA State Leadership Tournament at Schneiter’s Bluff Golf Conference Course 12-4pm Boys soccer @CHS 3:30-5pm March 15- 3RD TERM ENDS Wrestling March 22- Girls golf @Ben Lomond Golf Freestyle and Greco Tournament 1-10pm, Course 12-5pm, State Jazz Competition, Dance line tryouts 3-6pm HOSA State Leadership Conference March 16- Percussion Festival @ TBD March 25- National Honor Society 2:30March 18- No school professional 3:30 @CHS teaching day, Choir auditions 3-6pm March 26- Boys soccer @WHS 3:30March 19- Girls Track and Field 5:30, Softball @DHS 3:30-5pm Supermeet @ DHS, Boys Baseball vs. March 27- Track Davis District Northridge 3:30-7pm, Boys Tennis Championships @ TBD 3-4pm, Baseball vs. Box Elder 3:30-5:30, SBO Student @WHS 3-5pm Elections March 28- Boys soccer @CHS 3:30-5pm, March 20- Boys Track and Field Festival preview concert @CHS 7-8:30pm Supermeet @ Davis, ACT Workshop March 29- Girls Golf @Sun Hills Golf 9:45am, Course 12-5pm, SBO elections Orchestra concert 7-9pm, Baseball @ NHS 3:30-7:30pm March 21- Girls Golf Tournament @ BLH

Syracuse Jr. High March 4-8- SPIRIT WEEK March 5- District Intermediate Band Festival 4-6:45pm @ North Layton Jr., Choir Concert 6:30- 9pm @Clearfield High March 8- Spirit Bowl Assembly 8:15-9:15 am March 12- Advanced Orchestra @ U of U 9:30-2:30pm ,Wrestling @ Syracuse 3:15-5pm March 13- Community Council Meeting 8am-12pm @confernce room March 14- Wrestling @ Syracuse 3:155pm March 15- 3rd term ends March 18- No School, Teacher Professional Day March 19- 4th term begins March 20-21- Wrestling Tournament @ Syracuse March 23- Wrestling - District Tournament @ Layton High March 25- English/CTE March 26- Science/Foreign Language CTE, Cheer clinics 3:15-4:15 March 27-Social Studies/Music CTE March 28- Math/PE, Health CTE March 29- Cheer tryouts 2:30-6pm Syracuse Arts Academy Jr. High March 15- 3rd term ends March 18- No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day

March 19- 4th term begins Legacy Jr. High March 1- Battle of the Grades, Advanced Choirs @ Grizzlies Hockey Game 6-8pm March 5- Wrestling @ Sunset 3:155:30pm, JSSC 7-7:30am March 12-State Orchestra Festival 8-3pm, Wrestling @ North Davis 3:155pm March 13-State Orchestra Festival 8-3pm, Community Council 9-2pm, Concert Choir District Festival 5:307:30pm March 14- Concert Choir District Festival 5:30-7:30pm March 15- END OF 3RD TERM March 18- NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Day March 19- 4TH TERM BEGINS March 20- North End Wrestling Tournament 12pm-8pm March 21-North End Wrestling Tournament 12pm-8pm March 23- District Wrestling Finals @ Layton High 12pm-8pm March 25-National Junior Honor Society 3-4pm West Point Jr. High March 5- District Intermediate Band Festival, Wrestling @ North Layton 3:154:15 pm March 6- Warrior Wednesday, Choir Concert

March 12- District Choir Festival 5:307:30, State Orchestra 8-3pm March 13-State Orchestra 8-3pm, Community Council 5 - 6 PM @ WPJH March 14- State Orchestra 8-3pm March 15- END OF 3RD TERM March 18- NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Day March 19- 4TH TERM BEGINS March 20- District Orchestra Festival March 25- Madrigal Auditions March 26- Wrestling Final 3:15-4:15 pm Syracuse Elementary March 15- End of 3rd term March 18- No School - Teacher Professional Day Bluff Ridge Elementary March 14- 3rd term ends March 18- No School - Teacher Professional Day Buffalo Point Elementary March 1- School fundraiser 1st-31st March 6- Early out A&D tracks March 7- Early out A&D tracks March 27- 28- Early out B&C tracks, Sep. conferences (BC) Sand Springs Elementary March 6- ILP Conferences A&D Tracks March 7- ILP Conferences A&D Tracks March 19- Spring Choir Concert 5-6pm

FUN THINGS TO DO! March 1- Beautiful Dreamer @ Alpine Church 7-8pm,

March 14-Napoleon Dynamite Conversation with Jon Heder @ Egyptian Theatre 7pm

March 1- Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival @ Egyptian Theatre 7:30-9:30pm,

March 14- Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

March 1-Art stroll @WSU 5-9pm

March 15- Winter series rodeo 7:30-9:30 @ Golden Spike Arena

March 7-Weber State Wildcats vs. Idaho @ Dee Events Center, Ogden UT March 7- Free open riding 8am-10am @ Golden Spike Arena March 9- Mama Mia @ Egyptian Theatre 2pm-4:30pm

March 23- PAC-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championship @ Maverick Center 1pm March 30- Starbound National Talent Competition @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre 7am-9pm

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

London Barnes

Preston Haney

London is being nominated because she is an amazing, well-rounded student. She excels in academics, but she is also a wonderful leader at our school. She exhibits a positive outlook and attitude that sets a great example for other students. She is an enthusiastic learner, and her enthusiasm spreads to others in the school. She is responsible and reflective.

Preston is one of the best role models Bluff Ridge Elementary has at school. He is not only an example in the classroom, but also in the community. In the classroom Preston continually gives one hundred percent for every assignment or project that is given to him. His attitude towards his education is always positive and always wants to better himself. Outside of the classroom Preston is kind and a friend to everyone he meets. He is supportive of other students and wants to help whenever he can. He is a student that is always willing to go above and beyond to help another student become successful.

Bluff Ridge Elementary

London is unique because she uses every opportunity to seek new challenges to improve her learning. She strives to reach her full potential. She shows initiative and looks for ways to get involved. London is very involved in ballet. She goes to the Clytie Adams Ballet School 3 times a week. She is a member of student council. She has been a member of the Hope Squad. London has helped with our school Recycling Program (paper and cans). She is very involved with her church. She participated and won an award in the Martin Luther King Jr. speech contest. She auditioned for a special part in the Nutcracker. London has achieved our 6th grade 40 book goal. She has earned our “think 30” TTM Math Club Award. She has won the school spelling bee. She maintains excellent grades.

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

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

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

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

The Car-Winning Friend

The Survivor/Lottery Winner

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

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

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

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

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

Lucky Symbols There are many symbols of luck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tricks and Tips to Help You


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

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


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

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

In Conclusion


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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Recalling Stoker's Nursery BY CHUCK WRIGHT

As soon as we got out of the truck we were met by a tall young man who said, “Welcome to Stoker Nursery. I’m Sid, anything we can help with?” We were introduced to the entire family there (Dad, Delmer; Mom, Ardell; Sister, Sheila) because it truly was a family business. This was the beginning of a long friendship with the family. Later as I became the garden manager of the Grand Central that turned into Fred Meyer, the Nursery became one of our prime suppliers for our garden centers. Delmer Stoker worked at Hill Air Force Base as street and grounds keeper. He built a greenhouse on the west side of Hill AFB. He took pride in the looks of the base. In 1966 he left the base on a medical leave, and took his love of plants. Eventually he opened what became known as Stoker’s Nursery & Garden Center. He began with a simple cold frame beside his garage, then built a small greenhouse in the backyard, which quickly became too small, so he rented a greenhouse on Antelope Drive. In 1968 with wife Ardell and children Sid and Sheila, they began the first greenhouse on 1000 West, in Syracuse, Utah. After that they built one or two each year. In 1969 Delmer talked Sid into quitting his job at RC Willey and coming into the business fulltime. They were selling plants in most of Northern Utah as well as Idaho and Wyoming. Sid was a hard-working man who also instilled this in his kids. After Delmer passed, Sid took over full management of the business. Even though Sid was plagued with medical problems, he always had a smile and hearty handshake for all he came in contact with. I bought many plants from the Nursery as the garden manager. It was a pleasure working with him and all the family. I spoke with Jerry, his wife of almost five decades, and she said, “Let everyone know what a kind and generous man he was.”

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Stoker's Nursery had the first greenhouse in Syracuse. Sid Stoker took over the family business after his father Delmer passed. A kind and generous man, Sid always had a smile for everyone. Well Jerry, that is an easy task, because anyone who knew Sid was aware of this. That’s not to say Sid was a push-over. Quite the contrary. When it came to the nursery, he knew what was needed and expected everyone to match his work ethic, but he didn’t ask anyone to do what he would not do. That is likely why he was hesitant to ask for help one year when the snow load became too heavy for the greenhouses and several collapsed. In the spring, he could not muster up the strength to clean up the mess, and discovered he had colon cancer. One Saturday, there were about 50 family and friends that came to help with the clean-up. He said, “I guess I’m a proud man, not wanting to ask for help, but I realized that if you let people help you, it can also be a blessing to them.” When asked about his cancer he said, “I think you can drive yourself crazy if you sit around and ask ‘Why me?’ I just figure those were the cards I’ve been dealt and you try to do your best to make it through.” Sid E. Stoker passed away December 16, 2017 at the age of 69. What an asset to his family, community, and most everyone who knew him. I’m so glad to have been one of those and I think he might be spreading a little joy in heaven with his beautiful geraniums.

SYRACUSE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER The museum’s hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 2-5pm and by appointment (801-614-9674 ext. 674). It is located on 1700 South (Antelope Drive) just before 2000 West, Syracuse, UT.

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Inga & Vladimir


These beautiful english bulldogs under a year old came into our home just a few short months ago, yet feel like they have been apart of our family forever. The moment we saw Inga, it was love at first sight, she came right up to us and was ready to go home. What really sealed the deal was she has the same birthday as her human sister, April 17, which is shortly approaching for her first birthday and human sister’s eighth birthday. Inga has been nothing but a perfect family member, sleeping all day long, eating, eating and did I mention eating? She has a very calm demeanor about her and loves all the neighborhood children, and will follow them around like a guard dog. She is VERY protective of her humans. Vladimir came into our lives very shorty after Inga when I assumed Inga needed a buddy because she was just so lazy and needed someone to play with while her human siblings were at school. At first Igna was very upset with us, did not like him, wouldn’t let him touch mom or dad and don’t even think about touching her sister or brother. It took her a few days to

come around to the fact this little man wasn’t going anywhere and she needed to start to love him, and now they act just like siblings, fighting over toys and attention. Vladimir is very hyper, not like your typical english bulldog, he can run all day long and takes very little naps, rarely snores and acts more like a yorkie, although he does have an appetite bigger than his sister’s. The CRAZIEST part about Vlad is when we were registering him through the AKC his serial number pulled up and told us his birthday. You would never believe it, but he has the exact same birthday as his human brother of June 24. 

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Upbeat Gymnastics BY RYAN SPELTS

Aaron and Kristi Christensen left the sunshine state to open up their own gymnastics business after falling in love with Syracuse.

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aving performed and competed as a gymnast for most of her youth, Kristi Christensen knows the pure joy of being on the mat. She also knows the pressure that she felt regarding preforming at competitions. She and her husband Aaron set out to create a different kind of gymnastics center. After her competing years, she also coached and fell in love with helping children realize the thrill of being able to perform gymnastics moves with confidence. After having five kids of her own while living in California, she took up coaching again about three years ago with a friend who owned a gym in Fresno. She was reminded how much she loves coaching and seeing the elation in the eyes of the children she coaches. Aaron and Kristi started thinking of making a change in their life. Though they loved the sunshine and weather in California, they wanted to find a place that

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was more family friendly. After selling Aaron’s printing business, they started looking for where to land next. Kristi had two sisters who had recently moved to Utah and so they took an auto tour of much of the state. During their tour, they discovered many towns that they liked but fell in love with Syracuse and the dynamic it has of being a small town that still has tons of fun stuff for the family. It is like stepping back into the 50s where the kids can play outside and there are lots of neighborhood kids to play with. Kristi says it reminds her of Sandlot when she sees all the neighborhood kids riding around the neighborhood on their bikes. Syracuse also didn’t have a gymnastics center and so they moved their family here and opened Upbeat Gymnastics. The vision Kristi and Aaron have developed is a gymnastics center that is different from most. They

encourage children from walking age to 13 years old and of all shapes and sizes to come and enjoy classes. They are a non-competition, recreation gymnastics teaching company. Their name speaks of their philosophy of building up students in a fun and upbeat way. Gymnastics helps with other sports performance, because it helps with coordination and balance but most of all, it helps with confidence. Kristi knows that some parts of gymnastics can be intimidating and sometimes scary. However, when a child accomplishes a goal, they realize they can do hard things. This is a place where kids can come and learn courage. The gym also has some unique business approaches. They do not have an annual fee or membership costs. It is a pay-as-you-go gym where they encourage trying it out. Aaron said that he didn’t want parents to worry about paying an annual fee if their child only stays interested for four months. This way parents can just pay as they go and only pay while they are still attending the gym. The gym has all apparatuses; spring floor, beams, uneven bars, vault and a tumble track. They also added in a

Gymnastics helps with other sports performance, because it helps with coordination and balance but most of all, IT HELPS WITH CONFIDENCE. built in play place so that little siblings have a place to play while mom or dad or other family watch their student progress in the class. Right now they are offering a free class to small children under 16 months that can walk for a parent/ child class. They also encourage parents to continue attending class with their child until they reach 3 when they can then be

more independent. Moms love this bonding opportunity with their kids. Upbeat Gymnastics is a great addition to the Syracuse Community and worth giving a try. Children will love the positive, fun and challenging atmosphere and will grow to love gymnastics.

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One of the biggest myths I hear about is when someone buys a new vehicle and they are told by the salesman or a friend that they have 30 days to add that vehicle to their insurance. I hear this ALL the time and let me respond as loudly as you can hear this, THERE IS NO STATE LAW OR MANDATE! THIS STATEMENT IS 100% FALSE! Each carrier is different, and each situation is different. Many policies do give you a small window of 2-4 days to get insurance placed on a new purchase, some offer more time but each carrier and policy is different. I contacted five insurance agent friends of mine and asked them about the carrier they represent and how many days their company gives to add a vehicle. Unfortunately some of them didn’t even know and only one of the five gave me the correct number and one called back after he read the policy to change his answer. There are carriers who allow up to 30 days, but only a few and even with

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those, the policy must match certain conditions. So the moral of the story is that when you are buying anything that needs insurance don’t take a chance on it not being covered the way you want it to be covered. We had a very nice lady a couple of years ago who swapped out her cute little sports car and upgraded it to the newest model. She heard those words from her sales person, “You have 30 days to add this to your insurance.” So on day 30 she called to add the car to her policy. Unfortunately, this was AFTER she had been in an accident earlier that day. She thought nothing was wrong because of what the car salesman told her, however the car had no coverage. Her policy mandated that she add the vehicle to her policy within seven days. She now had to personally cover the damage to the car she hit and the damage to her car. Fortunately no one was injured, otherwise this could have cost her family everything they had.

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

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Tour the area on an Ebike! BY RYAN SPELTS


eople the world over make plans to visit our beautiful state. We have some of the most incredible places and natural landscapes in the world. One of these is right here in our back yard and now there is a great new way to see Antelope Island. Tice and Jamie Child opened Antelope E-bikes last spring and rented the old Marina building just past the causway. The idea is that you cannot enjoy the island as much when you drive through it. It is best explored on foot or on a bike. This way you can see the landscape and wildlife up close and personal. We were able to go take a tour this last fall and it was the best experience. We loved the sense of freedom of riding the bikes and the intimacy of experiencing the island up-close and not confined inside a car. We passed some incredible bison and other birds and critters along the way. With the wind in our hair and the bike helping us not to get too tired while climbing the hills, it was beautiful. The best part is that our tour happened around sunset and we pulled up to a rock outcropping, got off the bikes and walked around to the west facing side of the rocks. We were able to witness the most incredible sunset I think I have ever seen. The picture cannot do justice to the beauty of looking over the Great Salt Lake at sunset, the colors were stunning and the peacefulness of that day will long be remembered. The ebikes are the key to making these tours so enjoyable. Ebikes are regular bikes that have an electric assist motor

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Enjoy this delicious meal for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate with GREEN!

Recipes and photos by Charlotte Hancey

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

Enchiladas Verdes

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

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



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


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

Avocado Green Salsa

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

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

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

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

owner of Brixton’s in Ogden by the Megaplex, hatched the idea of creating delicious dishes using popular entrees to top the potato instead of the standard butter, sour cream and chives. By doing so, she has created a very healthy, caloriefriendly meal using one of the most popular crops in the world. They have delicious toppings for their oven baked potatoes like Chicken Alfredo (560 Calories), Chili Verde (560 calories), Pot Roast (450 calories), Thai Curry (640 calories) and Hawaiian BBQ (650 calories). Each of these is a full and filling meal and the calorie counts are better than many salads or soups. My favorite was the Chili Verde and my wife loved 34 | March 2019

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

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

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

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