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t was Army-green! It was a studio couch on which my brother and I wrestled when I was three; I fell and broke my collar bone. As a four-year-old when I stood on the upholstered-seat, I could see over the backrest and out the front window of Teenie Walker’s little frame house Dad rented. It's located at what is now the intersection of Heritage Lane and Antelope Drive. There was a slight drizzle that day. I watched as car after car left the parking lot of the church across the street with headlights burning. It was midday! Why, Mom? She taught me about funeral processions. At five, I remember sitting in hot afternoon church meetings watching old men sweat and ladies cool themselves with fans supplied with the hymnals. The song leader was slight-framed. The way she presented herself to the congregation was impressive to my boyish mind. Her every movement drew me in and demanded my attention. I don’t know her name; she was simply, Sister Song Lady. On one particular Sunday, she was lost to my little-boy world. Mom said she had died because of some horrible sounding word I couldn’t understand. Mrs. Leland was my instructor in college algebra during -my junior year in high school. She was widowed. Her teaching-day did not end at 3 p.m. Every day after school she retired to her home, baked cookies and tutored those of us in her class who hadn’t yet grasped the concepts she presented. She was wonderful. We all loved her! Most boys pretended confusion for an after-school snack of cookies and milk. In the late Spring of 1967, she approached the class and shared that she had discovered a lump in her breast and would be leaving before school was out. By the same time the next year, preparing for graduation, she slipped through our fingers. I now understood the word, CANCER! Elizabeth Adora Kidman Dahl styled my mother’s hair when I was a boy. We adored Adora. After returning to Syracuse from Chicago in 1982 she became a link to our children’s knowledge about their deceased grandmother. She was a dear friend, but like many other fondly remembered women of Syracuse, that now evil-sounding word, cancer, took Adora from us in 1987. Men, we’re not immune. My own brother, the one I wrestled on that Army-green coach, was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbons of this cause are widely recognized. On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 the City Council authorized a proclamation of both the Council and the Mayor’s Office designating Tuesday, October 1, 2019 as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the City of Syracuse, Utah. The admonition: The City Council and Mayor encourage all citizens to learn about early detection practices and education resources provided to those who are affected by this disease in order to better maintain and assist our citizens in leading healthy, long lives. May that savage word disappear from our grandchildren’s vocabulary as Polio has for some older generations. Michael Gailey, Mayor

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Syracuse Pumpkin Walk Oct 24-26 at Founder's Park is a must see!



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Syracuse City Updates Black Island Farms Recognition Black Island Farms has been an essential part of Syracuse City’s heritage. At the September 10th City Council meeting, the Law family was recognized for all the hard work and contributions they have done for the City! They have also been very gracious to donate over 1,000 pumpkins for our annual Pumpkin Walk, which will be running October 24-26 this year in Founders park.

Community Question Corner

Black Island Farms also donated funds to the Make a Wish foundation last year for the “Guns and Hoses” charity basketball game with the police and fire departments. The City would like to thank the Law family for all they do and what they are doing to keep Syracuse a family-friendly place. As part of their annual harvest festival, they will also be hosting a Harvest Craft Fair that will be running from October 11-12.


Question:Why is the city getting involved in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Answer: It is getting involved for the same reason the city employs crossing guards: one of the city’s charges is to watch out for the health and safety of its citizens. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer for women. The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reports that 1 in every 8 women will get breast cancer at some point. But generally speaking, it is frequently survived if it is detected and treated early. Education and screening are our best defenses against this disease. If cost is a concern, the Utah Cancer Control Program may be able to help; it offers screenings to women age 40-64 who are low income, uninsured or underinsured. The Mayor and City Council recently proclaimed that October 1 is Syracuse City Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Their aim is to get people talking about breast cancer. Do you care about a woman over 40? Don’t be shy about asking whether they’ve gotten a cancer screening. If they haven’t, educate them on the dangers of going without one. You just might save her life. Do you have a community question? Submit your question to

Meet the City Council Candidates


Get ready for the November 5 General Election and learn about your City Council candidates: • Lisa Wood Bingham • Dave Maughn • Douglas J. Peterson • Seth Teague • Mike Spencer Date:

Monday, October 7, 2019


6:30 pm “Meet & Greet” 7-8:30 pm “Question and Answer”

Location: Syracuse City Hall-1979 W 1900 S This is a public meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Davis County. It is our mission to provide non-partisan voter information for Davis County residents. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political parties or candidates for office. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at October 2019 | 5


Arts Council Update Upcoming Performance Our orchestra, choir, and jazz band are preparing for fall concerts and Christmas performances. The choir will perform music from movies on Monday, October 21. The choir meets Wednesday evenings at 7 pm at the Syracuse Community Center. Everyone is welcome! The orchestra will perform folk music from around the world on Monday, October 28. Email orchestra@syracuseutaharts. org if you are interested in participating. Tickets for Frozen Jr. Tickets are now on sale for Disney’s Frozen Jr. Performances will be held November 21-23. Please visit our website, www., for tickets. Big Fish scheduled for summer We are excited to announce that our summer musical will be Big Fish! Auditions will be held on April 17th and 18th. Performances

Calendar of Events will be held July 16-20. We are currently accepting letters of interest for our production team. Please visit our website for more information. We need your help! Seeking volunteers! The Arts Council is always looking for volunteers to serve on committees, as board members, and much more. Please email volunteer@syracuseutaharts. org for information on volunteer opportunities.

Syracuse City Business License Renewals ONLINE!

October 11 – Big Band Dinner Dance @ Syracuse Jr High 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. October 21 – Music from the Movies Choir Concert @ Syracuse City Hall 7 p.m. November 4 - Folk Music from Around the World Symphony Orchestra Concert @ Syracuse High School 7 p.m. November 21-23 Disney's Frozen Jr. December 2 - Combined Orchestra, Jazz Band and Choir Christmas Concert

It is time to renew your business license with Syracuse City. Business licenses for the 2019 business year expire on December 31, 2019. (Business license fees for renewal businesses shall be due and payable on or before January 1 of each year and shall be delinquent if not paid prior to February 1 of each year.) All businesses are required to submit a renewal application even if the fee exemption qualification is met. Please review the information listed below, note any changes or additions, and return this application, along with your payment, by January 1st to the City Office. If you wish to renew online, please visit our website at For your convenience, you may pay your renewal fees by cash, check, money order, visa, or Mastercard. **If you are no longer operating a business please contact our office at 801-825-1477, so we can remove your information from our active files.

Employee Spotlight- Casey Johnson Syracuse Police Department The city would like to recognize Casey Johnson for his Promotion to Sergeant in August. Sergeant Johnson has spent his 16-year career here with Syracuse Police and has lived here all his life. His favorite part of the job is interacting with the community at special events such as the Pumpkin walk, Guns and Hoses, and Night Out Against Crime. He hopes to benefit the community with his law enforcement experience to help protect and serve the city as much as possible. Thank you Sergeant Johnson and all the Syracuse Police Department for all you do!

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

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Public Works Update Winterize Secondary Water System Secondary water season is ending October 15th. Pressures will begin to drop October 14th as the system drains. Protect your sprinkler system during the winter months by winterizing your system. We live in a climate that has freezing temperatures in the winter months which can burst pipes and valves that are not drained. Water Meter Lids and Secondary Water Valve Lids Please be sure to keep your water meter lid and secondary water valve lids accessible. Please be sure that new landscape does not cover or bury the lids. Trim overgrowth of lawn and vegetation to prevent them from covering the lid. This will allow the city to provide better service to you. It also allows a rapid response in an emergency when a valve may need to be turned off in order to protect your home and property. Storing and disposing of materials Properly storing and disposing of materials greatly reduces the potential for environmental contamination. With a change in

the weather coming soon, it’s a great time to cover up, contain, secure and properly store any kind of potential pollutants to prevent it from going into a storm drain. All containers should be closed when not in use. They should be stored off the ground Make sure your pollutants are and under cover to stored safely so they can't reach a be protected from the storm drain! outside elements.  Be sure to properly label the containers and make it legible. Any chemicals, petroleum, or fertilizers should be stored with a second containment. Let us all do our part by protecting our water source.

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Parks and Recreation JR. JAZZ BASKETBALL Registration dates: 1st Session August 1 - October 5 Divisions: Itty Bitty Hoops (boys and girls kindergarten only), 1st grade boys and girls, 2nd grade boys and girls, 3rd/4th grade girls, 5th/6th grade girls *Leagues will tentatively begin the end of October and run until mid-December. 2nd Session: August 1 – November 9 Divisions: 3rd grade boys, 4th grade boys, 5th grade boys, 6th grade boys, 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys, 9th grade boys, 10th-12th grade boys, 7th- 9th grade girls, 10th12th grade girls *Leagues will tentatively begin mid-December and run until March. Cost: Itty Bitty Hoops (Participant MUST be registered in kindergarten): $45.00 1st-4th grade boys and 1st-6th grade girls: $52.00 5th-12th grade boys and 7th-12th grade girls: $57.00 **Teams for Itty Bitty and 1st/2nd grade will be organized by the Parks and Recreation Department. Grades 3rd- 8th and 7- 9th grade girls will be organized through drafts. 

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

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

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

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**9th- 12th grade boys teams must register as a team.  For more detailed information go to

LITTLE DANCERS (FALL) This class is a fun introduction to dance. Children will explore their movement potential as they learn a variety of dance with an introduction to ballet/creative movement.  No Dance Shoes required. Ages 3 - 5 Thursdays 10:15 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. or 11 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 8 week session for $45, begins September 19 (No class Oct 17)



Learn to Make Your Own Charcoal BY DUANE D CHENEY

If you’ve ever cooked a meal over an open wood fire and then had to clean the pans, you’ve noticed that the smoke from the fire leaves a buildup of black soot. It is caused by burning wood or fossil fuels when the airflow to your fire isn’t adequate for 100% combustion. Restricted airflow essentially starves the fire, which leads to incomplete combustion. When the oils in the wood aren’t completely burned, they off-gas as volatiles and travel up through the smoke. The smoke cools as it rises, and ultimately condenses with moisture from the wood and other chemicals onto the interior of your chimney and flue and even the bottom of your frying pan. This residue is called creosote. If it continues to accumulate inside your chimney, whether metal or masonry, it can diminish the air flow increasing the production of creosote. Creosote buildup can cause a dangerous chimney fire or restrict the airflow, which can force these harmful gases to contaminate your house. On the bottom of the frypan creosote can be removed by a good scrubbing. In your chimney, creosote accumulation can be reduced by burning creosote sweeping logs. These logs can reduce some of the creosote build-up but it can only completely be eliminated by a thorough chimney sweeping.

To avoid creosote buildup on your pans, charcoal is a cleaner burning fuel. It is a fuel that you can make yourself. Class Info: If you want to learn how to make your own charcoal come to the class on October 19th at the Stake Center at 2024 S 1475 W. Time 6:30-7:30 PM.





Ticket prices: $20 per person Dinner/Dance $35 per couple Dinner/Dance $10 per person Dance only

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West Davis Chamber Health Screenings Offered Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based of Commerce


Join the Chamber! Come join the Chamber, we would love to have you. Sign up online and pay your dues at Meetings start at 12:30 for lunch and networking ($10 at the door or online) Speaker starts at 1:00pm. First time attendees recieve a complimentary meal!

Calendar of Events Lunch & Networking October 15 at 12:30 Glen Eagle Golf Course

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preventive health screenings, will be in our community on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Syracuse Community Center. Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include: Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), and Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs). They will also have a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit lifelinescreening. com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979.


Syracuse City Information

Key Community Contacts MAYOR

Michael Gailey: 801-589-0976


Syracuse Library

Come celebrate the Syracuse Northwest Branch Library reopening ceremony with us on Nov. 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The library will host opening day tours and have special activities for children until 1 p.m. The library will then be open for regular hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Syracuse City Municipal Elections Candidates for Office

Candidates for three Councilmember At-Large Seats (4-year term): • Lisa W. Bingham • Dave Maughan • Douglas Peterson • Seth Teague Mike Spencer has also filed a declaration as a write-in candidate; voters have the ability to write-in Mr. Spencer’s name on their ballot in the space provided. Each candidate is given the opportunity to submit biographical information to a State-wide voter information website (www. as well as to the Davis County website (www. A “Meet the Candidates” event is being hosted by the League of Women Voters on October 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. See more info on page 5. The General Election will be held November 5, 2019; all registered voters will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot 21 days prior to Election Day. Ballots can be returned by-mail or via a drop location at City Hall. Those wishing to vote in person rather than by-mail will have the opportunity to cast their ballot on voting machines on Election Day; polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Syracuse City Community Center, 1912 W. 1900 S. In order to vote in person, a registered voter must surrender their mailed ballot. Voter registration can be completed 30 days prior to Election Day via mail or online, or seven days prior to Election Day online or in person in the office of the Davis County Clerk. Voters who miss the registration deadline may vote provisionally in person on Election Day. Visit the Davis County Website, www., or call or visit the City offices for a copy of the registration form. You must have been a resident of Syracuse City for at least 30 days to be able to participate in the election. Any questions regarding any aspect of Municipal Elections can be directed to the City Recorder, Cassie Brown, at 801614-9633 or

Lisa W. Bingham: 801-725-2300 Corinne Bolduc: 801-529-5779 Dave Maughan: 801-927-7752 Doug Peterson: 801-660-5290 Jordan Savage: 385-424-0258


City Arts Council: 801-896-8101 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. 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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October Calendar of Events SENIORS MONTHLY MOVIE Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 1 p.m. (Aladdin) 2019 FREE ~ Please RSVP LIFE LINE SCREENING Thursday, October 10, 2019 Pre-registration is required: Call 1-888653-6450 Or visit communitycircle THINK TUESDAY Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 10 a.m. (Mexican Train) FREE ~ Please RSVP BOOK CLUB Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. FREE ~ Please RSVP BUS TRIP Monday, October 21, 2019 (Leaving at 6:30 pm) BEVERLY’S TERRACE PLAYHOUSE/Mamma Mia (You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life as we present this Broadway Hit) $16.00/per son (Reservation required) LUNCH & BINGO Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 12 Noon Entertainment: Rachel Willis/Musical Memories Suggested donation of $3.00/person Must RSVP by 10 a.m. on Monday, October 28, 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 AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE Friday, November 1, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with a break for lunch)$15/AARP members or $20/non AARP members Please RSVP (801) 614-9660 #1

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Please call the Syracuse Community Center at (801) 614-9660 #1 to RSVP for activities listed above

| Girls Soccer State Tournament @ Juan Diego | Volleyball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Band Fall Concert 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | To learn more about activities for Oct 23: Orchestra Concert Rehearsals Senior Citizens, please stop by the during class @ Auditorium 7:30 a.m. – Syracuse Community Center for a 2:30 p.m. | FAFSA Night @ Counseling Senior Citizens Newsletter or visit Center Computer Lab 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Oct 24: Orchestra Concert rehearsal during class @ Auditorium 7:30 a.m. – If you would like to receive the Senior 2:30 p.m. | Volleyball @ Syracuse 3:30 Citizens Newsletter via e-mail, please p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Orchestra Concert @ send your NAME and E-MAIL address to Auditorium 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 25: Football State First Round Tournament @ Home Sites | Girls Soccer State Tournament @ Rio Tinto Stadium | Titan Terror Debate Tournament @ Syracuse SCHOOL EVENTS Oct 26: Football State First Round TourSyracuse High School nament @ Home Sites | ACT Testing 7:40 Oct 1: Boys State Golf Tournament @ a.m. – 1 p.m. | Drama painting set party @ Meadowbrook | Girls Soccer @ Layton Auditorium 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Volleyball @ Oct 29: Volleyball @ Fremont 3:30 Syracuse 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Happy Oct 2: Senior Jostens Assembly Oct 31: First Term Ends | Halloween Halloween! Double Assembly @ Auditorium 8:50 – 9:45 | Cross Country Region Meet @ Layton Commons Park 3 p.m – 6 p.m. Clearfield High School Oct 3: Girls Tennis State Tournament @ Oct 1: Boys Golf State @ Meadowbrook Liberty Park 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Girls Soccer 12:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Girls Soccer @ @ Weber 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Volleyball Clearfield 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. | Girls Vol@ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. leyball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Oct 4: Picture Make-up day | Volleyball Oct 2: Cross Country Region ChampionClaim Jumper Tournament @ Bingham | ships @ Layton Commons Park 3:30 p.m. Football @ Northridge 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. - 5 p.m. Oct 5: Volleyball Claim Jumper TournaOct 3: Falcon First Debate Tournament ment @ Bingham |Girls Tennis State Tour3:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Girls Soccer @ Clearnament @ Liberty Park 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. field 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Girls VolleyOct 8: Volleyball @ Layton 3:30 p.m. – ball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Oct 4: Football @ Clearfield 7 p.m. – 8 Oct 9: Josten’s Senior Visit | Fall Choral p.m. Showcase @ Auditorium 7 p.m. – 8:30 Oct 8: Club Rush Trunk-or-Treat 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. p.m. | Girls Volleyball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. – Oct 10: All State Choir @ Taylorsville and 4:30 p.m. | Choir Concert 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Salt Lake Tabernacle | Girls Soccer State Oct 9: Fall Orchestra Concert @ AuditoriTournament First Round @ Home Sites | um 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Syracuse DECCA Invitational 3 p.m. – 9 Oct 10: All State Choir @ Taylorsville and p.m. Salt Lake | Girls Soccer State Play-offs Oct 11: All State Choir @ Taylorsville and Oct 11: All State Choir @ Taylorsville and Salt Lake | Volleyball Lone Peak TournaSalt Lake | Girls Tennis State Tournament ment @ Lone Peak High School | Volleyball 1:30 p.m. | Football @ Clearfield 7 p.m. – Wasatch Festival @ Skyridge | Football @ 8 p.m. Clearfield 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 12: All State Choir @ Taylorsville and Oct 12: All State Choir @ Taylorsville and Salt Lake | Play in a Day | Girls Tennis State Salt Lake | Volleyball Lone Peak TournaTournament ment @ Lone Peak High School | Volleyball Oct 15: Girls Volleyball @ Clearfield 3:30 Wasatch Festival @ Skyridge p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Band Concert @ AuditoOct 15: Keys to Success Fall Focus Group rium 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. during Lunch 12:25 p.m. – 1 p.m. | VolleyOct 16: Football @ Bear River 7 p.m. – 8 ball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. p.m. Oct 17-18: Fall Break No School Oct 17-18: Fall Break No School Oct 22: Utah College Application Week Oct 22: Girls Volleyball @ Clearfield 3:30

p.m. – 5 p.m. Oct 23: Cross Country State Championships @ Sugar House Park |Legacy Jr Choir Concert @ Auditorium 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct 24: Girls Volleyball @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. |Choir Concert @ Auditorium 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Oct 26: ACT Test 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oct 29: North Davis Choir Concert @ Auditorium 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 30: Improv Show 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct 31: First Term Ends Syracuse Jr High Oct 2: “Say Boo to the Flu” Shot Clinic 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Volleyball District Tournament 1st round 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Parent Teacher Conferences @ School Cafeteria 3:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Oct 3: EEC Field Trip @ Hogle Zoo 9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Parent Teacher Conferences @ School Cafeteria 3:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Oct 4: PTA General Meeting @ Conference Room 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Oct 7: Boys Basketball Tryouts Begin | Volleyball District Tournament Quarter Finals 3:15 – 5 P.m. Oct 9: Student of the Month Breakfast 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. | Volleyball District Tournament Semi Finals 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Oct 10: Choir Concert @ Clearfield High 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 11: Yearbook Retakes Oct 17-18: Fall Break No School Oct 21: Red Ribbon Week | Boys Basketball Assembly 8:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Oct 22: Boys Basketball @ Centerville 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Symphonic Band Concert @ Syracuse High School 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 23: Reflections Entry Deadline Oct 24: Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Orchestra Concert @ Syracuse High School 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 29: Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Oct 30: Fall Dance 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Oct 31: Early Out 2 p.m. | First Term Ends | Boys Basketball @ Fairfield 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Legacy Jr High Oct 1: PTSA Meeting 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. |Volleyball Match between #16 -#17 Teams 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

CITY EVENTS Oct. 7: Meet the Candidates @ Syracuse City Hall 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Oct 24-26: Syracuse City Annual Pumpkin Walk @ Founders Park 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

FUN THINGS TO DO Oct 5: Ogden Hispanic Festival @ Union Station 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. | UTCX Cyclocross @ Golden Spike Event Center 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct 10: Fire Prevention Open House @

Oct 2: Volleyball First Round Playoff Match 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. |Parent Teacher Conference By Appointment 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Oct 3: Parent Teacher Conference open house format 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Oct 4: AP Testing Fees Due Oct 7: Boys Basketball Tryouts – 7th Grade 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m. -5:15 p.m | Volleyball Quarter Finals Playoff Match 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct 8: Final Boys Basketball Tryout 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Oct 9: Volleyball Semifinals Playoff Match 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct 10: Lockdown Drill 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Oct 11: CHS Junior High Night 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 14: Open Gym 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Volleyball Final Playoff Match 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct 15: Boys Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct 17-18: Fall Break No School Oct 21: Open Gym 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Oct 22: Boys Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct 23: Open Gym 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Choir Concert 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct 24: Boys Basketball @ West Point 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Orchestra Concert 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct 28: Open Gym 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Oct 29: Boys Basketball @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Oct 30: Open Gym 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Band Concert 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct 31: Early Dismissal | End of First Term Syracuse Elementary   Oct 1: Dash and Dot Robotics Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Race Cants Track Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oct 7: 6th grade field trip Expo Center 8:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Oct 8: 4th grade field trip This Is The Place 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. |Race Cats Track Club 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oct 9: Early Out / Parent Student Conferences | Karate Club Final for session 1 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Oct 10: Early Out / Parent Student Conferences | Race Cats Race! Nichols Park 1869 S 3000 W, Syracuse 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct 11: Big Band Dinner Dance @ Syracuse Community Center 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 12: Antelope Island Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K http://www. | Halloween Havoc Demolition Derby @ Golden Spike Event Center 6:30 p.m. Oct 19: Charcoal Making @ 2024 S 1475 W. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Oct 21: Music from the Movies Choir Concert @ Syracuse City Hall 7 p.m. Oct 23: Warren Miller’s Timeless @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater 7:30 p.m. – 9:30

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Jim’s Sports Center: The Syracuse hunting hub of the 1960’s Jim's was a place for hunters to eat breakfast before hunting and stocking up on essentials after hunting.



to win a rifle, shotgun, fishing pole or other hunting items if they picked the right hole to punch.

The early patrons were buying up the trespass permits as fast as they could, which enabled them to hunt on any farm in Syracuse. For everyone 14 years or older, it was more exciting than Christmas. It was a very festive atmosphere! From the 1960’s to mid-1980’s, the opening of pheasant and duck hunting was like a national holiday.

The excitement of opening day, minus the selling of permits, would repeat itself at Jim’s Sports center for the opening of duck hunting around the many marshes and cattails around Syracuse. Those were the good old days.

n the opening day of the pheasant hunt, Jim was up and cooking at his café and sports center before 6 a.m. Hunters arrived at Jim’s Sports Center for breakfast and coffee and there was much anticipation for the opening of the pheasant hunt which started at 8 am sharp.

Members of the Lions Club were posted at all roads leading into Syracuse to sell trespass permits to the hunters from the surrounding towns for $15. The members patrolled during the hunt to help make sure people were using good sense. They didn’t want hunters knocking down fences, shooting cows, or vandalizing property. After the hundreds of hunters descended on the farms of Syracuse for a brisk morning hunt, many would return to Jim’s Sports Center. They’d restock on shotgun shells, eat a hardy lunch, play a game of punchboard or pool, and swap stories with other hunters. As the day wore on, facts became more and more embellished as each hunter tried to outdo his friends with a better story about birds seen or shots made. The punchboard was a form of gambling that is certainly not allowed today. The board had several hundred numbers someone could punch for a quarter each. People had the chance

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My dad participated but he certainly wouldn’t allow me. We’d save our money to buy shotgun shells. When my friends became interested in dating, sometimes they came home from dates feeling a little discouraged. It seemed they got more bang for their buck with shotgun shells.


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magine hiding out on a hillside, listening to the elk bugle during the rut while the bulls are ready to contend with any male competitors. The hunter’s elk bugle sounds like

another bull challenging them, so they follow the sound with the intent to fight. “They come in just screaming at you…You’ve tricked them into thinking you’re another bull,” said Brent Justensen, a resident of Syracuse. Brent acknowledges that nature is the master, but in these moments it feels as if he is the one in control. “You get this animal coming in ready to duke it out with somebody…It brings the hair up on the back of your neck. It’s pretty exciting!” His wife, Julie, agrees these experiences are the most memorable ones, and Brent usually shares them with either his wife, one of his kids, or a friend. Brent’s dad was an avid hunter, so naturally, he was the one who introduced him to it. “If there was gas in the truck, we were going somewhere to hunt pheasant, duck, rabbit, deer, elk, or whatever was in season.” His earliest memories were riding around in his father’s old international pickup truck. “You were constantly bouncing your head off the roof. We would get on those dirt roads in four wheel drive and away we’d go.” Brent’s father was a hunter safety instructor and they couldn’t get away with anything. “He stressed safety and let us know if we did something wrong. Always point your gun in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger, and be aware of what might be beyond where you’re shooting.” Hunting with his dad was like taking an ongoing safety course. Brent went out and practiced shooting a lot so when the time came to hunt he could make a nice clean shot. He also practiced a lot with the scouts and his children. Troop 639 in Syracuse had many campouts that involved learning gun safety and practicing. Brent was a Scout leader for almost 25 years and he passed his knowledge of what his father taught him to the boys. “We took them out into the desert 2 to 3 times a year and do shooting campouts.” He also taught them how to prepare for extreme conditions and survive. “I’d tell them what works “If there was gas in and what the truck, we were doesn’t.” Some of going somewhere those young to hunt pheasant, men have duck, rabbit, deer, grown up to elk, or whatever do the same things with was in season.”

their families that Brent has done with his. Brent has also passed his knowledge and passion for hunting to his children. Brent and Julie have five children, which include Heather, Katrina, Tyler, Brent Jr., and Preston. Dealing with poor weather, hiking out with heavy packs, and pushing through the fatigue to get back to camp are just a part of who they are. Whatever it is, “you take care of the problem and go from there,” said Julie. Brent has taken them out hunting the same way his father took each of his children. They have all gotten their own deer, antelope, ducks, and pheasants and several of them love to bow hunt because it’s more challenging. Most hunters can accurately shoot a rifle between 50 to 300 yards whereas the range for bows drops to around 10 to 50 yards. Stalking a deer or elk within archery range takes a lot more stealth and skill. Southern Utah is their family’s favorite place to hunt. Brent and his family stay on the property of their extended family who has a ranch down there. “We’ve been going there since we were kids,” said Brent. Some of the families stay in their trailers while others stay in the bunk house, but no matter where they sleep, the location acts as a home base for their hunts. The ranch has been there for one hundred years but it is an inhospitable place. Their extended family tried raising turkeys, crops, and cattle but it was hard to succeed with the weather turning from one extreme to another. The property has a spring fed pond and several dilapidated buildings, and a few have been fixed up and made livable. Brent’s brother, Troy Justensen, also grew up hunting in the same area and now he is a professional hunting guide and the president of the conservation group Sportsmen for Fish and October 2019 | 17


Brent's sighting of a cougar was very intimidating.

Julie is more naturally drawn to hobbies like sewing, crocheting, and hand crafts, but she loves spending time with Brent too. She knew he wasn’t going to take up any of her hobbies so she figured she would take an interest in his. She surprised him with the news after she passed hunter safety. She wasn’t so sure on her first hunt, but she filled her tag for a cow elk. It was a long shot but she got it! Elk meat is Julie’s favorite. They still occasionally buy chicken and pork, but the family lives off what they harvest from the wilderness from year to year. This family loves spending time with each other. Even if they don’t walk away with their tags filled, they still count it as a success because they were spending time with each other in beautiful wilderness. Sure, sitting on the mountains waiting for an animal to show up can be boring and really cold at times, but patience and perseverance are invaluable virtues, and poignant memories hardly ever come from your comfort zone. Left: These are Brent and Julie's five children, Heather Olsen, Katrina Biggers, Tyler Justensen, Brent Jr. Justensen, and Preston Justensen

Wildlife. “He’s living our dream basically… He spends from August to December on the mountain or traveling somewhere to hunt. He’s gotten really good so he is our judge and he tells us which one to shoot. It’s got to be big enough for him.” Troy helps raise millions of dollars for wildlife conservation. They are consumers of wildlife and contributors who promote transplant programs, habitat restoration, and obtaining the funding to do these things. They have transplanted and established a herd of bighorn sheep not only for the hunting aspect, but for people to enjoy viewing them. 18 | October 2019

OBSERVING A BEAR FIGHT A couple years ago, Brent and a friend were hunting bear in Utah. They were sitting on top of a hill when they saw a mama and her two cubs come in; then they watched a male bear, also called a boar, come in. Boars will kill cubs so the female will go back into heat, but the mama bears won’t let that happen if they can help it. When mama bear saw the boar, she gave a low woofing bark, the cubs ran up a tree, and the fight was on. They fought and chased each other, knocking down trees and anything that got in the way. Brent and his friend stayed hidden on the hill and watched the action from 100 yards away. Finally, mama scared off the threat and she came back to the tree. She barked again, the cubs came down, and she reached out and pulled them off the tree. “That was intense. We’d never seen that before in our lifetime.” A COUGAR ON THE RUN Brent saw a cougar once and it was very intimidating. “That was the best deer flusher I’ve ever seen!” Another hunter spooked the cougar and it tried to get away; it took off into the trees, and the deer came out of those trees in a hurry. the cougar ran across the canyon and got up on top of a rock like a cat does and watched. “It can cross in seconds what would take us minutes.”

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Hundreds of intricately carved pumpkins will line the pathways and be on pyramid displays at Founder’s Park the evenings of Oct 24 through the 26. Some will be carved in true jack-o-lantern style and others will have the outer layer of flesh scraped off to create a pumpkin that glows with elaborate designs. My experience with observing carved pumpkins consists of each pumpkin standing on its own. But when the Pumpkin Walk Committee and their family members carve upwards of 40 pumpkins each, it becomes more about carving with a theme. Characters from The Office, Avengers, Sugar Skulls, Ski Resort logos, and butterflies are a few themes the carvers have used in the past. Uniquely carved pumpkins standing together in a display can be more impressive, or humorous, than each pumpkin on its own. The journey for these pumpkins begins at Black Island Farm. They donate every pumpkin on display at the pumpkin walk which is around 1000 pumpkins each year! The Pumpkin Walk Committee goes out to the patch designated for the pumpkin walk, and collects pumpkins around two weeks before the walk. They bring them home to their families and get a head start on carving. About a week before the event, the Parks and Rec department usually collects the rest of the pumpkins for residents who want to participate in the carving. Residents can check out a pumpkin similar to how one would check out a library book. Do you want to carve one? Call (801)614-9660 to reserve your pumpkin and pick it up on Oct. 18. Residents will take the pumpkin home, carve it, and bring it to the Pumpkin Walk to display for the community. The folks on the Pumpkin Walk Committee have a lot of experience in pumpkin carving and they have learned some tricks over the years. They start carving two weeks before the walk and they’ve learned that keeping the moisture inside the pumpkin is the key to making it last longer. They wait to remove the seeds and stringy insides of the pumpkins until a day or two before they are put on display. Vaseline rubbed over the exposed pumpkin flesh helps lock in moisture. Annice Nixon, who is a committee member and a mother to several others, uses Speedball Linoleum Cutters to carve, which you 20 | October 2019

can purchase on Amazon for around $13 to $15 if you feel inspired by their craft. They etch designs into the pumpkin without breaking into the hollow portion of the pumpkin; this method of carving also helps to hold in moisture too. Cold air also keeps the pumpkins good for a longer amount of time. The Pumpkin Walk you experience today is a notable mark of the Montgomery family legacy. Annice Nixon is one of Chester and Beverley Montgomery’s children who continues to contribute around 30 to 40 carved pumpkins each year. As children, she and her siblings carved pumpkins in their family’s shed, but only after they finished their homework. Today, she spreads a big table cloth down in her basement and gets to work. Jason Child was a neighbor to the Nixon family and got involved with carving in 1983. He stayed involved since then and he and his wife are a part of the Pumpkin Walk Committee today! Their four children, Rilee Barnett who is 19, Billy Child who is 14, Payton Child who is 11, and Emmett Child who is 8, all contribute their ideas and carving skills to the pumpkin walk. The family brings home around 80 pumpkins and they follow a similar pattern to that of the Montgomery’s: homework first, then carve till your heart’s content. Carving isn’t just a one-night project, they work on them day after day during the two weeks until they are completed and the event begins. The Pumpkin Walk Committee carves hundreds of pumpkins each year and consists of family and a couple of neighbors. The Montgomery family lived and had a preschool in West Point and they started a pumpkin walk on their property for their students. As the years went on, they added spooky scenes and different contraptions and invited the neighbors to walk through and enjoy it. It grew and grew in magnitude until visitors started having trouble finding parking. Eventually, Melinda Allred, Annice’s daughter and a Syracuse resident, connected with the city and merged their pumpkin walks into one. Syracuse City hosts the pumpkin walk at Founder’s Park under the condition that the event remains free. So don’t miss this event showcasing the talents and generosity of the people in your community!


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I never paid much attention to October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.

That is, until my own surprise breast cancer diagnosis occurred at the tender age of 32 in March of 2016. At the time of my diagnosis, I had only been married 6 months and was 8 weeks away from graduating with my Master’s Degree. So no, the timing of a cancer diagnosis is never convenient and there is no “good kind” of cancer. One of the most frequently asked questions I’m asked is “How did you discover your cancer?” I wish I could respond with something like, “Through diligent monthly self-exams, of course!” That would not be accurate.  You see, at the time I was diagnosed, I had not done regular self-breast exams since, well…. ever. Despite an intense family history of both breast and ovarian cancer, I can’t say I was overly concerned with my own genetic risk of diagnosis, due to my young age. I figured, per usual medical advice, I’d start breast screenings at age 40.  So, when I randomly felt a palpable, firm lump in my right breast, I sensed this was going to be a problem. I rushed in to see a doctor I had never met before, Dr. Jarin Leavitt with Syracuse Tanner Clinic, who immediately referred me to a general surgeon for further consultation, a mammogram and a needle biopsy.  My husband was always by my side. Our initial fear of a “worst case scenario,” was confirmed roughly a week later. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. Staging was sketchy in the beginning, but we were loosely told I was Stage 2B. No one wants to learn they have cancer (of any kind), but to also hear that your specific tumor type is a “rare, extremely fast growing and aggressive type,” meant I needed equally aggressive treatment for this 3cm, triple negative tumor. 24 | October 2019

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Which for me meant immediate neoadjuvant chemotherapy (16 grueling rounds), a double mastectomy and 34 rounds of radiation. “The kitchen sink,” my oncologist called it. Initially, my cancer diagnosis was a “worst case scenario,” however, we soon learned because of early detection, proper diagnoses, and expert aggressive medical intervention by the “A-Team” of Tanner Clinic, I was lucky to upgrade to “best case scenario.” I know there are many types of cancer, many treatments, and many outcomes, so if I could share one piece of advice with others, without resorting to fear mongering, it would be to eliminate the mentality that cancer can’t, or won’t happen to you. This is a dangerous mind game to play with the silent killer, breast cancer, which so often has few, if any, symptoms. If I’ve learned anything throughout this journey, it’s an observation that cancer is an insidious equal opportunity disease. It does not discriminate. It knows no age restriction, family history of disease predisposition, race, economic status, or educational prowess.

"I needed immediate AGGRESSIVE treatment: immediate neoadjuvant chemotherapy (16 grueling rounds), a double mastectomy and 34 rounds of radiation. “THE KITCHEN SINK,” my oncologist called it." Awareness and early detection is literally the foundation needed in our war against cancer. Take time this October to defend yourself. Get to know your risk factors such as age, family history, and genetic backgrounds better. Defend on all fronts. Adhere to regular breast health screenings and MONTHLY self-breast exams. Speak to your health care provider about breast health and, for your own health, do not procrastinate seeking medical consultation or sharing concerns with your medical provider. No one knows your body like you do. Advocate for its wellness like it’s the only one you’ve got!

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Monster Cupcakes BY HAILEY MINTON Making monster cupcakes is a fun family

tradition. It is just as much about the decorating experience as it is the eating experience. As a kid, I loved coming up with different ways to add freaky looking eyeballs, fangs, and nostrils. I feel confident that you will find as much joy in making monster cupcakes as I did. Feel free to get creative with the candy you include, but just keep in mind, the banana Runts make great horns, fangs, or smiles and the white Good and Plenty make great teeth. Have fun! One box of chocolate cake mix with the additional ingredients required on the box (or make your own favorite cupcake recipe). One container of frosting Runts Good and Plenty Candy Corns M&Ms & Mini M&Ms Fruit Rollups Black gel food coloring (to make the pupils for eyes) 3 or 4 different colors of food coloring Bake cupcakes according to package instructions. After letting them cool, place them in the fridge to chill. Divide your frosting into 3 or 4 containers and mix in your food coloring. Put the variety of candies into separate dishes and use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the fruit roll ups to make tongues or hair. Bring out the cupcakes and set out all the supplies on the table to start decorating! Older kids and adults are probably ok adding their own pupils to the eyeballs of their choice, but I was the designated eyeball maker when my family came over to make these most recently. I dipped a toothpick into the black food coloring gel, wiped it on a Q-tip, pressed the Q-tip onto the candy, and twisted it to make a circle. You can also use Wilton Candy Eyeballs to make things simpler if you’d like! TIP: I learned from a cake decorating friend that gel food coloring lasts WAY longer than the food coloring you find at a regular grocery store. I bought a 12-count package of Wilton Icing colors for $13, and when it arrived, I had a very distinct impression that some of these food coloring containers would outlive me!

Chicken "Boo"dle Soup BY MELISSA SPELTS Halloween Night is filled with lots of candy

and yummy goodies. I TRY to have something healthy to fill my trick or treater’s tummies before I send them out into the neighborhoods. I found this soup on Pinterest and it can get the whole family into the Halloween spirit. Chicken Bouillon - because I am usually rushing to get food on the table I make my broth with bouillon cubes. Follow instructions as to how many cubes you add based on how much soup you want to make. To thicken the broth, mix a table spoon or two of cornstarch with cold water then add to your pot of boiling broth. Shredded Chicken (ghosts) - I precook and shred my chicken before adding it to the broth. Bowtie noodles (bats) - Precook cook the bowtie noodles then place in a big plastic bag. Add 10-15 drops of black food coloring. Zip the bag and shake it. Let noodles sit in black die for an hour or if time permits 24 hours. The longer it sits the better. Rinse noodles before adding them to the chicken broth. This will prevent your soup turning black from the die. I learned this the hard way. Carrots (pumpkins) - Peel your carrots. Cut 2 shallow lines down the length of the carrot about ¼ inch apart from each other to form the pumpkin stem. Take a paring knife and cut towards each side of the stem forming an indent. With your pumpkin shape formed, slice the carrot into little pumpkins. Cook in boiling water for 8 minutes, drain, and add to the chicken broth.

It's all in the details!

Celery (moons) - Wash and slice These pumpkin carrots are the celery into little moons. Cook so festive. in boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain. Add to soup. Serve with cheese and crackers on the side. Eat and Trick or Treat!!!!


Need an edible centerpiece? This is a tradition Melinda Horton had while growing up. It is 3, 6oz boxes peach Jello, 1 can of evaporated milk (fat free), and a few drops of green food coloring. You can get the brain molds online. October 2019 | 29


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Zhang's Chinese Kitchen

Marriot- Slaterville 380 N 2000 W Ogden, UT 84404, (801) 732- 8388 North Ogden 2586 N 400 E, Ogden, UT 84414 (801) 737-3393


One of my favorite Halloween traditions growing up was eating at a local Chinese restaurant with my family. After a cold, long night of

trick-or-treating there was nothing we loved more (other than eating the hardearned candy) than to treat ourselves to a delicious hot plate of sweet and sour chicken. I remember the way my dad’s face lit up when his food arrived and how my taste buds danced in my mouth with each delicious bite. As time went on, our favorite Chinese restaurant closed, and our tradition came to a stop. There just wasn’t a Chinese restaurant that compared to this one. At least that is what I thought, until a few years ago when I came across Zhang’s Chinese Kitchen.

after opening their doors, business was buzzing, keeping Hong busy in the kitchen and Maria on her toes in the bustling dining area. After 12 years of business, they are still going strong, thanks to the support of the community. I remember the first time I ate at Zhang’s with my husband a few years ago. I remember how impressed I was at the flavors of Zhang’s food and how good everything looked and smelled. I even remember telling my husband how nice it was to finally eat at a restaurant where we didn’t have to yell at each other to communicate because the music was too loud. Their music was calm and added to our whole dining experience. They make sure to please all your senses at Zhang’s.

This week, my husband and I had another great dining experience at Zhang’s. At my husband’s request, our server, Anthony, surprised us with some of Zhang’s most popular dishes. The food was displayed beautifully on the plate, like works of art, and my mouth watered at first glance. The assortment consisted of dumplings dipped in their special sauce; Crab Cheese Wontons dipped in a sweet and sour sauce; Szechwan Beef (my husband’s obsession); and a dish I have never tried before, called Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli. I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet flavor A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE! Our dishes, selected of the shrimp. It was sweet by our waiter Anthony at our request, were presented well and but not too sweet, breaded tasted amazing. The flavors were a delicious combination of but not too breaded, and sweet and spicy and I was already planning my next visit. Zhang’s Chinese Kitchen has 2 locations, one in North Ogden and the other in Marriot-Slaterville. The owners, Hong and Maria, started serving Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine in their restaurant in August of 2007. Almost immediately

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the flavor was just right. I couldn’t get over favorites how good all the food tasted; I was already Walnut Shrimp looking forward with Broccoli to eating the leftovers. I had to make that Szechwan Beef Tender beef in a food last at least spicy sauce another day, and my husband was thinking the same thing. He said he was actually excited for work the next day, knowing he would have Szechwan Beef to eat for lunch. CRAB CHEESE WONTONS with a sweet

Zhang’s has a and sour sauce. wide variety of food choices, including gluten free options. Their food is made fresh daily, contains no MSG, and they have recently added new items to their menu. I highly recommend eating at Zhang’s. Their food is DE-LICIOUS, and their service is excellent.

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