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Merry Christmas! Festival of Lights now on display Bank of AF

collecting new stuffed animals

By Elaine Hansen Special Events Spanish Fork City The Festival of Lights, now in its 24th year of operation in Spanish Fork, is bigger and better than ever. As one of the only “drive-through” Christmas lights displays in Utah County, it carries the distinction of being the best deal in the area. Most drive-through lighting experiences charge $20 per car, but at the Festival of Lights, residents can bring the whole family and anyone else that can fit into their car for $7 per carload. Or they can bring a large passenger van or any vehicle towing a trailer for $20 or a bus for $30. Last year, the festival featured the North Wind blowing hard and changing its fairytale castle in a “Frozen” castle. It was extremely popular, so that display has been included again this year. Every year, the festival is made more brilliant as more and more fixtures are refittted with LED bulbs. There are a myriad of themes through-

Photo by Stephen Parsons

Spanish Fork City’s Festival of Lights is now open in Canyon View Park. The drive-through Christmas light displays include a “Frozen” castle and Santa’s candy cane factory.

out the park where visitors can enjoy Santa’s candy cane factory, Dickens-style villagers, cowboys and lots of friendly flying geese, grazing deer, jumping frogs and butting rams. The beautiful pond boasts sea monsters, swans and other aquatic

themes. The Festival of Lights will open every evening at 6 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. through New Year’s Day. The festival is located in Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd., Spanish Fork.

Bank of American Fork is sponsoring the 17th annual Project Teddy Bear, a stuffed-animal drive that benefits at-risk children at the Utah Valley Family Support & Treatment Center, the Salt Lake Valley Family Support Center and the Family Connection Center in Clearfield. Through the project, stuffed animals are given to children during times of trauma and to aid in play therapy sessions. Last year, Bank of American Fork employees, customers and community members collected 18,831 stuffed animals. This year’s goal is to surpass 4,000 new stuffed animals, which will allow every child served at the family-support centers and other organizations to receive one. See BANK on page A3

Utah Valley Handbell Choir plans concert By Ginny Ackerson

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is celebrating its 25th birthday by having a sale with 25 percent off everything in its Spanish Fork and Orem stores Dec. 1-3.

Public invited to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores By Rick McBride Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of retail prices. Habitat for Humanity of Utah County owns and operates two ReStore locations in Utah County, and proceeds are used to build homes in the local community. The public is always welcome to shop and donate. Habitat ReStores need your donations to keep the Habitat mission alive. Habitat

ReStores are great for the community because they help keep usable material out of our landfills, provide a place for affordable options, and help recycle metal and paint. ReStores have a wonderful paint program. They sell paint that has been remixed and tested at a fraction of the cost and they keep thousands of gallons of unused paint out of the landfills. Go to www. for locations. Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is celebrating its 25th birthday by having many activities all this year. One celebration will be held at both ReStores Dec. See RESTORE on page A3

The Utah Valley Handbell Choir will present a Christmas concert at the Springville Museum of Art on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Springville Arts Commission, is free to the public and seating is first come, first served. The Utah Valley Handbell Ringers are a volunteer performing handbell choir with members who share one thing in common: the love of handbells and the music they produce. The group practices together weekly with the goals of performing the highest quality handbell music possible and sharing their incredible sound with people everywhere. As a community group, the Ringers can appear at an unlimited variety of venues including churches, corporate parties, firesides, festivals and talent competitions. In 1999, they were honored to perform during the worship service at the world-famous Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim, Calif. The Ringer’s director, Karen Eskew-Wyllie, began playing the bells years ago in Florida. She and her husband Neil moved to Springville in 1991 where she became director of a small church handbell group that eventually became the Utah Valley Handbell Choir. Over the years, the group has grown in both size and expertise to consistently produce outstanding music at each concert. Eskew-Wyllie has made it her personal mission to share the unique sounds of the handbell with concert goers throughout Utah and beyond. Cast of bronze (copper and tin), the

Utah Valley Handbell Choir

bells are each tuned to a single tone. When rung together or in succession, they produce melodies full of rich tones. The ringers must wear gloves to protect the delicate metal surface because once damaged, a bell must be melted down and recast. The black and white handles are comparable to the black and white keys on a piano and denote the sharps and flats of a note. At this year’s Springville concert, the group will perform a variety of Christmas favorites. The choir has produced CDs of handbell music that will be available for sale during the concert. The handbell choir can be reached through its website at They were featured in a Pizza Hut video which can be watched at watch?v=EtaETOfIegA. Also as part of the museum’s Sunday Concert Series, Hat Trick Trio will perform at the Springville Museum of Art on Jan. 15, 2017. This instrumental trio consists of April Clayton on flute, David Wallace playing viola and Kristi Shade performing on the harp.



Commissioner seeks input on potential tax increase It has been an honor to serve as your commissioner the past two years. There are a lot of things happening in Utah County and we need to make sure that we are planning appropriately for the future. During this recent budget season, we have realized that the county has been accomplishing many great things. The question before us is to decide whether to continue on the current service level that we are at or whether or not we should cut some services. I am asking all citizens to weigh in on this over the next year. The county cannot continue its level of service on the current funds and would appear to need discussion on a slight tax increase slight meaning $5 month on the average $300,000 home value. That would allow the county to function on its current level for the next 15 to 20 years without change to the rates. The county has not raised taxes since the mid ‘80s. Only cities and school districts have. The misconception in this is that growth takes care of the budget shortfalls. That is partially true; however, if taxes had an inflationary adjustment on them, then we would never need to raise taxes. Since

opinions rather than just guessing. With the growth like it is, our staff has done a tremendous job of keeping up with recordings of deeds, plats, etc. In fact, our county website has 250,000 to 500,000 hits on the records website each day. That is just one small part of how growth is impacting your county government. The reasons for this discussion are simple. The inflation rate has increased more than 100 percent since the last rate change. Things are costing more, and that’s why we need to decide what type of government from the county that we as the people want to have. I am available for

all residents to discuss this at any time you would like. We have continued to run this county on the principle of “we do more with less.” We are not looking to change that in any way. We are trying to continue with the great traditions of the past while giving the people the government that they want. I hope that you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and let me serve you the way you would like. Thanks again for the continued honor to serve you all. I can be reached at 801-851-8136. Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves

Greg Graves the cost of living generally increase every year, so does the cost of government. We continue to scrutinize every dollar that we spend, it is just time that the people get more involved with the county government so that we can represent your

Payson Civic Chorale plans Christmas concert Dec. 18 The Payson Civic Chorale will present a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Payson South Stake Center, 711 S. 600 E., Payson. Admission is free. For over 30 years, the members of Payson Civic Chorale been meeting weekly to rehearse together. They have

performed in concerts all over the country including New York, New Orleans, Nauvoo, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and many others. Their director David Dahlquist has led them since their first rehearsal. His passion for musical excellence motivates the singers to create a thrilling experience for all who listen.

Photo by Betty Davis

Springville American Legion Post 28 visited five assisted living veterans homes in Springville and Mapleton for Veteran’s Day and gave each veteran a veteran-style cap for their service in the Armed Forces. The homes visited in Springville were Canterbury, Reids Park Place, Ashford and Stonehenge. In Mapleton, the legion members visited The Abbington. All the Veterans said they will enjoy the caps. Shown above at The Abbington home are Legion members Commander Fred Hurst, Richard Money and Keith Davis.

Letter to the Editor The powers of social media Statica found 68 percent of the world uses social media, providing opportunities for marketers to reach potential customers as well as for people to share talents and stay connected with friends and family. Social media can also be a trap for superficiality, breeding negativity and hindering face-to-face interactions. People post to make others jealous, people get jealous and people make themselves look different on social media than in reality. A cycle is created where envy drives someone to share a post to make themselves appear better off than they really are. This can cause the growth of envy in another person, and the cycle continues. What starts this cycle? The positive or negative emotions of billions of users

with biased opinions, personal experiences or misinformation. For example, people have posted negative comments about the Brigham Young University football season, saying BYU has fallen below expectations and shouldn’t be excited about a bowl game. These opinions cause anger instead of happiness for the success of the BYU program. As you can see, it’s much easier to communicate with others via thumb then tongue. This builds a wall that decreases the quality of genuine face-to-face interactions. Why? It is simply easier. It allows a person to hide or expose who they really are. To conclude, social media can be a great tool to share anything with anyone; however, it creates a cycle opening the door to share opinions and experiences but closes the door for quality face-to-face interactions. Nathan Larsen Provo



Residents can drop off new stuffed animals at Utah County Bank of American Fork branches as part of Project Teddy Bear, a stuffed-animal drive that benefits at-risk children.

BANK Continued from Page A1 The crisis centers can only accept new bears this year because of their health codes. “We are fortunate to have so many people who care in the communities we serve and thank them for their past participation. We are asking those in our communities to help Bank of American Fork meet its goal of collecting 4,000 new teddy bears. Visit a toy store with your family and pick out a

Christmas trees once known as humble conifers RESTORE By Ed Helmick The evergreen conifer such as the spruce, pine or fir tree has been associated with the celebration of Christmas. These trees, as the name implies, keep their green, needle-like leaves throughout the year. This is in contrast to deciduous trees like aspen trees that lose their foliage during the winter months. Evergreens do lose their leaves as the leaves age and are replaced, but they do not lose their leaves seasonally all at once. The result is a tree that is green all year. Another interesting feature of the evergreen conifer is their branches with needle-like leaves slope downward to shed the weight of winter snow. The name evergreen is obvious, but what about the name conifer? Where does the conifer come from? We have all seen pine cones on pine trees, and that is how they reproduce to grow new trees. The name conifer comes from the Latin word

conis for cone and ferre meaning to bear. A conifer tree is one that bears cones. Evergreen conifer trees grow in all 50 states including Hawaii. The next question is, how did the evergreen conifer become known as the Christmas tree? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “the use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garland to symbolize eternal life was a custom of ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian custom of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for birds during Christmas time. The Christmas tree tradition as we know it today evolved from 16th century Germany and spread across Europe and then through immigrants to Canada and the United States. Now when we take the kids to the forest, they call conifers Christmas trees.

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1 through 3. They will be having a huge sale with 25 percent off everything in both stores. There will be refreshments, drawings and giveaways. Come and help them celebrate and take advantage of these huge savings on building material, paint, hardware, furniture, flooring and more. The sale will be at the Spanish Fork ReStore, located at 253 W. Arrowhead Trail, and the Orem ReStore, located at 340 S.

bear. Talk to your children and help them choose a stuffed animal and give them the opportunity to donate it at a branch,” said Richard Beard, Bank of American Fork CEO. “Each bear you donate is critical, but each represents an at-risk child here in Utah. We want a teddy bear in the arms of every child who needs one.” To donate to Project Teddy Bear, drop off a new stuffed animal to any of Bank of American Fork’s 14 locations throughout Salt Lake, Utah, Davis and Washington counties through Dec. 13, including the branch located at 625 N. Main in Spanish Fork.

Orem Blvd. Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is committed to eliminating poverty housing and homelessness in Utah County by building, renovating and repairing simple, decent homes with area residents in need of affordable housing. There are many ways that anyone can help celebrate Habitat’s 25th birthday. In fact, if you go to, there is a list of 25 ways that you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. Habitat is currently working on three homes in Provo, American Fork and Orem.



The Springville Rotary Club is ready to raze the roof By Jeff Carter For generations, the Brookside Drive area in Springville has been what you might call a neighborhood of “starter homes.” Starter homes, of course, are usually where young couples build or buy a home and begin to raise children with the intent to move on to something bigger in the future. Many Brookside Drive residents for years seem to have not gotten that memo, and their starter homes have become places where they actually end up putting down their roots. Such is the case with Joy Hoppe, a resident of Brookside Drive now for 33 years. She and her husband Dale moved into their home in 1983. Dale passed away in 2010 and Joy now lives there with her special needs son Donald, daughter Linda, granddaughter Nikki and great-grandchildren Selena and Armani. Their cozy little home, which was built

around the time of World War II, now is naturally in need of some upkeep. Their most urgent need is a new roof. The Springville chapter of the Rotary Club has heard the call and is ready to assist Joy and her family by providing materials, labor and funds to fix the roof. Jake Harwood, the president of the Rotary Club, explained that besides the service they have provided the community in the past like Sunday in the Park, which raises funds for scholarships, the club is focused on the needs of individuals in the area like Joy. Many Rotary members will donate time and labor to totally replace Hoppe’s roof. Spencer Measom and his company Park Place Construction will donate man hours to remove and replace the old roof, with Measom acting as manager on this project. Rick Salisbury of Salisbury Homes is donating to this and other similar projects. SUNROC Building Materials and Build-

Each year, the Springville Senior Center presents the Golden Eagle Award to one person who has shown exemplary service. This year the award was presented to Dick Wiley, who has volunteered for 36 years. Through the years he has been a bus driver, tour director and meal coordinator and assisted with building construction. He is currently the aerobics instructor, a position he has served in for more than 15 years. This is no small feat for a man who just turned 91 years old. The award was presented by Springville City Councilman Rick Child during the annual Thanksgiving Party at the senior center.

WIth the help of the Springville Rotary Club and donors, a resident of Brookside Drive in Springville will receive a needed new roof.

er’s Supply are providing roofing and construction materials. Because of all the generous donations of time and materials, Harwood said, the total cost of the project

will be a fraction of what their estimates were. Weather permitting, the Rotary Club is set to begin the project this month.



Tony Oxborrow wins free 2017 RootsTech tuition By Ginny Ackerson Congratulations to Tony Oxborrow who was the lucky winner of the RootsTech tuition contest on Nov. 15. He will be able to attend all days of the RootsTech conference scheduled February 8 through 11, 2017. He can also choose from more than 200 classes covering a wide spectrum of knowledge and expertise given by experts in their fields. The Expo Hall at RootsTech will have hundreds of vendors and inventions relating to family history that Oxborrow can explore in his off time. There are many events that he can choose from to enjoy, two of which are on Friday; the innova-

tor showdown where inventors are judged and awarded prizes for their family history products, and the Cultural Celebration, “Celebrate Your Heritage.” Special keynote speakers will include Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss), LaVar Burton and Jonathan and Drew Scott. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, is the free LDS Family Discovery Day that features President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, who will address the attendees along with Hank Smith, Vai Sikahema and Kalani Sitake. Go to to register and explore more fully what is being offered at Family Discovery Day.

Tony and Marilyn Oxborrow

Volunteers helped put together Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need on Nov. 19 in Spanish Fork.

Thanksgiving baskets given to local families in need By Alison Norman It was a very happy Thanksgiving for some very deserving families in our community. Thanks to Tabitha’s Way and some local business partners, more than 320 turkey baskets were handed out at the Veterans Memorial Building in Spanish Fork on Saturday, Nov. 19. The American Fork Tabitha’s Way also handed out turkey baskets. This will feed more than 1,280 people a Thanksgiving dinner who may not have had one. Vouchers for turkey baskets were handed out through Nebo, Provo and Alpine school districts, WIC, Mountainland Headstart, DCFS and Promise. They were given to families in need. In order to get a turkey basket, individuals had to provide a voucher and a picture ID. Volunteers starting arriving as early as 8 a.m. to help get tables set up and organized the food so it would be ready by the time families started arriving at 12:30 p.m. Families were greeted where they showed their voucher and picture ID; they then sat in chairs until a volunteer was ready to help them collect their food. Volunteers and families then walked around the tables and put the cans of food in a

bag. When everything was collected, the volunteer then helped the family out to their car, then came in and helped another family. All baskets were 100 percent donated. Baskets included a turkey, a disposable roasting pan, cranberry sauce, yams, corn, green beans, instant potatoes, stuffing, gravy packets, rolls and a choice of pumpkin, sugar-free apple or sweet potato pie. They also included some recipes. There were many feelings when you walked into the Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday. The volunteers were excited to greet each family. They sincerely wanted to help those families who were in need. The families that came in were grateful that someone cared enough to want to help them out for Thanksgiving. Volunteers Bob, Cindy and their granddaughter Rilighey, age 13, said they love doing this every year and it’s amazing to see all the people. In December, Tabitha’s Way will be serving a Christmas dinner for families in need. Each child under the age of 18 will receive a gift. Volunteers are needed to help with the dinner. If you would like to volunteer, email Melissa Prins at



Johnson Tire Pros is Business of the Month

Tabitha’s Way provides help for those in need in the community.

Tabitha’s Way is Sp. Fork chamber’s November Business of the Month Tabitha’s Way of Spanish Fork has been named the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s November Business of the Month. Wendy Osborne, the owner of Tabitha’s Way, saw a need for the people of Spanish Fork and put her whole heart into opening Tabitha’s Way. With a lot of hard work, Osborne has done some amazing things for the people of Spanish Fork. Tabitha’s Way got its start when God put it on Wendy’s heart that help was needed for the less fortunate in southern Utah County. After much prayer and fast-

ing, Osborne decided to quit her successful career in telecommunications and start Tabitha’s Way. The organization provides a food pantry for those in need. Tabitha’s initially started in a small space at 200 N. 37 West in Spanish Fork. After a little more than a year, Tabitha’s moved to its current location at 140 N. Main. Today, Tabitha’s provides food and supplies to an average of 5,000 individuals monthly. They recognize that the ability to provide these services comes through the support of the community and countless businesses.

The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that our Business of the Month is Johnson Tire Pros. Johnson Tire is a family-owned and operated business located at 610 N. Main in Springville. They will soon be celebrating 93 years of serving the community. Founder C. Edwin Johnson began the business in 1924 and it has remained in the family since. Johnson Tire Pros is currently being operated by great-grandsons Jeff Jackson and Riley Johnson. Stop by soon and see what great customer service and professional tire and car service is all about.

Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce chooses board for 2017 By Heather Youd The Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual board of directors elections. Katrina Kimball ran unopposed for the president-elect position and will serve as the chamber president in 2018. Kimball is the owner of Sego Lily Soap on Main Street in Spanish Fork. She has served on the current chamber board for the last year and has been a wonderful addition to the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber had 13 exceptional candidates willing to serve on the board of directors for 2017; however, only seven positions were available. After sending the vote out to the en-

tire Spanish Fork and Salem chamber, the top seven candidates were chosen to fill the vacancies on the board. The following were chosen (in no particular order) by fellow members of the chamber: Adam Walker (Walker Funeral Home), Brady Amundson (Servpro of Provo), Dawn Davis (Gunnerson Dental), Kevin Dunn (Big O Tires), Scott Rasband (Chick-fil-A), Susan Taylor (Susan’s Hair Design) and Wendy Osborne (Tabitha’s Way). We would like to congratulate our winners and thank them for their willingness to serve our chamber and the community for their two-year board term. Should any board member be unable to complete their two-year term, a replacement will be chosen from those candidates not elected.



Sego Lily Soap earns honor Business wins parade award

Congratulations to Sego Lily Soap, the December Business of the Month for the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. Katrina Kimball is the owner and soapmaker of Sego Lily Soap. They formulate each batch of soap entirely by hand, carefully selecting each ingredient for the qualities it will add to the finished bar. They use the traditional Cold Process or Hot Process method of soapmaking. It’s kind of like our great-grandmothers used to do but so much better. Kimball enjoys the sense of community and the pioneer heritage we share with others in our area. This is why she has chosen a sego lily to represent their family business. It symbolizes a source of life, faith, beauty and strength. The early pioneers had to eat the bulb of the flower to ward off starvation when food was scarce. It was a sacred plant in Native American legend. The sego lily is a rare beauty that thrives in the our harsh desert land. Sego Lily Soap is located at 122 N. Main in Spanish Fork. Pictured above are Katrina Kimball and Pamela Tree at Sego Lily Soap.

Chamber sails with Moana on Small Business Saturday The Payson & Santaquin Area Chamber of Commerce took to the high seas to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 with a special screening of the film “Moana” at Stadium Cinemas in Payson. With much-needed donations to the Agape Community Center as the price of admission for this event, this was a great opportunity for families to give back and have a

Salem Hills students learn pitfalls of credit cards By Marissa Shields Students from Salem Hills High School received a special lesson about identity theft and credit recently from Bryan Halverson, financial center manager at Zions Bank, in honor of National Get Smart About Credit Day. Halverson taught the lesson to 11th- and 12th-graders in Laurie Hanson’s classroom on Nov. 3 and 4. The financial outreach program comes at a time when young adults are taking a conservative approach to credit cards. Skittish about borrowing seven years after the Great Recession, only 33 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 say they have one, according to a 2016 Bankrate Money Pulse survey. “We’re teaching students that having a credit card can help young adults build their credit histories, they just have to be prudent about spending within their means,” Halverson said. “It’s good for us to reach high school students before they graduate to remind them that their credit reports reflect their choices and impact their borrowing options down the road.” Zions Bank employees like Halverson are teaching nearly 1,500 students in Utah and Idaho about using credit wisely and budgeting in honor of National Get Smart About Credit Day, an American Bankers Association program. To further help students learn skills in finance, Zions Bank offers a free online game, Celebrity Calamity, at Players are tasked with managing money for a spendthrift celebrity they have to help get out of debt. Students in Idaho and Utah ages 14 through 19 can play the game and be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a $250 savings account.

great time doing it. “The tickets were gone in only a few days,” said Lorene Moore of the chamber board. “This is such a great community. Even when the tickets were gone, people were still bringing items. Thank you to everyone who participated. We’re excited to make this an annual event.”

Congratulations to Tony’s Window Cleaning for winning the Brad Ford Award for Creative Excellence at the Winterlights Parade in Spanish Fork on Nov. 25. Thanks to the Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the parade, Spanish Fork 17 for filming, Spanish Fork City and Spanish Fork Police for helping make it a great holiday event.



The Wolf: Utah County’s newest radio station By Ted Hallisey Utah County residents now have their very own country music station at 93.7 on the FM dial. KKUT 93.7 The WOLF is now playing all of Utah Counties favorite country music hits. Kick your morning into high gear with the Country Music Association award-winning morning show host team of Big D and Bubba followed by continuous country favorites all day and night. Doug Barton is the owner of Mid Utah Radio and is happy to bring radio back to Utah County. Barton has dreamed of bringing radio back to Utah County for a long time and has fulfilled his dream with 93.7 The WOLF. Barton worked in radio in Utah County while he was a student at Brigham Young University. He was disappointed as he saw many current metro radio stations start out in Provo only to move north to Salt Lake City. Barton is pleased to be able to bring radio back to Utah County so residents can do business in Utah County, listen to music in Utah County and enjoy life right here at home in Utah County. The radio personalities at 93.9 The WOLF will make you feel like you are right at home, too. Country with Carson

will bring you music during the afternoons and lead into the evening drive hosted by The Big Cat Daddy. Night time hours will feature the Taste of Country Nights with Sam Alex. Mid Utah Radio is also home to six other radio stations including EAGLE 98.3 – The WOLF 97.7 Country – KMTI News & country music with studios in Manti along with KSVC News & talk and CLASSY easy listening hits from studios in Richfield. Mid Utah Radio delivers music to most of central and southern Utah with a collection of boosters and transmitters located across the state. So tune into Utah County’s newest local radio station on 93.7 The WOLF and hear continuous country favorites. You can also download the 93.7 The WOLF mobile app for your smartphone or listen to the live stream at *** Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. - George Washington

I found the beef: It’s in the sandwiches at Italian Place


By Amy Baird

ou know how sometimes when you go to a sandwich place, you order a sandwich expecting a lot of meat but when it comes out there are only two thin slices of meat on it? You wanted a sandwich with meat, not vegetables with a little bit of meat. Or a huge bun with a little bit of meat. Then you’re just plain disappointed. I am the type of girl who orders double meat on my sandwiches because there never seems to be enough meat on there. That is, until I went to the Italian Place. If I ordered double meat at the Italian Place, it would be impossible to take a bite, and I would need a fork because the meat would be too thick. The Italian Place is the place to go when you want a meaty, delicious sandwich. Ok, I feel like I need to clear up something really quick. If you read the sign “Italian Place” when cruising, you may think that they serve Italian food like spaghetti, rigatoni or lasagna. Nope. Not that kind of Italian. We are talking steak and cheese sandwiches that will definitely fill you up because they are laden with delicious thin-sliced steak. They have three sizes: half (5”), full (8”) and MONSTER (12”). Even the smallest could easily fill you up. So let’s go through the options. Steak and Cheese (steak and provolone cheese) is your basic. Lots of juicy, delicious steak combined with some provolone cheese. Served on a nice French bread roll that is hardy enough to hold all the meatiness without being overpowering. One of my pet peeves is when the sandwich is more roll than meat. Next option, steak and everything: take the steak and cheese and add on some mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and fresh tomatoes. They only use the freshest ingredients, so everything is just delicious. My personal favorite is the Philly and Everything, which is the steak and everything WITH cream cheese instead of the provolone. So you have these thin slices of steak that are coated with creamy

Delectable Dining cream cheese, and then you add in the sautéed onions, mushrooms, green peppers and those fresh, crisp tomatoes. Then you have the nice crusty bun, and it is just perfection. I just love the creaminess of it all. If you want to add some more dimensions of flavor to your steak sandwich, they have the Thor sandwich, which adds in some delicious A1 steak sauce for all those A1 fans out there. The Zeus kicks it up a notch with steak, pastrami, banana peppers, tomatoes, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. They have some other variations like turkey, ham or pastrami sandwiches. They also make salads like the Everything Steak Salad and the Everything Turkey Salad. The great thing is that you customize everything. You can even add a fried egg on top if you’d like. One option that has a pretty big fan base is the Jalapeno Ranch if you are a fan of spicy. I’m not normally a fan of spicy food, but it was pretty creamy and delicious. To go with your sandwich, you can choose a side salad or a variety of chips. They also have some pretty amazing garlic cheese bread that comes out toasty with melted cheese. For dessert, you can have a rich, chewy brownie with chocolate chips or chocolate chip cookies. So if you find yourself craving an extraordinary steak and cheese sandwich, head on over to The Italian Place. It’s located at 749 N. Main in Spanish Fork. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The owners are Paul and Cathy Brown. The general manager in Spanish Fork is Shawn Stoneman. He’s a pretty great guy and will make sure that you are taken care of. The Italian Place has been around since 1972 and they also have locations in Provo and Lindon as well as a food truck and catering.



Clive Romney to perform at free concert on Jan. 4 Clive Romney will perform at the Springville Senior Center, 65 E. 200 South, Springville, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at 6 p.m. All are invited and there is no charge for admission. Clive Romney wears many hats - as an organizer, he is executive director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts and serves on the board of directors for the Utah Arts Council and the Digital Media Advisory Board for Utah Valley University. As a recording producer, he has produced more than 130 albums and thousands of other recordings, jingles, demos, theme songs and A/V soundtracks engineered in his Pitchfork Studio. He is currently producing 30 Legacy Series Art Books/CDs for Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts. As a composer and songwriter, he has Springville Junior High School students Kate Southern and Austin Ewell are more than 500 published works. He wrote shown with Springville City Councilman Jason Miller. The two students were prethe lyrics for the “Swan Princess” animatsented with Mayor’s Recognition Awards at a city council meeting in November. ed films II and III and for the forthcoming “Princess Christmas” film, the music and lyrics for “Over the Edge of the Grand Canyon” (commissioned by the National Parks Service), music for the new Nauvoo Visitors Center show “High Hopes and Riverboats” and more. Romney also scored and wrote the theme song for the documentary film “The Jonathan Heaton Springville Junior High School of the box. Austin was nominated by for- Story” and narrated another documentary. ninth-graders Kate Southern and Aus- mer teacher Adrienne Murray. She writes, As a teacher, he has taught songwriting tin Ewell received the Springville May- “Austin is an amazing young man who and music business classes at Brigham or’s Recognition Award at November’s brings joy to the people he interacts with. Young University as well as guitar, songSpringville City Council meeting. Both He is charismatic, friendly, outgoing, kind writing and arranging for Salt Lake Comstudents are excellent examples in reach- and thoughtful.... Austin is willing he help munity College and the University of Utah ing out and making a difference in other’s everyone.” Extension Division. lives. We are so grateful for these students’ As a performer, he has more than 4,700 Kate was nominated by SJHS Dean of examples and congratulate their parents performances to his credit, both solo and Students Shauna Shepherd for her role as well: Janelle and Michael Southern and with the groups Enoch Train, Caboose, in establishing a “Bully Box” at SJHS Allison and Wayne Ewell. Nominations Willingly, Grouse Creek Lily and other ento help address concerns students might for Mayor’s Recognition Awards may be sembles. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin, have. Kate helped create posters and an- made at: banjo, accordion, percussion, dam tranh, nouncements so students would be aware or-recognition-award/.

Junior high students receive mayor’s awards

Funds being raised to aid paralyzed accident victim By Jamielynn Field Marshall Burningham had a tragic accident early on the morning of Nov. 9 when he stumbled and fell over the railing at his apartment, falling 60 feet and landing on concrete. It is by the grace of God he is still with us; however, as you can imagine, he was severely injured. Marshall broke his C4 vertebra, leaving him a quadriplegic. His spinal cord was injured but not severed, so we are hopeful he will be able to recover, though we understand it will be a long road. We are extremely grateful Marshall is still with us and his beautiful brain wasn’t injured in the fall. One summer, Marshall’s inner super hero came out in a time of crisis. “When Marshall was home for summer break from BYU, he was in his bedroom looking out the window as a fire started across the street. He jumped up and ran out of the house,” explained Cindy. Marshall began “banging on the neighbors door; they were asleep and by time they got to the door, the flames were reaching the house.” The flames were so close, the neighbors needed to drive through the flames to escape the danger. “All this happened in a few short minutes. He saved these neighbors

lives,” Cindy said. At the time, Marshall was featured in a news article about the experience. Marshall said he didn’t even think about what was happening; he just knew what to do. Marshall has many people rooting for him as he struggles through his recovery. Brittany Burningham Field, Marshall’s older sister, created a Facebook page, “Prayers for Marshall,” so everyone can stay connected with Marshall during this time. “I truly don’t know why this happened to my sweet-hearted brother, but I know he is a fighter. I know that he will get to the point he will be able to live a happy and fulfilling life. I will be there every step of the way,” Brittany said. A GoFundMe account has been set up to try and raise money to help cover Marshall’s medical expenses. It can be found at

Clive Romney

bodhran and various other ethnic instruments and “just enough piano to get into trouble.” As a storyteller, he is a passionate purveyor of pioneer portrayals in story and song with a storytelling DVD titled “Stories from the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.” He recently was a featured teller at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Old Capitol Arts and Living History Festival and the Panguitch Lake Fall Festival. As a recording artist, he has two albums on Heritage Arts Recordings: “What I See” and “Set in Stone,” the latter with his band Willingly.



Considering gifts? Give a good book this Christmas

I A converted shipping container helped Payson firefighters to train on how to handle fires that reach very high temperatures.

Payson firefighters train in flashover behavior By Steve Parsons The Payson City Fire Department has completed its annual training in the “hot house.” The Utah Fire and Rescue Academy ( conducts the training all across the state. The flashover trailer they bring is meant to help emergency responders witness fire and flashover behavior. The converted shipping container reaches temperatures well over 300 degrees inside during the roughly 30-minute stay for the trainees. Flashover occurs usually between 900 and 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and is not survivable for more than a few seconds even with

protective gear. That is why this type of training is so important toward the goal of saving lives. Flashover is when temperatures reach a high enough point that secondary gases and virtually the whole room suddenly are engulfed in flames. Firefighters learn to observe and track fire conditions as the fire progresses. They also practice specific techniques to minimize and control flashover while in the trailer. Hats off to our emergency responders for putting themselves in this difficult and dangerous situation in order to further their own skills for serving us. Payson Fire Department certainly knows how to “Serve Daily.”

By Debbie Balzotti

t’s time to buy books for Christmas. Books are the perfect gift, but it does take a little sleuthing to perfectly pair a book with a reader. In “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George, bookshop owner Jean Perdu is a literary apothecary who prescribes novels. “There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies — I mean books — that were written for one person only.... A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.” Perdu has suffered the tragic loss of his beloved Manon. Twenty years later, he is still emotionally paralyzed and unable to find a book to heal his own broken heart. As events and people change his life, he is slowly able to find joy and love again as he journeys along the waterways of southern France. Part of the enjoyment of reading “The Little Paris Bookshop” is the unfolding of the plot, so I won’t spoil that for you with details. A few of my favorite characters are Max Jordan and Catherine. Young Max wears earmuffs to help insulate himself against the noisy praise from fans of his wildly popular first novel. The Italian chef is also searching for his lost love as he prepares savory meals aboard the barge. The lovely Catherine, who is herself recovering from a broken relation-

Book Look ship, joins team Perdu on his journey to find the ability to love and forgive. I love a book with a happy, hopeful ending – even if there are a few tears shed in earlier chapters. This book had a great cast of characters, a setting that begins in Paris and travels through southern France, and a plot with mystery and romance. It’s a great choice to give the women on your Christmas list along with a lavender-scented candle. And French chocolate. Or a ticket to France. Since we don’t have Monsieur Perdu and his floating barge to help us select the perfect book for Christmas giving, you could just revisit my BookLook reviews online at features/column/booklook/. *** Where liberty is, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin



Local artist Fred Mertlich to host studio art sale Fred Mertlich is inviting the public to come to his art studio garage sale, located at 412 N. 600 East in Springville, on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prints of more than 200 works of art will be offered as well as a collection of greeting cards featuring Mertlich’s art work. This will be an excellent opportunity to find that unique gift not available in retail stores. Items will be priced to sell. He will do commissioned art work of visitors home, barn, vehicles, etc. at their request. Mertlich was born and reared in Utah. After a stint in the Navy and an education at Utah State University, he spent 40-plus years in the Pacific Northwest as a high school counselor and college educator. After retiring the first time, he moved back to Utah where he worked as a teacher educator for Utah Valley University and the

State of Utah. Then he retired for the final time. In 2001, he began his “hobby career” as an illustrator of classic public buildings, pioneer homes, LDS temples and antique automobiles. Mertlich and his wife Suzanne live in Springville where he has his studio. It was built with the proceeds from the sale of a 1953 Dodge pickup that he and others restored. He said that it filled the measure of its re-creation. Many of the vehicles in his illustrations he has owned and restored. Mertlich’s unique style in his art work, whether it depicts an antique car, a temple or a pioneer home, centers around the detail of the object. Great care is taken to present the illustration as near to scale as possible. Then an added background of soft greys lends a “ghost effect” as a contrast in the art work. A common

Beehive Homes Community Spotlight: Carol Barrett Every community has people in it that make it great. I’m talking about salt-ofthe-earth kind of people. Join us as each month as we highlight one of our longtime members in the community. Carol Barrett was born in July of 1931 at a birthing house across the street from her home, which was next door to the old Rees School in Spanish Fork. Her parents were Bill and Maggie Crump. They had three children: Floyd, Carol and Larry. At the time, Spanish Fork was home to many migrant workers. Most were working at the newly created Geneva Steel or building homes in the area. At that time, Carol’s father was the town barber. His shop was on Main Street. He wasn’t always a barber; he started out working on one of the construction crews that were building homes in Spanish Fork. He and his workmates went to the Salt Lake area on the weekends to dance and meet girls. One day Bill stopped at a barber school and instantly enrolled. Bill was a natural, and after three weeks the instructor said, “Bill, get your tools and get out of here, you are a great barber, you can cut and shave as good as anybody — and Bill, you have the gift of gab.” Bill quickly opened up a shop in Spanish Fork that became the most popular place in town for a cut and shave. The Crumps grew up humble and made the best of what they had. Carol’s mom Maggie would work during the holiday seasons and stay home with the children the rest of the time. Carol grew up quick and married young; however, she soon became a single mom. Carol got her own place in Spanish Fork and was raising her two children on her own. One day she was walking home from her job on Main Street as a cashier when a man pulled up beside her and offered her a ride home. He was tall, dark and very handsome. He made a strong first impression on Carol and they immediately began dating. Bob Barrett had served at the very end of WWII as paratrooper and had made several jumps in Europe. He instantly loved Carol and the children, and they loved him. After dating for three months they were married. They bought a home on Main Street in Spanish Fork. Their home still stands today. It is right next to the bridge on the south end of town. You know it as the house with the big red barn. However, the barn was recently taken down for safety concerns. “It’s funny. When I was a little girl I used to drink from the well on this property. Me and my friends would walk through the fields skipping and playing and stop for a drink. I had no idea I would own this

Springville Artist Fred Mertlich is inviting the public to his studio Dec. 9 and 10.

background used with many vehicles is a mountain scene complete with an old barbed wire fence and two birds flying in the distance. Many of Mertlich’s illustrations of buildings are pen and ink renditions while his cars, trucks and tractors (he calls then old iron) are done in color. He has been

able to blend and combine the use of alcohol pens so as to have the appearance of watercolors. Mertlich’s artwork has been featured as far away as Denver, Modesto, Ogden, Heber and Midway and also here in Springville at the Art City Days celebration.

Santa coming to Springville Santa Claus will be in Springville on specific dates during the month of December. The Santa visits will take place at the Springville Library, 45 S. Main. Admission is free. Each child will be able to meet with and talk to Santa personally. Children will receive a candy cane and parents

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home someday.” said Carol. Bob and Carol had two children together and they raised their four children in that home on Main Street. Debra, Lee, Brad and Joan grew up with cattle, horses and a small garden. Bob was originally from Ogden. While living in Spanish Fork, he worked as the auctioneer for the livestock auctions from Spanish Fork to Salina. Bob ran every auction and loved the outdoors. Bob never talked much about war time; Carol and the kids knew it was a difficult subject. After many years together, Bob passed away. The kids had been grown and married for some time and Carol would live alone until she moved into Beehive Homes of Spanish Fork. “I really enjoy it here. I enjoy being around and talking to other residents. The workers are so nice and they treat me good,” said Carol. Thank you Carol Barrett for being kind, loving and generous and making our community great. We recognize you for the great family you have raised and serving our community in every way you can to make life enjoyable for those around you. To contact Carol Barrett, you may visit or write to Beehive Homes, Care of Carol Barrett, 858 E. 100 South, Spanish Fork, UT 84660. *** Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. - Viktor E. Frankl

are welcome to take pictures of their children with Santa. The dates and times will be as follows: Saturday, Dec. 3: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19: 7 to 9 p.m.



Spanish Fork High School students recently participated in a writing project called Letters to the Next President 2.0. In their letters, the students wrote about the issues that were most important to them.

SFHS students write letters to the next U.S. president By Lana Hiskey As Americans were preparing to elect a new president in November, AP English Language and Composition students at Spanish Fork High School were tackling important issues with a writing project called Letters to the Next President 2.0. This project allowed the students, and others around the country, to write letters about what really mattered to them in the election. The letters were to be delivered to the next president and published on a website. Most students cannot vote, but they were very aware of the election and the issues that mattered to them as they look toward adulthood. Even though they couldn’t cast a ballot, they could tell the next president exactly what they thought through this project. AP Language students at SFHS chose a variety of topics to write about - everything from the cost of higher education to minimum wage, abortion and beyond. About the necessity of using GMOs to end world hunger, Mateen Lomax wrote, “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are given much more hate than they should. GMOs can solve many problems that face our society, without causing any more harm.” Colby Roberts wrote about the

need for the rising generation to have a direct voice in government. He argued for a Constitutional amendment lowering the age requirement to run for national office to 18. Megan Kay asserted, “Putting taxes on sugary products and drinks could be the solution to decreasing obesity and consumption rates nationwide.” These students spent several weeks developing their letters through research and discussion. Letters to the Next President 2.0 is a nationwide project sponsored by the National Writing Project and KQED along with many other partners. The first Letters to the Next President initiative was held in 2008. Spanish Fork High School participated in that project as well. “I love giving my students a chance to write to an authentic audience about the things that really matter to them. Letters to the Next President has provided that opportunity twice now, and I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and effort that my students have put into their letters so that they could have a voice in this year’s election,” said Deon Youd, AP Language teacher at SFHS. Check out Letters to the Next President at The site will be available for the public to read the students’ letters through the inauguration in January.



Photographing Moroni Merry Christmas or and the supermoon Happy Holidays? What By Ed Helmick to say this time of year On the evening of Nov. 14, we had what is popularly called a “Supermoon” or what astronomers call a perigee full moon. This is a situation where the moon’s elliptical orbit puts it in its closest position to the earth. The result is the moon appears slightly larger than normal. Actually, the information I read was that the moon should appear about 7 percent larger. This got me thinking about how to take advantage of a slightly larger moon. Then I got an idea: the moon rises in the east, and wouldn’t it be neat to get a silhouette of a Moroni sculpture in front of the moon? I thought the Payson Temple would be the best possible location with a parking lot on the west side of the temple for positioning the camera and tripod. A commitment kept my wife Janice and me from scouting out the location on Nov. 13, so Monday night the 14th was the first opportunity we had to be onsite. We arrived about an hour before sunset for some temple photos and to patiently wait for the moonrise. Finally, at about 7:15 p.m., Janice said, “There it is,” as the moon peeked up over the ridge of the mountains on a perfectly clear night. The parking lot at the temple is closed on Mondays and we found we could not align Moroni and the moon. We searched for other locations that might give me the view we wanted and could not find what we needed. The conclusion was we should return on Tuesday evening. On Tuesday, around sunset, we were

I in the parking lot on the west side of the temple and ready to track the rising moon. However, on Tuesday the 15th the sky had a thin overcast which defused the moonlight. The moon rises in an arc, and I had to move the camera and tripod from the southwest corner of the temple parking lot to the west center of the parking lot. When the moon was directly behind Moroni, the tripod had to be moved a few inches for each exposure. The photo concept is what I wanted and makes a neat photo possibility. A clear sky would have made the photo work better. I learned a lot from my effort to photo Moroni positioned in front of the moon. This project also illustrates the time and effort often required to pursue a vision or a project.

Building Zion was the whole point of gathering to Utah


By Jesse Fisher

n 1868, LDS Church President Brigham Young couldn’t have said it any plainer: “We are gathered together in the tops of these mountains for the express purpose of building up Zion, the Zion of the last days, the glory of which was seen by the prophets of the Almighty from the days of old.” Eleven years earlier, he took longer to say the same thing but from a different perspective: “You hear brethren talk of coming to Zion to enjoy the blessings of this land; but do you not see that it is the short-sightedness of men which causes their disappointment when they arrive here? They read in the [scriptures] about Zion, and what it is to be; but [they] could not realize, before they came here, that they were the ones to help to build up Zion. They gather here with the spirit of Zion resting upon them, and expecting to find Zion in its glory, whereas their own doctrine should teach them that they are coming here to make Zion.” Even to the end of his life, Brother Brigham taught that building Zion was the whole point and purpose of the Saints being in Utah. His clearest statement in this regard came in his very last General Conference address when he stated, “We have no business here other than to build up and establish the Zion of God.”

Brigham wasn’t the only one teaching this doctrine. A year earlier, in 1876, Apostle Wilford Woodruff expressed the same idea when he stated, “We have gathered here for the express purpose of establishing Zion....” Then there was President John Taylor. Beginning the year after Brigham passed away, nearly every time Taylor spoke he drove this point home again and again: “And we are gathered together, as I have said, for the purpose of building up Zion....” “We are now gathered together to Zion. For what? To build up Zion....” “We are here to build up Zion, and to establish the kingdom of God.” “We are here to build up the Zion of God....” “This is what we are gathered here for—to build up the Zion of our God....” “We are here to build up the Zion of God, and not to build up ourselves.” So we see that Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff (and others) all taught that the whole point of the Saints being in Utah was to build Zion. Now that the Church is more mainstream America, maybe we Saints should work a little harder towards achieving that original purpose. Discuss this column at BuildingZion. org.

By Joe Capell

t would seem the world is divided into two camps: people who say “Merry Christmas” and people who say “Happy Holidays.” (And a few grumpy souls who say “Bah, humbug.”) Unfortunately, there are folks who think that because they say different things than others, they are involved in some kind of “war” with each other. It started when some people decided to get offended, as people often do these days, when they were wished “Merry Christmas.” In the minds of these people, “Merry Christmas” is an ostracizing, offensive and possibly even insulting term that excludes all people who are not Christians. These people decided (for everyone) that it would be better to say “Happy Holidays” than “Merry Christmas” because “Happy Holidays” is a greeting that appears inclusive to all people, Christians and non-Christians alike. However, some other people were offended, as people often are these days, when they were told they could no longer say “Merry Christmas.” To these people the greeting “Happy Holidays” is an assault on the holiday of Christmas. It’s a declaration of war! It’s an overreaction, from both sides. If someone says “Merry Christmas” to you, the chances are they are simply wishing you well. They literally want you to be “merry” at Christmastime. “Merry” means to be cheerful and festive. These are GOOD things. And everyone in America who isn’t living under a rock (and many who are) knows that Dec. 25 is Christmas, whether they celebrate the holiday or not. So, if someone wishes you a “Merry Christmas,” they are quite literally telling you to be cheerful on Dec. 25. No need to be offended! Meanwhile, some people seem to think that when others say “Happy Holidays” they are launching a direct assault on Christianity by trying to take the “Christ”

The Funny-ish Files of Joe Capell out of “Christmas.” Poor “Happy Holidays” has gotten caught in the crossfire of this war on Christmas. Happy Holidays is not anti-Christian. When I say “Happy Holidays,” I am usually referring to the entire season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. You see, the word “Holidays” is plural, meaning “more than one” holiday. And it certainly shouldn’t be offensive to wish for someone to be happy during Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or any other holiday anyone might celebrate. Happiness is a good thing! So, if someone tells you “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” please don’t be offended. They’re just wishing you well. Everyone wants you to be merry and happy on Christmas and throughout the holiday season. (With the possible exception of those “Bah, humbug” people.) For more funny-ish stuff, please check out

Crib Corner Nick and Elyse Miller of Santaquin are the proud parents of Mason Austin Miller, born on Nov. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m. He is 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 inches long. He has three siblings: Madison, Miley and McCade.



Students from Nebo School District brought home a variety of honors from the FFA National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind.

Nebo students bring home national FFA honors ALA to present ‘Spirit By Lana Hiskey American Leadership Academy’s 2016 Christmas concerts will be Dec. 1, 2 and 5.

of Christmas’ concert American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork will present a concert titled “Spirit of Christmas” Dec. 1, 2 and 5 at 7 p.m. There will be preshow entertainment in the school rotunda before the concert presented by the various ALA choirs. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $35 per family with an added discount of $5 for those who bring five cans of food to donate. It’s hard to believe that Rick Lunt and American Leadership Academy have been putting on these wonderful Christmas concerts for 12 years now. Maybe they should do a number called “The Twelve Years of Christmas.” “As a matter of fact,” Lunt said with a chuckle, “we actually are finishing off the night with the ALA version of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’” The evening will include performances by ALA’s ballroom dance company;

men’s, women’s and show choirs; Dance Company; drama and theater students; drum line; hip-hop company; and symphony orchestra. With Elaine Hansen, Sandra Millet and Larry Blackburn adding their professional touches, this concert promises to be a visual spectacle as well. Rick Robinson consistently produces nationally ranked dance performances and the drumline and symphony come under the experienced direction of Dustin Grady and Peggy Haynes. On behalf of all the departments showcasing their talent, Lunt guaranteed the entertainment will be worth the price of admission. “We can promise this will be just the kick-start you need to fill your heart with joy this Christmas season and to encourage you to focus on what matters most.”

Nebo School District’s FFA teams traveled to the FFA National Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind. recently to participate in various competitions and take part in the nation’s largest youth leadership conference. These students competed with 36 other teams from around the United States. Following are the awards won by Nebo students: Star: Kaitlin Hallam, Finalist. Hallam won a $2,000 scholarship plus an educational trip to Ireland Proficiency: Kaitlin Hallam: Finalist. Hallam won a $500 scholarship. National Career Development Event Teams: Meats: Spanish Fork Silver Team – Kirsty Stubbs (Silver), Jackson Stewart (Silver), Randall Huff (Silver) and Kendrie Barber (Bronze). Agricultural Communications: Springville Silver Team – Chloe Wimmer (Gold), Jaynee Giffing (Silver) and Madi Condie (Bronze).

Delegates – Sakia Brost (Salem) and Andalyn Hall (Springville) served as official delegates for Utah in the business sessions in their roles as state officers. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,780 American Degrees were awarded. Local students receiving American Degrees were: Spanish Fork High School: Mitchell Frost, Cooper Galt, Kaitlin Hallam, Dalton Sorensen, Katie Thomas and Seth Worthington. Salem Hills High School: Tiffany Anderson, Rylee Beckstead, Cheyenne Deepen and Mariah Manookin. Payson: Casey Giffing, Wyatt McDaniel and Carlysa Openshaw. Springville: Caitlin Dinkel and Christina Nolasco. Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Obituaries Robert Lee Hales Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Robert Lee Hales passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at the age of 80 in Santaquin, Utah. He was, and will continue to be, our example of faith, diligence and righteous living. He truly loved and served his family and friends, both those around him and those who have preceded him beyond the veil. Robert was born April 22, 1936, in Provo, Utah, the son of Leo P. and Ione Thomas Hales. He is survived by his sister Joan Fryer of St. George, Utah, and brother Reed Hales (wife Kay) of Provo. On his return home from serving an LDS mission in the West Central States Mission, he married Barbara Joan Barrow in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 22, 1958. Robert graduated from Provo High School in 1954 and then attended Brigham Young University where he eventually earned three degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Education. He taught Seminary in the Church Educational System in Park City, Nephi and Blanding, Utah. He then returned to Provo and taught history at Dixon Junior High School for many years. He initiated the first Advanced Placement History program in Provo at Timpview High School. He loved young people and tried to instill a love of learning in them. After leaving the public schools, he turned to real estate, eventually becoming a Broker and beginning his own company, This

Is The Place Realty. His last employment was at BYU as an administrator in Conferences and Workshops where he served for 20 years. Robert served faithfully in many callings in the LDS Church. Some of his favorite callings were temple worker, family history specialist, gospel doctrine teacher and being a missionary. Robert was preceded in death by his son, Stephen A. Hales, and grandson, Spencer S. Hales. He is survived by his wife Joan and children: Calli Hales (widow of Stephen) of Provo; Mark (Ginean) Hales of Santaquin; Robert (Marylan) Hales of Santaquin; Mary Ann (Jason) Lindsey of Santa Clara; Scott (Jennifer) Hales of Seattle, Wash.; Lynette (Dale) Cave of Highland; Rebecca (Steven) Stokes of Los Alamos, N.M.; Deborah (Brandon) Rhoads of Draper; Kimball (Laura) Hales of Lenexa, Kan.; James (Makala) Hales of Pasco, Wash. At the time of his passing he had 61 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 26 in Santaquin. Interment was in the Provo City Cemetery. Share condolences at

Donald Kolling Donald Eugene Kolling passed peacefully from this life at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, surrounded by his wife and family in his home in Payson, Utah. His death was sudden but not unexpected. We are grateful that he lived as long as he did despite health challenges. Don was born June 5, 1931, in a farmhouse on a hill outside of Abilene, Kansas. Born to Albert E. Kolling and Mabel A. Ross, Don spent his childhood and youth as a farm boy in the same area. After he graduated from Abilene High School, he joined the Marine Corps. His military service includes the Korean Conflict. Don married Audrey Marie Thomas, who he met hitch hiking, on May 22, 1953. They raised their children and spent most of their marriage in Southern California, relocating to Utah in 1982. An active outdoorsman, Don loved fishing more than anything, although he refused to eat fish. He enjoyed camping, reading, genealogy, musical theater, good movies and music. Blessed with a wonderful baritone voice, he traveled with his school choir and sang in church choirs. Our home was filled with music, from Sousa’s marches to the calypso of Harry Belafonte and everything in between. He played several instruments by ear. His friendly, helpful nature was well suited for a sales career, and he spent most of his working years selling auto parts both wholesale and retail. Don was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He watched the Payson temple rise from the dust and, when it finally opened, served as a temple worker alongside Audrey until his failing health precluded it. He was also an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 36 years where countless men and women benefited from his service and wisdom. After retiring, he served for several years with the Senior Companion Program where he assisted senior

citizens with errands, visits and friendship. Family was everything to Don. He traveled many times to Kansas for family reunions, most recently just this past July. He loved his kids and grandkids and was interested in all their adventures. After many years apart, Don again married his only true love, Audrey, on Sept. 19, 2011. The last five years have been sweet as we have watched them love and support each other and enjoy their family, once again together forever. Dad was a gentle giant, and we honor him for his patience, his tender loving ways, his humor and wit, and his example of selfless service. Don is survived by his wife, Audrey; children Kenneth (Carolyn) Kolling, Roxanne (Alan) Howell, Lawrence Kolling and Denise (Daniel) Ray; siblings Everett (Rhea) Kolling, Larry (Deanna) Kolling, Ted (Margaret) Kolling and Martha (Bill) Olson; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Douglas Kolling, sister Delores Rider and his parents. Funeral services were held Nov. 29, 2016, in Payson. In lieu of flowers, Dad requested simple donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project or MADD. These are the two charities he especially cared for. *** Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country’s birth, and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves, even in foreign lands when called upon. - John Linder


Art City Elementary School has volunteer Watch D.O.G.S. By Julia Murray We have just completed our first month of the 2016-17 school year having Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at Art City Elementary School in Springville. Thank you dads for coming to the school to be a positive fatherly influence. Having Watch D.O.G.S. in our school helps in the following ways: they provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important, and they provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at Art City Elementary School. The program is overseen by a “Top Dog” volunteer, Amber Park, who partners with Principal Lisa Muirbrook to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for Watch D.O.G.S. to provide assistance at the school. Watch D.O.G.S. dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room and helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups

Fathers of Art City Elementary School students are serving as volunteer Watch D.O.G.S. at the school. They monitor the school entrance and other areas as well as help in other ways.

of students on homework, flashcards or spelling. If you would like to sign up to be part of Watch D.O.G.S., email Amber Park at to find a date to sign up.



Serve Daily Volume 5, Issue 55 December 2016  

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