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Ghosts, Thin Smiles, and Lives Well Lived By James L Davis

My father passed away a little more than four years ago. But he’s always with me, pushing me on. He was a bit annoying that way. He passed away in our home, in the same bedroom where my mother slipped away forever a little more than two years before. It was a Sunday, and while I don’t know for a fact, I think it was between 3 and 3:30 a.m. That’s because my wife, Colleen, and I both awoke around then, feeling that something was wrong. Only half awake, we both looked at the clock, curled up together, and fell back asleep. I found Dad at 6 in the morning, when I went to see if he wanted breakfast. I think it was around 3 a.m. because every day since that September 2019

day, I have awakened between 3 and 3:30 in the morning, thinking of him. It’s become a familiar routine, something I no longer dread or shed a tear over. (The funny thing is, I only awake at that time while at home. If I’m somewhere else, I sleep through the night.) Our daughter Mandy, her husband, Jake, and their little family came for a visit a while back and stayed in one of our guest rooms. We let them have the Pirate Room (because any good household needs a Pirate Room). That night, Colleen and I closed our bedroom door. We usually leave it open, but our sleeping attire might be shocking to children and grandchildren, so we closed it. Shortly after 3 a.m. I opened my eyes and thought I saw the bedroom door closing, but I ignored it and went back to sleep. Later that day, Mandy asked if I had opened their bedroom door during the night. I said no and asked her what time it was.

She said “around 3:15.” I said, “it was just Grandpa.” I think it was. When Colleen and I got married, I warned her fairly early in our marriage that if she liked to walk around naked after a shower, it might be a good idea to lock the doors, because my dad would just walk in. He always did, and was welcome. Before he passed, my father loved when family came to visit. He would sit on the couch and bend their ear, asking them how they were doing, how their lives were going. When they told him of their successes and challenges, he would smile a thin smile (which was pretty much his only smile). One night, after my adult children headed for their homes, I asked him why he was smiling. He said he enjoyed hearing how well his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were doing. It made everything worthwhile. I find myself in complete agreement, and often smiling

his same thin smile. A year or so before the last day I ever hugged my father, he looked at me and said he wanted ducks. My response was, “please, no, not ducks,” because I am a rational and sane individual. He convinced Colleen because she is not nearly as rational as I am, and we ended up with ducks. The only satisfaction came a year later, when he said “we need to find a home for these ducks.” Then I smiled a thin smile. After my parents passed away (first my mother to Alzheimer’s, then my father to heart disease), in the same room, separated only by a couple of feet and a couple of years, I changed, for both good and ill, and I accept it for what it is. For a few months we weren’t sure what to do with their bedroom. We just closed the door and avoided it altogether. I finally decided to turn it into my office, but I wasn’t sure I could ever work there.

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But I found that I could. I feel their presence with me when I stare at a blank screen, trying to find my words. “Chase after them.” I almost hear their whisper. I can work in the room where my parents died not because they died there, but because they lived there. My house isn’t haunted. It’s blessed. And for that, I have reason to smile a thin smile. (Davis is editor of Serve Daily.)

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The Fellas Chop Shop offers free haircuts for Veterans By Arianne Brown

A haircut and a shave. Those two things can make all the difference in how a man feels about himself, if just for a moment. That’s why Mersadies Reber, owner at The Fellas Chop Shop in Spanish Fork has decided to offer free haircuts to active and retired military veterans this coming Veteran’s Day. With several veterans in her immediate family alone, Reber knows firsthand the sacrifice of servicemen and women. “I grew up in a military home,” Reber said. “My grandpa, dad, older sister, and twin sister all served in the military. I love Veteran’s Day, and am passionate about giving back to those who have served. As a business owner, I feel like it is my duty to find a way to give back to these wonderful people who have dedicated much of their life to protect our freedoms. The least I can do is set a day aside to give back to them.” While Reber is the owner, there are five other barbers who work at the shop as well. All, she said, are on board to forego commissions they would have received that day to offer haircuts free of charge to veterans. “When I asked my barbers if they would donate a day of work for veterans, all of them said they would do it,” she

said. “This is their job, and it is a sacrifice for them to do this. I’m really proud of my staff for recognizing how important it is to give back to those who have served our country.” Now, this isn’t the first time the Fellas Chop Shop has offered this service. Last year, the shop offered cuts for free to veterans, and wanted to keep the tradition going this year, but Reber and her staff are hoping for an even bigger turnout. “Last year, we had a good turnout, but it wasn’t as steady as we would have liked,” Reber said. “I think that many veterans don’t want handouts, and I don’t want them to look at it like that. We want to serve them. We want to be able to do this for them as our way of thanking them for their service. So, if you are a veteran, please come in.” While the shop is a barber shop, specializing in men cuts and styles, Reber recognizes that there are women veterans. She said that some of the barbers have been trained in woman cuts, and they would certainly not turn a servicewoman away, although she cautions potential female customers on the quality of the cut and style. Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11, and the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop is located at 740 North, Main Street in Spanish Fork. Walk-ins are accepted. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)



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‘Art for Heart’ campaign raises funds for local charity Springville’s Brown Art Gallery will hold the first of what will be an annual fundraiser “Art for Heart” campaign. This year’s campaign will benefit Tabitha’s Way, a local food pantry with locations in Spanish Fork and American Fork. Tabitha’s Way was founded ten years ago by Wendy Osborn with a mission to assist in feeding those in need in our

community. Bill and Marilyn Brown, owners of Brown Art Gallery in Springville, which they founded in 2008, made a decision this year to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of their personal art work and 100 percent of the profits derived from the sale of other participating artist’s work to Tabitha’s Way. This promotion begins

Nov. 1, and continues through Dec. 31. “I have observed over the years the great and needed work done by Tabitha’s Way and wanted to assist them in their mission, “said Brown. Art makes a great gift any time of year, particularly at this giving time of year for the holiday season. Some of our artists have donated selections of their

art work to help with this campaign. “We have original paintings, pottery, basketry, fabric art, leaded glass art, antique furniture, and many other gift items to fit almost every budget. We are offering a special arrangement for original paintings for $99 or less. Many of our gift items can be purchased for less than $10,” Brown said. The Brown Art Gal-

lery is also collecting food items to be used by the patrons of Tabitha’s Way. For each can of food or food item donated, the gallery will give $5 off the purchase of any paintings by the Browns. “Come and shop Springville’s Historic Main Street for a good old-fashioned holiday experience,” Brown said. There will be many special events held during the

months of November and December. For more information go to the gallery website: The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Brown Art Gallery is located at 274 South Main, Springville. (Serve Daily submission by Alleine Bowes.)

Spanish Fork Ranger District offers Christmas tree cutting permits beginning Nov. 7 By Ed Helmick

Venturing out into the forest to cut your own tree for the Christmas holiday season can be a great family tradition.

The kids love helping pick out the tree and being part of taking it home. It is something memories are made of. If you have time for a day trip to the forest this unique experi-

ence can be yours in this age of plastic trees and Christmas tree sales lots on almost every corner. The Spanish Fork Ranger District has Christmas

tree permits that will go on sale Nov. 7. The tree cutting permits sell for $15 each and are limited to one per adult. The permits are sold on a first-

come, first serve basis until all tags are sold. Christmas tree cutting is allowed until Dec. 24 and all trees must be tagged before transporting them

home. If you need additional information, contact the Distract Ranger Office at (801) 798-3571. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Mystic Hot Springs Unique getaway to Monroe easily removes you from the modern world By Ed Helmick

During the cold days and frigid nights of the coming season, soaking your body in a steaming hot natural mineral spring sounds like a pretty good idea. About an hour and a half south of us in Monroe there is a hot spring that is the result of a geothermal system along the Sevier fault. As you drive through Richfield take highway 118 ten miles south for the town of Monroe. Highway 118 becomes Main Street and turn east on 100 North. At the end of this street is the Mystic Hot Springs. The hot springs have been around for thousands of years and creating the orange-red travertine mound that has become a prominent part of hot springs landscape. The main mineral in the water is calcium carbonate. There is no sulfur in the water and thus no pungent smell. The water flows from the spring at the top of the hill at a pretty constant 168 degrees and 200 gallons per minute. The calcium and other minerals are considered therapeutic for skin and bones and for soothing sore and achy muscles While the hot springs were well known to native Americans for centuries, the first Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints homestead at the site was in 1886 by the Cooper family. During the early part of the last

century, wooden collecting pools were constructed at the bottom of the hill. At one time a dance floor was built, and the Monroe Hot Springs attracted people from miles around. In 1995, Michael Ginsburg, who described himself as an actor, director, producer, and artist, was on his way home from a Grateful Dead concert when he discovered and eventually purchased Monroe Hot Springs. He renamed it Mystic Hot Springs. That is when the series of bathtubs on the upper slope of the hill were put in. What you see today at the hot springs is rustic and kind of reminiscent of the hippy era of the 60s and 70s. From the parking lot a few stairs will take you to the office where you find a sign directing you to take off your shoes. Once inside the office you will see a small room full of artistic creations. This room can be entertaining itself because there is a lot to see. A soaking pass for six hours is $16 per person. The rules are posted on the wall and on the grounds permit; no nudity, no alcohol, no illegal drug us and no illegal public behavior. In the warmer months they have concerts regularly scheduled. Now, if you want to spend the night, there are several options ranging from rustic and historic looking cabins, to a collection of colorful school buses with beds and or bunks, and you can

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The water from the hot springs flows from the top of the hill at a pretty constant 168 degrees.

also tent camp. The cabins and buses are $60 a night and will accommodate two to four people. The cabins are nice inside, betraying the rough exterior. A visit to Mystic Hot Springs easily removes you from the modern world. If you want a unique getaway, this is it and you will be talking about it for a long time. If you are an adventuresome person you will love the adventure of visiting this place because it is its very own

experience and like nothing else. If you are in a soul-searching mood this just might be the place for you. Mystic Hot Springs is not a five-star resort and is perfect for those that want a unique experience for themselves. It would be fun on a cold night when the water is steaming up around you, making you feel like you are in a faraway distant place to appreciate and ponder the sensual joys of life. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Nebo School District to host presentation on how stress is impacting teenagers Nebo School District will host a presentation on how stress is changing the teenage brain on Nov. 4 at Maple Mountain High School and Nov. 18 at Spanish Fork High School. Both presentations will begin at 7 p.m. Dr. Christy Kane will discuss issues impacting teenagers today that were unheard of in the 1980s that increase anxiety and depression. Kane believes the cultural differences brought upon by technology are affecting the development of the teenage brain. The amount of screen

time as well as other expectations being put on teenagers have brought on new levels of increased stress. As evidence, the doctor offers some staggering statistics: In the 1980s, teenagers spent three to four nights a week with friends. Whereas today, the average is only one night a week. In the 1980s, more teens were involved in after-school activities, were concerned about obtaining their driver’s license, and were working for a wage by the age of 16. Whereas today, this is

just not happening. Children in the 1980s spent more than eight hours playing outside on the average per week. Whereas today, it’s less than four hours playing outside. Kane believes that not exercising outside is one reason that the child’s brain is overloaded. Children are not getting the chance to de-stress. Kane believes there are multiple strategies that help students de-stress and will discuss them during her presentation. (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)

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During a one-day count of illegal passing conducted by the state, 917 drivers were observed disregarding school bus stops and flashing red lights.

School district and law enforcement work together to stop drivers from ignoring school bus stop arms During National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 2125, Utah school districts along with city leaders and law enforcement came together to remind everyone about the importance of safety around school buses. Launi Harden, president of Utah Association of Pupil Transportation, addressed a group gathered for a “STOP the

Stop Arm Violations” press conference. She said Utah drivers are ignoring school bus stop arms at alarming rates, sometimes passing school buses on the right-hand side while students are getting on or off the bus. Harden said ignoring school bus activated flashing red lights and stop arms is putting lives at risk. In a recent one-

day illegal passing count conducted by the state, 917 drivers disregarded extended school bus stop arms and flashing lights. School districts are joining with law enforcement agencies to send the message to drivers: “STOP the Stop Arm Violations” for the safety of children and others on or near school buses. (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)

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‘I Think I’m Doin’ Alright’ With inspiration and drive, Mapleton rapper reaches for the stars By Arianne Brown

“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go… .” These lyrics by the rapper, Eminem, have rung loud and clear in 22-year-old, Caleb Johnson’s head since his older brother introduced him to rap music when he was 7-years-old. It has been this mindset and drive that has caused Johnson to pursue his own rap music career — even performing as an opener for a popular rapper on his national tour. But it isn’t just the words of famous rap artists that fill his mind with rhymes and beats. The Mapleton resident has his own words he has to say — his own rhymes methodically spoken, the beats he creates as a rap artist. “My older brother, Zach introduced me to rap music when I was really little,” Johnson said. “I loved listening to it with him, and I remember wanting to learn how to do what they did.” It was in junior high when Johnson started to write his own lyrics and beats, and began performing in front of small audiences. “CJSleeves” is what he called himself. “CJ” are his initials, and “Sleeves,” he said came from a nickname he earned as a basketball player for Maple Mountain High School. “CJSleeve came as sort of a joke when I told my friends I made music,” Johnson said. “I went by CJ, and I also played basketball. Under my basketball jersey I would always wear a T-shirt. I was the only one on the team who had sleeves under the jersey, so one of my friends randomly called me ‘CJSleeves,’ and it stuck!” Despite minor teasing from friends, and perhaps even as motivation, Johnson continued to do his thing in the music world, building a YouTube and

Instagram following, and even booking concerts. Then came the decision to leave music behind for a couple years so he could serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas. This decision, Johnson said, was a good one, while also a sacrifice. “I know that there are many missionaries who use their talents like mine out on the mission field, which is fine,” Johnson said. “I decided that going on a mission was a sacrifice, so I was going to leave rap music behind for two years to make sure I was focused on the Lord’s work.” Upon returning, CJSleeves wasted little time getting back to what he loved, and took to writing the words that were in his mind and turning them into verses, and then into music. In January 2019, not long after returning home, Johnson released his first song in two years, “Alright,” explaining to listeners what it was like dealing with expectations as a young adult. You can know me if you take the time I put my life on the internet and make it rhyme … My friends are married. I hardly date. They’re off in college. I chose to wait. I get nauseous when I think of all I’ve got on my plate But I’ve been doin’ what I love, so I’m gonna be alright. (Chorus) I can’t claim to be all right, all right But I think I’m doin’ alright. Just like any artist, art changes with life, and Johnson has found his dating groove, and had even collaborated with girlfriend, Marissa Gonzales, in one of his newest releases, “Away,” that talks about having a long distance relationship, and taking time to get away. With inspiration and drive on his side, Johnson’s music career looks to be on


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Caleb Johnson of Mapleton was introduced to rap music by his older brother and is pursuing a career of his own. Center picture: Caleb performs on stage.

the right track. “I just love being on stage,” he said. “I would love to make a living off of this, and share what I love with the world.” For updates on upcoming shows,

new releases and more, find Johnson on Instagram @CJSleeves, “CJSleeves” on YouTube and Facebook. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)




Students recall times of gratitude when they were served By Arianne Brown

For this month’s “I was served” column, second grade students from Mrs. Brown’s class at Maple Ridge Elementary in Mapleton wrote down times when they were served by those around them. These are their responses: Hailey: I was served by my sister when she made my bed and played with me and did my homework, and did my hair. She is so kind. I love her. Riley: I was served when my friend helped me when I was playing and got hurt. Maverick: I was served by my friend when he let me go to the store with him. We also played on the playground. Paisley: I was served by my Dad and Mom when they bought me a bike when I was one year old with training wheels. Then when I was six, they bought me one without training wheels.

Megan: I was served by Margret when she got me a pack of wall balls. There were three wall balls for my birthday party. The wall balls were the color blue. Nixon: I was served by my brother when he made pizza for me. It was pepperoni pizza. The cheese was the best part. It was so hot! Lincoln: I was served by my friend when he played Minecraft, Legos and watched TV with me until 8:00 at night. I loved it. Jasper: I was served by my grandma and grandpa when I was in a fire. When I was in a fire I had to evacuate. When I was evacuated, I saw a Blackhawk and other helicopters. Sometimes I could see the fire. (no name): I was served by Lexie when she helped me when I crashed on my bike. I got a goose egg and a bloody nose and infection on my nose. Lexie

was so nice that day. She walked me home and rode both of our bikes back home. Harrison: I was served by my brother when he helped me feel better when my friends were being mean to me. Lacey: I was served by my dad because he gave me a treat when I was done with gymnastics. I got served by my mom because she played school with me, and my family served me by being the best. I love my family! Kash: I was served by my friend when I fell over and he helped me up. Logan: I was served by Javier when he helped me back up. I was playing soccer and I fell down. Then he played with me. (no name): I was served by my dad when he helped me ride my bike because I was getting too big for my last bike, and I was scared. (no name): I was served by my brother when

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Second grade students at Maple Ridge Elementary recall times when they were served by others.

he helped me clean my room so I could play with my friends outside … When we were finished, I thanked him by helping

him put his stuff away. Ellie: I was served when my friend helped me make a dance. She did it so I could do a perfor-

mance. She helped me so I didn’t have to work so hard. I am glad she helped me. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Spanish Fork residents help Young Eagles soar over Manti By Ed Helmick

The communities of Ephraim and Manti are rural towns about eight miles apart and 100 air miles south of the Salt Lake metropolitan area. Their combined population is about 10,000 people. In late September, Young Eagle Flights were conducted by EAA Chapter 753 from Provo. The Young Eagle Flights are for youngsters age 8 to 17 to experience aviation in a small airplane and hopefully create future pilots. Out of this small-town population, 74 young people took flights and for many of them it was the first time they had ever been in an airplane. The Young Eagles came from 46 families in the Ephraim Manti area and included 46 boys and 28 girls. A number of the towns people, including the City Manager of Ephraim,

Shawn Kjar were out to the airport to see what was going on. A common question was will you do this next year and do you have a program for adults? The answer to these questions is that with this much excitement about flying, absolutely, yes. The flights were conducted at the Manti-Ephraim Airport (41U) with four airplanes. EAA members Jeremy Hallows, Ted Meikle, and Tom Herbert were local pilots supporting the event and Cris Child flew down from Spanish Fork. Ground support was provided by Provo EAA Chapter 753 members Bob Bairband, TJ Rasband, Nate Rasband, Ed and Janice Helmick. Foreign students from nearby Snow College assisted with administrative duties and escorting the young people to and from the airplanes. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Pilot Ted Meikle (EAA Member 1313961), with Young Eagles Joshua Weller, Nellie Van Orman and Jack Van Orman

Fighting city hall with humor and a dash of snark What would you do if the potholes on your street were getting so large the postal truck was getting stuck in them? You might start by going to the city offices to find out who is in charge of street repairs. No one is? OK, your next step might be to talk with city council members personally about it. No answers there? Maybe you’d try and get the mayor’s help. But what if two years later the potholes were still multiplying like Tribbles on the the Starship Enterprise? In today’s ugly political climate that might be about the time insults started to fly on the various social media platforms. But one neighborhood in Elk Ridge took their complaints to social media with humor and style. In 2016 neighbors living along Shuler Lane created the Chuck Pothole page on Facebook to vent their frustrations that they weren’t able to get the city to fix their road. They began with a few snarky memes figuring it would maybe last a few months, a year tops. Three years later, Chuck has really taken on a life of his own. The intro on Chuck Pothole’s Facebook page says,

“The Lord said multiply and replenish, so I’m a pothole on a mission, rocking the roads of Elk Ridge.” According to his profile, Chuck works as an Executive Bumper Demolition Expert and his relationship status is “complicated”. For a pothole, Chuck is a fairly happening fellow. He follows the BYU/U of U rivalry, loves Broadway tunes, loves Rocky Road ice cream, and is a huge fan of Shark Week. And the memes keep coming, with new meme ideas being sent to Chuck from fans all over the area and even out of state. Neighbors wanted to have their concerns heard, but didn’t want it to turn into an ugly confrontation with their city’s elected officials. Knowing the city officials are also their neighbors, they’ve kept names out of the discourse and have made a point not to attack anyone in social media. “Elk Ridge is a wonderful community. We love our mayor and city council members,” said one Shuler Lane neighbor. “We appreciate all they do for our community. But we also know the squeaky wheel gets the oil. So, Chuck is just going to keep


squeaking till the road gets replaced.” The only option the city has given neighbors was to widen the road significantly, taking several feet of property from neighbors on both sides of the road to accommodate future growth. With the Payson City Golf Course at the top of the lane, agricultural properties and the amount of available lots left in the area, neighbors expressed concerns that the upgrades the city suggested are costly prohibitive and unnecessary. “We all pay our taxes,” said another Shuler Lane Neighbor. “We just want our road to be safe and easy to travel on like everyone else in town does. A lot of roads that aren’t near as bad as ours have been repaved a couple of times while ours is still like Swiss Cheese.” With fall upon us, neighbors aren’t looking forward to dealing with Chuck for another season of tire damage, dented bumpers and loose fillings. But instead of getting angry, they plan to keep applying their own humorous brand of political pressure. (Serve Daily submission.)

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Thoughts of a simple annoyance results in a product everyone uses By Ed Helmick

After last month’s article in Serve Daily about zippers several people asked me about Velcro fasteners, also known as hook and loop fasteners. The idea came from a Swiss electrical engineer who returned from a walk in the woods and wondered why cockleburs were sticking to his wool pants. His curiosity lead to the idea of hook and loop fasteners. His first patent was approved in 1955. The name he chose for his invention comes from the French word’s velour (“velvet”) and Crochet (“hook”) and thus Velcro. The hooks and loops when used over several inches represent hundreds of little individual fasteners hanging together in a united fashion. Fastening strength is in the numbers. The larger the hook and

loop surface area, the greater the fastening strength. Many years ago, I wanted to put some audio speakers in the back of my Jeep, and I didn’t want screws or bolts through the metal sidewall of the Jeep, so I used Velcro. Not wanting the speakers to fall off while bouncing along on a rough road I covered the entire six by six-inch area with Velcro. Several years later I wanted to repaint the Jeep and with all my strength I was barely able to pull the speakers off. How many thousands of people pulled the cockleburs off their pants or jacket in frustration and were never curious about why they were clinging to the clothing. The moral of the story is always be curious about things you see around you and maybe you to could come up with a multi-million-dollar idea. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)


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Historic church in Springville remains gathering place for faithful By Janice Helmick

Brigham Young and the Mormon settlers of Utah welcomed non-Mormon people to the areas settled by the Mormons on the condition that no persecution of the Saints would take place. These people built their own churches and held their own religious meetings according to their traditions. The home missionary activity in Utah was spearheaded by Dr. Henry Kendal of the Board of National Missions. Traveling through Utah, he became aware of the number of Protestants living among the Mormons. Cut off from others, they were unaware others of their faith that were around them. He felt these Protestants had two main needs: The need for pastors to bring these people together and the need for schools because of the poor condition of education. Dr. Kendall met the Reverend George Leonard, a Civil War Veteran, who agreed to bring his wife and family to Utah. They arrived in Springville in the spring of 1876 and rented a two-room adobe house. After about a year they had about 38 people in a shared wor-

ship. The two-room house was their first meeting place. From this group came plans for a chapel and a mission school. The first chapel was completed in 1879 with financial aid from friends in Auburn, New York. This building served the Presbyterian Church and mission school for 13 years before the present church was built. It is significant, not only as the first Protestant church in Springville, but also for its sponsorship of the Hungerford Academy, which eventually consisted of six buildings covering two-thirds of a city block north of the church. It was the most prestigious school in the Utah Territory. More than 30 schools were maintained by the Presbyterians at the peak of their scholastic activity in Utah. In 1890, the Utah Territorial Legislature passed the Public-School Act and in the years that followed the Presbyterian schools one by one closed. The buildings of the Hungerford Academy were torn down long ago. The Springville Presbyterian Church was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places on Oct. 24, 1980.

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The Springville Presbyterian Church was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places in 1980.

The church is presently known as the Springville Community Church. The congregation currently numbers about 70 members. The church is located at

245 South 200 East in Springville. Visitors are welcome and Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)

With a little planning, your lawn waste doesn’t need to go to waste By Arianne Brown

Fall has fallen, making for a hefty amount of yard waste to dispose of. From leaves to branches and even yard clippings from that end-of-season lawn mowing, when all is said and done, many residents are finding themselves waist deep in disposable earth. But is it really disposable? Is there something you can do to make all that organic matter into something useful? According to Jud Lowe, Foreman at the Payson City Landfill, yard waste can be recycled into garden mulch. In fact, the landfill has state-of-the-art machinery that can grind even the largest logs down into wood chips and fine, garden mulch. “The city landfills allows residents to bring their secured loads of green waste free of charge, so we can grind it into mulch,” Lowe said. “This is a great way to turn some of your yard waste into something reusable.” While this is a great service the city and surrounding cities offer, Lowe

wants to remind residents that not all green waste is treated equally. “Many residents will bring in garden waste, like their old zucchini plants, weeds and even food waste,” Lowe said. “The problem is, we can’t put that stuff into our mulch piles because of the seeds and because it clogs up our machines. We don’t have the ability to kill the seeds before they germinate, and then we can’t sell a clean mulch to residents who want it. Nobody wants mulch full of weed and other random seeds that will grow come spring.” Lowe recognizes the need for a place to compost other matter like fruits, vegetables and other food waste, but says that right now, the city landfill isn’t that place. If brought in as green waste, those items, he said will be put into the construction pile and buried, and cannot be recycled. In order to make sure that your yard waste is recycled in the green waste section of the landfill to be turned into wood chips or mulch, Lowe said that residents need to sort it out before


bringing it in. Additionally, loads that are not clean yard waste, will be weighed and charged accordingly. “We are our own worst enemies,” he said. “If you gather all your garden waste with yard waste, including dirt and garbage and expect it to be ground into clean mulch, it’s not going to happen. With all the stuff we have coming in on a daily basis, we can’t sort through it all, and it will end up in the construction pile and buried.”

Lowe suggests that residents who want to participate in the free green waste program, bring only branches, twigs, leaves and grass clippings in a secured load free from bags. Flowers, weeds, garden waste, dirt -- things with seeds -- will not be accepted as green waste at this time. For information on your own city’s green waste programs, contact the cities directly. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Summit gathers business owners to discuss changing times Nebo School District Superintendent Rick Nielsen welcomed more than 50 businesses attending the South County Business Summit. The event was held at the Nebo district office and sponsored by the Spanish Fork/Salem Chamber, Springville/Mapleton Chamber and Payson/ Santaquin Chamber. President Kari Malkovich introduced the exciting and pertinent business-related speakers. Vartan Djihanian, manager of the Western Region in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, flew in from California to address the many businesses on the topic of “The Chamber Connection: Why it’s important to local business.” Al Switzler, co-author of “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” entertained with his sto-

ries and anecdotes on how to stay calm in crucial conversations. Dr. Paige Gardiner, the Director of Digital Marketing at Utah Valley University, presented critical information on marketing businesses. She focused on “Social Media – the impact on business and how to maintain and expand our business presence.” Maple Mountain High School Chamber Choir, directed by Braden Rymer, entertained the many businesses across the South Utah County with two musical selections as the business representatives enjoyed lunch sponsored by the Clarion Gardens located in Payson. The final speaker engaged the audience in illusions as he discussed how to “Ignite a World Class Performance Culture.” (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)

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The South County Business Summit drew local business owners to discuss growth and change.

Canyon View Clinic opens doors on new facility in Mapleton The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce welcomed Canyon View Medical Group to Mapleton recently during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Canyon View Medical Group recently opened the doors on their new medical clinic in Mapleton. Located at 1429 South 1600 West (Hwy 89), the clinic will serve the communities of Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Springville. Canyon View has operated a small clinic above the Mapleton Pharmacy for the past five years, but the larger facility is designed to better serve the health care needs of the community. The clinic contains a full lab, x-ray, two procedure rooms, and 12 exam rooms. Clinic staff includes two family medicine physicians, one physician’s assistant and one nurse practitioner. The building design will allow for expanded capacity as the community continues to grow. Canyon View Medical Group has provided for the health care needs of south Utah county for more than 60 years, with facilities in Springville, Spanish Fork, Mapleton, Payson and Santaquin. (Serve Daily submission by Shirlene Jordan.)



Business chamber members and clinic employees celebrate the opening of the Canyon View Clinic in Mapleton.

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Oasis opens doors in support of those with special needs The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce recently gathered for the Open House and Ribbon Cutting for Oasis Community Art and Learning Center. Civic leaders, chamber members, visitors and royalty, including Miss Utah, Miss Springville and Mr. and Miss Inspiration were on hand to help in the celebration of the center. The center is devoted to people who overcome significant obstacles every day and produce magnificent creations in the refuge of Oasis! TURN Community Services is a Utah non-profit organization founded by parents in 1973 to create alternatives to institutions for their children and other family members with disabilities. In 46 years, TURN has grown to serve nearly 850 individuals in 15 Utah counties, offering a full range of residential, day, employment, family support, and respite services. For more about TURN or Oasis, contact Dave Hennessey at (801) 3766844 or

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The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Oasis Community Art and Learning Center, which is devoted to people who overcome significant obstacles every day.

Groundbreaking ceremony first step in Santaquin’s quest for local market By Joe Capell

For years Santaquin residents have asked, “will we ever get a grocery store here in town?” The answer to that question is now be, “yes.” A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 14 for the new Santaquin Market, the town’s first supermarket, on the corner of 100 North and Orchard Lane. The store will be part of the Associated Foods Group, and plans for the building include an Ace Hardware store and a possible eating establishment with a drive-through window. There is no set date for the completion of the store, but officials are hopeful it will be open sometime before the end of the summer of 2020. Those donning hardhats to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony included Santaquin Mayor Kirk Hunsaker, City Manager Ben Reeves, City Engineer Norm Beagley, Mark Ridley from Ridley’s Family Markets, members of the Santaquin City Council, and repre-

sentatives from R & O Construction. The turning of the dirt with golden shovels was completely ceremonial, as the actual work of clearing the lot had been done beforehand with the help of a bulldozer and excavator, which were still on site for the groundbreaking. According to Santaquin Community Development Director Jason Bond, “This plan has been in the works for many, many years.” In 2011, Main Street was widened west of Interstate 15, and a traffic light was put in at 400 East. Then, in 2014, a right-turn only lane for a new street, Orchard Lane, was added, which will provide an easy approach to the site of the new store. Current plans include the creation of a new street, 200 North, to allow better access for local residents. And so, years of waiting by the citizens of Santaquin, and years of planning by city officials, are about to reach their culmination. Santaquin will finally have its own grocery store. (Capell is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Mt. Nebo chapter of Sons of Utah Pioneers gather as speaker reflects on journey of life many others. He sold the signs based on balsa models and a high standard of business. When President Johnson pushed through the “Highway Beautification Act” Snarr’s business was affected as were all outdoor advertising companies. Snarr negotiated a fair price for his signs and for other companies affected. He became a lobbyist for the industry in Washington DC. After three long years Snarr was responsible for legislation that enabled the sign industry and the state and local governments to remove the signs with fair compensation to the owners and no lawsuits. Snarr was called to Alaska as Mission President even though he had not been in any church calling other than bishop. He realized that more church buildings were needed in Alaska for the church to grow. He worked with the building committee, a lumber company in Seat-

tle, and local congregations to facilitate the construction of 22 new chapels in Alaska within three years. The design was a new concept that could adjust the size of the building to the size of congregation and allow for growth. Chapter members were enthralled with Snarr’s presentation and could have listened to him for several hours. He presented each chapter member with a CD of his speech “Positive Thinking Works” which he presented at the 1978 “ATTITUDE RALLY”. The Mt. Nebo Chapter of SUP meets on the fourth Thursday of each month with their wives for an enjoyable catered meal and guest speaker. They also take treks to various historical places about twice each year. Anyone interested in finding out how to join the SUP should contact Dan Howlett at 801-361-0108. (Serve Daily submission by Mike Bowen.)


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Twenty Advanced Learning Center students from the Nebo School District had the opportunity to fly to Houston and tour NASA’s mission control center as part of Delta Airline’s WING Flight.

Spreading Their Wings Local female students glimpse opportunities awaiting them in aviation By Ed Helmick

Twenty young women from the Nebo School District’s Advanced Learning Center were flown by Delta Air Lines from Salt Lake to the NASA Space Center in Houston on Oct. 5. The local high school students and their escorts were part of 120 young women and escorts from school districts in Utah. The purpose of the trip was to inspire women to

become aviators and aerospace engineers. It was an all-day, all female flight from initial planning, the flight and ground crew to women in the control tower according to a Delta Air Lines company news release. This was the fifth annual event titled WING Flight – Women Inspiring our Next Generation and the first one to originate out of Salt Lake. The girls left ALC in Salem at 4:40 a.m. for a 6 a.m. departure at the Salt Lake International Airport


and flew to Ellington Air Force Base adjacent to the NASA Space Center. Once on the ground the ground the students, according to Delta Air Lines “experienced the worlds of flight and human space exploration.” The highlight was touring NASA Mission Control Center and a very inspiring lunch with Jeanette Epps, NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer. The flight returned to Salt Lake about 10 p.m. and no one was complaining about the long day. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)




Educators gather to discuss successful partnerships in higher education Nebo School District educators had the opportunity to present at the national level at the National Concurrent Enrollment Conference held in Salt Lake City. One topic of interest included how Utah Valley University increased their enrollment numbers. UVU requested educators from Nebo School District to come and share how the two education-

al institutions worked together to grow the college and career opportunities for students faster than any other school district in the state. Cameron Gabler, a 2019 Nebo graduate, talked about winning the Concurrent Enrollment art show. The award inspired Cameron and others. Nathaniel Morrell, a history teacher in Nebo School District at Salem Hills

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The audience was fascinated that a university would be willing to send employees to each individual high school so the students and teachers could receive help and support at their home school. The power of this presentation left the audience asking the question, “how can we build a relationship with our schools, so students and faculty can help students bridge the high school and university experiences?” Trust was the message the national members took with them as they left. (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)

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Local students compete at Mountain Bike State Championships By Arianne Brown

High school-aged athletes from all over the state traveled to Cedar City for the Utah High School State Mountain Bike Championships Oct. 18-19. In this growing sport, 40 of the nearly 70 athletes from the Nebo School District area competed at the meet -- two of whom earned a top 10 finish in their respective divisions. Payson High School sophomore, Brock Bleggi placed sixth out of 148 competitors in the JV A boys division 2, with a time of 1:24:05.45 for a 21-mile course. Maple Mountain freshman, Preston Johnson placed ninth out of 90 compet-

itors in the Freshman A boys division 2, with a time of 1:2:13.51 for a 14mile course. Coach, Jordan Nielson said it took a lot of courage and heart to get out and race, and mentioned how proud he was of all his athletes for how they did on such a challenging course. “The race started at the Three Peaks Trailhead, and each lap was seven miles of gravel, dirt and slockrock,” Nielson said. “These are not short races. 28-miles for the varsity, 21 for JV and 14 for the freshman on some very hilly and technical areas.” Nielson acknowledged that for some of the athletes, it wasn’t their day, but he was proud of how

they gave all they had. “Placing in the top ten of any of these divisions is a great accomplishment, and Brock and Preston should really be proud of themselves,” he said. “We had seven seniors this year, too, who also worked very hard to complete these challenging courses.” One of those seniors was his own son, Graham Nielson who had an unfortunate accident two laps in. “About 15 miles in, Graham crashed on a turn, hurting his wrist, and he could have quit, but he didn’t,” Nielson said. “He got up and still finished another lap, and it just shows how much heart he and these athletes have.”

Students battle it out during Nebo School District Tournament of Bands The Nebo School District held its Tournament of the Bands in September. The winning bands included: The Springville High School band received Outstanding Color Guard and Second Place at the

Nebo Tournament of Bands. The Maple Mountain High School marching band was awarded Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding Percussion, and they placed first out of 11 bands in the 5A Scholastic Division.

The Salem Hills High School marching band placed 4th overall among 11 bands in their division as well as 2nd and 3rd place in the categories of percussion, overall visual effect, and color guard. (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.)

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With the season having ended for the winter, Nielson is looking forward to next year, and encourages all who want to come out for the team to try it. “We will have a meeting sometime in April for students grades 7 through 12 who would like to ride,” Nelson said. “All you need is a mountain bike and a helmet, and the desire to try something new.” For more information on Utah High School Mountain Biking, go to To know more about the Nebo team, including updates, go to the Mount Nebo MTB Team High School Comp Team on Facebook. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Nebo district celebrates Native American Naat’áánii Day The Nebo Title VI Native American Indian Program recently held their 5th Annual Leadership Day for their junior high and high school students and administration. Naat’áánii in the Navajo language means “leader.” The root of this word means to plan, so Naat’áánii Day teaches those to use their thinking and planning for leadership. Attendees at Naat’áánii Day were able to hear from Sahar Khadejenoury, a TV/ film producer, digital storyteller, former educator, as well as an advocate for Native American rights within the entertainment industry. “We are building leaders here in Nebo School District’s Indian Education program,” said program director, Eileen Quintana. “I am very grateful, happy and excited to work with such a great supportive team. Today, I had within our audience the students, administrators, and counselors from Nebo School District who have supported our pro-

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gram. Not only did we have attendees within the district, but we had important guests, the Director for Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Shirlee Silversmith, and the Utah Indian Education Specialist, Dr. Harold Foster, from Utah State Board of Education.” The Nebo Title VI is a program helping youth within Nebo School District connect with one another, while strengthening and empowering them for the future. “Nebo School District’s Title VI team works continuously for the academic, social, emotional, and cultural success of all Native American students,” said the Special Education/Federal Programs director, Mike Larsen “This team coordinates with and serves alongside parents and families in providing support and opportunities for students to participate in and learn from such as the annual Naat’áánii Leadership Day.” (Serve Daily submission by Lana Hiskey.) available on


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SHARP survey reveals drug use trending down for youth The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Statewide Survey outcomes were recently released. This survey is administered every other year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Utah and asks questions about health, including drug use, mental health and suicide, gang involvement, academic issue and health and fitness. What we’ve seen on the 2019 Utah County report, is that essentially all drug use rates are trending downward. This

includes alcohol, marijuana, prescription drug (misuse) and tobacco/vapes. Bullying is also going down. Depressive symptoms remain high, with more than 70 percent of students reporting signs of moderate to high levels of depression. SHARP also measures “risk and protective factors,” factors which predict antisocial behaviors or negative outcomes. The more risk factors a student experiences, the more likely they will have negative outcomes, such as


ALA honors Lindsey Robertson as the Teacher of the Month American Leadership Academy would like to congratulate Lindsey Robertson, October Teacher of the Month. This is Robertson’s first year teaching at ALA.  He is the high school physics and chemistry teacher. Prior to teaching, he worked in the oil field and ran nuclear reactors for the Navy.  Robertson received  his Bachelor of Science in Physics, and Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.  In his free time, Lindsey enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, composing music, and creative writing. All of which  he does with his wife and their three children.

drug use, suicide attempts, and failure in school. The more protective factors however, the more likely that youth will experience healthy outcomes. Almost all reported risk factors decreased this year. The top few that were reported include low commitment to school, youth and parental attitudes favorable towards antisocial behavior, and depressive symptoms. The top reported protective factors include family attachment, opportunities for prosocial involvement and belief in a moral order. We often get asked how we know that the data is accurate, and participants aren’t just making up answers. There are a few protective measures put in place to ensure results are accurate. First, a made-up drug is included in the drug questions section. Any report stating this nonexistent drug was used is discarded. The survey also asks the same question multiple times in different ways. Any report with conflicting answers is discarded.

The sample size used is quite robust, and any data that does not meet the required sample size is not reported and marked with a note that there was insufficient data to report on that question. We also see strong trends in the data from year to year, instead of random numbers. This trending shows that real results are being tracked from year to year. It has been proven many times that asking about a behavior, does NOT cause a youth to participate in that behavior. Instead, asking these questions provides powerful, accurate information for prevention and school personnel to address issues that students are facing in our community. Talking about issues such as mental health, drug use, school and other concerns, can also help an individual youth who is struggling, so remember to check in with your child often. Check out the entire report at: Daily submission by Michelle Swapp.)

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Tennis duo takes their friendship all the way to state title By Anderson Brown

“Dude we just won! We just won! We just won state! Emilee Nicholls said to teammate and best friend, Megan Mayo. The two hugged in celebration of a goal that they had set earlier this year. Emilee, a sophomore at Salem Hills High School, started playing tennis in 6th grade, following in the footsteps of her older brother who had taken state in singles. Emilee said she didn’t like playing tennis until she made the team in 7th grade, and started competing against other teams. Megan Mayo, a Junior at Salem Hills, started playing tennis with her family when she was little and tried out for the team in 7th grade but didn’t make the team. Both Emilee and Megan had the drive to improve in tennis, which eventually led them to the Salem Hills tennis team, and then to doubles teammates making big goals.Â

“Megan and I set the goal to take state as soon as we knew we were going to be partners,� Emilee said. Emilee agreed that taking state was a goal the two of them had made, but she knew that it would be hard. “Emilee and I had this goal the whole season and at times it didn’t seem like it would happen,� Megan said. “But we just kept going and I feel like it made it so rewarding!� The two are teammates, competitors, and friends, who use all three things to make it work. “I love my teammates, especially my best friend and partner Megan, who makes practice and the season so fun!� Emily said. “Playing against our own teammates is hard because you want to be friends but you have to be opponents. My teammates are so nice and so sweet.� Megan also said how important it was to have a teammate who was also her friend.  “Megan is the sweetest and most genuine girl you will ever

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Emilee Nicholls left and Megan Mayo celebrate after winning the state title for doubles in tennis.

ple Mountain, which they won 7-6 7-5. The final round was against Springville, where they won 6-3 6-1, and the state title. (Brown is a sophomore at Payson

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Lexus UX designed for the modern urban explorer By Craig and Deanne Conover

This week was our first time with the new Lexus ultra-urban UX, designed for those that live in the city with limited space for an automobile, yet still wanting the freedom that one offers, along with the luxury that is always associated with the Lexus name. In fact the name itself comes f r o m t h e words Ur b a n X-cross over or U X . T h e folks at Lexus explain t h a t t h e y would expect this little ‘Ute’ to not only be many buyers first Lexus, but for many their first foray into the luxury market. With this in mind the UX is very competitively priced with even the hybrid that we drove starting at just $34,000. “The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to young buyers who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.” Even though we are maybe not the youngest of buyers at this point in our life cycle, we still fell in love with the very nimble UX right from the start. Being a smaller SUV it was an automobile that we really enjoyed and found it very easy to get around town in, it was especially great when it came to

tight parking and tight driving situations. Being a luxury crossover we were not disappointed with any of the features that came along with our weekly test drive. The engineers set out to create a diving experience from the UX that would mimic as closely as possible what the public would expect from a sedan. At the end of the week would have to say mission accomplished as it was so easy to get in and out of our driveway, garage and any parking situation we were presented with. Along with being an SUV comes a higher ground clearance so we felt more in control of the drive out on the open road. Of course having the hybrid was even that much more enjoyable, with Toyota always seeming to lead the way in this category with different types of systems in their vehicles. Yet having to come up with a fully electric vehicle they have focused more on electric additions that increase base gas mileage numbers. The new hybrid system uses electric motors both on the front and rear of the UX to help with linear acceleration and keep the engine from giving the feeling that it is being overworked. The rear motor can also help with over steer and under steer if needed adding power to either wheel when needed. It will also work in conjunction with the navigation system to predict traffic, hills and other ways that it can keep the batteries charged. This system will even learn a drivers habits as he goes through a daily routine and will anticipate places to help with charging, adding power etc. So how did we do after a week of normal around Utah Valley Driving, well better than the EPA would have expected us to do, as we came in with a very


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Lexus ultra-urban UX is designed for those that live in the city with limited space for an automobile.

respectable 42 miles per gallon! Taking into the consideration that base price of the new UX this would be worth every penny to attain numbers like this! We were especially impressed with the way the hybrid system was set up using the same 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that comes with the gas only UX, by adding the extra electric motors total horsepower reached 181 ponies which was proved to be plenty of power for normal driving. However the real magic in the new crossover came in the way they have engineered the CVT or continuously variable transmission, through the magic of engineering they have made it so electric motor do most of the heavy lifting during initial acceleration more mimicking a normal gear box with the CVT coming into play after the UX has already gained speed. This was awesome as we did not experience the growls and groans that are normally associated with this type of set up

along with the fact it was very hard to tell we were not driving with a standard 8 speed gear set up. However they accomplished this feat our hats are off to those that made it happen. Inside as we said the luxury side of Lexus really was the high point, with the huge 10.25 inch screen up front that came with the addition of the navigation package. There was still the Lexus track pad set up that can still be somewhat frustrating for us to use, however it is getting better. They have added some fingertip controls located at the end of the hand rest that allowed us to control volume, hit enter, change songs things like that, it became second nature to use those controls as much as possible after just a couple of days with the UX. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were standard features along with 4 USB charging ports. The Lexus Enform App Suite comes with a one year free trial and will allow users

to communicate with the UX via Alexa Skills, which is pretty cool allowing Alexa to start the vehicle, send directions right to the navigation and things like that. The seats of course were leather clad, heated and ventilated along with a heated steering wheel, yes this would be the perfect urban Utah snow vehicle. Other additions to our test ride were a huge moon roof, blind spot monitoring and a wireless phone charger. On the safety side the UX comes standard with forward collision warning and intervention, radar cruise control, lane tracking assist, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, road sign assist and automatic high beam headlamps. The new UX is bound to make a statement no matter what your age, it looks great, handles great and is a fine way to get into the luxury SUV market. Base Price: $34,000 Price as driven: $43,060




Hear ye, a tale of good people By Ed Helmick

After years of exposing my ears to airplane and Jeep tire noise, I finally had to stop the denial and recognize that I was having a lot of difficulty hearing conversations. My friends and associates probably already recognized this. At age 75 my first conversation about a hearing aid was at a hunting expo last February. I found a booth selling a noise canceling hearing aids that I thought was an interesting concept. The young man at the booth, Darrin, would not discuss price until I had a hearing evaluation to determine what type of hearing aid I needed. I picked up his literature and filed it away at home. Throughout the spring and summer of 2019, I conclude I was missing discussions in meetings and on a one-to-one-basis, abusing the aviators’ phrase “say again”. I got out my hearing aid file and called Darrin for an evaluation appointment. He concluded I need the 16-channel hearing aid. When my wife and I were quoted the price of $4,000. Our expression was wow, we can’t afford that. My wife and I live on Social Security and whatever I can earn giving a few flight lessons and selling magazine articles that I write. We Left discouraged and discussing that we had hoped the hearing aids would be around $1,000 to $1,200 because that is about what we could afford. The evening after our hearing aid discussion with Darrin I received a text message to call him. Darrin told me they were a family business and he had discussed our situation with others in his family and they would sell me the $4,000, 16-channel noise cancelling hearing aid for $1,500. They would just list it in their business as a demonstrator. We accepted the offer and scheduled an appointment to have a mold taken for a customized hearing aid fit. When Janice and I went back for the fitting of the hearing aids, Darrin commented that he decided to discuss the lower price with his family because of Janice’s eyes. When Janice asked what that meant, Darrin explained that he could see the love she had for her husband and the hurt that she was experiencing when we could not afford the hearing aids for him. This turns out to be a wonderful story of good people and another blessing in our lives to be recognized. We are very thankful for Darrin and his family. We also recognize where blessings like this come from. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)



The Hidden Epidemic By Christina Halversen

The issue of mental illness is becoming an epidemic with no sign of stopping. There is a disconnect between those who deal with mental health issues and those who don’t, while some cannot identify the illness within themselves. Both of these issues can be helped through more education on this topic, especially through better awareness brought to mental health issues in schools. Mental illnesses have reached an all-time high, as anxiety and depression have become prevalent in this day and age, specifically within teenagers. One of the main issues is the lack of awareness that surrounds the issue, as it is not being taught to kids in the education system. This has many negative effects: one of which is that, many times, they are unable to identify their issues, thus not getting the treatment they require. Teenagers often struggle with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, that can form during these years of development. Unfortunately, most deal with these struggles without knowing what is wrong, which can be dangerous. For example, I struggled during my early teenage years, constantly lashing out at people and always feeling overwhelmed. I never knew what the cause of my struggles were, so I never did anything about them until things got worse. I’d heard of my sister struggling with similar problems so I decided to talk to my mom, finally able to get the help I needed. For me, this lack of knowledge hindered me from getting better, as I didn’t know what was wrong, having never talked or heard about mental illness. This is why learning about it in school health curriculums is so essential, because it can allow others to be able to identify issues within themselves quickly and get the help they need. Due to a lack of information,

many kids also don’t get the treatment for their conditions. According to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report, “Anxiety and depression are treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment” (ADAA). This education in school is crucial as it could help kids get necessary treatment. Since mental illness is a diagnosable condition, treatment is available, but awareness is necessary for those who require this treatment to get the help they need. Some may argue that mental health is not something that needs to be addressed in schools as it is something that is simply overdramatized in society, not an actual issue. However, this is not true, as shown by studies proving that the brain can have chemical imbalances and that traumatic events in life can cause these illnesses to form in one’s body. One Stanford study stated, “rather, there are many possible causes of depression, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems” (Stanford). This proves that mental illness is not something that is simply made up, but it is rather a diagnosable illness. It is important to address the problem of mental illness, because it isn’t going to go away on its own. Ways to help this epidemic also need to be implemented before it becomes out of control. The key piece missing from this solution equation is youth awareness of these issues; they are not being educated about mental illness, even though they themselves often struggle with these issues. Thus, by adding a mental health unit focused specifically on anxiety and depression into high school health classes, a change for the better will start with this worldwide issue.

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Instead of Black Friday, let’s call it Leftover Day By Joe Capell

For some people, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday. It’s all about shopping and getting the best deals of the year. It’s about staying up way late or getting up extra early. It’s about standing in long lines and fighting over the last big screen television. It doesn’t need to be that way. Instead of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving should be known as: Leftover Day. We spend all week preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. There’s lots of planning and lots of cooking. Then we spend maybe an hour actually eating the meal. It’s fantastic! But when the feast is finished, what is left? The leftovers, that’s what! Rubbermaid, Tupperware, old whip cream containers, plates covered with tin foil: they all get stuffed with the remnants of all the best Thanksgiving meal foods. Unfortunately, too much of this great leftover food is wasted each year. The problem is, the longer the leftovers are left in the refrigerator, the more likely we’ll forget what is in each container. And then, before you know it, you have some mystery meals. And later still, we’ll have a fridge full of fuzzy, furry former food. That’s why we need to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving as Leftover Day. If we eat the leftovers the day after Thanksgiving, we’ll be more likely to still remember which food is in which container, and we’ll be less likely to waste all of this delicious food.

One of the good things about Leftover Day is that you eat the leftovers right out of the leftover containers. Or, at the very least, you eat the leftovers on paper plates with plastic utensils. One of the keys to Leftover Day is dirtying the fewest dishes as possible. There were enough dirty dishes on Thanksgiving, there’s no need to add to it on Leftover Day. Probably the most popular leftover is stuffing the leftover rolls with leftover turkey for a

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makeshift sammich, but Leftover Day can also be used to try new things and new combinations. Didn’t have room for the sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving? You can have some on Leftover Day! Have you wondered what the green bean casserole would taste like covered in gravy? It’s Leftover Day, give it a try! And yes, there is still some pie! (Probably.) (But not for long, so get it while you can.) So, this year, instead of setting the alarm and facing the frenzied hordes of Black Friday shoppers, just kick back and feed your face on Leftover Day! And don’t worry about the dishes. Mr. Hefty will take care of it. (Capell is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Serve Daily Volume 8, Issue 90 November 2019  

Serve Daily is packed full of amazing local articles about people who serve, people who perform, and more. Find opportunities to serve, even...

Serve Daily Volume 8, Issue 90 November 2019  

Serve Daily is packed full of amazing local articles about people who serve, people who perform, and more. Find opportunities to serve, even...