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Yet another Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day winter storm under way

Leslie, Matah Camden

Matah Camden Leslie of Roanoke, Va., and formerly of Glasgow, Va., was born on December 4, 1924, and died on Friday, February 12, 2016.She spent 63 years with her best friend, buddy, caregiver and husband, John W. Leslie. He left no stone unturned in providing for her wellbeing and happiness. Together, they were lifelong members of the Methodist Church, serving in a variety of capacities, including youth counselors, Sunday school teachers, the official board, and she a member of the Women’s Society, he a member of the Methodist Men. Most of their social life centered around the church.They loved to travel and visited many places in the USA and Canada. Their hobbies included reading, playing cards and putting together jig-saw puzzles. One puzzle given to them by their son, Tim, contained the inscription, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall live-even though he dies.” This was their belief.Matah graduated valedictorian from Natural Bridge High School and attended Madison College where she was named to the Sigma Phi Lambda Honor Society. She worked as a clerk at James Lees and Sons, and later taught Bible in grades 4 to 7 in Glasgow and Natural Bridge elementary schools.She was predeceased by her wonderful Christian parents, Sidney R. and Thelma Rose Camden; brothers, Dr. Claude V. Camden, Dr. Dorman S. Camden and Sidney R. (Sam) Camden Jr.; and sisters-in-law, Elva G. Camden and Becky Camden.Her survivors include her husband, John W. Leslie of Roanoke; two sons, Dr. John W. Leslie Jr. and his wife, Laura, and grandchildren, Tyler and Lauren of Blacksburg; and Timothy R. Leslie and his wife, Karen, and grandsons, Gabe and T.J. of Salem. Also surviving is her brother, Dr. Daniel M. Camden and his wife, Sue, of Floyd. There are also numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, as well as many friends, who loved her, and whom she dearly loved.Her gratitude was always present for the care provided by husband John, sons, John Jr. and Tim, and their wives, Laura and Karen, as well as brother, Dan, and his wife, Sue. She loved them all. Also a special thank you to the caring staff of Gentle Shepherd Hospice who helped make her last days as comfortable as possible.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Roanoke, Va. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Rockbridge County where Matah was born. Online condolences may be made to the family at in II Timothy 4:7 she, “fought the good fight, finished her course and kept the faith.”

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Colorado Home and Garden Show builds business connections for vendors

Vendors sowed seeds of home improvement at the 2016 Colorado Garden Home Show, which kicked off Saturday and lasts until Feb. 21.

The event is a marketing marvel for more than 600 companies that filled the Colorado Convention Center in Denver to showcase a variety of products ranging from garden tools to window treatments.

“For a lot of the businesses here, it’s the only marketing they do all year,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Foundation. “They use it to jump-start their companies and meet customers.”

Laura Heath, owner of Town Country Landscaping, said the show put her company on the map. She’s been exhibiting her landscapes there since 2005. This year, her company was responsible for the 5,500-square-foot entry garden.

Heath said most of her clients can be traced back to the home and garden show.

“Each garden show provides about 90 percent of our business for the year,” Heath said. “If it’s not from the garden show, it probably came from a previous show.”

Steve Sparhawk, president of DeckTec Inc., said the show helps him stay in touch with his clients. This marks his 24th year exhibiting at the show.

Sparhawk said he invested around $25,000 in his slot at the show but eventually expects to make a full return on his investment.

“This event fosters referrals,” Sparhawk said. “It’s a great way for me to reconnect with our existing clientele and meet new people.”

For other vendors, the show is about reaching a lot of people with similar interests.

“These shows bring a lot of people from areas we service into one place,” said Scott Bondy, marketing director for Vivax Pros, a painting, roofing and solar installation contracting company. “People are getting ready for spring. They’re starting to visualize their projects.”

This is the Colorado Garden Home Show’s 57th year. The show has a 400,000-foot sprawl, and guests can stroll through more than an acre of professionally landscaped gardens.

That’s where Elizabeth resident Michele Lathrope was drawing inspiration for her home projects.

“We just bought a new home, and we’re looking for some landscaping ideas,” Lathrope said. “We’ve seen a couple of great ideas, and we took a lot of pictures.”

Katy Canada: 303-954-1043, or @KatySusanna

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Obama uses Rancho Mirage’s Sunnylands as Western White House

President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One upon his arrival at Palm Springs International Airport on Feb. 12, 2016. Obama will be joined by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Sunnylands resort in Rancho Mirage for a gathering on Monday and Tuesday of the leaders of the Association of Southern Asian Nations (ASEAN). The summit is aimed at strengthening the U.S.- ASEAN strategic partnership.

President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One upon his arrival at Palm Springs International Airport on Feb. 12, 2016. Obama will be joined by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Sunnylands resort in Rancho Mirage for a gathering on Monday and Tuesday of the leaders of the Association of Southern Asian Nations (ASEAN). The summit is aimed at strengthening the U.S.- ASEAN strategic partnership. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The guest list at Sunnylands resort in Rancho Mirage reads like a roster of the rich and famous, from years past to today: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Queen Elizabeth II, to name a few.

President Barack Obama will add more names to the VIP record Monday when he turns the 200-acre California desert estate into a center of international diplomacy and welcomes Southeast Asian leaders for a two-day summit about economic and regional security issues.

In years past, Obama has flown to the annual summits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Last fall in Malaysia, he invited the 10 member countries to meet on U.S. soil for the first time, part of his effort to sharpen the U.S. policy focus on the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region.

While leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia will be seeing Sunnylands for the first time, Obama has increasingly used the estate’s tranquil setting as a place to conduct U.S. foreign policy.

An added lure for an avid golfer like Obama is Sunnylands’ nine-hole course. It’s considered one of the country’s best.

Ben Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser, said Obama enjoys having more free-flowing talks with fellow leaders “out of the bubble” of Washington.

Sunnylands “lends itself to kind of a stepped-back, broader strategic set of discussions in a very peaceful setting in which the leaders can get to know one another and really try to dig in over an extended period of time in a way that you couldn’t in a one-hour meeting here at the White House,” Rhodes said.

Obama first visited Sunnylands in June 2013 for an unusual but informal summit with Xi Jinping, who only months earlier had been installed as China’s newest leader. China will not be represented at Sunnylands because it is not a member of ASEAN.

Obama returned to Sunnylands in February 2014 to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan, an important Middle Eastern ally.

Rhodes said the gathering of Southeast Asian leaders would be another “no-tie” summit, like Obama’s meetings with Xi and Abdullah.

Obama’s use of Sunnylands is reminiscent of how then-President George W. Bush used his Texas ranch while he was in office.

The former president took advantage of the ranch’s informal setting and regularly invited foreign counterparts to Crawford for talks. Bush spent so much time in central Texas that the ranch was dubbed the “Western White House.” Bush added an even more personal touch by driving some of the leaders around the sprawling property in his white pickup truck.

Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the late philanthropists who built Sunnylands, long hoped the property they used as a winter home would become the “Camp David of the West.” Annenberg was a diplomat who entertained royalty, presidents and celebrities at Sunnylands. He and his wife willed the property to a family trust in hopes that presidents and other high-ranking U.S. government officials would use it to foster international diplomacy, said Janice Lyle, director of the Sunnylands Center Gardens.

Obama is the eighth U.S. president since the mid-1960s to take advantage of the 200-acre property, which includes the Annenberg’s 25,000-square-foot-home, 11 lakes, the golf course, a tennis court and a swimming pool, along with many walking paths, reflecting pools and multiple varieties of wildlife and desert-appropriate landscaping.

Holding the summit at Sunnylands underscores to the ASEAN leaders that they are important to Obama, even as his presidency nears its end.

“The White House sees Sunnylands as very special treatment … where the president of the United States is leaving Washington and he’s going to spend two full days exclusively focused on these leaders and these individuals,” said Murray Hiebert, who studies Southeast Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Hiebert said many of the ASEAN leaders have never been to Washington and would prefer to have been invited to the White House.

But given the range of political systems — from open democracy to one-party rule — and the checkered human rights records among member countries, the Sunnylands venue puts distance between them and the White House and what it represents while still giving the summit a feeling of specialness and exclusivity.


Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.


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Smith Farm at Borderland in Easton welcomes military and veterans to info session

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Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do Feb. 14


Lovin Art — The Lovin’ Art program runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 at the American Fork City Hall, 31 N. Church St. Registration is $25 and covers the necessary art supplies.

Full STEAM Ahead — Join us at the American Fork Library, 64 S. 100 East, for our after school STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18. Each month features different activities focused around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  Class is for ages 8-11, limited to 25 students, and is free of charge.  Monthly online registration is required at, search for “Full STEAM Ahead February.”

Create! cooking class — Sponsored by the USU Extension Service and hosted at the American Fork Library, 64 S. 100 East, the Create! cooking class will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the library community room. Ideas will be offered to help get a healthy dinner on the table. The theme is “New recipes for a new year.”

Scouts — To give Boy Scouts a chance to meet American Fork City Council members, we are hosting monthly “Meet the Councilman” nights. At these events, a member of the City Council will address scouts in a group setting. Scout groups of all ages are invited. Council members will talk for 20 minutes about their responsibilities and issues facing our community from 6–7 p.m. durinng the third week of each month: Feb. 18, March 17, April 20, May 18. A June 15 “Meet the Councilman” will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Scouts will have the opportunity to ask questions. More information on how this event fulfills Boy Scout Citizenship badge requirements is available in the city February newsletter.

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers — The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers invites everyone to attend its meetings from1:30 to 3:30 p.m., every second Monday of the month, at the American Fork Senior Center, 54 E. Main St. At meetings, members discuss efforts to preserve the memory of pioneers who settled Utah. For more information, contact Gloria Scovill at (801) 756-4939.

Open House — Attend an Open House for Odyssey Charter School on 728 East Quality Drive (700 South) in American Fork. Tours available every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. The first lottery of the year will be Feb. 5. Enroll at

Diabetes workshop — A FREE workshop to help you better manages your diabetes and live a healthier life. This workshop is for individuals ages 18 and older with prediabetes, type I or II diabetes; family members are also invited and encouraged to attend. Participants will learn how to manage symptoms, work with their healthcare team, set weekly goals, relax and handle difficult emotions, and much more. Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, a 6 (six) week workshop developed through Stanford University. Wednesdays, March 9 to April 13, 5:30–7:30 p.m. (Provo). Individuals with prediabetes, type I and II diabetes, 18 years and older. American Fork Health Department, 599 S 500 E. Provo Health Department, 151 S. University Avenue. 


Soccer — Cedar Hills offers soccer leagues for tots and teens. Registration is available from the city’s website using, the city’s new recreation management software. When creating an account, please sign up as the parent/guardian first, and then you can register your children. Go to; call the Cedar Hills Recreation Department for more information at 801-785-9668, ext. 302; or email Cedar Hills welcomes non-residents to join the youth sports programs at no additional cost.

Karate Classes — The Cedar Hills karate classes for children, ages 6-12, are offered at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. The 1-hour classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays for different levels. The registration fee is $50 for each 5-week session. Online registration is available at for four levels: beginners (white belt), 4–5 p.m.; intermediate (yellow-orange belt), 5–6 p.m.; advanced I (senior orange and blue belt), 6–7 p.m.; advanced II (senior blue and green belt), 7–8 p.m. Another session will begin March 14. Classes fill up quickly, so register at to secure a spot.

Plants and Soils — In her lighthearted and entertaining presentation style, Dr. Dianne Farrer will give the scientific background needed to understand soil and water relationships, botany, ecology and more. There will also be field trips and invited speakers. The series of free classes runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 17 and every third Wednesday through October 2016 at the Cedar Hills Community Recreation Center, 10640 N. Clubhouse Drive. Detailed information about each class is available on the city’s website,

Golf Club needs volunteers — Part-time volunteers are needed to help at the course. Individuals, age 14 or older, are needed to work with golf carts, building maintenance, and servicing the practice range. Individuals desiring to volunteer to earn golf time would marshal and patrol the course, work in the cart area, and assist in the pro shop as needed. Contact the pro shop to apply.

Season Pass discounts — Golf club season passes are on sale now, and current city residents receive a discount on green fees and pass pricing with proof of residency. Cart fees apply. A special season pass for families is also available for city residents to enjoy family time at the facility. Visit for details.


Story Time — The Eagle Mountain Library will be offering free story time at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 26 and running through the end of April, except for spring break week. The same content will be offered both days of the weekly session at the library, 1650 E. Stagecoach Run in the City Center.

Annual financial reports — The fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) audit report (CAFR) and popular annual financial report (PAFR — summary of CAFR) are available on the Eagle Mountain website at under the “Government” tab, “Government Transparency” page. Click on the “Financial Audits” link to access both.

Senior news — Meet in the Eagle Mountain City Hall Council Chambers, 1650 E. Stagecoach Run.


Community Center arts activities — (801) 756-9614.

Coming up: Guests artists/workshops, 11 a.m. second and third Wednesday, Friends of Art Group.

Friends of Art: Meet twice monthly. Membership, $25/year. (801) 768-9643.

‘The Curious Savage’ — See “The Curious Savage,” a popular comedy that deals with a step-family in the ’50s, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, 24–27, 29, at the Highland Community Center. Tickets are $8 for students/children/seniors and $10 for adults and are available from or at the door (cash or checks only please).

Teen Chime Choir — Ages 12 and up are invited to apply for the Teen Chime Choir, limit is 20 and tuition is $75. Practices are 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays. Contact Page Erickson at (801) 830-0927 for information.

Oil Painting —  Artist Regan Reichert will be the instructor for oil painting, “Focusing on Portraits and Techniques.” Class is from 1:30–3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 and Feb. 19. Contact Shauna at 801-756-9614 for more information.

Utah Valley Chamber Players — An exciting new opportunity for ambitious young string players, age 10-18, the Utah Valley Chamber Players have rehearsals Saturday mornings followed by a concert on March 19. Email Ellen Burns at for more information.

Highland Arts Scholarship — The Highland Arts Board offers a Fine Arts Scholarship to students  attending college or may be attending collage in 2016 and 2017. Students may apply for a $500 fine arts scholarship. The deadline is April 1, 2016 to apply.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ — The Lone Peak High School Drama Department presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18, 19 and Feb. 22, 23 at the LPHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at or can be purchased at the door. 


Performances for ‘Little Women’ — The performances will be April 7 through April 16. Rehearsals will be scheduled around cast availability, Monday through Friday nights and some Saturday mornings and afternoons. For details, see our web page or

Children’s art workshops — Ceramics, exploration of art, drawing, watercolor, Lehi Arts Center. Various times.

Lehi Arts Workshops — Due to overwhelming demand, Children’s Musical Theater Workshops will be by audition. Children will be invited to audition and enrollment opportunities will be extended to selected individuals, along with instructions for registration and tuition payment.  Workshops will be Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. with performances February 25 to 27. Workshops will be Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with performances March 3 to 5. Musical Theater Workshops begin January 18.

Library Gala — Don’t miss the 2016 annual Lehi Library Gala concert featuring the Bar J. Wranglers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi. Doors open at 6 p.m. General seating is $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Frances Comer Fund in behalf of the Lehi City Library. Buy your tickets at the library, 120 N. Center St., or visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Creating healthy meals — Come to the Utah State University Extension workshop on making stir-fry at 7 to 8 p.m. on March 3 in the northeast corner of the Lehi Public Library for great recipes and ideas.

Teen Scene — All teens are welcome to join us for Teen Scene at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Lehi Public Library, 120 N. Center St., to make and send your own postcards. Materials will be provided, no registration required.

Photo contest — Now is your time to let loose your creative side and capture the beauty of our community. It’s time to show everyone what it’s all about. Lehi is sponsoring its first photo contest. Submit your photos from Monday, Feb. 15 until April 30. Whether its life, landscape, or landmarks, get your cameras out and show us what you love most. Find out more at

Landscaping classes — We will be having a series of classes on landscaping starting in February at the Lehi Public Library, 120 N. Center St. Please visit for more information.

What Could It Be? — Come see what creative inventions Lehi Public Library patrons produced from a kit of simple scraps at the library, 120 N. Center St. Displays will be available for viewing at the library through Feb. 22.


Family History — The Lindon Community Center has Family History Lab classes from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Assistants available in computer lab to help with FamilySearch,, RootsMagic and other family history needs. Call to reserve your spot for a class, or stop in anytime to check it out.

Community Center Cinema — The Community Center Advisory Board announces the continuation of the Community Center Cinema this winter. The CCAB will be showing Monsters University at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Lindon Community Center, 35 N. Main St. Come join us for a free fun family night.

Youth soccer — Lindon City offers a Short-Sided Soccer league that provides many benefits such as more touches on the ball, more shots on goal, more scoring as well as  allows for improved skill development, better utilization of the field and more cardio/activity level. Registration begins Monday, Feb. 15 until March 21. There is a $35 fee. The teams are smaller and rules simplified to allow more participation and time with the coach. The season begins May 7 and lasts through June 11. Games will be played at Pioneer Park, 150 S. 500 East.

Little Miss Lindon — The 2016 Little Miss Lindon Pageant is at 6 p.m. on March 5 at Oak Canyon Jr. High School. Come out and support this long standing Lindon tradition. For more information contact Traci Stone at (801) 427-8304.

Little Miss Fundraiser — Little Miss Lindon Royalty will be hosting a “Couples Dance” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Lindon Community Center located at 25 N. Main St. Cost is $30 per couple and all proceeds will go towards Lindon City Parks. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Community Center front desk or at the door. For more information contact Amerie Belliston at 801-559-7171.

Senior activities — Join the “Morning at the Movies” bus trip to the Scera Theatre in Orem to see “The Philadelphia Story.” The bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and cost is $2. Senior pickleball is 10 a.m. to noon each Monday; chair fitness sessions are at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays; the Family History Lab is at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Computer Basics class is at 10:30 a.m. each Friday; the Senior Card-Making Club meets at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 at the Lindon Community Center, 25 N. Main St.; and the Leap Year Lunch Party is at noon on Feb. 29.

Bookmobile — The state-sponsored Utah County Bookmobile will be at the Lindon Community Center, 25 N. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.

Senior Center closed — The Lindon Senior Center will be closed for Presidents Day on Feb. 15.

Senior bus — The Lindon Senior Center has a bus and able to offer rides to and from the center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is available for Lindon resident seniors. Pick-ups are between 10 and 11a.m. Drop offs are between 1 and 2 p.m. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Contact the Senior Center front desk at (801) 769-8625


Orem Library — 58 N. State St., Orem. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. (801) 229-7175.

Orem Library Special Programs — The Orem Library presents two special programs to celebrate Valentine’s Day: Blind Date with a Book and An Evening of Fine Chocolate.

Blind Date with a Book: Looking for an unexpected literary adventure? Spice up your reading love life and visit our “Blind Date with a Book” display all through February, located in the South Wing by the main reference desk. Email us your blind book date stories at and we’ll share them on our Facebook page.

SCERA Youth Theatre — SCERA Youth Theatre’s Acting Up! presents Sleeping Beauty at the Orem Public Library on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 pm. Based on the Disney film, this musical adaptation of the classic fairytale is appropriate for all ages.


Friends of Payson Library and Payson Library Board — “From Tabernacle to Temple” — The Story of the Transformation of the Historic Fire-Damaged Provo Tabernacle into a Modern Temple. This will be the topic in a presentation by Jay and Sylvia Newitt, full-time construction LDS missionaries at the Provo City Center Temple. The couple’s assignment is to assist in making sure the transformation meets plans and specifications of the Church.  They also will write a comprehensive history of the project. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Friends of Payson Library and the Payson Library Board in the first of its Guest Speaker Series. The Newitt’s will speak Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00pm, at the Payson City Banquet Hall, 439 West Utah Avenue.   

Immunization clinic — Utah County Health Department, immunization clinic moved to Payson. Walk-in clinic: 910 E. 100 North, No. 125, Payson. Open from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. (801) 851-7024.

Communities Acting Against Substance Abuse — Communities Acting Against Substance Abuse invites you to participate in the upcoming Strengthening Families Parenting Program. The program is a free evidence based, 12-week course that the whole family participates in. WHEN — Session starts Thursday, Feb. 4. Class is every Thursday from 6–8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks. WHERE — Payson Junior High School, 1025 S Highway 198, Payson, Utah 84651. For more information, and to register, please contact: Kim Lefler at (801) 921-9779. 

Payson Community Theater — there will be auditions for “Into The Woods,” which will be performed in conjunction with Onion Days Celebration. Audition dates are May 18 and 19, and will be held in the music room at Payson High. Performance dates will be August 25, 26, 27, September 1, 2, 3, and closes on the 5th.

Helping Hands Coalition of Payson — Annual Community Dinner and Fund Raiser; Friday, February 19th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Dinner, Entertainment and Dessert Auction For more information call: (801) 380-6723


Great Reads for Girls — This month, Great Reads for Girls is reading “The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls” by Elise Primavera. Girls, ages 8–16, are invited to attend with their mothers or other caring adult for an evening of fun activities and lively discussions at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the lower level of the Pleasant Grove Library, 30 E. Center St. This program is free. Pick up a copy of the book at the front desk.

Spanish Story Time — A free bilingual preschool story time fosters language and cultural development in both Spanish and English at 10:30 a.m. each Friday in the lower level of the Pleasant Grove Library, 30 E. Center St. Other activities include finger plays, songs and simple crafts.

Volunteers needed — Make a difference by volunteering at the Pleasant Grove Library Literacy Center, third floor, 30 E. Center St. The center volunteers tutor children who need to improve their reading. Currently there are 60 students enrolled, but only 55 tutors available. Tutoring sessions are after school, Monday through Thursday. Contact or stop by the library for more details.

Senior center — Jacobs Senior Center, 242 W. 200 South, Pleasant Grove, is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bingo: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Nurse arrives 10:30 a.m. first Wednesday of month to check heart rate, blood pressure and for diabetes. Lunch served at noon, Mon.–Fri. Seniors/$3. Guests/$6. Reserve by 11 a.m. the day before: (801) 785-2818.

Healthy Lifestyle — USU Extension Food $ense and Snuck Farm present a new series of classes about “Living a Healthy Lifestyle.” The free classes will focus on healthy eating, improving physical activity and will include a recipe demonstration and sampling. Come join us 7 to 8 p.m. at Snuck Farm located at 504 W. 1100 North, Pleasant Grove, on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Visit the for more information.

Jacobs Senior Center — The Jacobs Senior Center welcomes seniors 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekdays, at 242 W. 200 South in Pleasant Grove. Lunch is served at noon and a donation of $3 is asked but not required from seniors, and $6 for guests. Please call (801) 785-281824 hours before you arrive so we have a plate ready for you. Activities include Bingo from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; and heart rate, blood pressure and diabetes check at 10:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Fire hydrants — Please dig snow from around fire hydrants, if you have one in your yard or neighborhood. In the event of a fire it will make it possible for the firefighters to quickly locate them.


The Cinematics — Improv comedy troupe acts out short stories in old Hollywood style, with special guest Stacey Harkey from Studio C. $10–$12. Fri.–Sat. 7:30, 9:30 p.m. (Fri. shows without Harkey). Echo Theatre. (801) 358-6623,

Chairbound Sportsman — The Big Outdoors Expo is a three-day event being held from Feb. 25-27 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo. Chairbound Sportsman has booths 2405 2407 and will be highlighted by a dinner/banquette — on Friday night Feb. 26 at the Provo Marriott next door. See their website for tickets.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-HOW — They meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Plaza, 1134 North 500 W. Provo (above the Instacare, located on the UVRMC campus) Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings. We address issues of compulsive eating.

Family history classes — Taught from 3 to 6 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU campus. Resources available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free. (801) 422-6200. 

Happy Valley Derby Darlings — The Happy Valley Derby Darlins Annual Fundraiswer will be on Friday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at City Limits in Provo. For information, call Emily Schwarzmann at (801) 372-2544. 

WordWeavers — Meet every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bring two poems and 15 copies of each. 1288 Devonshire Dr., Provo. (801) 885-1532.


Literacy Center — The Saratoga Springs Literacy Center at 1307 N. Commerce Drive needs tutors to help kids, ages 5-11, improve their reading, writing and spelling skills.  It’s like being a reading buddy. Times available are either Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. The Winter 2016 Session runs from Jan. 25 to March 3 at the library. Register online at Click on “Literacy Center;” and under registration choose “Click Here” to register. Training is included. Call Saratoga Springs Library at (801) 766-6513 or email at with questions. 

Smith’s applications — Processing applications for Smith’s Marketplace at NW corner of Redwood Road/Pioneer Crossing. Construction begins in Spring.

Library — Merit Badge Scouting classes — The Saratoga Springs Library staff are searching for people willing to volunteer as merit badge counselors  and would love to have a commitment from our volunteers to teach one class every three months for the following subjects: first aid, personal management and sustainability, animal science, archaeology, art, basketry, bird study, bugling, crime prevention, dentistry, dog care, energy, entrepreneurship, fish wildlife management, fishing, fly fishing, graphic arts, Indian lore, journalism, law, leatherwork, medicine, mining in society, moviemaking and cinematography, music, pets, programming, pulp and paper, radio, railroading, reptile and amphibian study, salesmanship, sculpture, theater, veterinary medicine and wood carving.

  • Kindergarten partners – Beginning in September, the Saratoga Springs Library will be partnering with “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” to encourage a love of reading. Pick up a sticker log from the library during open hours (or print one out online from home). Kids can earn a sticker for every 10-book milestone, a special prize for every 100-book milestone, and a grand prize when you reach the 1,000 book milestone. You can check out the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” on the iPhone and Android app.
  • Dr. Seuss Day –  For family members of all ages join the Saratoga Springs Library for a grickily gructus Dr. Seuss Story time from 2-7 p.m. on March 2. visit
  • Delicious meals – The Saratoga Springs Public Library hosts free cooking classes on creating delicious meals from scratch from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the library, 1307 N. Commerce Dr., Suite 100. The theme is “Spice it Up.” This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Utah State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and a different theme will be presented once a month.

Shay Park Fundraiser — Shay Park is currently under construction at the intersection of Aspen Hills Boulevard and Lyndi Lane. The Utah Live Steamers Railroad Club is currently raising money to install a 1-inch aluminum rail and locomotives for trains to pull visitors at the park. Residents and businesses that would like to help with the purchase of the rail should contact the Utah Live Steamver Railroad Club at (801) 798-0241, or via e-mail at The 12-acre park will feature many amenities including a pavilion, picnic tables, playground equipment, restrooms, playing fields and area for a scale railroad to be installed at a future date.


Recreation news — Info: Register for youth sports: (801) 804-4600. Parks Rec: 775 N. Main St. Feb. 11 — Adult Co-ed Volleyball early registration ends; Feb. 16 — Women’s Basketball early registration ends; Feb. 18 — Spring Youth Soccer regular registration ends (age 5 thru grade 9); March 8 – Urban Fishing early registration ends (boys girls, 6–13 years of age); March 10 — Baseball/Softball early registration ends (boys girls), grades 3-8). Mar. 17 – Baseball/Softball registration ends (Boys Girls grades 3-8). Mar. 21 – Pizza Factory Invitational Baseball Tournament registration ends


Springville Historical Society Lecture Series — All lectures for the Springville Historical Society Lecture Series will be held in the Springville Art Museum on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.


Alpine School District – Program for Disabled Persons – The Alpine School District Department of Special Education is attempting to contact persons with disabilities between the ages of birth to 21 years old in compliance with the federal law, mandating the provision of free educational programs and/or services for such persons. If a child is having significant difficulty with vision, hearing, speech, behavior, is experiencing slow development untypical for his/her age, physical impairments, or learning difficulty, he/she may be a child with a disability. If you know of any child who you feel might qualify for these services, including students suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade, in a private school, homeless, or migrant, contact the principal of your school or the Special Education office of Alpine School District at (801) 610-8410.

Air Pollution and Pregnancy Seminars — Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment have prepared an educational seminar on “Air Pollution and Pregnancy.” Thursday — Utah Valley University; 800 West University Pkwy.; Classroom Bldg 101; Orem, UT. Feb. 11 — 4th Floor Conference, RM #4 Salt Lake City Main Library; 200 E. 400 S.; Salt Lake City. Feb. 16 — BYU Education in Zion Theatre, Room B192; Joseph Fielding Smith Bldg.; BYU Campus, Provo.

BeWise — Women ages 50–64 may have free blood pressure check, cholesterol, sugar/glucose screenings, voucher for free mammogram, breast exam, pap test, Utah County Health Department’s BeWise program. (801) 851-7031.

Evenings at the Museum Lecture Series announced by LDS Church History Department —  The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to announce that the Evenings at the Museum Lecture Series will begin again in 2016 following a year-long furlough for renovation. The 2016 lectures will feature a broad range of Church history topics and guests, including black history within the Church, family history, prominent LDS folk musicians, and filmmakers. The first Evening at the Museum will be held on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. Darius Gray and Margaret Blair Young will present “Black Heroes in Latter-day Saint History.” This will examine black LDS history in the context of American history. Some heroic black Latter-day Saints who were involved in the early Civil Rights movements will be introduced. The following is a brief description of the rest of the 2016 Evenings at the Museum lectures schedule: March 3 – Tiffany Taylor Bowles presents “Sarah Granger Kimball: The Mind behind the Relief Society” April 21 – Los Hermanos de los Andes perform Andean folk music May 19 – Garrett Batty and Melissa Leilani Larson present “Inspirational Drama: Salvation in Microcosm” July 21 – Clive Romney presents “The Legacy Series: Art Makes Ancestral Stories Memorable, Enjoyable, Inspirational, Repeatable!” September 15 – Susan Easton Black and George Durrant present “Insights and Experiences from Two Accomplished Authors and Teachers” November 17 – Living history characters bring the past to life! These lectures are free to the public but seating is limited. No reservations are needed. Lectures are held in the Church History Museum Theater, 45 North West Temple Street. For more information, please visit or call 1-801-240-3310.

Senior volunteers needed — Men/women age 55-plus needed as Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions for 15–40 hours a week. Foster Grandparents assist children in school, daycare, crisis nurseries to tutor/mentor children with special needs. Senior Companions serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities and offer respite to caregivers. (801) 851-7767.

Volunteers — Adopt-A-Senior, (801) 489-6100. Children’s Justice Center, (801) 851-8504. Food/Care, (801) 373-1825. Habitat for Humanity, (801) 368-2250. Hospice, (801) 842-6591. Meals on Wheels, (801) 229-3821.

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Problems arise when landowners take hunting dog matters into their own hands – Virginian

As he listened to the hounds tearing through the woods, Jamie Kearns stopped to glance at his GPS unit.

He didn’t like what he saw.

A question mark had popped up on the display, signaling that one of his prized hunting dogs was not moving. Even worse, the signal showed that the dog, Flirt, was on the side of a road.

Kearns’ heart sank. His stomach turned.

His first thought was that his dog had been hit by a vehicle.

So he jumped in his truck, rushed to the location and was shocked by what he saw.

Flirt was nowhere to be found. Instead, a man stood at the end of a driveway holding the dog’s transmission collar.

What ensued highlights the growing problems between hunters who use dogs to chase deer and landowners who don’t want to be bothered by the dogs or the hunters.

“Things got out of control real fast,” said Kearns, an Elizabeth City, N.C., resident who hunts with Community Hunt Club in Suffolk. “I just wanted to know where my dog was. It was my main concern.”

Kearns finally heard Flirt howling in the distance and realized she had returned to the pack and likely was OK. So he called the club’s vice president for assistance and turned his attention to the landowner.

“He shouted at me, ‘Did I get your attention?’ He had, but in the wrong way,” Kearns said.

Club vice president Jimmy Simpson, a former game warden with 50 years in law enforcement, arrived on the scene and called a state Conservation Police Officer.

The tense situation didn’t escalate, and landowner David A. Lujan was charged with removal of an electronic transmission collar – a Class 1 misdemeanor. Removal of an electronic collar is against the law, and in all but cases of attacking humans or livestock, so is killing the dog.

Phone calls to Lujan’s attorney were not returned, and the case is scheduled to be heard Feb. 16 in Suffolk court.

Simpson said that Flirt’s collar – which cost approximately $300 – was damaged and Kearns should be compensated.

“I’m not sure if the landowner just didn’t understand or what,” Simpson said. “Our club tries really hard to communicate with landowners, and we do everything we can to keep our dogs away from where they aren’t wanted. But sometimes they end up there and we do everything we can to get them off.

“We’ve only had a couple of incidents over the years. It didn’t used to be this way. It’s all rural where we hunt, and the problem is that more people are moving into the area and city ideas and hound hunting don’t always mix.”

Simpson said he is hearing more of similar problems. A case in King and Queen County saw both the hound hunter and landowner charged, and a case in which a dog was shot in Albemarle County two years ago drew statewide attention. Hunting chat sites blow up during the season with calls to help find lost dogs and with reports of collars found without their dogs .

Landowners point to growing frustration that their rights are being infringed upon. Groups such as the Virginia Landowners Association emphasize that breaking the law or harming the dogs is not the answer. Association spokesman Sean Strohm urged in an email statement for landowners to work with law enforcement.

“It is without a doubt that landowners are so frustrated with their lack of rights that they are resorting to going down this unfortunate road,” added the VLA’s Aaron Bumgarner. “It is because of a lack of options that they are taking the law into their own hands.

“But the VLA absolutely, 100 percent, does not condone harming a dog in any way, shape or fashion.”

Landowners that don’t want dogs on their land claim the animals trespass, especially when dogs are intentionally let go on posted “No Trespassing” property. They seek laws preventing the practice.

While state game department officials say they have heard some of the anecdotal evidence of landowner-hunter confrontations, they add that few charges are being filed.

“I don’t see everything that comes in, but these kinds of things appear to be minuscule,” said Col. Ron Henry, head of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police Officers. “Sometimes, local sheriff’s departments answer the complaints and we don’t see those. There are some cases where well-meaning people take dogs to the pound and we always have a handful of situations where collars are removed.

“If there is an increase in these things, I would say it was localized because we do have certain (counties) where conflicts (between landowners and hunters) are worse.”

Kearns, who owns JA Kennels with his wife, Annette, has 21 hunting hounds, a couple of them from a Louisiana lineage that cost him “a lot of money.” Quality hunting dogs can cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars.

Kearns keeps his kennels immaculate, and the dogs well taken care of. His hounds are trained to respond to a pulse sent through the tracking collars so when they go where they aren’t wanted, he can call them back. He says the club holds landowner appreciation dinners and that they take deer meat and flowers to owners of the land they lease.

He’s proud of how his dogs perform and honored to be part of a decades-old club that “does things the right way.”

“I spend three hours a day taking care of my dogs,” said Kearns, who owns his own landscaping business. “Cleaning the kennels, watering, feeding, making sure they are OK. We spend money in the community for food and vet bills. It’s our way of life for hunting and we do it right.”

When Kearns talks about what happened that day in late December, the emotion pours from his voice. Not only is Flirt a valuable hound, it’s a member of his family and an intricate part of the sport he loves.

He knows that without the collar, he easily could have lost her.

“Well, it’s like I’ve always said, my dogs are my world. And at that moment, it came to a complete stop,” Kearns said, his voice quivering. “My heart dropped and the emotions were extremely high at that moment. I was in disarray and confused and very upset.

“I just couldn’t understand why anybody would do such a thing.”

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