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Douglas Michael McMahon, with his wife Judy, responds after receiving the Axtell Walking Stick for outstanding community service.
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Man who traded city for country receives Axtell Walking Stick

 

Suzanne Dean

Publisher

7/27/2017

 

FISHLAKE NATIONAL FOREST—A Salt Lake City native who moved to Axtell with his wife 11 years ago and since then has become deeply involved in the community, received the Axtell Walking Stick on Monday.

The honor went to Douglas Michael McMahon, 75. In accepting it, he said much of the credit should go to his wife, Judy.

McMann said moving from Salt Lake City to Axtell was one of the best things that could have happened to him and his wife.

“It’s been a complete change of life, but it’s the best blessing that ever could have been bestowed,” he told the crowd of about 100 gathered for the Axtell Pioneer Day camp out and picnic at the Anthony Flats Campground in Willow Creek Canyon.

Picnic fare included sloppy joes, potato and pasta salad, root beer brewed on site and watermelon.

There was also a pie-eating contest; discharge of a candy cannon that sent dozens of children scrambling for tootsie rolls; and a game in which a wheel was spun, the wheel stopped on a color, and a child got to select a prize out of a container of the same color.

Finally, there was the traditional auction where girls from the Axtell LDS Ward Young Women brought items they had baked or made, ranging from baked goods to artwork. Then Bruce King of Axtell auctioned off the items for amounts ranging from $25 to $150. Proceeds will go to support youth activities in the ward.

The tribute to McMahon was presented by Reed Roberts of Centerfield, who works with McMahon in the American Legion.

McMahon was born in Salt Lake City in 1942. He attended West High School and then went to work for Utah-Idaho School Supply, where he met his wife. They were married in 1961, 56 years ago.

Five years later, he was drafted for service in Vietnam. McMahon told Roberts his year there “was not the best year of his life.”

In 1970, he went into business as a siding contractor and operated the business until 2004. He retired completely in July 2005.

“That’s when they (Mike and Judy) started looking for a way to get out of the city,” Roberts said. They found a home in Axtell, and “they’ve fit into this small town very well.”

McMahon is active in the Gunnison Valley American Legion and his wife in the American Legion Auxiliary. “It’s rare when a veteran passes that he’s not in the cemetery to honor the deceased veteran.”

McMahon has also served as president of the Gunnison Valley senior citizen organization. When the new Gunnison City Hall was built, he played a key role in making sure space for the seniors, including a quilting room, was included in the plans.

He cares for the lawn at the Axtell Post Office building. Roberts said when he drives by, he often sees McMahon’s trailer there and McMahon mowing the grass with his riding mower.

And, Roberts said, because McMahon had the expertise the unincorporated town needed, he was elected to the board of the Axtell Special Service District, which runs the water system, and has served more than four years.

 

An aerial view of Duncan Trailer Court in Manti. Manti City recently sent the property’s landowner a letter telling her she needed to reduce the number of dwellings on the property, and address other safety violations.

 

Manti City says trailer court too crowded

 

Robert Stevens 

Managing editor

7/27/2017

 

 

MANTI—Manti City administration has drawn a line in the sand with the landowner of Duncan Trailer Court, to see the property come into compliance with safety ordinances, and prevent potential mishaps.

On July 13, the city sent a letter to the owner of the park, Mrs. Jody Arnold, who lives in Nevada. The letter, which Manti City Administrator Kent Barton composed, particularly addressed the issue of overcrowding, dangerous setbacks and dwelling density in the trailer court.

Barton wrote to Arnold, “After discussion, the desire of the council remains firm that you bring the trailer court into compliance with the ordinance, for the protection and safety of the residents.”

The letter said that the current ordinance only allows for nine dwellings on the 0.89-acre lot, but according to Barton, there is currently 11—one house directly on Main Street, and 10 trailers set back behind the house with a side-alley driveway allowing access to the court from the street. There is another structure that the city refers to as the “Bunk House,” situated on the back yard of the house property, but with its access and parking from the rear in the Trailer Court area.

Barton tells Arnold in the letter that the city wants her to bring the property into compliance with overcrowding and setback ordinance code, as well as not renting the “Bunk House” until its access, parking and utilities have become fully independent from the trailer court area.

The letter was an effort, in part, to address potential problems like the fire that happened in Ephraim’s Main Street trailer court last year—one that quickly spread from one trailer to another that was situated too closely.

“We just want things to be safe,” Barton said. “I think the fire [at one of Ephraim’s trailer courts] was a big wakeup call. If it had happened at another time of day, when people could have been sleeping, there could have been a loss of life.”

Barton tells Arnold in the letter that the city was expecting her to submit a plan for remedying the multiple safety violations the trailer court currently has active.

“When you have a code, the code should be followed, but the code in our trailer park ordinance is there for safety reasons, mostly,” Barton said. “This is an effort to increase ordinance compliance for safety.”

Barton says the city has no desire to push the trailer court out of business; they only want to address the safety issues.

“Every community needs different segments of housing, based on either circumstances or desires of residents,” Barton said. “But whatever housing we have, it should be safe housing.”

Wayne Riley of Manti has lived in Duncan Court for about five years. He says the park isn’t perfect, but he isn’t really worried about overcrowding or dwelling density.

“I’m happy to have a place to live,” Riley said. ”Duncan is a wonderful place to live, with great people and community spirit.”

The Messenger attempted to contact Arnold for comment but received no reply.

Ember and Colton Olsen of Manti on their wedding day Oct. 6, 2012. They have spent nearly five years trying in vain to conceive a child.

 

Committed to pursuit of parenthood

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

7/27/2017

 

MANTI—After five years of heartbreaking setbacks, a Manti couple is reaching out to the community where they were raised to help them achieve their life goal—having a child.

Colton, 22, and Ember Olsen, 23, say that during their years of trying to get pregnant, they exhausted alternatives for having a baby and incurred a tall stack of medical bills. The failed attempts took a toll on them and they had basically given up.

Now, with the encouragement of a friend, they are prepared to explore their final (and most expensive) option—in vitro fertilization (IVF). The couple is trying to raise $11,000 through a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign.

“It has been a dream since I was a little girl to be a mother,” Ember said. “It is now my dream to make my husband a father.”

The pair said that although they had no funding options, they never considered crowdfunding. When a friend pushed them to give it a try, they decided they were willing to risk the heartbreak of it possibly not working for the chance to be parents.

And the couple has gone through a mountain of heartbreak in pursuit of parenthood.

The two met for the first time when they were both 8-years old as ring bearer and flower girl in a relative’s wedding. Ember, says Colton was her first crush. They eventually began dating in 2010. He was 15 and she 16.

Colton (left) and Ember Olsen, on the first day they met, acting as ring bearer and flower girl in a relative’s wedding.

“We had such love for each other,” Ember said. “We were the typical high school sweethearts.”

In 2012, the young couple were married and decided to move out on their own. They also decided they definitely wanted to have a baby, but that they would just let it happen naturally.

“We were young, but we were so ready to bring a little life into this world,” Ember said. “We told ourselves if it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t, we’re still young and have all the time in the world.”

A year later, the couples still were not pregnant, and scores of negative home pregnancy tests weighed heavily on their minds. That was when they decided to consult a fertility doctor.

The doctor was concerned and cleared Ember for a procedure that might improve their chances of getting pregnant. The procedure complete, the tests came back good, and the doctor gave the couple the green light to keep trying. Ember and Colton say they were still hopeful.

Months later, the couple still hadn’t gotten pregnant, so they scheduled a diagnostic surgical procedure for Ember. In February 2013, the couple discovered Ember had Stage 4  endometriosis, a condition with no cure, and known to cause infertility and other negative symptoms.

Ember says the discovery was bittersweet. They had some concrete answers why they weren’t getting pregnant, but the outlook had not improved.

Ember underwent a difficult surgery, hoping to treat the condition into remission long enough to allow her to get pregnant.

“We thought for sure our miracle baby would be in our near future after that, Ember said. “Sadly, we still had no luck.”

After the unsuccessful surgical treatment, under the direction of their doctor, Ember underwent three rounds of fertility treatments.

“Each round failed,” Ember said. “And we got knocked back down again.”

Around then, an opportunity that was too good to be true arose for the couple, a chance to adopt a newborn baby boy.

“We took the chance knowing that this may be our only chance at becoming the parents we so desperately wanted to be,” Ember said.

In December 2014, the Olsen’s drove 28 hours to watch the birth of their adopted son-to-be. The boy was born healthy, and the Olsen’s say they were overjoyed to finally be parents. But their elation was premature.

Complications in the adoption arrangement ended with the Olsens driving home without a baby.

“At that point, I couldn’t even think,” Colton said about the long drive home. “It was better not to think than to let yourself deal with what you were feeling.”

Ember took the cruel twist of fate just as badly. Traumatized by the failed attempt, the couple ruled out another adoption.

Ember says she started to give up on being a mom. She and Colton were raised LDS, but their fertility problems made her doubt her faith.

“It’s hard not to think, “Why won’t God let me have a baby?’” Ember said. She said it was challenging at times to see parents who didn’t appear to be affectionate, or even attached, to their children when she wanted one so badly.

The couple also says the infertility problems caused some challenges in their marital life that they had to learn how to cope with over time.

“It was something we just had to fight through,” Colton said.
Despite repeated heartache in their effort to become parents, the couple sought out some new medical opinions.

“We were referred to one of the best fertility clinics in Utah,” Ember said. “The doctor told us we had a good chance at having a baby through IVF. We finally started to feel some relief. But due to fertility treatments being pretty expensive, we couldn’t move forward.”

After coming to grips with the fact that their only real option was out of their reach, the couple says they decided to take a break from all the stress of trying to become pregnant, and to work on themselves and their marriage.

“It was to try to heal ourselves from all the pain we had felt during the prior years,” Ember said.

Fast forward to now, and the young couple has decided to take their friend’s suggestion to try to crowdfund the procedure.

“It’s not easy asking for people’s money,” Colton said. But the couple swallowed their pride for something they say is a worthy cause.

“I get told so much that I have plenty of time,” Ember says since both she and Colton are still in their early twenties. “But when fighting infertility, every day counts. Infertility is like watching a sport from the sidelines; everyone else is playing the game they love, while you sit on the side wondering why it hasn’t been your turn yet.”

Colton is just as anxious to start raising a child as Ember. He admits his choice would be a little boy. He says he wants to teach a son how to hunt. Ember says she would be happy with either, but having a little girl would be nice.

“I just want my mini-me,” she said.

To contribute to the would-be parents’ GoFundMe account, visit https://www.gofundme.com/embers-ivf-journey.

 

Addelyn Brotherson, competing in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant.

 

Clara Hatcher

Staff writer

7/27/2017

 

ORLANDO, Florida—Addelyn Brotherson of Wales is competing against 51 other contestants for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

As a 15-year-old, Addelyn is one of the youngest girls competing this week and weekend at the contest, being held in Orlando, Florida. Three nights of preliminary competition started on Tuesday. The final night of competition will be this Saturday.

“Ad has always been a performer,” Elizabeth Brotherson said about her daughter. She remembers when Addelyn was 5 years old and sang the national anthem at the 2007 Sanpete County Fair.

Addelyn will perform a 1940s-themed “jazz baseball routine to a baseball boogie,” as her talent in this week’s competition.

Addelyn grew up with her two younger siblings, Lakely and Kortlyn, on a farm in Wales, where the family cares for horses, cows and pigs, all of which Addelyn has shown at the Sanpete County Fair.

The Outstanding Teen Pageant is an arm of the Miss America organization. The crown received by those who win it has four points which represent Style, Service, Success and Scholarship.

In October 2016, Addelyn competed and was crowned Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen, which is a little sister program to Miss Utah.

Elizabeth Brotherson explained that one of the things Addelyn has been most passionate about is her service platform, aimed to help bring about awareness of mental illnesses. Addelyn calls it M.I.S.S., which stands for Mental Illness Silent Suffering. Addelyn was awarded the Teens in Action service award for her platform at the Miss Sanpete Outstanding Teen competition.

Addelyn will be a sophomore at North Sanpete High School this fall. In the future, she plans to pursue a degree in neuropsychology.

Six Sanpete girls will compete for County’s Outstanding Teen title

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

7/27/2017

 

MANTI—Six Sanpete girls ages 13-16 will compete Friday for the title of Sanpete County’s Outstanding Teen.

The Oustanding Teen program is an extension of the Miss America program and, at state and national levels, leads to scholarships and opportunities to serve local communities.

“The program is the little sister to our Miss Sanpete County scholarship program,” said pageant director Emily Cox. “It has grown over the years and is an opportunity for girls to showcase themselves and learn new ways to speak, develop talents and grow.”

Cox says this years’ contestants are busy preparing and working in practices to entertain and compete. “They have worked hard to challenge themselves in the areas of interview, talent, fitness-wear, and grace within the evening-wear portion of the competition, and on-stage question.”

Contestants are also required to develop a platform or service project which, should they become part of this royalty, they will implement throughout the next year.

The Royalty also plays a role in Sanpete County Fair events, and will be seen at parades, service-oriented functions and pother celebrations throughout the county.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of last year’s Outstanding Teen queen, Libby Simons.

“Our outgoing Queen Libby Simons has done a tremendous job representing our county, workinghard and serving in our community,” Cox said. “With her platform of S.M.I.L.E (Shine Motivate Inspire Lead Excel), she has inspired leadership especially in our schools, serving the elderly, doing cleanup projects and so much more.”

Simons is the daughter of David and Allison Simons of Manti, Utah.

The pageant is Friday at 7 p.m. at Manti High School. Tickets are available at the door, which opens at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for ages 12 and up; $5 for ages 4-11; children age 3 and under get in free.

 

Contestant No. 1: Mashaylie Burnside

Talent:  Dance/Tumbling Hip Hop Solo, “The Dark Horse.”

Platform: Age Affects the Body Not the Soul — remembering and honoring our elders.

Daughter of Preston and Natalie Burnside of Mt. Pleasant.

 

Contestant No. 2: Keyera Braithwaite

Talent: Contemporary Dance entitled, “River.”

Platform: S.O.S. — The effort to raise awareness and educate about effects and offer support within and around emotional abuse.

Daughter of Brian and Misty Braithwaite of Manti.

 

Contestant No. 3 Samantha Everitt

Talent: Photography Slideshow

Platform: Reading Matters

Daughter of Deric and Muria Everitt of Ephraim.

 

Contestant No. 4 Adyson Keisel

Talent: Piano solo, “L’ Orage (The Storm).”

Platform: Only One You — Building healthy self-confidence.

Daughter of Bryan and Breanne Keisel of Manti.

 

Contestant No. 5 Nikki Evans

Talent: Jazz Dance, “Rule the World.”

Platform: Fit with Flare — being healthy and educated about food and fitness options.

Daughter of Robert and Tiffany Evans of Manti.

 

Contestant No. 6 Anna Johnson

Talent:  Violin Solo, “Conlon’s and Cooley’s Reel,” traditional folk music,

Platform: Music Improves Lives,

Daughter of Clifford Johnson and Madeline Johnson of Ephraim.

 

If you would like more information about the pageant, see the Facebook page, “Miss Sanpete County’s Outstanding Teen,” or email misssanpetecounty@gmail.com, or call Emily Cox at 435-851-0316 or Anne Fonville at 435-362-1038.

Spring City seniors want to use former city hall for senior center

 

Clara Hatcher

Staff writer

7/27/2017

 

SPRING CITY—For seniors in Spring City, the new and renovated city hall building means more than just a nice meeting place for city officials—it means the former city hall might be the perfect place for a new senior and community center.

Owen Hogle conducted a meeting this past Tuesday for seniors and supporting community members where the main topic of discussion was a plan for the creation of this new center.

First, Hogle said, they would need board members.

“It’s sort of a chicken-egg situation,” Hogle said. “We have to get a proposal and board set and then we can decide what we really want this to be.”

The meeting was held at the old city hall at 150 E Center Street, next-door neighbor to the newly renovated city hall building. Nearly 30 senior community members were in attendance to discuss the project and take part in organizing it.

Spring City community members donated more than two million dollars for renovations in the new city hall building. It opens for operation officially this Thursday and is host to a new ballroom, artist’s loft, city office and council chambers.

There has, however, never been a senior center in the city. Hogle said the idea for the operation began with help from Spring City Mayor Jack Monnett and a “steering committee” to gather interest and members to help with the project.

Access, Marcy Savage said in the meeting, is one of the issues community members face. For Savage, the nearest computer access is in Mount Pleasant at the local library. With the new center, she said, comes the possibility of a reading room with computers for community use.

A lending library, lounge area, use of the center gym and kitchen and various classes were also brought up by community members in attendance. Possible classes discussed include yoga, tai chi, health and nutrition classes and various crafting lessons.

“Right now, there is a yoga class but if you put one of us in there with six 24-year-olds, the whole class falls apart,” Hogle said, laughing, at the meeting. “These classes would be geared toward seniors.”

According to Monnett, the city is in full support of the plan for the center.

“We want you all to succeed, we just need a committee organized and a proposal presented for council approval,” Monnett said at the meeting.

For city council approval, interested seniors must have a proposal including how the operation will be organized, a breakdown of administration and plans for the center, according to Monnett.

Hogle and Savage are two of the seven board members nominated at the meeting. Also nominated were Bonnie Jones, Renelle Smith, Gloria Black, Ken North and Pat Ellsworth. Elections for president, vice president and treasurer will be held at a later date.

Smith spoke on the issue of fundraising at the meeting and explained the possibility of a center thrift store where community members could donate unneeded items to be sold in the center. Revenue would help pay for center classes, utilities, the center’s renovation and possibly a van.

“If we got a van we could get people that can’t walk, see or drive and pick them up,” Jones said at the meeting.

Hogle explained in the meeting that the center, with approval from city council, could be up and running as late as spring. Later, he said that because the old city hall building is vacant, the center could be running within the month with good operation and organization.

FBI conducting review of allegations surrounding Ephraim Police Department

 

John Hales

Staff writer

7/27/2017

 

EPHRAIM—Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have been in Ephraim for what the agency is calling a “review” of the allegations swirling around the Ephraim City Police Department in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, the Messenger confirmed that the FBI was looking at the case in a manner that was described by the agency’s Salt Lake City Regional Office spokeswoman, Sandra Barker, as preliminary.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the matter,” Barker told the Messenger.

Barker confirmed that federal agents had been in Ephraim recently, but declined to say specifically what they had been doing.

“Just because we do a review does not mean that it will necessarily lead to an official investigation,” she cautioned. “It has to reach to a level of federal criminal statutes.”

She did, however, quash rumors that agents had retrieved and removed documents from city or police department offices.

There are a number of ways the FBI can initiate such reviews, but Barker confirmed a tip had been received about the case, which by then had been publicized in local and statewide news outlets.

“We were aware of it when we heard about it in the media,” she said.

Aimee Cobabe, an award-winning journalist previously with Utah Public Radio, has been named as the News Director at Mid-Utah Radio.

 

Emmy award-winning reporter named as news director at Mid-Utah Radio

 

Greg Knight

Staff writer

7/27/2017

 

MANTI—Mid-Utah Radio has a brand new voice coming to its airwaves.

Aimee Cobabe has joined the radio group as News Director at KSVC AM/FM.  Before coming to Mid-Utah Radio’s Richfield office, she worked for Utah Public Radio (UPR) as a news reporter, producer and special series director. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2017.

Originally from Davis County, Cobabe won a 2016 Emmy Award for College Student Production with Aggie TV news and she also took home a Society of Professional Journalists award in 2015.

While Cobabe’s work at UPR extended across the spectrum on news and feature stories, she said one of her passions is covering land use issues in Utah—a sensitive and important topic in Sevier and Sanpete counties.

“I did a lot at UPR and took any opportunity to tell stories I felt were important, though I feel the highlight was working with the crew at Access Utah, our morning show,” Cobabe said. “We made some really great shows that were responsive to our listeners, and we made some really great shows about public land policy. I never thought I would be so into the story of land use, but I am excited about being in central Utah. The issues are there and are happening there. Public land use is not something you can just sit back and shy away from. There is a lot of perspective to it and a lot we can learn together because of that.”

Cobabe also lives her journalism—with what she calls a personal drive to tell the truth while working in the media and for the public interest.

“I think what is most important to me is that I report the truth,” Cobabe said. “Especially since we live in a time where stories are getting pushed out so fast, and they are becoming news, that in order to protect the trust in journalism, we need to put out the best news possible.”

Cobabe’s former News Director at UPR, Morning Edition host Kerry Bringhurst, sang nothing but praise for her former reporter.

“When training our students at UPR we emphasize the importance of communities,” Bringhurst said. “Having Aimee leave here to share news with residents there makes sense. She is familiar with agricultural issues and public land topics. Her reporting and production work also includes stories about economic development and tourism. Through her work at UPR, Aimee is familiar with the unique qualities and challenges that can be part of living in rural Utah. She is really good at bringing home the human aspect of what is happening. You will hear her share the basics of a story but with the added element of how decisions and discussions surrounding the topic could affect those living in her new community. That is her niche.”

Cobabe is slated to co-host the morning show and will present live newscasts throughout. She will also cut in with news briefs during the day and provide news updates on 97.7 FM, The Wolf and write for midutahradio.com.

Tiffany Krebs, co-owner of Happy Camper in Ephraim, greets a pair of customers last week. The store, which opened in March, is expecting increased business as the fall semester at Snow College approaches. Tiffany, along with her daughter and co-owner Shay Krebs, will be expanding the floor space of the business in the coming months.

 

Happy Camper vintage/consignment shop plans expansion of floor space

 

Greg Knight

Staff writer

7/27/2017

 

EPHRAIM—It might sound contrary to popular notions, but when it comes to shopping, the owners of The Happy Camper think that older is better.

But Shay and Tiffany Krebs, the Fountain Green mother-and-daughter duo who opened the Ephraim vintage and consignment store in March, are apparently not the only ones who feel that way.

When the store opened, Shay said she wasn’t sure how well it would do, since it was nearly the end of Snow College’s school year.

“We figured it would be slow until school started again,” Shay Krebs said. “But we’ve been surprised because the business has been steady and it seems like every time there is an event or parade in downtown, we are full of customers, so it’s been really good for us so far.”

The Krebses started with about 600 square feet in a store located at 35 S. Main. But they have bigger plans. They say they intend to take over space in an office behind the current location.

That means residents and visitors to Ephraim who stroll the city’s Main Street will soon have an even greater variety of vintage clothing and furniture options.

The store contains overflowing racks of vintage 1970s- and 1980s-era clothing, and unique and well-maintained furniture and accessories from days gone by.  It also sells consignments of good quality furniture, clothing and jewelry, as well as the works of many local artists that sell their wares for a percentage of the sale price.

“We each bring our own unique style to the business,” Tiffany Krebs said. “This place was really Shay’s idea, and she has the look and ideas when it comes to really hip and really cool clothing and accessories. I am more of the vintage stuff person here. I like the old records and furniture and other things we have here.”

One of the most unique features of the store is a wall covered in Polaroid photos of friends, customers and visitors to the store.

“We really love our customers, whether they are young or old, new or returning,” Shay Krebs said. “For us, taking care of the customer is everything. Since we love old stuff, like Polaroids, we thought it would be a nice touch to put pictures of our customers and friends up on the wall. Some businesses have dollar bills or other mementos on their walls; we have the pictures of them.”

The store’s social media presence is growing, too, with The Happy Camper boasting both an Instagram and a Facebook page.

“We want everyone to come check us out online and we really try to use Instagram a lot,” Shay Krebs said. “If people want to find us, the can search for ‘The Happy Camper’ on either of those sites.”

The store, located at 35 S. Main Street in Ephraim, is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

 

Tiffany Krebs (left) and Shay Krebs are the co-owners of Happy Camper in Ephraim.

Natasha Madsen sits in her chair at home, surrounded by books and local artists’ work.

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Ephraim’s new florist, Alicia Zapata Salazar, prepares a floral arrangement at the new Ephraim floral shop, the Tilted Tulip, which grew from a partnership with Ephraim-businessman Ryan Roos, owner of the Thunderbird Bookstore.

 

Tilted Tulip
Florist shop in Ephraim result of new partnership

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

7/27/2017

 

EPHRAIM—A serendipitous friendship has blossomed into a partnership that has led a new floral shop to bloom in downtown Ephraim.

The Tilted Tulip is the fruit of a collaboration between local artisan florist Alicia Zapata Salazar and Ephraim businessman Ryan Roos.

“Alicia is an exceptional florist,” Roos said. “There’s a significant need in Ephraim for fresh and innovative floral arrangement, and having seen her designs for years, there is no doubt in my mind that the community will fall in love with what she brings to us all, both as a person and a professional.”

Roos is in the process of completing a transformation of his bookstore, Thunderbird Bookshop, expanding into the antique and art markets to compliment his books and Salazar’s artisan floral design. He says he is excited to continue offering Ephraim a quality bookstore.

Salazar met Roos at the bookshop, and a friendship blossomed. The idea to launch their own floral boutique grew out of that. friendship.

“The Tilted Tulip is simply the coming together of two people with tremendous respect for the art involved in floral design” Roos said. “We’re anxious to share an artistic vision with the community and make ourselves a trusted part of the lives of Sanpete residents for years to come.”

Salazar promoted her new endeavor, saying “We can do anything from weddings and funerals to graduation, school dances, birthdays, and romantic floral arrangements. The Tilted Tulip is all for tradition, yet we love to think outside of the box to create that truly special moment for our clients.”

Salazar has been doing floral design professionally in Sanpete County for about two years. She says she never thought of herself a creative person as a youth, but with the help of those closest to her, she discovered her calling in floral arrangement.

“My two absolute favorite aspects of the floral trade are the creative process and the satisfaction of customers enjoying our designs,” she said. “There is no better feeling than receiving a thank-you card after doing a wedding, and knowing you made a difference.”

Salazar says she loves the community atmosphere in Sanpete, and that the diversity of nearby Snow College adds a nice touch to the city.

Their shop, which is located at 77 S. Main Street, will have its grand opening, starting today and going through Saturday.

 

 

Susan Memmott Allred circa 1984 posing in a gown she designed for the Utah Opera.

 

Utah Opera, Mormon Miracle Pageant costumer honored with Days of ’47 Award

 

Clara Hatcher

Staff writer

7/27/2017

 

SALT LAKE CITY—Susan Memmott Allred, a costume designer who has contributed to multiple theatre organizations and performances across Utah and local to Sanpete County, has been honored with the Days of ’47 2017 Pioneers of Progress Award for Historic and Creative Arts.

The annual award coincides with a celebration of Utah’s pioneer heritage and honors “modern-day Utahns who perpetuate a legacy of industry and integrity.” According to Margo Ayre, chair of the Pioneers of Progress dinner, the award is about “keeping pioneer heritage alive.”

“There are so many people in our state who are basically modern-day pioneers,” Ayre said. “By and large the majority of our award winners are people who fly under the radar. It’s fun to get to know them and what they’re doing for our state.”

The award recognizes Memmott Allred’s lifetime achievement for her contribution in the arts. Memmott Allred credits some of her success to the organizations and performances she has helped launch with her costume design.

In Salt Lake City, Memmott Allred worked with the Utah Opera and founded the opera’s costume shop, “They still have literally over millions of dollars’ worth of stock because of that.” At the Shakespearean Festival’s inception and after attending Southern Utah University she worked with former college professor, festival founder and executive producer emeritus, Fred Adams. When aerial ski acrobatics began, Memmott Allred designed the ski clothing for skier Bob Theobald.

In Sanpete County, Memmott Allred designed costume for the Mormon Miracle Pageant and worked to “revamp” the production. Since 2004, Memmott Allred has worked costume design for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the PBS Christmas show.

Though, Memmott Allred is not always sewing costumes; sewing, she said, is something she has done since she was a teenager.

“My mother taught me to sew,” Memmott Allred said. “I was really tall as a young girl so pants and dresses were always too short. I would make my own dresses and bell bottoms.”

Memmott Allred said that sewing just came easily to her. When she would sew with her mother, she would get scolded for straying away from patterns and following her own ideas instead.

For her wedding, Memmott Allred designed and dressed the entire party, included herself.

“I would never think of buying a gown for myself,” Memmott Allred said. “I did mine in about four-and-a-half days. I had to get [the family’s] done first.”

Her wedding dress is one project that stood out most over the course of her costume design and sewing career. The other was designed for Utah Opera’s production of “La Traviata.”

“From the 18th century, it was just beautiful. Off the shoulder, black organza. Beautiful, fluted black organza ruffles with beading. Lots of beading,” Memmott Allred said about the gown, worn by soprano opera singer JoAnn Ottley.

Leslie Peterson, Utah Opera development director, also remembers Memmott Allred’s work on costume design for La Traviata. While Memmott Allred remembers one of the earliest productions, Peterson recalls when Roberta Peters, a famous soprano, performed.

“There is always a bit of extra pressure when you bring in someone with that kind of stature. Sue had the ability to make Mrs. Peters very comfortable here,” Peterson said about the experience.

Since 1978 Peterson and Memmott Allred have worked together at the Utah Opera. “We grew up together in the business,” she said. Peterson’s father, who was from Fairview, was looking for someone to design and build costumes when Memmott Allred was a recent college graduate.

At the beginning of her work with Utah Opera, Peterson said Memmott Allred brought her own equipment and supplies, along with family members and built costumes in the basement of the theatre.

“She [Memmott Allred] has the ability to put people at ease in whatever role. That is a huge advantage for a person who is helping a performer transform into a different character.”

Peterson said, following the production, Peters had expressed interest in purchasing the gown made for her in “La Traviata” by Memmott Allred to wear in future performances.

Memmott Allred said she will continue to work on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and PBS Christmas Concert for some time. On the side, she picks up freelance gigs. “Just small things,” she said.

Outside of costume design, Memmott Allred said she wants to focus on being a grandma and writing a “small book” filled with her thoughts and poetry. The book, she said, is something she has always wanted to do.

 

 

 

Kincade Grasteit

 

Kincade Grasteit

Farewell

Kennewick Washington Mission

 

7/27/2017

Kincade Grasteit, son of Thor and Kristin Grasteit of Fairview, has been called to serve in the Kennewick Washington LDS Mission.

He will speak at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 30 in the Fairview 2nd Ward, 131 E. 100 N. (Rock Church). He will enter the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, August 9.

Grandparents are Kimball and Trudy Bailey of Mapleton, and Neal and Cammie Grasteit of Hagerman, Idaho.