Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Taylorsville’s Youth Council Attends the Association of Youth Councils Leadership Institute!!

Last week our city’s Youth Council had the opportunity to attend the Association of Youth Councils Leadership Institute held in Logan, Utah. This is an annual event in which youth get the chance to develop their leadership skills, foster a sense of personal achievement, and gain a better understanding of government.

One of the keynote speakers was Jason Hewlett, a popular entertainer and youth speaker. He talked about the importance of having confidence in yourself and to act with your heart and not your head. Another speaker was Jackson Carter who was a contestant in the Biggest Loser.  He reaffirmed through his personal experience the importance of staying positive, being focused, and achieving goals.

The highlight of the conference was participating in the “Legion of Zoom” council challenge. Our youth competed against 28 other councils and won FIRST PLACE! They had to work together to timely and accurately answer challenging questions. They went on an adventure through various classrooms on Utah State’s campus looking for clues to help them put together a puzzle. They had to drop an egg from a second story balcony which forced them to problem solve, brainstorm, and use limited resources to keep the egg from breaking.

On Friday night, there was a formal banquet where the Award of Excellence awards were given to the winners. Taylorsville received an honorable mention.  After the banquet, all enjoyed dancing, and eating ice cream.

We would like to thank Mayor Johnson and his wife Debra for participating in the conference with the youth. We would also like to thank Gary Penrose (the Carpet Guy) for letting us borrow a structure in which the youth displayed a yearbook of their accomplishments. It was an outstanding event in which our youth excelled!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Our 2014 Youth Ambassadors!!

By Kristie Overson

Even though they are two months into their term, Taylorsville City is excited for our Youth Ambassadors of 2014!  Our Youth Ambassadors are:

Katherine Ann Clark

Jasey Wyatt

Spencer Braithwaite

Tyler Newton

The Purpose of the Youth Ambassador Program is to bring together high school seniors and recent high school graduates with mentors from businesses and government entities across Taylorsville.  This provides mutual understanding, increases leadership skills and prepares youth to make a difference in their communities as they step into adulthood after graduation.

Youth Ambassadors learn first-hand how the city is governed, about the services provided to its residents and how each city department contributes to the quality of life for the city. They build knowledge about current issues facing the city, and develop leadership and personal skills.

The Youth Ambassador term is from January to August.  Youth who successfully complete their year as Ambassadors will receive a scholarship to their university of choice or as reimbursement for school expenses like housing and/or books.

Ambassadors are required to serve in several ways such as:

  • Intern for a day (or the equivalent of an 8 hour day spread out in 2-4 hour segments) in a city department, learning the workings of city government by participating in the process.
  • Work with the Economic Development Department in meeting with local businesses to find out how the city government works for them and gather input on how the government can do a better job.  Report on those findings in a City Council Meeting.
  • Volunteer at events, including parades and local ribbon cuttings as ambassadors of the city.
  • Plan and implement a service project to take place during their year as Ambassador, including coordinating with our Public Information Officer to ensure community awareness of the service project.
  • Work with their high school to promote government involvement at the youth level and submit a report on how this was done.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring at Youth Council Meetings, including arranging speakers and other presentations to educate the Youth Council in government processes. 

The City Council members would like to wish them all the best during their term as Taylorsville City Youth Ambassadors.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Taylorsville’s Famous Buttermilk Cookies by Our Historic Preservation Committee!

Clara P. Jones made these cookies famous in our community years ago. She, along with her husband, raised a family of nine children on the Jones Dairy property. She made nine loaves of bread each day, one for each hungry child.  She was a very hard worker, both in her home and in her church callings.  She was known for her dry humor, wit, and fun loving attitude.  She loved to recite poems for her grandchildren.  

Most of the nine children chose to build homes in the community of Taylorsville.  Some among her posterity are names such as Brown, Tye, North, McBeth, Steadman, Linthicum, Perrington and of course Jones. What a heritage to follow! Thanks, Clara Jones.

Grandma Jones’ Buttermilk Cookies Recipe:

Cream together 1-cup of butter and 2 cups of sugar. Then add:

2 cups of Buttermilk
¼ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
5 cups flour
2 cups ground raisons
¼ tsp. allspice
2 cups chopped nuts (optional)

Mix well and drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 425° for 5-7 minutes.

(Makes around 6 dozen cookies)