Faux or Fake Christmas tree was ultimately the winner over real trees, in both Davis and Weber county, interesting even more so in Davis county.  Christmas traditions start with the main decoration of the tree.  There are so many ways to play out this tradition and whatever works best for you and your family is the right way.

When purchasing a real tree at the local seasonal tree companies, you give back to your community.  Many of these companies make it worth the extra costs of the tree by offering hot cocoa, candy canes and entertainment for a fun family event, plus saving you gas money.   Verses the drive in the mountains to find the perfect tree, purchasing a forest service tag, tools to cut the tree and haul it home, but the time spent driving together singing Christmas songs and the effort cutting it together, is bonding and priceless.  Funny stories about real trees are that some come with bugs or baby spiders that hatch as it warms up in your house, eek.  Or it dries out so fast that all the needles and even ordainments are on the ground by Christmas.

Anyone can purchase a Faux tree, there are many sales right after Christmas at the local discount stores.  Even better search your local DI or confinement stores for slightly used trees.  You may have to re-light it or do some small repairs but the price can’t be beat, if your willing to do the work.  For sure fake trees do save time, which gets very limited with all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings.

The most important thing is setting the family tradition to be past on for generations.  It is OK to test and try new ways and look back in your past to discover what you liked most about Christmas time.  It doesn’t always have to be just like how your parents did it or how your neighbors are doing it, just have fun in creating a Christmas tree family tradition in your home and the choice is yours!

List of local Christmas tree farms to get started:

Davis County:

Green Ridge Christmas Trees, 1370 N. US 89, Kaysville; 801-513-1861

  • Open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Black Friday, Nov. 27; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29; 5 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 18, depending on inventory
  • Price: $45 and up depending on type and height
  • Types of trees: Precut Nordman, Noble and grand firs, with a limited selection of spruces to cut

Neville Farm Christmas Trees, 1875 W. 1000 South (westside Drive), Layton, UT 84041; 801-544-9401

  • Open: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27 and 28
  • Willing to accommodate for other times, call Donald at 801-390-4823 except Sundays for appointments
  • Will have about 100 nice trees from four to eight feet tall, with the majority being five to six feet tall. $50 for each tree
  • You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine.

Morgan County:

Robinson’s Tree Farm, 6262 West Old Highway Road, Morgan; 801-876-3190

  • Open: 8 a.m. to dark, Monday through Sunday starting Friday Nov. 27, (might be sold out on Friday)
  • Price: $50 for each tree
  • Species: Colorado blue spruce, balsam
  • Cut your own tree; hand saw supplied

Weber County:

North Pole Pines, 2546 W. 3100 North, Farr West; 801-731-6466 or 801-628-1041

  • Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27 and 28
  • Tree varieties and prices:

Scotch Pines: Approximately 350 to choose from —  $30 for 10 feet tall plus with special tags, $40 without; $50 for eight to 10 feet tall; $60 for under eight feet tall

Weekend Warriors – 🎄 BEST Christmas Lights in Davis County 🎄

The Best Free Family Holiday tradition is making your own map of local amazing house’s and cities lit up to the fullest with music, dancing lights and more.  Load up the kids with travel cups of hot coco and cookies, blast Christmas music in the car and enjoy a whole night of entertainment for free or at least the cost of gas only.  Go to our Facebook or Instagram Page to add to our list of your favorite house or city in Davis county to drive by.  Also find more Holiday Fun events going on in your Davis county city.
Below is just a start to the Holiday Lights list:)
  1. Layton City Utah – surf n swim
  2. Kaysville City, Utah – main street
  3. Eccles Family Christmas Light Show
  4. The Lights on Sherwood Drive
  6. Bountiful, Ut – Main Street
  7. Bountiful temple neighborhood
  8. Farmington, Utah – Farmington Station
  9. Clearfield City
  10. Lights on Gentile St – Layton
  11. Tune your radio to 90.7.
    2336 Doral Drive, Syracuse
  12. 223 N 1400 W
    Clearfield, Utah

Weekend Warriors – Thankful for HEALTH, FAMILY and FEAST


Stress Less and Keep It Simple Silly! We all have lots of researching, preparing, cleaning, cooking, baking, decorating and impressing to do in the near future, let alone deal with relatives.  With these healthy recipes, substitutes, and tips you can keep the extra holiday stress weight away and be in control of your own choices by preparing your Thanksgiving Family Feast plan ahead of time, saving time to get to that extreme Turkey Burn workout before all the stuffing.

Cooking Clean with these Healthy Thanksgiving Day Recipe Websites 






Skips, Subs, and Sweets Save the Day

You can make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes that don’t sacrifice taste and enjoyment.  To create healthy recipes, first look at what’s on hand in your own pantry. You may have healthier ingredients available and not realize it.  Then shop local groceries with in-season produce sales and coupons. If it all fails, you can always find great events to do or restaurant coupons on our sites &

1- Skip overloading the plate, start small portion control, wait 30 mins.

2- Skip Full-Fat Dips, Eat Yogurt Dips

3- Skip Some Alcohol Calories, Drink Wine Spritzer or Kombucha

4- Skip Candied Yams, Eat Roasted Sweet Potatoes

5- Skip Dark Meat, Eat White Meat Turkey

6- Skip Store-Bought, Eat Homemade Stuffing

7- Skip Traditional Gravy, Eat Low-Fat Gravy

8- Skip Cranberry Sauce, Eat Cranberry Relish

9- Skip the Casserole, Eat Fresh Green Beans

10- Skip White Flour Rolls, Eat Whole-Wheat Rolls

11- Skip Eggnog, Drink Cider

12- Skip Pecan Pie, Eat Pumpkin Pie

INGREDIENT IN RECIPE — SUBSTITUTE WITH THIS INGREDIENT.  Use this substitution guide to help reduce the amount of fat, salt, sugar and calories as you prepare healthy recipes.

Bacon — Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, smoked turkey or lean prosciutto (Italian ham)

Bread crumbs, dry or white — Rolled oats or crushed bran cereal, whole-grain bread

Butter, margarine, shortening or oil in baked goods — Applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil; butter spreads or shortenings specially formulated for baking that don’t have trans fats

Cream, cream cheese, full fat — Fat-free or low-fat cream cheese, Neufchatel, or low-fat cottage cheese pureed til smooth, fat-free half-and-half, evaporated Skim milk

Eggs — Two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg

Flour, all-purpose (plain) — Whole-wheat flour for half of the called-for all-purpose flour in baked goods

Fruit canned in heavy syrup — Fruit canned in its own juices or in water, or fresh fruit

Rice, white — Brown or wild rice, bulgur wheat, pearl barley

Salad dressing — Fat-free or reduced-calorie dressing or flavored vinegars

Seasoning salt, such as garlic salt, celery salt or onion salt — Herb-only seasonings, garlic powder, celery seed or onion flakes, or finely chopped fresh herbs

Sour cream, full fat — Fat-free or low-fat sour cream, plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt

Soy sauce — Sweet & sour, hot mustard, low-sodium sauce

Sugar or Syrup — Half sugar in baked goods; add vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon to intensify sweet, applesauce or sugar-free syrup

Go Weekend Warriors! Go to the Movies!

Weather changing, leaves falling, lots of eating, no school days, lots of breaks, settling down, trying to stay warm but what to do now weekend warriors??

Gooo To The Movies!  November is the perfect month to take the family to the movies!  With great new releases every weekend, almost too cozy seats,  blankets to stay warm, ways to save money and even get free popcorn!!  Families read below the current holiday 10 top family movies and top 10 ways to save on movies.  Some kid movies seem to get even funnier the second time you see it, so take your kids more than once and beat the crowds by going to matinees or early bird showings.  

Plus, find even more coupons for movie tickets, restaurants, local events, coming soon local businesses reviews and much more on our website &

i-love-moviesTOP 10 WAYS TO SAVE ON MOVIES:

    • Go in the Afternoon or first showing of the day.
    • Buy at the Box Office, no fees.
    • Skip the 3D and IMAX.
    • Find a Late-Runner theater.
    • Divvy Up the Snacks and eat beforehand.
    • Loyal theater member, specialty discounts or credit card perks.
    • Grab Gift Cards, group discount deals or purchase in advance.
    • Use Movie Clubs. If you have a Sam’s Club or Costco membership, you can save on movie tickets with club cards also can be purchased at theaters.
    • MONDAY Megaplex Matinee prices all day America First CU members.
    • TUESDAY Discount $5 night. Plus UEC movie theaters have free popcorn.


  • Dr. Seuss, The Grinch  – opens Nov. 9, 2018
  • Cirque Du Soleil in Cinema; Kurios – opens Nov. 13, 2018
  • Fantastic Beasts; The Crimes of Grindelwald – opens Nov. 16, 2018
  • Instant Family – opens Nov. 16, 2018
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet – opens Nov. 21, 2018
  • Robin Hood – opens Nov. 21, 2018
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Small Foot
  • The House with a Clock in its Walls
  • Goosebumps 2; Haunted Halloween

👀 Look what FREE Shows you can watch the Davis County Fair 2018

Come out and see Sea Lions Splash!

The Amazing California and South African Sea Lions will make a big splash for you.  With there amazing and educational show for everyone.  You will leave with a big smile on your face with their talent!

Sea Lions 2018

BMX Biking

Come out for an open practice or you can register to race the ultimate track with steep hills, huge jumps and lots of speed!!  See below for the complete schedule.

BMX Racing Schedule



Live Petting Zoo

Come out and let the kids be animals with animals at the Davis County Fair Petting Zoo!

Petting zoo zebra

Easter Egg Hunts for Weber and Davis Counties 2018

Easter Egg Hunts In Davis and Weber Counties 2018

Find all the Easter Egg Hunts in Weber and Davis County happening March 24th and March 31st.  So much fun for the entire family.  Grab the kids, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas and enjoy our beautiful community for Easter this year!


March 24, 2018


easter egg hunt jpeg Dartsider


Brookdale Assited Living and Retirement North Ogden

Brookdale Easter Egg hunt

Mountain Ridge Assisted Living and Memory

Easter Egg hunt Mountain ridge

United for Adoption

United for Adoption

Heritage Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Heritage Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 2018

Roy City Recreation Waste Management



Gigi’s Playhouse

Gigis Playhouse

Powder Mountain


Powder Mountain Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Sundown Lodge/Lift

Syracuse City Park and Recreation

Syracuse City Parks and Recreation

Riverdale City







Employee Spotlight-Jory Rochell

As the Park Maintenance Crew Leader, Jory supervises seasonal mowing crews, repairs and maintains park and landscaping equipment, and works on sprinkler systems throughout the City’s park system. He is always looking for ways to improve our parks and seeking ways to be more efficient. For example, he recently completed the Playground Safety Inspector Course, passed a difficult test, and is now a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. By accomplishing this, the City will be able to better ensure our playgrounds are up to National Safety Standards, and most importantly, protect our young citizens from hazards. The City will also save money by not having to contract a Playground Safety Inspector to evaluate our playgrounds. In November, Jory was awarded the Employee of the Month award for his efforts. He says his favorite part of his job is he does something new and different every day, so he never gets bored. In his free time, Jory likes hunting, boating, and fishing.

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Mayor’s Message

Mother hated horses. As a little girl, the buckboard she rode in flipped while fording the Spanish Fork River when the horse startled, catapulting her into the current.

I still hear the mandate:

Michael, you are forbidden to be anywhere near a horse!”

How does a nine-year-old boy, living in 1950’s Syracuse honor his mother?

It was a beautiful summer day in 1959. Mom whisked my brother Craig and I out the door and off to Cub Scouts on bikes. Nora Payne was our den leader. She loved the boys, and we loved her. She lived on 4500 West just north of Antelope Drive. We lived at 900 South and 2000 West, which meant that we would have to pass in front of the Syracuse Elementary School.

Sitting bareback atop a haltered horse our friend, Russ Simpson, beckoned to us. Craig and I were to ditch our bikes behind the shrubbery of the old school and join him on his family’s mare. After all, he was headed to scouts, too. It all seemed quite innocent.

Russ’ family lived at the corner of 4500 W and Antelope Drive. All had gone well until the mare smelled home pasture and began to lope. Russ was in the driver’s seat with halter in hand. My brother Craig was behind him, in front of me. They both had places to wrap their legs. Sitting on the rump end of the horse, I did not.

On a sudden lurch I found myself flung from the horse, my back colliding with her left rear hoof just before I landed square on my back. I had the wind knocked out of me! So there I lay, flat on my back in the middle of Antelope Drive [Syracuse Road, then] at 4000 West.

Mrs. Bambrough, working in her garden, had witnessed the whole affair. Running to my side she asked me question after question. I couldn’t answer. In exasperated panic she said:

Oh honey, I’ll call your mother!”

Syracuse residents had only party-lines in those days. There was a pretty good chance the line might be busy. I couldn’t take that chance! Recovering a bit and terrified that my mother would know that I’d been on horseback, I squeezed out:

Oh Mrs. Bambrough, if you have to call her, please say to her I was hit by a truck!

Now, being hit by a truck in the 1950’s on the Syracuse Road would have been quite a stretch. In those days, you could take your afternoon nap in the middle of that road, that far west!

Following a Syracuse Chamber of Commerce meeting a couple of weeks ago at the Glen Eagle clubhouse, I waited for over 15 minutes to make a left-hand turn onto Antelope Drive at 2:00 PM naptime! Something has changed!

Change is rough. We all fear it a little. With the arrival of the West Davis Corridor there will be much of change.

Leading change insures that the future harmonizes with community values, both old and new. May I invite you to become involved in helping to lead change. Make the effort to attend City Council or Planning Commission meetings, participate in public hearings. It is so important that those bodies hear you. Learn how you might assist others in the event of emergency by becoming CERT trained. Volunteer to help with a City project.

Mother eventually realized the futility of sheltering boys from her fears. She sought the help of others in preparing her boys to be safe on horseback. It was a good change.

Michael Gailey,

Mayor of Syracuse City


Green Jello with Homemade Whipped Cream

by Melissa Spelts

This is a fun and easy St. Patty’s day dessert, plus it’s green jello and we live in Utah so there’s that… My family especially loves it with my homemade whipped cream. I make Jello Jigglers and cut them into cubes. Follow the Jello instructions using one or two boxes depending on the amount of mouths you’re feeding. I let mine set in a 9×13 pan and put it into fancier cups or dishes after it sets.

Homemade Whipped Cream...

1 pint of whipping cream

Pour into a mixing bowl along with agave (to taste).

1 tsp. vanilla

Beat 3 to 5 min or until stiff.


Grilled Turkey and Avocado on sourdough

Turkey and Avacado sandwich, Syracuse Connection magazine, recipe

by Melanie Harris

1 Serving

2 slices of sourdough bread

2 tsp butter

½ c. shredded parmesan cheese

1 slice of mozzarella cheese

3 slices of turkey

½ avocado (cut in slices)

Spread butter on one side of both sourdough slices. Sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top of the butter.

Put one slice of bread buttered side down on the griddle or pan. Add mozzarella cheese, turkey and avocado. Place the second slice of sourdough bread on top butter and shredded parmesan side up. Fry on both sides until browned and enjoy. So yummy!

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March Senior Calendar of Events


Wednesday, March 14th @ 1 p.m.

(Goodbye Christopher Robin)

FREE ~ Please RSVP


Saturday, March 17th (Leaves at 6:30 p.m.)

CELTIC CELEBRATION/Peery’s Egyptian Theater

$12.00/per person

(Payment due at time of Reservation)


Tuesday, March 20th @ 10 a.m.

(Mexican Train)

FREE ~ Please RSVP


Friday, March 30th @ 12 Noon

Guest Speaker/Grant Johnson (SCAMS)

Suggested donation of $3.00/person

Must RSVP by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 8 a.m.

Available for anyone aged 50+/$1.00 or 60+/$0.50


Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon)

Thursdays (9 a.m. to 12 noon)

Adults/$2.00 or Seniors 60+/$0.50

Please call the Syracuse Community Center at (801) 614-9660 #1 to RSVP

To learn more about activities for Senior Citizens, please stop by the Syracuse Community Center for a Senior Citizens Newsletter or visit

If you would like to receive the Senior Citizens Newsletter via e-mail, please send your NAME and E-MAIL address to

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