February Recipes: Sweet + Savory

Whip up a batch of these easy Valentine-themed sugar cookies for your loved ones this month!

Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

by Melissa Spelts

2 bell peppers – cut in half


1 can of chicken, 12.5 oz (we buy ours from Costco)

1 avocado (diced)

1 to 2 Tbsp. of Mayo

2 tsp. of mustard

Stuff and eat. It’s so yummy!

Mayo Substitutes…

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Mashed Avocado
  • Hummus


Best Sugar Cookies

by Melissa Spelts

This is my Mom’s favorite sugar cookie recipe. It truly is the BEST! I loved when my mom made these. I have many fond memories of cutting out the hearts with the cookie cutter, putting them on the cookie sheet and waiting for them to be cooked and cooled so I could decorate them. They always tasted AMAZING! Just thinking back on them I feel the LOVE my mom had for us. It wasn’t about the treat as much as the time she spent with us making them.

Cream together

1 C. butter

2 C. sugar

3 eggs


1 C. buttermilk and beat well

1 Tbsp. vanilla

½ tsp. soda and salt

4 tsp. baking powder

5 C. flour

Mix all ingredients well. Add flour last.

Set in covered container in refrigerator at least 3 hours. Dough will set up more during this time. (the dough will be soft.)

Roll out ¼ to ½” thickness on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. DO NOT Brown! Frost and decorate. Makes 4 dozen cookies!

Creamy White Frosting

by Melissa Spelts

1 C. butter (softened)

1 ½ tsp vanilla

4 ½ C. powdered sugar

4 Tbsp milk

I love this recipe. It is so easy and delicious! Throw all ingredients in a mixer and beat together for 30 to 60 seconds and it is done. We use this recipe for all our frosting needs: cakes, cinnamon rolls, and of course sugar cookies!

Public Works

During the months of December through March, you may use your green can for regular household waste. For more information, contact the utility department at 801-825-1477, option 1.

Public Works info:


Road Construction Updates:


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Wild About Birds Nature Center

Happy New Year! We hope you have been enjoying the flocks of hungry birds at your feeders this month as much as we are. It’s nice to see Dark-eyed Juncos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Pine Siskin mixed in with the many American Goldfinches at our feeders.

The songbirds have enjoyed a rather mild winter season thus far. Two bird species making a splash this early winter season have been the Steller’s Jay and Red-breasted Nuthatch. The two species have made the short distance migration in elevation dropping down into our valleys and visiting our backyard seed and suet feeders due to the lack of a certain pine cone preference they enjoy at higher elevations.

Steller’s Jay

Stellars Jay

Large crested jay with a black head and crest with a blue body. The head has a slight white eyebrow. Steller’s jays will visit backyard feeders and have a preference for black-oil sunflower seed and shelled raw peanuts (peanut splits). Suet is also favored in the winter season.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Blue-gray upper-parts and rust-brown underparts. Head has a black cap, white eyebrow, black eye stripe. At feeders, it will take sunflower seeds, peanut splits, and suet. Red-breasted Nuthatches hoard excess food by wedging nuts into bark and then hammering them in with their bills. They can be found creeping up and down the trunks of trees searching for insects within the bark furrows.

Mark your calendars! We have some fun events coming up.

February 10th is Bald Eagle Day at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area – 1325 W. Glover Lane (925 S.) Come learn more about the stately symbol of the U.S. while experiencing them in their natural habitat. We will be there from 9am – 3pm ready to teach and share our love of these birds. The UDWR will be providing spotting scopes for the public to get a good look at the eagles.

For more information, contact Jason Jones, Farmington Bay WMA Manager, 801-678-6781

February 16-19 is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Hop onto BirdCount.org and join us in recording which feathered friends are visiting our area. Whether you’re looking out your window, walking a nature path, or just running daily errands, we want to know which species and how many you’re seeing.



Student of the Month

Caroline Stringfellow, Syracuse Connection magazine, Student of the Month, Go Davis

Caroline Stringfellow

Caroline was nominated for this award based on her determination on and off the field/court. Her ability to balance school, work, and the many sports she participates in on a daily basis is outstanding. As Mr. Williams stated, “Caroline is a force to be reckoned with.” Caroline is best known for leading the Syracuse High School soccer team to a region title, its first playoff game, and advancing the team to the championship game. Caroline was named 2017 All-Area Girls Soccer MVP as a freshman. She is also a member of the La Roca Soccer club, that won the state championship, the Western Regionals, and was in the semifinals of the National Championship. Caroline was also on the honor roll first term. www.facebook.com/standardexaminer/posts/1805446099467454

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Police Dept Receives Award

Syracuse Police Department is pleased to announce that our community received special recognition from the National Association of Town Watch for our involvement in the National Night Out Against Crime event. This was the third consecutive year that the Syracuse Police Department has sponsored this event, and the second consecutive year that our community has received an award.

The National Association of Town Watch considered our 2017 event to be the 30th most successful event in the nation for cities with populations between 15,000 and 50,000; we moved up eight spots over our 2016 event.

Syracuse Police Department would like to thank the City Council for making this great police/community event possible. We would also like to thank the community and all our event partners for making it a great success.

Join us in August 2018 and help us crack the Top 25!

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Community Question Corner Secondary Water Charges

By Paul Roberts, City Attorney

Question: Why is the City charging me for secondary water during the winter, when the secondary water system is turned off?

Answer: Syracuse’s secondary water system (sprinkler water) includes about 120 miles of pipe, 8000 service points, and other infrastructure, delivering about 2.6 billion gallons of water each year.

The largest costs of the fund are: (1) water supplier assessments, (2) administrative and employee compensation, and (3) capital projects. New development pays impact fees to expand the system, and costs to operate and maintain the system are relatively predictable.

With predictable costs, the City assesses a predictable fee that can be budgeted for throughout the year. When we pay our secondary water bill during the winter, we are ensuring that the bill remains steady year-round, rather than fluctuating upward during the summer months. If we only charged when the water was on, secondary water fees during the six-month irrigation season would double, and then return to zero during the off-season.

For the sake of predictability on the part of the user, and for uniformity in administration, our Council has opted to have a uniform fee assessed throughout the year. We hope this is helpful for budgeting and for those who are on a fixed income.

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Students Of the Month


Gavin Reynolds, Gavin Reynolds, Syracuse Connection Magazine

Gavin Reynolds

Syracuse Junior High

Gavin is an outstanding student. In an email sent to teachers of ninth grade students, many teachers stated what a positive influence Gavin has had on our school since enrolling at Syracuse Junior High this year. As reported by Mrs. Stone: “Gavin is independent. He does not require the approval of others and is his own person. He digs in when school gets tough, he is honest about his abilities and a great help to many of his peers. Gavin has been cast as Prince Charming in our school play The Brothers Grimm. Quite a few girls are excited about this.”

Gavin is also looking forward to being a member our Syracuse Junior High’s wrestling team. Last summer he spent time at a Junior Leadership Summit and is an active member of his local scouting group. Gavin was the Student Council President of his previous school and maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

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City Info/Meetings

City Holidays

Feb. 19th – Presidents’ Day

Planning Commission

Feb. 6

Feb. 20

City Council

Feb. 13

Feb. 23

Justice Court: (may be canceled due to holidays)

Held every Wednesday at 9 AM inside City Hall Chambers

Syracuse City Arts Council: First Wednesday of each month

Feb. 7

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City Council Bids Farewell to Mayor Palmer

At the January Council meeting, Mayor Gailey and the City Council recognized Terry Palmer, along with his wife Diane, for their service to the City over the last four years. On behalf of the Mayor and Council, Corinne Bolduc and Andrea Anderson presented Mr. Palmer with a framed retired City Flag that flew over City Hall during Mayor Palmer’s term. City Manager Brody Bovero presented a commemorative clock to Mr. Palmer on behalf of the City. Jayne Gailey, incoming “First Lady of Syracuse,” presented Diane with some cozy blankets for Terry and Diane to snuggle up with for a popcorn and movie night with all their newfound free time.

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From the Mayor

I was a Syracuse boy. When attending reunions or other City functions, I loved the activities planned for youth. But as I grew, I developed a fascination of sitting with the older folks to hear the stories people tell. I’d like to share a story from boyhood.

Syracuse boys knew nothing of video games or other electronic devices. Our first toys were rocks! We built with them. We threw them, hit them with slats from tomato boxes, shot them in flippers and slingshots. We flung them at birds, dogs, cats and on occasion at each other. At eight years, most graduated to BB guns.

One afternoon as I departed on my daily bird hunt, I spotted a feral chicken roosting in the old coal shed behind our home. To my boy mind, the hen was simply a bird, but a bigger, grander trophy. I shot her dead! Mother would be proud. It would be my favorite tonight for supper, chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes!

When I lifted my dead prize from her roost, I discovered a clutch of six chicks she’d been guarding. Suddenly, I felt sick. My boyish mind didn’t know what to do. I did the only thing I trusted in. I found Mother and showed her what I’d done. I knew she’d know the right thing to do.

We did have chicken noodle soup over mashed potatoes. But I was charged with building a brooder and watching over six chicks until they were self-sufficient. Mom made me the dead hen’s surrogate.

My mother taught me a life-lesson that day. Her teaching is contained in a statement by US Chief Justice, Potter Stewart:

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.”

It’s arguable, that I had done nothing wrong! The hen belonged to no one. Feral chickens were common in the day. Perhaps I had a right, after all her sacrifice did feed our family.

After listening to Mother’s counsel, I learned the truth. Given the circumstances, what I did that day was not the right thing to do. I love this quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” I had not been kind.

I am delighted to serve with a City Council that each loves this city and seeks the best interest of its populace. I have great respect for them. Each brings strength to that body. It’s also clear they subscribe to Mother’s teachings.

It has been my pleasure to serve the community the last four years as a member of the City Council. I’m now deeply honored to serve as Mayor. Thank you for your confidence. The next four years are going to be critical in what Syracuse becomes as the West Davis Corridor changes Syracuse from the cul-de-sac community it’s been, to the crossroads it will become.

I loved my mother’s preserves, especially apricot. Gone are the days when I could sample them. Luckily, she preserved more than fruit. In my mind, preserved forever, are stories that smack of what used to be. You old-timers: help others acquire the taste of our community. They will only know what was via the stories you will tell.

Michael Gailey,

Mayor of Syracuse City

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