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

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

Fun Things to Do

Mar 1

Story times @ Davis County Libraries at 10:30 AM


Mar 2

Story times @ Davis County Libraries at 10:30 AM

Antelope Island – Sunset Hike

Learn about what critters come out at night on Antelope Island while hiking to a great sunset view. We will hike back down as the (almost) full moon is coming up. We will hike to the ridge just before Dooley Knob. This trail is a bit strenuous because of elevation gain but we will only be hiking 1 mile up (2 miles total). Meet at the upper Frary Peak parking lot at 5:30 pm.


Mar 5

Rush Funplex – Monday Family Night Deals, – 1 hour bowling & shoes $29.95 (Plus everyone gets a FREE activity)


March 10

Guided Ranch Tours

Come and join us at 2:00 pm for guided tours with the curator at the Fielding Garr Ranch. See the entire ranch site from the original ranch house, shearing barns and corrals. Please be sure to dress for the weather as the tour is in the cold weather. For more information email


Mar 11

Daylight Savings


Mar 12

Kids Night at Texas Roadhouse in Layton (Go to for Coupon)

Antelope Island – Fishing Tournament @ Palisade State Park, 2200 E. Palisade Rd, Sterling, UT 84665 – We will be having our annual fishing tournament again this year. You don’t want to miss

this event! More than $1500 in prizes will be awarded. Largest measured fish will be the winner. We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd plus additional prizes.


Mar 13

Antelope Island- day 2 fishing tournament @ Palisade State Park.


Mar 14

National Pi Day


Mar 31

Jr Ranger Bunny Search

Bunnies abound! Learn about the rabbits and hares that live on Antelope Island. After a short indoor talk we will take a short 1/8 mile hike to look for these cute critters in their natural habitat. This program is geared for young children but all ages are wel-come. Each child that attends will earn a Jr Ranger badge. Meet in the visitor center at 11:00 am. This program will last 30-45 minutes.

Note: This is not an Easter egg hunt!


Easter Egg Hunt 

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Where: Fisher Park 934 S 1000 E

Ages: 0-10

Cost: FREE!!

Times: 10 am SHARP!


Easter Egg Dive

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Where: Clearfield Aquatics Center 825 S State Street

***Must preregister at***

Ages: 0-12

Cost: $7.50 a child

Times: 10:30am-12:30am, 1:30pm-3:30pm


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Adult Fitness


Fun Fitness!

Zumba-Tues & Sat 9:00 am

Zumba Tone-Thurs 9:00 am

Cost: $36 for 12 Class Punch Pass or $5/class

First Class is FREE! What Are You Waiting For?

More info at

FREE  ZumbaLove

Saturday, February 10, 9:00 am

Wear Red or Pink for Love Your Heart Month

Step It Up! Mon & Wed 9-10am

Work your heart, muscles, and mind in this fun, energetic workout! All skill levels are welcome, we offer low and high-intensity options for you to choose from. Find more info on Facebook at Syracuse Fitness Classes. $3 drop-in, $20 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

Pump It Up! Tuesday 6:10 am; Friday 9:00 am

Boost your metabolism and tone your muscles with resistance training. We provide hand weights and exercise balls, you just bring your own exercise mat. All skill levels are welcome, we suggest different options so you can work at your own pace. Syracuse Community Center. $3 drop-in, $20 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!


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Key Community Contacts


Terry Palmer:



Council Members

Mike Gailey: 


*New Councilmember Doug Peterson Jan 2018


Corinne Bolduc:



Andrea Anderson:



Dave Maughan:



Jordan Savage:



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Syracuse Arts Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra concert last December. The support of so many was very gratifying. We send special thanks to Tim Koster, the Orchestra Director, and to Jason Steed, the concert’s Choir Director, as well as to our special guest artist Jeannine Goeckeritz.

The summer musical this year will be Hairspray, and the Theater Committee is now accepting letters of interest for its production team for the following positions: Assistant Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Technical Director, Set Design and Construction, and Publicity Manager.

Please email of your desired position with some background, any experience, and dates of other commitments that might conflict with the production from April to July.

The Arts Council still needs to fill one remaining vacancy on its Board. If you would like a fun opportunity to serve your community and promote its culture through the performing arts, email your interest to Board meetings are usually held the first Wednesday evening of each month. These meetings are open to the public, and visitors and input are always welcome.


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