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.

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

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 clayshel-ley@utah.gov.


Mar 11

Daylight Savings


Mar 12

Kids Night at Texas Roadhouse in Layton (Go to godavis.biz 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 reconline.org***

Ages: 0-12

Cost: $7.50 a child

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


*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

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 angiec.zumba.com

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!


*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

Key Community Contacts


Terry Palmer:




Council Members

Mike Gailey



*New Councilmember Doug Peterson Jan 2018


Corinne Bolduc:




Andrea Anderson:




Dave Maughan:




Jordan Savage:







*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

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 volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org 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 volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org. 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. www.syracuseutaharts.org


*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

Mayor’s Message

This will be my final letter. Thank you for giving me the privilege to serve you. Having had no experience in government, I needed to work hard in two areas: using my experience as a business owner to apply common sense leadership, and then spending extra time at the city learning from the professionals.

I learned from working with the different departments in the city and with mayors of other cities that we have the finest employees in Davis County. In every department, from top to bottom, we excel for the benefit of our citizens. I got out of the way and allowed the professionals to do their jobs.

I learned that there are those who seek power, even at the local level, and in every instance, people are hurt and teamwork is destroyed. We want a government with enough power to protect our rights, but not too much power so that we lose our rights.

I learned that taxes, when used properly, create a better life. Taxes provide safety through our police and firefighters. Taxes bring clean water into our homes and take the dirty water and sewage out of our homes. Taxes provide roads that help us commute to our work, schools, and recreation. Taxes create parks, recreation, and planned neighborhoods.

We have the best city council. Their desire is to serve the citizens and to make the city a better place to live and work.

When I first came in as mayor, I set up the Disaster Preparedness Committee with the idea that at some point in time we could have a major disaster and we should be prepared as individuals and as a city. This committee is functioning well and working with different sections of the city, such as businesses, religious organizations, and ham radio operators.

I set up a new program called “Lunch with the Mayor.” Each month a school with students in Syracuse sent 12 students to city hall to have lunch with me and some of the department heads. They learned how the city is a part of their life every day because of taxes. The students played the roles of mayor, city council members, and leadership staff. I enjoyed this experience that I had with your smart and talented children.

I came into the role of mayor believing that the purest government is the government closest to the citizens. When our founding fathers set up the balance of power between the federal government and the local government, they recognized that power on the federal level must be limited and the rest of the power should be given to the states and the people. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you as mayor on that important local level.

Terry Palmer,

Mayor of Syracuse City

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com.

Parks and Recreation Calendar of Events



Jan 11 – Zumba @ 9am free

Jan 13 – Zumba @ 9am free

Jan 16 – Zumba @ 9am

Jan 18 – Zumba @ 9am

Jan 20 – Zumba @ 9am

Jan 23 – Zumba @ 9am

Jan 25 – Zumba @ 9am

Jan 27 – Zumba @ 9am

Jan 30 – Zumba @ 9am


Jan 10 – Step it Up @ 9am

Jan 15 – Step it Up @ 9am

Jan 17 – Step it Up @ 9am

Jan 22 – Step it Up @ 9am

Jan 24 – Step it Up @ 9am

Jan 29 – Step it Up @ 9am

Jan 31 – Step it Up @ 9am


Jan 12 – Pump it Up @ 9am

Jan 16 – Pump it Up @ 6:15am

Jan 19 – Pump it Up @ 9am

Jan 23 – Pump it Up @ 6:15am

Jan 26 – Pump it Up @ 9am

Jan 30 – Pump it Up @ 6:15am



Jan 18 – Little Dancers 10:15am & 11am

Jan 25 – Little Dancers 10:15am & 11am


*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com


Free Entertainment at the Davis County Fair 2017

2017 Davis County 5.25 x 5-01 (1)

Looking for some family fun that doesn’t bust the budget? Look no further than the Davis County Fair! With a wide variety of free shows and entertainment, this fair is a budget friendly option that the whole family will enjoy.

One of the main attractions will be the “Sea Lion Splash” show that features California and South American sea lions. Other attractions include a pirate stunt show spectacular and a family friendly circus.

sea lion splash

Your kids will also love the pony rides, petting zoo, and interactive kid’s tent. Don’t forget to head over to the main stage to enjoy local musicians, hypnotists, princess shows, magicians, and more.

The fair dates are August 16-19. Admission is FREE. Come and “sea” it for yourself!

pirates show Get more Davis County Fair details including the Daily schedules HERE.

Davis County Events from NOW to Halloween

davis county events, halloween, calendar, local activities

Spooooky fun is going on ALL over Davis County from now to Halloween!  Here is a HUGE list of Davis County events from our calendar for the next 7 days.  Don’t miss out on all the fun family (& FREE) events happening!  Click into each event to get more details including times, link, and a map.  FREE events have * next to it.  Enjoy and Share with your friends!!


Tuesday October 25

Pumpkin Palooza*, 2pm-9pm: Legacy Events Center  (visit our premium listing Tutor Doctor while you are there!)

pumpkin palooza

Spooktacular Stories*, 7pm: Clearfield library and Centerville library


Wednesday October 26

Pumpkin Palooza*, 2pm-9pm: Legacy Events Center

Trunk or Treat & Car Show*, 5pm:  Layton

Layton Surf & Swim $1 night, 6pm:  $1 each night!

Doggie Trunk or Treat*, 7pm:  Ruffledale Pet Resort in Layton ~ fun for kids AND pets in costume!!

trunk or treat, doggie, dog costume

Fall Orchestra Concert*, 7pm: Northridge High

Thursday October 27

Working of the Bison, 8am: Antelope Island State Park

October Chamber Luncheon, 11:30am-1pm:  Kaysville

Monster Mash*, 4:30pm:  Legacy House of Bountiful ~ FREE ~ trick or treating, games, Spook Alley, & free food!  Residents love to see the kids all dressed up in costumes!


Snowbasin Ski & Swap, 5pm: Legacy Events Center Farmington

Pumpkin Walk*, 7pm:  Syracuse


Fall Band Concert*, 7pm: Layton High School

Spooktacular Stories*, 7pm: Layton library and Syracuse library

Friday October 28

Working of the Bison, 8am: Antelope Island State Park

Snowbasin Ski & Swap, 5pm: Legacy Events Center Farmington

Halloween Bash*, 5:30pm-8pm: by Layton City ~ games, pumpkin walk, costume parade, & more


Dia De Los Muertos*, 5:30pm:  Weber State Davis Campus Layton


Shadows of Fear Charity Haunt, 6pm-11pm:  Clearfield

Miss Farmington’s Halloween event*, 6:30pm:  Farmington

Pumpkin Walk*, 7pm:  Syracuse

“Little Shop of Horrors”, 7:30pm: Hopebox Theater


Freak Show party, 8pm-12am: Summit Lounge

Saturday October 29

Zombie Family Fun Run, 8am: Centerville

zombie fun run

Working of the Bison, 8am: Antelope Island State Park

Halloween Party*, 9am-2pm: Free for kids ~ face painted to match costume, candy, games, and fun at Salon & Spa Fifth Avenue in Layton

Trunk or Treat & more*, 10am:  Young Chevrolet in Layton


Love my City Food truck event, 11am-3pm:  Layton

Pumpkin in the Park*, 1:30-3:30pm:  Station Park

“Little Shop of Horrors”, 2pm: Hopebox Theater

Trunk or Treat*, 2pm-4pm: Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, Layton

Harvest Party*, 3pm:  Alpine Church Layton

Snowbasin Ski & Swap, 5pm: Legacy Events Center Farmington

Shadows of Fear Charity Haunt, 6pm-11pm:  Clearfield

haunted house, charity haunt, clearfield

11th Annual Women in Business Fundraiser, 6:30-9pm: Davis Conference Center


Surf’n Swim Annual Pumpkin Dunk, 7pm-10pm:  $1 includes pumpkin and candy!

pumpkin dunk

Pumpkin Walk*, 7pm:  Syracuse

“Little Shop of Horrors”, 7:30pm: Hopebox Theater

Open Mic*, 8pm: Bountiful

Freak Show party, 8pm-12am: Summit Lounge


Monday October 31

Halloween Day Fun, 10am-11pm:  The Rush Funplex in Syracuse ~ all day pass for only $19.95 plus match all game card purchases


Kids Night at Texas Roadhouse in Layton, 4pm-8pm:  arts & crafts, activities, balloons, face painting, contests, &more!  Use this coupon for .99 cent kids meals for Monday nights only!

Trick or Treat on Main Street*, 4-6pm:  Bountiful Main Street

Trick or Treat at Dartside*, 5-7pm:  In Dartside (Layton Hills Mall, 2nd floor across from food court), over 20+ businesses handing out candy!

trick or treat, layton, free

Trunk or Treat / Chili Cookoff*, 6-8pm:  Uintah

Shadows of Fear Charity Haunt, 6pm-11pm:  Clearfield

Rush Insanity Party, 7pm-11pm: The Rush Funplex, $15 + costume contest, treats, & prizes


Harvest Party, 7-9pm: Christian Life Center (free with food donation)



Are we missing a local event?  Email event details to trishgodavis @gmail.com.  Thanks!

Have a fun & safe Halloween, Davis County!!!