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

Recipe

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!

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

March Senior Calendar of Events

MONTHLY MOVIE

Wednesday, March 14th @ 1 p.m.

(Goodbye Christopher Robin)

FREE ~ Please RSVP

BUS TRIP

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)

THINK TUESDAY

Tuesday, March 20th @ 10 a.m.

(Mexican Train)

FREE ~ Please RSVP

LUNCH & BINGO

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

SENIOR YOGA

Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 8 a.m.

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

PICKLEBALL

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 www.syracuserecreation.com

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

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

School Events

Mar 1

Syracuse High – State 6 A Boys Basketball Tournament @ WSU

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling – Sunset @ Syracuse at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling @ Fairfield at 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

West Point Jr. High – Wrestling vs. NLJH @ home at 3:15 PM- 5:00 PM

Mar 2

Syracuse High – State 6 A Boys Basketball Tournament @ WSU

Mar 3

Syracuse High – State 6 A Boys Basketball Tournament @ WSU

Mar 6

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer vs Viewmont at 3:30 PM -5:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling @ North Davis at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling @ North Layton at 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

West Point Jr. High – Wrestling @ CDJH at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Mar 8

Syracuse High – Track Intra – Squad Meet @ home at 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer vs Bonneville at 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling @ North Layton at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling vs. North Davis @ Legacy

West Point Jr. High – Wrestling @ Sunset at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Mar 9

Syracuse Art Academy – Quality Teaching Day – No School

Mar 13

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer @ Box Elder at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling – Central Davis @ Syracuse at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling vs. Sunset at Legacy at 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

West Point Jr. High – Wrestling vs. Fairfield @ home at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Mar 14

Syracuse High – Track & Field vs. Northridge at 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Clearfield High – Track @ Weber at 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Mar 15

Syracuse High – Girls Golf @ Clearfield (Schneiter’s Bluff) at 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer @ Roy at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Golf @ The Bluff at 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling @ Fairfield at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling @ West Point at 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

West Point Jr. High – Wrestling vs. Legacy @ home at 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Mar 16

Syracuse High – Wrestling freestyle/ Greco Tournament @ home at 2:30 PM

Clearfield – Softball vs. Gunnison @ Snow Canyon at 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Mar 17

Syracuse High – Wrestling freestyle/ Greco Tournament @ home at 6:00 AM

Clearfield – Softball vs. Northridge @ Snow Canyon at 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Clearfield vs. Bountiful @ Snow Canyon at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mar 19

Syracuse High – Professional Teaching Day – NO SCHOOL

Clearfield High – Professional Teaching Day – NO SCHOOL

Syracuse Jr. High – Professional Teaching Day – NO SCHOOL

Legacy Jr. High – Professional Teaching Day – NO SCHOOL

Mar 20

Syracuse High – Girls Track Super Meet @ Davis at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Syracuse High – Baseball @ Northridge at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer @ Davis at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Clearfield – Baseball @ Fremont at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Soccer vs. Northridge at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Softball vs. Fremont at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling – North End Tournament

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling North End Tournament @ North Ridge High School at 12:00 PM

Mar 21

Syracuse High – Boys Track Super Meet @ Davis at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Syracuse High – Baseball vs. Northridge at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Clearfield – Baseball vs. Fremont at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Track @ Fremont at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling – North End Tournament

Legacy Jr. High – Wrestling North End Tournament @ North Ridge High School at 12:00 PM

Mar 22

Syracuse High – Girls Golf @ Fremont (Ben Lomond Golf Course) at 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer vs Fremont @ home at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Syracuse High – Softball @ Northridge at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Golf @ Ben Lomond at 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Clearfield – Soccer @ Layton at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Softball @ Layton at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Mar 23

Syracuse High – Baseball @ Northridge at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Baseball @ Fremont at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse Arts Academy – Teacher Professional Learning Day – No School

Mar 24

Syracuse High – Baseball vs. Northridge at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mar 27

Syracuse High – Baseball @ Davis at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Syracuse High – Boy Soccer @ Layton at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Syracuse High – Softball @ Weber at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Track @ Syracuse at 3 PM – 6 PM

Clearfield – Baseball @ Weber at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Soccer vs. Weber at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Softball vs. Davis at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse Jr. High – Wrestling – District Championship

Lagacy Jr. High – Wrestling District Finals @ Layton High at 12 PM

Mar 28

Syracuse High – Track & Field Davis District Championships @ home at 3 PM – 6 PM

Syracuse High – Baseball vs Davis at home @ 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Clearfield – Track @ Syracuse at 3 PM – 6 PM

Clearfield – Baseball vs. Weber at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Mar 29

Syracuse High – Girls Golf @ Northridge (Sun Hills Golf Course) at 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Syracuse High – Track & Field Davis District Championships @ home at 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Syracuse High – Boys Soccer vs Clearfield @ home at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Syracuse High – Softball vs. Clearfield @ home at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Golf @ Sun Hills at 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Clearfield – Softball @ Syracuse at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Mar 30

Syracuse High – Baseball @ Davis High at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clearfield – Baseball @ Weber at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Mar 31

Syracuse High – Baseball @ Davis High at 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Clearfield – Track @ Copper Hills at 8:00 AM

 

*Posted with permission from Syracuseconnection.com

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

A Good Life in Syracuse

Bruce and Mary (Williams) Schofield met at Syracuse Elementary over 85 years ago. At one point, they rigged a cable across the street so that they could talk to one another at any time. Think slightly more complicated than two tin cans strung across the road. They couldn’t call anywhere else but they could talk to each other. With smartphones and instant communication to anywhere in the world today, it is hard to imagine. Bruce and Mary have lived in Syracuse their entire lives. They used to know every person who lived here. There is no way to know everyone now, there are too many new people who have moved in. The growth has been tremendous.

The first school which neither of them attended was built by the Bodily’s across the street from the Schofield’s current house. Though the school wasn’t in existence when they were growing up, they heard stories about it from their parents. There were railroad tracks that led to a local resort nearby. Those tracks and the resort are now covered by houses and a golf course.

Mary's house, Syracuse Connection Magazine, A Good life

Mary lived in a cute house on Main Street and was born in one of the rooms upstairs to Lionel and Golda (Walker) Williams. The house is still there. When she was old enough, her chores started early each morning, moving cattle down to the pasture past where Black Island Farms are now and just below RC Willey’s and then rounding them back up at the end of the day. They rode their horses and worked together as a family. She remembered one day getting bucked off her horse and hitting a barbed wire fence and cutting herself.

Bruce's childhood home, Syracuse Connection Magazine, a Good life, Go Davis

Mary loved growing up in Syracuse. She had kids in the neighborhood that were her age and remembers having so much fun. When Mary was a teenager she moved into a house across the street from Bruce. They became really good friends and did everything together. Mary’s Dad did many things for work—carpentry and farming were his main occupations, but in those days it was important to know a little about everything, and he did. The little white house that is next to the museum with trees around it belonged to Mary’s grandmother and was one of many houses her dad built. Her dad even helped build the house the Schofield’s live in now. It was a very small space until after all their children were born. Mary’s dad came and helped add on so there would be plenty of room for their big family to grow up in. Mary’s family owned most of the land that surrounds their current home.

She remembers sleeping over at her grandma’s house and waking up to the news that the church (where the CVS is today) had burned down that night. She had slept through all the excitement. The only telephone line in town came from Hooper to a store in Syracuse. Mary’s mother and her sister (when they were children) hand carried the messages that came from that telephone to people in Syracuse.

Bruce, son of Donald and Cynthia May (Stoddard) Schofield, remembers their school principal was called “Cotton” Anderson or, “yard stick” because he would swot them with a yard stick when they were misbehaving. Bruce’s bus driver was his neighbor and when it would rain, the fields would become a muddy mess. All the boys including his brother Lee, would go help the bus driver push the bus out of the field onto the gravel road. He recalls on several occasions pushing it too far, and off the road into the mess on the other side so they wouldn’t have to go to school—it usually worked. Bruce also remembers that all the children would carry their lunches in brown paper bags. Every once in a while they would play tricks on kids and put their lunches under the bus’s wheels to get smashed.

Bruce’s dad was a farmer and Bruce remembers how much work it took to clear a field. They would use an old D CAT tractor with a scraper on the back. Bruce remembers towing a sleigh around with a horse on a cold day and parking it next to an old store that wasn’t in operation. They had a stove in the sleigh to help them keep warm and the sleigh caught fire and burnt to the ground. Oh to have a video of that, I am sure it would go viral today!

Bruce’s grandmother was a post mistress in the early 1900’s. His grandmother’s picture is still in the post office today. He likes to go in from time to time and check on her.

Bruce was a mechanic most of his life. He worked on tractors and was the first man to work on an automatic transmission from this area.

Other Fun Memories

They loved the old Jim and Ruby Rampton Store and “the penny candy store” that was located near the new CVS and the elementary school. Though the stores are no longer there, the memories are still strong for Bruce and Mary. It had an old wooden screen door that would smack into you when you went through. They loved walking there with siblings and friends for a treat. There was also a dance hall that was just down from there as well. It was torn down when Bruce was a young boy. He also remembers when Eugene Tollman owned the black smith shop before the Kanos bought it and turned it into a mechanic shop. He remembers hearing Eugene working on horse shoes with his hammer. A loud noise would echo throughout the neighborhood.

Fun at Antelope IslandFun at Antelope Island, Syracuse Connection Magazine, A good life

Bruce loved fishing, so they also spent lots of time at the lake. They would drive their cars, a couple of Model A’s, a Cabriolet and Bruce’s coup. They liked to go park them on a mound of dirt that was piled up for the ducks to sit on.

When they were 16, Bruce and Mary went to a dance celebrating Bruce’s cousin’s wedding. This was one of their first dates. They did everything together as teenagers. Their best friends were Effie Thursgood and Stanley Barnes, who eventually married as well.

After Bruce and Mary’s wedding they went to Yellowstone for their honeymoon. They got a note from the government after they got home questioning their means for enough gas to get them to Yellowstone because of the rationing. Luckily Bruce worked on the farm and was able to tell them that they mixed their gas to make it go longer. Bruce said that it was quite the process to get gas in those days during WWII. A relief truck would come and give you a ration of gas for the week. If you didn’t come get your ration on that day you were out of luck until the following week. Those in town would walk everywhere.

sweet Schofield kids, Syracuse Connection Magazine, A good life

Bruce and Mary were married June 13, 1944 and will celebrate 74 years this June. After their marriage, they moved away from Syracuse for a short time with the Army and then returned home to start their life together. Their first seven years of marriage they could not get pregnant and have children, but that all changed and in the next 11 years they had seven children: Kent, Connie, Frank, Sue, Gary, Marilyn and Don. They loved having a big family.

They initially lived in a trailer until they built the first section of the home they are in now. It was a 20 X 24 sq foot home, with a basement where kids slept. It is hard to believe this, but Bruce and his father bought an old latrine from 2nd street with no floor in it. Bruce and his dad moved it out to where they live now. They bought it for next to nothing, cleaned it up, built a basement and put the latrine on top and that became their home. Their home was built on their Grandpa Williams land, which went all the way up to 3000. Their neighbors consisted of Uncle Jim and his family, next to him was Grandma and Grandpa Williams and next to them Aunt Poleen and her family. They lived on Cousin Street. They loved playing and exploring the fields around them. Such a fun place to grow up for the Scofield kids. After Grandpa Williams died, the cousins took turns spending nights at Grandma Williams house so she wouldn’t be alone. The Schofields and their families have lived a good life in Syracuse.

Schofield familysweet Schofield kids, Syracuse Connection Magazine, A good life

By Melissa Spelts

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

How Syracuse Got Its Name

By Christy Frazier

 Have you ever wondered where cities get their names? Some cities are named after people, landscapes or other places in the world. For example, the city of Ogden, Utah, was named after the famous explorer Peter Skeen Ogden. Some are named after experiences or even emotions. Take the area of Death Valley, California. Its landscape is dry and barren, living up to its name. So where did the city of Syracuse, Utah get its name? Let’s step back in time to the late 1800s and find out.

The Homestead Act of 1862, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, made a lot of land available out west. This encouraged many people to relocate to the untamed west who wanted to make a better life. In 1880, twenty-five-year-old William Galbraith and his wife Phebe traveled across the plains and settled in a small area by the famous salty lake. Most settlers in the area were farmers, but William Galbraith had other dreams. The Great Salt Lake fascinated him so much that he decided to harvest salt from it and sell it. He printed the name Syracuse on his salt bags, which was the name of a salt company he knew of in Syracuse, New York. For many years he harvested salt from The Great Salt Lake and sold it to customers spanning from the West coast all the way to the Mississippi River.

City from Island, Syracuse Connection Magazine, How did Syracuse get its name

Later in 1887 a bathing resort was built next to the lake and took on the name of The Syracuse Bathing Resort. The resort became a famous recreation place for locals and tourists to visit regularly. During this same year, the Union Pacific Railroad built the Ogden and Syracuse Railway. The railway linked the Syracuse Resort to the railways main line between Salt Lake City and Ogden. Due to the railway link to the resort and the salt company, the name of the small settlement became known as Syracuse. On September 3, 1935, Syracuse was officially incorporated as a city in the state of Utah.

(Syracuse, New York was named by Sicilian immigrants that settled in New York)

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com

Employee Spotlight-Kim Dabb

Kim Dabb is a building inspector for Syracuse City. Last summer, the City’s Chief Building Official was injured while on vacation and was on temporary leave due to a surgery. This left a big hole in staffing for inspections, especially during a time of immense growth in our City. Kim stepped up and filled in by working extra hours and weekends to ensure inspections were done on time, and consequently averted a crisis for the City’s inspection service. With his efforts, he was given the City’s Employee of the Month award in October. Kim loves the building industry and he is a fascinating character that adds a genuine flavor to our staff. He is extremely experienced and well trained. We are happy to have him on the City’s team.

If you happen to see him, be sure to ask about his hat collection and his experiences at the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Christmas delivery

What were you doing at 2:20 AM Christmas morning? Were you still wrapping gifts? Maybe you found yourself finally in bed, or maybe you had been sleeping for hours. Santa was still making his deliveries. At the Rupert home, a special delivery was on its way, but not from Santa.

Amy woke that morning at 1:00 am feeling contractions, but they were still too far apart. She got in the shower for pain relief. An hour after getting in the shower, their bundle of joy was born. 8 lbs 6 oz and 20.5 in long born entirely unassisted. Amy would describe it as “an incredible experience.” The Syracuse fire department responded to the call making sure all was well and transporting Amy to the hospital.

“The fire department was amazing. They came in and were so kind. They shoveled snow, dealt with the difficulties of a tiny home and even cleaned off Henry’s car so he could follow Amy to the hospital. They were truly a blessing.” To those who made the sacrifice to be in the fire station that Christmas morning the Rupert family says they are grateful.

Christmas Delivery, Syracuse Connection Magazine, Baby

*Posted with permission from Syracuse.com