The men's restroom in the north hall has frequent incidents of unexplained activity, from noises to voices and triggering the motion sensor to turn on lights. The light orb captured above in the morning hours on Sunday. The backlight through the window could explain some light anomolies, however upon closer examination the orb is in front of the horizontal bar which leans toward the unexplained, particularly because this could not be replicated.
The Eagles is more than a ‘spirited’ social hall and favorite haunt
October 30, 2019 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 2919 is known for lively activities, but the unexplained paranormal activities have been a hot topic with staff members and patrons alike.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, seven employees who have worked as bartenders and in the office at the Eagles gathered together to share their experiences with unexplained, possibly paranormal phenomena at the lodge. The claims are plentiful and varied, from physical touch, sightings of at least two separate female apparitions, voices, music, billiard sounds, televisions turning on by themselves, motion sensors being triggered and/or blocked, and movement of inanimate objects with a number of witnesses.
The general consensus about any spirits that may be lingering at the Eagles is that they are friendly, harmless with an aptitude for pranks. They are believed to be former members just returning to spend time in a place that felt like a second home.
According to Eagles Aerie trustee Desiree Perry, they have not done any official paranormal investigating because they don’t want to upset or anger any of the spirits that may be active in the space. The Eagles is a God acknowledging organization with a stone tablet statue featuring the ten commandments in place near the flagpole, there is no room for the occult in their order so any tools that could be used to summon spirits or demons are unwelcome on the premises. “There is nothing hateful or evil,” Perry said, she emphasized that there has been nothing malicious or harmful in any of the interactions, rather they are startling at times.
She noted that whenever renovations or improvements are made, the construction phases tend to create a stir for the activity. After the passing of long term members the level of activity seems to increase, it doesn’t matter whether it is day or night, there have been reports of unexplained activity during all shifts, even when the building is closed to the public.
Perry often works in the office with a small window to the billiard area, while being alone in the building she has heard noises as if a game of pool were happening. Also when approaching from the south bar entry doors there are two pairs of swinging metal and glass doors, the space between is often filled with sounds of music or billiards being played, but upon passing through the second set of doors the bar is quiet and completely inactive.
Kim Richardson has 17 years of experience at the Eagles and has collected a variety of paranormal experiences. After the passing of a member who would sit in the same seat at the bar and drink a Pepsi on every visit Richardson closed down the bar clearing the space of all bottles and cans, only to return to an empty Pepsi can in the spot where the recently deceased would sit.
Another memorable incident for her was being slapped on the rear end, when she turned to confront the offender there was no one there. Perry also had a similar incident where she was bent over working and was surprised by a smack on her bottom with no one nearby.
Richardson once managed to get her fingers stuck behind a grill while cleaning, she yelled out for help but no one could hear her over the music. Her phone was out of reach to call for assistance, she pulled with all of her strength but her fingers didn’t budge. Eventually she mentally prepared herself to break her own fingertips to release them, suddenly her hand was free. She can’t explain how it happened, but she said that feels some unseen person was looking out for her and was there to help.
Four of the women gathered to talk about their experiences, plus two regulars, were witness to one event that was impossible to explain. On a relatively busy night, there was a stool without an occupant and out of reach of any other patrons that visibly teetered before crashing to the floor. No one was near a bar stool, these stools have significant weight to them as the frame is metal and includes a back as well as an upholstered seat. It takes concerted effort to move them.
Jessica Balmer-Zielinsky was quick to validate exactly that, “The chair teetering, I thought I saw it happen, and then you tell yourself that didn’t happen—you try to talk yourself out of weird stuff. But then somebody else said, that chair teetered before it fell over and I was like oh my God it did.”
“I think we were all quiet for five minutes,” said Richardson, while everyone tried to figure out what was happening. A hush fell over the bar because everyone was unsettled by the loud crash.
This was the same night that a patron had dropped a bottle on the ground, which thankfully didn’t shatter. It was retrieved and placed upon the bar and left unattended. Shortly thereafter the bottle lifted from the bar up over the upholstered lip and fell to the ground where it shattered. Multiple people saw it lift up to go over the lip.
Multiple bartenders were on duty, and several others were present as patrons that evening, none had an explanation for what was seen.
Balmer-Zielinsky also spoke of her most startling experience, which was long after closing in the early morning. She was passing through the social hall area and looked into the soup kitchen area where she saw a woman with stringy blonde hair, blackened eyes and an eerie grin. She thought she recognized the person initially and went to greet her, but quickly wondered why anyone would be in there after close, when she looked back the apparition was still sitting at the table where there was no chair. Balmer-Zielinsky panicked and ran out the back door screaming to the other bartenders and those awaiting a safe ride home.
They said, she was acting like she saw a ghost—and she confirmed that she was pretty sure she did.
A large number of reports come from a strip of the building that includes the hallway and the north restrooms, particularly the men’s room. Lights remain on in that space long after they should have shut off due to a lack of motion based on the automatic sensor settings, there have been reports of voices delivering phrases like “excuse me” or making a bird call noise, and also in that area is the frequent sound of a woman weeping, generally thought to be coming from the adjacent women’s restroom.
“There are times when you can tell something happened by the look on a patron’s face,” said Richardson, who said that people who are new or haven’t been told of any previous reports will sometimes express an odd occurrence in those restrooms. There have been times when complete skeptics have become believers, particularly when they see a women in a long white dress wearing a white bonnet pass through the hallway past the barn door. It has brought several of the bartenders joy to witness people finally believing what they have experienced personally.
At the end of night when bartenders are counting out the till they frequently see figures in the reflections of the glass and mirrors, some of the bolder workers will verbally interact with them asking if they can help them, or get them a drink; while others do their best to focus on the task and ignore their own eyes.
Dannelle McKenzie said that she was once touched on the back when she was cocktail waitressing and when she turned to take the order there was no one there, she asked what she could get them anyway. This type of interaction has become ritual for most of the employees, during lock up each night an audible “goodnight guys” or “see you soon” is given to any spirits that may be lingering.
Keely Sidwell has had her hair pulled, she was also working the night there was only a group of eight or nine people in the bar, all decided to step outside together to smoke upon returning to the bar the stools were condensed into an overlapping cluster. The group was confused but straightened them. A few hours later on the next smoke break they returned to find the chairs once again bunched up without explanation. That night Sidwell was returning a bottle to the shelves behind tempered glass sliding doors which are frequently bumped and dinged by bottles. She said she barely felt the bottle make contact with the glass and was suddenly surrounded by a waterfall of shattered glass falling. Those who were at the bar didn’t even hear the bottle make contact with the glass at all, and were shocked by the way that a slight bump could cause that shattering. They were already on edge due to the chair rearrangement, so the small amount of physical contact didn’t seem to justify the shattering.
Tara Johnston brought her son along one day when she was cleaning the hall, the building wasn’t open for business and she heard a man clearly say, “No running in the bar.” She retreated to find her son, to find out why he was running only to realize that there were only females in the building aside from her son, who was hiding in the cooler room scared by the voice.
On the whole, the activity revolves around activities common among patrons and even a bit protective of the space. The bartenders try to rule out environmental factors or any other influence when something unusual happens, the building is large and settles, there are also environmental noises to which they quickly become accustomed to, so those times when it can’t be explained stand out. At this point is has become fodder for their group text streams as they document strange events that happen during their shifts.
Spider-Man spends time with Benji Norman, 9, at a family fun fair held in his honor on Saturday at Ace Hardware in Brigham City.
Dizzy the Clown creates balloon animals for the children in attendance.
Sprucing up New Hope
In an effort to assist the New Hope Crisis Center, team members from Autoliv made a donation of supplies coordinated volunteer labor help for a landscaping project with director Penny Evans to beautify the landscape of the New Hope Crisis Center in Brigham City to provide an aesthetically pleasing design.
The plan took months from concept to completion, the areas improved included: paint, landscape, sprucing up the existing playground equipment, level out some uneven grassy areas and repair the sprinkler systems in both the front and back yard. Approximately 265 man hours were donated in labor.
“We are proud to work for a company that not only makes life saving products, but is also constantly looking for opportunities to serve our community,” said Larisa Rawlings, customer quality representative, who is also pleased with the local businesses who offered discounts on the supplies needed when they mentioned the cause. She said, “it was a privilege for our facility to be able to contribute in any small way to such a great cause.”
Tour of Utah Stage 2 rolls through BC
The Tour of Utah racers begin the stage two race at the starting line at Main Street and Forest Street.
The Tour of Utah racers speed through downtown Brigham on the return route.
The downtown Main Street corridor was blocked off to accomodate all of the events and activities held in conjunction with Tour of Utah.
The social meal prep experience
August 21, 2019 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
I am not much of a cook, frankly, I have a basic understanding of all of the processes and can complete a recipe down to each step; however, if anything goes awry with a missing ingredient or a skipped step I am at a loss.
When people watch me cook, even my own kids, anxiety mounts and pressure gets to me so I flub up. So, when I was invited to attend a Citrus Pear party, I genuinely had dread in my subconscious. What if I screw up? How many people are going to be there? Is this going to end up like the party we planned at my old house where three friends came together to meal prep and after four hours and what felt like hundreds of dishes I ended up in tears after they left from exhaustion?
But, I decided that I was going to give it my best shot, because my kids deserve to have balanced, healthy meals more often than trips to the drive-thru. And I deserve the break of being able to set a crockpot to cook and move on with my life. So, I faced a fear and went to a food prep class in a grocery store in North Ogden.
I was immediately welcomed, warmly and given a soda to help me through the evening, I was grateful because it is quick, intense work! I took note of how orderly all of the cans and produce were set up. After a quick safety discussion and a participation expectation conversation was had, we put on our aprons and took to chopping, quickly filling our first recipe’s gallon Ziplock bags with the ingredients.
As we got in the groove the pace quickened and suddenly I became less aware of the public setting, really only acknowledging the instructors and the participants next to me with whom I would share measuring cups or pass ingredients to in the course of a recipe.
I was caught up in the underlying competition of it, basically not wanting to be the last one finished. It felt like I was on a cooking show on Food Network. It was aggressive food preparation, and quite frankly that fueled me more than any kitchen endeavors.
Over the course of two hours I got to know my neighbors, their family’s likes and dislikes when it comes to seasoning and before I knew it my cooler was completely full of dinners. At the end of the night I had 20 dinners, of ten different types, that would feed 3-4 adults each. And, most importantly, I had to do zero shopping, planning or dishes. I legitimately had fun, I didn’t just accomplish the task, I enjoyed the process!
It felt good to be the one preparing the food, because I’m a known orderer. We haven’t had an opportunity to really dive in and see how the family enjoys the meals yet, since my children have been away, but it is the perfect kick-off to the school year to know that I can spend time with my children, what would have normally been spent preparing or in pursuit of food.
Meal prep for health, save time and money
An instructor goes over the expectations of a Citrus Pear event, before the food preparation begins.
August 21, 2019 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
Embracing the preparation, setting aside a block of time to prepare meals for freezing can help those who are crunched for time as the bustle of the school year and all extra curricular activities that entails.
Meal prep is everything from planning a meal, finding the recipe, shopping for the ingredients and combining the items prior to cooking. By taking an organized approach it is easier to balance budgets, maintain specific dietary restrictions and minimize kitchen time for the remainder of the meals that have been prepared in advance.
There are many benefits to meal prepping; this can be used as an assistance with dieting, to avoid temptation of buying something quick when time is short and to limit the number of dishes used which helps clean-up go more smoothly.
“Having a healthy dinner waiting for you in your fridge makes it far easier to pass on the mozzarella sticks and hot wings at happy hour,” said Kristen Wilk, M.S., R.D.N in an article for EatingWell.com “Knowing you spent time prepping nutrient-packed ingredients makes grabbing takeout far less enticing.”
“Meal prep takes the guesswork and potentially bad decisions out of food,” says Monica Auslander Moreno, M.S., RDN, LDN, founder of Essence Nutrition. “When you’re hungry at 12:30 p.m., you’ll order or eat the first thing that crosses your plate. Having a prepped meal cuts back on food anxiety and insecurity, and ensures proper food decisions.”
Budget and portion control are also assisted with properly planned meals, there are options for meal prepping that allow for microwave reheating, crockpot cooking, stove top preparation or even use of a pressure cooker. Each meal plan can be catered to a person, or family’s dietary needs and specific tastes.
Providing a bulk number of options leads to more variety in menus, and selecting a freezer meal to thaw in the fridge overnight eliminates one more decision that would inevitably follow the next day. Once the choice is made, it’s simple to avoid decision fatigue. “Where do you want to eat?” or “What do you want for dinner?” almost feels rhetorical because rarely does anyone want to step up and be the decision maker. Picking the following evening’s meal becomes a habit, quickly.
It is also budget-friendly because keeping to a strict shopping list eliminates the impulse add-on purchases.
Cooking can be an isolating experience, for some, hence the popularity of meal prep parties. Women, and sometimes men, get together to do the sometimes monotonous work in a single kitchen as a social gathering. Much like quilting bees and canning parties, the task seems to pass quicker when there is a common goal underscored by good conversation.
Businesses have been built around the theme of food preparation, some with the intent of doing all of the work for the customer so they can grab and go, while others emphasize the social aspect by making an event of it.
Some of the meal plan pick up options in the area include Brigham City based Swol Foods, a fitness inspired meal prep food plan that caters to specific macros; or more comfort style home cooking like Simply Homemade by Emily, of Perry, which is a one-woman show that began to help friends and family, she is currently fully-booked and not taking on new customers.
While other programs focus on the energy and fun of gathering together for a Girls Night Out. A Freezer Meal night was recently hosted at Cooley Collective Studios in Brigham City, this was a non-corporate sponsored event arranged by owner Amber Rust.
“For us we asked what people wanted and that was one of the responses that got the highest vote! So my friend who happens to be a single mom who also runs a state certified daycare and has a certified kitchen and food handlers permit tells me about her freezer meals and how they save her as a working mom.” Rust said, “They save her in budget and time. If chicken goes on sale she’ll buy in bulk and make freezer meals for her family!”
Their menu consisted of five beef and five chicken options. The participants brought coolers, tennis shoes, and pulled back hair and went to work.
“It took us about 2.5 hours from start to finish! Everyone went home with 10 freezer meals. Our teacher did all ingredients from scratch to save money. Cream of chicken from scratch, Alfredo sauce from scratch, etc!” said Rust, originally planned to cap the event at 12 but they ended up with 15 participants.
Rust said that they got really great feedback on their first event and have already planned the next Freezer Meal event at Cooley Collective Studio scheduled for Nov. 4.
Another local resource is called Citrus Pear, a business that was developed to provide healthy, diabetes and heart-friendly meals prep events using recipes put together by registered dietitians. Each class, or private party, is lead by an instructor and an assistant. The nearest hub is North Ogden, but there are Box Elder County-based representatives of the company serving in the roles of dietitian, instructor and assistant.
Each party takes approximately two hours and has between 10-20 participants. In an assembly line fashion the additional ingredients are added to the protein which is pre-portioned. The only expectations of the participants are to be able chop, slice , dice and peel vegetables as needed, measure and drop in seasoning and pre-chopped onions, and open and dump cans into the freezer bags. The event goes quickly as they move through ten recipes from start to finish, adjusting spice levels for each individual.
All shopping, organizing and clean-up is provided in the class fee, and the planned menu is presented a month prior to class dates, but classes fill quickly, so reservations are required. For more information about this program visit citruspeardinners.com
LaChelle Larsen is a wife and mom of two who had tried a variety of meal prep plans on her own, with friends and in a party style setting. “I have [food prepped] with a few ladies and then also helped a gal name Kari that operated Easy Eats for a bit.” said Larsen about her experience with meal prep parties, this was run in an industrial kitchen. The highlight for her was not having to go to the store and being able to spend more quality time with her family, but she does also enjoy the Girls Night Out aspect of the parties.
• Considers herself to be high maintenance
• Total cost if all currently used beauty products had to be replaced: $625.79
• Average expenditure for replenishing current beauty product collection every six to eight weeks: $104.68
• Biggest expenditure: makeup
June 5, 2019 • Hailey Hendricks • Staff writer
I began dancing from the age of three until my early teen years and I can fondly remember the countless dance competitions and performances where my mom would put on blush, mascara and lipstick to enhance my features and facial expressions under harsh stage lights. While getting “all prettied up” was only for special occasions, my mom didn’t allow me to begin wearing makeup on a day-to-day basis until age 12 – and even then, I was only allowed to wear mascara. Every year after that, I was allowed to add one more beauty product until I had all the beauty essentials I wanted to wear by high school.
As I’m reflecting on why I wear makeup, it’s really making me think and dig deep inside myself because when I haven’t struggled with acne, I feel confident in my natural complexion, but yet I still won’t step foot outside my house without at least foundation on.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I’m OK going certain places and seeing certain people while wearing less makeup, however, I feel more put together and ready for my day when I wear a full face of makeup.
While Loni is recognized for her beautiful long red hair, I find that many of the compliments I receive from others are about my well-defined eyes with long eyelashes and thick eyebrows – thus, investing more on high-end makeup rather than hair essentials.
Inside my makeup bag you’ll find: face primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, eye shadow primer, multiple eye shadow palettes, eye shadow shimmering powder, eyeliner, mascara, a variety of lipsticks, makeup sealer and tweezers.
Over the years I’ve tested a variety of drugstore and name-brand beauty store products and I’ve found that the makeup I buy from Sephora tends to have longer lasting coverage than drugstore products; with the exception of my mascara and blush.
While I consider myself to be high maintenance, I find myself to be more relaxed when it comes to my hair and other body maintenance essentials – spending less time and money here.
On a day-to-day basis, I spend about 25 minutes putting on makeup and 5-10 minutes on hair. For special occasions, I tend to take about 35 minutes on makeup and 20 minutes on hair.
As I’ve been analyzing the amount of time and money I spend on beauty products, I’ve noticed that I spend more time on myself when I’m single and less time when I’m in a relationship. While my time spent on makeup changes based on my relationship status, the cost of makeup stays the same.
In a survey on the Box Elder News Journal Facebook page the question was asked whether our readers perceived themselves as high maintenance or low maintenance.
The poll received 309 votes over a
24 hour period.
18% high maintenance
82% low maintenance
• Considers herself to be low maintenance
• Total cost if all currently used beauty products had to be replaced: $414
• Average expenditure for replenishing current beauty product collection every six to eight weeks: $36
• Biggest expenditure: hair color upkeep
June 5, 2019 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
The evolution of learning to accept my own personal beauty was a rocky road. I grew up slightly overweight, abundantly freckled and often hiding under an uncooperative mane of somewhat snarly hair. If I was known for my looks, it was not in a positive light.
As I’ve aged I am now frequently recognized for my hair, which I enhance my natural auburn with bolder reds and often highlights and has reached “mermaid” status in length.
Because of the length and thickness, my hair is by far my largest expenditure toward beauty efforts for routine upkeep and using color depositing and color protecting shampoo and conditioners.
My skin is extremely fair, so I use a high s.p.f. sunscreen daily, and the majority of my make up products already contain low s.p.f. but the extra coverage is necessary for someone who can get sunburned by driving with the window down.
I opt for minimal coverage foundation because I like my freckles to show through—they were something that I was teased about relentlessly as a child, so it is very empowering to really own them and want to showcase them now. But, the vast majority of my cosmetics are drug store variety.
If I could only keep two beauty products the choice would be simple: mascara, because my eyelashes are quite light and tend to disappear without darkening; and lip color. Although, I would try to bend the rules to include multiple colors since I mix two to three shades together to create a custom lip color each day. This is a process I’ve done for a year, and has become something that I look forward to daily. I enjoy the creative expression and appreciate knowing that I am wearing something unique.
I tend to be a frugal person, and I do a lot of product research online for most purchases. There are websites that highlight drug store “dupes” or comparable quality merchandise that is more budget friendly.
The areas where I don’t cut corners are with the coloring and upkeep of my hair. I’m also particular with hair removal products. I’ve used razors, waxing, epilating and am now on to laser treatment. I recently purchased an at-home laser hair treatment product.
With all that said, I still consider myself low maintenance because I sleep in until the last possible minute, and have been known to sport second-day makeup or no makeup at all in a pinch.
On a daily basis, my make up routine is pretty quick, it takes 20 minutes or less for daily use: primer, foundation, curl eyelashes, mascara, eyeliner, brow liner and lips. I will either straighten my hair or leave it as it naturally dried typically overnight. If I’m feeling fancy I will throw in some braids as embellishment.
If I’m going out on a date or to a concert or to a fancy event, I typically schedule 30 minutes for make up, but a full hour for hair. Curling my hair takes a long time.
In general, I focus more on my personal appearance when I am single or when my weight fluctuates, but even so, the difference in expenditure of time and money is minimal.
I research new procedures and products often, but I’m a hesitant implementer. I wait until reviews come in over an extended period of time before I get on board. Microblading is something I’ve considered but ultimately ruled out for myself. I love the look of eyelash extensions, but the practicality and cost wasn’t conducive to my allotted beauty funds.
Brian Broom-Peltz, friend; Bryan Lang, son; Mark Kiraly, friend, Gilbert Lang M.D. and Caryl McNeilly, a family member all visited Golden Spike National Historical Park.
“This was to the 19th century was what the moon landing was to us. ...Utah, and this area, are so entwined with transportation revolutions that changed America and changed life as we know it”
May 15, 2019 • Hailey Hendricks • Staff writer
A California man was among one of 20,000 people in attendance at the 150-year anniversary of the First Transcontinental Railroad on Friday, May 10. The difference between him and many spectators: this was his third time attending a milestone celebration in a 50-year time span.
Gilbert Lang, M.D., of Granite Bay, Calif., is fascinated by trains, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the people who devoted their lives to building the historic rail line that reshaped the American landscape in 1869, and over the course of the last 150 years.
Because of his love for the history of the railroad, Lang has attended the 100, 125, and now, 150-year milestone celebrations held in Promontory, Utah.
“The emotions are the same every time I’ve come,” said Lang about the three times he’s been to the celebration. “But each time has been inspiring.”
Inspiring in a way that he gets to spend time with his son and to teach him about the railroad, as well as being able to be at Promontory Summit, where the last spike was driven.
“This is still a pivotal part of U.S. History,” said Lang. “To study and see where it was, knowing about the incredible tasks of the lives lost and multiple people working together...and learning and appreciating what was done.
“It was very worthwhile and it’s nice to meet people you read about,” Lang said. “It was definitely a different experience than I expected, but that enhanced it and gave me an experience that I hadn’t had before.”
Lang said this will be his last time at the event due to rising health issues, but the memories he has made with his son and his son’s two friends have been nothing short of memorable.
“I won’t have many more days like this, and so it’s just a real neat topper,” Lang said.
Garden Club sets annual plant sale set
May 8, 2019 • Sarah Yates • Editor emeritus
Spade & Hope Garden Club will hold its annual spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11, opening at 8 a.m. on the City Hall plaza. It’s an event with almost 50 years of history, with the double purpose of a fundraiser and an effort to help local homeowners and gardeners beautify the community.
Members grow and donate seedlings, annuals, perennials, ground covers, shrubs and other plants from their gardens, which are made available to the public at low prices. This year there will be a special feature, with a hardy hibiscus plant given as a free gift with a $10 purchase, one to a customer.
“As you can imagine, sexual assault is a huge trauma. It takes a lot for someone to have to come in for that exam, and then for them to have to wait for a period of time for the nurses to get there is kind of difficult, or at times victims have been asked to go to Ogden for the exams.”
Box Elder County Child
Protective Services cases:
203 cases closed in 2018.
48 of those closed cases were supported for sexual abuse.
50% of those sexual abuse cases the perpetrator was not a relative, parent or guardian to the child.
3 cases involved a romantic partner/paramour.
24 had cases familial ties to the victim.
Pictured is a pinwheel for awareness of Child Abuse Prevention month, these pinwheels are located outside the Family Support Center in Brigham City.
Objects in photo may be smaller than they appear, this living area is part of one of the model displays at the Wheeler home.
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