Santa Clara Sun

December Issue

Volume 17, Issue 12

Message from Mayor Rosenberg

Christmas is nearly upon us and 2015 is almost in the books. During this holiday season I hope each of you take time to count your blessings and take a few minutes from your busy schedules to enjoy the special spirit this season offers. This month instead of reporting on the status of the city parks, street projects, the budget or the fire department, I thought I’d share a story I read recently which touched me and helped me feel the Christmas Spirit. I hope you enjoy it and think about the special lesson it shares. I promise to be back next year with a monthly report on the latest news and happenings at Town Hall and with the City Council.

It’s entitled “The Gold Wrapping Paper” by Fred Burks for PEERS.

Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”

The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Merry Christmas Santa Clara. I hope happiness finds each of you and your loved ones this season and may your homes be filled with love and laughter every day in 2016. Stay safe.

Inside this Issue:

  • Mayor’s Message

  • Shop Santa Clara

  • Holiday Safety

  • Hunter’s Safety Class

  • Business Highlights

  • Parks Dept Update

  • Clean Up Dumpsters

  • Christmas Eve Program

  • Pet Corner

Shop Santa Clara

It’s that most wonderful time of the year and our local businesses are providing wonderful holiday shopping opportunities for us all. Santa Clara businesses offer a great variety of goods and services including home and yard decor, furnishings, fabrics, baked goods, unique gift items, delicious eateries, and much more. Come walk, shop and dine along Santa Clara Drive and enjoy the quaint and special ambiance of our beautiful town. Shop-ping downtown invokes a special nostalgic feeling and holiday spirit, enhanced by the holiday lights and de cor along the drive. Your shopping experience will be more personal, unique and fun as you support our local businesses and all they have to offer for your holiday gift giving.

Break away from the usual routine and enjoy the holiday magic of the season right here at home along Santa Clara’s beautiful and historic tree-lined drive. Shopping at home is a wonderful way to make this special holiday season merry and bright!

Holiday Safety Tips

The following measures are good reminders to help prevent proper-ty crime during the holidays or anytime. Keep vehicle doors locked and do not leave purses, wallets, cell phones or other valu-ables in your car. Close garage doors at night and when you are not home. Use timers to turn lights on and off when you are away for an extended time. Let a trusted neighbor know when you are out of town and how to reach you in an emergency. Do not leave specific information of your absence on answering machines. Make sure entry ways are well lit at night and that your address is clearly marked. Stay safe and have a happy holiday season.

Santa Clara Christmas Eve Program

Practice has begun for the traditional Santa Clara Town Christmas Eve Program. This year the Landon Frei Family is in charge. If you would like your child to participate or you would like to volunteer call Denise Webster at 435-632-8677 or Lainee Frei at 435-668-0742. Practices are every Monday at 4:30 p.m. starting Nov. 30th at the Santa Clara Valley Chapel located at 3040 Santa Clara Drive. The program will be Thursday Dec. 24th at 6:00 pm in the Valley Chapel.

December Clean Up Dumpsters

December clean up dumpsters are scheduled for December 11 & 12, 2015. There will be 3 dumpsters at the Little League parking lot and 1 at Town Hall. We ask that you do not leave trash on the ground before the dumpsters arrive or after they have been removed. The dumpsters are not for disposal of paint, batteries, tires, furniture, appliances, hazardous waste items-such as pesticides or other chemicals, and not for construction site waste. Call Republic Services at 628-2821 to schedule special pick up of large or bulky items. For hazardous waste disposal call 674-7623. The St. George Reuse Center located at 575 E. Brigham Road accepts removed vegetation for mulching; their phone # is 627-4028. You can take your discarded Christmas tree there after the holiday or call Republic Services to pick up your tree.

Yellow recycling bins are also located at Canyon View & Gubler Parks and on Lava Flow Dr. just south of Santa Clara Drive. BluCan recycling also starts in Feb.

Storm Water Watch

Sources of pollution to our storm water system include leaves, grass clippings, organic material, dirt and debris.

Residents need to be aware that it is against the City Storm Water Ordinance [Chapter 13:24] to sweep or blow leaves and grass clippings into the street, curb and gutter, or side-walk. Residents are also responsible to retain any dirt, top soil or rock etc. onto their property.

The City is committed to protect our water quality. Your help is needed to help protect this valuable resource. Together we do make a difference. Please report violations to the DCSWC (Dixie Clean Storm Water Coalition) hot line at (435) 634-5730) or the main City office at (435) 656-4690.

2016 Business License Renewals

Current Santa Clara City business licenses are valid through Dec. 31, 2015. Renewal information will be mailed by mid Dec. As you renew your business license please make sure you provide your Utah Dept. of Com-merce Registration, current EIN #, Sales Tax ID #, and any specific state license your business requires such as those for contractors, salons, child care, massage therapy, pest control, or other state licensed occupa-tions. Daycares and preschools must be current on Fire Safety Inspections which can be scheduled by calling 619-3927. Making sure the above information is includ-ed and up to date will help expedite your business li-cense renewal. For business license questions call 673-6712 X 201.

2016 Santa Clara Princess Pageant

The Santa Clara City Princess Pageant will be March 5, 2016. Packets can be picked up at the Santa Clara Town Hall administration office, or printed online at Start thinking about the community service portion of the application. The Opening Meeting will be held on January 19th at the Town Hall Banquet Room, and the application deadline is February 1st, 2016. For questions please call Brooke Ence 435-632-8642 or Lainee Frei 435-668-0742.

Hunter Safety Class

Hunter Safety Education class will be taught by Craig Mangus on Thursday January 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Banquet Room—2603 Santa Clara Drive. The shooting portion of the class will be Sat. January 23, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Students will need to pre-register via email only at Register early to study at your own pace.

Parks Update

The Santa Clara City Council approved the Santa Clara Historic Cemetery as the future location for the new Santa Clara Veteran’s Tribute. The site will create a beautiful and personal place to honor past, current, and future Santa Clara residents that have served in the United States Military. If you would like to help with this tribute, you can make a monetary donation at the City Hall located 2603 Santa Clara Drive. If you would like to serve on the Veteran’s Tribute Committee, please contact Brad Hays at 435-656-4690 ext. 221 or by email at


Dixie State University students have been working with City staff in the Santa Clara Arboretum clearing trails and planting new trees. On November 5th 18 Botany students removed and replaced trees along the Tuacahn Wash. On November 7th 30 Environmental Science students repaired the cactus garden and upper lava flow trails. In addition, they planted native plant species and repaired irrigation systems. Thanks to these volunteers, the Arboretum is becoming a gem for Santa Clara.

Josh Wild completed his Eagle project by landscaping a 120’ by 10’ area of Gubler Park between the Fire Department and the Gubler playground. He planted 5 trees and 35 shrubs with irrigation and ground cover. His project will be enjoyed by Gubler Park patrons for many years.

Local Business Highlights

 AKA Embroidery by Angie Langston at 229-9653
 Alternative Power Systems, Inc by Stewart Somerville at 435-691-2020
 Big West Cleaning and Restoration by Jason Lindsey at 435-632-9187
 Bliss Weddings & Rentals by Debbie at 435-632-1618
 Brooks Window Design by Benita Brooks at 628-2768
 Building Concepts of Southern Utah by Brent Andersen at 668-6300
 Campbell’s 24/7 Sewer & Drain Services by Tom Campbell at 414-5350
 Classy Lawn & Yard Care by Shane Waegerle at 862-7762
 Choppers Yard Care by Brandon Pectol at 862-2089
 Cut & Dried Home Hair Salon by Madelyn Derrick at 652-8491
 Desert Edge Montessori by Analee Talbot at 272-3711
 Dharma Wheels Cyclery by Jon Kolon at 435-615-6819
 Dominos Pizza Delivery & Take Out by Randy Snow at 688-8885
 Don’s Remodeling Handyman by Don Crothers at 688-2709
 Doug’s Master Auto Care by Douglas Lefler at 673-6622
 Dutchman’s/Cravings by Nick Frei at 628-8482
 Eagle Creek Landscapes by Darrin Heinz at 627-8058
 Entre, Inc. Garage Door Repair by Ed Gray at 680-6699
 Fire and Safety Distribution Co. by Kenneth Kvenvold at 435-272-7039
 Fisher Lawn & Yard Care by Bart Fisher at 862-7457
 Fusion Specialty Pharmacy by Travis Jackman R. Ph., Pharm. D. and
 Koby Taylor R. Ph., Pharm D. at 435-703-9680
 Garden Sprout by Lance Allred at 673-3839
 Ivory Pet Care by Mary Ellen Call at 668-2433
 Jon Kolon DDS – Dental Office – 435-615-6819
 Kaili’s Restaurant by Herb & Wendy Basso at 435-216-9828
 Kevin Lee Construction by Kevin Lee at 680-9858
 Kiwi Plumbing & Heating by Michael Puriri at 435-256-0114
 Landscape Maintenance by Belmont Gardening at 628-2013
 Lightfoots Chevron , CBR Enterprises by Brad & Cindy Pollman 216-2789

 Little Patch of Heaven Montessori Preschool by Janae Huntington at 632-9372
 Maids of Honor Cleaning Service by Kristine Romine at 862-8417
 Delyn Norling Manual Therapist at 668-7384
 Mobile Notary Service by Jeri Sue Stewart at 619-2262
 Moore N More Popcorn by Dianna Moore at 435-680-3820
 Mr. Honey Do Service by Marshall Dick at 669-0870
 Neilson Automotive by Bruce Neilson at 652-4401
 Ohana by Herb & Wendy Basso at 669-9059
 Pest Control by Viking Pest Control at 435-272-4129
 Photos by Richelle by Richelle Nelson at 632-5544
 Red River Health & Wellness Chiropractic at 435-767-9355
 Robert Austin Tile by Robert Austin at 435-272-4186
 Rose Restoration by Michael Rose at 673-8006
 RV/Business Storage by Bruce Belmont at 628-2013
 Santa Clara Mercantile by Nancy Scott at 801-631-0477
 Say it Your Way Custom Vinyl by Tara Howard at 435-632-7006
 Shining Star Preschool by Trudy Carlson at 669-6461
 Smarty Pants Preschool by Doree Sargent at 674-2305
 Stitch-n-Stuff Embroidery by Tim & Angie McArthur at 435-673-4654
 Strain Landscaping by Craig Strain at 668-9150
 Super Star Preschool by Debra Gourley at 656-1647
 The Clover Patch by Doug Clove at 986-9070
 The Old Bodega Furniture/ Accessories by Greg & Carol Smith at 673-0656
 The Granary at Santa Clara (restaurant) by Pat Johnson at 435-851-2031
 Uncle & Auntie’s Gift Shop Vicki Lasswell 634-9416
 V-Max Remodeling by Craig Mangus at 628-6000
 Wilde Electric, Inc. by Terry Wilde at 632-7297

Pet Corner

It does not seem possible 2015 is coming to a close. It was a fantastic year because of the support we received from our donors and volunteers. FIAS is extremely grateful to Ivins and Santa Clara for the support they have given us during 2015. FIAS is so pleased to support both cities financially to ensure the “No Kill” by ordinance continues. The “Save Rate” at the shelter will probably be one of the highest we have achieved.

FIAS will celebrate our 10th anniversary during 2016. There will be special adop-tion promotions, surprise gifts for adoptive families, a 10th anniversary celebra-tion in the spring and much more. FIAS is looking forward to celebrating this special year with everyone.
Our “Wish for December” is Purina kitten chow, Friskies canned cat food and scoopable litter. Your donations help us to provide healthy nutrition for the homeless pets.

FIAS would like to thank the Southern Utah Veterans Home for giving us the opportunity to assist with the 2nd Annual 5K Run, Walk & Roll on November 7th. We enjoy working with the staff and it is very rewarding to see the smiles on the Veterans faces as they participate with the AFJROTC Cadets.

As we prepare to begin a new year, FIAS would like to encourage everyone to consider making a resolution to volunteer during 2016. We could not do what we do without YOUR support! There are many ways that you can help “save them all”. For more information please use the contact information below.

In January our anniversary celebration will be the low cost vaccination clinic on January 30, 2016. FIAS will begin taking appointments on January 4, 2016. Please use the contact phone number below to make an appointment. The clinic is by appointment only. We will have a couple of surprises and a drawing at the end of the clinic for everyone who participated. There will also be a gift package for the first adoption on that day.

If you have adopted a cat or dog from the Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center we would like to hear from you. Please email a short story and picture of your BFF. FIAS will include your story and picture in our memory book. Every animal that enters the shelter is special and we attempt to keep a record of each pet. Please use the contact information below.

“Bring Joy to Your World” December Adoption Promotion sponsored by Best Friends and Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter will feature reduced adoptions fees of $15 for dogs and $5 for cats. We would like to have an empty shelter by De-cember 23rd. Please help us make that dream come true.

As you are doing your holiday shipping please remember to SMILE for FIAS. The AmazonSmile program is working well and each check we receive is a little larger. Thank you for your support. The code is included with our contact infor-mation.

Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook or

Where to Meet the Pets

Ivins animal Shelter and Adoption Center
474 North 200 West, Ivins. 435-628-1049.

New Hours:
Monday & Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


An Australian Shepherd mix, about 3 yrs. old. He gets along well with dogs, cats, and kids. He has an old injury that was not treated and consequently has arthritis, so he needs a loving family to understand his health problem and who will love him. Smiley’s adoption fee will be waived to an approved family.


Is a handsome kitten with a cute personality. His “Bring Joy to Your World” reduced adoption fee during December is $5. Please give Shiloh a forever home for the holidays!

Annual Dog License & Vaccination Clinic

Santa Clara City will hold its annual dog license/vaccination clinic on January 23, 2016. The clinic will be at the Old Fire Station at 2775 Circle Drive; hours 8:30 am—12:00 pm.

Dog License fees are as follows:
1st dog fixed: $10.00 Not fixed: $20.00
2nd dog fixed: $12.00 Not fixed: $22.00

Vaccination fees determined by the veterinarian administering shots. The City dog tag and rabies vaccine tag are to be on a collar on your dog at all times. City ordinance requires your dogs to be licensed annually and current on their rabies vaccination. Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter will hold a vaccination clinic on Saturday, Jan. 30th, by appointment only..

Monthly Meeting Schedule

– 2ND & 4TH WEDNESDAYS @ 5:00 P.M.


– 2ND TUESDAY @ 6:00 P.M.

– 4TH TUESDAY @ 4:00 P.M.


H.E.A.T. Program

The Home Energy Assistance Target Program accepts applications to assist eligible households in need of help paying their home heating bills. This federally funded program is administered by the State of Utah. Payment amounts are based on income, energy use, and at-risk groups in the household. The application period begins Nov.1, 2015 and goes through Sept. 30, 2016, or until funds are exhausted. Each household can receive H.E.A.T. assistance once during this period. Residents who wish to apply for assistance should call 435- 652-9643 to schedule an appointment. The H.E.A.T. office is located at 168 N. 100 E. Ste. 255, St. George, UT 84770.

Samuel R. Knight History Museum

Come see the expanded Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum located in the Town Hall basement and learn about Santa Clara’s history. The museum hours are Tuesdays 1—4 pm and Saturdays 11am—2 pm. Call 435-879-5297 or email for information or if you would like to volunteer at the mu-seum or schedule a special group or family reservation.