The holidays are filled with fun and tradition wherever you go, but very few communities have such a wide array of things you can participate in for free. The city, local businesses and community members all pitch in to make sure that there are plenty of holiday memories made right here at home.
The Sons of Utah Pioneers held their monthly dinner meeting featuring speaker Sheila Wilkinson along with her husband Mark Wilkinson. Sheila presented a brief history of Devil’s Slide. With Sheila’s bubbly personality, her presentation was very pleasant as well as informative.
The 2012 Morgan County Horse 4-H season came to a close this past month with the final State Individual Show being held in Salina on Sept. 7 and 8. Morgan County had 12 youth who worked hard during the summer show season to qualify for the opportunity to travel to the state individual meet. The state competition is a two-day show with nearly 300 qualified youth from all over the state congregating to compete for coveted event and all-around titles. Events scheduled for Friday were judged events and included fitting and showmanship, western equitation, and bareback equitation. Events on day two of the show were all timed and this year included barrels, poles, and the scurry.
After nearly 25 years on Commercial Street, Morgan Academy of Dance will be changing things up and moving to a new location, 225 East 125 North, next to Riverside Park. The dance academy has been a part of Morgan for over 40 years. In that time the dance studio has had plenty of homes.
Work continues on the reconstruction of I-84, from Mountain Green (SR-167) to Morgan (SR-66). Shouldering, crash cushion, delineator/barrier reflector and barrier pad movement activities will take place from Peterson to Morgan. Grinding and striping on the new concrete roadway will continue over the next few weeks. Construction is nearly complete from Peterson to Mountain Green. Crews work from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days per week.
Can you believe that summer has come to an end and school has begun? As we can see all around our beautiful valley, the leaves have color and fall is here. With fall upon us the Morgan County Library has lots of wonderful things coming up and some amazing events that have passed.
Long time business owner and restaurateur, Larry Wiggill, is ready to embark on a new adventure. Larry Wiggill owns Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn which has not only been known for its deep fried chicken but also for the gift shop contained inside the restaurant. Larry has long had a passion for gift shops and through the years the gift shop has expanded to include more and more merchandise. It has been a dream of his for quite a while to be able to open a separate gift shop to accommodate the growing décor. As space became available on Commercial Street, Larry remembered his childhood when Commercial Street was the place to shop. Loving historical things, such as the building his own restaurant is housed in, Commercial Street was a perfect fit for his new shop. Although Commercial Street is the official name, it holds the nickname of Front Street from the days when the train station was the main hub of Morgan. Holding true to this history, the store will be known as Front Street Gifts and Home Décor.
Every year there is an annual weigh-off to determine the largest pumpkin grown in the state of Utah. It is sponsored by the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Matt McConkie, Mountain Green resident, holds the current state record. His enormous pumpkin weighed in last year at a whopping 1,600 pounds.
The annual opening social for the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) was held on September 11, 2012. The social was held at the DUP Museum where the theme, “Preserve the past – strengthen the future” was announced as the theme for 2012-13.
Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground. They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time. The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other. However, they had never met. After that chance meeting they dated that summer and then they both attended Utah State the next year. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1997 and have built a life together -all because of a misplaced ID.
Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew and chartered by the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their Father & Sons’ overnight campout followed by their Court of Honor the next morning, 7 & 8 September at the Church’s small amphitheater and park recently established behind their building next to the Mtn. Green Cemetery.
“This is it. . . last week for the Farmer’s Market,” announced last Saturday by Marion Andrews, farmer’s market coordinator. Saturday, September 15th, business as usual at Morgan ‘s Farmers Market until the produce vendors said they would not be back next week, because they had no more produce to sell.
Labor Day often means a weekend of camping or a day off of work. For 13-year-old Branden Brooks and nearly 30 others, Labor Day meant labor and lots of it. The story starts several years ago when Branden set a goal to receive his Eagle Scout award before his 14th birthday.
One of the entrants that earned a best in show award at Morgan City’s Cruz’n Classics Car Show almost didn’t enter. Duane Carpenter, owner of a cherry red 1959 Ford Edsel Convertible, saw a brochure for the car show the night before in Wyoming. He hurried to make it to Morgan’s Riverside Park from Evanston on Saturday.
Austin Manning is a happy little boy. His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning. On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.
Move over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the “Little Free Library” has come to town. Bringing to Morgan a relatively new concept in sharing literature, River Pinhey designed and built Riverside Park’s latest addition. River Pinhey is the 14-year-old son of Bambi and Scott Pinhey, and grandson of Earl and Julie Anderson.
Recent years have seen the creation and expansion of a new type of community recreation that provides an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors and engage in physical activity together, while remaining relatively low in upfront and ongoing cost. Bike parks provide individuals of all ages with a venue for varying abilities and levels of physical exertion. Bike parks are customized to fit the physical location and resources available as well as the interest and demand of the public using the parks. Being a relatively new concept in communities, many of the future users of bike parks aren’t even aware they exist.
The Morgan County Library is a great place for people to expand their minds, encourage creativity and explore places. This kind of knowledge and growth should not be limited to the youth or the more mature, everyone should take advantage of this remarkable resource.
After a successful first year hosting a women’s biking event in Morgan County, Wildflower Pedalfest organizers donated proceeds to the county’s food bank and Sub for Santa funds with promises for additional donations in years to come. However, talk of future biking events stirred some controversy in a recent Morgan County Council meeting.
Mountain Green resident David Sawyer, who recently returned from serving with the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan, presented both Morgan County and Boy Scout Troop 576 with American flags for their service.
Recent and widespread wildfires are a “predictable consequence” of federal management of public lands, said Doug Heaton, a Kane County commissioner who recently visited with Morgan County officials. Heaton asked the Morgan County Council to support his effort to establish the American Lands Council, an organization formed to address land issues including federal intrusion on private property rights.
Snowbasin Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Baker as Snowbasin’s new Food & Beverage Director, effective September 4, 2012.
Peter has spent over 12 years in the leadership & planning position for several top rated resorts the most recent being at Grand Targee as their Beverage, Dinning, & Entertainment Director. Prior to that, Peter spent several years at Idaho’s Tamarack and Northern California’s Kirkwood Resorts as director of their food & beverage departments. "With such an extensive background in the resort food & beverage industry, Peter will be a great addition to Snowbasin," said John Loomis General Manager of Snowbasin Resort.
Morgan Health Center will be breaking ground on its new building Saturday at 1 p.m. at 166 N. State Street. The public is encouraged to attend a short groundbreaking program followed by light refreshments.
The Morgan Health Center and its dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and administrative staff have been serving the community for more than 20 years. Carol Durrant and Myra Turner remain as the original staff when the clinic first opened. MountainStar and HCA Physician Services are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the residents of Morgan and the surrounding communities.
Just after noon on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012, Austin Larson was working at the rock pit in Mountain Green when he heard an unusual noise across the street that got his attention. When he confirmed there was smoke he quickly went to the Mountain Green fire Station, where he works as a volunteer fire fighter. Larson retrieved the fire engine and made his way back the short distance to the home to find that the fire was already fully evolved. By this time calls were coming in from a postal worker who was in the area, a 1st Bank employee from the bank next to the house, and others who viewed the smoke and flames.
As the house burned firefighters from surrounding areas were called in including two trucks from Weber County and a ladder truck from South Ogden. Brush trucks helped with a grass fire that spread behind 1st Bank, Mountain Green Branch. Twenty-eight fire fighters worked on the blaze before they were able to stop it around 4 p.m. The house continued to smolder until about 6 p.m. A crew remained at the scene overnight and was able to control two or three flare ups during the night, reported Dave Rich, Morgan County fire chief.
Creative and ambitious individuals that have a passion for what they do were found in abundance at this week’s Morgan farmer’s market. Each vendor has a unique story and purpose for being involved.
One such vendor is Davis Produce. Davis Produce offers a variety of fresh grown produce from their greenhouse. Tina Davis, owner, is glad to be back for another year and says she enjoys the people of Morgan.
Handcrafted and homemade items from Carol Marshall included parchment crafted book markers designed with calligraphy ink and paint on a type of paper known as velum. Marshall has done this craft for over 10 years and she enjoys it the most. Recently retired, she found herself not content. To broaden her interests, she discovered craft books and learned how to make bracelets and earrings.
Did you know that Morgan/USU Extension has a great FREE resource available to all its residents that can help your family eat healthier, save money at the grocery store and make your food dollar go farther? It’s called Food Sense.
Have you ever imagined your life as a puzzle? Ever wish you could go back to the days of those cute cardboard puzzles where the shapes and colors were easier to find and put together? Nowadays it seems the pieces are too small and there are too many of them! How are you supposed to find the time and patience to put them all together? Some days you may find only one piece and some days you look at the pile of pieces and keep on walking to some other less daunting distraction. Yet, there are some days where you find several pieces that renew your energy and excitement for life. Those are amazing days! There are also days when you realize a piece is in the wrong place. While it seemed to fit at the time, you realize now that there is a better place to put it, or that it doesn’t belong anymore. And I’m sure you’ve felt at times like the winds of doubt and discouragement have blown your pieces all over the floor.
David Brown, a recently returned Finnish mission president, spoke to the Sons of Utah Pioneers at their monthly dinner meeting. The subject of his presentation was concerning the history of the church in Finland. Brown spoke about how Finland is a small country, but it has over 188,000 lakes within its borders. The Finish name means swamps because of the many lakes.
Each summer the Morgan County Library sponsors a reading club as an incentive to keep the mind sharp and the imagination active. Last Thursday, participants celebrated their commitment to reading with an end of the summer Pajama-Rama party. Each week throughout the summer, participants earned prizes by reading a specified number of pages. Kids and adults alike could choose weekly prizes including books, toys, and certificates to local businesses. To cap off the successful reading program, children wearing pajamas came for a morning event full of books, food and fun.
High school senior, Travis Carter, grew up loving music. As a young child he enjoyed sitting around and relaxing while listening to different bands express themselves through music. He learned to appreciate the range of human emotion music can evoke. This sparked a passion fueling his desire to create music and inspire others. Originally he aspired to be a drummer—however, the idea was soon abandoned once it was discovered how much room a drum set can take up in the home. Next, he moved on to the guitar. With no formal training, he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play.
Connie Kippen can’t say enough about her family. “My kids and grandkids-that is the number one thing in my life,” Connie said and then minutes later on another topic she continued, “My kids bring me the most excitement and most joy.” Any topic seemed to relate back to her children and her love for them.
Morgan residents—especially those in East Canyon, Milton and Stoddard—are getting tired of power bumps, failures and surges. They have complained to power officials, who are reviewing damage claims but are still unsure the cause of all the problems.
At the entrance of Riverside Park, there is a big rock monument with “Early Morgan Pioneers” engraved at the top. Under the engraving there is a list of some amazing people who have shaped Morgan County into what it is today.
Here at The Morgan County News, we like to recognize individuals and companies who give back to the community through service and/or donations. Most of these individuals are Morgan County based businesses, but every once in a while there is someone outside our community who comes back to their roots year after year to help support their hometown youth.
Jo Ann Smith, Mountain Green resident for 45 years, moved here in 1967. Her husband, Kent, used to say she was an Okie—not an Okie from Oklahoma—but from Oak City, Millard County, Utah. She was born in Oak City in 1933, the first of seven children born to Allen Lovell and Virginia Lyman Lovell. She lived there until age 5.
“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life. He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father. When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent. He wanted to do more to help with the cause. Shortly after his father lost his fight to cancer, he got involved with Relay for Life through Ellen Poll. “I relay for my dad, and that’s my relay story.”
Tucked into a corner of Mountain Green—in the industrial park by the airport—is a family owned and operated dental lab. David and Emily Cox and their three children moved to Mountain Green from Oregon to be closer to family in Utah, and they moved their business with them.
When the Morgan City Council envisioned the Riverside Park splash pad, one of the things they hoped it would do is bring out-of-town visitors to generate revenue for other Morgan businesses, and it has done just that.
Snowbasin is excited to welcome to the stage 3-time Grammy award winner and internationally recognized saxophonist, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet on Saturday, August 18. This all-star band line-up consists of Jeff Coffin, from the Dave Mathew Band, Felix Pastorius on bass, Bill Fanning on trumpet/space trumpet, Chris Walters on keys, and special guest Roy “Future man” Wooten (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) on drums. This will be the second year Snowbasin will host a major concert as part of the Mt. Ogden 100k Mountain Bike Festival. “With the success of the Mt.Ogden 100k Festival concert last year it only seemed natural to bring in a band of this caliber for the second year,” explains Steve Andrus, Snowbasin’s events director.
Marion Lott, founder of River Valley Veterinary Hospital, has always taken great care and dedication in ensuring optimal service to both the animals in need and their owners. One might say that Marion’s dedication originated from as early as 1988 when his business was first established. He’s always been a very hard worker and genuinely cares for those he serves, though his caring attributes don’t stop there.
Mountain Green secondary water is currently experiencing high demand on the system when the water becomes available on odd days at 10 a.m. They are going to establish watering times according to your house address to try and spread the peak demand across the entire day. They hope that by dividing the times in to three hour blocks, water demand can be met.
After months of feeding and caring for their animals, over 160 hard working kids were able to sell their animals to generous and eager buyers. The junior livestock show and sale are the final event of a program encouraging youth to raise and care for livestock animals. The annual event allows kids to take responsibility for their animals and learn how a business is run.