In September when most are getting adjusted to back to school schedules and gearing up for fall, the Morgan County Fair board will already be starting to plan next year’s fair. It is such a big undertaking that many do not even stop to think of the countless hours and service that the members of the fair board put in. Whether it be selling booths, weed whacking the grounds, figuring out garbage and disposal, making banners and signs, planning events or the many, many other things needed to get ready for the upcoming fair. For those walking around enjoying the fair, there is a tendency to take for granted all of the hard work that has been put in to create such a fun and inviting atmosphere.
Each year Morgan County residents look forward to the first week in August. It is the time to showcase their talents, enjoy good food, and be entertained, all at the Morgan County Fair. Adults and children alike work all year getting their various projects ready, whether it is hand-stitching quilts, weeding gardens or capturing the beauty of the world behind their camera lens. Many solely come to see the handi-work of others.
Many contests and challenges were held during the three days at our county fair. The most recently added game to the fair line up was the Cantaloupe Chuckin’ event. Inspiration came when 12-year-old Easton Turner was watching a favorite show about pumpkin chucking. He told his mom this event needed to be part of the fair. His mom, Kim Turner, is in charge of the activities and games at the fair and she agreed that it would be a fun addition to the fair. Easton started making plans with his friend Talon Thorton. They compiled their favorite designs for catapults and took their favorite parts from each to build their ideal thrower.
Relay for Life is a big deal in Morgan County. Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to help raise funds for cancer research. All across the world people are affected by cancer in some way, and Morgan is no different. It seems that around every corner there is another tragic story. For this reason, the community rallies in support of this event. Windows of local businesses are filled with footprints that have been purchased to help the cause.
After a six-year hiatus, the demolition derby came back to Morgan County. Historically, Morgan has had a rich tradition of hosting demolition derbies. Although the derby this year started out small, we were fortunate to be able to bring it back. Organizers are hopeful that last Thursday’s event will have increased interest not only from spectators, but also for future drivers who want to test their driving skills in the arena. Hopefully this was the first of many, and through the years it will be able to grow.
DeMarre Carroll was welcomed to the Trojan Center with big cheers from all the junior Jazz players in the audience. Carroll was born July 27, 1986, is 6’8” and just finished his third year in the NBA and his first year with the Utah Jazz.
While it is very difficult to track figures of how many people participated in the events of the fair, ticket sales for the two rodeos and the demolition derby suggested record-breaking numbers. Each of these events sold out early with packed bleachers full of enthusiastic spectators. The open horse show earlier in the week had more entrants than in the last five years.
Many years ago my grandmother wrote about the schoolhouse in Enterprise. It was written as though the schoolhouse was speaking. She said, “I was built many, many years ago, by the people who lived in the town of Enterprise, in Morgan County, Utah. They were anxious to have a center place in the town for a school, a church, or whatever the occasion might be. I was a real nice looking building in my day, and the people were proud of me and kept me painted up nice both inside and out. I was the center of attraction in the town. I was their school house, their ward chapel, and their amusement hall. During the weekdays in the winter months I was their school house. Would you believe me when I tell you that at one time 75 children attended school here within these walls? Here was where they started to get their education. Oh, those were happy days for me, for I loved to hear them sing and recite their lessons. Then after school they would play and have so much fun on the grounds around me. You see I was in a place where I could enjoy it all. It used to be a very lively little community at one time.
On Aug. 25, 2012, the 4th annual Focus Four Run will be held in Roy at 4000 South 1900 West. This event was established to remember John Carter, Cody Odekirk, Lydia Silva and Jeff Reppe who passed away in 2008 while traveling during a humanitarian project to Guatemala.
With the recent of arrest of two sex offenders with Morgan ties, public interest in the state’s sex offender registry has piqued. However, the registry should be used carefully, county and state officials say.
HighMark Charter School (HMCS), Davis counties newest charter school, is pleased to invite the community to tour the schools new facilities and classrooms. Public open houses will be on Aug. 6, 9, and 14, from 6-8 p.m. Tours and additional information on HighMark Charter School will be available at the open houses. The school is located at 2467 E. South Weber Drive in South Weber.
The Martin Heiner family reunion was a big success at the Morgan Stake Center Saturday with approximately 500 descendants of Martin and Adelgunda Heiner in attendance. All eight children of Martin and Adelgunda were represented, as well as descendants of Martin’s nephew, Heinrich Dittmar.
Karly Prescott, daughter of Annette and Roger Prescott, of Morgan will travel to Cuenca, Ecuador on Aug. 9 to spend 12 weeks volunteering in orphanages. Prescott graduated in 2009 from Morgan High School and is currently majoring in Family and Consumer Development at Utah State University.
Pioneer Day was celebrated in different ways throughout Morgan County this year. One of the celebrations was the Milton round-up, which was inspired by the hard work of two Milton Eagle Scouts. In an earlier article, credit was given to Brayden Stegelmeier and Miles Mecham for their huge undertaking. The two scouts replaced the Milton park horse arena fence. The arena is used by the entire northwestern area of the Morgan Valley, especially by 4-H horse enthusiasts.
Almost a month ago, households around Morgan County received the 2012 fair book covered in artwork by Tyler Sierra Fowers. This year’s theme ‘There’s Fun for the Whole Herd at the Morgan County Fair’ was portrayed on the cover and the contents of the book kept that promise. This year a wide variety of activities are planned with the hopes of offering something for everyone. The fair encompasses a weeks’ worth of activities beginning on Thursday, July 26, and wrapping up Saturday, Aug. 4. If you do not have a copy of this year’s fair book, there are extras at area businesses or you can download a copy at www.morgannewspaper.com. The guide details where, how and when to enter, participate, and attend all of this year’s fair activities.
Pamala Sutton Bindrup has lived in Utah since she was 5 years old—first in Washington Terrace and then Mountain Green. She and her three sisters were raised in the Terrace. Her father was a linotype operator for the Standard-Examiner. She remembers when she was a child going down to the newspaper office, and he would run a slug with her name on it which could be printed with ink. When computers replaced linotypes, her father retired. She said that the keyboard for the linotype was totally different than a computer keyboard. Her mother managed S & H Green Stamps, which was on Harrison Blvd.
Each summer we watch with grim fascination as wildfires burn across the western United States. This summer has proved to be as bad as any. Fires in Colorado and other states have consumed both wild lands and homes with equal ferocity. You may wonder, “What would I do if I lost my home to a fire? Would I be prepared?”
These days age just isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Many of us can remember when reaching a certain age really did mean we were more responsible, or at least ready to become so. While thankfully there are organizations and religions still striving to instill values for all ages, unfortunately many in the world only view age as an entitlement to finally be free or legal to do whatever one wants.
As a history buff and native of Morgan County, I was surprised that I had never been on the “Mormon Flat Dirt Road,” as it is named in a self-guided auto tour of the Hastings Cutoff through the county.
An announcement was made last week that the Morgan community theatre is officially back for 2012. The idea of having a community theatre was originally started by Adam Slee four years ago. It began as a theatre camp for the children of Morgan County. Their first production was a Disney musical review. It included excerpts from Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast and was a big success. It was followed by The Wizard of Oz in 2010.
Max Robinson is nearing 90 and is a great story-teller. He is a walking history book of Morgan County. Max Robinson lives on Robinson Lane in Mountain Green; you know when you have a lane named after you that you are a landmark. His ancestors were some of the first settlers in the area, and the Robinson family has the distinction of being the family that is still here.
A blaze broke out July 12 at Holcim Cement Plant when a semi was pumping fuel into an auxiliary building. No one was injured, and only the 32-foot semi trailer and parts of the auxiliary building were damaged. It took Morgan and South Ogden fire crews two hours to extinguish the flames.
Local artist Kim Corpany is known all over the world for her bronze sculptures set at prominent points. She discovered her talent for and love of art early on. In kindergarten, she determined a picture she was assigned to color wasn’t quite right. She drew in a different black line and then colored it in. Her teacher scolded her for not coloring in the lines even after attempts to explain the imperfections. Disheartened, she took the picture home. Upon review, her mother explained Kim should keep coloring the way she thought best.
Martin and Adelgunda Dietzel Heiner were among the earliest pioneers to settle in Morgan. In 1845 they immigrated to America from Germany where they encountered and joined the Mormon Church in Pennsylvania. In 1859 they journeyed to Salt Lake City and moved to Morgan in November 1863. The Heiners settled in Mt. Joy, which was later named North Morgan.
The Morgan Lion’s Club annual installation dinner was held on July 5, 2012. That evening Larry Durrant was put in as the new club president, DeOrr Peterson is now 1st vice president, CarDell Mortsensen is 2nd vice president, Harold Laughter is 3rd vice president and Jeff Lucas is secretary/treasurer. The newly installed presidency will serve for one year. The Lion’s Club would like to give a special thanks to George Francis who served as president for the past year.
The Morgan 4th of July parade had a new twist to it this year. All townships were invited to create a float and enter it into the parade. The floats were judged and winners were announced during the evening entertainment at the football stadium. First place, and winner of the Grand Prize trophy, went to Round Valley second place went to Peterson and third place went to Porterville. Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Enterprise, Stoddard and Taggart. The Morgan 4th committee appreciates all the time and effort that went into creating these floats and would like to thank all those who participated in this challenge.
This Friday, July 13may just be a lucky day after all for Morgan residents. The long awaited and much anticipated splash pad will open for the public. For years, local residents have dreamed of something to help cool off on hot summer days. Looking for fun for the kids and refuge from the heat, many Morgan families would make long trips to enjoy the refreshing water found at other cities’ splash pads. Now they can enjoy this same summer favorite right here in Morgan. Last year Riverside Park was updated with new playground equipment and this year it will be topped off with a splash pad of its own. Morgan residents will be able to enjoy one of the largest splash pads in Utah. The Morgan splash pad features 26 different water features; 10 above ground and 16 in ground. Covering over 70’ by 70’ of space, the Morgan splash pad is second in terms of size right behind Vernal, and has more water features than any other in the state of Utah.
Morgan County Fire Warden Boyd Carrigan was happy to get multiple calls from people passing by on the freeway who noticed a grass fire in Mountain Green on Friday.
“If you see smoke of any kind, call. A lot of people think someone else will do it,” Carrigan said. “I would rather it be a false alarm than not be able to jump on it quick enough.”
After nearly two years of work, donations from many of Morgan’s businesses and residents, meetings, design, and planning, the splash pad is nearly complete. The city just missed having the splash pad ready for the 4th of July celebrations, but is now just days away from having the project ready for use.
The Morgan County School Board voted to continue serving breakfast to Morgan Elementary Students in the 2012-2013 year. Morgan Elementary was the first school in the district to offer a breakfast program. After watching the program closely, board members and other district administrators said they may consider offering a similar program at Morgan Middle School.
At a ceremony just after the flag raising on the fourth of July, individuals from various branches of government in the county gathered to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the families who have individuals serving in the armed services. “We owe it to our veterans, we owe it to those who are serving our county and protecting us,” said Mayor Egbert.
One of summer’s greatest joys is long hot days filled with a dip in the pool. Cannon balls, splashing children calling out marco polo all bring back floods of memories to most Americans who have experienced a setting similar to this sometime in their life. Much of our summertime activities revolve around water. From relaxing on the shore of Pineview, or camping next to a creek in the Uintahs, most of us will come into contact with water. With extra precaution, these activities can give us a lifetime of memories and a scrapbook full of photos.
2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for June 24-30, with a total of 107 calls
Assistance: (4)Morgan City, WB I-84;
Animal Complaint: (3)Morgan City, Peterson, Porterville;
Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m., Morgan City will be bringing you a free concert at Riverside Park. The concert will feature Amy Oaks Baker, daughter of Dallin H. Oaks. Grammy nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished violinists. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York.
Generating Income in a Low Interest Rate Environment
If you’re getting ready to retire or are currently retired I’m sure you are well aware that we are in an environment with record low interest rates. You have probably been to a bank or credit union and have asked them what type of investments they have that can provide you an income now that you aren’t working, I’m guessing you were a bit disappointed.
Setting goals can help people move forward in their lives; however, one of the main reasons for not meeting goals is not having a doable plan. A goal should be SMART -- specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely with a plan to achieve it. Consider these ideas when setting weight loss goals.
With the help of city employees a 4’ x 14’ montage trekked from the courthouse to its new home in the Morgan County Library. The montage was hung at its new location on Saturday, June 23, in order to provide a safe place for more people to view. After 14 years on display at the courthouse, the Morgan Historical Society decided to bring it a little closer to their home. The montage is now hanging inside the library in the southeast corner outside of the historical society office. The space provides the perfect area for the work to be appreciated. Prominently hanging high on the wall, the montage is safe from any little hands that may pass by.
Living in Morgan makes us all a little happier. We love the fresh air, the beautiful mountains, and our friendly neighborhoods. Results of a recent study give us one more reason to be happy we call this valley home. A study completed by the University of Wisconsin, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named Morgan the healthiest county in Utah. Even better, this is the third year they have published results of county comparisons and we have maintained the top spot every year.
Helen Smedley has lived in Mountain Green since the 1960s and remembers some of the first homes being built in the Highlands subdivision. She says she was born in the best little town in America –Fillmore, Utah. She said “it’s drier than a bone” and that her dad used to say “frogs are 25 years old before they know how to swim.” Despite growing up during the Depression, she had a wonderful childhood. Her family grew their own food and had animals, so they were self-sufficient. “We didn’t know we were poor because everyone else was to,” she added.
Ever since she was a young girl, Samantha Lawrence knew she would be involved in the sciences. In fifth grade, her science teacher decided to have the class participate in a science fair. Having helped her parents build their home in Morgan, she had always wondered why nails turned orange in exposed stud walls, so she decided to investigate that phenomenon for her science fair project. Through that project she discovered corrosion and has been fascinated by the processes and mitigation of corrosion from then on. Samantha continued to nurture these interests and eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. She is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Washington State University.
Wildfires are common this time of year and they destroy hundreds of buildings and force the evacuation of thousands each year. People who live in areas at risk of wildfires should pay close attention to weather conditions and use the following safety tips: