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:
Every year residents enjoy events put on by their local cities and counties, but not many people truly have a grasp of the magnitude of work that goes into their success. One shining example of the hard work and dedication of these volunteers is the annual Morgan 4th of July celebration.
Promising statistics signal a housing market on the rebound, but economic headwinds are keeping markets from improving quickly, according to Harvard University’s annual State of the Nation’s Housing report, released on Thursday. “With new home inventories at record lows, unless the broader economy goes into a tailspin, stronger sales should further stabilize prices and pave the way for a pickup in single-family housing construction over the course of 2012,” said Eric S. Belsky, managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, in a news release.
On June 18, at our Sons of the Utah Pioneers monthly dinner meeting, the guest speakers were Alan and Linda Turner. They reported on their mission to Zimbabwe, Africa, from September 2007 to March 2009. The challenges were many they reported, but the rewards and enjoyment they felt from serving was evident during their presentation.
Morgan city announced a new initiative called ShopsQA to promote local business to its citizens. The service provides all local businesses with a link on the city’s website that directs citizens to new web-pages designed and updated by each local business.
Lisa Hone, or Lisa Hatch Hone as she is known on Facebook, came to Morgan with her husband and family five years ago, seeking a good community to raise children. And boy, do the Hones feel like they came to the right place!
The Morgan Academy of Dance and Tumbling presented their students from the three studios, in three shows, at one place: Morgan High School Auditorium. The three studios are located in Morgan, Mountain Green, and Coalville.
As part of celebrating its 100th anniversary worldwide, Holcim is donating 100 man hours to the communities they operate in. In Morgan, this means $8,000 worth of new playground equipment for the Croydon Park, as well as the man-hours needed to install it. The equipment removed from the Croydon park is slated to be installed at the county fairgrounds.
Randolph Peay of Porterville is budding as an up and coming artist on both a local and national level. In April he graduated from BYU Idaho receiving his BS in Fine Arts. Now he is receiving accolades for his growing portfolio.
Movies in the park are fast becoming a popular inexpensive date night, family night out and all around great fun for anyone who comes. The Orn family has been working to provide this opportunity to all the members of our community from Morgan to Mountain Green.
Friday, June 1, 1st Bank hosted a barbecue for the community at their Morgan City location. The event brought in a crowd of over 300 people. Kent Francis served up hamburgers and hot dogs and guests had an array of chips, cookies and drink to choose from on the table beside him. 1st bank has 10J branches, and anyone who brought in a friend to open a new checking account received a free gift. They were also entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire or an Apple iPad. There were 10 given out in all, one at each branch. 1st Bank would like to thank the community for coming out and sharing their day. The bank’s next event will be a car wash on July 13. It is a big event each year and proceeds go to their Relay For Life team which raises money for the American Cancer Society. They would like to invite everyone out to come and support them in the fight against cancer.
Dale Winterton has been a staple in Morgan County for 25 years now. He moved from Uintah to Mountain Green with his wife, Linda, in 1987 five days after the birth of their youngest son. Winterton’s sons now range in age from 25 to 31 and they have four grandsons and one granddaughter.
It was a mixture of old and new traditions at the Morgan High School 2012 commencement. For the first time, the ceremony was held at the Dee Event Center in Ogden. Graduates were able to have their entire family join in the celebration as they begin this new phase of their lives. The spacious auditorium offers room to grow for the high school as the years progress, should the school decide to continue ceremonies at the new venue.
In 1985 Randell Heath and his wife Tina drove to Morgan in search of the Browning offices. What they found was more than our local gun maker. After driving through Peterson they fell in love with the area—so much so that they decided to move here.
May 28 Antelope Island Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering: Join us in celebrating the West in our Seventh Annual Cowboy Poetry and Music gathering at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park. Activities include dancing, wagon train, horseback riding, vendors and more. 801-649-5742 or www.cowboylegendsai.com.
Tuesday May 15, 2012, Morgan Elementary held the third annual American Cancer Society Relay Recess. This year’s Relay Recess was a huge success, raising over $2,800 to go toward research for a cure. This fund raising and educational event reached every classroom and many of the families in our community. Relay Recess gives students a sense of pride that they can accomplish something worthwhile by looking beyond themselves.