On Saturday, May 19, Armed Forces Day, the Morgan County Pilot’s Association will be sponsoring the 2nd annual Veteran’s Recognition Day beginning at 10 a.m. at the Morgan County Airport (located at 5000 Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Mountain Green) to recognize and honor all veterans from all services.
There have been several new additions to the Morgan County News and Jennifer Vesper is one of them. She is excited to be a part of the newspaper staff and hopes to make a difference in the community through her new position.
Every year, Morgan County is overrun by an aggressive weed called Dyer’s woad. Dyer’s woad is a non-palatable, aggressive weed that produces chemicals which inhibit growth in adjacent plants. It has established itself across thousands of acres of western rangeland where the Bureau of Land Management estimates that it can reduce grazing by 38 percent. It is now widespread in Morgan County, as well as in 24 other counties in the state. Dyer’s woad is a native of southeast Russia and has been used since the 17th century to produce a blue dye extract. It is thought to have been imported into California in contaminated alfalfa seed and appeared in Brigham City around 1910.
Family Fun Night at the library is the perfect evening to relax and spend time with your family while encouraging learning and thought. Monday, May 21 will be the second Family Fun Night and there are high hopes it will build on the success of the previous event. The last affair brought a crowd of over 80 participants and turned the library into a carnival. This coming Family Fun Night will transform the library into a dream emporium. The night won’t make you nod off because lots of fun activities have been planned to explore the things we wish and hope for. The idea was born from a patron interest survey that showed a need for family specific events. The staff created the idea for a quarterly Family Fun Night with guests from the community.
Morgan City is set to begin construction next week on the splash pad at Riverside Park. The city has been raising funds for more than a year and is continuing to do so. Many of the splash pad features have been sponsored by local businesses and some of the construction work has been donated as well. The city has had donations from groups of mothers and grandmothers as well as many residents from all over the county. They city has also conducted fund-raising activities throughout the last year such as selling hot dogs at last year’s Independence Day Celebration. The city has raised the funds necessary to begin construction, but is still requesting donations to provide funding for additional water features as well as benches.
World War II Veterans from Morgan County were honored in a recent Eagle Scout project completed by Trevor Slate of Milton. Slate raised money to place markers on the graves of Norris Andrew Nelson, Sgt. Henry Burton Nelson, P.F.C. Thomas Henry Giles, Sgt. Chester R. Olsen, Seaman 2nd Class Karl Crittenden, P.F.C. Frank Jay Lacey and First Lieut. Craig Hannum. He found it interesting that small farming communities like Milton, Richville, Porterville, Morgan City, Peterson and Mountain Green all lost so many of their sons and daughters, creating hardship on families, neighbors and the entire community. Many veterans returned wounded and shell-shocked carrying unimaginable, horrible images for the remainder of their lives.
After Brad Barton addressed Morgan County families on May 1 about the “illusion vs. reality” of underage drinking, families participated in “What Will I Do On My Summer Break?” The youth in particular had a blast visiting various booths and hands-on displays in the MHS commons area sponsored by local businesses and organizations which provide summer-time activities, camps, classes, and events for kids and families in our Morgan County community.
The Gold Family Team (TNT Dynamite) have been relayers for four years. What is relay you might ask? Relay is an event that anyone can be involved in. It is a chance to support the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. You can either join a team or come and join the Party the night of relay, Aug. 10, at MHS, opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. you won’t want to miss it!
Thursday May 3 marked the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Northfront Business Resource Center(NFBRC). The back patio was full with all of the more than 50 guests and DATC administration, as well as founders, designers, builders and grant writers.
Jim Nickerson was a young man in the air force when he met Nell while attending a wedding reception in Morgan. He was stationed at Hill AFB, which was a long way from his home in Massachusetts. As stories go, they soon had their own wedding at Nell’s parent’s home in Morgan and lived in their first apartment in Ogden.
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 Court of Honor at the local bowery on Wednesday evening, May 2.
Residents and strangers came together for a great cause on Monday. Rob Saunders and friends came up with an idea to do something wonderful for their friend and neighbor, Charese Foster. Charese was diagnosed last year with invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) that has also spread to her liver, lungs, lymph system and brain.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, which happens to be Armed Forces Day, the Morgan County Pilot’s Association will be sponsoring a Veteran’s Recognition Day to recognize and honor all veterans from all services. The Pilot’s Association invites all citizens and veterans from Morgan and nearby counties to come and mingle with one another, swap stories and view the static displays of various aircraft and military vehicles. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. A flag ceremony will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. by our own Morgan County’s American Legion Post 67 and VFW Post 6154 veterans.
Donors, students, county residents, school district officials, and former and current administrators gathered Tuesday to officially cut the ribbon marked “the next 100 years,” and open the new Trojan Century Center.
“Alcohol is a drug; it’s the second most dangerous drug next to nicotine!” emphasized Brad Barton to an audience of approximately 400 in the Morgan High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 1 while levitating spinning cards in the air, shooting mini fire balls, and magically making a newspaper “whole” after shredding it in pieces.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
The beautiful cemetery that stands on the hill behind the LDS Ward on the old Highway Rd. in Mountain Green was the original pioneer burying grounds for the pioneer community. It was laid out in 1860 on land that was owned by David Bowman Bybee. He sold .45 acre to the settlement of Mountain Green to provide a place of burial for early settlers.
A fatal crash near Roy and Sunset claimed the life of Eva A. Trump of Morgan. Witnesses said her vehicle was traveling on Interstate 15, darting in and out of traffic. The Dodge Neon she was driving had drifted into a construction area, where she over corrected, crossed the median, dropped off the embankment, and went down the hill to the bottom. The car then went under a cable barrier and into oncoming traffic near mile marker 338 and collided with a semi-trailer.
Flowers celebrate and honor many of life’s biggest moments. A brides bouquet, a funeral spray, a high-school corsage and boutonniere, a vase of flowers congratulating new parents, roses to say I love you, throughout our lives we use flowers as a means of communication with beauty. Morgan business, Inspire Me Bloomers, delights in the opportunity to share in these special moments. “Trying to create moments that take peoples breath away” is owner and designer, Steve Clark’s favorite part of business.
Celebrate spring with the Morgan Community Choir’s 14th Annual Spring Concert, Monday May 7 at 7 p.m. at the high school. The free concert features sacred selections such as Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia, as well as familiar perennial favorites such as a Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway medley and Danny Boy.
Citizens of Morgan County are invited to attend the open house and dedication of the new Trojan Century Center Tuesday, May 8. The open house will run from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with dedication ceremonies running from 6:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
On Tues. May 1, The Morgan Elementary School had visitors from The White House, even Senator Mike Lee and some of his office staff Larry Shepherd, and Boyd Matheson. They talked with Mr. Wolfe and presented him a gift for the school, of a flag that has flown over the United States Capitol on behalf of the students and faculty of the Morgan Schools. “Senator Lee was kind enough to surprise us and present the school with the flag that was flown over the capital,” said Mr. Wolfe.
As the world turns, we celebrate another Earth Day. Did you plant a tree? Recycle a water-bottle, or walk to work? Did you at least stop and smell the roses? Whatever you did, thank you! The support of Earth Day has definitely grown and rightfully so. The Earth is our home and we need to take care of it any way we can. But the Earth has another precious resource that needs protecting, maintaining and celebrating: YOU! When was the last time you celebrated your worth? When was the last time you took time to be thankful for the amazing person you are? Have you forgotten the value of you? Maybe you’ve been too busy? Well, take time today, right now even, and celebrate you. I know life’s not perfect, not even close, but like Earth Day, with celebration also comes a dedication to living a better life; to not only preserving our future, but learning to enjoy the journey along the way.
Each month Morgan County 4-H has hosted a family craft night at the courthouse. Crafts have varied and reflect the season. Aprils craft celebrated Earth Day by planting different kinds of seeds in toilet paper containers to grow indoors until it is warm enough for them to survive outside. Kelly Carter 4-H Assistant has planned and presented the activities.
The long awaited day of the opening of the Northfront Business Resource Center (DATC) Morgan center is now becoming a reality If you have driven by and seen the changes of the old Val’s Flower Business, you’ll see a fresh new face on the building, with new paint, and completely remodel as it’s transformed into the Northfront Business Resource Center. (DATC)
Utah State Republican Delegate Kristin Price, from Congressional District 4, was asked to attend a Utah State School Board meeting on April 13, to get a better understanding of the controversial Common Core Initiative supported by Gov. Gary Herbert.
Each year the Lt. Governor presents the Silver Bowl Award to volunteers for outstanding volunteer service. This year Mable Welsh received the Silver Bowl award. She was the only volunteer at the ceremony in Provo to receive a standing ovation and then a kiss on the forehead from the Lt. Governor.
Just when it seems that only negative headlines prevail, business corruption is increasing and a ‘survival of the fittes’t mindset seems the reality of the world, Salt Lake City RIGS brings the refreshing and sometimes surprising hope that perhaps we are getting some things right after all.
Have you ever had your nerves get the better of you? Don’t feel bad, everybody has had experiences where their nerves of steel suddenly turned into nerves of aluminum. From sports to special occasions, we’ve all choked or broke down in critical moments where our nervousness became our weakness. The list seems endless of when our nerves made us swerve off the roads of life and get stuck in the ruts of regret: Game time, test time, talks, speeches, seminars, unpaid bills, a new job, dating, confrontation, interviews, fear of failure, flying, performances, and proposals, etc., etc.! If only we could have a proxy for our missing moxie in those moments! How do we get past our unnerving fears and conquer our cold feet with courage when it’s our time to shine?
We live in a time when it is quite common to witness the devastation around the world from hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis and earthquakes on the nightly news. To many, it seems as if these disasters are becoming more frequent.
Barbara Anderson has been at the heart of the Weber State University Morgan Center since the office opened in the summer of 2001. She has seen incredible growth in the classes and services offered during the time she has been director. She is retiring from her position as the Director of the WSU Morgan Center and as an employee of Weber State University this spring after 11 years. Pam Carter will be the new director of the center.
All Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts were called on to do the annual food drive in Morgan. The Cub Scouts were responsible for getting the food bags out to every household, and the Scouts picked up the food bags and delivered them to Morgan Food Pantry.
Elaine was working at American Optical in Salt Lake, and a friend told her she wanted Elaine to write to her cousin who was stationed in Korea. She started writing him and when he would come home from leave, they would date. He served a total of 3 years in the Marine Corp--13 months on the front lines in Korea. After his tour overseas, he was stationed in 29 Palms and in San Diego. He even participated in the Nuclear Bomb Tests in Nevada. He said that he saw and felt the atomic blast; the troops were half way out in the dessert when they were told that the wind had shifted and to turn back to the trenches. He said you could see the Joshua trees smoldering.
Ironically, as I write this, it’s just after midnight. Needless to say, I’m tired. But when inspiration strikes the writer can’t always have the luxury of trading his pen for a pillow. And so, I shall add some more oil to my lamp, plug in my laptop and continue down this rut less traveled. I don’t mind staying up late knowing that someone, somewhere, will find a few more moments of courage to endure and hopefully to enjoy their life more. That makes any sleepless night worth it to me.
“Create a plan...but remember - be prepared to change the plan!”, words of advice from a young Morgan High School graduate and who has followed her plan - and finding out that “plans change” - and Melissa Ovard has made the changes successfully by following her simple goals she made early in her life. Her story of how it “all came down” to leading a full and successful career now moving forward with confidence was told to the North Summit and Morgan High Schools’ Sterling Scholars at a Recognition Banquet hosted by Holcim, (US) Inc. The evening of March 29th Sterling Scholar Nominees from these two schools came with their parents to enjoy dinner with their families at Larry’s Chicken Inn in Morgan.
If you ever felt like being in the presence of angels, you could attain your desire by attending an event with the Morgan County special-needs mutual. This inspirational group includes nearly three dozen participants with various physical, mental or learning disabilities and their church leaders from various parts of the county. On March 30th, the group put on a production of “Joy Story” in front of a packed auditorium. “Joy Story” is a spiritual adaptation of the popular “Toy Story.” Written and directed by Nolan and Cathy Johnson, the production is a moving story about friendship and involved every member of the special-needs mutual.
Franklin and Connie Abplanalp have been married for 50 years come April 20, 2012. They both grew up in the Vernal, Utah area and attended Uintah High School together, but they only knew each other because they were in the same graduating class.
Spring is in the air, bringing with it the excitement of outdoor activities for everyone. Morgan County is no different. We are going to be participating in the Utah Shake Out Exercise that will be held April 17-19. What is the Shake Out you ask? Well, Counties throughout the state will be exercising emergency plans. This exercise was started by FEMA and backed by the State. The scenario is as follows: a 7.0 earthquake will be reported from the Wasatch Front at 10:15 a.m. on April 17, 2012. Schools will be in session, family members may be elsewhere at work, and telephone lines will be down.
From spring cleaning to spring singing, the beauty of the world is reborn. For those who celebrate Easter’s true miracles and meanings their baskets and hearts are full of hidden treasures and treats to discover. One of my favorite parts of Easter is the hiding and hunting for eggs. It’s a true test of creativity when you can hide a dozen eggs or more and they stay hidden. Of course, you don’t want to leave any unfound for too long, or else your nose may get a hidden surprise as well.
It’s time again for the Money Matter$ Couples & Money Date Night Series provided by USU/Morgan County Extension. Starting next week for three Tuesday’s in April: April 10, 17 & 24 from 7-8 PM (April 10 & 17) and 7-8 (April 24 only) in the Morgan County Courthouse Auditorium.
On Sat. March 24, a controlled weed burning fire got out of hand, when wind picked up and extended the controlled fire to cause a grass fire. The fire swept fast burning a fence, and part of a power pole.
It’s that time of year when spring is in the air and Evanston Cowboy Days is getting ready for their big rodeo over Labor Day Weekend. First we must have a queen to reign over the festivities and promote the sport of rodeo. Evanston Cowboy Days is looking for any young lady ages 16 to 24, living within a 50 mile radius of Evanston, to fulfill this fun and exciting job.
Cheryl grew up in Hunter, which is now West Valley City. After graduating from Cypress High School she attended two years at SUSC on music and academic scholarships. She then attended Utah State where she met Brian through a friend. Brian lived in Markesan, Wisconsin until he was ten and then moved to Preston ID. He graduated from CSI, College of Southern Idaho, and then joined the National Guard. They were married in 1990 and moved to Provo where Brian began working for UPS and has worked there full time, except when deployed. They made Morgan their home 21 years ago.