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.
I was driving down the freeway a couple of days ago and saw something very frightening. In the car next to me, going about 65 miles an hour, was a person reading a book! Not only that but it almost completely covered his steering wheel! My first thought was to honk and get his attention but I was afraid he’d lose his place. How unfortunate for him! So, to avoid any read rage I very carefully steered clear and hoped he was at least reading a book with large print so he didn’t strain his eyes. Later, I mused about what better way to spend a boring commute, driving down the freeway with speeding cars and other too cozy, too dozy and distracted drivers, than reading a good book to pass the time! I would like to know what book this multi-tasking maniac was reading that was worth risking his life and the lives of others for.
Utah Humanities Council is funding four book discussions at the Morgan County Library this fall. Modeled on a similar, but year long, book discussions in Brigham City, the Mountain Green Ward book club has applied for and received a grant from UHC to help fund this project.
The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers had a remarkable presentation in their May meeting given by Rod Stephens. Stephens lives in Morgan and is a postal inspector for the U.S. Postal service. He is an officer in the law enforcement branch of the postal service. He has jurisdiction in all matters infringing on the integrity of the U.S. mail. His group of inspectors have a long, proud and successful history of fighting criminals who attack our nation’s postal system and those who attempt to misuse it to defraud, endanger or threaten the American public.
An accident occurred in the construction area last week on Interstate 84 in Morgan County, near the Peterson Bridge. Investigating Officer, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Shepherd explained, “The accident happened about 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17. The construction worker was on foot. He and other workers had their backs to the asphalt roller. For whatever the reason, it couldn’t stop, and the roller had run over one worker crushing him into the road.” Shepherd described the worker’s injuries as extensive, “he was in critical condition with several broken bones, a punctured lung and a lacerated liver.”
Local residents gathered to honor those who served to protect our freedoms at the annual veteran’s recognition day celebration. The day started out with a flag ceremony carried out by Morgan County’s American Legion Post 67 and VFW Post 6154 which included Jim Nickerson, Karl Abbott, Jay Garfield, Gordon Smith, Vern Kilbourn, Royal Lamb, Tom Despain, Cliff Jenkins and Tim Carter. Following the ceremony, one veteran was allowed to participate in a fly-by in a Stearman Bi-Plane with pilot Doug Compton.
Morgan Valley Voices is a non-profit music organization that teaches children of all ages to use the one instrument they always have with them, their voice. Singers ages 5 and up are taught music theory and principles through games and songs using the methods of Zoltán Kodály.
Miss Kynzie Zuech, daughter of Tammy Zuech, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Utah Pageant to be held June 29-30 at the beautiful Sheaton Hotel in Salt Lake City. The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions. Kynzie will be participating in the princess age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the great state of Utah.
Exciting improvements are coming to Carrigan Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Over the next several weeks customers will be able to enjoy a larger more comfortable waiting room all the while keeping the same great Morgan service they have come to love. Those driving by will notice a change as the building undergoes construction on a new more modern exterior. Not only will the exterior be affected but two new sales offices will be added to ensure a more efficient car buying experience. Customers will appreciate the updated ADA bathrooms while they wait and will also benefit from the new customer pick up area.
The seasons of our life are vast and varied. Some days are full of blue skies and cool breezes, while others are cloudy, dark and cold. Of course we know that each season is necessary to not only keep the circle of life of refreshed, but renewed.
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and 1ST Bank Morgan are joining the Small Business Association (SBA) in celebrating National Small Business Week, May 20 through May 26. ICBA, which represents the nation’s more than 7,000 community banks, is reminding everyone about the critical role community banks serve in supporting local small businesses.
Sometimes parents discipline their children when they kick and punch each other, but some find that their children discover discipline through kicking and punching. Discipline, self-respect, coordination, confidence, integrity, determination, and attention are just a few of the attributes students can learn while developing their martial arts skills at Martial Science. Martial Science began instructing in February and has been a hit.
Jessie L. Permar has completed the requirements for a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s, School of Social Policy and Practice. Graduation ceremonies will be held at UPenn’s, Philadelphia Campus, May 2012.
Morgan County Horse 4-H is preparing for their first show of the year. Remember 4-H youth you must enroll at the Morgan Extension office prior to the show. The show will be on Saturday, May 26 starting at 9 a.m. at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
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.