We have all admired the adored Christmas Villages with the collected houses and shops arranged in streets with lamp posts and trees. I had been assigned to write about a Train Village. No one could prepare me for the village I was about to see.
The other day I overheard some grumbling Grinches say how glad they were that Christmas only came once a year. I think their cold hearts were standing to close to the warm Christmas Spirit from passing shoppers. I listened at length to so many others who were hustling and bustling that day. One spoke of how they weren’t sure if they’d ever get the house clean enough for visiting family members, or how long it was going to take to make all the goodies. It sounded like they were hoping it would all be over soon so they could go back to relaxing. As if being afraid to say Merry Christmas, or substituting X-mas for Christmas, wasn’t bad enough. Are we going to start spelling Christmas, C-h-a-o-s?
It was a one day event at Barber Brothers in Morgan, but what a difference a day makes. Beautiful blue skies for the discounted helicopter ride with Santa and though it was cold to bring in the car for an free oil change, the only thing ask of you to donate some food or a toy. This event was held last Saturday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I wanted to share some stories and memories from Charley Pentz.
He told me about time he was hauling hay, his elevator was up Lost Creek, and all his boys were busy with sheep and other stuff, his sister Jewell’s young boys helped him. He said he got up on the truck load of hay and pitched it all off onto his haystack for them, with a pitch fork.
Families and community members in Morgan County will have an opportunity to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America in a unique way in 2012. Morgan City is sponsoring twelve “Forgotten American Family Night Stories” – one story per month during 2012 – that will be printed on the back of an 8 ½” x 11” patriotic picture representing the story theme of the month.
Wanda and Jim Judy moved to Morgan Dec 1, 1977 and, one year later to the day, moved into their current home. Wanda and Jim have five children: Tiffany Hogge, Brant Judy, Keri Lyn Barr, Joelle Taylor, and Jessica Terry. And they currently have thirteen grandchildren.
I love this time of the year. ‘Tis the season for sweets and treats! It’s when our inner bakers become master chefs! I was blessed recently by a benevolent baker who sent me some angel cookies. The celestially shaped sugary sweets were delicious! Oddly enough, there was one that had an unfortunate pastry malfunction. One of its wings had somehow broken off during it’s divine delivery. However, it was still edible and incredible.
Jim and Ellie Seely got a late start in the marriage department. Both are native Utahans: Jim was born in Brigham City and Ellie was born in Salt Lake. They met while attending the singles ward in Ogden and knew each other fifteen years before they were engaged and then married. That was 26 years ago.
Though it has only been open since May, Bingham’s Custom Meats has earned quite the following. This can be attributed to the passion, owner Nathan Bingham has for quality meat. While looking for a job after his mission, Nathan found one in a local grocery store. There he started in the meat department as a wrapper. After a while he moved on up and learned to cut.
Sonia Pentz of Morgan walked across the stage at Weber State University with high honors. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She graduated on December 9, 2011. It was a family effort, and not only did Sonia get awarded with her Diploma, but her children and husband also received an honorary diploma.
The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held their Christmas Social Monday the 12th of Dec. Lunch was served and joyous Christmas program was performed by Soft Rain. Our own Dixie Miller of Morgan was a member of this singing group. All had a good time and was in the Christmas Spirit. At the social local officers for 2012 were announced. President, Richard Wiscombe; President-elect, Jim Hurst; Vice President, Jay Taggart; Past President, Bob Poll; Pioneer of Month Chairman, Val Carter; Secretary, Alan Turner; Treasurer, Stephen Dickson; Treks, Tours and Conventions, Jerry Peterson; Historian, Vaughn Carter; Awards and Service, Francis Tilby; Program Chairman, Calvin Stephens; Membership Chairman, Paul Dickson; News and Publicity, Gerald Betournay; Song Leader, Vaughn Larson; Pioneer Heritage, David Corpany; Physical Facilities, Heber Mower and Directory Chairman, Ken Lovell.
With winter’s wonderland weighing upon us, ‘Chill Out’ may not seem like a fitting phrase for the frozen. Nurse Nature’s yearly chill-pill is always a tough one to swallow, even with a cup of hot chocolate waiting to warm us. While sniveling and shivering shovelers attempt to clear a safe path through the white wasteland, daring drivers attempt to traverse the snow and ice covered roads, where one slip up can quickly lead to a pile up; for snowflakes and no brakes do not a safe trip make.
“All Aboard!” The conductor shouted as all of us boarded onto the magical train that would take us to the North Pole. The Heber Valley Rail station was all decked out with holiday lights, and friendly staff that made you feel as if you were in elf wonderland. This is the place where our holidays began this year. Just being at the quaint station with all the holiday decker and the excitement of everyone who was going to be on the train with us, was enough to make me a believer in Santa Clause.
Mike and Dixie both grew up near Twin Falls, Idaho. Mike grew up on a farming project near Hazelton (east of Twin Falls), and Dixie grew up on a farm west of Twin Falls. She graduated from Twin Falls High School and attended BYU Provo and BYU Hawaii. Mike graduated from Valley High School and attended Ricks College and CSI. They didn’t meet until they were set up on a blind date by Mike’s sister.
Saturday, Dec. 3 Commercial Street was bustling with great holiday excitement. The road was barricaded to allow all the citizens of Morgan to join in happy celebration. This second annual Ol’ Time Christmas built on a successful run last year and brought residents together. There were various activities to appeal to all who attended.
The great thing about airplanes, if you’re not afraid of heights, or easily get air sick, or enjoy feeling like a soaring sardine, is that they can get you to your destination much faster and more efficiently. Having to find a convenient bush along the highway for a bathroom break isn’t as adventurous, but that’s the price you pay to fly the friendly skies. From those skies, mountains become islands in a sea of clouds and the annoying noises of life are all left behind far beneath and behind you.
Driving on I-84 most have noticed the big rock structure that cascades down the mountain in a slide formation known as Devil Slide, but little remains of what used to be the Devil’s Slide Village, now owned by Union Pacific.
As wonderful as the holidays are, they can be a stressful time, especially if you are a caregiver. We are here to help! Danny and Jennie Fry, owners of Burchcreek Homecare and Hospice, would like to thank the community for their support by extending their free respite service to the town of Morgan.
Alison Larson and Amy Ward from the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra presented to the city council this week. “We have tried to fill a need that has been missing in this community for strings education and orchestra,” said Ward. The group began after Weber State discontinued their strings program in the county. There is currently no orchestra or string program at the high school or middle school.
Monday Nov. 28, 2011 Union Pacific’s steam engine #844 came rolling down the tracks past Commercial Street, in a display to show the public the historic impact and role these steam engine trains played in their time. Still holding the power of its engine, and able to pull the railroad cars behind it, #844 Steam engine was a memorable sight to see for those who came out to watch it roll on through Morgan.
Last year when most people were packing away their ornaments, tinsel and lights, others were just getting started on Christmas trees for this year. As soon as Christmas is over and the new year begins, many people have already designed a Christmas tree, started buying supplies and some even start working on a tree they will never put their gifts under. These trees are not meant to adorn their own houses but are given away selflessly to benefit others.
What will you wish for this year when you grasp the wishbone with hopeful hand and heart? Will you wish for more time with family, more time off work, or the basic blessings of home, health and happiness? During this season of thanks, I believe that we each have much to be thankful for in our lives. We cherish the special moments and memories that make our lives meaningful, not just memorable. Especially at this time of year when we try to make more of an effort to reconnect and reunite with our friends and family, we should remember that after the thanks are through, the real giving can begin. We can give our time, talents and treasures to show them that they are treasured, not just one day a year, but always.
“It’s been great,”said Tracy Kummer, Food Pantry Director with Morgan County Community Services, reflecting on the past two years. She continued, “the support from the community has been wonderful! when the word gets out, the people really dig in there and help.”
Hanna Clark won first place in the Essay Contest sponsored by the Son’s of the Utah Pioneers Morgan Chapter. For the past few years Gwen Romero’s 8th grade English class has participated in writing a history about one of their ancestors to be entered into this contest.
“Veterans, we are free because you made a sacrifice, thanks!” was on the marquee, to reminds us why we honor them. Morgan Middle School presented their annual Veterans Day Assembly, a tradition of honoring veterans that has continued over the past ten years.
“It was a great Eagle Project, and helped many people,” stated Boy Scout, Ryan Millburn how he felt about the results of his service project. For the last couple of weeks Ryan has been collecting food and cash donations for the purpose of providing Thanksgiving dinner to families in Morgan County in need. It was estimated by the Morgan County Food Pantry that 25 families could use the help for Thanksgiving.
Entering Pocket Change in November, you’ll find a few leftover Autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, party supplies and knick-knacks; Christmas colors, decorations, a tree that displays some of the ornaments and items that are so festive, you would think you were in Santa’s workshop. Friendly store clerks that help you find what you need whether its office supplies or something for the kitchen. There is also warm socks, and gloves from time to time.
Although Lon and Lauri Eskelson had spent their whole married life in Plain City, Lauri says their recent move to Morgan last spring “felt like they were coming back to their roots”. Long-time Morgan residents might know Lon’s dad (D.W. Eskelson) who was born in the town of Devil’s Slide and even taught there before later teaching in Morgan. Lauri originates from Farr West, while Lon mostly grew up in Plain City, which is where they ended up raising their children. Lauri likes to tell the funny story about when her friend introduced her to Lon. Until then, she had never heard the name Lon before, so she asked “like the mower?”
Morgan City will again be hosting Ol’ Time Christmas on Commercial Street. There will be activities and fun for all. There will be a raffle for Sub for Santa. Tickets can be earned by bringing a new unwrapped toy. The grand prize is a 42” Zenith Plasma T.V.
Morgan City is once again hosting Christmas on Commercial Street on Saturday, December 3. Come out and enjoy the fun as a community! There will be food, fun, and family activities. There will also be a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick. See you there!
People may visit the City website for more information and entry forms for the Gingerbread contest, the coloring contest and the Christmas boutique at www.morgancityut.com.
The areas of South Morgan and North Morgan were first settled in 1960-61, and were incorporated into Morgan City in 1868. Morgan’s business district had it origins along Young Street and State Street in South Morgan. Some of these first businesses included a mercantile and blacksmith shop. Although the business district was in South Morgan the main route into the area was located on the northeast side of Weber River. This created a dangerous situation to receive merchandise and supplies from out of the area. It was very hazardous to cross the river, especially in Spring prior to the first bridge over the river.
Grant and Marilee Wadman were found dead in their Porterville home at 390 West Hardscrabble in Porterville. The Sheriff's office was notified by family members after they had not been able to contact the couple for approximately a week.
Last week I wrote about remembering to forget. This week is about not forgetting to remember. Veteran’s Day has passed for another year, but that doesn’t mean we stop honoring those who gave and give their lives in the service of our country and any other country seeking true freedom. They are heroes and their sacrifices and service deserve more than any medal could symbolize. They should be honored every day we are free to wake up and live our lives.
George and Carol Lancaster were both born in 1947, no more than one city away from each other; George was born in Murray, Carol in Salt Lake. George was raised in Crescent, attended and graduated from Jordan High School while Carol attended three different high schools, Olympus, Hillcrest, and graduated from Cyprus; her family moved around to different areas of Salt Lake. It was in the ninth grade when they finally met each other. George sat behind her in Social Studies class. Carol and George had become such good friends that as Carol was moving around, George was always making sure he found her so they could keep in touch. Over the course of four or five years these two occasionally dated, corresponded by letters back and forth and developed a very close relationship. This close relationship, in fact, later resulted in marriage in the year 1966.
The family of Martin Heiner and Adelgunda Dietzel, early settlers in Morgan, Utah, are being spotlighted in an exhibit at the museum of Wasungen, Germany. The exhibit, entitled “Wasungen Emigrants Overseas,” opened on November 6 2011 and will run through January 6, 2012.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s department is investigating a possible murder suicide that occurred in Porterville. Grant and Marilee Wadman were found dead from gunshot wounds in their home on Thursday evening. The investigation began after family members had been unable to contact them for approximately a week.
You’re on vacation, enjoying the sights and sounds of relaxing surroundings, when all of a sudden it hits. Did I lock the back door? Did I forget to leave enough food for the pets? Is the garage door open? Usually, it’s no big deal because you’re certain you remembered to do those things, right? You try to remember every detail hoping that will be enough to assure you, but then you wonder if you left the iron on, or forgot to water the plants, or leave a key with the neighbor for emergencies. There are plenty of things to forget about that can cause turmoil and spoil your relaxation. So, unless you want to turn around and go home on a hunch that you forgot something, you’re going to have to remember to forget about some things and trust that everything will be okay when you get back.
On Tuesday evening. Cub scout pack 181 held their monthly pack meeting. This month’s theme was citizenship. The tour was conducted by Mayor Jim Egbert. They toured the city offices and council room and the Morgan County food pantry. The tour helps towards the scouts earning their Citizenship Award, explained parent, Annette Mortensen. Afterwards they returned to the church and discussed what they had learned.
I enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in December 1963 and served 33 years until retiring in September 1996. I spent my entire career in the 945th then 508th then 419th Civil Engineering Squadrons. Some of my tours included numerous bases in the U.S; bases in: Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Hawaii; Germany; Crete, Italy; Honduras; and Korea. I served at Incirlik Air Base Turkey during December 1994 and January 1995 in Operation Provide Comfort. The UN called on Iraq to end repression of its population in northern Turkey and to bring humanitarian relief to the Kurds.
In late October of 2010, PFC Matthew Permar, along with the rest of his unit, 2nd Battalion, of the 4th Regiment, 4th Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, began their long journey from Ft. Polk, LA to Afghanistan. Their civilian contracted airline made its first stop in Bangor AFB, Maine; then on to Sophia, Bulgaria; finally landing in Manas, Kyrgyastan. In Manas, after being issued plates for their body armor, 2nd Battalion soldiers boarded an Air Force C-17 for the flight to FOB (Forward Operating Base) Shank, about 50 miles south of Afghanistan’s capitol city, Kabul. The landing at FOB Shank was delayed because the base was then under mortar attack. In one bizarre incident, a mortar round landed on a soldier’s foot. Fortunately it was a dud and he survived. The base was mortared again on the following day during evening chow, and Permar was struck by how little warning the incoming rounds gave, no great whistling sound like in the movies. After the stress of the long flight, he slept through the mortar attack on the third day.
Veterans Day 2011 comes once in a century this year on 11/11/11. With this remarkable day in history, where we celebrate our veterans throughout the nation and different wars, I wanted to post some of the letters that have been sent to me from people throughout the United States from veterans, soldiers and individuals who support our troops. On my side job, I work as a songwriter with an organization called Project Troops- Artists Who Care. We do concerts for soldiers and veterans, and have been involved in fundraising to help with sending packages and letters to our troops. We often get letters to give to the soldiers and veterans, and I wanted to share some of these sentiments provided by veterans, and supporters of our troops for this Veterans Day. It is not enough for us to merely stand by and take our freedoms for granted, we must realize for what we enjoy today, someone has paid a price, and is paying the price for our freedoms today. Thank a soldier, write a letter, send a package, to let them know of your gratitude.
Taking a vacation is a great way to get away from the daily noises that annoy us. We want to get away from the alarm clocks, boring board meetings, rush hour traffic, and unwanted phone calls. We seek the holy grail of getaways, the kind where we find both peace AND quiet. At least that’s the plan. Instead we end up trading one annoying noise for another. We may escape the familiar sounds of our daily lives only to spend our time listening for last boarding calls, taxi cabs, tour guides, room service, crowded lines, raucous restaurants, and of course, traffic. But listening is crucial to our journey. While some sounds get on our nerves, others warn us of danger, or comfort the wounded heart.
Morgan welcomed Richard and Linda Eyre last week as they presented information from their new book “The Entitlement Trap”. Morgan Empowered sponsored the event to help families in the area gather information that would assist and help in raising their children. The Eyre‘s wrote their book to help parents with the growing problem of entitlement.
Floyd and Charlotte Widdison have lived in Mountain Green for 40 years. They actually met in Morgan over 45 years ago when Charlotte taught elementary school and had Floyd’s younger brother in her third grade class. She also taught mutual in Morgan and had his 2 younger sisters in her class. Both the sisters and the brother kept telling Floyd what a nice teacher they had.