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.
Pioneer Day is the perfect time to pull out family books of remembrance and journals. I did just that this past week. It pulled me in and reminded me of grandparents who have been gone for many years. Two hours later I had read many pages and reminisced about the time I spent with my grandmother before she died. What I did not expect to find, although I knew my grandparents were both born in Morgan, was a history of Enterprise. It was a surprising history to me. My grandmother, Martha Vera Mecham Ogden, recorded many of her memories and this was among her writings.
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?”
The Genealogy Star blog this week reported that editing has now come to FamilySearch’s new version of their family tree. The family tree will be a replacement for new FamilySearch when it is released. It has been in development for many months and its aim is to fix many of the challenges with the current tree.
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.
For some reason lately it seems that I have received many questions about Personal Ancestral File (PAF). PAF is a genealogical record manager created by FamilySearch nearly 20 years ago. It started as a DOS program and then eventually was ported to Windows. It has been one of the more widely used record mangers for genealogical work, particularly among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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.”
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;
Geni.com had a wonderful infographic this week that I thought would be worth sharing. Geni provides an online family tree service to help individuals find their families and collaborate with family members. This is only a portion. The entire graphic can be found at http://www.geni.com/blog/independence-day-by-the-numbers-375769.html I hope you enjoy it and that you had a wonderful fourth of July.
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.
For the past several months FamilySearch has been quietly growing a presence on Facebook and on Skype. It began with just a few pages focused on Ohio and one or two other states, but has turned into a much larger initiative with more than 100 pages and more than 20,000 “likes.” For the non-Facebook users, a “like” is when someone goes to the page, sees something he or she likes or wants to promote to their friends and clicks on a button that indicates it is something they like. 20,000 likes is a very respectable number for Facebook pages.
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.
The Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch is a world-renowned Irish researcher. Irish records are challenging and often necessitate a visit to Ireland to fully research the records. He is fond of saying, “You don’t have to visit Ireland. You GET to visit Ireland.”
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!
Whether you only have a day to spend as a port of call on a cruise or a week or longer where you can really kick back and enjoy, the Cayman Islands are a great vacation destination. With a population of about 55,000, the islands are often regarded as the safest islands to visit and its people the friendliest in the Caribbean. The people of the Cayman Islands speak English (British English) but with their own Caymanian flair. Each island and its residents take on their own personality and will make your visits to any of the three islands a unique experience.