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.
Memorial Day has passed, bringing another end to the vacations and celebrations and we’ve gone back to our own battles and battlefields. But are we better for the battles? Did we truly celebrate our freedom, or just the day off from the office, school or other rigorous responsibilities; that is, if we even were given the day off?
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.
This last week the Queen of England celebrated 60 years on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee. She has now served longer than any other monarch since Queen Victoria, who reined for 63 years. Many residents of Morgan have English ancestry.
The Shoshone and Ute Indians made Richville their home during the summer time. For the most part they were friendly and the pioneers shared with them. Some of the journals say, “As they would ride through the area the scalps could be seen hanging about them. These scalps were from other tribes of Indians and not from white men.”
When dealing with a volatile market, sometimes the most difficult challenge is to manage your emotions. If you decide you need to re-examine your game plan, it should be done with as much care as you put into developing that plan in the first place. Your financial professional may be able to help you decide if any of the following may be appropriate for you.
Leon LaMadeleine is 70 years old. Forty years ago, he recalls the lower incidence of disease. Today, it seems, when he calls his relatives, something bad is happening. Someone has cancer, has had a heart attack, has pancreatitis or kidney problems, has a child with autism, or has lost a job.
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.
Memorial Day is a great time for family history. Each year my family makes an outing to three or four cemeteries. A part of our outing is that we have breakfast at the same restaurant each year. While it may be true that the kids enjoy breakfast more than the cemetery visits, our annual trek has become family tradition, one that my kids even seem to enjoy and look forward to.
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.