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.
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.
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.
Utah will be available to search by name within the next day or two in the 1940 census at FamilySearch.org. The total states published to search by name as of the present time are Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, New Hampshire, Utah, Florida, and Wyoming. An additional seven states are close to release. They are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Vermont and Hawaii. Several other states are completing quickly. The project is nearly 50 percent complete.
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.
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.
A growing method to help in genealogical research is DNA. For the past decade DNA genealogy is been gaining ground in the community. DNA testing can determine whether two individuals are related. Descendants believed to have a common ancestor can be tested. The test can help to prove, or disprove genealogical theories. It can also point to genealogical research that has been completed and indicated a family connection. Even where no other family member has participated in a DNA study, the DNA results can point to likely places in the world from which ancestors originated.
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.