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2 Sep 2011 (All day)

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.  

2 Sep 2011 (All day)

Construction on Ogden Temple Progresses.

2 Sep 2011 (All day)

The heart of genealogy is the evidence that forms our conclusions.  We search for clues of our ancestors among the records of the past.  All of genealogical research focuses on a name, a place, and a time.  Finding that elusive record that contains our ancestor is the key to success.

2 Sep 2011 (All day)

 Morgan has recently had a taste of cultural with the performance of Annie. The Morgan Community Theatre sang and danced their way into the hearts of all attendees, this past week. 

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

Looks like you’ve packed your bags and are all ready to go on a stress free trip!  Excellent!  It will be worth it.  Now, there’s just one final preparation to make before we leave.  Please do me-and yourself-a favor, unpack your bags.  That’s right; in fact, you can just leave them behind.  They’ll be fine without you.  You won’t need them on this trip.  

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

The news has been stirring about a community theater company and its version of the Broadway Musical “Annie” which will be held at the Morgan High School Auditorium, this week August 25th, 26th, 27th and 29th. 

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

1752 is an important year in family history.  It is the year that most of Europe switched their calendars.  The Julian calendar did not coincide perfectly with the earth’s orbit and added eleven minutes each year.  The Gregorian calendar (which we use today) was introduced in 1582, but only a few countries in Europe adopted it.  

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

 

There is a new family in town and they’ve only been in Morgan for just over a year.  You probably would have guessed they’ve been here longer with how acquainted they are with the people, the great new friendships they’ve all made, and all the activities this family is involved in.

The Gualcos moved their family to Morgan just over a year ago, on August 13, 2010 from the town of Castleford, Idaho.  The man of the house, that is, Joe, enlisted in the military about two or three years ago at the age of thirty-two.

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

 

My family moved to Morgan in September 1929.  We lived on what is now Commercial St. – we called it String Street when we lived there.  

Como would open on Memorial day.  However, my sister’s birthday was June 6th so that was the date each year that we would begin our summer swimming.  One of their advertisements was “Swim in water fit to drink”

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

Bonnie Peterson Woolsey of Morgan, was crowned Queen of Morgala Days fifty years ago in 1961. This summer she handed over the reins to her granddaughter.   In a different venue, but with the same quality horsemanship, Christena Woolsey of Stone, Idaho was crowned queen of the Western Box Elder County Rodeo.  

19 Aug 2011 (All day)

Tara Hammer is an outstanding member of our community, dedicated to serving others.  She is the kind of person everyone wants in their organization because she is willing and able to make extraordinary things happen, give credit to others, and bring happiness to whatever task is at hand.  

19 Aug 2011 (All day)

Located just east of the Ogden temple is the Ogden FamilySearch Library.  With the exception of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake, the Ogden library is the busiest in the world serving more than 45,000 patrons annually.  There are more than 140 computer stations in the facility as well as large training rooms.  The center has more than 300 staff who help patrons find their ancestors as well as an extensive film collection.

19 Aug 2011 (All day)

Morgan High School has been doing a 2 week Theatre Camp every summer for numerous years.  This year it was decided to start the Morgan Community Theatre under the Direction of Mr. Adam Slee.  There were Open Auditions on July 8th for everyone in Morgan County.  The auditions were a huge success. There is a lot of talent  in Morgan.  Theatre camp has been held for the last 2 weeks for all the children involved in the play from the ages of 5 to 14 with younger children coming at a later date.  These Children have been wonderful and mastered all of the songs and choreography in just 4 days.  In the evenings we have been having rehearsals for the adult characters and a couple of the main youth characters.  The all community cast Performance of “Annie” will be opening Thursday August 25th at 7pm at the Morgan High School Auditorium, and running for 4 nights (August 25th (Thursday), 26th(Friday), 27th(Saturday), and 29th(Monday).  The proceeds of Annie will be going to the Morgan School District Special Education Department.   

19 Aug 2011 (All day)

Each year the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation “Ride for Kids” culminates at the Morgan City Riverside Park.  Some of the children are allowed to make the trip from Salt Lake City to Morgan on the back of a motorcycle or in a motorcycle side car.  Throughout the year, motorcycle groups from Nevada and Utah collect donations for pediatric brain tumor research.   This year the groups raised over $35,000.  

19 Aug 2011 (All day)

What brings people together?  It is typically an event centered on competition, or celebration, or charity, or remembering, or accomplishment.   American Cancer Society Relay for Life is one event that touches on all of these appeals to bring communities, families and individuals together.   Relay for Life is now in its 10th year in Morgan, and has earned its place on many people’s calendar as a tradition for many reasons.  

12 Aug 2011 (All day)

EVERYONE gets stressed.  Most of us feel the calloused caress of stress before we even get out of bed in the morning!  It’s as if anxiety was waiting patiently for us before we even woke up; if we got any sleep at all! We didn’t even have time to eat breakfast, or even think about it. Before we even put the key in the ignition or punched the time clock we’re already drained from feeling the familiar cycle of cynicism ready to curse and reverse any attempt to be successful that day.  

12 Aug 2011 (All day)

Bar W Travel Inc. has been serving Morgan the travel industry for 15 years.  This week’s article is on Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  August is a simmering hot month in Utah, but the cooler elevations of Wyoming can offer a reprieve from the heat.  August is a busy time in Jackson Hole and rooms can be scarce and difficult to find if prior reservations have not been secured.  For last minute bookings, we have secured hotel rooms for clients in Driggs, Idaho, a short 30 minute scenic drive from Jackson Hole.  By doing this, there is increased availability and also a large savings on room rates compared to Jackson Hole.  Driggs is central to Yellowstone, Jenny Lake, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole.  

12 Aug 2011 (All day)

 

Como Springs was named after a lake in Northern Italy, nestled under the foot of the Alps called Como Italy.

The springs are of volcanic origin and have been in existence for ages. During the early settlement of Morgan in the 1860’s, the river would overflow and wash around into the springs, . This formed a gutter which retained the water, forming a pool or a lake, which was the beginning of Como Lake. The warm water lake provided a great fishing hole in the early days of Morgan’s settlement.

12 Aug 2011 (All day)

The Morgan County Historical Society has been working in cooperation with Adam Christensen to write and publish the History of Como Springs Resort.  Adam wrote his college thesis on this topic.  

12 Aug 2011 (All day)

There are those who say that it takes a village to raise a child.  I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that sometimes it takes a village to find an ancestor.  Last week’s topic was whole family research.  There is a technique that is often useful that is more extensive than whole family research.  It is village research.  

5 Aug 2011 (All day)

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

5 Aug 2011 (All day)

 

(Watch for the History of Como Springs in next week’s paper)

Summertime was always something to look forward to when I was a kid, it meant lazy summer days, looking at the blue skies and clouds, and best of all Como Springs in Morgan, for swimming!

5 Aug 2011 (All day)

Recently members of the Morgan 11th Ward joined together for A Day of Service by painting Buildings at the Morgan County Fair Grounds.  More than 100 men, women and children joined in the effort.

5 Aug 2011 (All day)

When many individuals begin family history there seems to be a race to go backwards in time.  It seems like whenever individuals get together to discuss family history the first topic is something like, “My Patterson line goes back to 1620.”  There is peer pressure and some satisfaction in tracing family lines back as far as possible.

5 Aug 2011 (All day)

After years of work, cleaner water for some residents in Mountain Green became even closer on Tuesday in the County Council.  A conditional use permit was granted to Cottonwood Mutual Water Company to allow construction of a well house.  This brings the water company one step closer to bringing a new well online to replace a well contaminated with nitrates.

5 Aug 2011 (All day)

Darren Menlove appeared before the county council on Tuesday requesting the council’s feedback on a plan his family is considering for Como Springs.  Menlove’s family has run the KOA campground just north of temple square in Salt Lake for the past thirty-five years. 

29 Jul 2011 (All day)

“Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health… [blending] red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.”

29 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

Whether participating in the balloon candy drop, climbing the rock wall, catching gold fish, dancing the Zumba, enjoying the car show, or one of the other many activities, those who came to Gordon Smith Park for the celebration on Pioneer Day had a great time.  In addition to the activities pictured there was a breakfast, volleyball tournament, bouncy toys, and many vendor booths.  It was a beautiful day and a great way to celebrate the pioneers and enjoy the valley in which they settled.

29 Jul 2011 (All day)

During our school years each of us learns about the scientific method.  We develop theories, test them, and then draw conclusions from the tests.  Once conclusions have been validated they are reviewed by peers in the field in order to identify any flaws in the research or conclusions.  This method has been at the heart of nearly all major scientific discoveries.  

29 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

Twenty one year old Daniel Butler from Durrant, Oklahoma has always cared for the safety and well being of others and had a great interest in how animals can help save people’s lives.  This interest came at a very young age when he and his family were driving down a country road in Oklahoma and noticed an elderly lady walking out on a dirt path in the middle of nowhere, looking a little disoriented.  They asked her where she was going, and she told them that she was walking to Walmart. There was not a Walmart anywhere for miles. They returned her back home to her grateful husband.  

It was shortly after this incident Daniel was watching COPS on television and a similar story came on about an elderly person with dementia  who had been lost. They used a canine unit to help find the person. This began turning the wheels for Daniel and caused him to wonder how he could become involved working with dogs to help find lost people on land or water. 

22 Jul 2011 (All day)

Dr. Vern Kilbourn is a long time resident of Morgan and Morgan’s first Chiropractor. He was the first Chiropractor to ever be issued a business liscence in Morgan County. He is a 2nd generation chiropractor in his family, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Ozias (nicknamed “Banz”) to the community. His grandfather who was a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport Iowa, had finished his graduate degree, but was not allowed to practice because he didn’t have a high school diploma, and the state required a high school diploma to practice, yet he already received his doctorate degree. His grandfather was not allowed to be “grandfathered” into the practice, and not allowed to charge for his services, even after he had obtained a doctorate degree. His grandfather practiced for free in the community and offered many hours of unpaid service to help others.

22 Jul 2011 (All day)

Over the past two weeks I have looked at many family photos as we prepared for my mother-in-law’s funeral, and it reminded me of all the clues that are hidden inside each photograph.  Many times we inherit or are sent photos by other family members.  Most of the time there is no indication of who is pictured in the photo or how they are related.  Sometimes one or two individuals are known, but the rest are a mystery.  There are many things inside photos that can help to date them, provide clues to where they were taken, and tell who is contained in the photographs.

22 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

“It has been a challenge. I get people asking me, ‘how do you do it?’, and I tell them, ‘truly, it’s a gift from God.’”

At first glance the Larsens appear to be just your average family, a group of loving, kind-hearted people. It would seem they don’t have a worry in the world; at least they seem average until you have the opportunity to hear their remarkable story. 

22 Jul 2011 (All day)

Pioneer Day is upon us.  There are rich pioneer traditions in Morgan.  The earliest settlers in the Morgan Valley were all pioneers, and this weekend we will celebrate their sacrifices and commitment as we gather in parks and with families.  

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

The 4-H had a day camp that was different than any other.  It had the eager 4-H members, enthusiastic 4-H leaders, certificates of achievement, prizes, treats and competitions, but…it also had robots!

The 4-H leaders, Justin and Melanie Andrews, introduced robotics to the participants with “the LEGO Mind Storm Kits.” Justin pointed out to the kids that, “these kits cost $300 each. We were able to borrow six of these kits from Jeff Richins of North Summit School District.” 

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

This past Saturday the Morgan County Horse 4-H Council held their first horse show of the 2011 season. Due to a concerning equine virus outbreak this spring, the horse show scheduled to be held in June was cancelled, leaving only two remaining State qualifying shows.  Any Morgan County horse 4-H member hoping to qualify for the opportunity to attend State Finals in Salina this September understood the increased significance of points earned at this show.

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

The Morgan Lions Club met this week and established new leadership.  The new leaders are George Francis, President; Larry Durrant, First Vice President; DeOrr Peterson, Second Vice President; CarDell Mortensen; Third Vice President; Jeff Lucas, Secretary/Treasurer; Harold Laughter, Lion Tamer; Derrick Collins, Asst Lion Tamer; Herold Fry, Tail Twister; Al Grastiet and Laurel Hoopes, One Year Directors; Jerry Peterson and Hugh Davis, Two Year Directors.  

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

What are the memories that you have of the fair?  How about the smell of burgers or cotton candy?  How about the many animals and watching the kids show their 4-H projects?  What about all the exhibits in the exhibit hall?  What a showcase of talent! For many years, people of the county have entered their treasures into the county fair.  

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

United States research is interesting.  It can be some of the most challenging research that can be undertaken.  Even up to the present the United States does not have a federal registry for births and marriages.  The social security death index is probably the closest thing we have to a national death index.

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

Harvey met with friends, old neighbors, and family members to celebrate his 100th birthday! He joyously smiled as the birthday wishes were given. He was presented a cake and cupcakes topped with 100 candles. Everyone cheered as the happy Harvey blew out most of the candles. 

15 Jul 2011 (All day)

On Saturday July 23rd twenty-nine cowboys and cowgirls from every county in the state of Utah will take center stage at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo to be honored for their outstanding contribution to the preservation of Utah’s cowboy culture today and for future generations.  The individual selected from Morgan County is Rodney Haslam.

8 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

This last week my mother-in-law passed away.  She was like a second mother to me.  I will miss her tremendously.  We lived next door to her for nearly ten years.  She was my wife’s best friend.

As I thought about her  this week I considered the impact she has had on her family.  Verlene taught her children about the most important things in life.  She was not a genealogist, but rather was a family historian.  She shared stories of her ancestors that taught her children the most important lessons in life.  

8 Jul 2011 (All day)

July 4th was a huge success as the Riverside Park filled with people from all across the valley as well as from out of town. The day started at 7:00 A.M. with the Morgan High School Volleyball team volunteers cooking up a scrumptious breakfast for all the holiday goers to enjoy. They served well over 650 breakfasts; the line seemed to be continuous until about 9:00 A.M.

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

Mountain Green has so many beautiful vistas to climb and many road bicyclist find there paths leading through trappers loop and the surrounding areas. A passion for biking stirred new Owner’s Ryan Pace and his wife DeeDe Waldron Pace to purchase the Needles Peak Ski and Bike Shop in Mountain Green at 4883 West Old Hwy. Rd.

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

The Morgan Conservation District presented Morgan High School graduate, Ethan Porter, a $500 scholarship. Porter plans to attend Weber State University in the fall of 2011 and work towards a degree in Pre-Veterinarian Medicine. With Porter’s extensive background in FFA, as well as his experiences with Utah Cattleman’s Association and American Angus Association, he is a well-qualified recipient, with a promising future. The District’s annual scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student who intends to pursue a career in agriculture, natural resources or a related field.

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

“To make the best better”, is the 4-H motto. It’s also the feeling conveyed when talking with Jessie Franich about her 4-H Horse riding Club. Jessie has been a 4-H leader with the riding club “The Wet Blankets” since 1980. How the name came to be, she remembers, “When the kids were working on a name for the club, they thought when a horse works hard the blanket gets wet. Wet blankets make good horses.”

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

An Eagle Scout Project of Brandon and Jake Anderson brought together Peterson residents last Saturday to do a neighborhood clean up.

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

 

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

Last week we had a copy customer come in and ask to use our computer to pull up the file they wanted to print from Dropbox.  This was a first for us, but I think not the last time it will happen.  I was reading a blog post about Dropbox and why the author no longer carried flash drives.  It got me thinking about the fact that I rarely use flash drives anymore.