If you have Mormon immigrant ancestors there is a resource of which you may be unaware. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has substantial records of those who travelled to Utah during the period when the saints were commanded to gather to Utah.
The interlocal agreement between the recreation board and the city is up for renewal. The recreation board is formed as an entity that provides recreation for the county and has interlocal agreements with Morgan City, Morgan County, and the Morgan County School District.
The holidays are filled with fun and tradition wherever you go, but very few communities have such a wide array of things you can participate in for free. The city, local businesses and community members all pitch in to make sure that there are plenty of holiday memories made right here at home.
The Sons of Utah Pioneers held their monthly dinner meeting featuring speaker Sheila Wilkinson along with her husband Mark Wilkinson. Sheila presented a brief history of Devil’s Slide. With Sheila’s bubbly personality, her presentation was very pleasant as well as informative.
The 2012 Morgan County Horse 4-H season came to a close this past month with the final State Individual Show being held in Salina on Sept. 7 and 8. Morgan County had 12 youth who worked hard during the summer show season to qualify for the opportunity to travel to the state individual meet. The state competition is a two-day show with nearly 300 qualified youth from all over the state congregating to compete for coveted event and all-around titles. Events scheduled for Friday were judged events and included fitting and showmanship, western equitation, and bareback equitation. Events on day two of the show were all timed and this year included barrels, poles, and the scurry.
After nearly 25 years on Commercial Street, Morgan Academy of Dance will be changing things up and moving to a new location, 225 East 125 North, next to Riverside Park. The dance academy has been a part of Morgan for over 40 years. In that time the dance studio has had plenty of homes.
There has been significant focus on the Social Security Death Index by Congress in the last year. It is a good example of government reacting to public misunderstanding and actually making a problem they are trying to solve worse rather than better.
Work continues on the reconstruction of I-84, from Mountain Green (SR-167) to Morgan (SR-66). Shouldering, crash cushion, delineator/barrier reflector and barrier pad movement activities will take place from Peterson to Morgan. Grinding and striping on the new concrete roadway will continue over the next few weeks. Construction is nearly complete from Peterson to Mountain Green. Crews work from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days per week.
Can you believe that summer has come to an end and school has begun? As we can see all around our beautiful valley, the leaves have color and fall is here. With fall upon us the Morgan County Library has lots of wonderful things coming up and some amazing events that have passed.
Long time business owner and restaurateur, Larry Wiggill, is ready to embark on a new adventure. Larry Wiggill owns Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn which has not only been known for its deep fried chicken but also for the gift shop contained inside the restaurant. Larry has long had a passion for gift shops and through the years the gift shop has expanded to include more and more merchandise. It has been a dream of his for quite a while to be able to open a separate gift shop to accommodate the growing décor. As space became available on Commercial Street, Larry remembered his childhood when Commercial Street was the place to shop. Loving historical things, such as the building his own restaurant is housed in, Commercial Street was a perfect fit for his new shop. Although Commercial Street is the official name, it holds the nickname of Front Street from the days when the train station was the main hub of Morgan. Holding true to this history, the store will be known as Front Street Gifts and Home Décor.
Every year there is an annual weigh-off to determine the largest pumpkin grown in the state of Utah. It is sponsored by the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Matt McConkie, Mountain Green resident, holds the current state record. His enormous pumpkin weighed in last year at a whopping 1,600 pounds.
Recently the Social Security Administration reported the most popular baby names from 1901. The following is the list. This may give you some insight into why your grandparents or great grandparents have their name:
The annual opening social for the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) was held on September 11, 2012. The social was held at the DUP Museum where the theme, “Preserve the past – strengthen the future” was announced as the theme for 2012-13.
Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground. They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time. The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other. However, they had never met. After that chance meeting they dated that summer and then they both attended Utah State the next year. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1997 and have built a life together -all because of a misplaced ID.
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 Father & Sons’ overnight campout followed by their Court of Honor the next morning, 7 & 8 September at the Church’s small amphitheater and park recently established behind their building next to the Mtn. Green Cemetery.
“This is it. . . last week for the Farmer’s Market,” announced last Saturday by Marion Andrews, farmer’s market coordinator. Saturday, September 15th, business as usual at Morgan ‘s Farmers Market until the produce vendors said they would not be back next week, because they had no more produce to sell.
Labor Day often means a weekend of camping or a day off of work. For 13-year-old Branden Brooks and nearly 30 others, Labor Day meant labor and lots of it. The story starts several years ago when Branden set a goal to receive his Eagle Scout award before his 14th birthday.
One of the entrants that earned a best in show award at Morgan City’s Cruz’n Classics Car Show almost didn’t enter. Duane Carpenter, owner of a cherry red 1959 Ford Edsel Convertible, saw a brochure for the car show the night before in Wyoming. He hurried to make it to Morgan’s Riverside Park from Evanston on Saturday.
Virtually all of us are immigrants. Our ancestors may have come across on the Mayflower, or in one of the subsequent waves of immigration. We may have ancestors from Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, or any one of a hundred other countries that have made up the wonderful melting pot that has formed the United States. We are a nation of immigrants.
Austin Manning is a happy little boy. His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning. On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.
Move over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the “Little Free Library” has come to town. Bringing to Morgan a relatively new concept in sharing literature, River Pinhey designed and built Riverside Park’s latest addition. River Pinhey is the 14-year-old son of Bambi and Scott Pinhey, and grandson of Earl and Julie Anderson.
Recent years have seen the creation and expansion of a new type of community recreation that provides an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors and engage in physical activity together, while remaining relatively low in upfront and ongoing cost. Bike parks provide individuals of all ages with a venue for varying abilities and levels of physical exertion. Bike parks are customized to fit the physical location and resources available as well as the interest and demand of the public using the parks. Being a relatively new concept in communities, many of the future users of bike parks aren’t even aware they exist.
The Morgan County Library is a great place for people to expand their minds, encourage creativity and explore places. This kind of knowledge and growth should not be limited to the youth or the more mature, everyone should take advantage of this remarkable resource.
After a successful first year hosting a women’s biking event in Morgan County, Wildflower Pedalfest organizers donated proceeds to the county’s food bank and Sub for Santa funds with promises for additional donations in years to come. However, talk of future biking events stirred some controversy in a recent Morgan County Council meeting.
Mountain Green resident David Sawyer, who recently returned from serving with the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan, presented both Morgan County and Boy Scout Troop 576 with American flags for their service.
Recent and widespread wildfires are a “predictable consequence” of federal management of public lands, said Doug Heaton, a Kane County commissioner who recently visited with Morgan County officials. Heaton asked the Morgan County Council to support his effort to establish the American Lands Council, an organization formed to address land issues including federal intrusion on private property rights.
55 Alive Class Aug. 6 from 9 a.m til 1. Please let us know if you would like to attend since there is limited space. Anyone who has been in the education field can attend for $4, AARP members $12 and non-members $14. You can receive a discount on your car insurance for a three year period just for taking this class. Marie Nye is an excellent teacher and you gain a great deal of knowledge about your driving habits.
11: Temple trip - please call Emma Lou to sign up. Lunch at noon.
12: Enjoy a ride up to Jeremy Ranch and around the Jordanelle and Echo dams following lunch on Wednesday.
The group will leave around 1:30.
13: Right after lunch there will be a book review. Just come and relax and listen to a very interesting book.
19: Have lunch and then a great hand massage with ShaRon. The massages and conversation are free and then everyone will be put into a drawing for free hand lotion.
20: Blood pressures with Alice Hirai. Then following lunch, Madeline, from USU Extension Office, will give everyone tips on nutrition, plus have samples for your enjoyment.
25: Foot Clinic with Happy Feet. Please call in for your reservations: 845-4040.
26: Back massages with Val. Cost is $5 for 10 minutes. Please sign up when you come or we can put your name down by calling the center. Appointments will begin at 12:30.
28: The Annual Fall Leaf Tour to Cache Valley will leave the center at 9 a.m. with Mary Kaye as your volunteer driver. Enjoy a fun day of sightseeing, eating, gathering goodies and great companionship. The group will return around 3 - so plan your day.
Keep in mind all the great volunteers we have serving everyone at the center and give them an occasional "thank you" - they do many kind acts!
Come and check out the new computers at the senior center. They are here for everyone to enjoy. Loiis Woody is willing to help you out with any of your questions. Let’s get you started.
Aug 31 – MHS Varsity Football, MHS vs Wasatch, 7 p.m.
7 – Varsity Football, MHS vs. Grantsville, 7 p.m.
7 – MHS Class of ‘77 pre-reunion event football game at 7 p.m. For more info. 801-372-9861.
8 – MHS Class of ‘77 Reunion dinner at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn at 6 p.m.
8 – ACT test at MHS
8 – Class of 1982 Reunion, MHS Commons
11 – 4-H Centennial Celebration Banquet, Join us for a night of celebration and join us from 6-7 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the program. Check out extension.usu.edu/morgan for more information.
15 - Morgan Cruz’n Classics car show – Riverside Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., entry form online at www.morgancityut.com, free admission.
15 - 3rd annual Weber/Morgan Chapter Buddy Walk & 5K. 5K registration at 8:30 a.m. and begins at 9. Buddy Walk registration 10 a.m. and begins at 11. For more info. call 801-309-0950.
15, 16 - Morgan Utah Stake Conference at the Morgan Utah Stake Center, 355 N. 700 E. Priesthood Leadership Meeting - Sat. at 4 p.m., age 18 and up -Sat. at 7 p.m. General session - Sun. at 10 a.m. The general session will originate from the stake center and will be broadcast to the chapel in Porterville, to the Rock Chapel, and to the Family Tree Assisted Living Center. All are invited to attend.
17, 18, 19 - MHS Mini Cheer Clinics after school, at each school until 5 p.m. Performance will be Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at MHS J.V. Football Game. Sign ups MES and MGE Sept. 10 3-5 p.m. For more info contact Wendy Wilkinson @801-645-4199.
18 - 4-H AfterSchool Club Series begins. See extension.usu.edu/morgan for more information or stop into the Extension office to register today.
19 – Free Cooking & Nutrition Class, topic is Cooking with Preserved Foods. Time 10-11 a.m. at the Court House Auditorium.
20 - 4-H Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m. at the Court House Auditorium. Join us for a free craft project and yummy treats. Open to all ages.
17 – Free Cooking & Nutrition Class, topic is Comfort Foods Re-Invented. Time 10-11 a.m. at the Court House Auditorium.
18 - 4-H Family Fun Night 6:30 p.m. at the Court House Auditorium. Join us for a free craft project and yummy treats. Open to all ages.
Did you know that Morgan/USU Extension has a great FREE resource available to all its residents that can help your family eat healthier, save money at the grocery store and make your food dollar go farther? It’s called Food Sense.
Have you ever imagined your life as a puzzle? Ever wish you could go back to the days of those cute cardboard puzzles where the shapes and colors were easier to find and put together? Nowadays it seems the pieces are too small and there are too many of them! How are you supposed to find the time and patience to put them all together? Some days you may find only one piece and some days you look at the pile of pieces and keep on walking to some other less daunting distraction. Yet, there are some days where you find several pieces that renew your energy and excitement for life. Those are amazing days! There are also days when you realize a piece is in the wrong place. While it seemed to fit at the time, you realize now that there is a better place to put it, or that it doesn’t belong anymore. And I’m sure you’ve felt at times like the winds of doubt and discouragement have blown your pieces all over the floor.
David Brown, a recently returned Finnish mission president, spoke to the Sons of Utah Pioneers at their monthly dinner meeting. The subject of his presentation was concerning the history of the church in Finland. Brown spoke about how Finland is a small country, but it has over 188,000 lakes within its borders. The Finish name means swamps because of the many lakes.
Each summer the Morgan County Library sponsors a reading club as an incentive to keep the mind sharp and the imagination active. Last Thursday, participants celebrated their commitment to reading with an end of the summer Pajama-Rama party. Each week throughout the summer, participants earned prizes by reading a specified number of pages. Kids and adults alike could choose weekly prizes including books, toys, and certificates to local businesses. To cap off the successful reading program, children wearing pajamas came for a morning event full of books, food and fun.
High school senior, Travis Carter, grew up loving music. As a young child he enjoyed sitting around and relaxing while listening to different bands express themselves through music. He learned to appreciate the range of human emotion music can evoke. This sparked a passion fueling his desire to create music and inspire others. Originally he aspired to be a drummer—however, the idea was soon abandoned once it was discovered how much room a drum set can take up in the home. Next, he moved on to the guitar. With no formal training, he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play.
Connie Kippen can’t say enough about her family. “My kids and grandkids-that is the number one thing in my life,” Connie said and then minutes later on another topic she continued, “My kids bring me the most excitement and most joy.” Any topic seemed to relate back to her children and her love for them.
Morgan residents—especially those in East Canyon, Milton and Stoddard—are getting tired of power bumps, failures and surges. They have complained to power officials, who are reviewing damage claims but are still unsure the cause of all the problems.
At the entrance of Riverside Park, there is a big rock monument with “Early Morgan Pioneers” engraved at the top. Under the engraving there is a list of some amazing people who have shaped Morgan County into what it is today.
Here at The Morgan County News, we like to recognize individuals and companies who give back to the community through service and/or donations. Most of these individuals are Morgan County based businesses, but every once in a while there is someone outside our community who comes back to their roots year after year to help support their hometown youth.
The online world has created many opportunities to find additional information and connect with others who are researching our ancestors like never before. The ability to search indexes and view the original images from home at our convenience is changing the world of family history. Digital is here to stay and will continue to enhance our ability to identify our ancestors, but it does bring some challenges.
Jo Ann Smith, Mountain Green resident for 45 years, moved here in 1967. Her husband, Kent, used to say she was an Okie—not an Okie from Oklahoma—but from Oak City, Millard County, Utah. She was born in Oak City in 1933, the first of seven children born to Allen Lovell and Virginia Lyman Lovell. She lived there until age 5.
“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life. He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father. When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent. He wanted to do more to help with the cause. Shortly after his father lost his fight to cancer, he got involved with Relay for Life through Ellen Poll. “I relay for my dad, and that’s my relay story.”
Tucked into a corner of Mountain Green—in the industrial park by the airport—is a family owned and operated dental lab. David and Emily Cox and their three children moved to Mountain Green from Oregon to be closer to family in Utah, and they moved their business with them.
When the Morgan City Council envisioned the Riverside Park splash pad, one of the things they hoped it would do is bring out-of-town visitors to generate revenue for other Morgan businesses, and it has done just that.