Morgan Valley Crafts hosted a grand opening last weekend welcoming the public to its creative shop, located right here in Morgan. Refreshments were served which only diverted attention for a moment from the crafts which fared to be a bigger temptation for the great turnout of shoppers.
“It’s all about family” is a fitting motto for the Skinner household. Joey and Lisa Skinner have been blessed with four wonderful children: Shantelle (married to husband Nate), Colby (currently serving a mission in Mexico), Cameron (a high school senior), and Tucker (eighth grade). A new highlight in the Skinner family has been the addition of Shantelle and Nate’s baby girl, Brielle. Joey and Lisa love their new role as grandparents.
Taylor Preslar, son of Mark and Vinda Preslar, is Morgan High School’s Business Sterling Scholar. Preslar has been involved as a member of Academic Olympiad, Academic Decathlon and the debate team. He has also served in leadership positions including National Honor Society vice president, debate president, FBLA officer, Valley United soccer captain and cross country team captain. Last year he attended Boys’ State, a camp that involves students in simulated government processes.
Wednesday night, at the blogger dinner, FamilySearch made a number of announcements. First off, they released that there are more than 6,700 registrants in advance of the conference. This makes RootsTech the largest genealogical conference in North America. In only its third year that is a remarkable achievement. It has become the “not to miss” conference in the genealogical world. If you did not pre-register you can still register at the door. A one day pass is only $89. The exhibit hall is open for free.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Eagle Rock Construction and team members are Ethel Mcqueen, Barbara Roemmich, Berniece Warner, and Gloria Marcellin. In 2nd place is Crandall Ford and team members are Cara Jones, and Susan Crandall. In 3rd place is Head Over Heels and team members are Margaret Bowman, Joann Rees, Cindy Matthews, and Laura Hull. Our high scores and series for this week go to Barbara Roemmich 153, Gloria Marcellin 181=513, Connie Watterson 155, Cindy Matthews 169=468, Becky Wilde 160, Lynette Bosworth 192=539, Terrie Stephens 162, Cathie Layton 164=458, Shawna Froerer 162=467, Misty Spendlove 200=459, Bonnie Jeffrey 156, and Susan Crandall 159=459. Great bowling ladies.
In an effort to help provide relief from the devastating aftermath of the Sandy Hurricane, Mackenzie Cannon initiated a fundraiser called “$ents for Sandy.” Her goal was to make a meaningful contribution through the Red Cross to help rebuild lives shattered by this natural disaster.
Survey results are in, and the people of Morgan County prefer a Spanish dual immersion program at Mountain Green Elementary School. However, Morgan County School Board officials are hesitant to give the program the green light.
This past weekend, a number of residents spoke about how fortunate they were to be able to live in Morgan. Most of them have moved their families here from other areas in the state or nation. They pointed to their wonderful neighbors, the schools and the beautiful mountains.
At the base of our famous “M” hillside sits one of the best power sports dealerships around. Born of a family’s passion for outdoor recreation and snowmobiling, Morgan Valley Polaris offers true family-style service.
How much will come out of residents’ pockets if the voted leeway passes in June? School district officials are revealing the amounts as they prepare for upcoming informational meetings with the public.
The Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Betty Heckman & Juanita Beasley, to celebrate their birthdays from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 23, at Family Tree Assisted Living 862 E. Mahogany Ridge Rd.
Tanner Reese has been called to the Australia Adelaide Mission. He reports to the Provo MTC on March 27, 2013. He will be speaking in the Morgan 7th Ward on Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Morgan Stake Center.
Elder Gabe Allen Davis, son of Kris and Wendie Davis, has been called to serve in the Peru Trujillo Spanish Speaking mission. Gabe will be speaking in the Enterprise Ward (Enterprise Chapel 2755 W. Old Hwy. Rd.) on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 12:40 p.m. Gabe will then report to the Peru MTC on April 9, 2013.
“Joe” Stephen Laddle Russell, age 66, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. He was born on May 13, 1946, in Coalville, Utah, to Laddle and Edna Broadhead Russell. He was the youngest of six children. Joe graduated from Morgan High School in 1964.
Joey Skinner exchanged one public figure hat for another when he was named Morgan Utah’s new stake president and resigned from his position on the Morgan County School District Board of Education all within the same week.
As Morgan County residents watch as the last patches of snow melt away, they often wish for better weather and the luxuries of summer. Beautiful lawns, trees that are healthy enough to let children climb in while bearing delicious fruits, and vegetables overflowing onto our neighbors’ properties are often things people dream about but think they must wait until warm weather to prepare. Now is the time to begin planning and preparing for your summer gardening and fall feast.
Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Crandall Ford and team members are Cara Jones and Susan Crandall. In 2nd place is Eagle Rock Construction and team members are Ethel McQueen, Barbara Roemmich, Berniece Warner, and Gloria Marcellin. In 3rd place is Head Over Heels and team members are Margaret Bowman, Joann Rees, Cindy Matthews, and Laura Hull. Our high scores and series for this week go to Margaret Bowman 157, Joann Rees 156, Cindy Matthews 163=475, Amy Lopez 155, Cathy Friery 178=464, LeeAnn Rudd 183=482, Berniece Warner 161, Gloria Marcellin 160=456, Terrie Stephens 159, Cathie Layton 183=479, Becky Wilde 150, Kelly Christiansen 156, Lynette Bosworth 171=477, Cara Jones 142, Susan Crandall 216=509, Pat Bird 174, and Pat Olsen 154. Nice bowling Ladies!
We help students get excited about science through an after-school program that teaches students to think for themselves and to solve problems in science. The students do a variety of activities from November to March. We prepare students in various categories so that we can compete against other schools throughout the state. March has been a great month for all students interested in science. We have just attended our first Regional Science Olympiad at Westminster College. Our second regional will be held on March 23rd at Weber State University and State will be in April at the U of U. Any students in the middle school are able to participate.
As many high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation this May, some previous graduates are looking back, way back. The Morgan School District will again be honoring past educators and employees of the district and their families at MHS commencement exercises and are looking for nominations. Since 2008, 12 outstanding individuals have been honored for their service to the community in years past. Their names have been added to the stunning Trojan monument located just outside the MHS office. Their contributions and legacy should not be forgotten or go unappreciated. We are excited to recognize excellence from the past in the Morgan School District and look forward to the names of this year’s recipients to be included on the beautiful Trojan monument.
Michael L. Newton from Croydon and Debbie Sessions from Peterson were appointed to the Morgan County Planning Commission. The Morgan County Council appointed them for terms set to expire on Feb. 28, 2017.
Ashley Transtrum and Hutch Haslam have chosen Saturday, March 23, 2013 to be married in the Logan LDS temple. A reception will be held in their honor that evening from 5 -7 p.m. at the Field Street LDS meetinghouse. If we have missed any friends or family in our excitement please accept this as an invitation.
Morgan County Council members are praising Morgan City’s efforts to hire an event coordinator for the annual 4th of July celebration at Riverside Park, but is stopping short of promising money toward the coordinator’s paycheck.
Hardly a day goes by now that Mountain Green Elementary School does not receive a call from interested parents who want to check out our school system. They are interested in buying homes in this area or wanting to build in our beautiful county. Working within such a wonderful school with tremendous parent support, great teachers and, most of all, terrific children, it is not hard to give them a stellar report of our school.
Every member of the Clark family (Bruce, Jennifer, Ethan, Ellissa, Hannah, Hailey, Cecily and Chloe) is involved in the 4-H program in Morgan County. Both Bruce and Jennifer volunteer their time and talents to 4-H. Bruce drives his tractor to the fairgrounds every year to help with livestock needs and his favorite joke includes the words “past your eyes milk.” Jennifer is the adult advisor to the Morgan County Jr. Teen Council as well as a TRY Team Adult Leader. Each of the children participates in 4-H clubs, camps, fairs and state events. The eldest Clark sibling, Ethan, participated in 4-H until this year when he graduated from Morgan High School and began serving a two-year, Latter-day Saint Mission in Minnesota. The family hosts a county-wide “Farmer for a day” camp where they invite all to come and learn about healthy lifestyle choices, wise use of resources and responsibility via the Clark Dairy Farm.
The Mountain Green Chinese class, taught by Xin Bing, meets every morning to learn the Chinese language and culture. Pictured here are Tanner Stanely, Emma Dredge, Rebekah Jones, Abi Lyman, Kaidon Lyman, Derrick Peterson, Spencer Lowder, Parker Lyman, Parker Stanely, Ethan Lowder, Isaa Lowder, Morgan Lyman, and Eli Whitear singing in the annual Chinese New Year Celebration at Weber State University.
After months of practicing, the Morgan High Jazz Band was able to show off their skills, play some great music and take home top honors at the Region Jazz Festival. Held Wednesday, March 6 at Ben Lomond High, MHS band members played songs such as State Street Stomp, Mambo Hot and All Night Rain to the approval and top scores of the judges.
After six years of development and testing FamilySearch has released its Family Tree product to the general public. I have written about new.FamilySearch.org and then Family Tree a number of times over the past few years as FamilySearch did regular releases of the software to try to perfect the experience for those researching their ancestors.
Math classrooms are changing all over the country. In the past, most mathematical teaching was made up of a routine of correcting previous assignments, showing the students how to work through a step a by step problem, and then having the students practice the steps until mastery is obtained. Over the years we have discovered that this type of mathematical instruction is not adequately preparing students to apply their learning in a consistently changing technological society.
The Morgan Education Foundation is excited to announce that Young Ford Group and Peterson Wealth Services are beginning two new and exciting Facebook campaigns that will benefit the foundation. From now until the end of March, Young Ford will donate $1 to the Morgan Education Foundation for every new “LIKE” on their Facebook page and beginning on March 10, Peterson Wealth Services will donate $1 as well for each new “LIKE” on their page. As Brenda Crossley, MEF president, commented, “This is so much fun to have people from the community coming forward with such a simple request and willing to give from their pockets to the teachers and the kids. I love it!”
During the month of February, fifth graders at Mountain Green Elementary participated in a school-wide reading marathon leading up to Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. In honor of Dr. Suess and his amazing contribution to literature, students have been learning about his life and reading his books. One book some of the students read was “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” These students then participated in a science project to understand the physical and chemical properties of “Oobleck.” Cornstarch and water were mixed together to create the “Oobleck.” The non-newtonian substance that was created acted very strangely as the students proceeded to test, with their hands, if the substance was a liquid or a solid.
On April 8, the testing window will open in Morgan School District for your children to take the Utah mandated computer based Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT). The testing window will end on Friday, May 10. The week of May 13-17 will be used to allow students to take the test that they may have missed taking during the regular testing window.