With the dawning of a new age at the turn of the century, the beautiful Morgan valley experienced more rapid growth and change along with the rest of the nation. The changing times also changed the functioning of the American families, communities, and society as a whole.
In a show-case match featuring two tall and talented volleyball squads, the defending 3A champs from Morgan (21-4) came from behind to defeat the reigning 5A champs from Lone Peak 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, and 27-25.
The accreditation process is well underway at Morgan High School. As we prepare for the visiting team to arrive on March 13th and 14th, we have focused on the steps to make sure that our school is on track and ready to go. One of the first steps was to analyze our departmental effectiveness using the new guidelines provided by the state accreditation training team. Each department met and answered a series of eleven questions regarding various aspects of instruction and learning within their areas of expertise. Teachers were asked how they help one another throughout the department and school to better meet the needs of students. In reading the different responses, I am reassured by the strengths and talents of our faculty and staff. We have an amazing group of teachers who not only understand their content area, but also know and understand their students.
This year in 8th grade science we are doing a number of fun activities. We will make and erupt volcanoes, make and launch catapults and make grape smashers. The students have many chances to perform hands on experiments and labs. I believe that this enriches the learning environment.
Mrs. Breshears is the new English teacher in the Morgan School District this year. She teaches three tenth grade English classes at the high school in the mornings and two seventh grade English classes at the middle school in the afternoon. Mrs. Breshears graduated from our very own Morgan High School and went on to Weber State University afterwards. She put her degree on hold for a while to start a family but went back to school three years ago and received her bachelor’s degree from Weber State majoring in English Teaching with a Psychology Teaching minor.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School have been getting a close up view of some very large pumpkins. The growers, Matt McConkie and Tyler Quigley, both residents of Mountain Green, brought the pumpkins to the school for display.
Morgan County Historical Society for pictures and history information.
In, looking back over the history of the Morgan County High School, one must regard its rapid development as most miraculous. In the fall of 1911, the high school began to take firm footing. The first year saw a sturdy bunch of twenty-two students and one instructor, Principal H. B, Fry, working hard against a thousand difficulties; yet never having the least idea of the great foundation they were laying. One room comprised the spacious apartments of the school in the present grade building.
Everyone gets sick sometimes and no matter when the sickness strikes it’s never pleasant. It’s miserable and often depressing. Being sick on vacation, however, is not only ironic, but an irritating interruption to your itinerary. You’re supposed to get sick during the work week, not when you’re trying to enjoy resting and relaxing, right? Nevertheless, an untimely illness can unravel the best travel plans in a heartbeat; accompanied by a cough, the sniffles and can turn your skip to the lou into a sprint to the loo.
As April approaches preparation work for the 1940 census continues. Ancestry.com announced that they will be providing a full index to the 1940 census once it is released. They intend to provide the index free for the first year.
DATC is moving forward with the project to build the Entrprenuerial Center. They expect to have the center open before the end of the year. Bidders need to be onsite or pre-bid meeting on November 2. Individuals interested in providing a bid on the remodeling can contact the DATC.
The Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden will exhibit the recent works of local artist, David W. Jackson of Mt. Green in the Main Gallery, November 4-29. The Carriage House Gallery will feature local artists with an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit through December. An opening reception for the Jackson exhibit and an evening of holiday shopping in the Carriage House Gallery is planned for Friday, November 4, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m.
In the 1920’s Leo Carter operated a Texico Service station on the corner of State street and 700 East, in North Morgan. In this station he also stalked some candy items from 1 cent a piece to 5 cents each. At times when you had a penny, nickel or dime, you could find some children visiting Leo’s to buy a treat. There were two gas pumps one with regular gas, and the other with Ethel.
On May 6, 1921, Dean Rock came into the world, a precious baby boy, born in the house across the street from the laundry mat. Born and raised in Morgan, Dean Rock is quite the alumnus, not only of Morgan High school, but of the beloved town as well. At ninety years old, Dean remembers his younger days just like it were yesterday and enjoys reliving them through, telling stories about his adventures and experiences.
Most of you probably think if you have lived in Morgan for 30 years or more that you have earned your “ite” status as in Morganite. A Morgan”ite” is someone who has lived in Morgan for more than 30 years. “M”organic…is someone who has taken it past the “ite” status no matter how many years lived hear, and sometimes resorts to eccentricities in apparel or other areas of mind set!
“Zanadu, which means the idyllic place,” explained co-owner, Amy Dickson, she found the name in a dictionary online.
When looking online Zanadu isn’t listed but Xanadu is, this rhymes with Zanadu and definition is an idyllic, exotic, luxurious place. Also found Zanadoo is a website, which has “private offers” on shoes, clothing, and various accessories but is not affiliated with the store.
Vivian Dot Grover was born on November 4, 1921 in a small town by Victor, Id to James and Lottie Grover. She was the 7th of ten children, 6 boys and 4 girls. Her family moved to Morgan in time for her to attend 4th grade.
Flyers are being distributed.... collection boxes placed..... sounds like a food drive, but more specific than the regular food drive. Ryan Millburn’s Eagle Scout Project is to help provide Thanksgiving for some Morgan County families. Ryan is working with Morgan County Food Pantry to accomplish this goal.
Lynn Mickelson is running for Morgan City Council. Mickelson has a long history of service in the city. He was elected to the city council in 1988 and served for approximately twenty years. Mickelson also worked in the Morgan City public works for four and a half years.
Garth Day appeared before Judge Dee Benson on Tuesday for sentencing. Judge Benson first invited Day’s attorney to speak. Day’s attorney, Brad Smith spoke and requested that the court deviate from the recommended sentence. He asserted that when Day came to him on August 27 of 2010 he was a “broken man…He had in effect sold his self respect and honor for money…I have watched him take difficult steps to restore his honor,” said Smith. Smith asserted that Day had come forward voluntarily once he felt that discovery was imminent, but that he had revealed the full nature of his crimes beyond what was going to be immediately discovered, including a bank loan and a letter of credit of which the county was not yet aware.
The Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter added two names to the Pioneers of Morgan County Monument located at the Morgan City Park. Doris Sanders spoke of her Great-great Grand Father Sanford Porter. He had come west with the pioneers in 1847 and lived in Centerville. He moved to Morgan in 1860 and established Porterville.
Our Wednesday Night Owls bowling league had some great bowling this week. We are also still looking for two more teams to fill our league up. If you are interested please contact Keith at 801-829-6012, or MIsty at 801-786-9133.
I am proud to say that our Trojans have been playing like true warriors this year! Last week’s game was hands down amazing with a win to Ogden Tigers at 34 to 0, it qualified them for the Region playoff’s! It is stuff like this that makes me proud to be part of this school, and also brings school spirit and unity! I have come to know most of these boys and WOW! These guys are amazing! They know what it means to be a team, to have each other’s backs, and to be brothers.
We all have friends, good friends, close friends, even best friends. We have all faced losing friends, I have on several occasions. However, there are times when you lose the ones that mean the world to you.
We are fortunate to live and work in a community where there is no shortage of parental and overall community support for our schools. An example of this type of support occurs in each school through their community councils. In 1999, the Utah legislature established the School Land Trust Program and with it School Community Councils (SCC).
Last week the 2nd and 3rd grade students at Mountain Green Elementary School enjoyed a visit from some local firefighters. They taught the students some valuable lessons regarding fire safety. It was also a great experience for the students to be able to walk around the fire truck and look at all of the gear and tools used to put out fires and help those in harm’s way. A big thank you to some of Mountain Green’s finest in uniform!
Mr. Mills is our new choral director at Morgan Middle School and Morgan High School this year. At the middle school he teaches Mixed Choir and Advanced Choir and at the high school he directs Concert Choir, Millennial Choir, and Ovation!, the school’s chamber choir. Mr. Mills graduated from Cottonwood High School and went on to graduate from the University of Utah. His fun, happy personality fits right in with his students and when asked why he chose to teach choir he replied, “Because I’ll never grow up.” He loves spending time with the kids at school. Mr. Mills is a fabulous pianist and a wonderful asset to the schools’ choral program.
The Technology and Engineering Education program at Morgan Middle School introduces students to the technical skills needed to be successful in the technology or engineering career of his or her choice and with the skills to function in a technological society.
The Morgan High School and Middle School choirs came together to present their annual fall concert called “How can I keep from singing” conducted by Mr. Michael Mills, with his own piano teacher Suzanne Gibbs accompanying some of the music groups.
There are not too many things worse to have happen to you on vacation than not being able to find a place to stay for the night. You’re worn out from a long day of play you need a place to temporarily call home so you can recharge for the next adventure. But what if you couldn’t find a place? What if all the hotels were booked and everywhere you looked you only saw NO VACANCY signs with their glaring lights mocking your unpredictable predicament. Looks like the car may be the most comfortable couch, if you have one with you. True, nowadays this rarely happens with up to date hotel reservations, and discounts to seal the deal. But you can imagine being away from home and not having a place to stay. By the way, there is something worse than not finding a room for the night. It’s finding a room and having to share it with free-loading, hungry, eight legged creatures ready to welcome you. But that’s another story.
In response to threatened litigation and to address public safety issues the council approved a project on Tuesday to replace drain covers in the Highlands. During flooding season the drains overflowed and caused flooding in a residents house. Council Chair Tina Kelley also reported that there have been problems in the winter as the covers ice over the create hazardous walking conditions. Parents have complained about this situation and the hazard it creates for their children.
The county emergency management director, Terry Turner, reported that FEMA has authorized approximately $98,000 in funding for the county based on expenses for flood control. The county is required to match 25%, but the volunteer efforts in the county more than covered the 25% match so the county was not required to spend any cash from the budget.
In a four to two vote the county council approved building the animal control building which has been under discussion for several years and heavily debated since the new council took office. The county currently leases space from local veterinarian Marion Lott for $1,300 per month. The council has been debating whether to replace this lease with a facility built by the county for several years. Last year the council took action to request a low cost loan from state funds to construct a facility for animal control. The decision to borrow the money was not heavily debated in the council at the time, but has caused controversy and debate ever since new councilmembers took office in January. The initial decision was for a loan of $600,000 to fund a building that could include expansion to manage the overcrowding in the county building. Later, due to cost estimates, the council scoped down the building. At present the plan is for animal control and garage space for county vehicles, but the council is still considering some additional options.
Shelly Betz (Chair), Kandi Christiansen (Vice-Chair), Lydia Nuttall (Secretary) and Mike Madeo (Treasurer) commenced their new responsibilities for Morgan Empowered on October 11th for the 2011-2012 year. Our Morgan community wishes to express appreciation for the dedicated service rendered by Lanelle Butterfield, Jennie Earl, and Brenda Crossley who were the previous chair, secretary and treasurer respectively of Morgan Empowered.
Have you ever noticed the white sign “Morgan Family History Center” kitty corner to Morgan 1st Bank on State Street? Do you ever wonder what happens inside? Did you know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has Family History Consultants in every ward in the Morgan Stake and Morgan North Stake to help you discover your family tree?
We would like to thank all our friends and neighbors for their kind thoughtful expressions of sympathy through their cards, phone calls, visits, food and flowers during the passing of my sweet mother, Bessie Monson.