The holiday season is upon us and in addition to regular academic and extracurricular activities, Morgan High School is decking the halls, caroling, and gathering food and gifts to support families in need. Students and staff members are as busy as Santa’s elves making preparations for drama productions, choir and band concerts, and various athletic and club competitions.
The other day I overheard some grumbling Grinches say how glad they were that Christmas only came once a year. I think their cold hearts were standing to close to the warm Christmas Spirit from passing shoppers. I listened at length to so many others who were hustling and bustling that day. One spoke of how they weren’t sure if they’d ever get the house clean enough for visiting family members, or how long it was going to take to make all the goodies. It sounded like they were hoping it would all be over soon so they could go back to relaxing. As if being afraid to say Merry Christmas, or substituting X-mas for Christmas, wasn’t bad enough. Are we going to start spelling Christmas, C-h-a-o-s?
As the clock ticks towards the release of the 1940 census, FamilySearch released new information on how they plan to produce a free version of the census, both index and images. They said the following:
It was a one day event at Barber Brothers in Morgan, but what a difference a day makes. Beautiful blue skies for the discounted helicopter ride with Santa and though it was cold to bring in the car for an free oil change, the only thing ask of you to donate some food or a toy. This event was held last Saturday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I wanted to share some stories and memories from Charley Pentz.
He told me about time he was hauling hay, his elevator was up Lost Creek, and all his boys were busy with sheep and other stuff, his sister Jewell’s young boys helped him. He said he got up on the truck load of hay and pitched it all off onto his haystack for them, with a pitch fork.
Families and community members in Morgan County will have an opportunity to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America in a unique way in 2012. Morgan City is sponsoring twelve “Forgotten American Family Night Stories” – one story per month during 2012 – that will be printed on the back of an 8 ½” x 11” patriotic picture representing the story theme of the month.
Wanda and Jim Judy moved to Morgan Dec 1, 1977 and, one year later to the day, moved into their current home. Wanda and Jim have five children: Tiffany Hogge, Brant Judy, Keri Lyn Barr, Joelle Taylor, and Jessica Terry. And they currently have thirteen grandchildren.
Over the past few weeks, Morgan Middle School students have been participating in their annual food drive to benefit the Morgan Food Pantry. In an effort to drive participation, the school created some healthy competition between individuals, classes, and grades. The 2010 food drive brought in approximately 3,800 food items, and proved to be very successful. This year the students set a goal to beat that number by targeting at least 4,000 food items for collection. As the students sought donations from family, friends, and neighbors, they truly caught the spirit of helping local families who could benefit from the generosity of their community. This extra help is especially appreciated during the holidays.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School were privileged this week to watch a performance put on by the choirs from Morgan High School. Students from the Millennial choir and the Ovation choir entertained the students with lively, seasonal Christmas selections. The performing students did an exceptional job and the Mountain Green Elementary students enjoyed listening to the students share their wonderful singing talents. Pictured is the Morgan High School Millennial Choir directed by Mr. Michael Mills.
For the past several months the Morgan County Board of Education has been focused on creating a new facility use policy for district buildings and grounds. In the process the Board looked at a number of similar policies throughout the state as a basis for their plan.
Morgan Elementary School seems to have its own fairy godmother granting it amazing new staff members. The new fifth grade teacher, Aimee Perry, seems to be a wish come true to her students and fellow staff members. The mutual love is easily seen between the students and their teacher.
I love this time of the year. ‘Tis the season for sweets and treats! It’s when our inner bakers become master chefs! I was blessed recently by a benevolent baker who sent me some angel cookies. The celestially shaped sugary sweets were delicious! Oddly enough, there was one that had an unfortunate pastry malfunction. One of its wings had somehow broken off during it’s divine delivery. However, it was still edible and incredible.
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES We had some great bowling this week. Our high scores and series for this week go to Jessica Jorgensen 177 and a 470 series, Gloria Smith 198 and a 466 series, Janet Bell 164, Janice Neilsen 244 and a 603 series, Melva Minster 191 and a 506 series, Nichole Slate 176 and a 468 series, Wendy Winn 162, and Misty Spendlove 159 and a 453 series. Our standings for this week are in 1st place is 60s Chics and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Janice Neilsen, and Melva Minster. In 2nd place is Gutter Minds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is Thats How We Roll and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Gloria Smith, and Veronica Stout. Great bowling ladies!
What does it mean to be honest? It means to be truthful in all you do and say, and to be be truthful with others, including yourself. Even when you tell the truth in admitting you did something wrong, it solves the problem much better.
A few weeks ago FamilySearch released the following announcement:
FamilySearch International announced today a change in its chief executive officer. Effective January 2, 2012, Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed Jay L. Verkler as CEO of FamilySearch. Mr. Verkler will continue in a consulting capacity for a few months to ensure a smooth transition.
Thursday Paul Simmons, Lead lineman for Morgan City Power received a call from Kaysville Power Department asking for assistance. Morgan City Power Department responded immediately by sending Matt Stuart and Kent Kummer.
Jim and Ellie Seely got a late start in the marriage department. Both are native Utahans: Jim was born in Brigham City and Ellie was born in Salt Lake. They met while attending the singles ward in Ogden and knew each other fifteen years before they were engaged and then married. That was 26 years ago.
Though it has only been open since May, Bingham’s Custom Meats has earned quite the following. This can be attributed to the passion, owner Nathan Bingham has for quality meat. While looking for a job after his mission, Nathan found one in a local grocery store. There he started in the meat department as a wrapper. After a while he moved on up and learned to cut.
The children of Kevin and Nancy Ovard are happy to announce the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents. They were married December 16, 1971 in The Salt Lake Temple. They have lived most of their married life here in Morgan.
Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Charlotte (Dolly) Simister to celebrate her 91st birthday. We will celebrate from 2 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at The Family Tree.
Sonia Pentz of Morgan walked across the stage at Weber State University with high honors. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She graduated on December 9, 2011. It was a family effort, and not only did Sonia get awarded with her Diploma, but her children and husband also received an honorary diploma.
A high speed chase occurred on Dec. 14, through Morgan County at about 9:30 p.m. A vehicle traveling at very high speeds was spotted by Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy who did a radar check on the vehicle.
The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held their Christmas Social Monday the 12th of Dec. Lunch was served and joyous Christmas program was performed by Soft Rain. Our own Dixie Miller of Morgan was a member of this singing group. All had a good time and was in the Christmas Spirit. At the social local officers for 2012 were announced. President, Richard Wiscombe; President-elect, Jim Hurst; Vice President, Jay Taggart; Past President, Bob Poll; Pioneer of Month Chairman, Val Carter; Secretary, Alan Turner; Treasurer, Stephen Dickson; Treks, Tours and Conventions, Jerry Peterson; Historian, Vaughn Carter; Awards and Service, Francis Tilby; Program Chairman, Calvin Stephens; Membership Chairman, Paul Dickson; News and Publicity, Gerald Betournay; Song Leader, Vaughn Larson; Pioneer Heritage, David Corpany; Physical Facilities, Heber Mower and Directory Chairman, Ken Lovell.
“Reality Town” came to Morgan High School on December 6th. Reality Town is a 2 to 3 hour activity, similar to the board game “Life”, the entire 10th grade participated in this annual event, which has been presented to the students and volunteers since 2002,said Emily Rose, Work Based Learning Coordinator. She said, “I think it went really well and the students gained a lot from this experience, and also learned a lot from it.”
The students filled out an “Reality Town Employment Application” that requires to be completely filled in with following information: personal information; education; employment; references; talents and hobbies, and employment desired. The applications are sent to R.E.A.L. LLC in Lehi, Utah (founders of this program) for processing. The scenarios that are assigned to each student is taken from the job application, but is mainly based on gender and (in years past ) grade point average(GPA). The GPA was not included this year on the application. Each scenario is different as is each student, Mrs Rose feels that these scenarios are scaled fairly with the GPA not a factor.
Sixth Grade Science is teaming with life. Not just with students anxious to learn, but also with living things too tiny to see with the naked eye. Students in sixth grade have been exploring and investigating the microscopic world. Thanks to a grant from 100% for Kids Utah Credit Unions Education Foundation, Morgan Middle School 6th graders have use of a microscope with a digital camera inside. This allows all students to see what is happening on the slide at the same time as it is projected on screen as well as the ability to take photos or capture video for later use. All students in the 6th grade were able to watch swimming protists and other pond water organisms from water sources all over Morgan County. These samples were collected by selected students living close to them.
The students at Mountain Green Elementary School have had an opportunity this Christmas season to learn about reindeer and caribou thanks to an amazing piece of artwork loaned to the school from Milan and Susan Mecham.
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr Seuss
TUESDAY MORNING HOUSEWIVES Our Tuesday morning league had some excellent bowling this week. High scores and series go to: Linda Compton 163 , Misty Spendlove 181 and a 451 series, Judy Carter 156, Candice Johnson 156, Carole Townsend 155, Janice Neilsen 202, Melva Minster 181 and a 525 series, Nichole Slate 179 and a 477 series, Wendy winn 179 and a 514 series, Jessica Jorgensen 163, and April Matthews 160 and a 474 series. great bowling Ladies. Our standings for this week are, in 1st place is 60s Chics, and team members are Janet Bell, Cheryl Skidmore, Melva Minster, and Janice Neilsen. In 2nd place is Gutter Minds and team members are Stacey Buchanan, Judy Carter, Candice Johnson, and Carole Townsend. In 3rd place is Thats How We Roll and team members are Jessica Jorgensen, Valerie Johnson, Gloria Smith, and Veronica Stout. Nice going Ladies
The Morgan High Basketball team started the season with three games last week. On Wednesday they traveled to Juan Diego to play the Soaring Eagles who moved to region 10 this year. It was Juan Diego’s second game of the year having beaten Bear River on the road by three points. The Trojans were off to a great start with Garrett Kuns hitting his first four baskets for eight points. The Trojan defense was strong, holding Juan Diego to two baskets and only seven points. The Trojans led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter and during the second quarter Boston Saunders scored all of Morgan’s 9 points putting the team in the lead by three at halftime. In the third quarter Juan Diego outscored the Trojans 19-8 taking an eight point lead, but the Trojans mounted a great comeback during the fourth quarter. Down by 10 with fewer than 3 minutes to go, Jake Miles caught fire and scored 10 points from the field to help gain the lead. Finishing it off, Colby Skinner hit a huge 3 and the team made 8 of 9 free throws to ice the 55-49 victory.
With winter’s wonderland weighing upon us, ‘Chill Out’ may not seem like a fitting phrase for the frozen. Nurse Nature’s yearly chill-pill is always a tough one to swallow, even with a cup of hot chocolate waiting to warm us. While sniveling and shivering shovelers attempt to clear a safe path through the white wasteland, daring drivers attempt to traverse the snow and ice covered roads, where one slip up can quickly lead to a pile up; for snowflakes and no brakes do not a safe trip make.
“All Aboard!” The conductor shouted as all of us boarded onto the magical train that would take us to the North Pole. The Heber Valley Rail station was all decked out with holiday lights, and friendly staff that made you feel as if you were in elf wonderland. This is the place where our holidays began this year. Just being at the quaint station with all the holiday decker and the excitement of everyone who was going to be on the train with us, was enough to make me a believer in Santa Clause.
If you’re looking for a little warm weather at this time of year a good place to look is St George. The Family History Expos conference will take place February 24 and 25, 2012. Just in time to give a little warmth after the cold winter months.
Facing additional charges about to be filed by the Morgan County Attorney, Josie Foster plead guilty and provided a written confession on Wednesday to two felony charges, burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Foster admitted to burglarizing multiple Morgan County homes. The burglary charge carries a sentence of between one and fifteen years and the possession charge between zero and five years.
Mike and Dixie both grew up near Twin Falls, Idaho. Mike grew up on a farming project near Hazelton (east of Twin Falls), and Dixie grew up on a farm west of Twin Falls. She graduated from Twin Falls High School and attended BYU Provo and BYU Hawaii. Mike graduated from Valley High School and attended Ricks College and CSI. They didn’t meet until they were set up on a blind date by Mike’s sister.
Last April a talented group of dancers tried out and became a team. One Dream, One Goal, One Team, One Soul, Morgan High School Troyettes. 20 girls started this journey, which they would come to find is a very rocky, steep climb.
It is often said that watching or reading the news of the day can be a depressing experience because the majority of it is negative. The Morgan County News is usually an exception to this perception of the media. For the most part, the pages of this newspaper are filled with positive stories about the events occurring in the county; celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries, academic and athletic achievements, and many reports of people doing good and bettering the community.