The school board reported that the Morgan Education Foundation has raised more than $530,000 towards the Trojan Century Center as a major donor in the county contributed an additional $100,000 and the foundation added funds from the 100 for a $1000 campaign.
The times we live in are stressful, no doubt about it. We each carry heavy burdens that seem to get heavier each day. Some are too difficult to ignore, or escape from. Losing a loved one, failing a test, bad news at the Doctor’s office, Bullies, Illness, Broken hearts, the list goes on. Sometimes the unexpected accident or crazy experience is more than we can bear. Some stresses weigh more than others, and it seems like each week we become weaker. We’re not only running faster than we have strength, we feel like we’re running in the wrong direction! We desperately desire even a piece of peace, but seem to find only tiny crumbs of comfort. How then shall we go on? Where shall we go to renew our strength and restore our courage to keep pressing forward even in the very depths of our adversities?
A divided school board decided to leave bus times for Morgan Elementary at the current times despite a request from school administration and calls from parents. The school district decided to change Morgan Elementary bus routes to pick up children ten minutes earlier than last year when they announced the new school breakfast program. “This is the biggest number of complaints in a long time,” said school district superintendent Ken Adams.
In the world of high stakes, testing in education and minimal budgets combined with the pressure and expectations of success in public education often taint the views and perceptions of people looking in on the profession. The administration of Morgan School District wishes to acknowledge our teachers and coaching staff for the time, effort, and energy spent in preparing our students in the classroom and our athletes for competition. Advisors and coaches work with students on a daily basis and make decisions ranging from team selection to playing time. Administrators make every effort to support the students in all of the programs offered by the district. We support our leaders as they teach lessons about how to accomplish tasks correctly. Administrators support teachers and advisors as they emphasize the teaching of life lessons in preparation for the challenging and competitive world. Our advisors encourage students to win correctly and to lose with dignity. Our teachers and coaching staffs do a remarkable job with the talent of our students and the opposition they face in region and state competitions.
Russell Moore and his wife Kristi are the owners of Canyon Collision. They have been serving the Morgan Residents for the past 3 years in the Auto body industry. He and his wife brought their business to Morgan when the auto body shop (formally called Classic Auto body, owned by Norm Kippen) became available.
For the first time this season, our freshmen football team brought home a win! The offensive team was fantastic, and that defense sure did put up a fight! I have never seen so much yellow on that field, but our boys pulled through. Way to go Freshmen Trojans!
The ladies played their season opener against Grantsville on September 6. Taking the match in 3 games, 25-16, 25-14, and 25-17, Lady Trojan volleyball got a solid win. Senior, Bailey Farris lead both teams in kills (16) and passing (17).
On Monday night Sept. 12, 2011, there was a bear sighting in the Mountain Green Neighborhood of Monte Verde. It was around 10:30 P.M. when the sighting of the black bear occurred. One of the home owner’s goats was killed by the bear. The homeowner went out and shot at the bear as the bear was trying to go for his other goat. The bullet hit the bear, but the bear wandered off, wounded up into the hills. Wildlife management is still in search of the bear as it’s still on the loose. If you see any sightings of the bear please report to the local authorities.
Even though we didn’t bring home a fourth win, the Trojans varsity football still put forth their best effort in this game. From the defensive line to the offense, they still showed their burning passion for this sport.
Archives.com announ-ced last week that they are now offering the full set of United States Census records on their site, with the exception of 1930. This announcement propels what has been a niche player in the online family history market, into a strong position, with a compelling offer, at an affordable price.
Friends, family, Scouters and Scouts joined forces Wednesday, 7 September, to honor their Boy Scouts. The units from 276 are sponsored by the Mtn. Green Ward and the units from 576 are sponsored by the Highlands Ward; both are part of the Morgan North Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.
Suzanna Curtis, a seventeen year old Morgan High senior from Enterprise, recently won reserve Training champion at the area nine event championships in Greeley Colorado. Suzi rides a seventeen year old thoroughbred mare named Amazing Grace (Gracie).
We would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who spent their Saturday morning helping cut, split and stack our winter’s supply of wood. Your service lifted a tremendous burden from our minds as well as our family. A special thank you to Richard Wiscombe for coordinating. Without you this would have never taken place. Thank you to those who have brought wood to our home. Thank you to all! We love and appreciate each one of you.
Gerald & Georgia Mikesell, Gene & Julie Mikesell, Glenn & Rosemary Eberle, Tom Mikesell and Grandchildren
The Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Albert Law, Tori Roseman, and Wilma Bagnell to celebrate their Birthdays on Sept. 24th at 2 p.m. at The Family Tree, 862 E. Mohogany Ridge Rd., Morgan.
Clifford Leon Whetten left this mortal existence on September 11, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. His passing was sudden yet sweet, due to complications from pancreatic cancer. At the time of his diagnosis, Clifford was serving as the MTC President for the LDS Church in Lima, Peru.
The city has reached their first milestone in raising money for the splash pad. The initial target to ensure that there was sufficient support for the project was to raise $25,000. They exceeded this number last week as the total amount raised moved above $30,000.
The sounds of honor and respect, could be felt as the audience stood, while a color guard of Cub and Boy Scouts, presented the colors of the state and national flags. The voices of the kindergarten children recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The county received a report on 2010 finances from their independent auditor. The auditor reviewed the county’s revenue and expenditures and provided comment on controls and policies in the county government. The provided comment on the status of the theft from Morgan County by the former council administrator, Garth Day.
It was 10 years ago Sept. 11, 2001 when the great tragedy hit our country with terrorist running airplanes into the twin towers in New York City. It was a moment I’ll never forget, and we must never forget the fragilities of freedom, and the many lives that were ended and taken in that moment of tyranny. Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget and many of us don’t wish to remember tragedy, when America was under attack, but we must remember even the beautiful heroes proved in liberating strife, and the many acts of compassion and unity that followed that tragic day.
Our Trojans have done it again! Gaining another win from the Wasatch Wasps. With a win of 34 to 10. Being able to participate in our school sports is always a rush, especially when the Trojans display teamwork and dedication to their passion. The offensive line gave a lesson on creating holes to bring home this victory. The speed of #4 Joe Kippen, combined with the power of #34 Bridger Anderson and #11 Jose Patino created a hole that the Wasps couldn’t climb out of. Once again Morgan showed this on Friday as the offensive line created holes for 4, 34, and 11 and through the crushing run through tackles of #77 Davey Glover and #41 Boston Saunders.
The Morgan School District is fortunate to have outstanding administrators serving in each of our schools. Their responsibilities can be overwhelming at times, but each works through the challenges and opportunities with an aura of professionalism. This week I would like to spotlight our outstanding elementary principals; Tom McFarland and Tim Wolff.
Elementary students of all grade levels enjoyed the PTSO’s annual carnival. While the purpose of this event is to raise money for the PTSO, it has become a community event that is highly anticipated by many of the county’s shorter citizens. Teachers announced the affair in their classrooms and encouraged the students to come and bring their families. Posters hung throughout the school to broadcast the upcoming carnival. These strategies brought great results. Several hundred individuals came together to eat pizza, get their faces and nails painted and throw footballs.
Angie Farr attended with her kids for the 3rd year in a row. “The kids love it and it’s fun to support the school,” Angie said as she waited with her children in line for the ring toss. Each child had their favorite game but her son Milton’s preferred game was the donut eating competition . This was a challenge where the participants had to eat little donuts off of a table without their hands. This was one of the favorite games at the carnival.
Stress is no secret. We all have some mess we can trace back to stress. But the secret to your success of overcoming stress doesn’t have to be a secret. How do you get rid of stress then? That’s the secret, you don’t. That may not sound like much of a secret but once you realize stress isn’t going anywhere you can stop becoming a victim and start learning to be a victor. Stress is going to happen no matter how great your life is. Stress is no respecter of status, stock portfolio, family, or friends. Stress seems to be the social stigma of our times. We cringe at the slightest hint of its presence. I’m not saying we have to be best friends with stress and invite it over for dinner, but we each need to realize it’s a necessary part of life, but it doesn’t have to ruin life. When we feel ‘stressed’ we compound the problem because we don’t know how to handle it, or fear that we won’t be able to handle it. It’s our fear of failure, or the precious moments stress will steal, that makes it seem so haunting and daunting. It’s our perception of it that does the damage. We feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with it and then the trauma and drama starts and we begin frantically looking for the oxygen masks, or the EXIT signs, hoping that running away or escaping will solve the problem.
Morgan Jubilee has been purchased by the Ridley’s Family Market, “A hometown food and drug store” described on the store website. “Effective September 14th, the store will be Ridley’s,” confirmed store manager Adam Birt. More news to come in weeks to follow. Check out website of new store shopridley’s.com.
The Library of Congress has launched a new service that helps to bring the past to life. The service is called the national jukebox. It includes access for streaming audio to more than 10,000 historical recordings.
The Dan and Mandy Glick family moved to Morgan early this year in February and their hearts are set on staying. Dan Glick, who is originally from Morgan, retires from the military in two years and says that it’ll be nice to have some stability. So, naturally, this is the place to be.
We would like to thank all who called brought food and visited Georgia, especially The Morgan 6th Ward. Thanks to the ambulance crew and all who helped Gerald during her hospital and care center stay.
She is recuperating at home from a broken leg. Thanks for all your prayers.
Hetty Marjorie Pentz Smith, passed away on September 5, 2011, surrounded by her family, on the farm she and her husband worked for over fifty-eight years. Marjorie was born on September 4, 1925, in Stoddard, Utah to Jacob and Ruby Pentz. She grew up in Morgan, Utah, where she graduated from LDS Seminary and Morgan High School in 1943. Marjorie loved riding horses on their family farm, which eventually led to participation in the county fair rodeos, where she enjoyed riding bucking broncs and bareback. She often won the competitions, earning prizes including a saddle and bridle. She even attempted to ride a bull once in the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, which led to a broken collar bone. She also enjoyed riding her pinto horse in parades, where they performed tricks for the crowd. She worked in the office of the Arsenal and at the Military base in Ogden, UT, and then began work at IBM. She married Eldon Smith in Coalville, Utah on April 4, 1947 and they were later sealed together for eternity in the Cardston Alberta Temple.
Bailey Jo Pfannerstill moved to Morgan from Salt Lake County. She lived in Riverton and Herriman before moving to Croydon four years ago. She has a passion for writing stories, drawing pictures, and watching football with her family and friends, and learning in general. During her spare time she can be found working on stories, reading books, studying for college, playing a few video games, listening to music, drawing or spending time with her family. Her family raises Pomeranians and she has shown them in the AKC Jr. Dog Show Handling competitions, where she won 10th place in the nation. Bailey isn’t your average girl. She likes to hunt, fish, go four-wheeling, watch and play football, play golf, and most things outdoors. Her favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers (Go Pack Go!). She plans to go to college for Journalism and would like to write a series one day. She loves her internship at The Morgan County News where she will write about the football games and other things along the way, and hopes to excel in it.
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.
The Utah State University Extension Office provides excellent resources to Morgan County. Through the Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H program, the Agricultural Services Department and the Food Sense Program our community is enriched and educated. The first two services may be familiar to you already, but the last, Food Sense is an up and coming program in the Extension Office. The program is headed by me, Madeline Carrigan, the Nutrition Education Assistant and sponsored and supported by Amanda Horrocks the County 4-H Agent. Food Sense is a program funded by the USDA which aims to assist families in budgeting properly and getting the most nutrition out of what they can afford.
What an exciting time of year! Back-to-school is truly one of our favorite events at Morgan Elementary and this fall we are eager to begin a year of many new challenges. Each August we rededicate ourselves to finding the strategies necessary to continue the tradition of excellence that has made our school so great for so long. This year we especially welcome our new students and their families as they join our journey.
Morgan Elementary School’s motto is, “Mountaineers Climbing Higher!” and we hope to embody this slogan through the empowerment and achievement of our students.
Utah State University Extension Cache Valley Master Gardeners will host the Utah State Master Gardener Conference Sept. 23 and 24 at the American West Heritage Center, 4089 South Highway 89/91, Wellsville. “Bees, Bugs and a Healthy Garden” is the theme for the 2011 conference where USU horticulture professors and Extension specialists will present an array of horticultural topics.