The school bell rang in the new school year for Morgan School district on Tuesday August 23. The usual excitement and nerves tinged each student as he or she returned to school. Bodee Wright, a third grader, was so excited, his mom wasn’t sure if he even knew if she existed. His older sister, Bailee, left the comfort of elementary last year and after her first day at school was left a bit exhausted, but excited for the year, especially about her new locker. A new locker was what fellow sixth grader Kale Bigler was most excited about.
Bonnie Peterson Woolsey of Morgan, was crowned Queen of Morgala Days fifty years ago in 1961. This summer she handed over the reins to her granddaughter. In a different venue, but with the same quality horsemanship, Christena Woolsey of Stone, Idaho was crowned queen of the Western Box Elder County Rodeo.
Morgan faced off against the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles. Maple Mountain High School opened in fall of 2009 as a brand new school. It is located in Spanish Fork (on the border of Spanish Fork and Mapleton) but pulls in all high school students living in Mapleton and some students living in eastern Spanish Fork.
The Morgan Education Foundation is making a final push to fund the new Trojan Century Center. They are beginning a two-week campaign to reach out to the residents of the county and alumni of Morgan High School. The foundation believes that there are many that benefited from an excellent education in Morgan that will want to support the Trojan Center, particularly on the hundredth anniversary of the High School. The campaign will last two weeks and is targeting to raise $100,000. This should bring the foundation to the necessary funding for the facility to be completed. “Our goal is to reach out to individual, to alumni, to families… and ask for a commitment of $1,000, “ said Kelly Wright Morgan Education Foundation president. He continued, “[It is] great opportunity to share in helping to build this facility, not just a mediocre facility, but a facility… that has a classrooms to teach, that has the equipment…everything that would make this first class.”
The Morgan Valley has been carpeted with lush green for most of the summer and the hills and valleys continue to clothe in the colors of summer. It’s hard to imagine that school will be back in session next week! Following are some random thoughts about the upcoming year and what we can expect to see as the year progresses.
The Morgan High School Varsity Football Players hosted their annual Football Dinner and Cake Auction Thursday August 11th. There was a huge turnout for the football fundraiser with over 800+ meal tickets sold for the delectable meal served by the honorable Morgan High Trojan Varsity Football players. The Morgan High Drill Team and Cheerleaders entertained the crowd and brought pep and precision dancing for the upcoming football season.
The 100th Anniversary of the Morgan County Fair was a successful one for the 4-H program. With over 180 fair exhibit entries, 171 4-H Livestock animals sold, two nights of Horse 4-H, the 4-H Teen Council face painting booth, and the Morgan 4-H Robotics club booth, the Morgan County 4-Hers stayed busy!
Tara Hammer is an outstanding member of our community, dedicated to serving others. She is the kind of person everyone wants in their organization because she is willing and able to make extraordinary things happen, give credit to others, and bring happiness to whatever task is at hand.
Located just east of the Ogden temple is the Ogden FamilySearch Library. With the exception of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake, the Ogden library is the busiest in the world serving more than 45,000 patrons annually. There are more than 140 computer stations in the facility as well as large training rooms. The center has more than 300 staff who help patrons find their ancestors as well as an extensive film collection.
Although some events scheduled at the arena during the fair were a little muddy, the participants in final regular season 4-H horse show could not have enjoyed more favorable conditions. The show was held as a two day event starting on Thursday July 28th at 6:00 pm with the Written Test, Showmanship, Western Equitation and Bareback Equitation. Friday night events included Barrels, Poles and the Scurry Race. We have seen so much improvement in many of our 4-H exhibitors during the year and hope they had a fun time with their projects over the summer.
Morgan High School has been doing a 2 week Theatre Camp every summer for numerous years. This year it was decided to start the Morgan Community Theatre under the Direction of Mr. Adam Slee. There were Open Auditions on July 8th for everyone in Morgan County. The auditions were a huge success. There is a lot of talent in Morgan. Theatre camp has been held for the last 2 weeks for all the children involved in the play from the ages of 5 to 14 with younger children coming at a later date. These Children have been wonderful and mastered all of the songs and choreography in just 4 days. In the evenings we have been having rehearsals for the adult characters and a couple of the main youth characters. The all community cast Performance of “Annie” will be opening Thursday August 25th at 7pm at the Morgan High School Auditorium, and running for 4 nights (August 25th (Thursday), 26th(Friday), 27th(Saturday), and 29th(Monday). The proceeds of Annie will be going to the Morgan School District Special Education Department.
Each year the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation “Ride for Kids” culminates at the Morgan City Riverside Park. Some of the children are allowed to make the trip from Salt Lake City to Morgan on the back of a motorcycle or in a motorcycle side car. Throughout the year, motorcycle groups from Nevada and Utah collect donations for pediatric brain tumor research. This year the groups raised over $35,000.
Elder Justin Matthew Heiner has been called to serve in the Washington Tacoma mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be speaking at the Porterville Meetinghouse (2700 S. Morgan Valley Drive) on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10am.
What brings people together? It is typically an event centered on competition, or celebration, or charity, or remembering, or accomplishment. American Cancer Society Relay for Life is one event that touches on all of these appeals to bring communities, families and individuals together. Relay for Life is now in its 10th year in Morgan, and has earned its place on many people’s calendar as a tradition for many reasons.
The Utah Department of Transportation is in process up upgrading the surface of Interstate 84. The project will continue until this fall. During the construction one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s department removed more than 7,000 marijuana plants growing on a farm above Porterville. The sheriff’s office worked with other law enforcement agencies and more than 50 officers were involved in the operation.
Grace Lythgoe Johanson, 83, returned peacefully to her Heavenly Father Thursday, August 11, 2011 at her home in Morgan, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rock Church, 10 West Young Street, with Bishop McClellan officiating. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary in Morgan Wednesday, Aug 17 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:45-10:45 at the Rock Church.
Round Valley – The Third Annual Morgan Education Golf Tournament was held on August 2, 2011 at the Round Valley Golf Course. According to Foundation officials it was a well-supported activity that grossed over $7,500 for the group.
Morgan – Morgan Education Foundation leaders report the group has surpassed the $400,000 mark in fundraising activities for the Trojan Century Center. The bulk of the donations have come from local sources ranging from $50 to $200,000 cash gifts and in-kind work and services.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Morgan High School. The past century has presented many educational challenges that the students, staff, and stakeholders of Morgan have overcome throughout the years. Our era is no different. We will begin this school year with several challenges including new construction, a new core curriculum, accreditation review, budget crunches, and possible unforeseen issues. However, our struggles make us stronger. I also believe that we have a talented and creative staff and an amazing community support system that will help us meet these challenges head on. Having said that, “There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties.” In order to excel beyond our forefathers’ traditions of excellence, we will unite to overcome any difficulties that come our way.
The National FFA Organization awarded a $ 1,000.00 Cargill Community scholarship to Ethan Porter of MORGAN HS FFA. Cargill Community Scholarship Program, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, sponsors the scholarship. Ethan plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Weber State University (UT). This scholarship is one of 1,521 awarded through the National FFA Scholarship Program this year.
It’s six-thirty a.m. and the temperature outside is 10 degrees. The bus should be arriving at the stop in ten minutes to pick up the kids, but its one of those mornings when it is likely to be late and one of those mornings inclined to result in frostbite while the kids walk to the bus stop and wait there. Wouldn’t it be great if you could know when the bus was going to be at the stop?
The school board approved a trial program for breakfast at Morgan Elementary. “Hungry kids don’t learn,” said principal Tim Wolff in support of the program. He reported that a citizen group voted, in a split decision, that the district should not provide breakfast. They felt that this was the parent’s responsibility. There were also members of the citizen’s group who felt that the success of the program could not be easily measured and that there were other ways to accomplish the goal than expending government money. The school board disagreed and determined that a test program at Morgan Elementary should be instituted. The response to this program will determine whether it should be expanded to other schools. Principle Wolff also told the board that no additional staff would be needed to administer the program. The district intends that the program will be fully paid for from federal funding.
Biologist Paul Thompson recently caught this nice brown on the Weber River--It was 22 inches and weighed four pounds! Paul says he can’t recall in recent memory the browns being in this great of condition in mid summer.
Elizabeth Stauder and Laura Deru hold their first place awards for their respective age groups in the Morgan Valley Marathon in the above photo. Stauder took first in the women’s 15-19 year old, and Deru won first in the women’s 14 and under age group. Between the two of them, they now have five first place trophies out of five half marathons run. They will be sophomores this year at Morgan High, and are on the soccer and track teams. Congratulations again to these two great athletes.
EVERYONE gets stressed. Most of us feel the calloused caress of stress before we even get out of bed in the morning! It’s as if anxiety was waiting patiently for us before we even woke up; if we got any sleep at all! We didn’t even have time to eat breakfast, or even think about it. Before we even put the key in the ignition or punched the time clock we’re already drained from feeling the familiar cycle of cynicism ready to curse and reverse any attempt to be successful that day.
Bar W Travel Inc. has been serving Morgan the travel industry for 15 years. This week’s article is on Jackson Hole, Wyoming. August is a simmering hot month in Utah, but the cooler elevations of Wyoming can offer a reprieve from the heat. August is a busy time in Jackson Hole and rooms can be scarce and difficult to find if prior reservations have not been secured. For last minute bookings, we have secured hotel rooms for clients in Driggs, Idaho, a short 30 minute scenic drive from Jackson Hole. By doing this, there is increased availability and also a large savings on room rates compared to Jackson Hole. Driggs is central to Yellowstone, Jenny Lake, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole.
Como Springs was named after a lake in Northern Italy, nestled under the foot of the Alps called Como Italy.
The springs are of volcanic origin and have been in existence for ages. During the early settlement of Morgan in the 1860’s, the river would overflow and wash around into the springs, . This formed a gutter which retained the water, forming a pool or a lake, which was the beginning of Como Lake. The warm water lake provided a great fishing hole in the early days of Morgan’s settlement.
There are those who say that it takes a village to raise a child. I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that sometimes it takes a village to find an ancestor. Last week’s topic was whole family research. There is a technique that is often useful that is more extensive than whole family research. It is village research.
Landon Peterson and Aubrey Bitter announce their marriage on Saturday August 20, 2011 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Landon is the son of Daren and Sheri Peterson of Peterson, Utah. He graduated from Morgan High School in 2006. He served a mission in Everett, Washington and is currently attending Weber State University.
Sawyer Wagner, son of Kyle and Cynthia Wagner, has completed his journey from Tiger Cub, earning his Arrow of Light, to Eagle with the Boy Scouts of America. His Eagle project consisted of building a commons area in the neighborhood of Quail Hollow. This project includes a fire pit, three tier picnic area, underground sprinklers, and sod. With earning his Eagle Sawyer joins his older brothers, Tanner and Trent, in this elite rank.
Toquerville, Utah – Terry Browning Lichfield, age 53, passed away due to complications from rheumatic fever. Terry returned to heaven to rejoice with his father and two brothers, his horse Star, and his favorite black lab Lady. Terry was born December 22, 1957 in Logan, Utah to Walter Curtis Lichfield and Wilma Browning Lichfield.
Kelsey Donaldson, daughter of Dave and Liz Donaldson of Morgan will marry Colby Townsend son of Kevin and Jane Townsend of Bountiful on Saturday August 13th in the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple. A reception will be held in their honor on Friday, August 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Farmington Community Arts Center at 120 S. Main Street. In case of an oversight please join us that evening to celebrate with the happy couple. After a honeymoon trip to Oregon, Kelsey and Colby will reside in Ogden.
Kathy Caton and Lane and Robyn Pentz are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Stephany Kae to Ryan Jorgensen Crossley son of Shaun and Brenda Crossley on Friday, August 12, 2011 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. All are invited to attend a reception in their honor at the Timbermine Restaurant at 1701 Park Boulevard in Ogden, UT from 7-9pm.
Nicole Jalipa and Zac Cardon announce their marriage on Friday, August 19, 2011 in the Manti LDS Temple. Nicole Eve is the daughter of Barry and Joan Dick of Fort Worth, Texas. The bride is a 2009 graduate of the Academy of American Studies in New York City. She is attending Brigham Young University pursuing a degree in Public Health.
KasSandra Chanel Thurston and Tanner Jacob Cox will be married for time and all eternity in the Bountiful LDS Temple on Saturday, August 13th. A reception will be held in their honor that evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the home of the bride’s parents, Kevin and Tracy Thurston, 1295 W. Island Rd. Morgan, UT. All well wishers are invited to please join them in case of an oversight.
With Horns, Hides, Laughs and Rides, Morgan Celebrated its centennial fair. Record attendance marked the celebration with participation levels high enough to cause the fair office to run out of arm bands for events. The food was excellent, the games were fun, the livestock show and auction was a success, and everywhere at the fair were individuals having a great time. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so in the space below and the pages following enjoy some of the fun from the fair. Thanks to the Fair Board for all their hard work and many hours to make this wonderful event possible.
Morgan had a special treat at the County Fair. Jamie Udell, Miss Rodeo Utah 2011 visited on Friday, August 5th. She spent time meeting those at the fair as well as participating in the opening ceremony at the rodeo on Friday night. When Udell was asked how she enjoyed her visit, she shared, “I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it!”
Morgan County has a new member of the school board, Jodi Hipwell. Hipwell is a native of Ogden. After her marriage to her husband, Carl, they spent seventeen years in the Southeast United States in Arkansas and South and North Carolina. Hipwell, who has four children, volunteered in schools in each community where they lived. “I have seen some of the best schools in the country and I have seen some of the worst schools in the country,” says Hipwell. She continues, “That gives me a little bit of insight into different types of school systems.” Her two youngest children both attend Morgan High School presently.