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.
Several months ago the county council changed the body that hears appeals to planning commission and county council decisions. The county had previously had a board of volunteers that heard the appeals cases. The council had been struggling to have enough volunteers to keep the appeals board working. They also had challenges with the appeals board keeping current on the knowledge necessary to make good decisions. Appeals are rare, and the law and county codes are complex. Last year the chairman of the appeals board wrote to the council about his concerns relating to the capability of the board to render good decisions.
The heart of genealogy is the evidence that forms our conclusions. We search for clues of our ancestors among the records of the past. All of genealogical research focuses on a name, a place, and a time. Finding that elusive record that contains our ancestor is the key to success.
The family of Grace Johanson would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of our wonderful friends in the community for their love and kindness during our time of loss. Thank you for all of the cards, visits, and food that was brought to our homes.
My name is Clyde Criddle. I have very fond memories of Como Springs, in fact very good ones. I worked for the Heiners for a few years mostly as a pin setter in the bowling alley and other jobs as needed.
I want to personally thank the crew and cast of “Annie” for an outstanding production. Each member played an important role in the success of the event. I especially extend appreciation to the parents and community for their attendance and support. It is my hope that this is just the beginning of an annual event that brings the schools and citizens together at the beginning of each school year celebrating local talent and raising funds for a worthwhile cause.
Our loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Earl J Banner, age 74, passed peacefully away on Thursday September 1st. He was born on May 14, 1937 in Declo, Idaho to Clarence LeRoy and Olevia Hymas Banner. He learned many lessons and skills that carried him through the rest of his life working beside his father and brothers on the family farm. After graduating from Declo High School he attended University of Idaho before serving a LDS mission to Samoa, where he learned to love the Polynesian people. He attended Brigham Young University and met his sweetheart, Nyla Wilcock. They were sealed for eternity on June 14, 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Keira and Kate are excited to announce the marriage of their mom, Jamie, to Ben. They were married on Sept. 1, 2011. A lovely garden reception was held at the Blomquist home following the wedding. Jamie is the daughter of Scott and Kathy Rees of Morgan. Ben is the son of Dave and Pam Blomquist of Morgan. Jamie and Ben, Kate and Keira will begin their new family life in Morgan.
Not only did Morgan bring home another nail biting win, they showed what it really means to not only be a team, but a band of brothers. Number 71 Landon Carter was represented by the team at the South Summit game last Thursday. Carter went in for heart surgery the same time the Morgan Trojans would be playing the South Summit Wild Cats.
Ten years ago when the Morgan School District gave the temporary use of one of its buildings to have a Weber State University information center in Morgan, no one could foresee the progress the center has made today. Barbara Anderson who has worked at the center from the time of opening, has seen this higher education learning center grow from an information center, to a testing center, to now a place where students can learn by taking classes via video conferencing (IVC). Through video conferencing students can interact with the course instructor teaching from a distant campus.
You will be moving along at about 44 feet per second. You then need about 47 feet to bring the vehicle to a safe stop at 30 MPH. This, combined with your reaction time will add about 66 feet to your travel distance, with a total of 114 feet needed before you stop your car- almost double the stopping distance at only 10 MPH over!
As school begins each year students are usually filled with excitement and enthusiasm to meet new friends and learn new things. Just the anticipation of a new class and seeing their old friends provides motivation to come to school during the first few weeks. Regrettably, after a few weeks some students begin to feel that regular attendance to school is not important. Sadly, but not usually intentionally, some parents also feel that missing a few days of school is not that important.
Looks like you’ve packed your bags and are all ready to go on a stress free trip! Excellent! It will be worth it. Now, there’s just one final preparation to make before we leave. Please do me-and yourself-a favor, unpack your bags. That’s right; in fact, you can just leave them behind. They’ll be fine without you. You won’t need them on this trip.
The news has been stirring about a community theater company and its version of the Broadway Musical “Annie” which will be held at the Morgan High School Auditorium, this week August 25th, 26th, 27th and 29th.
1752 is an important year in family history. It is the year that most of Europe switched their calendars. The Julian calendar did not coincide perfectly with the earth’s orbit and added eleven minutes each year. The Gregorian calendar (which we use today) was introduced in 1582, but only a few countries in Europe adopted it.
There is a new family in town and they’ve only been in Morgan for just over a year. You probably would have guessed they’ve been here longer with how acquainted they are with the people, the great new friendships they’ve all made, and all the activities this family is involved in.
The Gualcos moved their family to Morgan just over a year ago, on August 13, 2010 from the town of Castleford, Idaho. The man of the house, that is, Joe, enlisted in the military about two or three years ago at the age of thirty-two.
My family moved to Morgan in September 1929. We lived on what is now Commercial St. – we called it String Street when we lived there.
Como would open on Memorial day. However, my sister’s birthday was June 6th so that was the date each year that we would begin our summer swimming. One of their advertisements was “Swim in water fit to drink”
As a former resident of Morgan I very much enjoyed the article in the News about Como Springs. However, no mention was made of the Sunday band concerts performed by the Morgan High School band. There used to be a bandstand at the far left-hand corner of the swimming pool and as a youngster I loved watching the band march single file along the edge of the pool to reach the bandstand. By the time I was a member of the band the bandstand was no longer used for the concerts because the water deadened the sound of the music. When I was in the band the concerts were played in the center of the park where chairs were set up for us. Fond memories--not only of the band but of the dances and roller skating! Also, I was baptized in the indoor swimming pool at Como.
Raymond Keith Larson passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. Keith was born on April 19, 1931 in Morgan Utah to Raymond Parley and Ann Giles Larson. He graduated from Morgan High School, and attended Weber State College and later graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Education. He served in the Northwestern States Mission for the LDS Church. After his mission he joined the Air Force and served in Japan as an Instrument Panel Instructor for 3 years. He met his sweetheart and eternal companion, Nora Howard at BYU. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 7, 1960. Together they have 9 children 32 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He taught Math and Science at Pleasant Grove High School and was also a counselor. He returned to teaching math at Orem Jr. High. He served as an ordinance worker in the Mt. Timpanogos temple. Keith and Nora together served in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission for the LDS Church.
I would like to thank everyone who helped with the 100th annual Morgan County Fair. It would not have been possible without all of the people who donated their time to ensure the fair was a success. I greatly appreciate all the support and dedication of the fairboard members and committees. They are the reason the fair was so successful. There are so many people who stepped up and worked non stop to make sure things were done. A special thanks to our families who spent countless hours helping with whatever needed to be done. Thanks to the County Council members that volunteered to help through out the fair. I would also like to thank Rod and his crew for prepping the fairgrounds and maintaining them throughout the fair. If I missed anyone who helped, I greatly appreciated all you did to make the Morgan County Fair the Best Little Fair in Utah.
Alec Deru, son of Scott and Teresa Deru, has received his mission call to the New Jersey Morristown Mission. He will speak in the Cottonwood Creek Ward Sacrament Meeting on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 10:50 a.m. at the Highlands Chapel (5378 W. Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, Utah).
Jayne Smalley and McKay Weaver are happy to announce their marriage on Saturday, September 3, 2011 in the Bountiful LDS Temple. Jayne is the daughter of Scott and Wendy Smalley of Mountain Green, McKay is the son of Randy and Nina Weaver of Centerville. The bride and groom are both graduates of Utah State University. In the case of any oversight, all friends and family are invited to attend a celebration that evening at Snow Basin in Earl’s Lodge between 6 :00 and 8:00 pm.