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.
The Morgan Education Foundation’s 3rd annual golf tournament was held at Round Valley Golf Course on Tuesday, August 2nd. Thirty-one teams and twenty sponsors came together in the morning to help raise funds supporting education in Morgan.
The Morgan Education Foundation was established in 2007 in order to unite the community in the support of our public schools’ student success. One of the primary purposes of the foundation is to provide teacher, student, and scholarship grants. $3,500 was raised by the tournament last year to go towards these purposes, and they are expecting even better results this year.
Often the past has a way of sounding better than it was. Recently, some have lamented that the good old days of education were better than today. I suggest that we investigate the good old days of education, and you be the judge.
The 1st Morgan Valley Marathon, half marathon and 5K has come and gone. With 650 runners, many volunteers, great sponsors and wonderful community support- this race was a huge success. The Biggest Little Marathon in Utah has definitely made its mark! All the comments from the runners were positive and encouraging. “Very organized, especially for a first race” “The best Aid Stations and volunteers ever!” “Beautiful, amazing course” “Great medals, shirts and bags” “Fun Prizes” “We’ll run this race every year” were just a few of the comments made.
Saturday July 30th brought runners and walkers together to experience Morgan’s first history making marathon.
Runners started at 5:30 A.M. for the marathon, 6:30 A.M. for the Half Marathon and 7:00 A.M. for the 5k run and walk.
Runners came from all over the valley as well as from other areas to run the races. One lady came all the way from Colorado, visiting the Holcim Cement Plant on a business trip. She heard about this event and wanted to make a run of it. This was her first time running in three years, as she and her husband had been attacked by a mountain lion, while running in Colorado.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
When many individuals begin family history there seems to be a race to go backwards in time. It seems like whenever individuals get together to discuss family history the first topic is something like, “My Patterson line goes back to 1620.” There is peer pressure and some satisfaction in tracing family lines back as far as possible.
Hannah Hawkes, daughter of Denise and Chad Hawkes of Morgan will marry Daniel Giullian, son of Mark and Marianne Giullian of Bozeman, Montana on Thursday, August 11th in the Bountiful LDS Temple. A garden reception will be held in their honor that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at the home of the bride at 179 West 150 South. In case of an oversight please join us that evening to celebrate with the happy couple. Guests may park at the Fox Point Park (300 West) and follow the park path leading to the backyard of the Hawkes home. Hannah and Dan met at BYU and plan to reside in Provo to continue their educational goals.
Shelbee Anderson and Jayden Carrigan announce their marriage on Sat, August 13, 2011 in the Logan LDS Temple. Shelbee is the daughter of Kathy and the late Shayne Anderson. She graduated from Morgan High in 2010 and Davis Applied Technical College in 2011. She will continue school at DATC in September in master esthetics.
Mark and Lauri Robinson are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anné. She will marry Justin Jay Riches, son of Joel and Robin Riches, on Thursday, August 11th in the Salt Lake Temple. A garden reception honoring the couple will be held that evening at the Riches residence in Henefer.
After years of work, cleaner water for some residents in Mountain Green became even closer on Tuesday in the County Council. A conditional use permit was granted to Cottonwood Mutual Water Company to allow construction of a well house. This brings the water company one step closer to bringing a new well online to replace a well contaminated with nitrates.
Darren Menlove appeared before the county council on Tuesday requesting the council’s feedback on a plan his family is considering for Como Springs. Menlove’s family has run the KOA campground just north of temple square in Salt Lake for the past thirty-five years.