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.
“Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health… [blending] red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.”
Whether participating in the balloon candy drop, climbing the rock wall, catching gold fish, dancing the Zumba, enjoying the car show, or one of the other many activities, those who came to Gordon Smith Park for the celebration on Pioneer Day had a great time. In addition to the activities pictured there was a breakfast, volleyball tournament, bouncy toys, and many vendor booths. It was a beautiful day and a great way to celebrate the pioneers and enjoy the valley in which they settled.
During our school years each of us learns about the scientific method. We develop theories, test them, and then draw conclusions from the tests. Once conclusions have been validated they are reviewed by peers in the field in order to identify any flaws in the research or conclusions. This method has been at the heart of nearly all major scientific discoveries.
Twenty one year old Daniel Butler from Durrant, Oklahoma has always cared for the safety and well being of others and had a great interest in how animals can help save people’s lives. This interest came at a very young age when he and his family were driving down a country road in Oklahoma and noticed an elderly lady walking out on a dirt path in the middle of nowhere, looking a little disoriented. They asked her where she was going, and she told them that she was walking to Walmart. There was not a Walmart anywhere for miles. They returned her back home to her grateful husband.
It was shortly after this incident Daniel was watching COPS on television and a similar story came on about an elderly person with dementia who had been lost. They used a canine unit to help find the person. This began turning the wheels for Daniel and caused him to wonder how he could become involved working with dogs to help find lost people on land or water.
Happy Birthday Dad. Thank you for all the Memories, Love, and fun we shared when we started to have our dates every Wednesday of every week until you were called home.
I can feel your presence so very many times when I see or when I am around different places that you and I shared on our special days. I felt blessed to know that your faith in me and trust never wavered on the last day that I saw you before you passed on. The thought of all the fishing you have been doing in heaven - makes me laugh - because when we went fishing and you caught five of the most beautiful salmon I had ever seen - the look on your face said all the words a daughter needed to hear.
Deven Boyer and Nick McBride were married July 23rd at Solitude Mt Resort. Deven is from Morgan and graduated from the U of U. Currently she works for Chrysalis as an Advocate for people with disabilities. Nick is from Kaysville, also graduated from the U of U and is currently employed by Fidelity Investments in SLC. They have a home in Farmington and plan a wedding trip this fall. An open house from 7-9 is being held at the McBride home 996 Windsor Lane, Kaysville on July 30th. Please join us.
The family of K. Earl Ericksen would like to sincerely thank this community for the expressions of love and sympathy shown to our family during the loss of our father/husband. We have received an outpouring of concern that has greatly touched our hearts. We appreciate our association with such wonderful people.
Aubrey Mecham and Brady Sanderson announce their marriage on Friday, August 5th in the Bountiful Temple. Aubrey is the daughter of Glen and Carol Mecham of Morgan. She graduated from Morgan High in 2007 and Utah State in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Human Resources and minor in Business Finance. Brady is the son of Derl and Laureen Sanderson of Brigham City. He graduated from Box Elder High in 2007 and shortly after served in the Missouri St. Louis mission through fall of 2009. He currently attends Utah State University. The couple will reside in Logan. For those who wish to celebrate with them a reception will be held that evening from 6:30-9:0pm at the Mecham residence.
Clay and Kelly S. Carter of Porterville are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Angela Shae Carter to Christopher Brian Currie son of Brian and Heidi Currie of Syracuse and Kent and Kent ad Denise Nelson of Bountiful. On Friday, July 27, 2011 at the Morgan City Park. The ceremony is at 4:00pm with a reception to follow from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Due to any possible oversight friends and well-wishers are invited to attend and celebrate with the bride and groom at any time that evening. All are welcome.
Rock Springs, WY - Keli Jo Hardy-Shook, 50, passed away July 23, 2011 at the Salt Lake City Regional Medical Center. She died from a sudden illness. Keli was born April 22, 1961 in Ogden, Utah to Val Dean and Carol Lee Hardy. She was a graduate of the Morgan High School class of 1979 and soon after met the love of her life, Dale Shook. Her and Dale wed on August 2, 1980 and moved to Wyoming following Dale’s work. Their daughter was born in 1984 where they became “three together forever”. They lived in Lyman and Evanston and later moved to Rock Springs where Keli worked various jobs until she earned her Associates Degree from Western Wyoming Community College. With that degree she began her career in office management and administrative assistance. These jobs included working at the local college, hospital, Schlumberger, and most recently IPS. Keli was a hard worker and valued her jobs and the people she worked with. During her time off she loved to be in the comfort of her home with her husband and her three Airedale Terriers. She loved her dogs as if they were her children. Keli was involved with the local Humane Society and helped any and all Airedales get rescued even if that meant she transported them to their new home across state lines. Keli also enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.
Chaplain Berge A. Hoogasian departed Earth for his home in heaven this week. He died of natural causes at the age of 87. A born again Christian and Baptist Minister, Chaplain Hoogasian led a distinguished military career spanning several decades of service. He began his service as an Army Private in the infantry in World War II in Europe.
Morgan County Fair Royalty contest is coming up on Monday August 1,2011. This is the 100th anniversary of the Morgan County Fair, a special year indeed. Young ladies from around the county have been getting ready to compete for the chance to win one of the royalty positions. The girls are divided into groups according to age/grade in school. The judges will conduct private interviews with each contestant at 9:00am. The public is invited to attend the contest at 10:30 am at Morgan Elementary School. Each girl will present a short speech, modeling, and answer impromptu questions. The contest will then move to the Morgan County Fairgrounds at 2:00pm where the girls will compete in the horsemanship portion.
Becca Rees has signed with Snow College in Ephriam to play basketball for the Lady Badgers. Rees is the fifth female athlete from Morgan High School to sign with a college and have their education paid because of their athletic ability. Congratulations to Becca Rees and to the other fine athletes at Morgan High.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s office would like residents to be aware of a scam that is taking place in the community. Residents have been contacted by an individual who claims that they have a family member who is trapped in Mexico.
The Morgan School District and the State of Utah lost a great advocate for public education with the passing of Dr. K. Earl Ericksen. Earl was a man of conviction who devoted a majority of his adult life to our youth and the educational systems that served them.
Dr. Vern Kilbourn is a long time resident of Morgan and Morgan’s first Chiropractor. He was the first Chiropractor to ever be issued a business liscence in Morgan County. He is a 2nd generation chiropractor in his family, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Ozias (nicknamed “Banz”) to the community. His grandfather who was a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic School in Davenport Iowa, had finished his graduate degree, but was not allowed to practice because he didn’t have a high school diploma, and the state required a high school diploma to practice, yet he already received his doctorate degree. His grandfather was not allowed to be “grandfathered” into the practice, and not allowed to charge for his services, even after he had obtained a doctorate degree. His grandfather practiced for free in the community and offered many hours of unpaid service to help others.
Over the past two weeks I have looked at many family photos as we prepared for my mother-in-law’s funeral, and it reminded me of all the clues that are hidden inside each photograph. Many times we inherit or are sent photos by other family members. Most of the time there is no indication of who is pictured in the photo or how they are related. Sometimes one or two individuals are known, but the rest are a mystery. There are many things inside photos that can help to date them, provide clues to where they were taken, and tell who is contained in the photographs.
“It has been a challenge. I get people asking me, ‘how do you do it?’, and I tell them, ‘truly, it’s a gift from God.’”
At first glance the Larsens appear to be just your average family, a group of loving, kind-hearted people. It would seem they don’t have a worry in the world; at least they seem average until you have the opportunity to hear their remarkable story.
I have a few comments about the front page article about the Morgan County School District Transportation Department being over budget. We know the main reason for this cost overage is due to fuel cost for an ever growing school system. The school district is concerned with the future needs of a new school or even two new schools and remodeling cost. They don’t have the money. The school district talks about increasing school fees for students. This school fee idea will only create a few thousand dollars which is nowhere close to the amount necessary to keep up with the cost of education. I applaud the school district for not asking for a new Morgan County School District Office and Administration building. They are working out of a small office in front of the Morgan Elementary School. Good for them.
In a surprise move, Member Ned Mecham brought the issue of the purchase of land adjacent to the fair grounds back to the county council agenda. Mecham has been a consistent proponent of the purchase of the land, but had been unable to muster the votes necessary to pass the purchase at a price the school board would approve.
Pioneer Day is upon us. There are rich pioneer traditions in Morgan. The earliest settlers in the Morgan Valley were all pioneers, and this weekend we will celebrate their sacrifices and commitment as we gather in parks and with families.
After months of negotiations the county reached agreement with the developers of Rollins Ranch. The developer agreed to complete all identified improvements per the initial development agreement by August 31 and to pay the outstanding tax bill of approximately $23,000. The county agreed to waive interest and penalties on the unpaid taxes, to take the developer out of default, and to begin issuing building permits once the taxes are paid and the improvements are complete.