The Silver Tongued Toastmasters of Mesquite, Nev., are delighted to announce that Morgan resident, Vern Kilbourn took first place at the Spring 2014 Toastmasters Division E Speech Contest that was held April 26 in Draper, Utah.
Establishing itself as one of Utah’s premier high alpine summer gathering places and music venues during 2013, Snowbasin Resort will once again be delighting music fans and outdoor enthusiasts every Sunday this summer with free music from June 15 to Sept. 28.
Come celebrate spring at Morgan Community Choir’s 15th annual spring concert to be held Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Morgan High School auditorium. The choir sings old familiar favorites like selections from “The Sound of Music,” “American Folk Suite,” “The Prayer” and the beautiful “Homeland” set to the music of Gustav Holst. Sacred hymns, a famous newer Broadway tune and even a vocal version of the “William Tell Overture” are part of the fun too.
On Saturday, May 24 EAA Chapter 58 from Ogden, Utah will be giving free airplane rides to 30 youth between the ages of 8 and 17. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Morgan Airport. A parent or guardian will be required to complete a registration form prior to the flight.
Morgan residents know how amazing it is to live in this beautiful county, away from all the hustle and bustle. There are a few things, however, locals have had to sacrifice as a part of being such a rural community.
Morgan Elementary School first, second and third grade students enjoyed an in-house fieldtrip from GoPlanetarium on Friday, April 18. Each class went into an inflatable dome that was 22 feet in diameter to view the presentation.
Karen Straw was born in Ogden, Utah, and spent her childhood living in Morgan. She is the daughter of a father who was an engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation and a mother who worked at the First National Bank of Morgan. Karen is the middle child in a family of three children, with an older brother and younger sister. As a daughter, wife and mother, Karen values the connection and bond family provides. She is a model of this each day and continues as a constant presence in the day-to-day lives of her parents, children and grandchildren.
All year, the Sterling Scholars have been preparing for the culminating event which took place this Tuesday at Morgan High School. Sterling Scholars compete against students from other schools in their respective categories. They are judged on their scholarship, leadership and citizenship.
Morgan Middle School took 10 seventh graders and 10 eighth graders to the state math competition last month and the results are back. One student has shown great courage this eighth grade year and he received a high honor.
Many people heading to the Easter egg hunts on Saturday probably wondered what giant event was going on at the high school. Morgan had been preparing all week to host track and field athletes from 17 different schools in the 2014 Morgan Pocket Change Invitational. The preparation paid off in what turned out to be a very well organized, well run meet.
School board candidates tackled the question of how much information should be made available during the Morgan County Republic Party’s meet the candidate event during their April 18 county convention.
For the March 2014 meeting, the Beta Literary Club invited local young adult author Jennifer A. Nielsen to talk about her writing and the different books she has published. Nielsen’s “The Ascendance Trilogy” final book “The Shadow Throne” had been released the week before. Nielsen’s agent had called her before the meeting to let her know that “The Ascendance Trilogy” was number seven on the top 10 of the New York Times Best Series list. Also the new book has reached 114 on the 150 USA Best Seller List. Nielsen was having a great day.
On April 12, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers made a trek to the Salt Lake City Cemetery. The tour was hosted by President Calvin and Lynette Stephens. The life accounts of these great men and women buried in the cemetery are a tribute to our ancestry and a credit to the inhabitants of these mountain valleys.
James Covel Woody, of Mountain Green, Utah, passed away on April 18, 2014. He was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Ogden, Utah, to Covel John and Norma Warren Woody. He was educated in the Ogden City schools. He was a member of the LDS Church. James was an amazing example of service.
Our sweet mom, grandma, and great-grandma, Wanda Hansen, was reunited with her lifelong sweetheart on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was born April 3, 1918 to Heber C. and Edna Rock Spackman. Wanda lived most of her childhood years in Castle Rock, Utah. She attended school in Coalville, where she graduated as Valedictorian in 1936.
Ten years ago Raquel Gonzalez moved to Morgan from Uruguay. Her husband Fernando had already been here for two years earning and saving money for his family to join him. After moving to Morgan and finding employment at Steph’s, Gonzalez’s passion had been ignited. Gonzalez shares, “I love cooking.” Opening her own restaurant had been a longtime dream of Gonzalez’s, one that has finally come true.
High school is a time notorious for drama and big emotions, but students from around the state took it to a whole new level as they competed in the state drama competition at Stansbury High School in Tooele on April 12.
Chase Nielsen, son of Jeff and Jen Nielsen, is the speech/theater arts/forensics Sterling Scholar of Morgan High School. He has been involved at the high school as a member of the debate and Academic Olympiad teams, and National Honor Society. He has also served as the debate president his senior year. He has enjoyed taking debate classes and participating in tournaments.
Laura is the daughter of Scott and Teresa Deru. She is currently the student body vice president and a past junior class officer. Laura is active in the National Honor Society, FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) and many other clubs. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Shaylee Ewing is the youngest of five born to Dirk and Ronda Ewing. She has danced since the age of three and has had the opportunity of learning many different styles of dance (clogging, ballet, point, jazz and hip hop). She loves them all!
Tyson Lindley is the son of Trevor and Tiffanie Lindley. He is the oldest of four children, whom he is a good example for. In his free time he enjoys playing baseball (which is more of an obsession than a hobby), swimming, competing in Future Business Leader of America competitions and travelling.
The Wildflower Pedalfest is grateful for the support it has received from Morgan County residents the last two years and this year is fortunate to be able to give back. It will be donating $15 dollars per registration back to the Morgan County Schools.
When a new superintendent took over the Morgan School District July 1, 2013, he had a community to calm after a failed voted leeway, a new principal to hire and bus routes to figure out. And the weekly “Superintendent’s Corner” column that had run for decades in the newspaper ended.
Everyone would like to think they will never be in a position to need physical therapy. Unfortunately anyone who skis down a mountain, runs a marathon, or even just steps off a curb wrong will eventually find themselves in the physical therapist’s office.