Last year when most people were packing away their ornaments, tinsel and lights, others were just getting started on Christmas trees for this year. As soon as Christmas is over and the new year begins, many people have already designed a Christmas tree, started buying supplies and some even start working on a tree they will never put their gifts under. These trees are not meant to adorn their own houses but are given away selflessly to benefit others.
What will you wish for this year when you grasp the wishbone with hopeful hand and heart? Will you wish for more time with family, more time off work, or the basic blessings of home, health and happiness? During this season of thanks, I believe that we each have much to be thankful for in our lives. We cherish the special moments and memories that make our lives meaningful, not just memorable. Especially at this time of year when we try to make more of an effort to reconnect and reunite with our friends and family, we should remember that after the thanks are through, the real giving can begin. We can give our time, talents and treasures to show them that they are treasured, not just one day a year, but always.
“It’s been great,”said Tracy Kummer, Food Pantry Director with Morgan County Community Services, reflecting on the past two years. She continued, “the support from the community has been wonderful! when the word gets out, the people really dig in there and help.”
Hanna Clark won first place in the Essay Contest sponsored by the Son’s of the Utah Pioneers Morgan Chapter. For the past few years Gwen Romero’s 8th grade English class has participated in writing a history about one of their ancestors to be entered into this contest.
“Veterans, we are free because you made a sacrifice, thanks!” was on the marquee, to reminds us why we honor them. Morgan Middle School presented their annual Veterans Day Assembly, a tradition of honoring veterans that has continued over the past ten years.
“It was a great Eagle Project, and helped many people,” stated Boy Scout, Ryan Millburn how he felt about the results of his service project. For the last couple of weeks Ryan has been collecting food and cash donations for the purpose of providing Thanksgiving dinner to families in Morgan County in need. It was estimated by the Morgan County Food Pantry that 25 families could use the help for Thanksgiving.
Entering Pocket Change in November, you’ll find a few leftover Autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, party supplies and knick-knacks; Christmas colors, decorations, a tree that displays some of the ornaments and items that are so festive, you would think you were in Santa’s workshop. Friendly store clerks that help you find what you need whether its office supplies or something for the kitchen. There is also warm socks, and gloves from time to time.
Although Lon and Lauri Eskelson had spent their whole married life in Plain City, Lauri says their recent move to Morgan last spring “felt like they were coming back to their roots”. Long-time Morgan residents might know Lon’s dad (D.W. Eskelson) who was born in the town of Devil’s Slide and even taught there before later teaching in Morgan. Lauri originates from Farr West, while Lon mostly grew up in Plain City, which is where they ended up raising their children. Lauri likes to tell the funny story about when her friend introduced her to Lon. Until then, she had never heard the name Lon before, so she asked “like the mower?”
Morgan City will again be hosting Ol’ Time Christmas on Commercial Street. There will be activities and fun for all. There will be a raffle for Sub for Santa. Tickets can be earned by bringing a new unwrapped toy. The grand prize is a 42” Zenith Plasma T.V.
Morgan City is once again hosting Christmas on Commercial Street on Saturday, December 3. Come out and enjoy the fun as a community! There will be food, fun, and family activities. There will also be a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick. See you there!
People may visit the City website for more information and entry forms for the Gingerbread contest, the coloring contest and the Christmas boutique at www.morgancityut.com.
The areas of South Morgan and North Morgan were first settled in 1960-61, and were incorporated into Morgan City in 1868. Morgan’s business district had it origins along Young Street and State Street in South Morgan. Some of these first businesses included a mercantile and blacksmith shop. Although the business district was in South Morgan the main route into the area was located on the northeast side of Weber River. This created a dangerous situation to receive merchandise and supplies from out of the area. It was very hazardous to cross the river, especially in Spring prior to the first bridge over the river.
Grant and Marilee Wadman were found dead in their Porterville home at 390 West Hardscrabble in Porterville. The Sheriff's office was notified by family members after they had not been able to contact the couple for approximately a week.
Last week I wrote about remembering to forget. This week is about not forgetting to remember. Veteran’s Day has passed for another year, but that doesn’t mean we stop honoring those who gave and give their lives in the service of our country and any other country seeking true freedom. They are heroes and their sacrifices and service deserve more than any medal could symbolize. They should be honored every day we are free to wake up and live our lives.
George and Carol Lancaster were both born in 1947, no more than one city away from each other; George was born in Murray, Carol in Salt Lake. George was raised in Crescent, attended and graduated from Jordan High School while Carol attended three different high schools, Olympus, Hillcrest, and graduated from Cyprus; her family moved around to different areas of Salt Lake. It was in the ninth grade when they finally met each other. George sat behind her in Social Studies class. Carol and George had become such good friends that as Carol was moving around, George was always making sure he found her so they could keep in touch. Over the course of four or five years these two occasionally dated, corresponded by letters back and forth and developed a very close relationship. This close relationship, in fact, later resulted in marriage in the year 1966.
The family of Martin Heiner and Adelgunda Dietzel, early settlers in Morgan, Utah, are being spotlighted in an exhibit at the museum of Wasungen, Germany. The exhibit, entitled “Wasungen Emigrants Overseas,” opened on November 6 2011 and will run through January 6, 2012.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s department is investigating a possible murder suicide that occurred in Porterville. Grant and Marilee Wadman were found dead from gunshot wounds in their home on Thursday evening. The investigation began after family members had been unable to contact them for approximately a week.
You’re on vacation, enjoying the sights and sounds of relaxing surroundings, when all of a sudden it hits. Did I lock the back door? Did I forget to leave enough food for the pets? Is the garage door open? Usually, it’s no big deal because you’re certain you remembered to do those things, right? You try to remember every detail hoping that will be enough to assure you, but then you wonder if you left the iron on, or forgot to water the plants, or leave a key with the neighbor for emergencies. There are plenty of things to forget about that can cause turmoil and spoil your relaxation. So, unless you want to turn around and go home on a hunch that you forgot something, you’re going to have to remember to forget about some things and trust that everything will be okay when you get back.
On Tuesday evening. Cub scout pack 181 held their monthly pack meeting. This month’s theme was citizenship. The tour was conducted by Mayor Jim Egbert. They toured the city offices and council room and the Morgan County food pantry. The tour helps towards the scouts earning their Citizenship Award, explained parent, Annette Mortensen. Afterwards they returned to the church and discussed what they had learned.
I enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in December 1963 and served 33 years until retiring in September 1996. I spent my entire career in the 945th then 508th then 419th Civil Engineering Squadrons. Some of my tours included numerous bases in the U.S; bases in: Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Hawaii; Germany; Crete, Italy; Honduras; and Korea. I served at Incirlik Air Base Turkey during December 1994 and January 1995 in Operation Provide Comfort. The UN called on Iraq to end repression of its population in northern Turkey and to bring humanitarian relief to the Kurds.
In late October of 2010, PFC Matthew Permar, along with the rest of his unit, 2nd Battalion, of the 4th Regiment, 4th Combat Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, began their long journey from Ft. Polk, LA to Afghanistan. Their civilian contracted airline made its first stop in Bangor AFB, Maine; then on to Sophia, Bulgaria; finally landing in Manas, Kyrgyastan. In Manas, after being issued plates for their body armor, 2nd Battalion soldiers boarded an Air Force C-17 for the flight to FOB (Forward Operating Base) Shank, about 50 miles south of Afghanistan’s capitol city, Kabul. The landing at FOB Shank was delayed because the base was then under mortar attack. In one bizarre incident, a mortar round landed on a soldier’s foot. Fortunately it was a dud and he survived. The base was mortared again on the following day during evening chow, and Permar was struck by how little warning the incoming rounds gave, no great whistling sound like in the movies. After the stress of the long flight, he slept through the mortar attack on the third day.
Veterans Day 2011 comes once in a century this year on 11/11/11. With this remarkable day in history, where we celebrate our veterans throughout the nation and different wars, I wanted to post some of the letters that have been sent to me from people throughout the United States from veterans, soldiers and individuals who support our troops. On my side job, I work as a songwriter with an organization called Project Troops- Artists Who Care. We do concerts for soldiers and veterans, and have been involved in fundraising to help with sending packages and letters to our troops. We often get letters to give to the soldiers and veterans, and I wanted to share some of these sentiments provided by veterans, and supporters of our troops for this Veterans Day. It is not enough for us to merely stand by and take our freedoms for granted, we must realize for what we enjoy today, someone has paid a price, and is paying the price for our freedoms today. Thank a soldier, write a letter, send a package, to let them know of your gratitude.
Taking a vacation is a great way to get away from the daily noises that annoy us. We want to get away from the alarm clocks, boring board meetings, rush hour traffic, and unwanted phone calls. We seek the holy grail of getaways, the kind where we find both peace AND quiet. At least that’s the plan. Instead we end up trading one annoying noise for another. We may escape the familiar sounds of our daily lives only to spend our time listening for last boarding calls, taxi cabs, tour guides, room service, crowded lines, raucous restaurants, and of course, traffic. But listening is crucial to our journey. While some sounds get on our nerves, others warn us of danger, or comfort the wounded heart.
Morgan welcomed Richard and Linda Eyre last week as they presented information from their new book “The Entitlement Trap”. Morgan Empowered sponsored the event to help families in the area gather information that would assist and help in raising their children. The Eyre‘s wrote their book to help parents with the growing problem of entitlement.
Floyd and Charlotte Widdison have lived in Mountain Green for 40 years. They actually met in Morgan over 45 years ago when Charlotte taught elementary school and had Floyd’s younger brother in her third grade class. She also taught mutual in Morgan and had his 2 younger sisters in her class. Both the sisters and the brother kept telling Floyd what a nice teacher they had.
There is so much more that can be said about Como Springs.
In all the published histories of Como, none have included the large fox farm there. It was located on the south part of Como Springs property. Several foxes were purchased by the Heiner’s to start the fox farm.
Everyone gets sick sometimes and no matter when the sickness strikes it’s never pleasant. It’s miserable and often depressing. Being sick on vacation, however, is not only ironic, but an irritating interruption to your itinerary. You’re supposed to get sick during the work week, not when you’re trying to enjoy resting and relaxing, right? Nevertheless, an untimely illness can unravel the best travel plans in a heartbeat; accompanied by a cough, the sniffles and can turn your skip to the lou into a sprint to the loo.
The Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden will exhibit the recent works of local artist, David W. Jackson of Mt. Green in the Main Gallery, November 4-29. The Carriage House Gallery will feature local artists with an Artist Invitational/Holiday Boutique exhibit through December. An opening reception for the Jackson exhibit and an evening of holiday shopping in the Carriage House Gallery is planned for Friday, November 4, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m.
In the 1920’s Leo Carter operated a Texico Service station on the corner of State street and 700 East, in North Morgan. In this station he also stalked some candy items from 1 cent a piece to 5 cents each. At times when you had a penny, nickel or dime, you could find some children visiting Leo’s to buy a treat. There were two gas pumps one with regular gas, and the other with Ethel.
On May 6, 1921, Dean Rock came into the world, a precious baby boy, born in the house across the street from the laundry mat. Born and raised in Morgan, Dean Rock is quite the alumnus, not only of Morgan High school, but of the beloved town as well. At ninety years old, Dean remembers his younger days just like it were yesterday and enjoys reliving them through, telling stories about his adventures and experiences.
Most of you probably think if you have lived in Morgan for 30 years or more that you have earned your “ite” status as in Morganite. A Morgan”ite” is someone who has lived in Morgan for more than 30 years. “M”organic…is someone who has taken it past the “ite” status no matter how many years lived hear, and sometimes resorts to eccentricities in apparel or other areas of mind set!
“Zanadu, which means the idyllic place,” explained co-owner, Amy Dickson, she found the name in a dictionary online.
When looking online Zanadu isn’t listed but Xanadu is, this rhymes with Zanadu and definition is an idyllic, exotic, luxurious place. Also found Zanadoo is a website, which has “private offers” on shoes, clothing, and various accessories but is not affiliated with the store.
Flyers are being distributed.... collection boxes placed..... sounds like a food drive, but more specific than the regular food drive. Ryan Millburn’s Eagle Scout Project is to help provide Thanksgiving for some Morgan County families. Ryan is working with Morgan County Food Pantry to accomplish this goal.
The Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter added two names to the Pioneers of Morgan County Monument located at the Morgan City Park. Doris Sanders spoke of her Great-great Grand Father Sanford Porter. He had come west with the pioneers in 1847 and lived in Centerville. He moved to Morgan in 1860 and established Porterville.
There are not too many things worse to have happen to you on vacation than not being able to find a place to stay for the night. You’re worn out from a long day of play you need a place to temporarily call home so you can recharge for the next adventure. But what if you couldn’t find a place? What if all the hotels were booked and everywhere you looked you only saw NO VACANCY signs with their glaring lights mocking your unpredictable predicament. Looks like the car may be the most comfortable couch, if you have one with you. True, nowadays this rarely happens with up to date hotel reservations, and discounts to seal the deal. But you can imagine being away from home and not having a place to stay. By the way, there is something worse than not finding a room for the night. It’s finding a room and having to share it with free-loading, hungry, eight legged creatures ready to welcome you. But that’s another story.
Shelly Betz (Chair), Kandi Christiansen (Vice-Chair), Lydia Nuttall (Secretary) and Mike Madeo (Treasurer) commenced their new responsibilities for Morgan Empowered on October 11th for the 2011-2012 year. Our Morgan community wishes to express appreciation for the dedicated service rendered by Lanelle Butterfield, Jennie Earl, and Brenda Crossley who were the previous chair, secretary and treasurer respectively of Morgan Empowered.
Have you ever noticed the white sign “Morgan Family History Center” kitty corner to Morgan 1st Bank on State Street? Do you ever wonder what happens inside? Did you know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has Family History Consultants in every ward in the Morgan Stake and Morgan North Stake to help you discover your family tree?
BAGHDAD, Iraq—It’s not every day family members deploy together to Iraq. It’s not every day family members get to see each other while deployed together in Iraq. And it’s not every day an uncle gets to extend his nephew into the Army while deployed together in Iraq.
Last Monday, as an elementary student living in the Mountain Green area was getting off the bus, and walking home, a man in a grayish/ silver truck pulled up and the man in the truck told the young girl to “come here for a second.” The girl ignored him, and then took off running as the man got angry and threatened to hurt her if she didn’t obey.
When I was a kid, I loved it when anyone in my family went on a trip because there was a chance they would bring back a souvenir for me. Even receiving something simple as a sea shell gave me wonder as I held it up to my ear and imagined I was there on the sandy beach listening to the waves roll in. I hope we never lose our youthful creativity and imagination. It truly is in the small and simple things that great memories are made. Our memories are more precious than anything money can buy. We can buy every thingamajig and whatnots, but still have nothing of value to show for our journey. What are the true treasures of our lives; the ones that can’t be stored on a shelf, or eventually sold at a garage sale?
On October 6, 2011, members of the Morgan Beta Literary Club met at the Morgan Senior Center for the Beginning of their 2011/2012 year. President Joni Despain conducted the meeting, fifteen members were present and three members excused. Booklets were hand out with assignments for the club year and everyone was reminded to pay their club dues.
The first phase of the splash pad fund raising has finished successfully as the city raised the initial $30,000. The total amount needed to be raised is $100,000. The city is continuing to accept donations from all county residents. While the splash pad will be located in Morgan City, it will be used by the entire county. Please continue to support the splash pad.
Recently, it was decided in a meeting with Morgan School District Superintendent Ken Adams and Special Education Director, Steven Wood, what to do with the money that was raised from the community theatre’s production of “Annie”.
On Sunday, October 9, Renn and Valeri Hoopes had their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary. Both make important contributions to our community as educators at Morgan High School. Mrs. Hoopes teaches Biology and Mr. Hoopes is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. The couple has worked here all fourteen years that they have lived in Morgan. They both grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming although they weren’t high school sweethearts. Mr. Hoopes’ sister encouraged him to take her friend Valeri on a date, and the rest is history! They were married in Star Valley, Wyoming and sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Rees Bros, of Morgan, ranked as sixth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Utah having recorded 92 head of Angus with the American Angus Association® during fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.
Can you picture what you read? Could you draw or design it? It’s an amazing thing, our imagination and reading helps us use it all the time. What kind of book grabs you and keeps you reading? We would love to see what books the youth of Morgan County just can’t put down.