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.
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.
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.
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.
Snowbasin Resort’s second annual Totally 80s Weekend, April 12 – 13, will include an exciting addition this year: an 80s Splash-Down Throw-Down Pond Skim. This hilarious event will be fun for spectators and participants alike. The entire weekend will be jam-packed with free 80s themed fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Brooklynd Preator, 21, left her hometown of Henefer on her way to work as a teller at the Morgan Goldenwest Credit Union branch. She had been working there since August, and called a coworker to tell her she would be late to work the morning of March 28 because she had been involved in an icy accident on Interstate 84 near Taggart’s.
Veterans of the Vietnam Era, here is your homecoming. Saturday, March 29, 2014, has been declared as Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veterans Day. The United States was a different place back in the 60s and 70s. The nation was tired and disgruntled about a war so far away. It became very unpopular with the American people.
The Morgan Company of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers are volunteering to pay the $30 entrance fee for any local young women interested in participating in The Days of ’47 Royalty Pageant held April 10 to 12.
The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers honored the annual winners of the Pioneer Essay Contest at their March 24 monthly meeting. First place went to Peter Christensen, son of Clint and Teri Christensen; second place went to Heather McMillan, daughter of Scott and Cyndi McMillan; third place went to Dillon Petty, son of William and Kelli Petty. Each of the participants received a cash prize.
If you haven’t taken the opportunity to view the Morgan County Historical Society website, you might want to take a look. The site now includes the video, “Welcome to Peterson.” The video/slide show is approximately 15 minutes in length. It gives a brief history of the early settlement, the four schools, stores and hotel that were located in the community. Although it is not a complete history of the area, it presents some interesting facts and background information.
In the late afternoon of Saturday March 22, Kelly Pentz, an employee of Polaris, went into the shop behind the Polaris Dealership and Wilkinson Construction offices, where he noticed water on the floor coming from the broiler room. This unusual sight was accompanied by the smell of smoke. He quickly surveyed the boiler room where there were no apparent flames.
As Pentz went upstairs, he found the source of the smoke and began to dowse the flames with a fire extinguisher. He was then joined by TJ McMillan and Garrett Kippen, who also work for Polaris.
Last week the Morgan Lions Club hosted their always-popular annual basketball tournament. Lions Club President DeOrr Peterson thanked everyone who helped to make this year’s basketball tournament a fun and exciting event.
Morgan City has made a stride forward in coordinating community events. This move involved hiring a new event coordinator to work with the city council in not only making sure that big events are successful, but assisting in day-to-day operations as well.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 has been declared as Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veterans Day. The local Posts of the VFW and American Legion would like to invite all vets and partners who served during this era to an open house from 5-6 p.m. at the Veterans Room in the Morgan County Court House. Come and join us for refreshments and remembrance of your service. This activity is for all who served during this “Era,” one did not have to serve in Vietnam, all who served during that time are veterans no matter whether you served at home or abroad. Contact Milan Mecham at 801-829-3565 or Dick Slate at 801-829-6224.
The kick off for Project Linus started March 3 and will conclude May . Project Linus accepts donated new, handmade, washable blankets for military fallen soldiers as well as seriously ill and/or traumatized children, ages 0 to 18. In previous years we were only able to accept blankets for children, but we are now expanding to teens, adults and families of fallen soldiers.
Each year husbands ask their wives what they would like for Christmas, and most men would take it as a joke if their wife told them a zebra. However Bryan Becker knew his wife, Karen, wasn’t like most women when she asked for a zebra seven years ago. So he bought a zebra at—where else—Zebras R Us.
The Morgan High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter is partnering with hit country artist Collin Raye and multiple businesses from the community to provide the necessary help to a local boy and his family.
Representative Patrice Arent was inspired by Luke Parker—a student at Upland Terrace Elementary who regularly waves a sign at adults in idling cars during school pick up—to launch a campaign where the scripts are flipped and students educate adults on idling. His ingenuity in creating a way to remind people to play their part in preventing pollution reminded her that students often speak with the clearest voices, especially in issues where adults are sometimes forgetful.
In an effort to provide guests with real-time information related to lift and trail status, weather conditions, current resort information, the ability to track runs, vertical feet skied at the resort, speed and more, Snowbasin Resort introduced a free mobile app this week that is available for both iPhone and Android smartphone users.
With the current economic climate, there has been a boom in the buying and selling of pre-owned items on facebook and classified pages. The new Traders Apparel store on Commercial Street facilitates this same concept in retail form.
On Feb. 17, the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, Morgan Chapter, held its monthly meeting. Clyde J. Williams, formerly a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University and current assistant managing director of the LDS Church Correlation Evaluation Department, was the invited guest speaker.
Weber State University’s 18th annual Storytelling Festival will take place Feb. 24-26. Each year the award-winning festival invites the public to enjoy the performances of national, local and student storytellers.
You have heard of public art, but have you seen public artists in action? Next week, Thursday, Feb. 27, you may see artists with easels all around town. The group, called the Plein Air Painters of Utah, paints together once a month and this month they will be inspired by the beautiful Morgan valley scenery.
The Bible says faith without works is dead. Should we really pray for snow and rain when we live in a desert? My memory is still fresh from a request by local church leaders to pray for less snow so that homes along the Weber River don’t flood. Heaven must laugh at us here in our earthly station as we pray for a mitigation of either drought or flood every second year.
Roger and Joan Nold made Morgan their home last summer when they purchased 27 acres on Highway 66. The new Morgan residents have family members in different areas of military service, which has instilled in them a sense of gratitude and patriotism. When their son joined the Army reserves, Joan began reading books and researching about the effects of war and veterans with a stronger focus.
The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.