In the spirit of the holiday season, eight amateur radio (ham) operators found a way to bring some joy to disadvantaged and shut-in children of all ages. Thanks to the world-wide range of amateur radio equipment, it’s possible for hams to communicate with other hams almost anywhere on earth, including Santa Claus at the North Pole. Thus was born the North Pole Network (NPN) which purports to use special satellite links to allow kids to talk one-on-one with the jolly old elf himself.
Drifting snow added to the ambiance as the community gathered around to count down the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of Commercial Street at the end of the fourth annual Ol’ Time Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7. The city street looked like a scene right out of a Hallmark Christmas movie where neighbors, friends and family gather around to celebrate together.
This is the first week of a new column in The Morgan County News. We will bring you information and reviews about the books stocked by Morgan Valley Crafts. We hope that this will be helpful to you as you make your decisions about what books to choose.
Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday with a Utah State Parks Annual Pass. Explore Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, hike with bison on Antelope Island, ride the waves at Deer Creek State Park or visit any of Utah’s state parks and museums.
November found local Daughters of Utah Pioneers camps holding monthly meetings around the valley. Morgan Company DUP was established in April of 1918, and has now grown to include six camps, namely: Hardscrabble, Mt. Joy, Mountain View, Peterson Creek, South Morgan and Weber River. In the beginning, Porterville Camp (the first camp organized) and Peterson Camp were part of the company but have since either been combined with other camps or otherwise dissembled.
Ginny Tilby impressed the students of Morgan Elementary School with her quick drawing and talented illustrations as she introduced herself and taught lessons she has learned through sketches projected onto the wall.
Emily Childs grew up in Morgan and, as many do, enjoyed foods such as white rice and pasta. Not until her first child was born and she was looking to shed the excess baby weight did she began to look for a healthier way to eat.
Each year, thousands of groups, businesses, families and individuals come together to earn money for a great cause. Through this effort, they also exercise high levels of creativity while memorializing those they care about.
On Nov. 17, The Sons of the Utah Pioneers held its monthly meeting with keynote speaker David Marsh of the Church Curriculum Department. His topic included how the curriculum of the Church is developed, correlated, translated and disseminated throughout the world.
The soldiers lived on two or three bowls of rice a day until it was almost gone. Only one ship got through at night to unload rice and got out before morning. The soldiers felt lucky to finally get just one bowl of rice once a day for the last two or three months. Because Corregidor was under attack from the sky and sea with no hope of reinforcements, the men fought on heroically, but were forced to surrender on May 6, 1942.
This time of year is generally filled with shopping and stress. There is pressure to make sure everyone is happy on Christmas morning. It is rare that we actually take the time to step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a day with our families.
John Jack Draper, United States Marine, and resident of Morgan recently passed away joining the ranks of the many heroes President Ronald Reagan classified as the “Greatest Generation,” whose ranks are diminishing at a rapid rate.
While the Morgan County School Board seeks an option to congested city streets during school arrival and dismissal, Morgan City officials said they are still seeking financing options for a new bridge at the end of Young Street. The bridge would span the Weber River, connecting Young Street to Commercial Street near the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
Recently it was reported that Morgan is becoming the new home of a Glenn J Kimber Morgan Academy. While the owners are seeking to build a new facility to house the school, they are still seeking to offer educational experiences for the people of the community.
City, county and school board leaders are considering negotiating tax incentives that could bring $6.2 million in taxable value improvements to the county in the form of an expansion of the Young Automotive Group.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Local churches, merchants and communities partner together to share this act of love during this season of thanksgiving in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Please join together in preparation for National Collection Week, November 18-25.
Among some of our community members we do not see the kind of patriotism that once brought us all to our feet as we listen to the national anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. There are debates as to whether we should remove the words “under God” from the pledge. Service in our military has become more of a job rather than a solemn duty of patriots. Such were the thoughts of many who attended the Sons of the Utah Pioneers’ monthly meeting held on Oct. 21.
Anyone who owns a home, walks across a bridge or enjoys the protection of our laws here in Morgan County should take a walk in Riverside Park. There in the warming October sun they should use their fingers to trace over the names of Samuel and Esther Francis that were recently inscribed on a monument dedicated to our forbears by the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. This couple has been one of the center stones of the foundation upon which we all have laid our lives.
Magee Stapley, a paraeducator at Morgan Middle School, has been awarded the Utah Outstanding Paraeducator Award in the secondary resource category. The award will be presented at the Utah Paraeducator Conference in Provo Nov. 8 to 9.
As time goes by every industry goes through changes, and the towing business is no exception. Since Glenn’s Towing opened in 1956, full-service gas stations have been replaced by convenience stores in strip malls. Lease options and longer warranties have made it easier to rotate through new cars instead of buying used. Changes like this have led to a decrease in business for local towing companies.
When Dallen Calder saw little children running into the street without looking for cars to chase balls behind the high school soccer goal, he knew he had found a great Eagle Scout project. He put up a net behind the goal to prevent balls from rolling into the street and completed the project a week before school started in August.
Thursday, Oct. 17, Interstate 84 at Mile Marker 108 was closed after a double tanker fuel truck burst into flames. According to the Utah High Patrol, the west-bound tanker rolled Thursday morning. Its rear tank rolled and caught fire, while the front tanker and cab remained unturned. While emergency crews supervised, the rear tanker’s fuel was allowed to completely burn off. Speed may have been a factor in the accident, according to the UHP. No major injuries related to the accident were reported, but both west and east bound lanes were closed for hours.
In an effort to keep property taxes low in Morgan, there has been a growing awareness to shop locally. The biggest hurdle to getting people to spend their dollars in town is that residents don’t always know all that is available to them within the county.
Not many people can lay claim to babysitting a mountain lion for two weeks or keeping a mouse farm in their laundry room to feed injured raptors. Don Paul expounded on the time he wrestled the six-month-old mountain lion into the bathroom to wash it off. He said it was a real challenge and the bathroom was a mess afterward.
At the State Board of Education meeting, Friday, Oct. 4, Mountain Green resident Lydia Nuttall was honored with an achievement spotlight and awarded a Certificate of Excellence for exemplary service and dedication in improving education for Utah students.
The city of Morgan is proud of the fact that Commercial Street is slowly coming back to life. New signs have appeared throughout the year marking that growth. The newest sign on the street belongs to Morgan Valley Crafts.
Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They are often a major factor in the perception of quality of life in our communities. Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in how livable communities are.
Volunteer Trail Day: Join us for a day of trail maintenance to improve the park’s hiking and mountain bike trails. Work will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the option to participate half or full day. All volunteers receive free admission the day of trail work and a voucher for an additional day-use entrance. Registration required. 435-259-2614
Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew of the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their combined Eagle Scout Court of Honor with their normal Court of Honor at the Highlands Church Building on Oct. 2. Cameron Winn, Star Scout in the Troop, conducted and the flag ceremony was performed by the Troop’s 11-year-old patrol under the direction of Jaxon Fowers.
On Oct. 21 the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers will hold a ceremony at Riverside Park, at 1:30 p.m., to honor Samuel and Esther Francis, monumental pioneers of Morgan Valley. The community is invited to attend.