One of the questions I am often asked is, “When are all the family history centers going to close since all the information will be (or is) online.” Each time I receive this question I shake my head a little in despair.
As a community there our many places we gather and enjoy. Morgan County Library loves being one of those places. Now it’s time to celebrate the opportunity we have to read, learn and enjoy our wonderful library. During the month of April we would like to share a few things with our community.
In a move hailed by open government advocates and press organizations statewide the Utah Legislature repealed HB477. This bill, passed at the close of the previous legislative session, would have reduced the ability for the public to gain access to government records under the Government Records Access and Management Act.
In a letter to current customers Comcast notified those receiving service that they would soon not be available. The cable provider will be discontinuing services on May 15.
Comcast has supplied a low cost alternative for customers unable to receive the signal from the county maintained antennae system as well as a full range of premium television service to customers in the county.
The Foot Clinic has been changed from our usual 4th Tuesday to March 29th instead. If you already have appointments, you will receive a call from the center; however, if you need to make an appointment, call 801-845-4040.
As the season is about to change from winter to spring each year, newspapers from across the state meet in Saint George for the Utah Press Association’s Winter Convention. This last weekend, March 18-19, the annual event was held and marked the association’s 117 annual convention. As always, The Morgan County News was there to represent Morgan’s hometown newspaper.
Morgan City has removed the old playground equipment at Riverside Park in preparation for new equipment to be installed. The new equipment includes play areas designed for five to twelve year olds and a separate area designed for younger children. The equipment also includes a kinetic area to help children become more fit. The equipment above is what will be installed for the five to twelve. The kinetic play area is to the left. The city has asked that those using the park during construction stay off the equipment that is marked “Keep Off” until the constriction is complete.
Often, the best lessons in life come during the most difficult moments. It’s an ironic twist to your torment. However, just because there’s a lesson to be learned doesn’t lessen the fact that it really did hurt you, break you, embarrass you, scare you, or scar you. Whether a million other people have experienced similar pains and perils, made the same mistakes, or tripped and fell at the same spots you did, doesn’t matter. Don’t ever let anyone generalize, or belittle your battles because they are yours and the pain is personal. Of course your true lessons should go deeper than any obvious commitments to just make better choices. Beyond your choice to choose more wisely, you should also feel a new strength of purpose within yourself. You’ve faced your fears, or maybe you’re still facing them, but that’s what makes you better for your battles; you are still pressing forward.
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – After careful deliberation, base officials have decided not to host an open house and air show this year. It has been deferred until 2012. Team Hill looks forward to hosting a great community event next year.
I was reading one of the family history bloggers this last week and I read a statement that has become common. It goes something like, “Never trust anything online.” The blogger took issue with the statement and went on to say that this person had taken the statement too far. He reminded his readers that there are many source records online. These are often of better quality than the microfilm from which many of them were made.
Monday, March 21 “Oklahoma” will be the production at the Plaza Playhouse. Season ticket holders be ready to leave at 4:45 p.m. for dinner then the play. Let the center know if you would like to attend with this group.
In documents by The Morgan County News obtained through a Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) request from the investigation into the actions of Garth Day, the former Morgan County Council Administrator, additional details of the actions of Day were revealed.
It has been more than three years ago that access to Ancestry.com was removed from family history centers. Removed might nit be the correct wording since some of the resources of the site continued to be available, but it felt as though it was being removed. Many of the collections on Ancestry were no long available, including most of the United States census and the British census. Shortly thereafter FamilySearch worked to replace at least some of the resources by indexing the 1910 census and purchasing subscriptions to HeritageQuest online and FindMyPast, but the loss of Ancestry continued to leave a hole. That hole has now been filled as nearly all of the Ancestry.com records can now be accessed for free from the Morgan family history center.
Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Morgan Senior Center we will start a free six-week workshop for people with ongoing health concerns. The classes will be taught by Jesse Garcia from Weber Human Services and will be highly interactive with breaks and snacks as well.
In 2010 Morgan High School’s Advanced Theatre group, “The Player’s of Plays” received superior ratings at Region Drama Festival where they won the region drama trophy. They continued on to State Drama Festival Where the Group also received superior ratings along with many showcased performances and medals won by Morgan High School drama students. “The Players of Plays” are a 30 member auditioned group under the direction of acclaimed actor and instructor Mr. Adam Slee. The group includes actors, actresses, technicians, make-up artists, dancers, and singers. This advanced group has received recognition from numerous adjudicators and has been selected out of 25 schools in Utah to have their upcoming musical Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be reviewed and Judged for a chance to perform at the Jimmy Awards!
If meta data is not a term you have heard you are probably not alone. It is a concept, however, that you will almost certainly have benefitted from if you have done any significant amount of genealogical work. Meta data, simply put, is data about data. The most common application of meta data in family history is indexed records of digital images.
The horse 4-H program here in Morgan County is gearing up to begin an exciting new season. The goal of the 4-H program is to reach and encourage all children throughout our county to participate: building self-esteem and long-term skills to help them now, and throughout their lives. Any youth ranging in age from 9-18 years who are interested in furthering their horsemanship knowledge and skills are invited to register for the coming sea-son through the Morgan County Extension Office.
In order for the Horse 4-H program to start the new season in style, the Morgan Horse 4-H
Council is sponsoring a Logo Contest. The chosen logo will be used to help advertise and promote the horse 4-H program throughout the coming year.
Healthy roots are the foundation for vigorous, lush plant growth. Roots need a balanced supply of air, water and nutrients to thrive. Compaction reduces the volume of pore space in the soil, limiting air exchange, water intake and ultimately roots growth. Its symptoms include weak, slow-growing plants and thin turf stands. Compaction is more of a problem on heavy clay soils than light sandy soils.
For the month of February the Morgan Tykonis met at the Family Tree Assisted Living Center in Morgan and arranged a big game of Bingo for the residents. There was lots of prizes and fun. The Tykonis enjoyed it almost as much as the residents.
Often when digital cameras and families are mentioned together we think of family gatherings, snapshots, and family memories. At RootsTech last week I had the opportunity to consider digital cameras in a new light, as digital capture devices.
The leadership of the Utah Ride for Kids were present at the Morgan City Council meeting on Tuesday. They presented a plaque and tee shirt to the city and the sheriff’s office as a token of their appreciation for the city and county’s continuing support of their annual fund raising event.
The Ride for Kids event occurs each August and is a motorcycle fund raiser ride that starts at This Is The Place Heritage Park, in Salt Lake, crosses over East Canyon and ends at Riverside Park in Morgan City.
Monday is Valentine’s Day. As I was talking with Anne (my wife and the publisher of The Morgan County News) this week, we were discussing my column. My mind turned towards Valentine’s Day and how it related to family history.
Two Cub Scout troops visited The Morgan County News last Tuesday. If your group would like to visit the Paper call managing editor Doug Johnston at (801) 829-3451 or email him at email@example.com
Last week the focus was on help available from Family History Consultants. These volunteers who work in family history centers and individually with patrons searching for ancestors are one of the best resources available for those engaging in family history. There are a number of resources available to these volunteers to help them in their assignments. Many of these resources are also available to anyone who would like to learn more and offer assistance to others.
fter much debate and many meetings with the council the land use agreement with the Gardner Cottonwoods Water Company was approved in the council meeting on Tuesday night with all in favor except Chairman Kelley. This item has been before the council repeatedly with the council asking for approval from the county engineer and other staff that the agreement would provide sufficient protections for the county and not give substantial liability to tax payers. The water company had met with staff and had received a favorable recommendation.
The Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would require emissions testing in Morgan. Utah House Bill number 96, if adopted, would require counties “with a geographic boundary that is adjacent to a county required under federal law to utilize a motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program or in which an emissions inspection and maintenance program is necessary to attain any national ambient air quality standard shall comply with the provisions of this section[requiring emissions testing]”.
Get ready for a fantastic night of free entertainment. Tops in Blue, the premier entertainment showcase of the U. S. Air Force will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Weber State University’s Browning Center.
r more than 170 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been involved in doing family history work. In 1894 the Church organized the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) to help individuals discover their ancestors. The GSU at one time had members like any other society, but slowly changed into a non-profit organization without members which was sponsored by the Church to help individuals around the world find their ancestors. As the Internet arrived and the Church began offering services online, the GSU began using the website FamilySearch.org. This then slowly took hold until the organization was renamed last year to FamilySearch.
1st Tuesday of each month the van will depart from the Morgan Senior Center at 1:30 to travel to Ogden for shopping. There is always time for a few snacks as well. Plan on joining the group and get items that may not be available here in Morgan. Reservations at (801) 845-4040.
Need help in preparing your 2010 Income Tax Return? Once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is available here in Morgan County free of charge for those who qualify. The program is designed to help low-to-moderate income households (generally $49,000 or less).
PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service opened its 21st season of electronic filing today with a reminder to taxpayers that e-file remains the best way to get fast refunds and ensure accurate tax returns, particularly following several tax law changes in December.
An exciting offering of concerts and performances on Temple Square will take place during the months of January and February with a wide array of musical events. Concerts will be held in the Tabernacle, and the Assembly Hall, with BYU Winterfest performances in the Conference Center Theater. For convenience sake, specific performing groups and dates for BYU Winterfest are grouped together in this notice. Each event is open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise indicated.