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?
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.
Last week I attended a dinner FamilySearch hosted for the leaders of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG). As a part of the evening we were discussing ways that we could create a more rich experience with the 1940 census. There were many excellent ideas that started me thinking.
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.
It is every girl's dream to one day meet a star, and especially someone they idolize. This dream came true for Poem Pinhey of Morgan, when her aunt Lacie Child, entered her into a video contest sponsored by Cover Girl, and Taylor Swift, to have the chance to win a back stage pass with Taylor swift on her recent concert in Colorado. Only 20 recipients received this award, and were picked from online votes of their videos submitted.
A few weeks ago I stressed the importance of unplugging yourself from the world and investing more time in YOU. The thought occurred to me on my journey this week that I omitted some crucial counsel. Learning to enjoy the journey more is not only about what you should unplug from, but rather, what you should plug in to. It sounds so simple that we don’t even realize its importance. I was cautioning each of us to stop investing, or rather, wasting our time, talents and treasures in things which do not edify, or energize our lives. Now, I’m talking about learning to recharge our inner batteries. With stress embezzling so much of our hard earned emotional income, if we don’t learn to recharge our inner batteries, we’ll be charging back into our daily battles with nothing more than bold bravado.
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. For Teen Reading Week we will be having a “Picture” contest to see if you can show us what you really like to read. We welcome all students from Morgan Middle School and Morgan High. To enter just draw, paint, or illustrate in any way something that you have read in one of your favorite books. Please make sure your entry has your name, age and phone number on the back and is no bigger than 11x14 in size. Your item needs to be submitted to the Morgan County Library by October 31st. We can’t wait to have the teens of Morgan County “Show us what they read!”
Mountain Green has 2 book clubs in the Highlands/Monte Verde area. One club is chaired by Carole McCain and has about 9 ladies attending. They meet monthly on the first Tuesday. They met this week and discussed The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. The book covers 3 generations. A young girl is sent to Australia without her parents. Her grand-daughter researches and discovers her grand-mother’s mysterious past in England.
This month they are reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond--a “Halloween” story set in Puritan times. For November they are reading The Ladies Number One Detective Agency (the first book in the series) by Alexander McCall.
One of the ladies presents 3 books each month and the group selects one to read for the coming month. If you are interested in the joining the group, call Carole.
If you missed rootstech last year and you love both genealogy and technology, or if you just want to learn more about the technology of genealogy then now is the time to act. rootstech registration has opened and the Early Bird registration is $129 until November 30. The normal registration cost is $189.
“If there’s a will there’s a way,” is the Thomsons’ parting words, or motto, after sharing their story of love and life. They got in Janet’s 1931 Ford Model A (a birthday present from Jay) and drove off to get ready for a dinner engagement.
I met them at their hangar at the Morgan County Airport. Inside, Janet introduced “these are Jay’s toys,” which consists of a motorcycle; a restored 1946 Fairchild airplane; a well polished motor boat; and a small plane for grandchildren to pretend to fly. A work area for his tools to keep the “toys” in running order, and for convenience, a sitting area with a 1927 antique refrigerator nearby with cold drinks and a cookie jar that resembles a fisherman’s basket, full of Ginger Snap cookies, on the coffee table.
Tom Reinhart an entrepreneurial spirited man, and talented musician living in Morgan, originally moved to Morgan to be close to Snow Basin, but soon found other opportunities to spark his interest. Reinhart came across the old bank building on Commercial Street and the wheels started turning. He immediately saw the potential of the building in bringing a cultural center to Morgan, where the community could come together in learning new skills; develop talents of music, arts and crafts. This novel is an academy where musicians could come and perform, have jam sessions, record if they wanted, start up bands could practice and learn stage skills, and produce music and live video, and web development.
Sheriff dispatch was called out Wednesday afternoon to assist a man on Morgan Valley Drive who was digging in a trench on his property about 12 feet deep, when the trench collapsed on him and covered his head. The back hoe operator working on trench he was in saw the collapse. Ambulance crew helped dig him out… Deputy Joseph Rohbock said,”You could tell he was in a lot of pain, but he remained extremely calm. “
Sixty-six years ago, Clarence met his wife, who is now Elma Francis, one night at the Coalville roller skating rink. Clarence was with his buddies and Elma was with some of her girlfriends. “He asked me if he could take me home and I said, “No, who I come with is who I go with.’”
The National Archives and Records Administration is the National Archive of the United States. Their website is archive.gov. They are tasked with the preservation of important documents of the United States. Their collection includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Immigration Records, Military Records, Records of Act of Congress, Court Records, Presidential Records, and many others.
All county Veterans are invited to attend the combined meeting of American Legion Post #67 and VFW Post #6154 for an opportunity provided by these veterans groups to hear from the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, Terry Schow.
Amy Petersen Jensen graduated from Morgan High School in 1986 along with 107 other students of that class. Throughout her four years of attending MHS, Jensen had many successes and was acknowledged on several occasions for her academic achievements.
Matt McConkie and Tyler Quigley of Mountain Green competed in this year’s giant pumpkin weigh-off sponsored by the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers. Part of the quest in growing pumpkins of such a remarkable size is to help feed families throughout Utah!
Everyone in Morgan County knows Steph’s by their delicious food and satisfying Tangees. But how many of us know the history of Steph’s and how it came to be? Steph’s is a family run business down to its third generation now currently ran by J.R. Hopkins.
Vital records refer to the records of birth, marriage, and death. They represent the key genealogical phases in an individual’s life, and are the most universally kept records. The history of vital records in the United States has been, and continues to be, one filled with inconsistencies. This has made US research more challenging.
Units 276 & 576 of Mtn Green Conducted both a Court of Honor and an Eagle Court of Honor at the Bowery at Mountain Green on Wednesday 7 September 2011. Friends, family, Scouters and Scouts joined forces Wednesday, 7 September, to honor their Boy Scouts which was reported in last Fridays edition of the Morgan County News.
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to talk to your children about safety. Next week Morgan Elementary School will be participating in their second annual Green Ribbon Week. This program is designed to teach and promote safety for children, parents and the community.
Rick London and Lynne Rich were classmates in Morgan schools, they dated in high school and both graduated with the class of 1961. Rick prepared to be a missionary and Lynne went off to college at Utah State University. He returned from serving his mission in March 1965. She graduated from Utah State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Education, in June 1965. They were married in June 1966. Jokingly, Rick added “she supported me while I went to school.”
The Fairgrounds saw a much needed lift last Thursday Sept. 15th as the United Way rounded up local businesses and sponsors as well as over 150 volunteers to help restore, replace and beautify the Morgan County Fair Grounds.
The times we live in are stressful, no doubt about it. We each carry heavy burdens that seem to get heavier each day. Some are too difficult to ignore, or escape from. Losing a loved one, failing a test, bad news at the Doctor’s office, Bullies, Illness, Broken hearts, the list goes on. Sometimes the unexpected accident or crazy experience is more than we can bear. Some stresses weigh more than others, and it seems like each week we become weaker. We’re not only running faster than we have strength, we feel like we’re running in the wrong direction! We desperately desire even a piece of peace, but seem to find only tiny crumbs of comfort. How then shall we go on? Where shall we go to renew our strength and restore our courage to keep pressing forward even in the very depths of our adversities?
Russell Moore and his wife Kristi are the owners of Canyon Collision. They have been serving the Morgan Residents for the past 3 years in the Auto body industry. He and his wife brought their business to Morgan when the auto body shop (formally called Classic Auto body, owned by Norm Kippen) became available.
Archives.com announ-ced last week that they are now offering the full set of United States Census records on their site, with the exception of 1930. This announcement propels what has been a niche player in the online family history market, into a strong position, with a compelling offer, at an affordable price.
Friends, family, Scouters and Scouts joined forces Wednesday, 7 September, to honor their Boy Scouts. The units from 276 are sponsored by the Mtn. Green Ward and the units from 576 are sponsored by the Highlands Ward; both are part of the Morgan North Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.
It was 10 years ago Sept. 11, 2001 when the great tragedy hit our country with terrorist running airplanes into the twin towers in New York City. It was a moment I’ll never forget, and we must never forget the fragilities of freedom, and the many lives that were ended and taken in that moment of tyranny. Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget and many of us don’t wish to remember tragedy, when America was under attack, but we must remember even the beautiful heroes proved in liberating strife, and the many acts of compassion and unity that followed that tragic day.
Stress is no secret. We all have some mess we can trace back to stress. But the secret to your success of overcoming stress doesn’t have to be a secret. How do you get rid of stress then? That’s the secret, you don’t. That may not sound like much of a secret but once you realize stress isn’t going anywhere you can stop becoming a victim and start learning to be a victor. Stress is going to happen no matter how great your life is. Stress is no respecter of status, stock portfolio, family, or friends. Stress seems to be the social stigma of our times. We cringe at the slightest hint of its presence. I’m not saying we have to be best friends with stress and invite it over for dinner, but we each need to realize it’s a necessary part of life, but it doesn’t have to ruin life. When we feel ‘stressed’ we compound the problem because we don’t know how to handle it, or fear that we won’t be able to handle it. It’s our fear of failure, or the precious moments stress will steal, that makes it seem so haunting and daunting. It’s our perception of it that does the damage. We feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with it and then the trauma and drama starts and we begin frantically looking for the oxygen masks, or the EXIT signs, hoping that running away or escaping will solve the problem.
Morgan Jubilee has been purchased by the Ridley’s Family Market, “A hometown food and drug store” described on the store website. “Effective September 14th, the store will be Ridley’s,” confirmed store manager Adam Birt. More news to come in weeks to follow. Check out website of new store shopridley’s.com.
The Library of Congress has launched a new service that helps to bring the past to life. The service is called the national jukebox. It includes access for streaming audio to more than 10,000 historical recordings.
The Dan and Mandy Glick family moved to Morgan early this year in February and their hearts are set on staying. Dan Glick, who is originally from Morgan, retires from the military in two years and says that it’ll be nice to have some stability. So, naturally, this is the place to be.
Bailey Jo Pfannerstill moved to Morgan from Salt Lake County. She lived in Riverton and Herriman before moving to Croydon four years ago. She has a passion for writing stories, drawing pictures, and watching football with her family and friends, and learning in general. During her spare time she can be found working on stories, reading books, studying for college, playing a few video games, listening to music, drawing or spending time with her family. Her family raises Pomeranians and she has shown them in the AKC Jr. Dog Show Handling competitions, where she won 10th place in the nation. Bailey isn’t your average girl. She likes to hunt, fish, go four-wheeling, watch and play football, play golf, and most things outdoors. Her favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers (Go Pack Go!). She plans to go to college for Journalism and would like to write a series one day. She loves her internship at The Morgan County News where she will write about the football games and other things along the way, and hopes to excel in it.
Alison Larson and Amy Ward from the Morgan Valley Chamber Orchestra presented to the city council this week. “We have tried to fill a need that has been missing in this community for strings education and orchestra,” said Ward. The group began after Weber State discontinued their strings program in the county. There is currently no orchestra or string program at the high school or middle school.
The heart of genealogy is the evidence that forms our conclusions. We search for clues of our ancestors among the records of the past. All of genealogical research focuses on a name, a place, and a time. Finding that elusive record that contains our ancestor is the key to success.
Looks like you’ve packed your bags and are all ready to go on a stress free trip! Excellent! It will be worth it. Now, there’s just one final preparation to make before we leave. Please do me-and yourself-a favor, unpack your bags. That’s right; in fact, you can just leave them behind. They’ll be fine without you. You won’t need them on this trip.