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1 Jul 2011 (All day)

You may wonder as you read the title if this is another country we’re fighting or think I spelled Iraq wrong, but this is about the war zone of IREQ, sounded out and meaning (I WRECK!)

1 Jul 2011 (All day)

 

The return of warmer weather has resulted in the dams in the area flowing over their spillways.  This week Lost Creek, Echo, and East Canyon all began flowing over their spillways.  The cooler temperatures of the last several weeks have, so far, moderated the flooding effects and the rivers are below the peak levels of a few weeks ago.  There remains significant snow pack in the mountains, however, so continued warm weather or significant rainfall could cause flooding again in the county.  Emergency management director, Terry Turner commented that many in the county feel that the danger of flooding is past, but that concern still remains for the next several weeks as the snow continues to melt.

24 Jun 2011 (All day)

BrightSolid is a British company that is beginning to become a serious player in the online genealogical community.  They are owned by DC Thompson, a private British company who has been in the publishing industry for many years.  They entered the world of online family history with Scotland’s People.  Scotland’s People is the best online site for Scottish research.  They have great indexes and images to help with Scottish family history work.

24 Jun 2011 (All day)

Barber Brothers Ford, Morgan High School, and members of the local community raised $4070.00 for Morgan High School at a recent test-drive event (part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program). For each of the 220+ Morgan-area residents who test-drove a Ford vehicle at Morgan High School May 5th, Barber Brothers Ford and Ford Motor Company donated $20 to fill needs at the high school. 

24 Jun 2011 (All day)

Nearly two years ago, planning began for the 2011 Morgan Utah Stake Trek.  This past week 427 youth ages 12 to 18 participated in a four day, three night event. The adventure was held at Deseret Land and Livestock, a cattle ranch in south-western Wyoming.   

24 Jun 2011 (All day)

Commercial Street came alive once again with color and spectators as the annual Cruisin’ Classic Car show populated it on Saturday. Morgan City sponsored the car show to raise funds for the new splash pad at the Riverside Park.

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

Money is a subject we all have to deal with. Some of the 4-H members learned that money is no small topic at the Money Day Camp, on June 8th. They learned, through various activities, where to keep their money, how to save their money, and how to spend their money. Throughout the day, these 4-Hers (6th to 8th graders) had to be aware of their choices in saving and spending money.

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

Salt Lake City – In response to a Weber County request, at 4 p.m. today Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized an additional $200,000 in emergency funding to further combat local flooding. Funds are to assist with the construction of a temporary access road, as well as a giant crane, trucks and steel posts, which the crane will drive into the ground, creating a metal curtain to reinforce the levee and keep the Weber River in its banks.

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

ch year thousands of international students arrive in the United States to participate in a high school foreign exchange programs dedicated to helping people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. These young ambassadors will spend 5-10 months with American families and attend local high schools throughout the country. 

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

After much anticipation the playground equipment at Riverside Park is ready for play!  The city held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion.  Mayor Egbert thanked those who had participated in making the new equipment possible.  He gave particular thanks to Holcim who donated the cement and the labor for the sidewalks around the playground area.  The mayor also thanked the city workers who maintain the parks for their fine work.  The mayor invited David Whitear and Brianne Moore, two seasonal city employees who help with the parks, to cut the ribbon to the new playground.  Surrounded by children, the two cut the ribbon to a roar of applause from those attending.

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Obituaries are a wonderful source of information on ancestors.  The following is quoted from the FamilySearch wiki on obituaries:

An obituary is a good source for information about a person. It gives the name of the deceased and the death or burial date. It may also contain information such as the birth date, marriage date, names of parents and spouse, children, occupation, education, and the location of living family members at the time the obituary was written. Obituaries are usually printed in a newspaper or in a local history.

The following suggestions can help you locate obituaries online:

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Obituaries are a wonderful source of information on ancestors.  The following is quoted from the FamilySearch wiki on obituaries:

An obituary is a good source for information about a person. It gives the name of the deceased and the death or burial date. It may also contain information such as the birth date, marriage date, names of parents and spouse, children, occupation, education, and the location of living family members at the time the obituary was written. Obituaries are usually printed in a newspaper or in a local history.

The following suggestions can help you locate obituaries online:

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Summer 4-H will be in the parks, at the courthouse, and the fairgrounds.

 The Morgan County Parks that will be hosting “4-H in the Park” include: Riverside, Mountain Green Bowery, Croydon, Milton and Porterville. The activities will be Wednesdays, June 22, 29, July 6, and 13, from 9 am to 10 am. Those ages 8 or older (those 3-7 yrs may attend if accompanied by an adult) are free to participate and no registration required. Activities will include crafts, games, patriotic activities and more.

“4-H is often for the youth, these activities encourage families to come participate together,” said Amanda Horrocks, Morgan County USU Extension Agent.

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

The Miss Morgan Queen Contest was held Thursday, June 9th @ Graceland Equestrian Center.  There were some excellent candidates competing for the title and many spectators showing support.  In the end, the following were crowned: Queen – Kacie Chappell, 1st Attendant – Sam Peterson, 2nd Attendant – Olivia Anderson (from left to right)!  Every contestant walked away with over $200 in prizes! This contest would not have been a success without the following sponsors: Graceland Equestrian Center, IFA on 12th street, Morgan County Newspaper, Connie Nance, Karen’s Kreations, Risin Star Farm (Katrina Pearce), Andi B’s Jewelry, Staci Andrews Schlack, Diane Dickson, Ron’s Fix It Shop (Gwen Robison) & Kristin Kariger. This contest was put on by Danell Sorensen & Nancy Ford.  We would like to thank the community for their support and all the girls for their hard work and dedication.  They will represent Morgan County proudly for 2011. 

17 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

On Friday June 10 two pilots met together, on a beautiful sunny day at the Morgan Airport, to fulfill a dream for both.  WWII pilot, veteran, and long time resident of Morgan, Don Anderton was met by a young pilot from Bountiful named Shawn Socha. 

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Even with all the flooding, regular service projects, and with a danger from a equine herpes, the preparation for Morgala Days continues and is anticipated by the Morgan Lions Club.  Morgala Days is the most significant fund raiser for the Lions club who provides service throughout the year to the county. 

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Salt Lake City, May 25, 2011 – Utah residents who donate blood with the American Red Cross in June will be eligible to enter a drawing to win Stadium of Fire tickets and dinner in an Orem restaurant.

 JaLae Thompson, donor recruitment manager for the Red Cross in Utah, explained: “Collecting blood is challenging during the summer,” she said, “especially around the holidays.  People are busy vacationing and celebrating and forget that there is a constant need for blood in Utah’s hospitals.”

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Due to popular demand and a 100 inch base, for the 1st time ever Snowbasin Resort will be re-opening for weekends beginning June 11th and will remain open for as long as snow conditions allow.  Skiers and Riders will be able to upload and download on Needles Gondola to access multiple intermediate runs off of Middle Bowl Triple from 8 am to 2 pm.  Snowbasin’s General Manager said, “Maintenance scheduled for Needles Gondola has been recently completed which will allow access to the Middle Bowl Triple. Cool temperatures and a significant amount of late season snow has kept our base over 100 inches deep at mid-mountain so it only seems natural for Snowbasin to re-open on weekends.” 

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

SALT LAKE CITY—June 6, 2011: Goldenwest Credit Union was named the winner in the credit union category for the 2011 Utah Best of State Award. This is the fourth consecutive year Goldenwest has been honored with the medal in the credit union category. The Utah Best of State Awards Program acknowledges excellence in a vast array of industry sectors including business, entertainment, education, hospitality, retail, technology, and sports. More than 200 specific category winners have been acknowledged in this program that is dedicated to recognizing and promoting outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Utah.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

The cooler weather a little rain over the past week has held off what might have been a much more serious flooding problem than the county is currently facing, but that is little consolation to county residents whose homes and farms are flooded.  All along Lost Creek there is flooding.  The Croydon Bridge is completely underwater. There is substantial flooding at the golf course.  There have also been mud slides in some areas of the county and roads buckling that will need repair once the flooding season is complete.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Morgan Conservation District’s Bag O’ Woad youth weed pull yielded over 2 tons of the noxious weed, dyer’s woad!

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Probably one of the best resources for knowing about your family, and often the least used, is your living family.  Family members don’t always have all of the genealogical information about ancestors, but what they know can help to validate or disprove theories.  Information from family members can also add color and life to ancestors and give a personal connection that, if recorded and shared, can help reveal ancestors as real individuals with real lives.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Probably one of the best resources for knowing about your family, and often the least used, is your living family.  Family members don’t always have all of the genealogical information about ancestors, but what they know can help to validate or disprove theories.  Information from family members can also add color and life to ancestors and give a personal connection that, if recorded and shared, can help reveal ancestors as real individuals with real lives.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Austin Cloninger receives congratulations and a certificate of appreciation from Lions Club President George Francis.  Austin organized a collection for used eyeglasses, by building and maintaining donation boxes at various business establishments, for his Eagle Scout Project.

These eyeglasses are shipped to disadvantaged people throughout the world by the Lions International Sight For Life Program. Austin is the son of Dr. John Cloninger and Cindy Cloninger.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Water has continued to rise at the Croydon bridge.  The water is now flowing completely over the bridge and has spread nearly to the freeway entrance.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

The Morgan Middle school gym had a special visitor this last Monday. Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz came to meet up with his fans, have a fun time, and teach a little about basketball and himsel

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

It was a beautiful, sunny day at the airport as the day began with a pancake breakfast.  The theme was World War II.  There were vehicles and displays of aircraft on hand with many interesting items for both children and adults.  There was also anticipation in the air for the guests who would soon arrive.  Once breakfast was complete there was a flag ceremony conducted by the American Legion.

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

“We had over 100 people come. I thought was quite an impressive turnout,” stated artist and gallery owner, Amy Everhart. The Grand Opening of the Rocky Mountain Fine Art Gallery on May 20th received a favorable response by art lovers and curiosity seekers. “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first established art gallery in Morgan County,” said Morgan County Historian, Linda Smith.

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

Morgan’s newest business,  Bingham’s Custom Meats, is aptly named.  At each turn, owner Nathan Bingham talks about the custom service provided by his business.  Whether it is their custom crafted Boneless Baby Back Ribs, that are pre-seasoned and ready for the grill, or his bacon wrapped Kabobs he is ready to provide product tailored to his customers needs.  Bingham’s ready smile is the first clue to his passion for his business and his love of serving customers.

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

Morgan Conservation District distributed 107 bags to kids eager to fill them up with 40 lbs of dyer’s woad in exchange for a $10.00 bounty! 

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

Madison Bohman

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

For Memorial Day I went on a visit to cemeteries in Morgan with one of my sons and my dad.  It was a good trip.  We visited the graves of my grandparents and great grandparents in the Enterprise Cemetery and then visited the graves of ancestors from another branch of my mother’s family in the Milton Pioneer Cemetery.  I like Memorial Day.  I enjoy the day of remembrance when we think about those who have gone before and honor those who gave their lives for us.

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

 

The rising water flooded over the top of the Croydon bridge and the road leading to the bridge from the freeway exit.  The county has closed the road until the water recedes.  Lost Creek Reservoir is very near flowing over the spillway so the situation is likely to become worse over the coming weeks.

3 Jun 2011 (All day)

Veterans were honored at a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 67 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6154.  There were services held at each of the cemeteries in Morgan with a final ceremony at the courthouse.  

27 May 2011 (All day)

The public is invited to attend a short program held at the Enterprise Cemetery   May 30, 2011 at 2: pm.  A historical marker will be placed at the grave site of Amelia Mitchell Croft.  Historic Site Researcher for the LDS History Library in Salt Lake City, Emily Utt, will be the guest speaker.  She will give a short talk prior to the dedication of the marker

27 May 2011 (All day)

The Morgan Valley Marathon is now just 9 weeks away!! Believe it or not there is still time to prepare and train for a race and springtime is the perfect time to run and enjoy the warmer weather. Just make your goal, stay positive and get going!! Registration is still open for the marathon, half marathon and 5k.  We are offering Morgan Valley residents a family discount pass for the 5k race. (this discount is not available on line) You can pick up registration forms at Jubilee, Ace, Pocket Change or the Library. Take advantage of this great deal and involve the whole family in the 5k fun run! The Morgan County Fair is hosting a pre-race pasta dinner the night before the races which can be included in the family discount pass. There will be an expo on Friday and Saturday which will be as much fun for the kids as for the adults! The fun and excitement of Morgan’s first marathon is not solely for the runners. This is a time for everyone to enjoy!  There is much help needed to make this event a success. If you are unable to run but still want to be part of the fun…be a volunteer!  This is a great service opportunity for school and church groups also!  For more information on volunteering- Please contact Tara Low at 801-829-4560 or visit the marathon website at morganvalleymarathon.com and sign up to be a volunteer. There are many ways to become involved in this exciting event. Even if it is just coming to the finish line to support the runners! If you’ve never had the opportunity to be at the finish line of a marathon, make an effort  to come and cheer for the runners of the 1st Morgan Valley Marathon. You will not be disappointed and may just be inspired to start running and training for a marathon yourself!

27 May 2011 (All day)

 

It was held on the first week in September when farm crops had time to mature.  There was a large area on the Southwest end of the exhibit building to display farm crop exhibits.  Entries were mostly cabbage, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, wheat, and other garden vegetables for farmers and gardeners.  

27 May 2011 (All day)

On March 4, 2011, Stoddard Ward Troop 246 held an Eagle Court of Honor for the following individuals:  Ned McFarlane, son of Joe and Britt McFarlane, Ethan Porter son of Brian and Janine Porter, Wade Schmid son of Mark and Cheryl Schmid, Travis Searle son of Ken and Jill Searle, and Hunter Willis son of Chad and Jen Willis.  

27 May 2011 (All day)

Lately it seems that each time I attend a conference or read through what’s happening in family history I come across articles about digital data.  I suppose it is inevitable that there should be so much focus on thi topic with all that is happening online these days.  

27 May 2011 (All day)

 

Rashelle Whitear Stephens, daughter of Bevan and Joni Whitear was recently awarded the “Rookie of the Year” Award for her excellence in photography.

Rashelle is a member of the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association (IPPA).   In order to receive “Rookie of the Year” a photographer must obtain the highest overall score among first time competing photographers.

27 May 2011 (All day)

Go to virtually any community event, turn around, and there will be Jerry Pierce.  Pierce volunteers his services for nearly every event in the county.  Last year Pierce volunteered at the Fair, Relay for Life, the Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas on Commercial Street, and six Juvinile Diabetes events.  Pierce has also been a volunteer EMT for the last fourteen years.  “I was surprised by the honor.  I love what I do.  I love being able to give to the community,” said Pierce.

27 May 2011 (All day)

Flooding challenges continue in the county as record rainfall adds to already fully saturated ground.  Rainfall across the state are at record levels  and flooding is occurring all along the course of the Weber River.  

20 May 2011 (All day)

The flooding situation has been holding steady although the continuous rain will create additional problems in the days ahead.  The current problems are the bridge in Croydon near the Holcim Cement Plant that keeps flooding over the road. The county is keeping it under control by removing debris that is getting stuck in the bridge. 

20 May 2011 (All day)

As preparations are being finalized for the annual Relay for Life event, the children of our community are leading the way as they participate in activities to raise funds for the fight against cancer.

20 May 2011 (All day)

Last week was the National Genealogical Society  Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.  One of the speakers reviewed the history of the Hunley.  The Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.  Unfortunately, her crew also died.  It was a confederate ship.  It was one of the first ships to use a screw propeller instead of a paddle wheel and it was powered by a crew that manually turned a crankshaft to drive the propeller.

20 May 2011 (All day)

The Morgan Airport is planning a fly-in at the airport for June 4.  The event will have displays of World War II vehicles including Jeeps, motorcycles, and airplanes.   It is a chance for residents to see the aircraft of World War II up close.

20 May 2011 (All day)

 

After a brief hiatus while the city finalized the new playground equipment and prepared for the summer events, the city is back on the trail towards a splash pad.  The city proposed a splash pad to residents last year after discussions with a number of residents in the county as well as visits to splash pads in other cities.  Morgan City is making this a community project and planning to primarily fund the construction of the splash pad with donated funds, material, and labor from local businesses and residents.  The city feels confident that they can raise the funds required.

13 May 2011 (All day)

 

Sinclair

By W. Ford Porter

Age 10

 

 

Beep, Beep, Beep! Rex woke up sweating from his now normal nightmare.  His parents and he has been driving down a three lane highway at 10 o’clock at night. His Dad was driving and a drunk driver in a semi swerved towards their car.  Dad swerved a little to the left.  Another truck driver appeared on the left and swerved into their car also.  Dad swerved to the middle lane now. As his Dad slowed, so did the other trucks.  At the same time both drivers swerved to the center smashing the car between the pick up and the semi.  Rex remembered looking up, seeing one gigantic boulder coming down the mountain. As Rex glanced to the semi driver he thought he saw the driver turn to smoke and drift out the window. Looking at the other driver, he too turned to vapor and was gone.  That was the last thing Rex saw before the boulder came crashing down, killing his parents and taking his left leg for life.  The only difference between this dream and the others was this one had happened on year ago in Rex’s real life and it hadn’t stopped since. 

13 May 2011 (All day)

The Latter-day Saint Cherokee Family based in Milton, Utah celebrated their 20th year of organization this last week end.   They started with ninty people coming from all over the United States for the occasion by having a special “all day” experience at the Salt Lake City, Temple, with special speakers from the Temple Presidency, and  doing temple work for their Cherokee ancestors.   Saturday, they met at the Milton, Utah, LDS Ward Chapel for an all day celebration, with several  national speakers and an elaborate Cherokee Feast.   The Latter-day Saint speakers each spoke for one hour on: