I have lived here in Morgan now for 17 ½ years. This city and county have a population of great and loving people, parents, grandparents and charming and lovely children. I know that it is a national thing, but I cannot understand why we call our dear children kids – young goats.
In the last five years, Morgan County has employed four different individuals in its top planning spot. Tired of the turnover and desiring top notch planning expertise, the Morgan County Council discussed Tuesday the open planning and development director position left vacant when Charlie Ewert accepted a planning position in Weber County last week.
Often when we hear of allergies we think of fall sniffles and watery eyes. While those may be an annoyance for many, one type of allergy less commonly talked about, and less understood, is that of food allergies.
Many people who become involved in family history research look at what other people have already completed on their common lines and then begin research where the first blank appears. There is a reason that Grandma or Aunt Clara stopped where they did. It was hard research!
In continued support of our community, Young Ford and Young Dodge of Morgan gave back in a big way at the Morgan High School basketball game on Tuesday night. During 2013 Young Ford / Young Dodge hosted several events, including the Drive 4 UR School event and a Trunk or Treat, each helping to raise money for the Morgan Education Foundation. Tuesday night at the MHS boys varsity game, Trent Jaques, general manager of Young Ford / Young Dodge, presented a check totaling $4,780 to Brenda Crossley, Morgan Education Foundation president.
The U10 Morgan Valley Rapids competition soccer team won the UYSA President’s Cup in Mesquite, Nev., that was held Jan. 24-25. The team was undefeated during the tournament and came from behind to win the championship game against Utah Glory. All team members are from the Morgan Valley. The team is coached by Bob Grow and Brant Hayward. Team members include: Cohen Blackett; Robby Cameron; Wyatt Grow; Luke Fackrell; Jamin Hayward; Luke Lowe; Nixan Ordyna; Tanner Stanley; Gavin Turner; Porter Wilkins; and Jackson Winn.
The Morgan Indoor Track and Field Club competed at its second event of the season last Friday and Saturday at Weber State University. Although the club is only in its first official year, these young Morgan athletes are proving that they warrant attention and respect even among the bigger schools in the 4A and 5A divisions.
In search of companies that may want to locate in Morgan County, Morgan County Councilmen Robert Kilmer and Austin Turner traveled to the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held Jan. 14 to 17 in Las Vegas.
The issues surrounding the interlocal recreation agreement tossed around for years among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District may actually be coming to an end now that the school district has removed a claims and liabilities section.
The Williams family, Dan and Rose Ann, Mike and Jill, would like to express their special thanks to Ernie Durrant, Hugh and Claudia Davis, Arlys Johanson and Sylvia Lyons for the wonderful job they all did at our mom, Mary Williams’ services.
A surprise birthday party was held for me on Jan. 26 at Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn. The party was put on by all of my children, grandchildren and great grand children. My husband and I would like to thank all of them for the lovely dinner and conversation. We really enjoyed the afternoon. The icing on the cake was when a special someone paid our entire tab. Whoever that kind person was, we would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
Ward Fowles Winchester, 72, of Heber City, Utah passed quietly at home following a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born January 5, 1942, in Ogden, Utah to the late Delores and Austin Winchester. Ward graduated from Morgan High School, and lived in Morgan for nearly 60 years. Ward was a master welder, working at the Salt Lake City Fairpark, Jordanelle St. Park, and Hill Air Force Base. He had many interests, including ATV-ing, snow mobiling, and rebuilding vehicles.
Morgan County is accepting applications for a new full-time planner after Charles Ewert, planning and development department director, gave his notice of resignation after accepting a principal planner position with Weber County. His last day on the job was Thursday, Jan. 30.
Almost half a million people visited the Ogden Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during its two-month open house, and 16,000 youth joined in a cultural celebration the day before its rededication. Such a massive event takes many hands, and more than 50 Morgan adults rose to the occasion.
Porterville resident and former Morgan County Councilman Craig G. Fisher, named to the fifth quorum of the Seventy in 2010, oversaw the temple’s public open house and cultural celebration as chairman of the church’s rededication committee. His wife, Julia, was at his side through much of his labors.
After being released as bishop of the Enterprise ward this spring, Brent Halls was called as Fisher’s executive secretary specifically for the Ogden Temple rededication events. His responsibilities included coordinating communication and updates with 73 stake presidents and other assigned representatives.
After more than three years, Morgan residents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now begin attending their own temple. The Ogden Temple was closed for extensive renovation in April of 2011, and hundreds of Morgan youth celebrated the rededication of the temple at the Dee Events Center on Saturday.
More than 800 youth from Morgan County’s two stakes participated in the event either singing in the choir, dancing the hoedown or participating in various other aspects of the hour-and-a-half program.
“The Morgan and Morgan North stakes were among the leading stakes with the most youth participating,” said Brent Halls, Enterprise resident and executive secretary of the Ogden Temple Committee. “The Morgan stakes were absolutely great in their support—from the very beginning. Some stakes struggled to get the vision and to get their youth motivated,” but not Morgan!
The church’s prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, was on hand when the Morgan youth performed. Elders Jeffrey R. Holland and David A. Bednar accompanied him.
Nearly 70 years after Lewis Frongner worked with other military men and women to save the world and fought with valor in World War II, he took the trip of a lifetime to the memorial built in the veterans’ honor.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Morgan resident joined 65 other veterans from around the state in taking a once- in-a-lifetime trip to the nation’s capital to see the World War II Memorial. The group of heroes joined together in a hangar at the Utah National Guard for a celebration before departing.
The send-off ceremony was presented by Major General Jeffrey Burton, the Adjutant General Utah National Guard. Celebrate America Stardust Singers welcomed the veterans, and Governor Gary Herbert addressed the noteworthy group at the Salt Lake Airport before they embarked on their journey. The vets then enjoyed the red carpet treatment.
Frongner said this was the first time he has ever ridden in a big airplane.
While in flight the vets received a mail call just as they had years ago in the service. Their families had written letters before the flight to be handed out to the men and women being honored.
From the red carpet beginning throughout the rest of the trip, they were treated like royalty. “They were honored and celebrated everywhere they went,” Frongner’s son Randy said. Randy accompanied his dad for the entire trip. Each vet was able to bring a companion called a guardian to experience the entire Honor Flight and provide support.
Friday night the Morgan High School Trojan football team took on the Emery Spartans and conquered this year’s homecoming game. Unlike the historic story of the Trojans and Spartans, the Morgan Trojans had no problem taking apart the Spartan offense, winning the game 35-0.
In the first down, Morgan quickly lit up the board with 14 points. It was apparent the Spartans were going to have a tough time getting anything past this strong defense.
Very little of the game was actually played on the visitor side of the 50 yard line, as the clock ticked on.
At half-time, the score was 21-0 and it was time for the cheerleaders and the drill team to work their magic on the field for the packed stadium. Both gave performances worthy of the crowd’s applause.
As the 2014 Homecoming royalty approached the field, the stands roared with cheers for the adorable Maddie Francis and Josh Woitaszewski, this year’s queen and king. Francis was thrilled to be there, waving both hands at the crowd with Woitaszewski leading the way with a giant smile. Woitaszewski is the son of Mark and Melissa Powers and Francis is the daughter of Richard and Triscia Francis.
This week’s column is a little more personal than normal. During the holidays my family came together. I am the youngest of six children and all of us except one of my sisters met at my dad’s house one evening. We talked for a number of hours. We reminisced, complained about our health, and shared information about our families. It was a nice evening.
Amanda Campbell was born in Ogden, Utah on July 11 and grew up in Morgan with her brother Justin until the family moved to Torrington, Wyoming, during her ninth through 11th grade years. She returned for her senior year at Morgan High School, graduating in 1992.
Casey Ryan Wheeler was born in Ogden, Utah, on May 24, 1977. The son of Robyn and Stephen Wheeler and the youngest of four children, he grew up in Morgan, Utah. He was an active child with an extreme love of sports, undeniable determination, and a charismatic sense of humor. His athletic escapades included countless ice hockey games on the neighbor’s frozen pond with his childhood friends. However, even as a young man, his extreme caring and generosity towards others contradicted his true age. True to his giving nature, he served an LDS mission in London, England.
Duane Dee Stock “Dewey,” 66, passed away peacefully, Jan. 16, 2014, after a valiant fight with cancer. Duane was born on May 6, 1947, at the Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, to Carl and Lucille Stock. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to all who knew him. He was a man of honor, trust and respect. Growing up in Layton on Park Street with his old buddies, playing and riding go-carts was a kid’s dream! Duane attended Layton Elementary, Central Davis Junior High School and was a graduate of Davis High, “Class of 65.” He majored in art at Weber College.
The Morgan High School Troyettes went into Friday night’s Region 10 3A drill team competition ready to show off their impressive skills as well as hoping to prove they are a serious contender. With the MHS gymnasium filled with people and palpable enthusiasm, the Troyettes went head to head with dancers from Juan Diego, Uintah and Union.
While the state is considering requiring 24 high school credits before graduation, the Morgan County School District superintendent is wondering if reducing Morgan High School’s 30 graduation requirements could save money in an already tight budget.
In the 2013-2014 school year, the Morgan County School Board collected $6,400 in fees for use of the Trojan Century Center. In the same time, the district paid $17,067 in utilities for the building, $6,300 for supervision of the building, $4,416 for custodians to clean the building, and another $2,300 for supplies and repairs, said District Business Manager D’Lynn Poll.
The facility is used by both students as well as community members. As such, it is difficult to compute what percentage of utilities was paid for community use vs. district use.
Board member Ken Durrant said heating and cooling of the building would be the same no matter who was using it. When students leave the building, the facility must still be heated and cooled, he said.
Poll said the biggest cash out of the district’s pocket that can be tied to community use was for supervision. However, the fees collected for use of the building was enough revenue to pay for that supervision, she said.
Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations, and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training material for them when they are ready to begin.
Becky was born in Ogden, Utah, at the old McKay-Dee Hospital on June 29. She is the youngest of seven children (four sisters, two brothers) and was raised on a dairy farm in Henefer, Utah, where she milked cows, fed calves, rode horses, rolled and hauled bales of hay, caught poly-wogs, played with baby mice and lived outside everyday making mud pies, and playing with animals and cousins. Her closest sister is six years older than she and there is a 20-year difference between Becky and her oldest sister. She was an aunt two times before she was born and her nearest neighbors were five miles away. She loved the open spaces and the hard work ethic that was instilled in her by her family and being able to grow up on a farm.
The Morgan High School cheerleading stunt group of Paige Malan, Lexus Toomer, Shayli Kilmer and Rachel Hendershot participated in the state-wide stunt competition held on Jan. 11 at Roy High School. This stand-out foursome competed against 5A schools and was honored as the fourth best stunt group in the state.
Young sluggers got the chance to rub shoulders with Morgan High School baseball coaches and players last weekend at the Trojan Century Center as part of a youth baseball skills clinic. The coaches organized the clinic for players ages 8 to 14. Approximately 30 current and former players were enlisted to keep the ratio of players to instructors low and to provide more one-on-one feedback.