Ellen Thunberg sat on her school bus in Stockholm, Sweden, a bit dismayed at the monotony of her life. She was bored with school and wondered if she was going to have to continue with her mundane schedule. As she pondered on her lackluster situation, Thunberg’s friend presented an idea she had never before contemplated: she suggested they become foreign exchange students! Fast forward through the paperwork, selection process and waiting, and Thunberg found herself on the other side of the world on an adventure right here in Morgan, Utah, while her friend stays with a family in Chicago, Illinois!
In 1894-95 a brick school was constructed on Highway 30/Lincoln Highway (1460 Old Highway Road) on property purchased by the Stoddard School Trustees from William L. Smith. The property purchase price was $50.
Local artist John Pincock shares his passion for art not only with the students he inspires each day at Morgan High School, but also with the community as well by producing and selling beautiful handmade pieces of pottery. Ironically, while growing up in West Valley, Pincock was not particularly fond of art class. Throughout his time in elementary and junior high, Pincock found he had a hard time compressing 3D objects into two-dimensional projects. That all changed when he enrolled in a high school ceramics class.
Friday night our spectacular Morgan High School football team took on the Carbon Dinos for a homecoming game to remember. The threat of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Morgan’s powerhouse players. They took the Dinos down in a landslide win of 61-0.
The news is filled with tragedy and heartbreak. Each day stories of trauma captivates the captions. Periodically a story will have an effect on us as a whole. It can be hard for us to forget distressing details and events.
Our bowling leagues are back in full swing for the 2013-2014 season. We have three leagues going now, and we will be starting a Friday night league in October. If you, or anybody you know would like to bowl this year please call Parkside Lanes at 801-829-6012 for more details.
Wasatch High School hosted the Wasatch Invitational at Soldier Hollow on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Trojan Cross Country team faced one of the most challenging courses of the year on this high altitude mountain terrain originally designed as the Olympic cross country skiing venue. Athletes pushed themselves to the limit while tackling the steep hills and constantly changing running surfaces. To help mitigate crowding, race organizers divided the junior varsity races into underclassmen and upperclassmen categories for both the girls and boys, in addition to the varsity races.
The Trojan football team opened up region play just the way that many thought they would. From start to finish, they dominated the Emery High School Spartans, who had entered the game on a three-game losing streak. The Trojans continued those woes winning with a comfortable final score of 42-7.
During the Utah Valley University Forum on Engaged Reading, Dr. Douglas Gardner of UVU presented the Morgan Elementary second grade team a $500 “For the Love of Reading Innovative Reading Program Award” prize to be used for the continued development and sustainability of their classroom efforts. The teachers were also recognized for innovation in engaged reading and literacy instruction during a banquet at The Chateaux Deer Valley on Thursday, Sept. 19.
I want to applaud Morgan County School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs for his willingness to look at the four-day school week. This is a creative solution that can alleviate the district’s budget problems. It is no secret that the Century Center is costing us approximately $350,000 per year. The budget savings from a four-day week would easily cover the cost of the Century Center. It will also help the district cope with the additional costs of Obamacare.
The winner of the Daughter of Utah Pioneer quilt was announced at the opening social of the Morgan Company on Tuesday, Sept. 17. After the meeting, where every camp was represented, a special drawing of the winning ticket took place. This year the winner sat among the “daughters” and was surprised as her name was announced. Carol Tonks (pictured, holding her newly won quilt), is a long-time resident of Morgan and as a daughter, serves as treasurer in the Mt. Joy Camp. Congratulations, Carol!
If you happen to be a lover of Morgan High School, parades, volleyball and the color pink, then Oct. 3 is your lucky day. The Morgan Lady Trojan volley ball team will play their fourth annual “Pink Night” match, with proceeds going towards cancer research.
The Milton cemetery committee would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Kenneth Nelson for the many years of service and hard work he has given to the operation, maintenance and many improvements to beautify and maintain the Milton Pioneer Cemetery.
The Family Tree Assisted Living would like to invite the family and friends of Betty Brown and Wilma Baglee to celebrate their birthdays from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 28 at Family Tree Assisted Living 862 E. Mahogany Ridge Rd.
Jack Lassetter and Lisa Lassetter are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter Martha Elaine Lassetter to Lorum Rich Heiner, son of Steven and Brenda Heiner of Morgan. The couple will be married Sept. 27, 2013, in the Bountiful Temple. There will be a celebration held in their honor that evening at The Castle in Layton, Utah from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wilson will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sept. 28. Family and friends honored him with a party in Kaysville on Sept. 21. He will also be honored at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the LDS pavilion on 4250 W. Cottonwood Canyon Drive, Mountain Green.
Family history is increasingly being done on mobile devices. The introduction of the iPad and the new Android and Windows tablet devices means that family history information can be carried anywhere. It has also made capturing photos of documents, headstones, and other sources much simpler. FamilySearch is working on a mobile application that will be available for users next year and this week Ancestry announced a number of improvements in their mobile application. Mobile has become a growing part of Ancestry’s business. The following are the improvements to their mobile application. It is free and can be found in the app store.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That was the case this past Friday night as the Granger High School Lancers traveled to the Trojan field. The Lancers are a 5A team, which means they have more students. But that didn’t help them put more points on the board. The Trojans were victorious with a score of 42-18.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced today that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be headlining the Utah Women’s Conference the Senator and his wife Elaine have co-hosted for 27 years. The Conference, “Discovering the Diversity and Unity of Women will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
A two-year tussle among Morgan County, Morgan City and the Morgan County School District over an interlocal recreation agreement may be grinding to a hault. On Tuesday, the Morgan County Council approved an agreement that specifically spelled out liability responsibilities for the three parties.
On Sept. 16, the Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held its monthly meeting and heard from Tom and Terry Wadsworth Warne. Terry was one of the youngest prisoners of war from World War II. She originally came from Morgan and was a granddaughter of President Richard Frye, the second president of the old Morgan stake.
“This was our busiest opening we’ve ever had,” said Blane Smith, owner of the Morgan Pretzelmaker location as well as 16 others throughout Utah and surrounding states. This is Smith’s first Pretzelmaker outside of a mall and the first in a small town, which brings a lot of unknown possibilities and excitement.
As a very concerned citizen, I would like to share some totally disturbing facts about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which is quickly looming before us. It will affect EVERYONE especially seniors, the disabled, babies born with defects, etc. Most Americans are against it; only 12percent in a recent poll felt it would be a positive for Americans yet, the powers in Washington are set on giving us this beginning of socialized medicine.
Sister Katie Seely has been called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. Sister Seely will speak in the Mountain Green Ward (5378 West Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, Utah) at 10:50 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 22, 2013. She will report to the Provo MTC on the following Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, and will serve for 18 months.
Danielle Durrant and Cody Ben Rich have chosen Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 to join together in marriage. A reception will be held in their honor that evening from 4- 6 p.m. at the home of David and Angie Durrant, 641 West Elk Run Drive, Morgan, Utah. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held at the Rock Church in Morgan.
The MorganMTB Race Team opened their season with an impressive showing last Saturday. Twenty-four students from Morgan High joined over 600 other students from around the state in the first race of the Utah High School Cycling League 2013 race series.
Administrators in the Morgan County School District plan to survey parents to measure interest in the four-day school week. The estimated 292 schools in the United States that have tried operating on a four-day school week have discovered many benefits and drawbacks along the way. Here are some of them:
JR Hopkin is excited about a lot of changes in his future, most of all a new baby to arrive in early October. In addition to his bundle of joy, Hopkin plans on a change of occupations. After 8 years of serving Morgan delicious cooked-to-order burgers and fries, Hopkin has decided to hand the torch over to someone else. Hopkin plans to sell Steph’s to local businessman Blane Smith. This will be the first time since the business has opened in 1957 that someone outside the family has owned the establishment.
This last week Ancestry.com announced a new agreement with FamilySearch to publish a billion new records over the next few years. The agreement and relationship between FamilySearch and Ancestry is significant and will add a large amount of new records that have never been published before.
When you come into the Morgan School District Office, the first smiling face you see or sweet voice you hear belongs to Denise Rich. You know from the minute you meet her that she cares about you and will take care of whatever you need.
The Murray Invitational stands out as one of the largest races on the schedule with more than 50 high schools competing. On Friday, Sept. 6, the Morgan High Cross Country team participated in the competition. The race is characterized by large crowds and many false starts. Several times before each of the rookie, JV, and varsity races, the starting gun goes off only to be followed by a chorus of guns several seconds later indicating someone has fallen and the race needs to start again. This is emotionally and physically taxing on runners as they sprint start several times before a clean start allows them to settle into a race pace. Add to this temperatures in the high 90s and the event can be exhausting.
In the absence of ordinances long since repealed, Morgan County officials are considering a new flexible subdivision ordinance that would make way for the clustering of building lots and preservation of open space.