Every year there is an annual weigh-off to determine the largest pumpkin grown in the state of Utah. It is sponsored by the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Matt McConkie, Mountain Green resident, holds the current state record. His enormous pumpkin weighed in last year at a whopping 1,600 pounds.
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was born July 27, 1923 in Henefer, Utah to Osmyn (Os) Merritt Wright and Zelda Lucy Richins. She married Clarence George Francis on January 24, 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity.
Our Wednesday Night Owls Bowling League has rolled into our new season. We have 8 full teams this year, and are very excited for that. We have several new bowlers this year we would like to welcome to our league. Shadd Straw, Kacie Chappell, Steve Michaelson, Cindy Coleman, Natalie Coleman, Cody Coleman, Danny Kline, Casie Carter, Heather Lombard, and Dillon Smith.
Teachers and administrators across the district are working together in enhancing student learning in all schools. Small groups of educators are meeting each Wednesday, focusing their attention on best practices and remediation strategies for students under their care.
The Morgan Education Foundation continues to raise funds to support student learning within the Morgan District. Recently, the group sponsored their annual golf tournament at Round Valley and netted $3,400 in revenues. This event is only one of many organized by the group each year.
OnTimeBus helps parents and students keep track of regular bus rides to and from school, as well as extracurricular rides that take place throughout the day. With little effort, children can track where the bus is and how soon it will be at their stop. This can decrease morning tension and help ensure the children make it on time to their bus stop with minimal waiting. This means different things to different people.
I want to start off by saying how excited we are at Morgan Middle School for the start of a new school year. It is great to see our students and staff in the halls smiling, renewing old and making new acquaintances. We are happy that school has started and are eager to teach the children of our community.
Recently the Social Security Administration reported the most popular baby names from 1901. The following is the list. This may give you some insight into why your grandparents or great grandparents have their name:
The annual opening social for the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) was held on September 11, 2012. The social was held at the DUP Museum where the theme, “Preserve the past – strengthen the future” was announced as the theme for 2012-13.
Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground. They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time. The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other. However, they had never met. After that chance meeting they dated that summer and then they both attended Utah State the next year. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1997 and have built a life together -all because of a misplaced ID.
Unit 576 (consisting of the Troop, Team and Crew and chartered by the Highlands Ward in Mountain Green, Morgan North Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) conducted their Father & Sons’ overnight campout followed by their Court of Honor the next morning, 7 & 8 September at the Church’s small amphitheater and park recently established behind their building next to the Mtn. Green Cemetery.
“This is it. . . last week for the Farmer’s Market,” announced last Saturday by Marion Andrews, farmer’s market coordinator. Saturday, September 15th, business as usual at Morgan ‘s Farmers Market until the produce vendors said they would not be back next week, because they had no more produce to sell.
Labor Day often means a weekend of camping or a day off of work. For 13-year-old Branden Brooks and nearly 30 others, Labor Day meant labor and lots of it. The story starts several years ago when Branden set a goal to receive his Eagle Scout award before his 14th birthday.
Although the Morgan County Council prepared an offer to purchase the former bus garage property on State Street, the Morgan County School Board decided to accept another offer from a commercial entity.
Dialogue and debate about what Morgan was, what Morgan is and what Morgan will be is nearly constant and of upmost importance to all of us who call Morgan home. For those reasons there are continual discussions with school board, county and city governments, and Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC), including more extensive and detailed surveys and community forums such as Envision Morgan (EM).
One of the entrants that earned a best in show award at Morgan City’s Cruz’n Classics Car Show almost didn’t enter. Duane Carpenter, owner of a cherry red 1959 Ford Edsel Convertible, saw a brochure for the car show the night before in Wyoming. He hurried to make it to Morgan’s Riverside Park from Evanston on Saturday.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was approved by the federal government and is now law. Morgan School District, and many other districts in the state, participate in the national school lunch program and are required to comply with the new standards and guidelines set by the government. The new lunch menus are now aligned with this law. We will be offering more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fewer desserts. Students participating in the school lunch program must choose at least one fruit or vegetable, plus two other food items. They may also choose to take all of the food items offered which would include both the fruit and vegetable. This change will help ensure that students will have on their tray a healthy, balanced meal everyday that meets federal government guidelines.
Virtually all of us are immigrants. Our ancestors may have come across on the Mayflower, or in one of the subsequent waves of immigration. We may have ancestors from Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, or any one of a hundred other countries that have made up the wonderful melting pot that has formed the United States. We are a nation of immigrants.
Austin Manning is a happy little boy. His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning. On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.
Move over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the “Little Free Library” has come to town. Bringing to Morgan a relatively new concept in sharing literature, River Pinhey designed and built Riverside Park’s latest addition. River Pinhey is the 14-year-old son of Bambi and Scott Pinhey, and grandson of Earl and Julie Anderson.
Recent years have seen the creation and expansion of a new type of community recreation that provides an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors and engage in physical activity together, while remaining relatively low in upfront and ongoing cost. Bike parks provide individuals of all ages with a venue for varying abilities and levels of physical exertion. Bike parks are customized to fit the physical location and resources available as well as the interest and demand of the public using the parks. Being a relatively new concept in communities, many of the future users of bike parks aren’t even aware they exist.
The Morgan County Library is a great place for people to expand their minds, encourage creativity and explore places. This kind of knowledge and growth should not be limited to the youth or the more mature, everyone should take advantage of this remarkable resource.
When Anna Phelps takes her turn to drive a carpool of kids to Morgan Middle School, she is hearing a common complaint: the students just don’t like school lunch anymore and are starting to pack their lunches. Even on pizza day.
After a successful first year hosting a women’s biking event in Morgan County, Wildflower Pedalfest organizers donated proceeds to the county’s food bank and Sub for Santa funds with promises for additional donations in years to come. However, talk of future biking events stirred some controversy in a recent Morgan County Council meeting.
Mountain Green resident David Sawyer, who recently returned from serving with the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan, presented both Morgan County and Boy Scout Troop 576 with American flags for their service.
Lana Florence Chadburn, born October 13, 1950, to Leonard and Emiline Florence in Ogden, UT passed away peacefully at home September 4, 2012, with her family by her side after an extended struggle with cancer. She grew up in the high mountain valley of Porterville, UT, was schooled in Morgan, UT and graduated from Clearfield High School.
LuDene Bowen Carter is celebrating her 80th birthday. She was born in Logan, Utah, on Sept. 8, 1932, to Asel and Elva Bowen. LuDene lived in Utah and Idaho as a child, but she has lived in Morgan most of her life.
Fifty years ago, September 14, Rex and Janeal Wilkinson started their eternal family. Captain of the football team and a dancer on the drill team, these two high school sweethearts were meant to be together. Their love has truly been strengthened through the years.
Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend left this life unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Charles Scott “Chuck” Carpenter was born in Salt Lake City, UT, on Sept. 27, 1963 to Douglas Howard and Mary Anna Woodland Carpenter, the third of seven children.
Recent and widespread wildfires are a “predictable consequence” of federal management of public lands, said Doug Heaton, a Kane County commissioner who recently visited with Morgan County officials. Heaton asked the Morgan County Council to support his effort to establish the American Lands Council, an organization formed to address land issues including federal intrusion on private property rights.
With their second straight Region 11 win, the Morgan High golfers have tied Bear River for the region lead in overall standings. Golfing under near-perfect conditions, the Trojans managed a tough Mt. Ogden course Thursday, Sept. 6, and came out in first place. The eight varsity players that qualified for Morgan were: Seniors - McKay Kearsley, Aaron Babbitt, Jake Miles. Juniors - Rhett Ballantyne, Garren Miles. Sophomores - Jason Bledsow, Connor Wilson. Freshmen - Braxton Ovard.
This game should be mandatory.
The football coaches for the Class 3A Morgan Trojans and the Class 2A South Summit Wildcats need to get together and do whatever is necessary to make sure they play each other in football on a yearly basis because in recent years, the games haven’t lacked excitement.
The Trojans followed up last year’s six-point overtime victory over the Wildcats at South Summit with a thrilling, down-to-the-wire 34-27 win in Morgan Friday night.
Morgan junior defensive back Kade Carrigan’s interception on the 10-yard line with no time left on the clock preserved the Morgan win.
“That was wild. I feel like I played in that one,” said Morgan Coach Kovi Christiansen, who appeared physically and emotionally spent after this one. “They (the Wildcats) are fantastic. I don’t know if there is another 2A team to compare with them. They are awesome.”
Snowbasin Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Baker as Snowbasin’s new Food & Beverage Director, effective September 4, 2012.
Peter has spent over 12 years in the leadership & planning position for several top rated resorts the most recent being at Grand Targee as their Beverage, Dinning, & Entertainment Director. Prior to that, Peter spent several years at Idaho’s Tamarack and Northern California’s Kirkwood Resorts as director of their food & beverage departments. "With such an extensive background in the resort food & beverage industry, Peter will be a great addition to Snowbasin," said John Loomis General Manager of Snowbasin Resort.
Morgan Health Center will be breaking ground on its new building Saturday at 1 p.m. at 166 N. State Street. The public is encouraged to attend a short groundbreaking program followed by light refreshments.
The Morgan Health Center and its dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and administrative staff have been serving the community for more than 20 years. Carol Durrant and Myra Turner remain as the original staff when the clinic first opened. MountainStar and HCA Physician Services are dedicated to providing the best possible care to the residents of Morgan and the surrounding communities.
The Morgan County Council has agreed to purchase the former bus garage on State Street from the Morgan County School District for an undisclosed amount to be paid over a three-year period.
The facility will be used as storage for various county equipment including sheriff department and emergency vehicles. Presently, a majority of such equipment, valued at several hundred thousand dollars, is stored outside and subject to weather deterioration.
Chairwoman Tina Kelley cast one of two opposing votes, saying the county had other financial priorities such as replacing a boiler for the county building.
The Morgan County Council has agreed with moving forward on hiring someone to help with the county’s economic development goals.
"We have difficulties in the county," Councilman Lyle Nelson said. "We are hailed as the county that is difficult to do business in, or get a business started in. I have heard horror stories of those that gave up trying."
He said the answer to turning that around is to hire at least a part-time economic development director or consultant.
"We need someone on our side that can actively recruit," Nelson said. "We need to put some money into someone here consistently that answers the phone."