Interesting to read the Standard-Examiner’s interview with Morgan Fire Chief Dave Rich, about the Morgan grass fire portends, meaning an indication or omen of something about to happen, something momentous!
It’s that time of year when spring is in the air and Evanston Cowboy Days is getting ready for their big rodeo over Labor Day Weekend. First we must have a queen to reign over the festivities and promote the sport of rodeo. Evanston Cowboy Days is looking for any young lady ages 16 to 24, living within a 50 mile radius of Evanston, to fulfill this fun and exciting job.
Cheryl grew up in Hunter, which is now West Valley City. After graduating from Cypress High School she attended two years at SUSC on music and academic scholarships. She then attended Utah State where she met Brian through a friend. Brian lived in Markesan, Wisconsin until he was ten and then moved to Preston ID. He graduated from CSI, College of Southern Idaho, and then joined the National Guard. They were married in 1990 and moved to Provo where Brian began working for UPS and has worked there full time, except when deployed. They made Morgan their home 21 years ago.
Disasters can hit at anytime, whether it be from natural causes, earthquakes, floods, windstorms, fire, or unnatural disasters, power outages, wrecks, and chemical spills. Though not something most of us think about most the time, but for Morgan’s Peggy Mecham it stirs constantly in her mind of how to ensure safety for the community in times of unforeseen events.
City Mayor Jim Egbert and Council Members Shelly Betz and Tony London appeared before the county on Tuesday. The city has been raising funds for more than a year and has raised more than $66,000 from county residents and businesses to date to build a splash pad in the county. Member Betz said, “When the mayor and I were first elected there was the lack of a water facility here in Morgan County…We did a lot of field trips to visit splash pads…We talked Weber Morgan Health and the Department of Water Resources…We decided that this is something we absolutely could do in Morgan County and that is was possible through donations from the community.” She reported that the splash pad design was developed through significant community input. Splash pads are designed for children of all ages and they also work well for children with disabilities.
Chances are, most people in the community have benefited from the service, works, and influence of the Morgan Lions Club. Through their many acts of service, sweet smiles and genuine joy have been reflected on the faces of Morgan children for many generations. George Francis jokes that the Morgan Lions Club has been around “since the time Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” While the exact date is not known with certainty, the Morgan Lions Club has been around for a very long time, well over 80 years. Throughout these years it has touched young and old alike. True to their motto “We serve”, the Morgan Lions Club has sponsored many of the celebrations Morgan residents have grown up with and continue to cherish with their own children and grandchildren. Lions clubs can be found serving throughout the world. In fact, they are the world’s largest service club organization. Although the parent organization is an international club, the Morgan Lions Club has been especially focused on the needs of our own community. They have structured the service they provide and activities they sponsor in a way to connect very personally with the people of Morgan.
Lindsey Newton, daughter of Mark and Joan Newton, was chosen as this year’s Family and Consumer Sciences Sterling Scholar! Lindsey received silver at the region and state FCCLA competitions this year in the Chapter Showcase Manual Star Event.
This year’s Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Sterling Scholar for Morgan High School is Megan Stapley, daughter of Kurt and Maggee Stapley! In the 2011 Morgan County Fair Megan had the grand champion steer and was the reserve champion showman as well.
The Morgan boys Basketball team competed in the Idaho Prep Basketball Tournament this past weekend. The tournament took place in Twin Falls, Idaho at Canyon Ridge High School and O’Leary Middle School. They beat the Rupert Spartans 44 to 27, and Filer 60 to 26 on Friday evening. On Saturday the team continued the winning streak by beating Burley 55 to 40. This secured them a spot in the championship game against the Boise Slam. Morgan entered this game as the underdogs but still came out victorious crushing the Slam 64 to 54 winning the tournament. Morgan played extremely well as a team, which was key in winning the tournament. The coaches, Jamie Spens, Troy Butterfield, and Chad Ovard played a huge factor in the boy’s success. With the support of their family members the boys played with an extra level of intensity. The team looks forward to bringing home more victories in the future.
The Trojans bounced back this week with two strong home performances. Morgan dominated the Cowboys from Grantsville with a balanced offensive attack. Five different players found the net with the final score 5-2.
On March 16th, the third grade students from Mountain Green Elementary School participated in a Simple Machines Fair in preparation for catching Leprechauns that night. Each student created his/her own machine using a pulley, wheel & axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, or wedge. The students could use as many simple machines as they wanted for their catcher. It was amazing to see the creativity displayed by the students and their understanding of how effective simple machines can be for catching the “wee folk.”
Ever wanted to do or say something that was absolutely crazy? I am pretty sure we all have. Whether it be standing up for what we know to be right or to admit to our crush that we like them. It’s scary and it can decide your future or it can change how you live your life. However courage can be deflected by the fear of failure or of rejection.
Some of the professional literature on adolescent reading motivation suggests that teenagers are disinterested or non-motivated readers and as they move through the adolescent years their motivation to read diminishes. On the other hand, some teens are willing to read but get discouraged from reading for various reasons. With this being said, it is obvious that the middle school years are a critical juncture in adolescents’ lives where their reading actions or inactions can have long-lasting benefits or consequences. Literacy plays a vital role in a person’s success throughout life, and motivation plays an integral role in the acquisition of literacy skills. Therefore, motivational factors cannot be overlooked in learning situations, particularly during these critical learning years.
Ahhh, spring has finally sprung and the long awaited, or dreaded, spring cleaning can commence! The time to do those daunting tasks that have been haunting us all winter long has now come due and we cringe knowing we can no longer spare the spurs. Why do we dread it? Because there’s so much to do and so little time to do it? Probably both! And cleaning isn’t a facet of fun no matter when it’s done. However, once the terrorizing tasks are completed, there are renewed feelings of energy and life again…at least until the clutter begins its quest to re-claim our lives, but that’s another rut for down the road.
The Morgan Chamber of Commerce received a significant boost from the County in the form of a donation of $7,500. The county has been working with the Chamber to develop an economic development plan for the county.
Writing a personal history can be daunting. If you are like me, most of your journal entries begin with, “It’s been a while since I have written in my journal.” Many individuals struggle with writing a daily journal. A history of your life, however, will likely be the greatest gift that you can leave your family behind. I guarantee that it will be treasured in generations to come as your life experiences will give them hope, insight, and understanding.
In the 1950’s, Nancy Mikesell was known as one of the best 4-Hers in Morgan County! Nancy has always loved 4-H. Her favorite 4-H club was always sewing. She participated in 4-H sewing clubs for many years and when she was in high school, she also taught sewing to the girls who were in Jr. High. She is still teaching sewing today to her granddaughters and some of their friends.
With the completion of the high school basketball season comes the time for individual awards to be handed out. The Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune recently posted their All State teams, and several players from both the Morgan Trojan boys and girls squad were recognized for their successful seasons.
One walking trail in Mountain Green parallels old highway, directly east of the Mountain Green exit. This walking trail was a community effort and took the dedicated work of many individuals to make it a reality. In 1993, it was recognized by members of the community that a safety hazard existed for young children, walkers, and bike riders who traveled from Monte Verde, Polls and the Highlands to the Old Farm Market or from one subdivision to the other. Pedestrians had to walk on the edge of old highway road which is the main thoroughfare through Mountain Green and connects to Trappers Loop. Especially because of the increased traffic from Ogden Valley due to the completion of Trappers Loop road and the fact that this traffic had to use the old highway in order to connect with the interstate, an effort was made to solve the safety hazard—by creating a walking path.
In the year 1859, David E. Henderson, Issac Morris and Jonathan Hemmingway families formed the nucleus for the town of Richville. Lured to this spot in 1861 come Thomas Rich (1817-1884) who had the honor of having the town named after him but moved to Porterville. David Henderson built the first log house down by the east canyon creek. When other families came they were advised by David Henderson to build on higher ground because of the flooding, which he had experienced from the 1860 spring runoff. This same year John H. Rich, Gillerpie Waldron and Solomon Conley joined the group, followed by Albert Douglas Dickson and a year later his two brothers, William and John and his father, Billa Dickson in 1862. Add to the list names of George W. Taggart, George Seaman, Henry and Morgan Hinman, and later on the Oluf Rose, Sanford Colson Porter, Baltzar Peterson, John Wood, Fredrick Clark, George Brough, and William Smith families and others who were attracted to this beautiful place. I have often wondered how they were able to communicate with each other as many were Scandinavia and others were English.
Wesley and Janet Grandsen bought the house and the property from the Ostlers, according to Bob Huerta who worked and roomed with the Grandsens for five years. County records verify they bought it from the Ostler Land and Livestock Co. in 1952. The Gransden’s ran cattle on the land which extended all the way to Snow Basin. The Huertas said Gransdens had Arabian horses, and Carol Ralphs said they also grew hay for their cattle. There was an irrigation ditch where the Highlands office now stands. Mr. Hubbard said he was told the property was 3500 acres or more at that time.
Last week the Trojans traveled to Stansbury High School to take on the Stallions in their first region game of the season. The Trojans came out strong, threatening to score early, but had difficulty finding the net throughout the game.
If you have Scottish records now is a great time to be searching online. FindMyPast has just released the 1881 Scottish census on FindMyPast.com. There are over 3.7 million records in the collection. This is added to the 1841 to 1871 censuses already on their site.
Russ and Natalie Tibitts met while they were both attending Ricks College. They went on a date set up through mutual friends and while Natalie had a mission planned when she met him, six months later they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1993. She graduated in Interior design and then was granted a scholarship to BYU. Russ worked on Generals at Ricks, his Bachelor at BYU graduating in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, and then finished up at University of Utah for his Masters. In case you wonder, he cheers for the Cougars but doesn’t forget he also graduated from the U of U. Russ currently works as a seminary teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is serving as the Bishop of his ward. Natalie stays at home ‘to keep control over the chaos.’
(Ret.) Major William Carl “Bill” Johns reported for “Heavenly Duty” at 0245 hours, on Monday, 19 March 2012. Bill was born on 29 April 1935 in Carey, Idaho to Carl Emeris Johns and Louise Wilde Johns, and is the oldest of five children. Bill was a beloved elder brother to his siblings. From an early age he set an example with his strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and devotion to his Heavenly Father.
The FFA once again brought back Donkey Basketball to the High School gym to raise funds for their program! A bit like traditional basketball, only with donkeys added and a twist of country on the court, these donkeys have a mind all their own, even when their riders have a different agenda. A competitive sport involving the Morgan Cowboys, FFA, MHS Faculty, and the Wrestling team, not riding a horse with no name, but riding donkeys with names like Shrek, Snickers, Twitter, Red Rock, Pee Wee, Snake River, Expresso and Tater Tot! Donkey Basketball has been in Morgan for many years, going every other year. The teams consisted of the cowboys with Mike Morgan, Jody Mecham, Jason Morgan, Rhonda Morgan, Hutch Haslam, Justin Haslam. The FFA team was Byran Chappell, Kyle Stapley, Christian Anderson, Caden Wilde, Jake Cannon, Luke Little, Byrce Preece, Eli Porter. The MHS faculty was Mr. Bennett, Mr. Mills, Coach Kelly, Magee Stapley, Megan Stapley, Bro. Phelps, Nate Buchanon. The Wrestling team was Wyatt Ashby, Porter Green, Ryder Green, Tyler Carter, Jayden Pentz, Jose Patino, Bridger Anderson, Karen Baird.
After a long search Shane Stephens and Debbie Sessions were appointed to serve on the Morgan Planning Commission. The county council has been searching for some time for qualified candidates who are willing to serve. Sessions has been a regular attendee at planning commission and county council meetings and has been a great example of citizen participation in governmetn in the county.
Caucuses across the county last week reported record numbers of attendees. A combination of interesting races including a run against Senator Hatch, and strong encouragement from the LDS Church resulted in many first time attendees. This was also the first time for the new precincts and the Republican Party in particular struggled with the size of the new precincts.
Several months ago, for his Eagle Scout project, Carson Rupe sent out a flyer to the Mountain Green community, to collect toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and drugstore eye glasses for Haiti. Some of these items were dropped off at his house, and he picked up others. All in all, he gathered three big boxes full of dental floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes for a dental team (part of the Haiti Healthcare Initiative) to give to patients. Part of the HHI project was to teach Haitians how to brush and floss, since the rate of dental problems is so high. For his Eagle project, Carson also gathered a number of reading glasses, and enough cash contributions to purchase over 60 more pairs of reading glasses.
Once again, Morgan’s own, Joel LaBorde has garnered high honors at the SASS National Cowboy Action Shooting competition held this past February at the Ben Avery Shooting Range in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. LaBorde, shooting under the alias of J.T. Wild, competed with top shooters from around the world. Competitors came from all over the globe, including Australia, Canada, Norway, England, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, and nearly every state in the USA. All competitors either choose or are given a alias, Joel’s was given to him by his friend who introduced him to Cowboy action shooting.
Morgan started the season March 6 against defending 1A State runner up St. Joseph’s. Senior Josh Holman found the net to keep the game tied at half time. But as the snow moved in, the Trojans went cold falling to the Jayhawks 4-1. The following day, Morgan traveled to Roy to face a powerful 4A team. The Royals shut Morgan down, winning 8-0.
Morgan High School’s varsity baseball team, led by Head Coach Jeff Toller, continued its impressive run against non-3A opponents by knocking out Division 5A foe, Northridge by a score of 7-0 on March 13th. This victory followed the team’s debut win (6-2) over the 4A Roy Royals. With the win, the Trojans improved to 2-0.
Last week was the Night out with the Troyettes, with various dances performed by our Troyettes. This year’s Troyettes: Amanda Walker is the President; Kylie Sorensen is Drill Mistress, Taylor Mecham, Karlee Stokes, Morgan Streadbeck, Mikaela Garner, Ayana VanCampen, Shara Nye, Erika Fairbanks, Shaylee Ewing, Kelsie Cannon, Alexis Jensen, Nocona Campbell, Sadie Siebert, and Daryion Stuart. Thanks for always pumping us up for all the games! A big thanks to Morgan Academy of Dance and all the Mini-Troyettes! One Dream, One Goal, One Team, One Soul.
We all know how hard and unfair life is. Sometimes, life really can get the best of us. Unfortunately, it can get so hard that some people can’t find any way out. I’m writing this article due to recent numbers found that more and more teens are taking their own lives due to issues that they endure.
As parents we attend Parent/Teacher Conferences because we are concerned about our children. We want to know how they are doing in school socially, academically, and gain some insight into our children’s lives when they are away from home. Teachers dutifully tell us our child’s academic strengths, weaknesses, and provide some knowledge regarding social growth. At some point during the conference DIBELS scores are mentioned. The purpose of this article is to provide basic information regarding DIBELS so you, as parents/guardians, will have a better understanding of what DIBELS scores mean for your child. It is important to understand how DIBELS works so you will be better equipped to be your child’s advocate. So, what are DIBELS?
Have you ever had a day when everything seemed to go your way? When you see a penny do you pick it up hoping all the day you’ll have good luck? If you have, you’re not the only lucky dog in town. Many would be wishers, down on their luck are always on the lookout for the next lucky charm to change their lives. From handshakes and hairdo-dos to superstitious routines and voodoos, they want to try and get the edge on their competition and hopefully their lives. They live and die by luck. They believe that being lucky is the only way out of their dire straits, and to get ahead and be happy in this hard luck world.
Apple has been in the news lately for their digital books and particularly for textbooks. More relevant to genealogists but with much less fanfare, FamilySearch announced that they now have more than 40,000 ebooks published online.