I start this week’s article with a confession. I love elementary school libraries. A great school library serves as the figurative, and occasionally, the literal center of the school. Many of the highlights of my career have happened in school libraries, from staff celebrations to parent committee meetings; from sharing my favorite book with students to listening as they share theirs. The elementary school library, in my mind, is the family room of the school. So, with this obvious bias, allow me to explain why Morgan Elementary’s library is an essential part of our system.
Local writer Jeremy Taylor had a dream to become a published author when he started his business, C.N.F.I. Publishing (Creative Notion Foundation of Imagination), in 2003. He has accomplished this by believing in his dreams and working towards them. “I do believe that if an individual believes deeply enough one can accomplish their goals!” Taylor expresses on his blog http://cnfi-publishingproducts.blogspot.com, “I had to believe in my own abilities and in my dreams.”
East Canyon State Park Rangers James Lowe, Elizabeth Kovacs, and Jeff Dale were presented the Challenge Coin Commendation from Hill Air Force Base Colonel Henke of the 748th SCMG/419th Squadron for saving the life of Air Force employee Craig Feasel. The rangers were presented challenge coins, received a standing ovation, and were made honorary members of the squadron.
The holidays are here and what better way to ring in the season than to come listen to the Morgan Community Choir. The performance will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Morgan High School auditorium.
Melanie and Eric Moore and their family collected over 100 bags of items to be donated to St. Anne’s homeless shelter in Ogden. They filled a trailer with clothes, books, used and new toys, blankets, gloves, hygiene items, diapers and other types of donations. “Anything people brought we took,” Melanie explained. The shelter needs warm items to hand out during the cold months. They love to have toys to hand out for holidays and birthdays. The shelter accepts any kind of donation. St. Anne’s goal is to help individuals and families move into permanent housing, so any items that are not used at the shelter are used to help people when they accomplish that goal. People are generally moving with no possessions and these items help them get established.
Donald Lee Mathews was born on November 8, 1953 to the parents of George Clark and Marcelene Lott Mathews in Cedar City, UT. He grew up in Orem, Utah and graduated from Orem High School. Don attended BYU and served an LDS mission to Mexico, Mexico City. He married his true love, Cheri Lyn Bell on April 29, 1976 in the Salt Lake Temple. Don passed away on November 23, 2012 due to heart failure.
This time of year is generally filled with shopping and stress. There is all this pressure to make sure everyone is happy on Christmas morning. It is rare that we actually take the time to step away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a day with our families.
The Morgan community mourns the loss this week of a great leader, service man and friend. Don Mathews passed away in the early hours on Friday, Nov. 23, of heart failure. Don was born in Cedar City on Nov. 8, 1953, to George Clark and Marcelene Mathews. Later his family moved to Orem, where he attended school and graduated from Orem High. An active child, Don especially enjoyed playing soccer and was able to be the team’s goalie. He loved to snow ski in the winter and would often catch the bus to Sundance to enjoy a day out on the slopes. Don especially enjoyed listening to radio broadcaster Paul Harvey and as a child he would run home from school to hear Paul quip his famous tag line “now the rest of the story.” He was well liked as a child and quite the character. He would often be found hanging out with his brother Jeff. He loved to make his family laugh and in turn, they found enjoyment in making Don laugh so hard soda would come out of his nose.
What started out as a Morgan County deputy noticing a driver driving without any lights on along Interstate 84 ended up in a high speed chase spanning three counties and the first officer-involved shooting in the county in at least 15 years.
Friday, Nov. 16, the Morgan High School track was a sea of crimson energy as the second grade lined up for the second annual Turkey Trot. The eager children wore red as they wrapped up Red Ribbon Week. The little gentlemen stood aside while little ladies took the first lap. A classic ribbon flag was held across the starting line and at the signal the girls took off at an amazing pace. The girls raced each other the ¼ mile around the track. They showed great spirit and sportsmanship from the first runners across the finish line to the last of the class who steadfastly walked to the end. Cheers were given for all the racers for completing the race.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT OWLS Our team standings for this week are in 1st place is Holy Bowlers and team members are Cathy Friery, Laurel Hoopes, Ruth Preece, and Dave Preece. In 2nd place is Shooters and team members are Mike Shope, Teresa Shope, Lynsey Enlow, and Craig Mahoskey. In 3rd place is Northrop Grumman and team members are Ashton Hoopes, Pat Olsen, Pat Bird, and Randy Glanville. Our high scores and series for this week go to Natalie Coleman 153, Chad Hayes 190 and a 506 series, Teresa Shope 158, Pauline Maxwell 178 and a 463 series, Shadd Straw 194 and a 512 series, Neal Betz 177, Misty Spendlove 154, and Renn Hoopes 189. Great Bowling!
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts that state Road 65, the Big Mountain Highway, will close to all traffic for the winter at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov, 26.
Morgan County School officials promised constituents they would look into a dual immersion language program at area elementary schools. As part of that promise, the community councils at both Morgan and Mountain Green elementary schools have written a survey to measure interest in the area.
More than a century and a half ago, one American author wrote of the cold, desolate, distrustful, phantoms that invariably haunt the mind, on the eve of adventurous enterprises, to warn us back within the boundaries of ordinary life.
Mary Jane Wright Straight’s life was celebration of family, art, education, and conversation. On November 20, 2012 she passed away surrounded by her children and their spouses. Mary was born to Clark and Elizabeth Wright in Price, Utah, on December 22, 1930. The third of four children, Mary grew up in Morgan, Utah, and graduated from Morgan High. After a time working for the California Dairy Council and Port of San Diego, she returned and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah.
Like most parents, Jeff and Debbie Trussell spend each day trying to raise their family with love and provide for their needs. Unlike most parents, this effort is complicated by the severe medical challenges they face every day with their 9-year-old son Brennan.
The Nov. 20 canvas changed the outcome of the Morgan County School Board Precinct 1 race between incumbent Jody V. Hipwell and Lydia Nuttall by just one vote. On election night, Hipwell was the winner by 23 votes. After all the provisional ballots and absentee ballots were counted, Hipwell won by 24 votes.
On Nov. 13, the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education along with the Utah State Board of Education hosted the second annual Symposium on Social Studies and Civic Education in Utah Schools. During this event, Lydia Nuttall of Mountain Green was presented with the 2012 Community Leader in Civic and Character Education award by Lt. Governor, Greg Bell.
Huntsville resident and former military pilot Darren Tidwell, age 50, perished in a plane crash Nov. 15. The incident occurred just five miles north of the Morgan County airport shortly after take-off. According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s office, Tidwell was flying to Logan for a project he was working on when his aircraft went down. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Low participation in past years, along with parent opposition to future administrations of the survey, spelled doom for the Student Health and Risk Prevention survey in the Morgan County School District for 2013.
On Nov. 14, 2012, at 9:11 pm deputies in the Weber County Jail found inmate Jeffery Dean White(DOB 05-23-69) unresponsive in his cell. White was confirmed deceased at the scene by jail medical staff. Cause of death appears to be hanging. White was housed in the Weber County Jail's maximum security unit. White was housed in a cell by himself.
The Weber County Attorney’s Office is conducting the in-custody death investigation. White was in the Weber County Jail on two counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child and one count of criminal Homicide.
MONDAY MORNING LADIES Our team standings for this week on our Monday Morning Bowling league is in 1st place is Layton Leftovers, and team members are Terrie Stephens, Cathie Layton, Shawna Froerer, and Pauline Maxwell. In 2nd place is LR Originals, and team members are Amy Lopez, Bonnie Jeffrey, Cathy Friery, and LeeAnn Rudd. In 3rd place is Eagle Rock Construction, and team members are Ethel McQueen, Barbara Roemmich, Berniece Warner, and Gloria Marcellin. Our high scores and series for this week go to Lynette Bosworth 154, Pat Olsen 181, Jane Casper 167, Connie Watterson 166, Joann Rees 158, Cindy Matthews 157, Barbara Roemmich 154, Berniece Warner 187 and a 485 series, Gloria Marcellin 157, Cathy Friery 154, LeeAnn Rudd 181 and a 454 series, Terrie Stephens 158 and a 468 series, Cathie Layton 154, and Shawna Froerer. Nice Bowling Ladies.
NRCS participated in the annual Environmental Immersion Day sponsored by the Fairchild Challenge, Thanksgiving Point and USU Extension. An estimated 330 high school students from 10 schools gathered at Thanksgiving Point Gardens on Oct. 3 to gain some hands-on experience in various science disciplines dealing with the environment. The Fairchild Challenge began in 2002 to foster interest in the environment by encouraging students to appreciate and value the beauty of nature, develop critical-thinking skills, and to understand the need for biodiversity and conservation.
Members of the Morgan FFA Chapter in Utah were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The team, led by advisor Megan Haslam, was awarded a silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 150 other participants. Denton Cannon received a bronze emblem, Luke Larsen received a silver emblem, Megan Stapley received a Silver emblem, and Katie Spens received a bronze emblem.
As I contemplate my six children and 12 grandchildren, I wonder at times what would happen if my wife and I were thrust into the role of raising one or more of our grandchildren. In a perfect world, parents raise their children in their own homes and grandparents have the privilege and joy of spoiling their grandchildren—and then sending them back home to their parents. Well, it’s not a perfect world that we live in, and more and more grandparents find themselves in the position of part-time, temporary, full-time, or permanent primary caregivers and/or guardians for their grandchildren.
Recently, two experiences have caused me to reflect on the Vietnam War. In May, my husband and I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Monday, May 28, chairs in the area in front of the wall sat empty awaiting the arrival of dignitaries for the Memorial Day service where President Obama gave his address. In addition to honoring Vietnam veterans in his speech, he set aside May 28 - Nov. 11 of this year to honor those who gave their lives to fight in this war, one of the most controversial wars of the 20th century.
On Nov. 1, Morgan’s digit to analog television conversion was finalized with $71,000 worth of equipment installation. However, older TV sets are still having problems displaying the three KBYU channels, or channel 11.
Barber Brothers Ford presents “Go Further with Ford Night” on Thursday, Nov. 15 – a free fundraising event that will benefit Serve Morgan, engaging consumers in the final “Random Acts of Fusion” adventure and offering them a chance to see the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion in person. Serve Morgan is a non-profit organization who will partner with Washington Height church to refurbish homes of those in need in Morgan County.
Morgan resident Natalie Quinlan, 40, had recently obtained her motorcycle driver’s license and her own motorcycle. She had always wanted her own motorcycle, and had been working up the gumption and skill to ride on Interstate 84.