Recently a group of 13-year-old girls boarded a plane and headed for sunny Florida. They were there to play but this was not a relaxation or sightseeing trip. Instead the preteens worked hard and competed. A group of seven girls from Morgan and one from Kaysville made their way to the National Volleyball Championship after winning a tournament qualifier.
For some reason lately it seems that I have received many questions about Personal Ancestral File (PAF). PAF is a genealogical record manager created by FamilySearch nearly 20 years ago. It started as a DOS program and then eventually was ported to Windows. It has been one of the more widely used record mangers for genealogical work, particularly among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Martin and Adelgunda Dietzel Heiner were among the earliest pioneers to settle in Morgan. In 1845 they immigrated to America from Germany where they encountered and joined the Mormon Church in Pennsylvania. In 1859 they journeyed to Salt Lake City and moved to Morgan in November 1863. The Heiners settled in Mt. Joy, which was later named North Morgan.
The Morgan Lion’s Club annual installation dinner was held on July 5, 2012. That evening Larry Durrant was put in as the new club president, DeOrr Peterson is now 1st vice president, CarDell Mortsensen is 2nd vice president, Harold Laughter is 3rd vice president and Jeff Lucas is secretary/treasurer. The newly installed presidency will serve for one year. The Lion’s Club would like to give a special thanks to George Francis who served as president for the past year.
We want to thank all who came out and supported and/or made donations for our 5th annual Marie McQuiddy Daley Softball Tournament! Thank you to all the high school volleyball team girls for keeping score and donating all their time for this great cause, you are awesome girls!
Barbara Joy Whitear Palmer, 81, returned to the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on July 5, 2012. Barbara was born in Peterson, Utah, on March 9, 1931, to Albert and Clara Whitear. She married Quenton James Palmer on April 16, 1948. Together, they had three children, Cheryle (Randall) Manning, Wendy (Larry) Farr, and Gary (Kathi) Palmer; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Crishelle Stegelmeier, daughter of Daren and Marcelle Stegelmeier, has been called to serve in the Fort Lauderdale mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She reports to the Provo MTC July 18.
Lyn London and the late Larry London are excited to announce the marriage of their daughter, Lori, to Chad Michael Tarbet, son of Lee Filbert and Cheri Smith on Saturday, July 14 in the Oquirrh Mountain temple. In case of an oversight, please join us for a celebration from 7-9 p.m. at the Mountain Green Stake bowery located at 4180 Cottonwood Road.
Effie Johnson Rich is celebrating her 90th birthday. Effie was born July 15, 1922, in Driggs, Idaho. She is youngest of six children born to John James and Mary Edith Carruth Johnson. Her family moved from Driggs to Coalville, Utah, in 1927. They settled in Morgan, Utah in 1929 where John James ran the local dry-cleaning and tailoring shop. In 1947 she married her sweetheart Kent Rich in the Logan Temple. They have five children, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. She is lovingly known as “Grandma Happy.”
Dave and Tammy Siebert are excited to announce the marriage of their son, Trevor Siebert, to Andrea Tanner, daughter of Brent and Conny Tanner of South Weber. They will be married on July 19, 2012, in the Logan LDS Temple. A reception will be held that evening in their honor at the Chantilly Mansion in Layton.
The Morgan 4th of July parade had a new twist to it this year. All townships were invited to create a float and enter it into the parade. The floats were judged and winners were announced during the evening entertainment at the football stadium. First place, and winner of the Grand Prize trophy, went to Round Valley second place went to Peterson and third place went to Porterville. Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Enterprise, Stoddard and Taggart. The Morgan 4th committee appreciates all the time and effort that went into creating these floats and would like to thank all those who participated in this challenge.
This Friday, July 13may just be a lucky day after all for Morgan residents. The long awaited and much anticipated splash pad will open for the public. For years, local residents have dreamed of something to help cool off on hot summer days. Looking for fun for the kids and refuge from the heat, many Morgan families would make long trips to enjoy the refreshing water found at other cities’ splash pads. Now they can enjoy this same summer favorite right here in Morgan. Last year Riverside Park was updated with new playground equipment and this year it will be topped off with a splash pad of its own. Morgan residents will be able to enjoy one of the largest splash pads in Utah. The Morgan splash pad features 26 different water features; 10 above ground and 16 in ground. Covering over 70’ by 70’ of space, the Morgan splash pad is second in terms of size right behind Vernal, and has more water features than any other in the state of Utah.
Morgan resident Jimmy Jones, a 5th grade teacher at Cook Elementary School in Syracuse, Davis School District, has been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress “Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute” during the week of July 16-20, 2012.
MORGAN – John Conrad Irwin, Jr., 96, died July 9, 2012 at his home in Morgan, Utah. He was born Nov. 2, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Conrad, Sr., and Eleanor Elizabeth Collett Irwin.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11 am at the Rock Chapel, 10 W. Young Street, Morgan. Friends and family may attend a viewing Friday from 6 to 8 at Walker Mortuary in Morgan and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 am at the church.
Morgan County Fire Warden Boyd Carrigan was happy to get multiple calls from people passing by on the freeway who noticed a grass fire in Mountain Green on Friday.
“If you see smoke of any kind, call. A lot of people think someone else will do it,” Carrigan said. “I would rather it be a false alarm than not be able to jump on it quick enough.”
Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering. They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.
After nearly two years of work, donations from many of Morgan’s businesses and residents, meetings, design, and planning, the splash pad is nearly complete. The city just missed having the splash pad ready for the 4th of July celebrations, but is now just days away from having the project ready for use.
Our sweet, loving wife and mother Fern Porter Carter, 91, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Family Tree Assisted Living Center in Morgan, Utah. She was born in Porterville, Utah on April 6, 1921 to Franklin Sylvanus Porter and Emma Mae Durrant. She attended school in Porterville and Morgan.
Jeremy Shaw and Sarah Layne are excited to announce their marriage tomorrow, July 7, 2012 in the Bountiful LDS Temple.
Jeremy is the son of Bryan and Deanna Shaw of Morgan. Jeremy is a graduate of Morgan High School and is now attending Weber State University. After high school he served a full time LDS mission to the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission.
Sarah is the daughter of Jason and Angela Woodall of Springfield, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Springfield High School and has been attending BYU-Idaho. They will make their new home in Ogden, Utah where they will continue their education.
A reception will be held in their honor Saturday evening, July 7, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Rock Church in Morgan. They and their parents invite you to join them in celebrating as they begin their new life together.
Michael and Hillary Nelson of Morgan, Utah, are pleased to announce the marriage of their son, Ian Brock Nelson, to Hailey Marie Reden, daughter of Steven and Margaret Reden of Valley Center, California.
They will be married in California on the July 6, 2012. An open house will be held in Morgan, on the 13 of July from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the rock church.
All friends and family please come celebrate with us.
Frank and Suzanne Zuech celebrate their golden anniversary of 50 years on July 7 2012.
They both grew up in the small town of Superior, Wyo. Both attending school together. It was later at college where they fell in love. They were married on July 7 1962.
The Morgan County School Board voted to continue serving breakfast to Morgan Elementary Students in the 2012-2013 year. Morgan Elementary was the first school in the district to offer a breakfast program. After watching the program closely, board members and other district administrators said they may consider offering a similar program at Morgan Middle School.
District officials are considering a new tardy policy at Morgan Middle School.
The new policy is based on one already in place at Roosevelt Junior High, Morgan Middle School Principal Terry Allen said. In surveying his staff, 90 percent responded that they liked the new policy.
The Morgan High Troyettes are off to a fresh start this year. Their new coach is Kim Ball. She is a great new addition to the team!
The Troyettes just returned from camp where they received a spirit award, technique award, and an award for their performance!
At a ceremony just after the flag raising on the fourth of July, individuals from various branches of government in the county gathered to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the families who have individuals serving in the armed services. “We owe it to our veterans, we owe it to those who are serving our county and protecting us,” said Mayor Egbert.
One of summer’s greatest joys is long hot days filled with a dip in the pool. Cannon balls, splashing children calling out marco polo all bring back floods of memories to most Americans who have experienced a setting similar to this sometime in their life. Much of our summertime activities revolve around water. From relaxing on the shore of Pineview, or camping next to a creek in the Uintahs, most of us will come into contact with water. With extra precaution, these activities can give us a lifetime of memories and a scrapbook full of photos.
2012 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activity for June 24-30, with a total of 107 calls
Assistance: (4)Morgan City, WB I-84;
Animal Complaint: (3)Morgan City, Peterson, Porterville;
Geni.com had a wonderful infographic this week that I thought would be worth sharing. Geni provides an online family tree service to help individuals find their families and collaborate with family members. This is only a portion. The entire graphic can be found at http://www.geni.com/blog/independence-day-by-the-numbers-375769.html I hope you enjoy it and that you had a wonderful fourth of July.
Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m., Morgan City will be bringing you a free concert at Riverside Park. The concert will feature Amy Oaks Baker, daughter of Dallin H. Oaks. Grammy nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished violinists. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York.
Generating Income in a Low Interest Rate Environment
If you’re getting ready to retire or are currently retired I’m sure you are well aware that we are in an environment with record low interest rates. You have probably been to a bank or credit union and have asked them what type of investments they have that can provide you an income now that you aren’t working, I’m guessing you were a bit disappointed.
Setting goals can help people move forward in their lives; however, one of the main reasons for not meeting goals is not having a doable plan. A goal should be SMART -- specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely with a plan to achieve it. Consider these ideas when setting weight loss goals.
For the past several months FamilySearch has been quietly growing a presence on Facebook and on Skype. It began with just a few pages focused on Ohio and one or two other states, but has turned into a much larger initiative with more than 100 pages and more than 20,000 “likes.” For the non-Facebook users, a “like” is when someone goes to the page, sees something he or she likes or wants to promote to their friends and clicks on a button that indicates it is something they like. 20,000 likes is a very respectable number for Facebook pages.
With the help of city employees a 4’ x 14’ montage trekked from the courthouse to its new home in the Morgan County Library. The montage was hung at its new location on Saturday, June 23, in order to provide a safe place for more people to view. After 14 years on display at the courthouse, the Morgan Historical Society decided to bring it a little closer to their home. The montage is now hanging inside the library in the southeast corner outside of the historical society office. The space provides the perfect area for the work to be appreciated. Prominently hanging high on the wall, the montage is safe from any little hands that may pass by.
Todd Stuart was the only Morgan County resident this year in the pro hillclimb. Stuart loved motorcycles from a very young age. He started racing motocross at age 14 and raced off and on for 20 years. In 2003, Stuart entered the Widowmaker for the first time. His first race was in the 250 stock class that year and he really enjoyed it, but made the decision to build his first hillclimber motorcycle, a Honda CR50, so he could join the pro-class. In 2005, Stuart joined the Western States Pro-Hillclimb Association and started to travel outside of Utah to climb.
Living in Morgan makes us all a little happier. We love the fresh air, the beautiful mountains, and our friendly neighborhoods. Results of a recent study give us one more reason to be happy we call this valley home. A study completed by the University of Wisconsin, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named Morgan the healthiest county in Utah. Even better, this is the third year they have published results of county comparisons and we have maintained the top spot every year.
Helen Smedley has lived in Mountain Green since the 1960s and remembers some of the first homes being built in the Highlands subdivision. She says she was born in the best little town in America –Fillmore, Utah. She said “it’s drier than a bone” and that her dad used to say “frogs are 25 years old before they know how to swim.” Despite growing up during the Depression, she had a wonderful childhood. Her family grew their own food and had animals, so they were self-sufficient. “We didn’t know we were poor because everyone else was to,” she added.
Morgan City is the first recipient of a new award from the Utah National Guard. Colonel Brown told the city, “I am so thankful to the city for what you have done in helping my family out with our utilities and just knowing that they were safe here in this small community.”