By Morgan Middle School Assistant Principal Terry Allen
When it comes to education most people think of the students, parents, teachers, buildings, and district administrators as the so called “village” in educating a child. In our district we have some of the best students, parents, and educators that you would find anywhere in the state. What set us apart though are the stake holders that many do not think about until there is a problem. I am referring to the support staff that we are lucky to have in our district and part of our educational team. I would like to publicly thank them for all they do and provide a glimmer of what they do behind the scenes that allows the students in our district to receive the best education possible.
Two Cub Scout troops visited The Morgan County News last Tuesday. If your group would like to visit the Paper call managing editor Doug Johnston at (801) 829-3451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week the focus was on help available from Family History Consultants. These volunteers who work in family history centers and individually with patrons searching for ancestors are one of the best resources available for those engaging in family history. There are a number of resources available to these volunteers to help them in their assignments. Many of these resources are also available to anyone who would like to learn more and offer assistance to others.
fter much debate and many meetings with the council the land use agreement with the Gardner Cottonwoods Water Company was approved in the council meeting on Tuesday night with all in favor except Chairman Kelley. This item has been before the council repeatedly with the council asking for approval from the county engineer and other staff that the agreement would provide sufficient protections for the county and not give substantial liability to tax payers. The water company had met with staff and had received a favorable recommendation.
After several back and forth discussions the county has made an offer to the school district to purchase land adjacent to the Fair Grounds. With a vote of 4 to 2 in favor, the council approved an offer to the school district of $59,800. The council also stipulated that the county would not participate in the surveying or fencing costs. The purchase will be paid for from the restaurant tax fund. Members Nelson and Kippen voted against the offer and member Kilmer, who works for the school district, abstained. Member Nelson expressed concern that the county was paying more per acre than the school district had paid in their recent purchase.
The Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would require emissions testing in Morgan. Utah House Bill number 96, if adopted, would require counties “with a geographic boundary that is adjacent to a county required under federal law to utilize a motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program or in which an emissions inspection and maintenance program is necessary to attain any national ambient air quality standard shall comply with the provisions of this section[requiring emissions testing]”.
A few years ago, while dealing with some serious issues and looking for a silver lining, I decided to change my choice of words when discussing challenges. Turning a negative into a positive I now call them “Opportunities for Growth”. I’ve also altered my salutation to those who ask, “How are you?” Rather than using the stale phrase, “Fine”, I look them in the eye and say with enthusiasm, “I’m glad to be living in America!”
The Morgan Lady Trojan basketball team made it a clean sweep of their Region 11 opponents, going 5-0 to start off league play after polishing off the Lady Bears of Bear River by a score of 84-47. The Trojans will now begin their second trip around the league, starting Thursday Jan. 27th at Ben Lomond.
Get ready for a fantastic night of free entertainment. Tops in Blue, the premier entertainment showcase of the U. S. Air Force will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Weber State University’s Browning Center.
Last weekend the Morgan High wrestling team travelled to Delta to compete in an important two-day multi-school tournament. Unfortunately a couple of our Morgan wrestlers ended up in the hospital due to some fairly serious injuries. I was at work when I received a call from Coach Allen that our son, Christian, had dislocated his elbow during a match and was on his way to the local hospital. My wife jumped in the car to make the three hour drive to Delta.
r more than 170 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been involved in doing family history work. In 1894 the Church organized the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) to help individuals discover their ancestors. The GSU at one time had members like any other society, but slowly changed into a non-profit organization without members which was sponsored by the Church to help individuals around the world find their ancestors. As the Internet arrived and the Church began offering services online, the GSU began using the website FamilySearch.org. This then slowly took hold until the organization was renamed last year to FamilySearch.
Stacy Lafitte is the clerk/auditor for Morgan County. Lafitte was born and raised in Morgan and with the exception of one year attending Utah State University, has lived here in the county. She grew up in a small family of her parents and one younger brother.
Each November, Morgan Elementary students start preparing to show off their storytelling skills as they compete for the opportunity to showcase their talents at the annual Weber State Storytelling Festival. All students from 1st grade to 5th grade are encouraged to learn or write a story. They then share their stories with their classmates in December. It is a tough decision to choose just two students from each class to move on to the grade-level competition because the children are all working to be great storytellers.
The Troyettes just competed in their last competition before Region this last Saturday at Murray High School, and for the 3rd time in a row, they won 1st overall and received the Sweepstakes Trophy. This was the perfect way to head into the week of Region.
Morgan welcomed Grantsville to town last Thursday in their first home dual of the season. The Trojans won 11 of the 13 matches and easily defeated the Cowboys 56-12. Individual winners were: Easton Pentz, Rylan Rowser, Kade Carrigan, Shawn Francis, Cormick Breshears, Nate Losee, Randon Prochnow, Brady Libby, Preston Barnett, and Jackson Lake. Morgan also won 3 out of 4 JV matches. Those JV winners were: Christian Winn, Carter Richins, and Riley Hendershot.
The Lady Trojans basketball team played a Region 11 game at Juan Diego on Tuesday Jan. 18th. Last year, on their last trip to Draper to play the Soaring Eagles, the Morgan squad saw their 19 game winning streak come to a screeching halt, as Juan Diego won 54-51. This year would be different, as the Trojans pretty much had it their way, and won by a score of 84-28.
1st Tuesday of each month the van will depart from the Morgan Senior Center at 1:30 to travel to Ogden for shopping. There is always time for a few snacks as well. Plan on joining the group and get items that may not be available here in Morgan. Reservations at (801) 845-4040.
Need help in preparing your 2010 Income Tax Return? Once again, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is available here in Morgan County free of charge for those who qualify. The program is designed to help low-to-moderate income households (generally $49,000 or less).
PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service opened its 21st season of electronic filing today with a reminder to taxpayers that e-file remains the best way to get fast refunds and ensure accurate tax returns, particularly following several tax law changes in December.
An exciting offering of concerts and performances on Temple Square will take place during the months of January and February with a wide array of musical events. Concerts will be held in the Tabernacle, and the Assembly Hall, with BYU Winterfest performances in the Conference Center Theater. For convenience sake, specific performing groups and dates for BYU Winterfest are grouped together in this notice. Each event is open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise indicated.
A rousing pep rally was held Friday, January 16 at Morgan High School for the purpose of arousing the student’s interest for the game. The cheer leaders were dressed as cowboys for part of the yells and for the others they represented “Morgan’s Good Peas.” The rally stimulated the students as shown by their enthusiastic cheering at the game.
Last Friday evening about ten thirty, when en route from Salt Lake City by automobile, J.H. Roberts, manager for the Weber Coal Company of this city had a most harassing experience. At the mouth of Parley’s Canyon two men stepped in front of his car brandishing a revolver and flashlight. With the increasing number of holdups and robberies all over the country it was naturally Mr. Roberts first thought that it was a holdup and he stepped on the gas in an effort to get away. The holdups shot once as the car sped past and then jumped into their close awaiting automobile to give chase. Mr. Roberts soon discovered it was hopeless and dangerous to try and escape by running away from them on the slippery roads so he came to a halt near the Mountain Dell reservoir. Much was his surprise when the supposed bandits turned out to be merely deputy sheriffs who were on the lookout for four of the convicts who had that day escaped from the Salt Lake City Jail.
December 17, 2010 - Today, John Barber announced that Barber Brothers Ford would join Ford Motor Company in its ongoing commitment to the National FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America).
Just a few thoughts about the Junior Jazz program here in Morgan County.
From what I have seen, as both a coach(in years past) and a parent with 2 participants this year, it is a well run program and good for the kids. Parents step up to coach, and do their best to teach the basic principles of the game. The teams, at least in the girls divisions that I have watched, are about as even as you can get, with most games being played very close, and the ability of the players are spread out from team to team. I know both my girls are having a good time, and enjoy both the practices and the games. Thanks Coach Brian House and Dave Henry!
FamilySearch had a bloggers call this last week and there were some interesting highlights. The pace of digitization is steadily increasing. Last year FamilySearch added more than 4 million images to their collection. This year the number will increase substantially. FamilySearch has yet to hit the rate at which they will ultimately reach in producing digital images and other records. They are still projecting to have their collection fully digitized within the next eight years. This goal now seems possible.
Marjorie Andelin Crittenden, long-time Milton resident, turns 90 years young on January 27th. Born in 1921, in Richfield, Utah, to Bertran Youth and Gladys Jensen Andelin, Marge was the second of seven children.