Megan Stapley, a 2012 graduate of Morgan High School FFA (Future Farmers of America), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Barber Brothers Ford and Ford Motor Company. Stapley’s parents are Kurt Stapley and Maggee Stapley of Morgan. Stapley plans to study at Weber State University.
On March 8-10 the Morgan FFA Chapter went to the town of Richfield to their FFA State Convention. Several of them competed in competitions. The Parliamentary Procedures team consisted of six members. They competed by completing a 10 minute long demonstration of the procedures that are used to run an official meeting.
As the weather warms, my staff and I focus on the loose ends that still need to be tied to finish the school year successfully. Among those loose ends is the important and joyous responsibility we have of planning and carrying out graduation ceremonies. Just imagine the countless hours of preparation. If a student spent just one hour on homework each day from the time they were in kindergarten until graduation, he or she would have spent 2,340 hours. We know that many of our students have spent many more hours than that.
The seasons of our life are vast and varied. Some days are full of blue skies and cool breezes, while others are cloudy, dark and cold. Of course we know that each season is necessary to not only keep the circle of life of refreshed, but renewed.
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and 1ST Bank Morgan are joining the Small Business Association (SBA) in celebrating National Small Business Week, May 20 through May 26. ICBA, which represents the nation’s more than 7,000 community banks, is reminding everyone about the critical role community banks serve in supporting local small businesses.
According to Morgan County’s new employee handbook, hourly employees cannot be forced to volunteer. Councilman Robert Kilmer questioned if this could mean that supervisors should not ask their employees to volunteer at the annual county fair.
Sometimes parents discipline their children when they kick and punch each other, but some find that their children discover discipline through kicking and punching. Discipline, self-respect, coordination, confidence, integrity, determination, and attention are just a few of the attributes students can learn while developing their martial arts skills at Martial Science. Martial Science began instructing in February and has been a hit.
Utah will be available to search by name within the next day or two in the 1940 census at FamilySearch.org. The total states published to search by name as of the present time are Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, New Hampshire, Utah, Florida, and Wyoming. An additional seven states are close to release. They are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Vermont and Hawaii. Several other states are completing quickly. The project is nearly 50 percent complete.
Jessie L. Permar has completed the requirements for a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s, School of Social Policy and Practice. Graduation ceremonies will be held at UPenn’s, Philadelphia Campus, May 2012.
Morgan County Horse 4-H is preparing for their first show of the year. Remember 4-H youth you must enroll at the Morgan Extension office prior to the show. The show will be on Saturday, May 26 starting at 9 a.m. at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
On Saturday, May 19, Armed Forces Day, the Morgan County Pilot’s Association will be sponsoring the 2nd annual Veteran’s Recognition Day beginning at 10 a.m. at the Morgan County Airport (located at 5000 Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Mountain Green) to recognize and honor all veterans from all services.
There have been several new additions to the Morgan County News and Jennifer Vesper is one of them. She is excited to be a part of the newspaper staff and hopes to make a difference in the community through her new position.
Every year, Morgan County is overrun by an aggressive weed called Dyer’s woad. Dyer’s woad is a non-palatable, aggressive weed that produces chemicals which inhibit growth in adjacent plants. It has established itself across thousands of acres of western rangeland where the Bureau of Land Management estimates that it can reduce grazing by 38 percent. It is now widespread in Morgan County, as well as in 24 other counties in the state. Dyer’s woad is a native of southeast Russia and has been used since the 17th century to produce a blue dye extract. It is thought to have been imported into California in contaminated alfalfa seed and appeared in Brigham City around 1910.
Family Fun Night at the library is the perfect evening to relax and spend time with your family while encouraging learning and thought. Monday, May 21 will be the second Family Fun Night and there are high hopes it will build on the success of the previous event. The last affair brought a crowd of over 80 participants and turned the library into a carnival. This coming Family Fun Night will transform the library into a dream emporium. The night won’t make you nod off because lots of fun activities have been planned to explore the things we wish and hope for. The idea was born from a patron interest survey that showed a need for family specific events. The staff created the idea for a quarterly Family Fun Night with guests from the community.
Morgan City is set to begin construction next week on the splash pad at Riverside Park. The city has been raising funds for more than a year and is continuing to do so. Many of the splash pad features have been sponsored by local businesses and some of the construction work has been donated as well. The city has had donations from groups of mothers and grandmothers as well as many residents from all over the county. They city has also conducted fund-raising activities throughout the last year such as selling hot dogs at last year’s Independence Day Celebration. The city has raised the funds necessary to begin construction, but is still requesting donations to provide funding for additional water features as well as benches.
World War II Veterans from Morgan County were honored in a recent Eagle Scout project completed by Trevor Slate of Milton. Slate raised money to place markers on the graves of Norris Andrew Nelson, Sgt. Henry Burton Nelson, P.F.C. Thomas Henry Giles, Sgt. Chester R. Olsen, Seaman 2nd Class Karl Crittenden, P.F.C. Frank Jay Lacey and First Lieut. Craig Hannum. He found it interesting that small farming communities like Milton, Richville, Porterville, Morgan City, Peterson and Mountain Green all lost so many of their sons and daughters, creating hardship on families, neighbors and the entire community. Many veterans returned wounded and shell-shocked carrying unimaginable, horrible images for the remainder of their lives.
After Brad Barton addressed Morgan County families on May 1 about the “illusion vs. reality” of underage drinking, families participated in “What Will I Do On My Summer Break?” The youth in particular had a blast visiting various booths and hands-on displays in the MHS commons area sponsored by local businesses and organizations which provide summer-time activities, camps, classes, and events for kids and families in our Morgan County community.
A clear, calm, warm morning welcomed over 500 athletes to the Morgan High School track April 21, 2012, for the fifth annual Morgan “Pocket Change” Invitational. The athletes represented fifteen schools from Utah and Wyoming in classification from 1A to 5A. Competition began at 9:00 am and ran until 3:30 pm. The stands were filled with spectators, athletes and parents. Team tents were scattered around the grass outside the track fence providing shade for the day-long event.
Morgan’s Varsity baseball team won two critical games last week to all but assure the team a playoff berth. Braden Daniel struck out ten batters over seven innings to help Morgan defeat Tooele, 4-2 on April 24th. Daniel also helped out his cause with an RBI single in the first inning. Lantzen Toomer was 2-3 with a triple and an RBI single. Cameron Jarrett also reached base twice, including an RBI double in the third inning.
On April 24 and 25 members of our FFA chapter competed in the 2012 Career Development Experiences in Logan. There were eight teams that competed. One of those teams won the state title for this year in the Agricultural Sales contest. Those that were on the team were Luke Larsen, Jake Cannon, Katie Spens, and Megan Stapley.
Inspired by Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Mrs. Sheridan encouraged students in Mrs. Yorgason’s class to create a “quilt square” based on a character trait each student would like to acquire.
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle…If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
A growing method to help in genealogical research is DNA. For the past decade DNA genealogy is been gaining ground in the community. DNA testing can determine whether two individuals are related. Descendants believed to have a common ancestor can be tested. The test can help to prove, or disprove genealogical theories. It can also point to genealogical research that has been completed and indicated a family connection. Even where no other family member has participated in a DNA study, the DNA results can point to likely places in the world from which ancestors originated.
The Gold Family Team (TNT Dynamite) have been relayers for four years. What is relay you might ask? Relay is an event that anyone can be involved in. It is a chance to support the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. You can either join a team or come and join the Party the night of relay, Aug. 10, at MHS, opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. you won’t want to miss it!
Thursday May 3 marked the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Northfront Business Resource Center(NFBRC). The back patio was full with all of the more than 50 guests and DATC administration, as well as founders, designers, builders and grant writers.
Jim Nickerson was a young man in the air force when he met Nell while attending a wedding reception in Morgan. He was stationed at Hill AFB, which was a long way from his home in Massachusetts. As stories go, they soon had their own wedding at Nell’s parent’s home in Morgan and lived in their first apartment in Ogden.
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 Court of Honor at the local bowery on Wednesday evening, May 2.
Bill and Gaylene Bateman of Morgan are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mollie Rose, to Joel David Steven Herrey, son of Per and Eva-Linda Herrey of Kungsbacka, Sweden. The marriage will take place on June 14 in the Denmark, Copenhagen LDS temple.
Residents and strangers came together for a great cause on Monday. Rob Saunders and friends came up with an idea to do something wonderful for their friend and neighbor, Charese Foster. Charese was diagnosed last year with invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) that has also spread to her liver, lungs, lymph system and brain.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, which happens to be Armed Forces Day, the Morgan County Pilot’s Association will be sponsoring a Veteran’s Recognition Day to recognize and honor all veterans from all services. The Pilot’s Association invites all citizens and veterans from Morgan and nearby counties to come and mingle with one another, swap stories and view the static displays of various aircraft and military vehicles. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. A flag ceremony will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. by our own Morgan County’s American Legion Post 67 and VFW Post 6154 veterans.
Donors, students, county residents, school district officials, and former and current administrators gathered Tuesday to officially cut the ribbon marked “the next 100 years,” and open the new Trojan Century Center.
“Alcohol is a drug; it’s the second most dangerous drug next to nicotine!” emphasized Brad Barton to an audience of approximately 400 in the Morgan High School auditorium on Tuesday, May 1 while levitating spinning cards in the air, shooting mini fire balls, and magically making a newspaper “whole” after shredding it in pieces.
Many years ago I visited The Family History Library. I had received a significant amount of genealogical information from my grandmother and I wanted to continue the work that she and my grandfather had done over many years. I had never done genealogical research before and I understood little about what was required. I was anxious to learn what I needed to do and find additional information.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.