What an exciting time of year! Back-to-school is truly one of our favorite events at Morgan Elementary and this fall we are eager to begin a year of many new challenges. Each August we rededicate ourselves to finding the strategies necessary to continue the tradition of excellence that has made our school so great for so long. This year we especially welcome our new students and their families as they join our journey.
Morgan Elementary School’s motto is, “Mountaineers Climbing Higher!” and we hope to embody this slogan through the empowerment and achievement of our students.
Utah State University Extension Cache Valley Master Gardeners will host the Utah State Master Gardener Conference Sept. 23 and 24 at the American West Heritage Center, 4089 South Highway 89/91, Wellsville. “Bees, Bugs and a Healthy Garden” is the theme for the 2011 conference where USU horticulture professors and Extension specialists will present an array of horticultural topics.
Several months ago the county council changed the body that hears appeals to planning commission and county council decisions. The county had previously had a board of volunteers that heard the appeals cases. The council had been struggling to have enough volunteers to keep the appeals board working. They also had challenges with the appeals board keeping current on the knowledge necessary to make good decisions. Appeals are rare, and the law and county codes are complex. Last year the chairman of the appeals board wrote to the council about his concerns relating to the capability of the board to render good decisions.
The heart of genealogy is the evidence that forms our conclusions. We search for clues of our ancestors among the records of the past. All of genealogical research focuses on a name, a place, and a time. Finding that elusive record that contains our ancestor is the key to success.
The family of Grace Johanson would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of our wonderful friends in the community for their love and kindness during our time of loss. Thank you for all of the cards, visits, and food that was brought to our homes.
My name is Clyde Criddle. I have very fond memories of Como Springs, in fact very good ones. I worked for the Heiners for a few years mostly as a pin setter in the bowling alley and other jobs as needed.
I want to personally thank the crew and cast of “Annie” for an outstanding production. Each member played an important role in the success of the event. I especially extend appreciation to the parents and community for their attendance and support. It is my hope that this is just the beginning of an annual event that brings the schools and citizens together at the beginning of each school year celebrating local talent and raising funds for a worthwhile cause.
Our loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Earl J Banner, age 74, passed peacefully away on Thursday September 1st. He was born on May 14, 1937 in Declo, Idaho to Clarence LeRoy and Olevia Hymas Banner. He learned many lessons and skills that carried him through the rest of his life working beside his father and brothers on the family farm. After graduating from Declo High School he attended University of Idaho before serving a LDS mission to Samoa, where he learned to love the Polynesian people. He attended Brigham Young University and met his sweetheart, Nyla Wilcock. They were sealed for eternity on June 14, 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Keira and Kate are excited to announce the marriage of their mom, Jamie, to Ben. They were married on Sept. 1, 2011. A lovely garden reception was held at the Blomquist home following the wedding. Jamie is the daughter of Scott and Kathy Rees of Morgan. Ben is the son of Dave and Pam Blomquist of Morgan. Jamie and Ben, Kate and Keira will begin their new family life in Morgan.
Not only did Morgan bring home another nail biting win, they showed what it really means to not only be a team, but a band of brothers. Number 71 Landon Carter was represented by the team at the South Summit game last Thursday. Carter went in for heart surgery the same time the Morgan Trojans would be playing the South Summit Wild Cats.
Ten years ago when the Morgan School District gave the temporary use of one of its buildings to have a Weber State University information center in Morgan, no one could foresee the progress the center has made today. Barbara Anderson who has worked at the center from the time of opening, has seen this higher education learning center grow from an information center, to a testing center, to now a place where students can learn by taking classes via video conferencing (IVC). Through video conferencing students can interact with the course instructor teaching from a distant campus.
You will be moving along at about 44 feet per second. You then need about 47 feet to bring the vehicle to a safe stop at 30 MPH. This, combined with your reaction time will add about 66 feet to your travel distance, with a total of 114 feet needed before you stop your car- almost double the stopping distance at only 10 MPH over!
As school begins each year students are usually filled with excitement and enthusiasm to meet new friends and learn new things. Just the anticipation of a new class and seeing their old friends provides motivation to come to school during the first few weeks. Regrettably, after a few weeks some students begin to feel that regular attendance to school is not important. Sadly, but not usually intentionally, some parents also feel that missing a few days of school is not that important.
Looks like you’ve packed your bags and are all ready to go on a stress free trip! Excellent! It will be worth it. Now, there’s just one final preparation to make before we leave. Please do me-and yourself-a favor, unpack your bags. That’s right; in fact, you can just leave them behind. They’ll be fine without you. You won’t need them on this trip.
The news has been stirring about a community theater company and its version of the Broadway Musical “Annie” which will be held at the Morgan High School Auditorium, this week August 25th, 26th, 27th and 29th.
1752 is an important year in family history. It is the year that most of Europe switched their calendars. The Julian calendar did not coincide perfectly with the earth’s orbit and added eleven minutes each year. The Gregorian calendar (which we use today) was introduced in 1582, but only a few countries in Europe adopted it.
There is a new family in town and they’ve only been in Morgan for just over a year. You probably would have guessed they’ve been here longer with how acquainted they are with the people, the great new friendships they’ve all made, and all the activities this family is involved in.
The Gualcos moved their family to Morgan just over a year ago, on August 13, 2010 from the town of Castleford, Idaho. The man of the house, that is, Joe, enlisted in the military about two or three years ago at the age of thirty-two.
My family moved to Morgan in September 1929. We lived on what is now Commercial St. – we called it String Street when we lived there.
Como would open on Memorial day. However, my sister’s birthday was June 6th so that was the date each year that we would begin our summer swimming. One of their advertisements was “Swim in water fit to drink”
As a former resident of Morgan I very much enjoyed the article in the News about Como Springs. However, no mention was made of the Sunday band concerts performed by the Morgan High School band. There used to be a bandstand at the far left-hand corner of the swimming pool and as a youngster I loved watching the band march single file along the edge of the pool to reach the bandstand. By the time I was a member of the band the bandstand was no longer used for the concerts because the water deadened the sound of the music. When I was in the band the concerts were played in the center of the park where chairs were set up for us. Fond memories--not only of the band but of the dances and roller skating! Also, I was baptized in the indoor swimming pool at Como.
Raymond Keith Larson passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. Keith was born on April 19, 1931 in Morgan Utah to Raymond Parley and Ann Giles Larson. He graduated from Morgan High School, and attended Weber State College and later graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Education. He served in the Northwestern States Mission for the LDS Church. After his mission he joined the Air Force and served in Japan as an Instrument Panel Instructor for 3 years. He met his sweetheart and eternal companion, Nora Howard at BYU. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 7, 1960. Together they have 9 children 32 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He taught Math and Science at Pleasant Grove High School and was also a counselor. He returned to teaching math at Orem Jr. High. He served as an ordinance worker in the Mt. Timpanogos temple. Keith and Nora together served in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission for the LDS Church.
I would like to thank everyone who helped with the 100th annual Morgan County Fair. It would not have been possible without all of the people who donated their time to ensure the fair was a success. I greatly appreciate all the support and dedication of the fairboard members and committees. They are the reason the fair was so successful. There are so many people who stepped up and worked non stop to make sure things were done. A special thanks to our families who spent countless hours helping with whatever needed to be done. Thanks to the County Council members that volunteered to help through out the fair. I would also like to thank Rod and his crew for prepping the fairgrounds and maintaining them throughout the fair. If I missed anyone who helped, I greatly appreciated all you did to make the Morgan County Fair the Best Little Fair in Utah.
Alec Deru, son of Scott and Teresa Deru, has received his mission call to the New Jersey Morristown Mission. He will speak in the Cottonwood Creek Ward Sacrament Meeting on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 10:50 a.m. at the Highlands Chapel (5378 W. Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, Utah).
Jayne Smalley and McKay Weaver are happy to announce their marriage on Saturday, September 3, 2011 in the Bountiful LDS Temple. Jayne is the daughter of Scott and Wendy Smalley of Mountain Green, McKay is the son of Randy and Nina Weaver of Centerville. The bride and groom are both graduates of Utah State University. In the case of any oversight, all friends and family are invited to attend a celebration that evening at Snow Basin in Earl’s Lodge between 6 :00 and 8:00 pm.
The school bell rang in the new school year for Morgan School district on Tuesday August 23. The usual excitement and nerves tinged each student as he or she returned to school. Bodee Wright, a third grader, was so excited, his mom wasn’t sure if he even knew if she existed. His older sister, Bailee, left the comfort of elementary last year and after her first day at school was left a bit exhausted, but excited for the year, especially about her new locker. A new locker was what fellow sixth grader Kale Bigler was most excited about.
Bonnie Peterson Woolsey of Morgan, was crowned Queen of Morgala Days fifty years ago in 1961. This summer she handed over the reins to her granddaughter. In a different venue, but with the same quality horsemanship, Christena Woolsey of Stone, Idaho was crowned queen of the Western Box Elder County Rodeo.
Morgan faced off against the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles. Maple Mountain High School opened in fall of 2009 as a brand new school. It is located in Spanish Fork (on the border of Spanish Fork and Mapleton) but pulls in all high school students living in Mapleton and some students living in eastern Spanish Fork.
The Morgan Education Foundation is making a final push to fund the new Trojan Century Center. They are beginning a two-week campaign to reach out to the residents of the county and alumni of Morgan High School. The foundation believes that there are many that benefited from an excellent education in Morgan that will want to support the Trojan Center, particularly on the hundredth anniversary of the High School. The campaign will last two weeks and is targeting to raise $100,000. This should bring the foundation to the necessary funding for the facility to be completed. “Our goal is to reach out to individual, to alumni, to families… and ask for a commitment of $1,000, “ said Kelly Wright Morgan Education Foundation president. He continued, “[It is] great opportunity to share in helping to build this facility, not just a mediocre facility, but a facility… that has a classrooms to teach, that has the equipment…everything that would make this first class.”
The Morgan Valley has been carpeted with lush green for most of the summer and the hills and valleys continue to clothe in the colors of summer. It’s hard to imagine that school will be back in session next week! Following are some random thoughts about the upcoming year and what we can expect to see as the year progresses.
The Morgan High School Varsity Football Players hosted their annual Football Dinner and Cake Auction Thursday August 11th. There was a huge turnout for the football fundraiser with over 800+ meal tickets sold for the delectable meal served by the honorable Morgan High Trojan Varsity Football players. The Morgan High Drill Team and Cheerleaders entertained the crowd and brought pep and precision dancing for the upcoming football season.
The 100th Anniversary of the Morgan County Fair was a successful one for the 4-H program. With over 180 fair exhibit entries, 171 4-H Livestock animals sold, two nights of Horse 4-H, the 4-H Teen Council face painting booth, and the Morgan 4-H Robotics club booth, the Morgan County 4-Hers stayed busy!
Tara Hammer is an outstanding member of our community, dedicated to serving others. She is the kind of person everyone wants in their organization because she is willing and able to make extraordinary things happen, give credit to others, and bring happiness to whatever task is at hand.
Located just east of the Ogden temple is the Ogden FamilySearch Library. With the exception of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake, the Ogden library is the busiest in the world serving more than 45,000 patrons annually. There are more than 140 computer stations in the facility as well as large training rooms. The center has more than 300 staff who help patrons find their ancestors as well as an extensive film collection.
Although some events scheduled at the arena during the fair were a little muddy, the participants in final regular season 4-H horse show could not have enjoyed more favorable conditions. The show was held as a two day event starting on Thursday July 28th at 6:00 pm with the Written Test, Showmanship, Western Equitation and Bareback Equitation. Friday night events included Barrels, Poles and the Scurry Race. We have seen so much improvement in many of our 4-H exhibitors during the year and hope they had a fun time with their projects over the summer.
Morgan High School has been doing a 2 week Theatre Camp every summer for numerous years. This year it was decided to start the Morgan Community Theatre under the Direction of Mr. Adam Slee. There were Open Auditions on July 8th for everyone in Morgan County. The auditions were a huge success. There is a lot of talent in Morgan. Theatre camp has been held for the last 2 weeks for all the children involved in the play from the ages of 5 to 14 with younger children coming at a later date. These Children have been wonderful and mastered all of the songs and choreography in just 4 days. In the evenings we have been having rehearsals for the adult characters and a couple of the main youth characters. The all community cast Performance of “Annie” will be opening Thursday August 25th at 7pm at the Morgan High School Auditorium, and running for 4 nights (August 25th (Thursday), 26th(Friday), 27th(Saturday), and 29th(Monday). The proceeds of Annie will be going to the Morgan School District Special Education Department.
Each year the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation “Ride for Kids” culminates at the Morgan City Riverside Park. Some of the children are allowed to make the trip from Salt Lake City to Morgan on the back of a motorcycle or in a motorcycle side car. Throughout the year, motorcycle groups from Nevada and Utah collect donations for pediatric brain tumor research. This year the groups raised over $35,000.
Elder Justin Matthew Heiner has been called to serve in the Washington Tacoma mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be speaking at the Porterville Meetinghouse (2700 S. Morgan Valley Drive) on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10am.