Roger and Joan Nold made Morgan their home last summer when they purchased 27 acres on Highway 66. The new Morgan residents have family members in different areas of military service, which has instilled in them a sense of gratitude and patriotism. When their son joined the Army reserves, Joan began reading books and researching about the effects of war and veterans with a stronger focus.
Families waited in line down the long hall of the courthouse just as they do every year waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for their turn to see the Jolly old man Saint Nick. Hundreds of local residents look forward to this annual tradition with both excitement and nostalgia.
Drifting snow added to the ambiance as the community gathered around to count down the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of Commercial Street at the end of the fourth annual Ol’ Time Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7. The city street looked like a scene right out of a Hallmark Christmas movie where neighbors, friends and family gather around to celebrate together.
Ginny Tilby impressed the students of Morgan Elementary School with her quick drawing and talented illustrations as she introduced herself and taught lessons she has learned through sketches projected onto the wall.
Coaches, parents, and supporters crowded around wrestling mats on November 9th for the 2nd annual USA sanctioned Little League Folkstyle Tournament held in Morgan as they shouted out wrestling techniques and praise for the young wrestlers. Dressed in singlets and headgear or t-shirts and shorts, approximately 340 wrestlers came from as far away as Pinedale, Magna, Bear River, Heber City, South Jordan, Evanston, and everywhere in between.
While young people around the nation are receiving a bad reputation for being selfish and unmotivated, Morgan youth have proved they are just the opposite.
Ellen Thunberg sat on her school bus in Stockholm, Sweden, a bit dismayed at the monotony of her life. She was bored with school and wondered if she was going to have to continue with her mundane schedule. As she pondered on her lackluster situation, Thunberg’s friend presented an idea she had never before contemplated: she suggested they become foreign exchange students! Fast forward through the paperwork, selection process and waiting, and Thunberg found herself on the other side of the world on an adventure right here in Morgan, Utah, while her friend stays with a family in Chicago, Illinois!
“This was our busiest opening we’ve ever had,” said Blane Smith, owner of the Morgan Pretzelmaker location as well as 16 others throughout Utah and surrounding states. This is Smith’s first Pretzelmaker outside of a mall and the first in a small town, which brings a lot of unknown possibilities and excitement.
JR Hopkin is excited about a lot of changes in his future, most of all a new baby to arrive in early October. In addition to his bundle of joy, Hopkin plans on a change of occupations. After 8 years of serving Morgan delicious cooked-to-order burgers and fries, Hopkin has decided to hand the torch over to someone else. Hopkin plans to sell Steph’s to local businessman Blane Smith. This will be the first time since the business has opened in 1957 that someone outside the family has owned the establishment.
Friday the 13th might prove to be a lucky day for Morgan residents with a taste for salty or sweet snacks and meals. Pretzelmaker is set to open doors to delightful smells and tasty treats at 10 a.m. at the newest location on State Street in Morgan City. It is located in the north end of the former bus garage, where it has undergone a transformation into a tantalizing establishment.
Sportsmen hunt the world over for quality hunting supplies and the residents of Morgan are lucky enough to have the only Browning outlet store in the world brimming with quality products at discounts in their own backyard. Along with all of the quality products, a new face has been added to manage the quality service the Browning Outlet Store has to offer.
As school bells are days away from ringing, children are gathering supplies from lists the schools have sent out. While they are not mandatory, the items are purchased by able parents to ensure a successful year for their student. Teachers have been readying classrooms for pupils throughout the district and thanks to generous citizens, a dozen classrooms will be well stocked without the burden falling on the teachers.
The second annual Milton round up brought past and present Milton residents together to celebrate the community and to unite residents of the oldest area of Morgan. Pioneer day was an appropriate day to join in celebration at the Milton Park. At the peak between 450 and 500 people attended; but with five hours of entertainment, families were coming and going throughout the evening. Many, however, enjoyed the full night’s events.
The Morgan Musical Theater Camp worked hard for two weeks on their show “Wild, Wonderful, World of Walt Disney.” Each of their dedication showed during their two performances at Morgan High School on July 19 and 20. Parents, families and friends flocked to the auditorium to watch the actors sing and dance on stage.
A large group of Morgan children have eagerly been going to school every day for the last two weeks. While spending two hours or more a day with teachers in classes at the high school may not sound like what every summer breaker wants to be doing in July, these children have gladly done it; some as young as 4 years old.
Emma Loo Bell was born on June 22, 1923, at home in Morgan. Over the course of the next 90 years, Emma Loo travelled the canyon many times making comments how she thought it would be fun to ride in a semi-truck. For years she thought it would be fun to sit up high and be able to see more.
Photos of a black bear crossing the freeway near “the narrows” just past the Croydon exit have become famous, circulating around the internet and featured on KSL. Henefer resident Steve Richins had heard rumors of a bear sighted in the area, so he and his wife went out on a bear hunt, and were successfully able to shoot the uncommon photos.
One of the oldest relics of Morgan history hangs in the Milton Park, standing as a symbol of history, freedom and the community.
The Morgan County Library has started signups for families and individuals to participate in the Summer Reading Program. The library encourages everyone to participate from babes in arms to 100-year-olds and even beyond, the library staff laughed as they realized there really are library patrons older than this.
Five- to 8-year-olds had the chance to pledge their heads, hearts, hands and health to themselves and others on May 28-29 at the first annual Cloverbud 4-H Camp. 4-H has been an important organization in Morgan County for over 100 years and now younger kids have the opportunity to be involved. The group met at the Morgan County Courthouse for their activities during this day camp that lasted two days.
Ryan and Jessica Terry celebrated the 4th of July, 2011, like many of us, at the Riverside Park. Their children Eden, Ty and Lydia played games and the family enjoyed visiting with old and new friends. One particular conversation changed their lives forever.
Three Morgan County Boy Scouts and four adult leaders were recognized for their exemplary service and leadership in Scouting and in our community.
Monday, April 22, the Morgan Community Choir held its 15th Annual Spring Concert. The choir took center stage in their matching blue dresses, cummerbunds and bow ties. Milan Mecham narrated the program as Lois Manning directed the choir.
“I’ve looked at it as a blessing in disguise,” Gentry Lawson said of being too sick to attend Monday’s Boston Marathon. Lawson had been excited to compete in the Boston Marathon; it was something on his bucket list that he was really looking forward to.
Morgan native Billy Peterson is an experienced runner, having competed in over 50 marathons including three previous runs in Boston. During the race last week, Peterson did something unique in his running career: he took his cell phone and seemingly saved his wife and young daughter from tragedy.
Morgan Valley Crafts hosted a grand opening last weekend welcoming the public to its creative shop, located right here in Morgan. Refreshments were served which only diverted attention for a moment from the crafts which fared to be a bigger temptation for the great turnout of shoppers.
As Morgan County residents watch as the last patches of snow melt away, they often wish for better weather and the luxuries of summer. Beautiful lawns, trees that are healthy enough to let children climb in while bearing delicious fruits, and vegetables overflowing onto our neighbors’ properties are often things people dream about but think they must wait until warm weather to prepare. Now is the time to begin planning and preparing for your summer gardening and fall feast.
For over 100 years, 4-H has been giving kids useful skills and wholesome recreation. The 4-H program in Morgan County, as well as many counties throughout the state, has been limited to children in the third grade and older. The Utah State University Extension Office has been working on bringing a program called Cloverbuds to Morgan County that will involve students in Kindergarten through second grade. These students will have the opportunity to “learn while doing.”
Chad Lewis has traveled the world promoting the sport he loves. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, he stopped in Morgan to sign photos and discuss football with fans. He brought a stack of photos he happily signed for a steady stream of visitors to the Browning Outlet store.
A survey about dual immersion is available on the Morgan Elementary and Mountain Green Elementary websites. Paper copies are also available in both school offices. The brief survey, only 10 questions, will determine if and how a dual immersion program will be available for students in the Morgan School District. Results of the survey will be used to help determine which elementary school the program would be hosted by as well as the preferred language to be taught if a dual immersion program is implemented. The survey is available to parents of children who will be entering elementary in the Morgan County School District. It will be available online until Feb. 5, 2013.
Over the last several months, residents of Morgan County have become increasingly interested in concealed weapons permits. Months before the recent rampage in Connecticut and other terrible scenes, local citizens started the process to legally carry a gun.
“Point your toes, and raise your voice as we honor Christ’s birth and rejoice.” The program passed at the door announced the evening’s theme and purpose.
In her second year of competing, Krista Johansen took first place for her edible architecture. Last year’s creation was a mock-up of Commercial Street that took second place honors. This year’s creation was started a week before the turkey and pumpkin pie were served on Thanksgiving Day. For the average gingerbread house, starting this early would mean there was plenty of time to work on it here or there. But Johansen’s elaborate design required her to work about four hours daily to complete it in time for judging.
Morgan City, County, and Chamber of Commerce have been working throughout the year to develop a new website. It has taken cooperation from the three parties to get the website ready to launch. All three could see the potential benefits this website could provide to Morgan businesses and its residents. “This has been a good thing,” Shelly Betz, city councilwoman stated. She encourages everyone to go to the website and see what is actually available in Morgan.
Fifty-three years ago, Frank “Whitey” and Darlene Little decided they wanted to do Christmas decorations in a new way. Their location gave them a unique place to create a Christmas scene. They decided to use their hill to display a nativity.
Midway through the fundraiser Debbie Trussell was beaming with the support her family received from the community. “It’s going amazing!” Trussell said happily, “People are so amazing. So generous.” The courthouse auditorium was filled with donations and shoppers. Sections for clothing, electronics, toys, furniture, and more lined the walls and filled the room.
Luckily, we have had a mild winter so far because not everyone has been visited by the traveling home insulation vans that have covered the Morgan territory. In fact not everyone has four walls and a roof they can call their own. St. Anne’s Center shelters hundreds of Top of Utah’s homeless each year.
On Saturday Dec. 1, the Weber State Alumni Singers used their music to help Loydene Berg who lost her home to a fire in September. The choir presented a rich experience titled “A Gift of Music” to generous audience members who started off the holiday season with an amazing concert. The evening of music enriched those who attended.
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.”
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.
A brisk but sunny 40 degree morning welcomed flying enthusiasts to the airport in Mountain Green. “It’s a great day to fly,” said Joe Garfield, airport manager. “A great day like this brings everyone out.”
On Thursday Oct. 26, Morgan High School staged an event to help educate and remind our community about our history, rights, and freedoms related to government. Morgan County resident Lydia Nuttall worked with our local government to bring this event to our community to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of America’s Constitution. The Ellis Island program presented history from our founding fathers as well as from the famous Island that welcomed millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954.
Friends and family of Morgan Elementary students fell into fun at the fall festival. The rain didn’t keep the crowds away from the party set up in the school’s gym, cafeteria and hallway. Over 300 children and adults attended the fall festival making it a huge success.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, nearly 2,000 students and faculty members from Morgan High, Morgan Middle and Morgan Elementary schools participated in a full evacuation drill. This drill led them roughly a half mile from the school grounds to Wilkinson Construction.
Fifteen years ago Amanda Hadlock’s roommates at Rick’s College found an ID on the ground. They tracked down the owner and when he came to pick it up, Amanda and Markus met for the first time. The two had grown up in Vernal and had many ties to each other. However, they had never met. After that chance meeting they dated that summer and then they both attended Utah State the next year. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1997 and have built a life together -all because of a misplaced ID.
Labor Day often means a weekend of camping or a day off of work. For 13-year-old Branden Brooks and nearly 30 others, Labor Day meant labor and lots of it. The story starts several years ago when Branden set a goal to receive his Eagle Scout award before his 14th birthday.
Austin Manning is a happy little boy. His smiles bring happiness to his older brother, Logan, and his parents, David and Michelle Manning. On Nov. 2, 2012, Austin will undergo a surgery that will allow him to hear his family tell him how much they love him.
Just after noon on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012, Austin Larson was working at the rock pit in Mountain Green when he heard an unusual noise across the street that got his attention. When he confirmed there was smoke he quickly went to the Mountain Green fire Station, where he works as a volunteer fire fighter. Larson retrieved the fire engine and made his way back the short distance to the home to find that the fire was already fully evolved. By this time calls were coming in from a postal worker who was in the area, a 1st Bank employee from the bank next to the house, and others who viewed the smoke and flames.
As the house burned firefighters from surrounding areas were called in including two trucks from Weber County and a ladder truck from South Ogden. Brush trucks helped with a grass fire that spread behind 1st Bank, Mountain Green Branch. Twenty-eight fire fighters worked on the blaze before they were able to stop it around 4 p.m. The house continued to smolder until about 6 p.m. A crew remained at the scene overnight and was able to control two or three flare ups during the night, reported Dave Rich, Morgan County fire chief.
The students of Morgan Elementary have just stepped into the 2012-2013 school year and their teachers have their classes up and running. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, parents sat in miniature chairs at miniature desks to listen to big plans for the upcoming year.
Sometimes there are misconceptions about PTSO. Courtney Gualco, the new MES PTSO president, wants everyone to know what PTSO is all about. “We’re a support to the parents, teachers and students of our school,” Gualco explained. “We try and help make school a pleasant experience. Any parent can participate in PTSO and there are many ways to help.”
Connie Kippen can’t say enough about her family. “My kids and grandkids-that is the number one thing in my life,” Connie said and then minutes later on another topic she continued, “My kids bring me the most excitement and most joy.” Any topic seemed to relate back to her children and her love for them.
“Every relayer has one thing- a story…” Trevor Wynn began his speech at the opening of last Friday night’s Relay for Life. He talked about losing his grandmother and then his father. When he researched this deadly disease, he found that the survival rate around that time was 67 percent. He wanted to do more to help with the cause. Shortly after his father lost his fight to cancer, he got involved with Relay for Life through Ellen Poll. “I relay for my dad, and that’s my relay story.”
After months of feeding and caring for their animals, over 160 hard working kids were able to sell their animals to generous and eager buyers. The junior livestock show and sale are the final event of a program encouraging youth to raise and care for livestock animals. The annual event allows kids to take responsibility for their animals and learn how a business is run.
Many contests and challenges were held during the three days at our county fair. The most recently added game to the fair line up was the Cantaloupe Chuckin’ event. Inspiration came when 12-year-old Easton Turner was watching a favorite show about pumpkin chucking. He told his mom this event needed to be part of the fair. His mom, Kim Turner, is in charge of the activities and games at the fair and she agreed that it would be a fun addition to the fair. Easton started making plans with his friend Talon Thorton. They compiled their favorite designs for catapults and took their favorite parts from each to build their ideal thrower.
Almost a month ago, households around Morgan County received the 2012 fair book covered in artwork by Tyler Sierra Fowers. This year’s theme ‘There’s Fun for the Whole Herd at the Morgan County Fair’ was portrayed on the cover and the contents of the book kept that promise. This year a wide variety of activities are planned with the hopes of offering something for everyone. The fair encompasses a weeks’ worth of activities beginning on Thursday, July 26, and wrapping up Saturday, Aug. 4. If you do not have a copy of this year’s fair book, there are extras at area businesses or you can download a copy at www.morgannewspaper.com. The guide details where, how and when to enter, participate, and attend all of this year’s fair activities.
Local artist Kim Corpany is known all over the world for her bronze sculptures set at prominent points. She discovered her talent for and love of art early on. In kindergarten, she determined a picture she was assigned to color wasn’t quite right. She drew in a different black line and then colored it in. Her teacher scolded her for not coloring in the lines even after attempts to explain the imperfections. Disheartened, she took the picture home. Upon review, her mother explained Kim should keep coloring the way she thought best.
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.
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.
What’s more American than apple pie? The small town Independence Day celebration! While there were no fireworks to end the night, the celebration really popped!
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.
An open house was held on June 7 at the Morgan County Memorial Building to discuss modifications to several areas of county road. The two hour open house held in the county chambers was an open forum for residents to study the proposed plan and give input. Approximately 15 citizens came to voice their opinion. The outcome of the meeting was favorable and construction will begin this fall with the majority of the work being completed in spring and summer 2013.
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.
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.
Each month Morgan County 4-H has hosted a family craft night at the courthouse. Crafts have varied and reflect the season. Aprils craft celebrated Earth Day by planting different kinds of seeds in toilet paper containers to grow indoors until it is warm enough for them to survive outside. Kelly Carter 4-H Assistant has planned and presented the activities.
Cheryl grew up in Hunter, which is now West Valley City. After graduating from Cypress High School she attended two years at SUSC on music and academic scholarships. She then attended Utah State where she met Brian through a friend. Brian lived in Markesan, Wisconsin until he was ten and then moved to Preston ID. He graduated from CSI, College of Southern Idaho, and then joined the National Guard. They were married in 1990 and moved to Provo where Brian began working for UPS and has worked there full time, except when deployed. They made Morgan their home 21 years ago.
Russ and Natalie Tibitts met while they were both attending Ricks College. They went on a date set up through mutual friends and while Natalie had a mission planned when she met him, six months later they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1993. She graduated in Interior design and then was granted a scholarship to BYU. Russ worked on Generals at Ricks, his Bachelor at BYU graduating in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, and then finished up at University of Utah for his Masters. In case you wonder, he cheers for the Cougars but doesn’t forget he also graduated from the U of U. Russ currently works as a seminary teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is serving as the Bishop of his ward. Natalie stays at home ‘to keep control over the chaos.’
Posterity of over 120, Doyle and Betty Heiner have spent a lifetime together building a family and giving service. Together the Morgan couple raised eight children primarily in Morgan. Those five daughters and three sons have given them too many grandchildren and great-grandchildren for them to keep up with exact numbers.
Saturday, Dec. 3 Commercial Street was bustling with great holiday excitement. The road was barricaded to allow all the citizens of Morgan to join in happy celebration. This second annual Ol’ Time Christmas built on a successful run last year and brought residents together. There were various activities to appeal to all who attended.
Last year when most people were packing away their ornaments, tinsel and lights, others were just getting started on Christmas trees for this year. As soon as Christmas is over and the new year begins, many people have already designed a Christmas tree, started buying supplies and some even start working on a tree they will never put their gifts under. These trees are not meant to adorn their own houses but are given away selflessly to benefit others.
Steven Gudmundson is Morgan High’s new woods teacher. His curriculum encompasses all drafting, woodworking and construction classes. He graduated from Westwood High School in Austin Texas in 1996, and then went on to graduate from BYU. He came to Morgan because of a job opportunity, and is enjoying his time here. Mr. Gudmundson enjoys furniture design and is excited for the opportunity to teach this to his students.
Holcim Cement Plant in Crodyon began Tuesday with its typical routine. Employees were crossing the plant with their usual responsibilities, and drivers were picking up loads of cement to transport to various destinations. As employees and customers moved about their normal routine, one truck was not expected.
Chris Deitsch is in the business of teaching high school students business. He is teaching classes ranging from Computer Technology, to Business Communication. Mr. Deitsch’s favorite class he took during his own days in High School was Sports Marketing, and he is excited to be offering this class to students 3rd trimester. Mr. Deitsch graduated from Clearfield High School in 2006, and from Weber State University in 2011. The best way to get on Mr. Deitsch’s good side is to work hard and show others respect. On the other hand, not paying attention or being disrespectful, and lack of effort are Mr. Deitsch’s least favorite traits.
Early Tuesday September 27, hundreds of students and parents took to the streets of Morgan, walking from all over the city to promote safety. Walk to School Day is one of the major components of Green Ribbon Week, which was celebrated by Morgan Elementary School this week. Parents and Students were encouraged to make the walk to school as a reminder to stay safe and look out for others. In addition to the regular crossing guards, Morgan Police, and parent volunteers helped guide the way.
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to talk to your children about safety. Next week Morgan Elementary School will be participating in their second annual Green Ribbon Week. This program is designed to teach and promote safety for children, parents and the community.
Children begging to go to school?
Elementary students of all grade levels enjoyed the PTSO’s annual carnival. While the purpose of this event is to raise money for the PTSO, it has become a community event that is highly anticipated by many of the county’s shorter citizens. Teachers announced the affair in their classrooms and encouraged the students to come and bring their families. Posters hung throughout the school to broadcast the upcoming carnival. These strategies brought great results. Several hundred individuals came together to eat pizza, get their faces and nails painted and throw footballs.
Angie Farr attended with her kids for the 3rd year in a row. “The kids love it and it’s fun to support the school,” Angie said as she waited with her children in line for the ring toss. Each child had their favorite game but her son Milton’s preferred game was the donut eating competition . This was a challenge where the participants had to eat little donuts off of a table without their hands. This was one of the favorite games at the carnival.
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.
What brings people together? It is typically an event centered on competition, or celebration, or charity, or remembering, or accomplishment. American Cancer Society Relay for Life is one event that touches on all of these appeals to bring communities, families and individuals together. Relay for Life is now in its 10th year in Morgan, and has earned its place on many people’s calendar as a tradition for many reasons.