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Volume XV Issue XIII The Ogden Valley news Page 15 June 15, 2008 Managers were introduced and identified as the individuals in charge of the damaged locations; each outlined the work to be performed in their respective areas. Dusty Poulson spoke about taking down the electrical building, how the heavy equipment would lift up the roof so that Tracy’s combine could be freed and rolled out with the aid of a tractor. This needed to be completed before the site was turned over to the volunteers. Cory Thompson spoke of taking the roof down from one of the outbuildings; Jim Truett and Howard Schuyler described how Tracy’s trailers and dump trucks were to be loaded, the metal to be recycled, and the wood to be burned. (We had wanted to recycle the wood but with many nails, reluctant rental stores, and the advice that the wood would be harmful to would be forthcoming. Interfaith Works animals unless it was ground to a virtual notified their members, and the StandardExaminer’s Religion Section article all resulted in many faiths sending volunteers. A contractor briefing was held with Brother Bonaventure, Richard Sorenson, Tracy Woolsey, and the fellows who were going to do the heavy lifting. Using Google Earth, a site plan was drawn up to provide a perspective on the damaged areas. Organizers, monks, farmers, and contractors agreed on a plan of attack: The work was to be completed in a day; volunteer safety was paramount; the majority of all volunteers were to be assigned to the debris field, while smaller teams attended to other outbuildings. The prior day and through the evening, heavy equipment contractors and Tracy dust—eliminated this alternative). Next, Kelly McGugin and the Valley Woolsey moved their track hoes and back Camp carpenters were instructed to work hoes, trailers and dump trucks into place; with Cory and then head to the feed buildthe adjacent field was mowed in preparation for parking; the fence opened to ing to see what could be done to save the allow passage from the field to the grassy damaged structure. Trina White provided area just outside the chapel; the Knights instructions on how and where to receive of Columbus organized to provide for the first aid with a reminder for all to stay next day’s traffic; St. Florence parishioners hydrated. Promises of a swell and rewardMarianne Welch and Pat Kondrick had the ing lunch were made and, with that, both pull pork slow cooking in the roasters— contractor and volunteer descended on the food was ready to go; Jan and Jerry the work sites at 7:45 a.m. with a zeal and Luger had registration well underway; Ken determination that was truly remarkable. Unless you were there, it is difficult to Greene prepared the dump site to receive conceive that such a synergy between so non-burnable debris; Reeves Electric and many people could be created and mainRocky Mountain Power came through—the power was off to the soon-to-be demol- tained throughout the course of a day. And ished electrical building; the Huntsville yet it existed, each individual and machine Fire Department was on board with the nec- being driven, seemingly with a passion, to essary burn permit, complete with a plan accomplish the task at hand. The volunteers, men and women, worked vigorously for fire control for the afternoon burn. Saturday morning came with bright sun- as the contractors tore down remnants of a shine, especially ordered for the day after a 1940s era chicken coop that long ago had week of unsettled weather. With everyone been co-opted to serve as an electrical outassembled, Fr. Pat came forward to offer a building. The volunteers tore through the prayer of blessing and thanksgiving. Site debris field, placing insulation onto tarps CLEANUP cont. from page 1 who put notices in their bulletins and made announcements from their pulpits; LDS Wards were called and gave assurances that a good number of volunteers for subsequent loading onto trailers; wood was thrown into dump trucks for a short ride to the burn pit; and metal was placed onto Tracy’s trailers and dump trucks to be taken to Durbano’s salvage where the metal would be turned into dollars to help Tracy recover financially from the effects of the winter storms. Sawzalls, cut off and chain saws, torches, rakes, shovels, and tarps were all brought into action. And before anyone knew it, 11:30 had arrived and lunch was at hand, and a welcome rest was waiting under the chapel’s trees. By this time, three quarters of all the work had been finished so that when KSL TV arrived, there was just enough left to give the evening TV viewers a sense of what used to be. For those who didn’t have a chance to see the telecast, KSL did an excellent piece on the effort. It can still be seen on their web site by going to KSL. COM, and then by entering the word Monastery into the “search” box. By 3:00 p.m., the work was finished! Due to the initiative and determination of Cory Thompson, Dusty Poulson, and Kelly McGugin and his men, the feed building was given new life with two new main joists and recycled cross members along with new tin to complete the roof. Craig Cross and Tim Ford were active at the feed building; they rely on this structure to help raise their cattle and provide us all with food as part of the M&M brand available at the Valley Market. The organizers of the event would like to express their deep appreciation to all the volunteers. Without their help, the job would have been much more difficult. Many contractors and businesses deserve special recognition; many of them brought heavy equipment or furnished food or other resources to make the cleanup possible. Please remember these individuals and organizations, which, through their generosity, made the cleanup effort so successful: Peterson Builders Inc., Froerer and Miles Law Firm, Dale’s Autobody, Alpine Pizza, Home Depot Wall Avenue, Howe Rents of Ogden, KLM Woodwork (Kelly McGugin), Grass Plus Landscaping (Poulsons), Reeves Electric, S & S Excavating (Thom Summers), Swanson Family Foundation, Wasatch Paving & Excavation (Cory Thompson), The Ogden Valley News, Wilkinson Supply, The John & Company, Huntsville American Legion, Airgas Intermountain, Farr West Sunbelt Rentals, Valley Market, Albertsons, Lee’s Market, Rocky Mountain Power, KSL TV, Big D Construction (Scott Klein), North Ogden’s S m i t h ’ s Food, Topper Bakery, and TNT Copper Fabrication. Reflecting on the cleanup event as a whole, we were left with several impressions: T h e strength of a simple idea that something could be done to help; gratitude to our God because he has placed in our hearts the desire to care and the strength to love; and, finally, what power exists in the collective decision and willpower of a people. We hope that others will feel inspired to do similar things and more. 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