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THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 14 Volume II, Issue XVIII September 15, 2000 Father Cummins and the St. Florence Nordic Valley Golf Course Victim of Long, Hot Summer Catholic Community Church By Shanna Francis Ogden Valley News Staff An early philosophy within local parishes in the Catholic Church was, “Bloom where you’re planted.” Today, according to Father Cummins of the St. Joseph’s High School. In September 1991, Father Cummins came to Huntsville to serve in the new St. Florence Catholic Community Church. Occasionally he still goes to the monastery to help as needed. September 15, 2000 marks the 9th anniversary of the St. Florence congregation. Father Cummins—a tall, slender man with a quick wit and a casual and warm demeanor, surmised during our conversation, “That Christ not only came to comfort the afflicted, He came to afflict the comfortable.” This as an admonition against St. Florence Catholic Church in Huntsville. “faint praise.” Also part of his philosophy is to Florence Catholic Community Church, accentuate the positive. As we sat outthe theme is, “Go where you’re nour- side the church in the soft autumn ished.” And that is what about 140 breeze towards the close of another members of this religious community day, it was easy to note how fortunate do. Members of the congregation we are, living in such a beautiful envicome from Morgan, Mt. Green, Ogden ronment, but I was also reminded of a Valley, and even from the Ogden area scripture that reads, in summary, to be nourished by the “good news” “Where much is given, much is delivered by Father Charles Cummins. required.” Father Cummins keeps busy adminAt St. Florence Church, those who istering three services a week for the Huntsville congregation, while also juggling his administrative duties as Father of a congregation for students and parishioners at Weber State University. Father Cummins received an Accounting BBA and a BA in Philosophy, and attended Seminary in Camarillo, California. He grew up in New Jersey, son of immigrants from south- Father Cummins and parisheners pray at the Grotto. ern Ireland, where the population is about 99% Catholic. worship can come to Mass, the princiAs a priest in Los Angeles for many ple act of worship, on Saturdays at 5:00 years, he would annually make a trip to p.m., and on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. the Monastery in Huntsville, staying Weekday Mass is held on Tuesdays at for about a week each time. In 1976, 6:30 p.m. followed by The Rosary. Father Cummins came to serve at St. Benedicts were he resided for about 13 For more information, you can conyears. In 1989, he began his work at tact Father Cummins at 399-9531. Weber State University and St. Tu/! Gmpsfodf! Dbuipmjd! Dpnnvojuz MASSES: Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. WEEKDAY MASS: Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. followed by The Rosary Phone: 745-LORD Huntsville, Utah PASTORAL ADMINISTRATOR: Fr. Charles Cummins 399-9531 RECONCILIATION: 30 minutes before Mass Come celebrate with us God’s good news. Intersection of Highway 39 & Snowbasin Road By Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff The Nordic Valley Golf Course has seen greener times, but owner Ayla White Burnett felt it was more important this summer to share water with her neighbors than keep the greens lush. Eden residents Tom and Deanna Perkins wrote a letter to the editor, voicing sadness over the course drying up and having to close in the heat of the summer. “Apparently the new owner is more concerned with development than with preservation of our valley,” the Perkins wrote. But Gary Pilkington, president of Nordic Mountain Water Company, said he’d had to trade water with the golf course all year, which depleted Burnett’s supplies. In addition to water woes, Burnett’s nine-hole course has been plagued by recent vandalism. A golf cart was stolen, and when recovered could no longer be used. Burnett said the cart would cost $4,000 to replace, “We require the models that have more power to handle our higher elevations,” Burnett said. After shutting down the course for a three-week period to nurse the greens back to health, intruders using either a golf cart or small car spun donuts on them and ruined their grain. To repair the damaged grain would cost an estimated $30,000, Burnett said. Burnett also said that some of the water pipes on the golf course broke after the system was shut down and then turned back on. Note: This article is being reprinted from the Standard-Examiner by permission. Adopt-A-Waterbody Adopt-A-Waterbody (AAW) is an innovative community involvement program directed by three state government agencies to coordinate the efforts of a wide variety of volunteer groups working throughout the state with one common purpose: to protect and enhance the waters of the State of Utah. Portions of rivers, lakes, wetlands and even ground water aquifers can be adopted by interested organizations or individuals. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality; The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources; and the Utah Department of Agriculture sponsor and administer this informal water stewardship and education program. AAW Program Goals The AAW program is designed to benefit Utah’s water resources and be rewarding and educational for the volunteer groups involved. AAW has the following goals: Promote water education activities Encourage partnerships involving private groups and public agencies Advocate pollution prevention of surface and ground water resources through personal stewardship projects Acknowledge the water quality education/improvement efforts of individuals and groups Who Can Adopt? Any individual or group can adopt a public surface or ground water resource in the state. Some of the types of groups already involved in the Utah AAW program include individuals; businesses; school classes; scouting troops; local governments; and civic, environmental and nonprofit organizations. Several individuals and groups have adopted small sections of waterways near their homes or organization. In Weber County, the county has adopted the public waterways in that area and coordinates adoptions. What, Where to Adopt Be Creative! Your group may want to adopt a portion of a pond, lake, reservoir, stream, river, ground water aquifer or wetland. Most groups pick a water resource near their neighborhood or organization. Most groups are merely interested in community service. Other groups have specific interests such as sports fishery enhancement. What Does Adoption Involve? Adoption means making a commitment to become an active steward for a specific resource area. Groups can take care of a water resource in a wide variety of ways. What your group chooses to do may depend on your group’s interests and abilities. One group may only be concerned with educational/informational activities while others may organize and implement on-site natural resource restoration/pollution prevention projects. Project ideas include: Organizing a “clean-up” day Monitoring water quality Mapping pollution sources in the watershed Writing educational articles Organizing a “Clean Water Fair” Stabilizing stream banks with vegetation Building trail or water access points Working on local planning and zoning issues Funding Small Adopt-A-Waterbody grants may be available to local government agencies or nonprofit organizations to help supply materials for projects. For more information about grants, and for a copy of the funding review criteria, call Shelly Quick at (801) 538-6516. Note: Information provided courtesy of the Utah Division of Water Quality.