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October 20, 2010 y:IMPANOGOTT-I.S:J- ; , ,. 3 nmryfiwi--, ; . Humanitarian Aid Serves Thousands ..4. - .XX' A ;'-.- K kii c f I L : Zy Susan Schow For the second time this year, members of the Northfield Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-da- y Saints, have come together to assist in humanitarian aid that will bless hundreds of lives in Third World countries as well as in our own nation. Under the direction of Stake Relief Society President Janet Wells, families and individuals worked together on Septem-ber 25 to finish quilts and kits for distribution throughout the world. The morning-lon- g event was the culmination of months of sewing, tying and collecting sup-plies to fill the needs of our world family. Donated items included quilts, gowns, booties, blankets, diapers and school bags which were filled with supplies by ev-eryone from elementary-ag- e chil-dren to teenagers and adults. More than 175 quilts and blankets, 400 newborn kits, and over 400 school bags were donated to be sent to needy mothers, children and families in crisis. One family alone made 24 school bags filled with supplies, while another individual made a school bag for each year of her life (35) as a birthday gift for others. Several wards challenged every family to make and fin-ish at least one quilt, and for-ty families in one ward took the challenge to heart. The efforts of hundreds of fami-lies made the day a success. This is the third year for the stake-wid- e project, and each year brings not only more results, but more fami-lies participating. The hu-manitarian efforts of these valiant Pleasant Grove fami-lies helped hundreds of our less fortunate brothers and Quilters from the Northfield Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-da- y Saints, have come together to assist in humanitarian aid that will bless hundreds of lives in Third World countries as well as in our own nation. Families and individuals worked together on September 25 to finish quilts and kits for distribution throughout the world. sisters, making life a little better. Can one person make a difference in the world? The answer is a resounding YES, as the selfless donation of much-neede- d supplies, crafted with love, are sent to those in need. For information on how to get involved with ongoing humanitarian projects, go to LPS .orgprovidentliving . Ruth M. Johnson to Celebrate Her 80th Birthday The children of Ruth Monson Johnson are delight- - ed to announce and celebrate j her Eightieth Birthday. Ruth was bom on Octo-ber 25, 1930 in Salt Lake City to Charles Horald and Orten-ci- a (Tennie) Merrill Monson. She grew up in the Av- - enues area of Salt Lake and attended Uintah Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High and East High School. She gradu-ated from East High in 1947. While attending the Universi-ty of Utah, she met the love of her life, Douglas E. Johnson. They were married on August 25, 1949. They have been married for 61 years. Ruth graduated from B.Y.U. in August 1963 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood. She has been very involved in civic affairs with- - in the community. She was involved in the local P.T.A., serving as president in Orem, on the Orem P.T.A. Council and was Council President in American Fork. Ruth was a member of the American As sociation of University Wom-en (A.A.U.W.) holding many offices including A.A.U.W. President. Much time as been gar- - nered in Ruth's church call- - I Ruth M. Johnson. ings which included service in Primary and Relief Soci-ety. She and her husband served for eight years in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. Ruth and Doug have been blessed with seven children: Karen (Mark) Tuttle, Lynette (Les) Lovell, David (Karen) Johnson, Boyd (Jina) Johnson, Mark (Evie) Johnson, Gordon (Shauna) Johnson, Greg (Jana) Johnson. They have 26 grandchildren (including 10 spouses), and 19 great-grandchildren. Friends and relatives are invited to an open house held in her honor on Satur-day, October 23, 2010 at the American Fork Thirty-sevent- h Ward Church located at 396 North 1100 East, Amer-ican Fork, from 5 to 7 p.m. Pleasant Grove High and Junior High Drama Departments as well as Chamber Choir Compete at Shakespeare Competition in Cedar City Both Pleasant Grove High School and Pleasant Grove Ju-nior High have established a strong heritage for winning at the Shakespeare Competition and this year was no excep-tion. On Thursday, October 7, through Saturday, October 9, Pleasant Grove High School's Drama Department and Cham-ber Choir, as well as the Ju-nior High Drama Department, competed in the 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival in Ce-dar City. Over 2,400 students competed in this event repre-senting 99 schools from seven different states. Based on school enroll-- , ment, the competition is divid-ed into six divisions. Pleasant Grove High School competed in the second largest division, the Oxford Division. Both the Drama Department and Cham-ber Choir represented Pleasant Grove High School with out-standing performances. Last year Pleasant Grove High School earned first place in the Shakespeare Festival setting high expectations for this year's team. This year they did not disappoint. Once again, they were awarded first place in the overall competition tying Lehi High School. Pleasant Grove also earned second place for their ensemble scene of Henry V Act VI. Other performances in-cluded monologues from Kylie Major, Celeste Lines, and Allan Walker. DuoTrio scenes were performed by Josh Brown and Luke Packer, and Jake Hale and Michelle Reid. High school drama mem-ber Nick Varney said, "We competed in one of the tough-est divisions. There were so many talented schools. We won because of teamwork. Shakespeare Competition is al-ways the highlight of the year." Ryan Gordon competed in the Electronics Division of the Technician Olympics. Ryan dominated the competition earning first place with a time of eight seconds. Most other competitors scored slower times of 2 minutes and 30 sec-onds. Pleasant Grove Junior High's Drama Department earned second place in the Stanford Division with spec-tacular performances. Pleasant Grove High School's Chamber Choir competed at the Shakespeare Competition for the first time. Already they have es-tablished a strong heritage. The Chamber Choir sang Fair Phyllis in the Madrigals Division and tied for first place with Tuachan High School. Both Drama Depart-ments and the Chamber Choir's performances were spectacular and showcased talent from both the high school and the junior high. j PG Orchestra Set to Present "Halloween Tales" Pumpkins, hobbits, and pirates What do they all have in common? Come find out on Fri- - day, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove High School auditorium where the Pleasant Grove Orches- - tra will present "Halloween Tales." This concert will appeal to many tastes and all ages. The music ranges from the light-hearte- d to the clas-sical, from Beethoven to Lord of the Rings. Come join us for some spooky tales and haunting music. The event is free to the public. Animal Shelter Personnel Visit Local City Councils to Discuss Issues Facing Shelters by Geri Taylor In light of a recent change in the law, North Utah County Animal Shelter (NUCAS) per-sonnel have been visiting City Council Meetings throughout the district, educating and seeking support for their cur-rent policies. Until May of this year, animal shelters were required by law to supply animals when requested by medical research facilities such as the Univer-sity of Utah. The seemingly minor change in the law from "mandated" to "optional" participation has caused a backlash that shelters did not foresee, specifically becoming targets of animal rights activ-ists. Chairman of the Board Bob Conners, gave back-ground information of how the facility came to be, then presented statistics of the "re-volving door" process at their shelter. Five years ago Utah County decided to duplicate in north Utah County what they were doing in the south end by creating a Special Service District to handle the grow-ing number of animals com-ing into the shelter. Each city from Orem to point of the mountain is represented by a board member with an addi-tional three members. Shelter director Tug Gettling, recruited from Oregon, has an extensive background in animal care and is well-know- n throughout the industry for his expertise. About 7,200 animals were processed through the shel-ter last year with the majority being dogs. By law there is a three day wait period for the animals to be claimed, but if space allows, that time is ex-tended, sometimes up to several months. After five days efforts are made to adopt out the ani-mal through advertising and on their website, with the shelter going to great lengths to get the animals into a home. Statistics differ between an-imals as well as between breeds and since dogs constitute the majority of intakes, they were used as the example. Of every 100 dogs, half get redeemed by their owners and of the remain-ing 50, approximately 25 per-cent are adopted out and some go to rescue groups that have specific needs such as German Shepherds. This still leaves plenty to be put to sleep or sent to a research facility. Over-populati-is a nationwide problem and there are not enough homes or facility space to accommo-date all the stray animals. When the law changed, activists began harassing shel-ters to stop donating animals for research, accusing them of mistreatment, even using the NUCAS logo to solicit support for their cause. After the shel-ter was picketed, deluged with emails and staff members re-ceived death and bomb threats, the board researched and dis-cussed the situation and de-cided unanimously they would continue with current policy of sending six or seven animals each month for research. Blatant accusations of in-humane treatment at the U of U research facility prompted Gettling to make an impromptu visit to tour the facility and meet the directors. His experience gave him a new appreciation for the value and necessity of animal re-search. In the last century, ev-ery medical advance has come from animals in this area of re-search which has also resulted in animals having a higher qual-ity of life and better medical treatment. Gettling met with staff and observed a cat having the elec-trical activity of its brain read, which aids in prosthesis re-search. The painless procedure is helping researchers find ways to help Vets who have lost limbs be able to wear their prosthet-ics without complications. This particular cat was the poster an-imal for mistreatment and was adopted by the staff member who conducted the tests. With the excellent and spa-cious facilities and a team of 10 handlers, Gettling says research animals get better treatment than at the shelter. They have more social interaction, are walked and even receive obe-dience training to prepare them to be adopted. Sixty percent of these animals are put into homes after their testing is completed. With deep concern for the safety and welfare of their staff, the directors asked if the facility really needs the donated animals. They were given a resounding "Yes" and told if they had to bring ani-mals from out of state, it would raise the costs immensely which in turn would have an adverse effect on research. NUCAS believes that do-nating animals for research is the right thing to do, not only for the animals, but the con-stituents they serve and are determined to stand firm in this decision. r T is r i" i v X ... . X '. " " k N''w--i jik. The Timpanogos Times is always looking for great Scouting stories. Submit your pack, troop, team, or crew's stories and events for publication in the "Scouting" section of the Timpanogos Times. i Senior News Pleasant Grove Jacobs Senior Center - 242 W. 200 S ., Pleasant Grove Activities Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Bingo Friday at 1 p.m. Movie Monday at 10:30 a.m. Exercise Class Friday at 10:30 a.m. Exercise Class MENU Wednesday, October 20 Lasagna Thursday, October 21 Sweet and Sour Chicken Friday, October 22 Roast Beef Monday, October 25 Beef Stroganoff Tuesday, October 26 Chili Cheese Dog Wednesday, October 27 Meatloa Thursday, October 28 Chicken Pot Pie Friday, October 29 Roast Turkey Lunch served promptly at noon. Call between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to make appointments (801) 785-281- 8 Suggested $2 donation. Meals funded by State of Utah Dept. of Human Services, Mountainland Assc. of Gov., and Pleasant Grove City. Call the day before for reservations. A Published by the Timpanogos Times. Publisher, Calvin Walker. 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