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The Ogden December 15, 2010 Valley news Your Community Newspaper PRSRT STD POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 11 EDEN UT POSTAL PATRON EDEN-LIBERTY-84310 HUNTSVILLE-84317 OGDEN CANYON- 84401 HCR 843AO Weber County Library Holiday Open House The Weber County Library is currently accepting donations for its annual Holiday Open House. Anyone interested in donating warm clothing in new condition such as hats, gloves, scarves, and socks is encouraged to do so. Financial support, sponsors, and volunteers are also greatly appreciated. The library will host its annual Holiday Open House on Friday, December 24 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Avenue, in Ogden. The library staff, with the help of numerous volunteers, will provide a warm dinner from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., and refreshments from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call Jason at 801-337-2660, Faith at 801-337-2646, or visit the library’s website at <www.weberpl.lib.ut.us> The holidays can be a lonely time of the year. The Weber County Library staff has a tradition aimed at reaching out to those who might otherwise spend the season alone, or without cause to celebrate. The event is not billed as a connection to any particular Holiday (Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or New Year’s); it’s simply an opportunity for those needing a “place to be” to come together for food, fun, and fellowship. Invitations are sent to all homeless shelters and are distributed throughout the community. Local establishments and restaurants use their kitchen facilities to help prepare a special meal while organizations and individuals provide warm winter apparel and needed supplies. Friends of Weber County Library entertain a crowd that often exceeds 500 individuals. Shown above is a photo of Huntsville resident Steve Stepanek in his kayak. His friend Bruce Grandin writes, “We figured that this would be Board members welcome the guests, the staff our last run of the season before the lake froze over. We went out Saturday, November 27 on Pineview. It was a mild 12 degrees and the lake and volunteers serve the food, and the Library was like a mirror. It was a magical experience to be on the water surrounded by ice and snow, and total silence except for the bald eagle Foundation provides postcards for anyone who wishes to contact a friend or family member. The flying overhead. This is why we live in Ogden Valley.” Photo taken by Grandin. event also includes live music and story time. New Nordic Center in North Fork Park Chris’ Restaurant Celebrates 50 Volunteers from Ogden Nordic are racing to beat the snow as they work to complete a new Nordic Center in North Fork Park. The installation of the center fulfills four or five long years of planning discussions between the US Forest Service, Weber County Parks, Ogden Nordic, and RAMP. The structure was donated to Ogden Nordic by the US Forest Service. “The local ranger district desired to see this building put into public service near the mountains, but never found a suitable use. So, we approached them with our concept to use it as a Nordic Center in the winter, and a visitor’s center in the summer. They liked the idea, so we brought it to Weber County for approval. For now, it will be used only in the win- ter,” said Terry Davis, President of Ogden Nordic. The building was originally constructed as a demonstration building to showcase the use of small diameter forestry products during the 2002 Winter Olympics and has since gone unused. The building, now called the “O’ Nordic Center” will be used as a warming hut and gathering place for the ski and snow shoe community. Free hot chocolate and cider will be available for the season, compliments of Ogden Nordic. “We also have a cache of cross country gear for people to try out when they come up. We would like to increment this stock to accommodate more users. So please let the public know that we are seeking donations of used snowshoes and skis for the center. Our goal is to be able to help people get out and enjoy winter, even if they don’t own their own gear,” said Davis. NORTH FORK cont. on page 8 Two Eden Students Earn Positions on Utah’s Academic All-State Cross Country Team Years of Business in Huntsville Chris Peterson opened the doors of Chris’ lished in the back of Chris’, and a crowd of Restaurant for business in 1961. Located in spectators gathered every weekend, weather Huntsville, it first started as a Texaco Service permitting. Snowmobiles were sold, along Station serving the Ogden Valley. Delivery with necessary accessories. “The fireplace of heating fuel was was indeed a popone of the benefits ular place for hot for local people. It chocolate and soon became apparhamburgers in the ent that more was winter.” needed and wanted, The first so the convenience brands of snowstore and restaurant mobiles sold were built. were, first, Ski Chris’ daughDoo, then Arctic ter Vicki Peterson Cat, Polaris, and believes that her back to Arctic dad’s inspiration Cat. Now, the to start the restausnowmobile rant came from his business is even desire to have his more specialown business and ized with Ogden to become indepenValley Sports dent. She reflects, specializing in “The restaurant high performance was built with machines. For Chris’ Restaurant in 1961. knotty pine interior more informaand a log cabin exterior. A drive-up window tion, visit <www.ogdenvalleysports.com> was installed, and hamburgers to go were very The back addition was built for pool tables popular during the summer months. The huge and night life. Bands were a normal part of rock fireplace became a gathering spot for Chris’ in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Today, it is a snowmobilers, skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts cozy place to have a beer and sandwich, and in the winter months.” A natural addition to the restaurant was a CHRIS’ DINER cont. on page 7 snowmobile business. A race track was estab- Students Let it Be Known Who They Believe is Number One Shown above is the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Academic All-State Cross Country Team. Weber High School was honored to have three students on the team— Makensie Greer, Macy Rasley, and Morgan Henry. Makensie and Macy are both from Eden and are the daughters of Gregg and Amy Greer, and Tyler and Courtney Rasley, respectively. Morgan is from Pleasant View. Makensie, Macy, and Morgan are standing, from left to right, on the far left in the above photo. The accumulative GPA of the team members is 4.0. The girls were honored with their award on October 20, 2010 at the Utah State Championship race held at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City. Keeping Fire Hydrants Accessible An extremely important, but often overlooked, safety issue is snow-covered fire hydrants. Fire hydrants are owned and maintained by various water companies. However, everyone is responsible to help maintain good access to them. Each resident may not always have a hydrant on the property, but any hydrant in the vicinity of a home could be used as a water supply in the event of a fire. Fire hydrant locations—especially the older ones—are oftentimes hundreds of feet away from any residence. Regardless of a hydrant’s location, Weber Fire encourages all residents to know the location of the closest hydrant and help to make sure it is always accessible. Weber Fire has an informal program called “Adopt-a-Hydrant” in which residents take responsibility of a hydrant(s) and help maintain its fire-ready accessibility. We recommend that residents and neighborhoods team up and adopt their neighborhood hydrant(s) to make sure they are all accessible. This needs to be done after each storm, or as often as needed. It generally takes about five to ten minutes to correctly shovel the snow out from around a fire hydrant. However, in case of a fire, those minutes could mean the difference between losing an entire home and, conversely, containing the fire. When firefighters respond, it is done with a limited number of people and so everyone’s function is vital in the first few minutes of a fire. The longer it takes to make a water supply, the longer it is before firefighters can do other vital functions required in fighting fire. Recent snowstorms, combined with the effects of roads and parking lots after being plowed, have left many fire hydrants partially or com- FIRE HYDRANTS Students and fans of Valley Elementary sixth-grade teacher Michelle Evans met at the Eden school on Friday, November 19 for a live broadcast where five finalists, including Mrs. Evans, vied for the title of Great American Teacher for 2010. Though not selected as this year’s award winner, she did receive a $1,000 honorarium, an all-expense paid trip to the red-carpet gala event held in Atlanta, Georgia, classroom resources and supplies, and, most importantly, the continued support of her students and the community, who commented that she was, indeed, number one! The program, which aired nationally, recognized and highlighted five outstanding teachers in brief video clips, which were shot previously in each of the classroom of each teacher. Mrs. Evans also made a few brief remarks, live, concluding with the words from an oft quoted poem of Robert Frost’s, “’Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,’ and I took the school-bus route, and it has, made all the difference . . . .” Congratulations Mrs. Evans, for your outstanding achievements and contributions in the cont. on page 10 field of education, and for, irrefutably, making all the difference in the lives of hundreds of students throughout the years.