March 25, 2015

RS Fiber project moves forward

Approximately 45 people attended the Public Hearing held by the Joint Powers Board on Thursday night in Winthrop to participate in the discussions and see the RS Fiber Project moved to the next step. (Staff photo by Denise Bonsack)

By Denise Bonsack, Publisher

The RS Fiber Joint Powers Board held a public hearing Thursday evening (3/19) in Winthrop to take the next step in moving the RS Fiber to the Home Project closer to reality. This hearing followed a joint public hearing held Monday evening for all 10 City Councils participating in the project.

At Monday night’s meeting six of the 10 city councils, including Brownton, Fairfax, Gaylord, Gibbon, New Auburn and Stewart approved the abatement resolutions and the financing structure. Of the remaining four cities, Winthrop, Lafayette and New Auburn voted to approve at a later date. Buffalo Lake was not required to approve the abatement resolution and the financing structure because they will be contributing to the project through alternative funding.

Prior to Thursday night’s meeting, all 10 cities in the project area had approved the financing structure and the abatement resolutions.


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“Nun of Your Business” this weekend

The Morgan Community Players in action at a dress rehearsal for “Nun of Your Business.” Left to right: Vashti Sperl, Ken Johnson, Char Carlson, Doug Daub, Vanessa Hoffmann, Amanda Johnson, and Judi Granstra. (Submitted photo)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

In their 27th year of performing, the Morgan Community Players are putting on a production bound to bust your gut from laughter.

“Nun of Your Business” will be performed at Cedar Mountain HS from March 27 to 29. The two-act play’s show time is 7 p.m. for performances on March 27-28. The Sunday matinee on March 29 is 1:30 p.m.

The play is chock full of hard-nosed action, spying, deceit involving a stolen painting, a shady real estate deal, and an auto repair shop that’s more of a chop shop. The convent of St. Fermilda even has a nun, Sister Boniface, who was previously a bouncer in Las Vegas.

“Humor is a must. We’ve never done a serious play or a musical,” Director Char Carlson said.


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March 18, 2015

Girls’ group at CM encourages positive relationships


Students involved with Women Empowerment take a minute to pose for a photo at a bowling event. The program strives to host activities, events, and hangouts for eighth grade and twelfth grade female students throughout the year. (Submitted photo)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

If you’ve seen the movie Mean Girls, you no doubt got a lighthearted glimpse into the high school girl world and the battlefield it can become.

But just as that is a funny movie with a happy ending, real-life scenarios such as these are not funny and generally don’t have happy endings.

Women at Cedar Mountain saw a need for a program that encouraged positive relationships between female students. So throughout the summer of 2007, female staff members and senior students came together to talk about what should be done.

Through this brainstorming and planning, Women Empowerment (WE) was born. The program’s mission statement is, “WE will provide an environment in which women working together create a strong sense of self and develop healthy connections with one another.”

The staff that helped develop the WE program included Mental Health Practitioner Kathy Potter, School Social Worker Paula Sturm, and Dean of Students Barb Tighe.


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Former member of Carpenter Family Singers to perform

Left to right: Josh, Candy, and  Natasha. The trio will be performing in Morgan on March 21. Their musical group name is “Wanted.” (Submitted photo)


By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

If you miss hearing the Carpenter Family Singers perform, then you are in luck, as former member Josh Carpenter will be putting on a performance in Morgan.

Josh is returning to where it all began to do a free concert on Saturday, March 21 at the United Methodist Church. Performing along with him will be his wife, Candy, and his stepdaughter Natasha.

“I really believe in live music,” Josh Carpenter said.

Now living in Fruita, Colorado, Josh is an electrician and along with Candy, they own their own business, CJ Electric.

“I’ve been doing nothing but electrical work for the past 10 years,” Josh.

He attributes this to getting his life in order and attaining some peace of mind in the rest of the areas in his life. He felt like he had achieved this and wanted to bring performing music back into his life.

So, last month the new Carpenter trio started fresh. Josh is teaching Natasha, 21, the drums. He said her younger influence introduces him to newer songs and artists that he might not have paid attention to. Josh, Candy, and Natasha practice every night.


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