Manti american Legion seeks more local support

 

Lloyd Call

Associate publisher

3-2-2017

 

MANTI—When the Manti American Legion last met, there were less than a dozen veterans in attendance.

American Legion member Ethan Colburn thinks that’s a shame, and says he is committed to bringing the legion back to life.

On Thursday, March 9, the legion will have a legion birthday dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 185 S. Main in Manti. The event is free to all veterans and their spouses.

“Please help us celebrate the 98th birthday of the Manti American Legion,” said Colburn. “Besides a great dinner, we will also have prizes.”

“Over the years, we have had many wonderful veterans, but now we are losing them,” Colburn said.

The American Legion sponsors Girls and Boys State, as well as their traditional Fourth of July breakfast.

“If anyone in Manti knows of veterans who have not joined, encourage them to come,” Colburn said. “We need their strength and their experience. Let’s not lose one of our proudest organizations ever.”

The veterans meet the second Thursday of each month. Contact Colburn at eecolburn@hotmail.com.

 

 

The Spring City Elementary boiler, converted from coal to gas in the 1990s, is 20 years past its recommended lifetime. It will be one of the boilers replaced under a contract for $5.9 million in energy upgrades in the North Sanpete School District. - Lloyd Call / Messenger photo

The Spring City Elementary boiler, converted from coal to gas in the 1990s, is 20 years past its recommended lifetime. It will be one of the boilers replaced under a contract for $5.9 million in energy upgrades in the North Sanpete School District. – Lloyd Call / Messenger photo

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Snow College play, ‘Big Fish’ explores life lessons

 

Lloyd call

Associate publisher

2-23-2017

 

      EPHRAIM—Is it just another whopper of a fish story, or could it really be true?

      That’s the question William Bloom asks when he begins to suspect his dying father might really be some kind of hero, as the Snow College Theater Department presents “Big Fish” Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and again Thursday through Saturday of next week, March 2-4.

      Will’s father, Edward, is very sick, and as he spends time with his dad, he wonders about all the wild stories his father told him through the years about befriending giants, werewolves, growing goldfishes, witches and more.

      Is his dad a liar, or does he just love storytelling? Will is a journalist, and as he starts to investigate his dad’s preposterous stories, he learns what may be the truth. And on the way, he learns truths about himself, his beliefs and how to face life.

      Milinda Weeks is the director of this wonderful play of discovery. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.

        Tickets are: $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and for students and high school age and younger.

        Tickets may be bought at the box office in the Eccles Center or at www.snow.edu/theatre.

Paul Gottfredson swears in Kim Pickett (left) as South Sanpete School Board president for two years and Grant Hansen (center) as a new board member during the recent school board meeting in Manti.

Paul Gottfredson swears in Kim Pickett (left) as South Sanpete School Board president for two years and Grant Hansen (center) as a new board member during the recent school board meeting in Manti.

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South Sanpete high schools join in Utah College Application Week

 

Lloyd Call

Associate Publisher

11-17-2016

 

GUNNISON — The South Sanpete School District board learned that the counseling and GEAR UP departments are celebrating Utah College Application Week with a series of workshops in both high schools in the district.
GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a program in partnership with Utah State University that helps prepare students for college-level learning.
This is the second year the district is participating in Utah College Application Week. The district’s goal is to help every high school senior complete at least one viable college application, with an emphasis on students who would be the first in their families to attend college, low-income students or students who may not otherwise apply.
Workshops started in both schools on Monday, Nov. 14, beginning at noon at Gunnison Valley High School, and 8 a.m. at Manti High School. “Some students just can’t work their way through to complete the application process, and they get stalled, or for some reason the application is incomplete, then they get frustrated,” said Manti High counselor Kris Pogroszewski.
Each day there will be a different theme for workshops, including Rivalry Day, Show me the $$ Day and Application Day. Snow College is also helping provide

Dark Irish play united humor and darkness on the shores of Ireland

 

11-17-2016

 

 

Snow College Theatre will present The Cripple of Inishmann, by Martin McDonagh Nov. 16 through 19 at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.
The Cripple Of Inishmaan has humor and heartbreak, the story of Irish people who are captured in lives of poverty, devoid of social stimulus. The citizens of Inishmann are sympathetic and hilarious, but the underlying desperation is seen in petty feuds and thoughtless cruelty.
In 1934 the Inishmaaners are jolted out of their uneventful lives by the arrival of a Hollywood director who has come to make a film. The movie provides the island’s official gossip monger, JohnnyPateenMike with a real scoop after years of having to make do with local arguments and misbehavior. The island’s young people — Helen and her brother Bartley — are determined to be in the film, and so is 18-year-old cripple Billy.
By the end of the play, it is clear that Billy is not the only cripple in the play.

 

Director        Andrew Nogasky
Assistant Director        AneUnhu Gwatidzo
Technical Director        Trenton Bean
Scenic Designer        Milinda Weeks
Costume Designer        Kathleen Hansen
Lighting Designer        Milinda Weeks
Sound Designers        Sergio Arellano
Sound Designers        Ross Christensen
Sound Designers        Josh Jensen
Original Music by        Tyler Olsen
Original Music by        Sarah Insalaco

Cast
Eileen        Asia-Nicole Nielson
Kate        Mandee Burton
JohnnyPateenMike        Christopher James
Billy        Chad Henwood
Bartley        Erik Larsen
Helen        Blake Verdel
BabbyBobby        Gavin Rouska
Doctor        Brandon Davis
Mammy        Katelyn Wilson

 

District hears principals’ reports on school ‘power hours’ and programs

 

Lloyd Call

Staff writer

10-20-2016

 

 

MANTI—The South Sanpete School Board heard reports on goals, successes and challenges from  four of its principals at the board meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Manti Elementary principal Karen Soper said the school was pursuing a $150,000 grant to install new sidewalks all around the school. Manti City will participate in the safety upgrade by doing curb and gutter.

The grant was submitted the end of September, and the school should know by January 2017. The project will probably completed in stages.

Soper also told the board a FranklinCovey-sponsored Leadermete was scheduled at the school on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, and students would be conducting the tour.

Manti Elementary, currently a Leader-in-Me school, is seeking so-called Lighthouse status for the school. FranklinCovey grants its coveted Lighthouse designation to schools that fully implement the FranklinCovey leadership model. If successful, Manti Elementary would be only the eighth school in Utah to qualify.

There are 2,275 The Leader-in-Me schools worldwide, including about 60 in Utah. Manti Elementary is the only Leader-in-Me School in Sanpete County. Among all schools worldwide participating in the program, only 242 have achieved Lighthouse status, Soper said.

Soper also discussed how the school uses “Power Hour” to work with individual students needing enrichment activities. In fact, all four of the principals referred to “Power Hour” as very useful. District superintendent Kent Larsen said “Power Hour” was designed to focus on individual needs of each student.

Ephraim Elementary Principal Gannon Jones said new bike racks and new fencing at the school, two capital investment projects from the summer, have improved the organization of the school grounds.

He also talked about his school’s “Second Step” program, which emphasizes learning skills, empathy, emotional management, and problem solving. The program includes an anti-bullying section.

Principal Tim Miller at the Ephraim Middle School told the board that SAGE scores were up, including huge growth in math and science scores.

He reviewed school improvement plans and goals with the school board and noted the school is using a new academic coaching program this year. It utilizes a reading center just off the library where students feel comfortable getting one-on-one help from faculty and even parents. Finally, he noted that students continue to improve in their use of iPads.

Principal George Henrie with Manti High School commented on how nice the new soccer fields are, both for safety and convenience.

He also discussed ACT and SAGE test results, and compared Manti to similar-sized schools in Utah.  “We actually did better this year, except in physics,” he said. And he said the school community council allocated $15,000 for more iPads.

The board also discussed efforts to decrease bullying district-wide and reviewed reports that shows that the Mountain West has the highest level of suicides in the nation.

“There continues to be lots of work we need to do to improve our interventions,” said Superintendent Larsen. A new app, called “Safe Utah” will be added to iPads for all teachers and students. If a student is in crisis, he or she can use the app to connect to a professional therapist immediately. The app also features a tip line enabling users to notify school administrators of any bullying problems.

The superintendent also reviewed the district’s progress on concurrent enrollment with Snow College and Utah State University.

 

Hero and Ursula are discussing Beatrice, not knowing she is hiding in a rug at their very feet. - Lloyd Call / Messenger photo

Hero and Ursula are discussing Beatrice, not knowing she is hiding in a rug at their very feet. – Lloyd Call / Messenger photo

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