Leo Krikorian art on display in St. George



Leo Krikorian

ST. GEORGE—The Sears Art Museum, 155 N. University Ave., St. George, is featuring the art of the late Leo Krikorian, father of Genie Stressing of Manti.

His art will be on display Nov. 30 to Jan. 18, with an opening reception Nov. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 am.to 5 p.m.

Krikorian was born in 1922 in California, and as a child during depression years, worked in canneries and on farms. After World War II he studied photography under Ansel Adams in the Art Center School in Los Angeles.

Besides his signature geometric abstracts, black and white photographs are on display.

In the 1950’s, he opened “The Place” in San Francisco for artists, jazz musicians and poets to hang out. He was described as the “grandfather of the beat generation.”

Later, he moved to Paris, France. His artwork has been exhibited in major cities throughout the world. He passed away in 2005.

Santa making personal trip to collect Quarters for Christmas



During the Quarters-for-Christmas event in Spring City in 2017, Santa Claus, who had arrived a few minutes earlier by helicopter, greets the crowd and pats a boy on the head as he opens his wallet to donate to the cause. The town will stage a similar event on Saturday with hopes of beating last year’s donation total of $1,343.

SPRING CITY—Spring City is hosting what the town’s event coordinator describes as “a huge happening” on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

And Yvonne Wright emphasizes, “The whole county is invited.”

Like they did last year, townspeople are gathering money to donate to KSL Quarters for Christmas, a program that buys shoes for needy children around the state.

Project organizers hope to beat last year’s total of $1,343.

Beginning at 10 a.m., a potluck breakfast and games will be available at the Spring City Community Center (old school), near 100 East and Center Street.

After breakfast, KSL’s Chopper 5 helicopter will land on the community center lawn. Mr. and Mrs. Santa will emerge to collect the town donations and talk to the children.

Donations will be accepted until Nov. 30 at city offices in the community center.


Local pianists will play on Spring City Yamaha grand piano on Friday, Dec. 7




Rylee McKay

SPRING CITY—Three local pianists will play the new concert grand piano at the Spring City Community Center (the Old School), 45 S, 100 East, in a concert Friday, Dec. 7.

The three will present a program introducing the Yamaha grand piano donated by the Bastian Foundation of Orem.

The program features three advanced piano students. Joshua Frischknecht, Manti, is a piano performance major at Snow College. He began piano studies at age 6 with his mother. Later he studied with Nan Purcell. He now studies with Dr. Trent Tanner at the college.

Josh Frischknecht

He will play pieces by Chopin, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, as well as one of his own compositions. He is the son of Michael and Jennifer Frischknecht of Manti.

Rylee McKay, Mt. Pleasant, began studying piano at age 6 with Dr. Vedrana Subatic at the University of Utah. She

will play Beethoven’s “Sonata in D.” Rylee is the daughter of John and Debi McKay. She is a senior at North Sanpete High School.

David Cottam

David Cottam, Wales, has studied with Donnell Blackham. He will play “Prelude to the Songs of Spain” by Albeniz. He is the son of Mark and Miriam Cottam. David is a sophomore at Wasatch Academy.

The concert is a fund raiser for the maintenance of the piano. Tickets are available at the door for $5 each. For information, call Laura Lawrence, (801) 201-8028 or David Rosier, 462-3172

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Horne School of Music preparing for 84th performance of ‘The Messiah’


By Lauren Evans

Staff writer


EPHRAIM – The Horne School of Music is organizing what it is calling the Central Utah Master Chorale and Orchestra to present the 84th performance of “The Messiah” later in the year.

The chorale is open to “all who can carry a tune,” says Dr. Michael Huff, director of choral activities in the School of Music. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, Sept. 30.

No audition is required. Music will be provided. But singers must attend at least eight of the 10 scheduled rehearsals, plus the dress rehearsals, to be eligible to sing in Messiah concerts.

The Master Chorale will rehearse on Sunday evenings, beginning on Sept. 30, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Huff assures that rehearsals will be lively, engaging and inspiring. Huff has been director of choral activities at Snow since 2015. Previously, he worked with music programs at Utah State University and the University of Utah, as well as working with South Davis Civic Choral and Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Chorus.

Performances of “The Messiah” will be on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jorgensen Concert Hall. in the Eccles Center. Admission will be free.

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Plein Air competition to again

test artists’ ability to paint outside


SPRING CITY—Artists and art aficionados are expected to flock to Spring City for the annual plein air events at the end of August and the first day of September.

And numerous artists in town will open their studios for public tours.

Spring City Arts, a nonprofit organization, is the host of three major events that week. The plein air

Former Plein Air winner Kimball Warren during a previous Plein Air competition.

competition takes place on the weekdays of Aug. 28-31 (Tuesday through Friday). A Quick Paint Event and the annual Artist Studio Tour will both take place Saturday, Sept. 1.

Artists who participate in the 2018 plein air painting competition may paint anywhere in Sanpete County outdoors (in “plein air”) without the aid of photography or technical equipment.

The finished plein air paintings are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. A reception will be held that evening at 7 p.m. at the Spring City Arts Gallery (79 S. Main).

Art lovers are invited to the reception to mingle with the artists and view their works.

Artists may use oils, acrylics, gouaches, pastels or pencils on canvas, board or paper and may enter up to four works. The prizes are $1,500 for the winner, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

In addition, all paintings created during the competition will be available for purchase Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The award winners will be announced at the Saturday silent auction.

Applications for the painting competition may be downloaded from the Facebook page for Spring City Arts.

On Saturday Sept. 1 from dawn to 10 a.m., the Quick Paint Event will be held along Main Street. Artists paint quickly in this “paint-out” event—and in this event they can use photos.

From 10-11 a.m. the “quick” paintings will be displayed on the lawn north of the Spring City Arts gallery. The finished paintings will be auctioned off at the 11 a.m.

People are encouraged to arrive early to watch the artists at work.

The Artist Studio Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participating artists will open their studios and galleries to visitors, and art will be on sale at most of these locales.

Tickets for the Artist Studio Tour are $10 for adults and $5 for children and will be available at the Spring City Arts Gallery from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Ticket holders will receive a map of the artist studios.

More information is at www.springcityarts.com and the Facebook page of Spring City Arts.

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Ephraim’s Milton Tew says ‘do jobs right’

Milton Tew

            Possibly the oldest man in Ephraim, Milton Tew learned the value of hard work and good humor at a young age. He was born in 1921 and grew up during the Great Depression. With nothing to waste, he learned to work hard and do a job right the first time, according to his son Paul.

           With help from his father, Milton graduated high school and went to Snow College in 1939. It was there that he met his wife, Fern Amelia Larsen. “They had a milk cow and Dad needed milk, and I think he was sweet on my mom, so I think it kind of worked out that he kept getting his milk from there, and one thing led to the next,” says Paul. “…He kept asking her to marry him over and over and over, and she finally acquiesced.”

            Milton and Fern both graduated from Snow and went on to Brigham Young University. Milton had to pause his education for a few years during World War II, when he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe.

            Milton finished his education at Purdue in Indiana. He was an educator, at one point being the vice principal of a large high school in California.

            He had four children—David, Susan, Melanie, and Paul. Paul recalls the lessons his father taught him as a boy. “He deeply ingrained, if you’re going to do a job, do it right… I appreciate that. It was a challenge being a kid, but I now understand the value of hard work.”

            Milton retired at the age of 60. He and his wife served an LDS mission in the Philippines. He was also in the Manti Temple presidency, and served as a patriarch for Snow College student stake. Now, at 96, he mostly keeps to himself. He lives in his home in Ephraim, where his children take care of him. His wife passed away ten years ago, and he misses her terribly, but he retains a sense of humor.

 “He’s a fun-loving fellow. He loves to laugh. He’s happy. As he gets older, he’s kind of losing that, but he likes to laugh, and he thinks he’s funny,” his son says.

            Milton will turn 97 in September.

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Non-profit enterprise helping senior citizens

Seagers wanted to ease seniors in isolation through socialization


Robert Green

Staff writer


FAIRVIEW—Donna Seager and her husband Phil noticed a great void of isolation, depression and loneliness among their senior friends living in Sanpete County.

And they wanted to fill it.

So about three years ago, they started thinking about creating a non-profit enterprise to help home-bound and fragile seniors living in the county.

They created a 501 (c)(3) exempt charity, Rural Senior Adult Services and secured a grant and licenses to operate the business from their home in Fairview.

On May 1, the business started to help about 15 seniors with free companion care, creative engagement and socialization.

“We saw a need,” said Seager, president of the board. “We saw many seniors living alone, fighting depression and never contacting other people. They need somebody to care about them.”

That’s where Seager’s program comes in. “We want to engage with seniors,” she said. “We want to talk with them; and then we help them with whatever they want.”

Seager and her husband, along with one paid part-time caretaker, go to their clients’ homes every other week with the whole idea to support and foster their well-being.

“We paint, water color, crochet or just talk,” Seager said. “Sometimes we might go in and play cards with them.”

The company performs light housekeeping, companion care, personal care, computer care and creative engagement.  They do not provided health care or food preparation.

Phil is a computer guru and he likes to teach seniors how to use their computers and fix their IPads.

On the initial visit, the Seagers bring each client (she prefers to call them participants) a gift basket.

With the exception of one employee, the entire operation is run by volunteers.  And new volunteers are welcome. Money is always in demand, as the company must pay for supplies, liability insurance, workers comp and wages, Seager said.

Her client list has grown to 15, exclusively by word of mouth. With additional marketing efforts and more funding through grants and donations, the company would like to expand into southern Sanpete County, Emery County and Sevier County, she said. Eventually, they plan on working with other agencies like the food pantry to assist with meals.

Seager met with the Fairview City Council last week and the council donated $200.

Her motto is: “Attach, helping the elderly attach to their world.”

Donna was an educator for 43 years and worked as a school counselor for 33 years. Phil works for the North Sanpete School District as a computer technician. He has 25 years of experience in computer technology.

Contact them at 801-699-6872 or admin@rsaservices.org.

Camp Salina article attracts national attention to WWII camp preservation


Katelyn Allred

Staff writer



SALINA—The Saturday Evening Post published an article in their May/June 2018 issue about a World War II-era prisoner of war camp in Salina.

The national magazine ran a three-page story exploring the history and restoration of Camp Salina. It covered how the camp was restored, as well as the experiences of German POWs there and the incident known as the Midnight Massacre.

According to the article, Camp Salina was originally built to house Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employees during the Great Depression. But during World War II it was turned into a camp to hold German POWs. Since many American men were away at war, the prisoners were recruited to help harvest crops and do other labor, and they generally got along well with locals. The Germans wrote home to their families praising the food, garden clubs, dances with locals and permission to drink alcohol.

Their interactions with locals were numerous and often positive. POWs took meals from families whose crops they were harvesting and made jam from fruit children would bring them. Many of them said it was the best time of their lives.

The article explains that their treatment was motivated by the notion that American POWs would be treated the same as German POWs were treated. If America treated German prisoners well, the Germans would respond in kind. This turned out to be untrue, but it created an environment at Camp Salina far different than one would expect in a POW camp.

The camp wasn’t without its problems. While many soldiers only wanted to get home to their families, some were deeply loyal to the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler. These prisoners sought to punish “traitors,” and encouraged escape attempts to prove loyalty.

The article tells the story of the bloodiest incident, known as the Midnight Massacre. It was not caused by Nazis, but by an American soldier. Early on July 8, 1945, a guard named Clarence Bertucci climbed the guard tower and fired into the tents of sleeping prisoners. He fired 250 rounds, killing nine people and wounding more than 20. The soldiers thought the government had decided to kill them all, and the townspeople thought the prisoners were rioting.

Once people knew what was going on, they set to work carrying wounded soldiers to the tiny Salina hospital. They treated patients everywhere—in spare corners of the hospital and even on the front lawn.

The site was restored and opened in 2016 to tell the town’s story. Locals donated artifacts, including letters from prisoners who they kept in contact with and a jewelry box made of matchsticks and Popsicle sticks. The restoration was carried out by Salina local Dee Olsen, along with his daughter Tami Olsen, and stands as a reminder of the rich history of the town and of Sanpete County.