Archives for September 2018

SPONSORED: Michele at Guinevere’s Bake Shop does creative cakes and ‘man bouquets’



Popular now are “man bouquets,” edible gifts just for men!

    FOUNTAIN Green—You can buy a cake from just about any grocery story or whip one up from a mix yourself, but if you’re looking for something truly special, Michele Green of Guinevere’s Bake Shop in Fountain Green can bring your vision to life.

      Some of the cakes Michele has done are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Check out the birch bark cake, a wedding cake that looks just like a tree with the couple’s initials carved into it, and others Michele has done on her Facebook page (Michele Green, Guinevere Bake Shop), for example. And how many cake decorators do you know who can take a 4-year-olds’ drawing and transform it into a cake as Michele did recently for her niece?

      Michele got her start when she designed and made her sister’s wedding cake more than 35 years ago with basic skills taught to her by her mother. Since that time she has honed her craft, keeping up-to-date on the newest techniques and latest trends.

      She had to take a break from cake decorating when she moved to Fountain Green in 2005 because the home she rented did not facilitate a cake business. These days she has a kitchen specially designed for her business in her home and, with the encouragement of her husband Daniel, for the last year or so has decided to pursue her passion. Since that time they have advertised the business on Facebook and in the Sanpete Messenger and have seen great results.

      The trend Michele sees most right now is a return to simplicity. Some couples who are getting married want what are called “naked cakes,”—essentially cakes that have just a first layer of icing designed to capture crumbs before the second layer is put on. While it’s not Michele’s taste—she feels the cakes need more finishing—she is happy to fulfill any request.

      Another trend is black and white ‘photos’ encircling a cake. Michele can print any photo you’d like (including color if you prefer) using edible ink on edible icing sheets.

      One trend Michele is excited about is geode cakes: brightly colored and sculptured to look like geodes. She hasn’t had any orders for one so far, but she did try one out that you can view on her Facebook page.

      While she began with wedding cakes, and that is still her most-requested item, Michele can do cakes for any occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms and baby showers.

      Fillings and flavors can be anything the clients request. Red velvet is very popular, but Michele also shares her grandmother’s special hummingbird cake recipe, along with more common flavors.

Michele begins to make finishing touches for a new cake.

      She also offers what she calls “Man Bouquets” – bouquets that look like flowers but are actually made up of things most any man loves to eat: bacon, cheese and bacon-wrapped treats—“all the things that make a man unhealthy,” Michele says.

      Michele also does special occasion candies, doggie treats and even doggie cakes for those who want to celebrate a much-loved pet’s special occasion. Currently she is experimenting with ideas for Super Bowl bouquets, haunted house cakes and gingerbread houses.

      While her prices are competitive, “people are paying for my art, not cake,” Michele says. “You can go anywhere and buy a cake for ten bucks but what I do is art.”

      Michele can turn around a wedding cake order in as little as three days if she needs to but prefers to have at least two week’s notice if possible. For cakes for other occasions and other items, just a couple of days is fine, she says.

                So for something that is sure to wow and delight you, your guests and the people whose special occasion you’re celebrating, give Michele a call today at 435-262-0796

Messenger finds no evidence council members have steered city business to their companies


By James Tilson

Staff writer



MT PLEASANT—Claims that Mt. Pleasant councilmen are enriching themselves at city expense by steering city business to their companies do not appear to be valid based on a Sanpete Messenger review of transactions.

In recent weeks, the Messenger has received and published letters to the editor claiming  Councilman Kevin Stallings was steering business to Stalling Sheet Metal, his heating and air conditioning company, and Councilman Justin Atkinson was directing city business to his employer, Sunrise Engineering of Fillmore.

The Sanpete Messenger conducted an analysis to see whether any contracts awarded to the two businesses excluded other possible bids or cost the city more money than might be expected.

To do so, we made obtained the invoice records for Stallings Sheet Metal, for Sunrise Engineering, and for all other engineering firms doing work for the city from 2010 until present.

We also studied Mt Pleasant purchasing policies and conflict-of-interest statements. We conducted interviews with the people involved as well as people from other municipalities and engineering firms.

Regarding Atkinson, it should be noted he has no ownership position with Sunrise Engineering. Sunrise Engineering is a large engineering firm, with 12 offices scattered over four states and 250 employees. Atkinson is neither an executive nor a shareholder with the firm.

While an engineering firm owner or executive may have responsibilities for finding business for the firm and be compensated for doing so, Atkinson does not hold that type of position with Sunrise. His title is “project manager.” As such, he receives no extra compensation for procuring new business, although bringing in business could help with advance in the company.

The Utah Legislature has passed a law requiring elected officials to sign conflict-of-interest statements disclosing any conflict they may have between their private financial interests and government activities. Atkinson disclosed his position with Sunrise in his conflict-of-interest statement, which is on file with the city. He has recused himself from city council votes in which Sunrise was a possible beneficiary.

Kevin Stallings, however, is an owner of Stallings Sheet Metal. Even though he retired in 2014 and turned management over to his son, Chet, Stallings retains an ownership interest. So any benefit to Stallings Sheet Metal from work for Mt. Pleasant City would benefit Stallings. Stallings has also filed a conflict-of-interest statement with the city disclosing his relationship with Stallings Sheet Metal.

An examination reveals the dollar volume of Sunrise Engineering and Stallings Sheet Metal invoices after Stallings and Atkinson came on the council were not out of the ordinary.

Eight engineering firms submitted invoices to Mt. Pleasant City between 2010 and August 2018. Besides Sunrise, the main firms were Jones & DeMille and JUB Engineering.          During that time period, Sunrise Engineering had invoices totaling $192,555.55. Jones & DeMille’s total invoices came to $602,021.06. JUB Engineering invoiced the city for $82,574.15; however, city officials say that JUB will soon be involved in a $15 million water project funded by grant money, which will increase the company’s invoice total significantly.

The invoice totals for Sunrise Engineering are within the range of transactions between the city and other engineering firms. Sunrise is far from the largest provider of engineering services to the city.

Stallings Sheet Metal’s invoices from 2010 to Aug. 2018 came to $379,964.12. However,

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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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‘United We March’ tests endurance of marchers, honors heroes


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor



Gunnison Valley Fire Department volunteers Kelby Nay and Stockton Hansen march down the path during the United We March fundraiser on Saturday in Gunnison. Their team ended up coming in first place in the light half-ruck race. Photo courtesy Rebecca Bown Withers.

GUNNISON—Despite challenging terrain and injuries on the trail, the inaugural United We March fundraiser, which took place in Gunnison on Saturday in remembrance of 9/11 and to support America’s heroes, was a big success, said event organizers—thanks to the enthusiastic participants and volunteers.

“United We March 2018 was successful because of the amazing committee and those who participated,” said Justen Mellor of Gunnison, one of the organizers. “The stories of struggling through, whether they finished or not, show the amazing hearts of people and how they love all of our heroes.”

“Ruck” is a military term for a hike, often through rough terrain, and often carrying military gear. The full-ruck race was 26 miles and the half-ruck race was 16.1 miles.

Participants had a choice of racing in the heavy class, which required carrying a 35-pound backpack, or the light class, which didn’t require a backpack.

Only one team, the UVU veterans, entered the heavy full-ruck race. During the race, one racer broke an ankle and another suffered dehydration and had to be hospitalized. Despite those setbacks, some of the UVU Veterans crossed the finish line.

Mellor participated in a Bataan Memorial March in New Mexico in 2017 and modeled the march Saturday in Gunnison after it. (The original Bataan March was a 65-mile march in the South Pacific during World War II, where many American and Filipino prisoners of war died.)

The local march honoring service members, fire fighters, EMS, Search and Rescue and law enforcement, raised funds to benefit the UVU Veterans Success Center; the Utah 1033 Foundation, which provides financial help to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty; the U. of U. Burn Camp, which helps firefighters and fire victims recover from burn injuries; and Sanpete Search and Rescue, which performs rescues and helps out with a variety of law enforcement functions in the county.

Although the committee is still finalizing numbers, it estimates more than $30,000 was raised.

Jace Sorensen of Salina took first place in the individual heavy class full-ruck race. Camille Mason of Salina came in second.

Sue Williams, 60, of Salina won first place in the individual heavy half-ruck race. Robert Thomson, 44, of Ephraim won second-place in the same class.

Mike Bartholomew, 61, of Sterling came in first place in the individual light full-ruck race. Alyssia Stevenson, 38, of Manti, came in second in the individual light full ruck.

The individual light half-ruck race winners were John St. Clair, 56, from Fairway, Kansas, (first place) and Jayne Green, 46, of Gunnison (second).

Alyssia Stevenson, 38, of Manti, a nurse at Gunnison Valley Hospital, came in second place in the individual light full-ruck march. “Ruck” is a military term for a hike, often through rough terrain, carrying military gear. Photo courtesy Rebecca Bown Withers.

In the team heavy half-ruck race, Ash Grove and Christensen Arms came in first and second, respectively.

In the team light half-ruck race, the Gunnison Valley Fire Department won first place and the Gunnison Valley Hospital team took second.

Another race, the Gunnison Hospice Run to Remember 5K, took place at the same time. The winner was Wyatt Monroe, age 11. Second place in the 5K was taken by Valerie Anderson, 30.

Event committee member Mike Wanner said, “This was not one person’s effort but a whole organization. We are so grateful for all the help. There are so many responsible for such a successful event.”

Mellor credited volunteers such as Mindy Coates and Kara Jensen with helping runners stay hydrated along the long march.

“I gotta say [they] outworked and out played us all.” Mellor said. “It was an enormous task to handle water/fruit stations, and they came back dusty but smiling through it all. They were the United We March cheerleaders.”

He also thanked the Gunnison Valley royalty, Manti city royalty, and other “amazing young women who kept us hydrated all day long.”

Second-place full ruck winner, Alyssia Stevenson, said, “Mindy and Kara were the reason I could keep running.”

Volunteer Mindy Bunnell Coats said she and fellow volunteer Kara Jensen cried a few times watching participants push through their pain. “I am proud of every person who started at the beginning,” she said. “I don’t care how far you made it, ‘cause think about it…. you made it that far and that is so awesome! Thanks for letting me be a part of such an amazing weekend.”


Bette Marie Jensen


Bette Marie Jensen


Bette Marie Jensen, 97, of Ephraim, passed away on Sept. 10, 2018 in Centerfield. Bette was born on Dec. 3, 1920 in Fallon, Nevada to Frederick and Dora Miller Hawkins.

Bette married Byron Jared Jensen on Oct. 3, 1939 in Richfield. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1992. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served faithfully in many callings.

She was involved in various clubs and was an avid bowler since the bowling alley opened. She was employed by Stubbs, Inc. for approximately 30 years and retired from working at the Sanpete Sampler. Bette was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She loved crocheting and spending time in her yard.

She is survived by her children: Jerrelyn (Jerry) Blankenship; Cathy Fox; and Rolayne (Lamar) Barton, all of Ephraim; daughter-in-law, Carol Jensen of St. George; 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Nellie Faye Henningson Jensen; brothers, Harold and Frederick Jr. Hawkins; granddaughters, Trina and Janette.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at noon in the Ephraim Stake Center. Friends may call at the Stake Center on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 6-7 p.m. and also prior to services from 10-11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Ephraim Park Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Don Lamont Sorensen


Don Lamont Sorensen


Don Lamont Sorensen, 88, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

Don was born July 9, 1930 to Joseph Lamont and Thelma Watson Sorensen in Spring City, Utah. Don grew up in Spring City and attended school in Spring City and Mt. Pleasant. While growing up he helped his dad herd sheep and later became a sheep herder for the town herd. He worked construction and moved to Salt Lake City to work for Interstate Brick. In July, 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea for 16 months.

Upon his return he went back to work at Interstate Brick, where he worked 33 years until he retired. He married Shirley Marie Lund of Fountain Green, Nov. 20, 1953. They became the proud parents of four rowdy boys: Steven, Michael, Randy and Gary. On Jan. 26, 1967 they took the four boys to be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

Don liked to be busy and enjoyed many hobbies, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, mechanics, and loved playing with the grandkids. After retirement they moved back to Spring City in 1997. They love the mountains, the small town, and the many friends. Don was a member of the VFW Post 9276.

Don is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 64 years, three sons: Steven Sorensen, Spring City, Randy (Danell) Sorensen, South Jordan, Gary Sorensen, North Salt Lake, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents, and son Michael Sorensen.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Creek Ward Building in Spring City, with viewing prior to the services.

Interment Spring City Cemetery. Online condolence at


Dennis J. Hill


Dennis J. Hill


Dennis J. Hill, 67, our strong, hardworking, humorous and personable husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to everyone, left us suddenly in Gunnison on Sept. 8, 2018, from a massive heart attack.

He was born in Panguitch, Utah on July 18, 1951 to Forrest and Lucele Riggs Hill. His family moved to the Gunnison Valley when he was four. He learned how to drive a tractor when he was very young, and told his mother he didn’t need to go to school. He could just stay home and drive the tractor. Dennis graduated from GVHS in 1969, then attended Utah Technical College in Salt Lake, earning a degree in diesel mechanics.

Dennis married the love of his life, Stella Sorenson on July 1, 1972 in the Manti Temple. They lived in Granger for seven years, then moved to Gunnison to raise their family where they grew up.

He served in many local and church organizations in the valley, holding many different positions. He was always there with advice and a toolbox to fix anything we got ourselves into. He referred to it as his magic wand. He never met a project that he couldn’t fix.

Dennis welcomed his children’s friends into our home. On occasion, he would also require them to get up early to change sprinklers.

He was a genuine man who showed interest in all his friends. You always knew where you stood with him. Dennis also had a handle (nickname) for many people—some not very flattering.

During his midlife crisis, he bought a Harley Davidson. Dennis and Stella took many trips on the bike. A cross country trip to Nauvoo was the most memorable.

He loved the simple things in life: hunting, fishing, camping, boating and farming. He loved all his family, although it might have been shown by a strong hand grip on the back of your neck or a shout to the boys. He died doing what he loved doing best—working– with his hands dirty and his boots on (even if they were a crappy pair of tennis shoes).

He is survived by his wife, Stella, Gunnison; Andrew (Heather) Gunnison; Benjamin (Megan) Gunnison; Samantha (David) Pappe, Orem; Chad (Jamie), Spanish Fork; Daniel, Fillmore; grandchildren: Madelynn, Kaylee, Jackson, Harley, Alexis, Jet, Brinlee, Tyce, Karson, Gatlin, Beckham, and Sofie; brothers: Eddie, Jerel, and Dick; sisters: Marjorie and Clarice. Preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Gunnison Stake Center, 80 West Center, where friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Friday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in the Gunnison Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Gunnison Valley Hospital Births


Selena Luna Garcia Uresti was born to Bryanna Uresti and Cesar Garcia of Centerfield on Aug. 31, 2018. She weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces.

Paislee Rose Larsen was born to Austin and Lacey Larsen of Gunnison on Sept. 3, 2018. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces.

Easton Kay Shaw was born to Nikayla Shaw of Gunnison on Sept. 6, 2018. He weighed 7 pounds.

Decklynn Ruth Parry was born to Payton and Jentrie Parry of Manti on Sept. 7, 2018. She weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces.



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North Sanpete School District sponsors event to discuss dangers of pornography


By D. Yvonne Folkerson

Staff writer


MT. PLEASANT— The North Sanpete School District will stage a community night featuring speakers from the anti-pornography group, “Fight the New Drug” (FTND) on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

A dinner will be served at 6 p.m. at North Sanpete High School followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. The theme for the night is “Find a person that’s your type. Don’t type for a person.”

Founded in 2009 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FTND stresses that pornography destroys individuals and society. The group seeks to support individuals who desire to stop using pornography.

With a billboard campaign, “Porn kills love,” FTND, which describes itself as non-denominational, uses personal accounts, summaries of scientific research and social commentary to inform youth, particularly millennials, about the addictive nature of pornography.

The group does not seek to make pornography illegal, but through education and awareness, to influence youth to cease the consumption of pornography.

The group promotes peer-reviewed scientific studies that show how the brain of an individual who views pornographic material is altered, similar to the brains of drug and alcohol abusers.

On Aug. 19, 2016, FTND released an interview with Elizabeth Smart, who described for the first time about the role played by pornography in her abduction.

“It just led to him raping me more, more than he already did—which was a lot… I can’t say that he would not have gone out and kidnapped me had he not looked at pornography. All I know is that pornography made my living hell worse,” Smart said.

For more information go to Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, the evening is recommended for ages 12 or older.


A.J. Ferguson, vice president for safety at the Utah Farm Bureau, throws a straw dummy into the power takeoff of a tractor to demonstrate the importance of safety when getting into and out of the machine to Sanpete County third graders.


Children learn about animals and safety on Ag Field Day


By D Yvonne Folkerson

Staff writer



Third graders in Wendy Christofferson’s class at Ephraim Elementary School spent last Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Sanpete County Fairgrounds learning about agriculture, safety and saving money. Cache Valley Bank donated piggy banks so students could learn the importance of saving money.

MANTI— The Sanpete County Farm Bureau staged its 21st annual Ag Field Day at the Sanpete County Fairgrounds last week for more than 400 third graders.

Students learned about agriculture, the importance of education and safety from members of the Manti, Gunnison and North Sanpete high school Future Farmers of America (FFA), local Farm Bureau leaders, USU Extension representatives and community members.

“It’s a great partnership. It’s a great program and not just for Sanpete County,” said Matt Palmer, director of USU Extension in Sanpete County.

“These youth will be making policies and decisions into the future. It’s important to work together to teach youth who will become our leaders.”

The Ag Day program was initiated by Cindy Yardley more than two decades ago to show third graders how agriculture affects their daily lives.

“A lot of times, people think if they don’t live on a farm, they have no connection to agriculture,” she said. “But everything from the food they eat, to the clothing they wear, to the timber for their house comes from some form of agriculture.”

Each year the program follows a similar setup. Students arrive, put on aprons and pick up baskets. They visit stations set up in fairground buildings where they learn about the five “F”s of agriculture: farming, forestry, food, flowers and fabric.

“The kids rotate through a series of classes, activities and presentations,” explained  Amie Olsen, chairwoman of this year’s event.

Presentations cover sheep, beef, turkeys, dairy, seeds and the importance of agriculture and farm safety.

“The kids especially love the sheep presentation where they get to see sheep sheared,” Yardley said.

There was also a station this year where students planted a seed, harvested plastic fruit or vegetables, then turned in their crops for pretend money.

At the end of the activity, the students were allowed to purchase something from the Ag Store or learned to save through representatives of Cache Valley Bank.

“In the afternoon we had two ladies from Cache Valley Bank come in and teach the kids about saving money,” said Wendy Christofferson, a teacher at Ephraim Elementary School. “They did a math activity with the kids and gave each child a piggy bank so they could start saving.”

Darrel and Corrine Olsen of Ephraim took children through their Fun-on-the-Farm exhibit. Children visited mock setups where they pulled wool, roped dummy steers and learned about raising meat and eggs.

A.J. Ferguson, a vice president of the Utah Farm Bureau, presented a safety demonstration on how to get safely into and out of tractors.

Ferguson demonstrated the dangers of ‘playing’ on tractors by throwing a straw dummy onto the power take off (PTO) of a tractor.

“It makes quite the impression as straw is thrown for a dozen yards each side,” Darrel Olsen said.

Organizer Cindy Yardley estimates that more than 9,000 students have attended Ag Day at the Sanpete County Fairgrounds in the past two decades.

Homecoming underway at Manti, Gunnison high schools


By D. Yvonne Folkerson

Staff writer




Both Manti and Gunnison Valley High Schools are observing their homecomings this week with events stretching into the weekend.

Manti High students painted store windows in Manti and Ephraim on Monday.

On Wednesday, boys participated in a “volleybuff” tournament while girls played powder puff football.

Wednesday was also “meme day,” where students dressed up in clothing that is trending on the Internet.

On Thursday, students will white wash the “M” on the mountain. A dinner for football team members and their families will be held at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

On Friday, students, alumni and community members are encouraged to wear Templar insignia shirts or clothing showing Manti school colors.

A homecoming parade will travel down Main Street in Manti at 12:30 p.m., and the Templars will take on Summit Academy in football at 7 p.m.

The homecoming dance will be on Saturday from 8-11:30 p.m.

At Gunnison, a powder puff football game for girls and a pep rally were held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the football field.

A homecoming assembly will be held Friday in the school auditorium from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The homecoming parade down Gunnison’s Main Street starts at 3 p.m.

The homecoming football game between the Bulldogs and North Summit Braves starts at 7 p.m. Friday night.

On Saturday, the homecoming dance will be held from 9-11 p.m.