Cache Valley Lions Gather to Roaring Applause

Image: Tom Karren, zone chairman of the Lions, presenting recognition award to Richard Criddle.

Cache Valley Lions members gathered on April 9 in the cozy Smithfield Lions lodge along with District Governor over the Northern Utah Lions, Bonnie Johnson, and other officials from the Lions board members. At this annual gathering awards were given and accomplishments celebrated. The Lions club concentrates on service, which was apparent in the awards.

Event: “Winter Wonderland” Ice Show

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Some of Cache Valley’s elite athletes are preparing hard for this year’s “Winter Wonderland” figure skating show. Please join the Cache Valley Figure Skating Club celebrating the season with holiday favorites. Performance is at the Eccles Ice Center (2825 N 200 E, North Logan, Utah) on December 7, 2013 at 7 PM. Admission is free, but canned goods for the food pantry appreciated. For more information call the Ice Center at 435-787-2288.

Event: Smithfield Founders Day Celebration, Oct 10

A Founders Day Celebration will be held on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the Senior Citizens Center on Canyon Road. Featured Speaker will be DeLoy Hansen, former resident of Smithfield and owner of the RSL Soccer org. Four Sr. Citizens will be honored and they will tell of some of their early memories of Smithfield.

Free Tree Pruning Demonstrations

It is time to prune trees! The Smithfield City Tree Committee’s 2013 annual pruning demonstrations can give you the professional tips you need to properly care for your trees. There will be two outdoor workshops, the first specifically for pruning trees for fruit production, the second dealing with general tree health care and pruning. This is an excellent opportunity to learn techniques and have your tree questions answered by experienced professionals. Do come dressed warmly!

North Logan Library offers free programs for everyone

NORTH LOGAN–Jaylene Blair, head librarian at the North Logan City Library, wants everyone to know: Library classes and activities are free and available to everyone. Whether or not you are a North Logan resident, whether or not you possess a library card, the library’s facilities are open and available to the entirety of Cache Valley.

No one’s afraid of snow at the 2011 Turkey Trot

Image: Getting ready for the start of the Turkey Trot.

The Smithfield Recreation 2011 Turkey Trot went off with a bang despite freezing temperatures and icy roads. When the storm hit the day before, the rec center decided to go ahead with the race, but expected many runners to not show up. It was just the opposite. All but 11 runners picked up their race packets, and they had many day-of-race registrations.

Lonnie Loveday: A life of service and jokes

Image: Lonnie Loveday: Friend to all, servant to many!

A few blocks east of the city office sits a conservative home, with a nicely landscaped and well kept yard. Inside lives a man who has spent his life serving the community and making life better for the residents of Utah. Oh, and if you stop by you’ll most likely leave with a new friend and a few new jokes to tell as well.

Earl Lindley — The pearl of the gridiron

Image: Earl and Marilyn Lindley returning to Edmonton with the Grey Cup

A native of Wellsville, Utah, Earl Lindley now lives a simple life. He wakes up just like any other man, has 24 grandchildren, and goes on vacation with his family. He lives in a nice home with his wife Marilyn on the outskirts of Smithfield and is active in his community.

Draft horses pull in large crowd

Image: Draft horses ready to compete at Richmond’s Black and White Days draft horse pull.

RICHMOND—Lunging and pulling into their harnesses, sometimes even going to their knees, the teams that competed Saturday night knew they were being watched and loved it. Starting at 7, the Horse Pulling Contest, a part of Richmond’s 96th Black and White Days Annual Horse Show, had a large turn out with teams traveling from all over to compete.

Registration underway for half marathon & 5K

Image: Not Yo’ Mama’s Half Marathon route.

The first ever Not Yo’ Mama’s Half Marathon and 5K starts at 6 a.m. on July 16. The half marathon course includes gorgeous views of Cache Valley, Smithfield’s East Bench, Birch Creek Golf Course, Mack Park and Smithfield Canyon. Sponsored by Smithfield Recreation and Runners North, the run will hopefully become an annual event. The cost is only $35 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K. Starting July 1 the cost rises to $50 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. So register now at www.smithfieldrecreation.com

Fun and games at Health Days 2011

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After a morning spent in the sun watching the parade trickle past, Smithfield City celebrated Health Days on the Forrester Acre Sports Complex Saturday with inflatable games, rock walls, booths, food and singing. Booths and games were up from 11:00 to 4:00 Saturday, in which time residents valley-wide gathered to celebrate health and wellness.

Mutton busting and more at Health Days rodeo

Image: Mutton busting at 2011 Health Days Rodeo

The boy clutched his father’s hand and eyed the gate wearily. Bangs and rattles echoed from the metal as the dirty, matted animal inside tried forcing the fence down. The child was getting nervous, sweat pouring from his head. As he was lead inside and placed carefully on top of the sheep, his hands gripped the wool on its chest tightly and he took a deep breath. Then the gate fell, the sheep bolted, and the boy squealed happily as the animal shot across the arena. He was now a mutton buster.

The Arabian desert in Smithfield

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Jordan Larsen was dressed in rags, stumbling through the dunes of an Arabian desert to find clay to sell at the market. Suddenly he heard the sound of dozens of horses and leapt behind a small rock to hide. To his amazement, forty thieves dressed in black stopped before a large boulder nearby, and with the magic words “Open sesame!” the story of Ali Baba, presented by the Smithfield Youth Theater, unfolded on Sky View’s stage for all to see.

2011 Health Days underway

Image: 2011 Health Days Royalty — Kirsten Nelson, Makell Moore, Nanette Hunsaker, Tessa Herrman, Morgan Taylor.

In spite of the rain, Smithfield Health Days 2011 are underway. The forecast for the big events this weekend is warm and sunny. It looks like it will be a fantastic day of fun if the creek, literally, doesn’t rise. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Family creates scholarship in memory of Hyde Park soldier

HYDE PARK—Brett and Zellene Allred wanted to find a way to give back to the community that supported them through the death of their son, Michael, who was killed in a suicide car bombing in Fallujah, Iraq, on Sept. 6, 2004. So, in 2006, they created the Lance Corporal Michael J. Allred Scholarship Foundation in Michael’s memory.

Learn to Skate

The Eccles Ice Center’s next session of Learn to Skate — figure, hockey and speedskating — begins February 22nd and 24th. These are six week sessions and the cost is only $45 including skates, with a family discount available. There are classes for all ages and abilities. The Eccles Ice Center is located at 2825 N 200 E in North Logan.

Eccles Ice Center Family Night

Join Family Night at the Eccles Ice Center on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:45pm where up to 8 people can skate for only $30, including skates. Call 752-1170 for an updated, daily schedule as times are subject to change. For more information call 787-2288. The Eccles Ice Center is located at 2825 N 200 E in North Logan.

Senior Ball coming this Saturday

Attention all senior citizens 70 years or older (or if your spouse is 70 or older) you are invited to attend the Smithfield City Senior’s Ball on November 6th. Come for an elegant evening of dinner, music and dancing.

Tri-School Trot raises $26,000 for Smithfield elementary schools

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Students and teachers of Summit, Sunrise and — the new — Birch Creek elementary schools raised $26,000 for their schools at the Tri-School Trot Fundraiser held on Friday, September 17. Around 1,600 students participated in running laps at the Sky View high school track. Donors pledged funds to the schools for each lap ran by the students.

Richard Hansen memorial golf tournament

Image: Tournament signup

One more day left to sign up for the First Annual Richard Hansen Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds to benefit the Smithfield Blue Sox. The four-person scramble tournament starts at 8 a.m. an Friday, July 23 at the Birch Creek Golf Course.

Produce and learning experience at beautiful Harvest Market

Image: Country life — The site of the Harvest Market offers a very down to earth, country feel.

Tucked a little way from State Street with the beautiful backdrop of mid-western barns is the home of the renowned Rockhill Cheese Creamery and Richmond, Utah’s newest summer event — the Harvest Market. At two years old, it is a small town attraction that allows visitors to learn about the creation of Rockhill cheeses and buy farm and garden produce, all with country and bluegrass music and a relaxing, rural feel.

Don Williams honored for Lions Club service

Long time Smithfield resident Don Williams was honored this week after reaching a significant milestone of serving 50 years as a member of the Smithfield Lions Club. Don and his wife Mary Alice, who have been married for 62 Years, and have lived in Smithfield for 46 Years. He joined the Lions in 1959 and has enjoyed active membership and public service throughout. Don served as President of the Lions in 1972-73, and again in 1987-88. The district governor of Utah came to Smithfield in part, to make the award to Don and recognize his years of service.

More from Health Days 2010

Image: Goose Girl

Health Days 2010 was a huge success. The Health Days Fun Run, for example, had 672 runners this year. That’s up from 504 last year. A far cry from the 34 that signed up the first year in 1997. The golf tournament raised over $4000 for Sunrise Elementary and over $1000 for the Library. Brooke Snow and her students took hundreds, even thousands of photographs and posted them online. The results of the Fun Run are also online. We’ve posted links to these websites. If you have other links, photos or other information you’d like to add, please submit them to submissions@smithfieldsun.com.