Mink Creek


The New Year swept in with a storm that increased throughout the day. At times vision was limited to “just across the road,” and is that really the neighbor’s place or is it a mirage? A winter mirage, born on the wings of wind. Snowmobilers, undaunted, have been up in the canyons. We hope no one gets disoriented and becomes lost. It has happened in the past.

No turkeys out to gobble, ”Happy New Year.” They are staying in their roost, hunkered down.

The family of Adam and Camene Haws, with their children, Tessa, Cooper and Ainsley, came up from their home in Sol Vang, CA, for a lengthy Christmas break at their Idaho home. The weather obliged them with snow and a change of pace.

It has been the holidays and as often happens, some sort of bug has been making the rounds. Even before school was out we had some staying home because of the yucks. We’ve also had some tonsillitis and mono. Not fun to be sick during the winter break.

Sam and Katie Hatch have recently become first-time grandparents. Haylee and Bryce Jensen have a baby girl, named Emmalynn Delila Jensen. The family recently moved to Logan, having been located in Ogden prior to this.

Two daughters of April and Trevor Rasmussen, Emma and Katelyn, have earned their Faith in God awards. The certificates were presented in Sacrament Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

December brought home several “visitors.” Rebekah and Jamie Juhasz of Logan, UT, were with her parents, Kim and Wally Christensen. Brooke and Josh Reichman, now at school in Provo, UT, spent some days with her folks, Sherrie and Shane Corbett. Alexis and Scott Strong came up from California for time on the Station Creek hills with her family, Margret and Kurt Iverson. Maria and Devin Flake of Orem, UT, brought their son, Jude to Grandma’s, Lana and Ivan McCracken.



The meeting date for the humanitarian projects for the Winder Ward has been changed from Mondays to Wednesdays starting Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., said Jonna Clement, Relief Society President. Anyone who is interested in their humanitarian project assembling “Days for Girls” hygiene kits for girls in Africa are welcome to come to the Winder Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building to help assemble the kits or make quilts, back to school kits, or new born kits.



The Dayton Ward held their annual Community Christmas dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Primary children portrayed the Nativity complete with costumes, and Christmas songs. Three young women, Alyna Telford, Addie Hyde, and Bailey Henderson, sang Christmas carols, Kyle Henderson and Jordon Jolley sang a duet, the congregation joined in singing “Jingle Bells” at the end of the evening. Then Santa made his appearance handing out candy canes and oranges. The Primary provided coloring pages and crayons at the beginning of the evening for an activity for the children. The dinner consisted of roast beef, baked potatoes, green salad, rolls and cookies.

There are 10 new young women who will be joining the eight young women from last year. “We are super excited to start the new year with the new Young Women goal-setting program. We will be having a planning meeting for two class activities, one combined Young Woman activity and one Young Men/Young Women combined activity,” said Jackie Corbridge, Young Women President.



The Linrose Ward Christmas party was held on Thursday, Dec. 12. The meal was ham, Dutch oven potatoes, green salad, rolls and cake. A program was presented explaining the meaning of the symbols of Christmas. A video of pictures was shown of all the missionaries from the community. A special video was also shown in the Primary room for the children. Those who helped to make the evening special was Melissa Beckstead over the meal, the program was by the Primary, and decorations where provided by the Young Women, reports Ann Palmer, Relief Society President.

Riley Smith reported his mission to Texas on Dec. 29.



Thirty Young Men and Young Women of the Whitney Ward went to the Elks’ Lodge on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and in assembly line fashion, put together 130 boxes of food and supplies for those in need.



Here’s hoping that everyone enjoyed their New Year’s 2020 celebrations. We watched the new (?) James Bond movie. Haven’t seen one of those in 30 years! They remind me of Hallmark movies ... same plot as all of the older ones!

On Dec. 28, at the West Side/Marsh Valley basketball game, 19 former pep band members gathered with the current band members and entertained the patrons with some fun music. These guys sounded really good! It was fun to see second generation band members playing the same songs as their parents did 20 plus years ago and playing alongside their family members. They were called the “West Side Band of Pirates.” Nate Woodward, from Weston, is the band leader and it was his idea to bring old and current pep band members together to perform. He would like to do this yearly. Hopefully this will happen next Christmas time.



The 2020 New Year was ushered in with a fresh layer of snow for most of the day Jan. 1. Six to eight inches of white powder covered the dirty piles around town, refreshing the world with a clean dusting.

The fulfillment of her life-long dream is demanding yet satisfying for Michelle Furniss, new business owner of Rae’s Bake Shoppe and Café in Preston. Taking over Rhema’s Coffee Shop at 46 South State Street, Furniss opened her doors on June 3, 2019, and hires the three of her nine children still at home – Andrew, Sarah, and Viva. The talented single mom learned her skills as she started cooking at the age of eight in a large family with her own mom, and through the 4-H programs as a young girl. Courtney Denton and Jessica Schaeffer are also employees at the new eatery, with doors open at 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. Furniss is also experimenting with remaining open before nights of productions at the nearby Worm Creek Theater. Her specialties are the mouthwatering cinnamon rolls and quiches, but the soups and sandwiches are also delicious. Her dedication of going to work at 4:30 a.m. each morning to create her delicacies is slowing paying off as her clientele is growing. Furniss and her family reside with her sister, Denise and David Merrell, on Cherryville Lane in Franklin. Good luck in your new business venture!

Cub River


The Cub River Ward had their ward Christmas dinner on Friday, December 13. They enjoyed a barbequed beef, potatoes, salads, rolls and desserts. Fifteen Primary children performed Christmas music on the bells. Attendees also sang Christmas carols and visited.

The Young Women will be meeting soon for a planning meeting to plan their monthly youth activities.

The youth in the ward enjoyed attending the tri-stake dance on Friday, December 26.

Faith Larson, daughter of Jennie and Troy Larson returned home on Tuesday, December 17 from the Washington Kennewick Mission. She will report her mission on Sunday, January 12.

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