I have a million things on my mind, but only the storage space for a limited number. Solution? I’ll get one thing off my mind and onto yours! It’s okay if you only let it slosh around for a few minutes. Then you can pass it on or delete it.
We live in an exceptionally beautiful valley with some of God’s finest people around us. Years ago when I worked with a lot of fine young men and women at the Ideal Dairy, I would often hear one or another saying, “I can’t wait to graduate and get out of here.” I would reply, “just wait a few years and then we can talk about it.”
Now there isn’t a week goes by that I don’t have someone asking how things are back home and more often, “do I know something they or their spouse could do for work if they moved back home.” I always reply that if they are willing to work, show up on time and be responsible, there’s always work available.
As Mayor, I’m always thinking of economic development. If I ever try to delete this thought, it pops right back into my mind immediately. We all should acknowledge that growth is a good thing; not wild, double-the-population-in-ten-years-growth, but steady growth that fuels our current economic engine and helps us expand established businesses by providing employees and customers. This type of growth is a blessing to all of us, and we should be willing to share our love for this area and its vast, amazing, natural resources.
We all travel to different places and encounter different people and businesses. If you come in contact with a business that would be a good fit in our area, make a note of it. Take a picture or get contact information. I’d love to invite and encourage them to consider coming to our valley. What size business are we looking for? The right size, of course! Please consider helping our economic engine to continue running smoothly. I’ll make it worth your while! You might even be deputized as an official Economic Development Engineer!
Mayor David Ogden
Here we go again! Youngsters are back to school and I’m laying awake at night thinking about safety. We live between the Snow College Richfield Campus, Richfield High School and Red Hills Middle School. In the morning from about 7:30 and 8:10, we avoid driving as much as humanly possible. Afternoons when school gets out are nearly as wild.
Did you know that in the United States, one pedestrian dies every 1.6 hours, and another is hurt every 7.5 minutes? Those are scary statistics! These pedestrians, including children, mistakenly assume that cars will see them and stop for them. That’s a dangerous (and sometimes deadly) assumption.
Drivers are worried about dropping off, picking up, getting to work on time, and a thousand other things that could be on their mind. Today’s kids in Richfield are concerned with all the same things that you were when you were that age. Unfortunately these young students, whether walking, running, or riding a bike are often not focused on safety. The shortest distance to school sometimes involves cutting across city streets on a diagonal. Occasionally, kids glance up at cars. Drivers, if they see the children, mercifully stop or slow down. It’s like a wild dance. It reminds me of watching Stan Jones dance when he and I were younger. Stan was all over the dance floor. It was entertaining, but dangerous!
Please watch out for the dangers out there, whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian. Teach your kids and grandkids that they are responsible for their own safety. Don’t assume somebody behind a steering wheel is being responsible. It doesn’t matter if you have the right of way if you lose your life!
We want this to be a safe year and a learning one. It’s such a wonderful time of life for these youngsters and it would be tragic indeed to have any one of them hurt or suffering. Drivers, be alert. A Stan Jones dancer could suddenly pop up in front of you.
Mayor David Ogden