Dear Friends:

By now the holiday candy and rich food should have been thrown away or transferred to your stomach and hips. People are in the gym in great numbers; all determined that this will be the fix and that the unwanted pounds will be shed like water off a duck’s back.  I even joined an exercise class.  I jumped up and down, slid back and forth, hopped on one foot, wiggled and giggled. But by the time I got that spandex on, class was over!

I have made my resolutions and they all involve repentance.  Naturally, I will not share the exact resolutions here in this forum. Can you imagine the scandal?

By the time you read this I should be on the mend from what you might call a minor operation. As you know, a minor operation is one they do on somebody else.  My great plan for recovery involves not falling and eating only when I’m hungry.  Rather than an exercise class, my program will be accomplished by crawling to the fridge to look in and make sure that only carrots, celery and leftovers that are waiting to go bad are in there.

I sincerely hope that this New Year is filled with joy and accomplishments for you and your loved ones. Join me in a firm resolution to Buckle Up every single time you get into a vehicle.  Zero Fatalities is the only goal we can live with.

Mayor David Ogden 

Dear Friends:

I am cautious to the extreme when discussing religion, faith, and belief, particularly in this forum.  That said, all of you are aware of the recent passing of LDS Church President Thomas S Monson.

Even as a young boy, I recall hearing him speak.  I remember it made me feel confident and resolute.  I wanted to believe as he did.  I was determined to be a better person, a better Boy Scout, a kinder friend, and even a better and kinder brother to my little sisters. And for about 20 minutes, I was.

The trouble was never in knowing what good turn to do or why it was important to be a better boy.  The problem was, and is, selfishness.

I’m convinced now that most, if not all bad stuff happens as a result of somebody being selfish. I learned this important truth from a wonderful upbringing, coupled with far too many examples in the world of selfish behavior.  Selfishness is never productive, and it usually means trouble!

Now that I’m older (much older), I am absolutely convinced that selfishness is the overwhelming problem we all face.  It’s not just a challenge for little boys and girls. It’s equally applicable for those trying to better moms and better dads.  It’s really what keeps us from being better citizens and better people in general.

With this in mind, I promise to work on being less selfish, more giving, and more worthy of the incredible blessings this life has to offer.  Won’t you join me?

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

Merry Christmas!  I have much to be thankful for this year.  This is a time in my political life that is very sweet, and it’s not for any of the reasons that you probably think.  It’s just so great to be able to shake hands or express my appreciation to residents without worrying that someone might feel that I’m campaigning for their vote.

During the election campaign season which, by the way, seems to last for six months, all things are perceived to revolve around politics.  I don’t like that feeling.  My motives are, and always have been to do what’s best for Richfield.

Since we’re in that sweet time, I’ll hurry and share a few things that are on my mind.  First, look out for your pets during this cold time of the year.  Whether they’re outside or inside, make sure they have some shelter.  A friend recently suggested to me that if each of us spent one night outside with our pets, we’d quickly make some changes in our accommodations for them.   

Second, we all have neighbors or acquaintances whose families are far away.  They don’t have visitors, and seldom have someone say that they are loved.  Tell them that you care and you love them.  You do, don’t you?

Next, please attend the Christmas Carol Processional event on the City Park this Saturday.  Converge on the park from all directions at 7:00 p.m.  Song lyrics are posted at richfielcity.com or copies are available at our office.  Bring your friends and some hot chocolate.  A candle light would also be great.  Hopefully, a community tradition will be started.

Finally and above all, may you buckle up, drive safely and have a Happy Christmas.  May God bless you every one.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

We continue to improve our Centennial Park on North Main Street.  You’ve seen the large silhouettes representing the Old Spanish Trail which passed through our valley.  Now, we have installed some disc golf baskets.

Five baskets have been strategically placed around the park.  Upon each is the word “Veteran”.  It’s a great reminder for parents to explain to youngsters the importance of our Veterans. Our beautiful flag waves overhead providing additional themes of patriotism.

You can use regular frisbees with this activity, but I encourage you to check out some custom discs from the city office.  There’s no charge, and they are designed for short and long play to enhance your experience. Look up rules and ideas at www.discgolf.com .   We’ll also have rules ready for you at the city office.

Last week in your city utility bill, we included information about a community event on the evening of Saturday, December 23rd.  We invite you to converge on the City Park, 300 North Main, from four directions at the same time, singing Christmas Carols.  I view this as a real tradition-building opportunity that will grow each year.

Eleven year-old Richfield resident Lucile Brown approached me with the idea for this event.  It seemed like the perfect complement to our Community Christmas Tree which, several years ago, was adopted by the Douglas and Gwen Jensen family.  They decorated it with Christmas lights for many years, and more recently, Doug Bentley has taken over this task.  We thank these great residents, along with our Parks Director Karl Anderson, for making the park beautiful at Christmastime.  I believe that these great residents were inspired to share these wonderful ideas with the city and we are all beneficiaries of that inspiration.

As we near Christmas, please remember the sacrifices made by so many so that we can worship as we choose.  This basic Bill-of-Rights promise is not enjoyed by all, and it will only remain ours if we are vigilant in protecting that right.

Mayor David Ogden 

Dear Friends:

You’ve all seen and heard the disclaimers that accompany advertisements for the latest and greatest prescription medications.  These medications may cure what ails you, but they may also result in anything from a mild case of dandruff to the bubonic plague!

We’ve got some amazing things happening in our valley.  In just the next few days, there’s Peter Breinholt, Christmas Tree Lane, the Snow College Holiday Music Spectacular, and the Christmas Lights Parade to name a few!

In case you attend any of the upcoming Christmas Programs and parties in the valley, I wanted to provide my own set of disclaimers.  You might start feeling warm and fuzzy ---  a little less like Ebenezer Scrooge and more like a campfire marshmallow.  You might experience a case of light-headedness which makes you want to be nice to someone who has been mean to you or has despitefully used you.

You could even find yourself wanting to forgive the neighbor’s cat.  NOTE: If that symptom lasts more than an hour you should go straight to the hospital and have your head examined.

The most likely thing you will experience is a love for the reason that we are remembering and celebrating.  If these symptoms persist, then you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to everybody you meet and associate with this Christmas season and beyond.  If this change of heart hurts a little bit; well, then accept the tincture with humility.  Let your heart swell for that, friends, is what Christmas is all about.   

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

  • Mayor's Corner 01/11/2018

    Dear Friends: By now the holiday candy and rich food should have been thrown away or transferred to your stomach and hips. People are in the gym in great numbers; all determined that this will be the fix and that the unwanted pounds will be shed like water off a duck’s back.  I even joined an exercise class.  I jumped up and down, slid back and forth, hopped on one foot, wiggled and giggled. But by the time I got that spandex on, class was over! I have made my resolutions and they all involve...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 01/18/2017

    Dear Friends: I am cautious to the extreme when discussing religion, faith, and belief, particularly in this forum.  That said, all of you are aware of the recent passing of LDS Church President Thomas S Monson. Even as a young boy, I recall hearing him speak.  I remember it made me feel confident and resolute.  I wanted to believe as he did.  I was determined to be a better person, a better Boy Scout, a kinder friend, and even a better and kinder brother to my little sisters. And for about 20...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 12/21/2017

    Dear Friends: Merry Christmas!  I have much to be thankful for this year.  This is a time in my political life that is very sweet, and it’s not for any of the reasons that you probably think.  It’s just so great to be able to shake hands or express my appreciation to residents without worrying that someone might feel that I’m campaigning for their vote. During the election campaign season which, by the way, seems to last for six months, all things are perceived to revolve around politics.  I don’t like...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 12/14/2017

    Dear Friends: We continue to improve our Centennial Park on North Main Street.  You’ve seen the large silhouettes representing the Old Spanish Trail which passed through our valley.  Now, we have installed some disc golf baskets. Five baskets have been strategically placed around the park.  Upon each is the word “Veteran”.  It’s a great reminder for parents to explain to youngsters the importance of our Veterans. Our beautiful flag waves overhead providing additional themes of patriotism. You can...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 12/07/2017

    Dear Friends: You’ve all seen and heard the disclaimers that accompany advertisements for the latest and greatest prescription medications.  These medications may cure what ails you, but they may also result in anything from a mild case of dandruff to the bubonic plague! We’ve got some amazing things happening in our valley.  In just the next few days, there’s Peter Breinholt, Christmas Tree Lane, the Snow College Holiday Music Spectacular, and the Christmas Lights Parade to name a few! In case...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 11/16/2017

    Dear Friends: Another election is in the books.  Thank you for trusting me with another term.  I’m humbled. Nobody was happier about the election result than my wife.  She was very worried that I would have to clean out my office in December and bring all my “old stuff” home.  I think she was mostly referring to me as “old stuff”.  As it is, I’m able to spend my days out of her way and mostly out of the way of our great city staff. Misunderstanding breeds contempt.  I have some hearing challenges, having...

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  • Mayor's Corner 08/31/2017

    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...

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  • Mayor's Corner 08/25/2017

    Dear Friends: 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...

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  • Mayor's Corner 08/16/2017

    Dear Friends: I recently attended the Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City.  There were several good discussions and Governor Herbert gave a very good speech on his 25K Rural Jobs Initiative.  He challenged us all to come up with ideas and solutions.  I will write more about this important issue in the near future. Doug Griffiths was a keynote speaker at the event.  He is an author and motivator, and he really got me stirred up.  His book, 13 Ways To Kill Your Community, gives the perfect recipe for...

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  • Mayor's Corner 07/27/2017

    Dear Friends: I love this time of year!  With our summer rains, you can actually see the grass (and weeds) growing if you can sit still and observe for a few minutes. My flowers need watering twice a day and now that I have chickens, any travel away from home cannot exceed twelve hours --- so much for retirement and being a world traveler. I do have a great imagination, however, and I have been several places lately that have been inexpensive and enjoyable.  I enjoy the benefit of no jet lag,...

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