Dear Friends:

This week I’d like to share a few random thoughts with you.  I’ve started going back to the swimming pool, and it is delightful!  Mornings are just right for me, with music from the 60s and a friendly, helpful staff.  We have easy access into the water and you can do laps, walk and talk, or just listen to timeless classics over the sound system. I invite you to try it for a week.  You’ll get hooked on a healthy way to start your day!

Summer is in full swing, and the heat has been oppressive.  Everything is relative, however.  My daughters in Henderson, NV and Gilbert, AZ have to wear sweaters when they are here visiting!

We are in desperate shape when it comes to water in our entire region.  If you don’t understand why, then you haven’t paid attention to what is happening around us.  The drought affects everything. Cattle went up on the forest late and will be off early.  Feed costs are up because third and fourth crops are scarce.  Reservoir levels are very low.  If we have another poor water year, especially in the mountains, we might all be landscaping differently.

  

It may come down to faith.  I do not doubt that asking and believing are powerful tools to affect the future.  However, I think it’s wise for all of us to understand cycles and trends.  We are on the wrong side of both so plan and act accordingly.

Finally, I’m spending much of my time at our new Visitor Center.  We have welcomed folks from all over the United States and, at last count, from sixteen foreign countries.  Please come by and see us.  Check out some disc golf equipment (Frisbees) and have fun on the park.  There’s great value in having a real place with real people welcoming travelers to our community and helping them to find local goods and local services.  I’d love to visit with you about it!

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

Another 4th of July is in the books.  What an amazing celebration we had!  From beginning to end, from the Miss Richfield Pageant to the fireworks show, you’d be hard pressed to find better festivities anywhere.  I love watching every child on the park try their very best to catch a fish with their bare hands; while at the same time every parent and grandparent silently praying they won’t!

I wish I could thank every single person who had a hand in organizing and carrying out this great community event.  Unfortunately, the Reaper won’t give me an entire section of the newspaper to do that!  Suffice it to say, hundreds of great volunteers invested serious time and money to make things better for all of us.

I do want to give special thanks to one group that doesn’t often get a lot of recognition.  Our city employees do a tremendous amount of work before, during and after our 4th of July celebration to make it all possible.  It’s easy to forget that canopies don’t put themselves up.  Most of us don’t even recognize that a Main Street covered with candy wrappers and other debris from several thousand parade-goers is clean less than 2 hours after the last float finishes!  The list of unseen, but very real actions goes on and on, and I really do appreciate their efforts.

To our celebration chairman, Councilmember Kevin Arrington, I thank you and salute you for your team’s efforts.

A good friend (who’s much more tech-savvy than me) tells me that Facebook and Twitter are full of great compliments about our celebration.  And it’s not just local folks.  Many posts and tweets come from out-of-town and out-of-state visitors.  Richfield really does have the best home-town 4th of July celebration in the country!

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

From the back porch of my home, I can see Fish Lake Hightop.  I love that view, because it constantly brings with it a flood of memories about great family times at Fish Lake.

Today I’m remembering the time I asked my folks if I could wade out from the shore to the boat they were fishing in.  Dad said, “Sure, but you won’t warm up until tomorrow.”  He added, “I wouldn’t do it myself.”  That statement meant that it was stupid, but if you choose to learn the hard way, go right ahead!

Mom told Dad that the water was over my head where they were and that I could drown.  Dad assured her that I wouldn’t get in any deeper than my knees.  Well, it didn’t take many steps before it was well over my knees, and soon I couldn’t feel my feet.  I decided to swim, which was a really bad idea.  Fortunately I was a very good swimmer, and this was one time I was glad that I learned to swim at the old Richfield Pool, which was also very cold!

That day was the first time I remember my Mom calling my Dad by his entire given name. Dad was right.  I didn’t warm up until the next day, but I made it to the boat.

Another vivid memory was the time Dad drove me from Bowery Haven over Fish Lake Hightop and back on a Tote Gote.  For you younger folks, a Tote Gote was a small off-road motorcycle produced in the 50’s and 60’s.  I only fell off about thirty times, but oh, what memories were made!

Folks have been traveling to Fish Lake from our valley since pioneer times, building family memories all along the way.  Give it a try one of these days!

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

To say that we have the greatest Hometown Fourth of July Celebration is highly subjective, but I’ll say it anyway!  After all, beauty (or in this case celebrating) is in the eye of the beholder.

Objectively, I can say without hesitation that we have always worked extremely hard to make it the best possible celebration of our country’s birth.  Years ago, I took over from Lee Skinner as parade chairman and soon learned just how hard people like Alma Magleby, his sister Julia Mohr, and so many others were working for months in advance to make it a first-class celebration.

We have a great celebration planned over the coming week, thanks to the tireless efforts of City Councilmember Kevin Arrington and his committee.  I urge you to invite and enjoy. Go to the programs and pageants.  Cheer on the float makers.  Participate in the activities and support others who do.  Eat to your heart’s content, and wrap it all up with a marvelous fireworks show!  And don’t forget the businesses, the service organizations and the individuals who are working hard so the rest of us can have fun!

A few things have changed for me.  I used to be able to eat a Navajo taco, run around the park for ten seconds, and be ready for another one.  I could haul hay in the morning, play baseball in the afternoon, then chase girls until it was their curfew.  Then I’d do it all over again the next day.  I could also sleep standing up and run barefoot on the side of the road (at least that’s the way I remember it)!

Enjoy the Fourth!  Love the time spent with family and friends.  And please, think safety at all times and buckle up.  Remember, Zero Fatalities is the only acceptable goal.  God Bless America!

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

Earlier this month we marked the anniversary of D-Day.  I remember talking with Bryant Washburn, who participated in dislodging the strangle-hold Hitler had on Europe in 1944.  We had thousands of young men give their full measure of devotion to freedom and flag in Europe and around the globe.  Bryant always told me, “There was never a doubt in our minds that we were going to win.  WE WERE COMMITTED!”

On September 21st at Richfield High School, we will honor those who stood up for freedom and have not been brought home. I’ll provide more details as that date draws near.  Thousands are still listed as MIA’s or POW’s.  With them, we will also be honoring women (mostly nurses) who served and were even in the Bataan Death March in the Philippines.

I have always been careful writing about people who have just passed away.  I could write almost exclusively about such, and never run out of superlatives to describe these individuals.

Two weeks ago, a friend and WW2 Navy Veteran, Wilmer Anderton passed from this life into the arms of his loving wife Kathy and to a great reward from Our Heavenly Parents.  Wilmer fixed all that I had broken and listened patiently as I described projects that I wanted him to build. I held one end of the board while he brought to life my ideas and improved on them every time.

Wilmer made thousands of wooden toys for our Humanitarian Center.  They have been distributed to boys and girls all around the world.  He had tools and knew how to use them. His garden and yard were the best and only a dream for me.

Wilmer guided me and my sons on desert adventures.  My boys still talk about those adventures; particularly the story-telling part of it.  I will miss him as one misses a parent. He was so patient and kind to me that I tear up thinking of him.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

  • Mayor's Corner 07/19/2018

    Dear Friends: This week I’d like to share a few random thoughts with you.  I’ve started going back to the swimming pool, and it is delightful!  Mornings are just right for me, with music from the 60s and a friendly, helpful staff.  We have easy access into the water and you can do laps, walk and talk, or just listen to timeless classics over the sound system. I invite you to try it for a week.  You’ll get hooked on a healthy way to start your day! Summer is in full swing, and the heat has been...

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  • Mayor's Corner 07/12/2018

    Dear Friends: Another 4th of July is in the books.  What an amazing celebration we had!  From beginning to end, from the Miss Richfield Pageant to the fireworks show, you’d be hard pressed to find better festivities anywhere.  I love watching every child on the park try their very best to catch a fish with their bare hands; while at the same time every parent and grandparent silently praying they won’t! I wish I could thank every single person who had a hand in organizing and carrying out this...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 07/05/2018

    Dear Friends: From the back porch of my home, I can see Fish Lake Hightop.  I love that view, because it constantly brings with it a flood of memories about great family times at Fish Lake. Today I’m remembering the time I asked my folks if I could wade out from the shore to the boat they were fishing in.  Dad said, “Sure, but you won’t warm up until tomorrow.”  He added, “I wouldn’t do it myself.”  That statement meant that it was stupid, but if you choose to learn the hard way, go right ahead! Mom...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/28/2018

    Dear Friends: To say that we have the greatest Hometown Fourth of July Celebration is highly subjective, but I’ll say it anyway!  After all, beauty (or in this case celebrating) is in the eye of the beholder. Objectively, I can say without hesitation that we have always worked extremely hard to make it the best possible celebration of our country’s birth.  Years ago, I took over from Lee Skinner as parade chairman and soon learned just how hard people like Alma Magleby, his sister Julia Mohr, and...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/21/2018

    Dear Friends: Earlier this month we marked the anniversary of D-Day.  I remember talking with Bryant Washburn, who participated in dislodging the strangle-hold Hitler had on Europe in 1944.  We had thousands of young men give their full measure of devotion to freedom and flag in Europe and around the globe.  Bryant always told me, “There was never a doubt in our minds that we were going to win.  WE WERE COMMITTED!” On September 21st at Richfield High School, we will honor those who stood up for...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/14/18

    Dear Friends: Last week was the anniversary of D-Day. I remember talking with Bryant Washburn, who participated in dislodging the strangle-hold Hitler had on Europe in 1944. We had thousands of young men give their full measure of devotion to freedom and flag in Europe and around the globe. Bryant always told me, “There was never a doubt in our minds that we were going to win. WE WERE COMMITTED!” On September 21st at Richfield High School, we will honor those who stood up for freedom and have...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 06/07/18

    Dear Friends: With the first week of June almost in the books, I have a warning for you: It will be July in about 10 minutes! Okay, maybe it just seems like that to me. We have been scrambling to get our new Richfield Visitor Center ready to open. For those of you who may not know, the center is located on North Main Street at Centennial Park, directly below the giant American flag. Dozens of volunteers have helped, inside and out. I hope to be able to thank each and every one at a later date....

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  • Mayor's Corner 05/31/2018

    Friends, citizens, countrymen; lend me your thoughts for a moment. We have so very much to be thankful for, but let us not forget there are those among us who are alone and afraid. There are many who are sick and afflicted whose burdens we could lighten if we only knew. To make a load lighter, one doesn’t necessarily have to remove it entirely. Sometimes it just involves sharing it a little bit. We can listen, have patience, empathize and strategize. We can remember when we have needed advice...

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  • Mayor's Corner 05/24/2018

    Dear Friends: Next Monday is Memorial Day. Some will be swimming in Lake Powell. Some will be involved in ball tournaments. Others will be tuning up their yards and planting flowers. Many, mostly those of us with a few gray hairs, will be decorating graves and thinking of parents, grandparents, siblings, and others who have influenced who and what we are. Many of us will also be remembering those brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can choose what we are doing this last Monday...

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  • Mayor's Corner 05/17/2018

    Dear Friends: I have so many emotions as this springtime moves forward towards summer. My chickens are looking for shade, and so am I. We all have challenges, and each is different. For me, putting on my compression stockings is a daily challenge. I’ll have to admit that I’ve frightened my wife a time or two when I yell as I take them off in the evening! I am guilty of exaggerating on occasion, but then that is required of a story teller. However I am serious when my sincerity and love for our...

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