Dear Friends:

A few days ago, I was watching my grandson play baseball in the developmental league on the fields at Pahvant Elementary School.  There’s no better way for a granddad to relive the joys of childhood than watching your own play a game that you love!

I was in the third grade when the Pahvant School opened back in prehistoric times. I have a lot of history there.  Watching the game, I remembered how bad the grass looked a couple years ago.  Even worse was the condition of the ballfields and the associated back stops, dugouts and fences.  Then something happened that once again reminded me why I love this community.

Somebody stepped up to the plate --- pardon the pun.  This time it was a family who always pitches in; the White Family of course.  They rallied many others who also saw the need, and the results are beautiful baseball fields where our kids and grandkids can make memories.

Most of the time, service in our community, our churches and beyond runs in families.  It’s because someone has set an example of service.  That’s certainly true of the White family. Often, folks don’t even need to be asked.  They see a need and, “Shazam”, things begin to happen for the good of all concerned.  Problems are solved, improvements are made, and lives are changed for the better.  That’s what community is all about.

Right now, I feel an urgent need to express my thanks to the builders and protectors of our community.  We’re all indebted to those who have and will put their lives on the line to protect our way of life, and for those who recognize needs, who step up, and who build up.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

At our Richfield City Council Meeting last week, we were pleased to have the Six County Association of Governments executive staff in attendance. These extremely dedicated people described the important programs they administer for seniors, for veterans and for other folks in our area who need and deserve assistance for a variety of reasons.

I have been on the Six County AOG Executive Board for some time now. I’ve been so impressed with the staff that work for their various departments and programs. They care deeply about those they serve and I admire their dedication and professionalism.

We’re fortunate to live in this great valley. We can and should and will work together on many wonderful projects that benefit all. A rising tide raises all ships, and we are lifted when some good thing happens in a neighboring city and county. The Six County AOG has afforded me the opportunity to work with mayors and commissioners from neighboring bergs, and it is inspiring. They love to serve, and our many common interests create friendships that can last a lifetime.

To learn of the recourses available through Six County or to volunteer in the effort to aid those in need, please call 435-893-0700 and ask for information. Everyone can help, and we are all in need of help at some point in our life. Remember, happiness isn’t something earned. It’s a by-product of something given.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

After reading David Anderson’s thoughts last week about going to the dentist, I have recommitted to flossing on a regular basis. I now have little individual floss packs in my vehicles and by the bed.  I have acquired a plaque tool which I used once.  Sometimes we lack the determination to hurt ourselves, even if it’s for our own good!

Last week, my sweetheart, She Who Shall Not Be Named (SWSNBN), went on a three-day trip with her sisters and her mother.  It was to celebrate her mother’s ninety-first birthday (more about her mother in a moment).

Being home alone was stressful. Even with a fridge full of wonderful homemade soup and other goodies  SWSNBN prepared for me, it was painful in the extreme.  Dolly Dog suffered even more than me.  She sat faithfully peering out the front window waiting for supreme treat-giver to show up. Neither of us knew what to do.  I watched some great western movies, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  I exercised the freedom to flip through channels like a racecar driver flipping through gears.  Even with this freedom, I was like a sick calf looking around for direction.

I survived.  And yes, I am more appreciative of her and more sensitive toward those who have lost their partners.  Without direction, my rows would be so crooked that water would never flow down them.  I was lost, but now I’m more willing to receive direction. Sometimes it does indeed take a loose reign to keep a marriage tight.

As for Valeria, my mother in law, there isn’t a finer person that I know of.  All these years she has loved me and our children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren.  She has looked right past any of our misjudgments and missteps and loved us anyway. She would give her own life in a second to save any of us.  It’s all in the family, and she’s all in for the family.  That’s as it should be.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

In the movie, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character Phil quotes Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Work Without Hope."

All Nature seems at work; slugs leave their lair,

The bees are stirring; birds are on the wing,

And winter, slumbering in the open air,

Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring;

And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,

Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

Since becoming Mayor four years ago, I have had very little time to be “unbusy.”  To paraphrase the poem, I hope I’m making some honey, building, and I know I do a fair amount of singing.  It may not be pretty, but I assure you it’s sincere.

On Wednesday, March 21st, I will be telling the story of the Southern Expedition. This group of fifty men, led by Parley P Pratt, with supplies enough for several weeks, left the Salt Lake Valley in November 1849.  Their objective was to explore central and southern Utah for settlement locations.

Seventy thousand members of their faith would be arriving in Utah over the next few years.  These settlers from many nations, along with their families were coming with all their worldly possessions, hoping and dreaming of a better life.

One night the hearty souls of the Southern Expedition camped out in Central Valley.  I will be telling the true story of this historic episode at the Fire Station in Richfield.  The program is sponsored by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

A loaded Potato bar is $6.00 and starts at 6:00 pm, with the story telling to follow.  The entire program will conclude by 8:00 pm.  Please enter through the west door of the Fire Station.  Please call or text me with your RSVP at 435-979-6423 by Monday, March 19th to help us plan for the food.

Mayor David Ogden

Dear Friends:

Have you noticed how busy Richfield’s been lately, particularly on the weekends?  Have you gone to a crowded restaurant or noticed that our hotels with parking lots full of cars and buses?

Winter used to be a time when things really slowed down, but that’s changed thanks to the community jewel we call the Sevier Valley Center (SVC).  For the last month or so, wrestling tournaments have brought literally thousands of visitors to Richfield.

The Beehive Brawl drew wrestlers and their families from throughout Utah and surrounding states.  We also hosted several other large tournaments including the State 1A and 2A Tourneys two weekends ago.  Interspersed with these events, the SVC was home to a drill team competition, a marriage conference, and a circus; all of which brought folks to our town.

More great events are on tap.  The State 2A Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments start today and go through the weekend.  Next Wednesday through Saturday brings the State 1A Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments.

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of these events and of the SVC to our area economy.  The money spent by our visitors doesn’t just benefit the businesses they frequent.  It allows those businesses to stay open, to pay their employees, and to make improvements.  Those business owners and their employees spend their profits and earnings at other businesses in our community.  The city benefits from increased sales tax collections which allow us to make community improvements.  The ripple effect is enormous.

It’s often easy to spot our visitors, particularly when they’re here for sporting events.  They’re the ones wearing Bryce Valley sweatshirts or Duchesne baseball caps.  When you see these visitors in our stores or on the street, say “Welcome to Richfield.”  Ask them how they like our community.  Thank them for being here.  The more we welcome them, the more they’ll want to come back!

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

  • Mayor's Corner 04/12/2018

    Dear Friends: A few days ago, I was watching my grandson play baseball in the developmental league on the fields at Pahvant Elementary School.  There’s no better way for a granddad to relive the joys of childhood than watching your own play a game that you love! I was in the third grade when the Pahvant School opened back in prehistoric times. I have a lot of history there.  Watching the game, I remembered how bad the grass looked a couple years ago.  Even worse was the condition of the...

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  • Mayor's Corner 04/05/2018

    Dear Friends: At our Richfield City Council Meeting last week, we were pleased to have the Six County Association of Governments executive staff in attendance. These extremely dedicated people described the important programs they administer for seniors, for veterans and for other folks in our area who need and deserve assistance for a variety of reasons. I have been on the Six County AOG Executive Board for some time now. I’ve been so impressed with the staff that work for their various...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 03/15/2018

    Dear Friends: After reading David Anderson’s thoughts last week about going to the dentist, I have recommitted to flossing on a regular basis. I now have little individual floss packs in my vehicles and by the bed.  I have acquired a plaque tool which I used once.  Sometimes we lack the determination to hurt ourselves, even if it’s for our own good! Last week, my sweetheart, She Who Shall Not Be Named (SWSNBN), went on a three-day trip with her sisters and her mother.  It was to celebrate her...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 03/08/2018

    Dear Friends: In the movie, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character Phil quotes Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Work Without Hope." All Nature seems at work; slugs leave their lair, The bees are stirring; birds are on the wing, And winter, slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring; And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing, Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing. Since becoming Mayor four years ago, I have had very little time to be “unbusy.”  To paraphrase the poem,...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 02/22/2018

    Dear Friends: Have you noticed how busy Richfield’s been lately, particularly on the weekends?  Have you gone to a crowded restaurant or noticed that our hotels with parking lots full of cars and buses? Winter used to be a time when things really slowed down, but that’s changed thanks to the community jewel we call the Sevier Valley Center (SVC).  For the last month or so, wrestling tournaments have brought literally thousands of visitors to Richfield. The Beehive Brawl drew wrestlers and their...

    Read more: Mayor's...

  • Mayor's Corner 02/15/2018

    Dear Friends: You’ve all heard me say that you can’t plan the future without looking in the past. This past week, two great friends helped me connect with someone in our past. His name was Dr. Maxmillian Markus. He is buried in the extreme Southwest corner of the Richfield Cemetery, alongside his wife, Elizabeth. Max and Elizabeth owned the Richfield Reaper from 1920 to 1930. I would like to have known Dr. Markus.  He sounds like a truly remarkable character.  He came to Richfield with a...

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  • Mayor's Corner 02/08/2018

    Dear Friends: Who has made a difference in your life?  Each person we interact with affects us in some way.  Parents and family usually leave the biggest mark.  That includes extended family, neighborhood families and heavenly families.  Those we spend so much time with while we are in our formative years also influence us greatly. I am reading a great little book, Gifting and the Stick written by local resident Boyd Keisel. Mr. Keisel was a respected (sometimes feared) junior high teacher of...

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  • Mayor's Corner 02/01/2018

    Dear Friends: I’m excited about the future.   But I’m reminded almost every day that so many of the people I care about are in the past or have passed. As a teenager, I remember visiting with a wonderful old lady, Mrs. Hyatt, who lived across the street from our home.  She was always pleasant and one day she asked me what year I was born.  I said 1950, whereupon she smiled and said that she was born in 1900.  I was about 15 years old then so she was 65 years old.  I was thinking then that I would...

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  • Mayor's Corner 01/25/2018

    Dear Friends: This has been a no-BLT week for me. I’m not talking about some New Year’s diet that prohibits bacon. No, my week has been one with No Bending, No Lifting and No Twisting --- doctor’s orders. So along with everything else my dear wife, She Who Shall Not Be Named, takes care of every day of the year, she has the added burden of having a limping, very needful patient that can’t do much but ask for stuff. She has always been the smartest and toughest, but now she gets to do all those...

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  • Mayor's Corner 01/18/2018

    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 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...

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