Mayor's Corner 12/13/2018

Dear Friends:

Last weekend I was reflecting on what the Christmas season might have been like for some of my progenitors.  John Williamson Coons was my father’s grandfather.  He was born on December 7, 1853 in Bethlehem, Iowa.  His father, Lebbeus Thaddeus Coons is buried in our Pioneer Cemetery west of Richfield High School.

John was the Sevier County Sheriff from 1889 to 1901.  His wife, Eliza Ann Ogilvie, was the daughter of George and Eliza Ann Ogilvie who were among the first settlers in Richfield in 1864. The Ogdens were relative late-comers, not arriving until 1872.

I can get carried away with history.  I also understand there are those who hate history, especially someone else’s, so I’ll move on.  Before I do, however, I must tell you that just minutes before writing this column, I was impressed to call my father’s cousin, Dan Coons, who is the family history authority and author of many documented histories of my progenitors. I learned that I had missed an email he sent me two days ago about his wife’s passing!  I was prompted to call Dan, and no one can convince me otherwise..

During this holiday season, please pay attention when you are prompted to visit or call an old friend or a new neighbor.  It may be that your visit won’t seem to make any difference or those you call on might even seem annoyed and interrupted by your call.  Trust me — do it anyway!

So many are alone and need company.  So many folks around us may be discouraged and disappointed.  They may not be feeling the excitement of the season.  Their “wondering awe” might seem more like “bah humbug.”  Even if you don’t appear to have cheered up your contact, it can do wonders for your own attitude and gratitude.

My office is always open, and even if it’s a sincere dog complaint, I’m glad for the visit.  Just remember to also share something that is going well with your life.  Regardless of the angst we may feel from life’s barking dogs, we need to separate them from the rest of our reality.  We’ll be happier for doing so.

Mayor David Ogden 

Mayor's Corner 12/06/2018

Dear Friends:

As I was driving on Thanksgiving weekend, I happened to look up and see that we had a beautiful, full moon. As we traveled along (at the posted speed limit), I noticed that the moon seemed to be moving with us. It appeared to keep pace with us! As a young boy this perception fascinated me so much that I even stopped teasing my sisters and watched and wondered.

As we mature and understand distance and perspective, we lose the wonder of certain things. If we’re not careful we can stop paying attention altogether, and take for granted the things we should most love.

For some, I’m afraid the Christmas season is that way. It’s rather easy to lose perspective as we’re bombarded with the pandemonium that surrounds us in the 21st century version of this holiday. To truly appreciate and enjoy this special season, we need to step back, slow down, and recapture some child-like innocence. We need to wonder and imagine. We need to love and find joy. We need to once again notice the order of things.

May we respond to promptings to do and say and feel and share and imagine. May we feel the love that draws us back towards the Babe in the Manger. He, too, will always keep pace with us as we speed along through life.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayor's Corner 11/21/2018

Dear Friends:

The “fast forward” button on the remote control is not a popular item in our home. My better half has never been a big TV sports fan, but if she can sew, knit, crochet or write in her journal while I’m calling the game along with the announcers, she’ll put up with it.

When I record games, my DVR allows me to skip the latest batch of ads from personal injury lawyers and fad diets.  So I fast-forward and, on occasion, accidentally (or not) skip a whole quarter of a game. This causes great distress with my TV-watching partner.

I realized long ago that watching every play and replay isn’t necessary.  Sometimes you just need to know what happens next, but I have to time my leap into the future so as not to arouse suspicion. Like most every other time throughout recorded marital bliss, I get caught and punished.  The cruel and unusual punishment consists of relinquishing control of the all-powerful remote, which we lovingly refer to as Albert.  Like many things in life, once you give up your Albert, it’s dang hard to get it back!.  

Due to my recent knee replacement, I’ve limped and gimped through the fall and not contributed to yard care, home fixit projects, or much of anything else. I’ve worked a few shifts at the Visitor Center and tried to keep up with my mayoral duties.  I can’t imagine what I would do if I couldn’t be involved in some way, every day, helping move things forward.

I limp from meeting to meeting and event to event because I feel it’s important I be there to represent the city.  I’m always willing to give my two cents worth, which is sometimes only worth half that much.  For now, this Mayor job keeps us from being called to serious service that might require leaving home and committing to a higher cause in another part of the world.  We would both like to do this when we get a little YOUNGER.

If that happens some day, we’ll happily submit to someone who has the authority and inspiration, and I’m sure they’ll say I’m in charge of Albert.  Wait a minute—what do you mean we have to leave Albert home? 

Have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!

Mayor David Ogden  

Mayor's Corner 11/29/2018

Dear Friends:

Mark your calendar.  Scribble on the back of an envelope.  Tie a string around your finger.   Whatever you do, please don’t miss next week’s great holiday events.

Monday evening, December 3rd, at 7 p.m., the annual Snow College Christmas Concert will be presented at the Sevier Valley Center.  Tickets are only $10 each, or a family pack of 4 for $30, and you can get them at or at the door.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Snow College has a four-year music degree program, and it shows!  Talented youth with excellent instructors make for a winning combination. Let music bring the feelings of the season alive within us.

The following day, December 4th marks the official beginning of Christmas Tree Lane, also at the Sevier Valley Center.  Throughout the rest of the week, enjoy beautifully decorated trees, great local entertainment, and you might even get a chance to visit with Santa.  Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band will present their Christmas Concert on Friday night.  The week is capped off Saturday evening with the 29th Annual Christmas Lights Parade on Richfield’s Main Street.

I’ve only mentioned a small part of what’s going on in Richfield over the next few weeks.  Many events are mentioned in The Reaper.  Listen to KSVC Radio for announcements.  Watch for posters as you’re shopping at our great stores.  I urge you to get out and support these season happenings.  I promise that any “Bah Humbug” feelings you may have will be gently washed from your minds and hearts.

And as we go through this marvelous season, remember that Christmas is not about tinsel and trappings, but a babe in a manger who changed the world!  Join me in absorbing the sights and sounds and feelings that bring peace to our hearts and love toward all mankind.

Mayor David Ogden 

Mayor's Corner 10/25/2018

Dear Friends:

In this life, there are very few things that I know for certain. One of these certainties is that we enjoy the freedoms that we have because others have been willing to stand up for it, here and abroad.

We had an opportunity to thank a group of local heroes last weekend. More than two dozen of our friends and neighbors who served our country in Viet Nam participated in the Utah Honor Flight visit to Washington, D.C. As they returned on Saturday evening, community members turned out in large numbers to say, “welcome home.” It’s a long-overdue acknowledgment of their service to our nation and to us.

We should thank them every day of our life for the sacrifices made, the willingness to stand in harm’s way for our freedoms, and for the freedom of all mankind around the world. I’m pleased to take the opportunity with this forum to publicly thank those who have been willing to give all for freedom sake.

These are our every-day heroes. Those of us who haven’t served will never fully understand what they went through for freedom’s sake and for us. They did not ask for recognition. They did not ask to be our heroes. They did not ask to stand in the limelight, but they did, in a very real sense, stand in freedom‘s light. We owe them our thanks. We owe them our honor. We owe them our lives.

Mayor David Ogden

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