Intellectual Nourishment

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Submitted by Rose Nawrocki
On July 20, 2008 TR was mowing the grass in our back yard. I was standing at the kitchen sink when one of our dogs was jumping and biting at himself, concerned I started out the back door and passed the dog running in whimpering. I knew immediately something was not right. When I got to our back door what I saw I would have never believed if I had not seen it. TR was slaping at his face while it was totally engulfed in a funnel of bees. I yelled for TR to get into the back porch, which he hesitated in doing so, him being aware I am allergic to bees, after yelling louder he ran into the house. His shirt was covered with bees which I immediately pulled his shirt off and threw it into the washer which was currently being used and was full of water. He went into the house while I killed about 7 bees that had gotten into the porch.
We went to the front of the house to get our other dog, the front door was now covered with these angry bees. We got the dog into the house pulled bees off of her and killed 20 or so that had gotten into the house while letting the dog in. We calmed down once all was safe in the house. The outside of the house was surrounded by the vicious bees. We actually watched the bees attack and go after the hummingbirds. I ended up pulling 7 stingers out of TR's face.
Later I went to the back of the house and quietly looked out the window to see what these bees where up to. Within 3-4 minutes the bees had covered the screen and were attacking it.
On Monday I called Morgan Pest, and basically relayed this same information to them. The gentlemen I spoke to and informed me he had 10 years experience with killer bees. Last year there was a case in Beryl and a dog was killed by the bees. (These bees had been lab tested and were the African Killer Bees.) Two years ago a case in St George occurred, a man was attacked while mowing his yard. (These bees had been lab tested and were not African Killer Bees but were hybrid killer bees.) Morgan explained that these killer bees go for the face and the head because they take in what we exhale, which explained the attact at the screen I was standing at and TR's face being stung so much.
When Morgan Pest came out on July 28, 2008 this was the outcome:
They went upstairs opposite the outside hole which had been discovered the spot the bees had entered. They cut a 3ft x 4ft hole in the wall and uncovered the hive. They destroyed over 50 lbs of honey and over 5,000 (yes this is a correct amount not a typo) Bees, including the Queen Bee. Approximately 200 were taken as specimen to send to the lab. These bees had been building this hive for approximately 1 year.
We became quite concerned seeing how over the last year we have only seen a few bees here and there nothing to alarm us of the volume being built inside our walls. Morgan explained that as the bees gradually increased in volume they became more aggressive and protective to their hive. The loud noise of the lawn mower was just the final straw.
While we were safe and all our critters were safe Morgan did say these bees could kill horses, dogs, cats and if stung enough humans, especially those of us that are allergic.
EVERYONE please take safety measures to watch for any bees and do not assume there are just a few here or there. These bees are very aggressive and deadly.
We love our home and our neighbors in our wonderful town of GUNLOCK and we pray these bees have moved elsewhere (back to Africa would be nice).


By Sara Laub
The Gunlock Special Service District mailed out a newsletter with a history of the water project, park accomplishments, and other items that have happened through 2008 so far. Many people have commented that they were surprised and very glad to receive such a letter from the GSSD and grateful the history was sent out to make sure they were informed. I am one of those people as well.
The Gunlock Informer gives the very purpose of informing the people of Gunlock and so naturally I was very happy that I was not the only one informing people.
I do feel the need to clarify a concern that was brought to my attention from a few people in town. The Gunlock Informer had stated in an article that "the town might be able to stop chlorinating the water because recent water tests have passed inspection"; and the newsletter from the GSSD said The Gunlock Informer was incorrect and the system would have to be chlorinated. The concern came from people thinking the GSSD was putting The Gunlock Informer down and I just wanted to say that I don't believe that was the intent of the GSSD.
I believe it is the job of the GSSD to clarify anything the people in town may have misunderstood about how they run the town water, and correcting an article from the local newsletter is exactly what they need to do to accomplish their duty.
In continuing to clarify, Director Nadine Heaton had said in the May meeting that according to her contacts from the state, Gunlock may have the option to not chlorinate the water but that was only given the best circumstance for water cleanliness, as more tests needed to be done over a period of time. As stated in the GSSD newsletter, the water in Gunlock does not have the option to go without the use of chlorine because the water does not meet the required standards (as more tests have been done).
This concern may not have bothered many in the town but I had heard enough concern that I felt the need to inform people just as the GSSD newsletter did.

Todd Taylor Family

Todd & Alesi met in college while attending BYU-Hawaii. They were married in the St George Temple on December 17 1994. Since then four members have been added to the family. They are Keikikalani (11yrs), Lavenia (10yrs), Talmage (7yrs) & Lomani (5yrs). They have been living in Gunlock for two years. Todd works as a CFO for TruAudio. Alesi is the Family Manager & the children attend Red Mountain Elementary except for Keiki who attends Lava Ridge Intermediate. The Taylor family enjoys outdoor activities, playing sports, watching movies, & just doing things together as a family.
Before Gunlock, the Taylors lived in New Zealand for 4 years, and before that they lived in Fiji for 3 yrs. They have also lived in Arizona, Hawaii, & Oklahoma. The other country the family have been to but not lived in is Tahiti.
Why Gunlock? Well, after hearing a lot of great things about Gunlock from their parents, Randee & Terry Taylor, they decided to follow in their footstep and settle in Gunlock. They feel that Gunlock is a wonderful & special place. The scenery is beautiful and the people that live in it make the place even more special.
The Taylors are in the process of building their dream home in the North end of town, up on the hill. "We know this is going to be a long & stressful process but it’s a process we are willing to take just because we love this place".

Thanks for Your Support

By Sara Laub
I really want to thank all those who have contributed to The Gunlock Informer and making it what I really wanted, which was a newsletter for and by the poeple in Gunlock. Thank you for your spotlights, articles, contest entries, comments, and donations.
I look forward to continuing this newsletter with satisfaction and gratitude that the people in Gunlock care and are informed.

The First Lemuel and Laura Leavitt Continued

Submitted by Jane Osmond
Their time would be cut short by Betsy’s death in August, 1867.
Sometime within the two years following Betsy’s death, Lemuel married the widow, Mary M. Craig. She brought with her an additional five children from her previous marriage. After about four years, Mary died.
On November 17, 1873, Lemuel married a divorcee, Mary Ann Morgan-Adams. She had two sons from her previous marriage. She and Lemuel would add two more children at Santa Clara:
Lorenzo Calvin 16 Nov 1874
Lemuel Alfred 18 Dec 1877 (d. same day)
Mother Sarah Sturdevant Leavitt assisted in the birth of Lorenzo. (the female statue in Santa Clara is of Sarah Sturdevant Leavitt. She is buried here in Gunlock Cemetary). Lemuel and the older boys worked on the construction of the St. George Temple during the 70’s. In 1877, he was called as a Counselor to Bishop Edward Bunker in the creation of a "United Order" settlement on the Rio Virgin some 35 miles southwest of Santa Clara. It would be known as Bunkerville.
In 1881, Lemuel married the widow Rebecca Gibbons-Waite. He built her a home in Bunkerville. Three children would be born of their union:
Joseph 21 Dec 1882 (d.1/1/83)
Mary Ann 15 Dec 1884
Alonzo Rowell 6 Jan 1887
Mary Ann was nicknamed "Little Mary" as she "is said to have suffered from spinal meningitis." Her mother. Rebecca Gibbons-Waite, died on October 17,1895.
Lemuel Sr. and Mary Ann (Little Mary) spent their last years in Santa Clara under the care of Lorenzo and Susette, his wife. Lemuel died on October 13, 1916. His and Lorenzo’s homes abuted one another. However, shortly after Mary Ann’s death, on January 12, 1922, Lemuel’s house caught fire and burned to the ground. Lorenzo’s Original House is located at 1408 South Quail.
Lemuel’s name would assure descendents of their definitive connection to Lemuel Sturdevant. This genealogical consideration would form a pronounced effect upon his lineage, as would the final verse to his poem: "I’ve laid up no money nor honors of men. It matters but little to me what people may think or say. I’ve done the best I could in my own weak way."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gunlock Town Events September

Sept 1: Labor Day
Sept 4: GSSD meeting at the Town Hall at 7 pm.
Sept 11: Gunlock Fire Department meeting at the fire station at 7 pm.

After analyzing the moisture content in the wild land fuels from this summers' rainfall, the Washington County Fire Chiefs have agreed not to give burn permits until late fall. If a permit is needed sooner, they will be issued on a case by case basis but everyone is encouraged to get a burn permit after October 31st.