February is a month of love and the Youth Council loved surprising our Good Neighbor. We think you're going to love this month's Good Neighbor Winner too - it's Larry Winborg! Many years ago Larry was asked to create a monument that would celebrate and depict the history of Hyde Park. And wow, did he ever serve us with his amazing talents! You can see the results of his genius in thought, imagination, and talent in the monument that is in front of our city building. This historical depiction is also in color in a beautiful oil painting in our city building's foyer. It has 5 panels that start with the Native American Shoshoni who lived in the valley for over 800 years as they lived and raised families, hunted, fished, and gathered food in the same mountains, streams, and canyons that surround us. Next came the trappers and frontiersmen who explored and cached furs. They opened this land and prepared the way for those that came next - the Mormon Pioneers. Men, women, and children, at great sacrifice, crossed oceans and rivers and walked more than a thousand miles to reach these valleys. They were followed by pioneers of many faiths. They established and built communities from California to Colorado, Canada to Mexico. The message of Larry's creation is to remember the settlers of Hyde Park who began plowing fields, digging canals, and building homes, farms, and schools. They raised strong and enduring families here. Remember that their efforts planted the seeds of all we now harvest and enjoy in this beautiful place. 'May we remember. May we always remember.'
Larry has been putting his creativity to work again as he considers ideas for the roundabout that will be on Center Street and Wolf Pack Way. His ideas are not just beautiful renderings but are filled with rich meaning and much thought, just as the monument is. We are beyond blessed and lucky to have such a gifted artist in our city and one who is willing to devote so much time to serving our community.
Larry has also served the residents in our city through his church. Again spending countless hours of service in many different ways to help and love neighbors and friends. He has shown his love for Hyde Park and the people who live here by being proactive in trying to preserve its beauty and personality. And we all know that behind all that service is a great woman with lots of support! Sydney and Larry are a powerful team and we are so grateful for all they have done for us. Congratulations to the Winborgs!
Our new Good Neighbor is John Lee! He has served Hyde Park for a long time and is so deserving of being honored. John has served Hyde Park and beyond in many sports. He has run the baseball program with scheduling and coordination with cities across the valley. John has been involved in every aspect of the different sports programs including signups, team rosters, field prep, uniforms, umpires, and coaching. John has coached not only baseball but lots of soccer and basketball also. He has either run our city's summer softball tournament or has been heavily involved including coordinating rosters and teams, field prep, and umpires. John has been involved in youth in our city in many aspects including scouts and camps, etc. His computer organizational skills were put to great use in coordinating many activities for the youth in the city. If you have ever coached or have been in charge of sign-ups or even prepping the fields then you have an understanding of the extent of John's amazing service throughout the years! There is so much work behind the scenes to pull off successful sports programs and John has managed to do just that! It would be overwhelming to know how many of our youth and parents in Hyde Park have been recipients of John's service. Thank you John on behalf of everyone who has benefited from your service!
Our November Good Neighbors are Mandy and Lance Gittins! We heard that the Gittins family are the first ones to help and love those around them and they lend many a helping hand. They have helped a neighbor put in a yard, have brightened days with a gift and the Gittins are concerned about the welfare and needs of families around them. They have also served and helped many people at Autumn Care. "Mandy bakes amazing bread and shares it with all." "She has become close friends to those who are home bound and need a friend." Lance is hard-working and so handy. He can fix fences or anything in the neighborhood and he is the one to help move trees and play with the kids. One nomination letter said, "We love the Gittins family. We have been shown love many times by their family."
"Their whole family is such a great example to ours of serving and loving." What a lovely tribute to a wonderful family! It's perfect for our holiday season as we reflect on all the things we are thankful for.
It's a month to be thankful and we are thankful for good neighbors everywhere in our city. We are especially thankful for this month's Good Neighbor couple -- they are Micah & Kari Barker!
We loved showing up and surprising them with our basket of goodies. They are described as wonderful neighbors as they "generously share from their garden, shovel snow, haul wood or dirt and fix a broken anything." Micah is described as always being the first one to show up when help is needed. "You never even need to ask—he just seems to appear out of nowhere ready to be of assistance. He is a real handyman and is so willing and anxious to help in any way." He is described as a guardian angel as he has gotten his neighbors out of more than one bind. Kari is his equal as she "has a wave, a smile, and a cheerful greeting whenever you pass by. She gives wonderful hugs and is full of words of encouragement whenever someone is down or struggling in any way." You can see why their neighbors are so grateful for the Barkers. And we as a Youth Council want to thank them for spreading lots of love in Hyde Park and making a difference in their neighborhood!
Are you thankful for wonderful neighbors? Let us know at HPGoodNeighbor@gmail.com
No Halloween tricks here, only treats with wonderful Good Neighbors - Bruce & Brenda Dana! The person nominating them thought they had probably already received the award because of what good neighbors they are. New residents to Hyde Park said that the Danas “have been the most kind and sweet hearted people my little family has met! They were the first neighbors to introduce themselves and welcome us to the community, as well as bring some sweets that my kiddos were very excited about!”
They went on to tell us that Bruce notices them out hand shoveling the snow and lends his snowblower to help. And the Danas saved the day with strength when they rescued a new puppy that got her head stuck under the fence. Talks and visits with Bruce and Brenda are especially enjoyed! And even the kids ask to go and visit our Good Neighbor winners.
Thanks to the Danas for the kindness they have helped to spread throughout Hyde Park! They have embraced the saying: never pass up an opportunity to make someone's day.
The best thing about Hyde Park is the wonderful neighbors we have here! If you would like to nominate someone, send an email to HPGoodNeighbor@gmail.com
Cue the drum roll, we have our August Good Neighbor Award winner ----- Reed Elder!
The Youth Council surprised Reed in the middle of August with a huge basket of treats and gift cards. Reed is one of our favorites because of all the service he has done for us as a Youth Council. He has helped us with our Spook Alley for years with not only ideas but supplies. Weird things like 8" round pipe to hold tree limbs for spook alley trees and 5-gallon buckets with sand in the bottom to hold said pipes and tree branches, etc. And he always helps with a smile and kindness. Reed has also supplied the Side by Side that we used at the city celebration to pull the Barrel Train Car. And both last year and this year along with the gas to drive it!! He also supplied a second Side by Side that was used by our Road Apple Committee. So many enjoyed fun at the celebration thanks to Reed!
Reed has given many, many hours through the years to Hyde Park through his service on the City Council and other committees. You might not know this but these committees are volunteer hours where expertise is given to benefit all of us. But now you know that all of us in Hyde Park have enjoyed the advantage of having such a great neighbor in our city! We also thank Valerie because we know that behind all that service is a wonderful spouse that helps to make it happen. Thank you Reed and Valerie for all you have given to help and serve Hyde Park!
We want to give a special thanks to our sponsors. They help us put together an amazing and envious gift basket! Alvey's Chocolates, Plant Peddler Floral, Kathy Kaye Foods, Great Harvest Bread Company, The Old Grist Mill, and Maverik of Hyde Park. Please support these wonderful businesses!
You can nominate someone awesome like the Elders at HPGoodNeighbor@gmail.com
Congratulations to the Trevor & Cheryl Harrison family! They have served Hyde Park in so many ways.
Cheryl has been serving on the Youth Council since 2020 as an advisor and spent hours upon hours serving. Not only has she created rooms for the Spook Alley, but she spearheaded a Leprechaun Treasure Hunt and helped with other activities every single month. She has been a huge part of the Youth Council's success and fun! She has a great talent for coming up with new ideas along with one that you will be hearing about -- the Hyde Porker Barbecue Contest.
Trevor has amazing graphic artistic talents he shared with the city. If you have noticed the YC's t-shirts then you have seen the cool graphic design on the front. Trevor also designed the amazing and classy Car Show logo. He used his skills to put the logo on business cards, posters, placards, and shirts.
Kyra & Hunter have both served on the Youth Council and have given lots and lots of hours to our community and beyond! Kyra is currently on the council and we hope she stays for a long time. She was the first to the Fun Run to help there and then to the parade to help with traffic and then spent the day helping run the games at our celebration and the activities in the evening.
The Harrison family has given a great deal of service in Hyde Park with smiles and kindness. We appreciate all they have done to help make HP our little slice of heaven.
If you have terrific neighbors like the Harrisons, please let us know about them. HPGoodNeighbor@gmail.com
Who was our March Good Neighbor? No March Madness here, just a sweet family of six. Not only were the parents nominated but their 4 kids too. It's too hard to wait so here it is ...... the Mike & Shara Holt family!
The person that nominated them stated that "they have always been so kind to everyone around them. They are always helping someone move in, babysitting other families' children and making dinner for older neighbors." This neighbor observed that Mike & Shara are teaching their children to serve and love everyone. We heard echoes of this nomination letter from others as the described the Holt family as happy and with lots of smiles and kindness to others.
We were so happy to hear about this wonderful family. They do sound as the author described - amazing.
We were excited to award the Good Neighbor to a wonderful neighbor and his grandsons. Any guesses on who it is? This man looks after a neighbor and helps when he sees a need. In the fall this grandpa included his grandsons in cleaning up a yard full of leaves and hauling them off. Ready to guess yet? It is Robert Hendricks and his grandsons Brendan and Jackson Neuhart! We had a little challenge tracking down these good neighbors but were happy to find them and surprise them with treats of all kinds. The person that nominated them expressed gratitude for people showing up to help and hauling off the green waste. They said that they have been able to care for their yard for the past 50 years but now are thankful for the help. She said these neighbors deserved merit and we got to do just that, give merit.
Do you have a neighbor that deserves merit for going above and beyond? Let us know at HPGoodNeighbor@gmail.com
Thanks again Robert, Brendan, and Jackson! We appreciate your kind service that blesses people in Hyde Park.
October brought fall leaves, pumpkins, and some amazing Good Neighbors. We are happy to announce the Rich and Lynne Eckburg are the October Good Neighbor Award Winners. We heard a recurring theme with the Eckburg's that they are always checking in on their neighbors and serving them. "They help with yard work, they visit the lonely and they are good listeners." Many times Rich can be seen blowing leaves off the walkway or raking up leaves. "Every time we pass them in their yard or somewhere in the neighborhood they are always smiling and happy to see you. They are so friendly and kind. They work hard and they go out of their way to serve behind the scenes doing the little, but important things." We all know that the little things are the big things! And we want to thank Rich and Lynne for helping to make Hyde Park our little corner of heaven. They kept insisting that their neighbors were the ones that served them. It sounds like a great neighborhood to live in, doesn't it?
August brought some really fun good neighbors. We were able to surprise Andy and Michelle Haws with the August Good Neighbor Award.
They are new to Hyde Park but it didn't take long to realize why they were nominated and described as amazing. They were so gracious to us and we felt an instant friendship. And that is one of the things that was mentioned in the nomination letter, that not only are they good people but great friends. They have gone above and beyond in the neighbor department by not just asking if help is needed but just jumping in and serving.
They are mindful, service-oriented, observant, and act without waiting to be asked. They give without expectation of anything in return. The person that nominated them added a list of things that Andy and Michelle have done to serve in the neighborhood but our favorite was that they are always kind and friendly.
Our Good Neighbor Award winners for July are Machelle and Jay Dee Barr! They have given a lot of service to Hyde Park in ways that not many people are aware of. About 10 years ago our city float needed a major overhaul clear down to the flatbed needing new wood for a new base. With Jay Dee's construction abilities and Machelle's decorating talents they created a beautiful new float that served our city for many, many parades. Of course, it was one of the best looking floats in the whole valley! We didn't realize just how solid and sound the float was until we started tearing it down a little to do some remodeling for a new look. There were more staples than could be counted and a beautiful solid structure that our princesses were able to use. There's no doubt that it will still be solid and fine in years to come when we might change the look again.
The Barr's gave a lot of time and effort and out of their own pockets to give the city the wonderful float they did. We hope that when you see the float gliding down the road you will remember the hard work and sacrifice that Machelle and Jay Dee gave to our city.
And it doesn't stop there, the Barr's give service to their friends and neighbors and church and beyond our city limits also. We are so grateful to them for all they do to make Hyde Park an even better place to live! Thank you Machelle and Jay Dee!
4/21 David Record
3/21 Trevor & Melissa Stokes
2/21 Richard & Ruth Pape
1/21 Bruce & Judy Godfrey
9/20 Paul Nelson
5/20 Scott & Jenae Huskinson
3/20 Roy Miller
1/20 Mike & Tahnean George
12/19 Kathy & Tom fecteau
11/19 Clell & Virginia Bagley
10/19 David & Laurel Hancey
9/19 Jason & Klea Chatterly
7/19 Sharidean Flint
5/19 Karl & Deniece Kler
4/19 Allen & Marilyn Grunig
3/19 Ron White
2/19 Stretch & Sherrie Nate family
1/19 Stephanie Sampson
12/18 Megan Kenney
11/18 Bill & Cathy Mace
10/18 Paul Lamont
9/18 Mark & Celia Ashcroft
8/18 Monica Edelmayer
7/18 John & Marily Brady
5/18 Jacob & Sheree Given family
4/18 Andy & Katie Barnes family
3/18 Art & Joan Lancaster
1/18 Gail Bingham
11/17 Marsha & Carl Rawlin
10/17 Mike & Kay Quist
9/17 Laurie Baldwin
8/17 Scott Daines
7/17 Rich & Lynne Eckburg
6/17 Ken Lemon
5/17 Dale & Alice Hooper
4/17 Dave Rayfield
3/17 Scott Robinson
2/17 Dave & Elisa Hoffman family
1/17 Todd Worthen
12/16 Maureen Sorenson
11/16 Mike & Jalean Kirby
10/16 Clark & Pat Cederlof
9/16 Farrell & Laura Layne