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Thursday, June 7, 2018

You're Invited to OUR Second Coleman Reunion



Thomas & Ermina Rees Coleman Reunion

YOU, YOUR Significant Other, KIDS and GrandKids are invited to attend the JULY Picnic 

Thanks to all those who can come out and help make this a success.

Event Planners: Tommy Coleman-Organizer and Bob Holmes-advertising 

Where: SNOW PARK 510 North Main Street, BRIGHAM CITY, UTAH 
Google Maps: Map to Snow Park

When: Saturday, 07/14/2018

Gather: 12:00 - 12:30 pm - mingle and setup
Bob will bring charcoal and lite Grill at 12:30 pm

Take Group Photos: 12:30 - 1:00pm Going to hold up BBQ if necessary to take a Group, family and Misc Photos. Please try to be there by 12:30PM 

Begin Lunch: 1:00 - 1:30pm (The Bowery is reserved from 8:00am to 10:00pm. If anyone would like to use it earlier in the day) 

Pot luck style dinner.  Bring your meal and something to share: salad or dessert or bag of chips and a 2 liter pop. 
Bring your own meat to grill

Share a Memory: Short discussion during or after our meal to share a memory about Grandpa & Grandma Coleman.

Activities: Bring Frisbee's, soccer balls, games 

Park Features: Bowery/8 Tables, Grill, Handicap-Restrooms, Creek, Parking, Playground Gym, Sand Volleyball Pit, Softball Backstops, Fire Pit

Last Minute Walk-ins are Always Welcome! (LMWAW)

Looking forward to getting together and catching up!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Father's Sister Passed away in January

My Aunt Cheryl Reeves passed away on 
19 January 2018

Cheryl Holmes Reeves

December 27, 1938 ~ January 19, 2018

BRIGHAM CITY - Cheryl Holmes Reeves, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, January 19, 2018, in Brigham City, Utah, from natural causes.
She was born on December 27, 1938, in Brigham City, Utah, a daughter of George Wendell and Hazel Frederickson Holmes.
Cheryl lived in Corinne, until her family moved to Brigham City. She attended schools in Brigham City and graduated from Box Elder High School.
She worked as a Telephone Operator, at IRS, and at Idle Isle Candy. She enjoyed various hobbies and home improvement projects. Some of her most important achievements are raising their four children and caring for family members.
She married Parke Littlewood Reeves on January 31, 1958, in Brigham City, Utah. Together they raised four children.
Cheryl was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Brigham City.
Cheryl is survived by her children: Brent (Sherry) Reeves of Brigham City; Cory (Robin) Reeves of Richland, WA; Wendy Reeves of Brigham City.
She is survived by six grandchildren; Alicia (David) Armet, Stephanie (Ryan) Worthy, Ashton (Michelle) Reeves, Chelsie Compton, Autumn Nelson and Kory Reeves. She is survived by 12 great-grandchildren; Kenzi Nelson, Parker Reeves, Brinlee Worthy, Mercedes Worthy, Madison Worthy, Dawson Worthy, Beckett Worthy, Alex Armet, Emily Armet, Andrew Armet and two expected. Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Randall of Ogden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Parke L. Reeves; brother, George Wendell Holmes Jr.; sister, Marilyn Romano; son, Chad Reeves; great-grandson, Jaxton Worthy; brother-in-law, Al Romano; brother-in-law, John William Reeves; sister-in-law, Melba Reeves; brother-in-law, Horace Dale Reeves; brother-in-law, Merle Gene Randall.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Wendy Reeves and Alis Angels for providing care for Mom that allowed her to remain in her home as she desired.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, UT. Family will greet friends on Wednesday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in the Corinne City Cemetery.

You may email condolences to the family at:

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Friday, December 8, 2017

Garbage Disposals

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8 Things You Should NEVER Put Down Your Garbage Disposal
Unless you want major plumbing problems $$$ 

Click This Link to see 16 things to avoid

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How to Clean a Garbage Disposal That Smells

Click on this link to read and watch a video

If your disposal is causing you trouble, Keep a sink drain or cover over the disposal when not in use to prevent non food items from falling into it. Unless you are good at fixing it, it is best to minimize what you put in it to prevent a high plumbing bill. Run it daily with lots of water and clean it per the instructions above often. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Getting your swamp cooler ready for the summer heat can be easy!

Knowing the basics of how a swamp cooler works will help you as you get your cooler ready for the season. Look for problems that may prevent it from working for you. 

Typical swamp cooler

"If you've ever tested the wind by holding a wet finger in the air, you've used evaporative cooling. The same principle cools you off after a swim, and it also powers one of the oldest and simplest forms of air conditioning. Known in the U.S. as swamp coolers, modern evaporative coolers can trace their lineage to ancient Egypt. They're cheap, efficient and good for the environment, but they come with some limitations, so don't push your standard air conditioner out the window just yet."

Step-by-Step Swamp Cooler Prep. Here is what you need to do: 
  1. Remove covers and clean your swamp cooler. 
  2. Unplug the fan and water pump while cleaning and make sure anyone who is home aware that you are cleaning the unit so it won't accidentally be turned on. 
  3. For those of you who covered the unit for the winter, this step may simply require wiping down the unit with mild soapy water. If your swamp cooler spent the autumn and winter uncovered, you may have more involved cleaning to remove dead leaves, dust or other debris from vents and internal chambers. Brush as much of the debris into a pile and remove it. A leaf blower or vacuum can be used to remove the rest of the dust.
  4. Replace the cooling pads. If you use the Wood type pads, one season is usually all you can get and the pads need replacing. The Mfg'r suggests changing this type more often during the season. If you use the Blue synthetic pads, we can usually get 2 seasons from them in Utah but a visual will tell you, if water and air will not flow through it, then change it.The Mfg'r suggest using this type of pad for only 1 season.
  5. Before re-installing the side panels, check for damage and excessive rust and remove. Apply paint to slow down the rusting of the side panels. There is also a commercial sealer for the bottom of the cooler to slow down the rusting and seal from water leaks.
  6. Look for debris and clogged slots in the top of the metal side panels where the water drips onto the pads. Clean as required to get the best performance from your cooler. In some areas like Utah where there area lot of minerals, the slots may need cleaning again a month or so before the end of the season to ensure they are clear.
  7. Remove the water pump and clean any hard water deposits to allow water to flow freely to the pump. Spin the pump shaft if possible to make sure it turns freely. If the pump is rusty or won't spin it may have to be replaced.
  8. Continue to clean the water tank. Wipe down the internal water tank with mild soapy water and rinse clean. Once your swamp cooler is completely free of debris and dirt, you are nearly ready to fill the water tank to test the unit. Make sure that all components correctly fit and are securely fastened in place before filling the tank. 
  9. Testing … To save yourself steps and climbing the ladder, unplug the fan and water pump plugs inside the cooler. Then the next time you are on the ground, turn the cooler to Low Cool. To test your swamp cooler, fill the water tank and reconnect the power supply to test the fan and the water pump. (Continued)

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