Cougar House breaks ground to benefit BYU

The Utah Valley Home Builders Association recently broke ground on Cougar House 10 in Elk Ridge. This will be the 10th Cougar House built by the UVHBA. The first home was built in 2001 in Springville, with other Cougar Houses then built all over Utah Valley.

Members of the UVHBA donate time, labor and supplies to build each Cougar House. The home is then sold with the proceeds benefiting current and future student-athletes, particularly those involved in construction management majors at BYU.

“We enjoy and value our partnership with BYU,” said UVHBA Executive Officer Steve Caldwell. “It is inspiring to see the UVHBA members, who are otherwise competitors, working in unity on the Cougar House.”

The Cougar House 10 project was jumpstarted with the $93,500 Elk Ridge lot donated by Brady Jensen of Summit Construction. Sam Morgan of Morgan Fine Homes also designed and donated the plans for the 1,485-square-foot home. Contractors who will oversee the project include Casey Cloward of Raykon Construction, Shane Harr of PureHaven Homes and Jeff Southard of South Haven Homes.

“The annual Cougar House project has had an incredible impact in creating endowed scholarships at BYU,” said Michael Middleton, Cougar Club director, in a release. “Our ongoing relationship with the Utah Valley Home Builders is very unique; the Cougar House project has been admired and copied by schools across the nation. We deeply appreciate the generous UVHBA members involved who have made each of these homes possible.”

BYU devotional to feature Kevin Worthen

Brigham Young University President Kevin Worthen and his wife, Peggy Worthen, will give a devotional at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday in the Marriott Center at BYU. The devotional will be broadcast live on BYUtv, and will be archived on

Democratic group to volunteer at food bank

Instead of its typical dinner meeting in January, the Democratic Women of Utah County will be volunteering at Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo. The service project will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Food Bank at 815 S. Freedom Blvd., Provo. The cost is $11 per person and will include a box lunch. All interested community members are invited to attend. Cash or can donations are encouraged.

Community Action Services and Food Bank is dedicated to fostering self-reliance in individuals, families, and the community. The beneficial organization provides food, emergency services, homebuyer education and financial learning for individuals and families in our community. It also helps local residents transition out of poverty through its Bridges Out of Poverty and Circles Initiative programs.

The Democratic Women of Utah County are the “life of the party” and strive to make a real difference in the community. The women’s group supports a number of charitable organizations and others through donations, volunteering, and support.

The Democratic Women have been an active organization in the local community for over 30 years. The group meets monthly from September through May to bring area Democratic women together, to foster balance in local government, and to understand the many complex political and social issues facing Utah residents. The organization invites speakers to present information on a wide range of relevant topics regarding current events.

New members are sought and always welcome to join. Men are also invited to participate with the group.

Please RSVP by Jan. 11 to Lou Ann Talcott at (801) 489-9861.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely