October 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm ·



GrandfriendsAt Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living, we are often asked if we “get used” to our Grandfriends leaving us. The answer is simply, “no”. We have the blessed opportunity to care for and become acquainted with amazing people and their families. These incredible people have beautiful stories. They worked hard, changed lives, and made a difference in this world.

This past week we gave our farewell to an amazing Grandfriend, Cora. She was a nurse in the military, loved gardening, animals, and most of all people. She always stood up for people that didn’t have a voice. She was always grateful and kind no matter what! .

She always gave the best advice…..
* Flowers make everything beautiful! (She always had a flower in her hair, she grew up surrounded by nature, flowers, and apple trees)
* Treat everyone with kindness, no matter what!
* ALWAYS be grateful, because there is always something to be grateful for. There is beauty everywhere if we just look for it.
* Never stop learning, no matter what your age. Education is important!
* Stand up for people you care about, and even the ones you don’t know….yet!
* Animals are the best therapy! She had Therapy dogs, and they helped soothe the hearts of countless people.

While we understand that we only have a short time with these amazing people, we are truly grateful for their lives, service and love. Thank-you to all our Grandfriends, family, friends, and community members that make Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living an awesome place. We can’t thank you enough for sharing your special loved ones with us!

Please come visit us at Williamsburg Assisted and Independent Living in Logan, Utah.

132 West 300 North Logan, UT 84321

(435) 753-5502

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August 4, 2016 at 9:12 pm ·

Exploring our Valley: Coyote Research Facility

Today in “Exploring Our Valley”, we went to the Coyote Research Facility, and the Wellsville area. 

More on the Predator Research Facility (aka: Coyote Research Facility)

Scientists at the National Wildlife Research Center Logan, UT, field station are studying the ecology and behavior of predators in an effort to identify                                                                                     new management techniques and strategies, especially nonlethal tools. Research efforts are directed towards reducing livestock depredations and                                                                                        damage caused by coyotes, bears, and wolves, resolving conflicts in urban areas, and mitigating impacts of predators on wildlife populations.                                                                                                   Station research incorporates a variety of techniques that integrate novel engineering approaches and basic knowledge of the biology of predator species.

The station was established in 1972, and operates in close collaboration with Utah State University (USU). In fact, some of the biologists                                                                                                maintain offices on campus. The station’s most prominent feature, however, is the Millville Predator Research Facility. The 165-acre site, also on USU land,                                                                        allows employees to care for up to 100 adult coyotes involved in learning, behavior, and physiology studies. Examples of current and recent studies based at the                                                               Millville facility include the following:

  • Coyote behavior in captive environments
  • Urban conflicts with black bears
  • Coyote movements
  • Sterilization of coyotes to reduce predation on pronghorn and livestock
  • Coyote foraging and learning
  • Fladry to prevent wolf depredation
  • Coyote and elk interactions
  • Conditioning bears from campgrounds
  • Wolf damage to livestock.
  • Coyote wariness of humans
  • Coyote interactions with bobcats, kit fox, and cougars
  • Non-invasive mark-recapture of Mexican wolves
  • Coyote food habits and prey fluctuations
  • Coyote reproduction

More information can be found at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/programs/Coyote Research Facility

Coyote Research Facility

Beautiful Wellsville Mountains & the beautiful harvest time fields.

Coyote Research Facility

Coyote Research Facility in Millville

Coyote Research Facility

View of the beautiful Wellsville Mountains from the Coyote Research Facility

Coyote Research Facility

Fields near the Coyote Research Facility. It;s a pretty ride. This was also the Firefighting command station for the Blacksmith Fork/ Millville Fire a couple of years ago. These fields were full of tents, firefighters, and helicopters fighting the huge blaze.

Coyote Research Facility

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June 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm ·

Willow Park Zoo

We love Willow Park Zoo! We had an awesome time (and a huge group) go for a fried chicken picnic, and some animal time. We partnered with Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, and was able to talk all our Jazzy and wheelchair Grandfriends! The weather was perfect, the food was yummy, and the critters were active! Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! For more information about Willow Park Zoo, visit: http://willowparkzoo.wix.com/home

Willow Park Zoo

Ruth enjoying the sunshine & the birds.

Willow Park Zoo

Enjoying the Zoo

Willow Park Zoo

Fun in the Sun!


Anita enjoying a walk in the shade.

Willow Park Zoo

Ruthie enjoying a beautiful day!

Willow Park Zoo

Irene and Betty

Willow Park Zoo

Tina and Polly watching reindeer and peacocks.

Willow Park Zoo

Charlene & a peacock (can you see him on the roof?)

Willow Park Zoo

Tina and Polly

Willow Park Zoo

Alice and Dee going to watch some monkeys

Willow Park Zoo

Time for some fried chicken, coleslaw and watermelon!

Willow Park Zoo

Some yummy lunch.




A nice sunny day!

Willow Park Zoo

We all agree, this looks like one angry bird!


Arlene enjoying the animals

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Willow Park Zoo: http://willowparkzoo.wix.com/home

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June 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm ·

Exploring Our Valley: “The Secret Road”

Today in “Exploring Our Valley” we went to Hyrum Dam, and through Paradise to one of our favorite drives.  Our Grandfriends call it ” The Secret Road”. This beautiful drive connects Paradise to Mount Sterling on a beautiful gravel road that takes you to tall rolling hills and patch worked farmland.  In the Spring it’s covered in bright green fields and all colors of wildflowers! You also see ponds, small streams, beautiful horses, and a gorgeous old abandoned  house tucked in the trees. It’s a beautiful drive as you pass Sportsman’s Paradise and loop around past Hyrum Dam. If you have a free moment, grab an ice cold lemonade, roll the windows down and enjoy the ride! You won’t be disappointed!

Secret Road

Hyrum Dam

Secret Road

Hyrum Dam

Secret Road

Hyrum Dam


Sportsman’s Paradise


Sportsman’s Paradise


Mount Sterling “Secret Road”


Mount Sterling “Secret Road”


Mount Sterling “Secret Road”


Mount Sterling “Secret Road”


Mount Sterling “Secret Road”


Mount Sterling “Secret Road” Wildflowers


Mount Sterling “Secret Road” Wildflowers


Mount Sterling “Secret Road” Wildflowers


Mount Sterling


Mount Sterling


Mount Sterling


Mount Sterling

Sportsman’s Paradise: http://www.whitesranch.com/

History of Sportsman’s Paradise:

Whites Ranch in Paradise, Utah was settled in 1868 by Barnard White an immigrant from England. This was one of the first settlements in the beautiful Cache Valley.  The homestead, approximately 56,000 acres, was located in the southeast corner of Cache Valley consisting primarily of mountain property.

The Ranch House, stables and creamery were located on a bluff overlooking the fertile river bottoms of the Little Bear River.  This location was chosen because of its isolation and vantage point to overlook the valley.   Remembering, of course that the west was still unsettled in the mid 1800’s and the Native Americans were still formidable neighbors.  Another reason for choosing this location was the abundant springs located just below the bluff line where the Ranch House stood; as a year round water supply was paramount to any settlement in those years for the livestock and the settlers.

Over the years and through the generations, this working ranch has produced cattle, hogs, turkeys, milk, crops and rainbow trout.  Today this working ranch produces cattle, crops, trout, pheasants and partridge.  The fourth generations working the ranch are Grant and Tom White.

In the 1920’s the Little Bear River and the springs were put to use as a resource of their own.  The Little Bear River ran through the center of the bottomland and each spring the river was washing away and eroding the best bottomland. Since there was little hope of reclaiming the damage, the best solution was to turn the ravages of nature to an advantage. The river was diverted along the western side of the valley along the mountain.  This left an empty channel through the middle of the river bottoms that generated the idea of a family recreational fishery.  The Whites began developing the springs and diverting them into the empty channel.  As time went on, family, friends and other people came from miles around to fish the ponds.  The trout that were caught were sold to the fisherman.  The fishery grew from these humble beginnings to the nation’s fourth largest producer of Rainbow Trout both fresh and frozen.  As late as 1989 the Whites were producing in excess of seven million pounds of trout annually.

In 1990 the fishery began to turn full circle – forced by the state government – into massive and costly disease disinfection and the fishery was forced in a different direction.  This was the beginning of a massive restoration project.  The goal was to create a unique self-sustaining totally natural fishery complete with spawning beds and invertebrate production areas.  Utilizing the original natural stream beds, the spring waters now flow as they did in the late 1800’s.  The stream restoration is an ongoing project to ensure the streams and still waters are providing plenty of invertebrates to keep the fish healthy, active, and impressive in size.  The mixture of Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Steelhead, Splakes and Cutbows provide an unmatched fly-fishing experience.  The fish will range in size from the naturally spawned fingerlings to as high as sixteen pounds with an average of eighteen inches.  Any fish, under 18 inches, have been naturally reproduced by the fishery.  The fishery is managed as a wild fishery practicing catch-and-release for fly rod only.  The two miles of streams and spring-fed lakes provide unlimited opportunity for year-round trophy fly-fishing for wild trout.

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May 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm ·

Happy Hour Treat Recipe: Mini Fruit Cobbler

Happy Hour: Mini Fruit Cobblers

This week’s recipe is another hot fruit & cold ice cream recipe! We LOVE it! They are simple to make, and OH SO GOOD! Grandfriends love them, but kids love them too! The best part is that you can customize with the type of fruit you like best! Our favorites are apple and peach. You may need seconds…….

You’ll need:

Your Choice of Pie Filling (or you can use canned/fresh fruit)

Vanilla Ice Cream

1c Sugar 

1/2 c Brown Sugar

Spices: Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cloves (Use amounts and types to suit your own taste)

Muffin Tin/Liners or Stand Alone Baking Cups (that’s what we use!) 

Follow our easy instructions below!

Check back for more easy, yummy, Grandfriend approved “Happy Hour” Treats!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars and spices and set aside to be used as topping.


Fill your choice of baking cups 3/4 full of your favorite pie filling or canned fruit. Here we are using apple pie filling. We are using adorable baking cups from Pick Your Plum. *If you have not visited PYP you are missing out!


Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of fruit you chose. Here they are HOT out of the oven!


After they cool off just a little, scoop vanilla ice cream and top with a sprinkle of the sugar-spice mix and ENJOY! One of our favorites! So easy, and fun anytime!

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April 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm ·

The Grandfriend Star

Did you know when you look up into the night sky, we have our very own special star? It’s named the “Grandfriend Star”. It’s a special reminder of all the wonderful Grandfriends we have known in our life. A special reminder that their light always shines as it has touched our lives for good. We are so grateful for each life that has been part of ours at Williamsburg.  Always part of our Williamsburg Family, and never forgotten.

So, when you look into the sea of stars, remember there’s a special star, a wonderful reminder of our Grandfriends!


The Grandfriend Star


You can look up the coordinates with a telescope 🙂

Did you know?

The color that a star appears depends mainly on the temperature that it burns at.  More specifically, the color is directly related to the surface temperature of a star.  In the lowest temperature range, stars appear in the red color family.  At the highest temperatures, stars appear blue.  In general, stars are categorized by certain types depending on their temperature, and those temperature ranges and types are as follows:

  • 3,000° – 6,000° Fahrenheit (1,649° – 3,316° Celsius): Type M
  • 6,000° – 8,500° Fahrenheit (3,316° – 4,704° Celsius): Type K
  • 8,500° – 10,500° Fahrenheit (4,704° – 5,816° Celsius): Type G
  • 10,500° – 13,000° Fahrenheit (5,816° – 7,204°  Celsius): Type F
  • 13,000° – 17,500° Fahrenheit (7,204° – 9,704° Celsius): Type A
  • 17,500° – 50,000° Fahrenheit (9,704° – 27,760° Celsius): Type B
  • 50,000° – 100,000° Fahrenheit (27,760° – 55,538° Celsius): Type O

Now that you know what the different classifications for star temperatures are, the next question is what color are stars of a given temperature.  The following star color list shows what color a star will be given the type (i.e. the temperature range) it falls under:

  • Type M stars: Red
  • Type K stars: Orange
  • Type G stars: Yellow-White
  • Type F stars: White
  • Type A stars: White
  • Type B stars: Blue-White
  • Type O stars: Blue

Learn more at: http://www.outerspaceuniverse.org/different-colors-of-stars-why-stars-colored-differently.html

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March 31, 2016 at 5:55 am ·

Cache Valley Rides

Cache Valley Rides: Spring & Baby Animals

On this ride we headed out on Valley View highway through the marshlands. This time of year you can see lots of Canadian Geese, and all kinds of ducks and small birds in the water.

We headed out through Benson. It is calving season, and there are lots of fields with “baby moos” (as the Grandfriends call them). It is fun to see them all gathered together in a small group under the watchful eye of their mothers.

Traveling north we saw a group of beautiful white geese nesting. Did you know that geese mate for life with the same partner? We also saw lots of horses, unfortunately, no babies. We saw a couple flocks of sheep, with some lambs.

Out near Trenton there is a domesticated elk farm. There were several babies in the field. We were lucky because they were so close to the road. There is another domesticated elk farm in Willard that has a lot of elk to see! If you are ever in the neighborhood of the Fruit Stands, it’s worth a stop at the Apple Creek Amish Store, and a few more minutes up the road to see them all grazing in the field.

We are so lucky to live in such an amazing valley that is beautiful in every season!

If you have time, get out and have your own Cache Valley Ride Adventure! 
Cache Valley RIdes

Geese laying on eggs in the marshes of Benson

Cache Valley RIdes

Benson marshland

Cache Valley RIdes

Elk near Trenton. One is sticking it’s tongue out. These mamas had babies playing in the back field.

Cache Valley RIdes

A smiling horse that came over to the bus to say “hi” when we opened the doors. (yes, that is a true story!)

Cache Valley RIdes

Baby “Moos”

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March 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm ·

Fox 13 News Super Seniors!

Booming Forward: Celebrating Super Seniors

Our Super Seniors!

Super Seniors

Our Super Seniors!

Our Grandfriends were featured in this episode of Fox13 Booming Forward. Last year we started the #LiveItWell Project. A way to share the idea that no matter your age, you should live life to the fullest. That it is never too late to create goals, dream dreams, or try something you have never done before.

You can visit our Live it Well Project Website at www.liveitwell.webs.com and join in the fun. See pictures of people all over community showing us how they live it well. We believe that life is an amazing adventure, and everyday is a gift.

Did you know?

Williamsburg Assisted Living is managed by SAL Management Group which is a local company that manages several assisted living communities. Click here for more information about SAL Management.

Our goal is to provide a home that looks and feels just like the one that our residents have lived in all of their lives.

We also wanted to provide a great working environment for our SUPER Caregivers and make sure that they dedicated to providing the best care and services to our residents.

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March 9, 2016 at 12:50 am ·

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the air and coming to our  beautiful Cache Valley. The snow is melting and signs of Spring are everywhere. We have beautiful sunny, blue sky with a nice warm breeze! We can’t for all the adventures in the outdoors to begin!

Did you know?

The Wellsville Mountains are located in northern Utah and are often considered part of the Wasatch Mountains. The mountains separate the Cache Valley from the Wasatch Front. Nearly all of the water collected by the Wellsville Mountains drains into the Bear River.[2]

While only moderately tall, they are particularly narrow. For this reason, it is often claimed they are one of the steepest mountain ranges in North America.[3][4][5] Box Elder (9,372′) and the Wellsville Cone (9,356′) are its two highest peaks. U.S. 89/91 traversesBox Elder Canyon, Dry Canyon, and Wellsville Canyon beginning east of Brigham City as a four-lane highway, curving north then northeast and entering the Cache Valley at Wellsville.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spring is in the air


Spring is in the air

Sheep enjoying the sunshine.

Spring is in the air

Beautiful covered bridge in Richmond Utah

Spring is in the air

Bear River Marshlands

Spring is in the air

Beautiful Wellsville Mountains 

Spring is in the air

Honkers playing in a melting field.

Spring is in the air

Blacksmith Fork Canyon

Spring is in the air

Blackbirds swarming in a field.

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December 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm ·

Our 2015 Christmas Movie

Our 2015 Christmas Movie, “Mary Christmas”.

In this movie, a new Grandfriend moves into Williamsburg for a short stay. Right away it is obvious that something magical happens! Christmas magic happens all over, and one special friend, Betty knows she has seen “Mary” before!


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