— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – With the first day of winter officially being Dec. 21, everyone is taking advantage of those days when they can be out and about participating in Christmas activities.
The women of the Millsap Neighborhood Ladies Home and Garden Club recently met between bad weather days to enjoy a wonderful party.
Gathering at the Millsap Community Center the ladies were entertained with a play performed by seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Garner School Drama Department. The play “Indian Captive” is the true story of the captivity of a pioneer girl.
This was the students’ UIL performance piece and they had received two all stars and two honorable mentions, plus an award for lighting at the competition. The performance was very authentic and enjoyable and the young people were a delight.
The club members then traveled to Millsap United Methodist Church for a lunch of sandwiches, fruits, cheeses and many desserts. To wrap up the day the women held an auction with some of the hot items being an oil painting and handcrafted jewelry. This was a fun time for these ladies who do many charitable acts for our area. Glad they had a great party!
Besides doing their regular school work, students at Millsap Elementary have been busy preparing for Christmas. Students in grades three through five performed a Christmas spoof of “American Idol,” while students in kindergarten through second grade have been diligently working on a “Moosical” program. Also, the PTO has sponsored the annual Christmas store, which is a service project, so the boys and girls can do their own shopping.
There has been much preparation on floats and costuming as students were slated to participate in our Community Christmas Parade. On Dec. 20, the fall awards assembly will be held as a wrap up before dismissing for the holidays. All students will have early release on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, and the Christmas break is Dec. 23-Jan. 3. To all of Millsap School District, have a great vacation!
As they close out their 2013 training schedule the Millsap VFD wants the community to know the firefighters who serve them have completed more than 1,700 hours of training this year. They also want to remind everyone to clearly mark your home address large enough, reflective and in plain view so, in case of emergency, responders can locate your home. Thanks firefighters for all of the time and efforts that you put in protecting us, and we appreciate your families in their support of your service.
Word has reached the community of the passing of former Millsap resident Jadie Wheeler. Mrs. Wheeler had been making her home in Cleburne and was 94 years of age. She loved to bowl and played in a league during her ninth decade. She was also an avid reader. Her daughter, Carol Buchanan, is a well-known Millsap resident, as she volunteers many hours at the elementary school. Condolences to Mrs. Wheeler’s family.
With everything coming to a standstill during the ice storm, there were sadly reports of many accidents and problems. Of note, for Pastor Jim Sanders of Millsap United Methodist Church this was the first Sunday in more than 47 years that he had not been able to participate in a Sunday worship service. On the upside, we had the fire department meeting all kinds of needs, plus Michael Kinman and Melvin Davis kept a check on the water and warmth of Millsap’s public buildings. For those with stock, Richard Brunner traveled to neighbors’ tanks and kept the ice broke out for the animals. This is only a few of the many, many people from here and all around who reached out in countless ways to help during a very difficult time.
As we have already experienced some treacherous weather the professional predictions are included in the Old Farmers Almanac, which has 80 percent accuracy. The Almanac predicts below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall during most of the winter across most of the nation. The National Weather Service, basing their predictions on long-range forecasts and trends, is saying it’s likely to remain warmer than normal and less rainfall this winter. Whoever turns out to be more right, let’s just be careful and stay safe.
In Millsap city news, the council has appointed Teresa Howard to a vacant seat. Congratulations, Ms. Howard.
Millsap United Methodist Church has rescheduled the brunch that was cancelled due to the weather. They will meet at 8 a.m. on Dec. 15 to enjoy this time of fellowship.
Thanks for reading!
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