Weatherford Democrat

February 17, 2013

Students put their hearts into jump rope marathon


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – Hope you all had a memorable Valentine’s Day, and are working on good heart health.

As February is National Heart Health Month, Millsap Elementary School students recently participated in their Annual Jump Rope for Heart-Athon.

This event has been a part of the Millsap Elementary P.E. program for around 20 years, and teacher Mike Humphrey is diligent to keep the tradition going. It is sponsored by the American Heart Association, which encourages good habits that are key for good health.

A local organization that has a program to support heart health is Millsap VFD. As is periodically mentioned, the department offers American Heart Association CPR classes free of charge. They will endeavor to fit a class to any schedule for anyone interested. For more info email millsapfd@embarqmail.com or call Mark Anderson at 940-452-2467.

Lastly, although most are aware of the signs of heart attack it never hurts to review. They are listed by the AHA as chest discomfort; discomfort in one or both arms, the neck,the back, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort; breaking out in a cold sweat; or nausea, vomiting or lightheadedness. Hope this info encourages, or helps, someone.

With more about health, a reminder that the School Health Advisory Council will host the Third Annual Millsap Community Health Fair at the high school on Feb. 21, 5:30-8 p.m., and it’s free. A myriad of booths will be set up and some health screenings will be available, as well as flu shots. Plans are to have dentists, chiropractors, optometrists and other health care providers on site. You can also eat dinner there as the junior class is sponsoring a baked potato supper with a cost of adults $6; and kids under 9 years $4. There will be door prizes an a theme basket raffle at the fair, so why not plan to take advantage of something that could be very beneficial and fun?

The Millsap Ladies Neighborhood Home and Garden Club report that their spaghetti supper fundraiser was a great success, with over 150 folks being served. They express their thanks to everyone who so kindly supported their efforts. The funds raised go toward twice yearly goody bags for senior citizens and shut ins, a yearly scholarship for a Millsap senior, giving funds to families in the area that have emergencies or health crises, and other community needs as they come up.

The ladies enjoyed a Mardi Gras theme at their regular February meeting and the guest speaker was Millsap City Manager Mark Barnes. He gave some helpful information on the workings and plans of our city government. The March meeting will have an Asian theme, and all area women are invited to gather at the Millsap Community Center the first Wednesday morning of each month at around 10:30 a.m. and enjoy visiting, a potluck lunch and being a part of a group that supports the community in a multitude of ways.

The Quilting Club, which meets at the Millsap Methodist Church the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 9 a.m., invites seasoned quilters and beginners to join them. Each quilter is just beginning work on a Crazy Quilt. This design is made with silk, satin, beads and buttons. The women are also planning to make a quilt for the Methodist church to use in a fundraiser – this is their way of saying “thanks” for the church graciously letting them meet there. A busy group with some great endeavors!

An event that is being highly publicized throughout the area is the Benefit for Karen Hill Denny. This will take place at the Mineral Wells American Legion on March 2, 2-10 p.m. The money raised will offset expenses incurred due to Karen’s diagnosis of ALL (Lou Gherig’s Disease). The event is sponsored by her Mineral Wells High School Class of 1974, and they are doing an awesome job of putting it together. The door is $5 and this means you can listen to some great bands all day long, plus barbecue sandwiches will be available for $7. There will be both live and silent auctions. Some of the fantastic items available include a hand-tooled briefcase by Danny Mason, an $800 man’s diamond ring and a picnic table.

There will be all kinds of door prizes, plus a bake sale. To donate to the auctions, or for more info, call 940-445-4409 or 940-682-1566. Karen is a devoted mother, daughter and friend so please help if possible.



Dates to remember

• Feb. 18 – Presidents Day.

• Feb. 28 – The Millsap Community Center Board will hold a public meeting at the center at 5 p.m.

Thanks for reading!

Send Millsap community news to Sharron Hudson at millsapmatters@weatherforddemocrat.com.