Weatherford Democrat

March 24, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: Cleaning up litter has many benefits


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – With the first day of spring (March 20) officially past us, things in this part of the country are busier than ever.

One thing that quite a few of our citizens have become interested and involved in is the Adopt A County Road Litter Removal Program.

Parker County Chairperson Darwin Yeary recently spoke about the program at the Millsap Precinct 3 Stakeholders Meeting. The program is an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and helpful in a number of ways.

By clearing litter, water that goes into creeks is protected as is the underground water supply in the adopted areas.  Research shows that the clean look improves property values and that people are actually less likely to throw out trash in adopted areas.

This is something that people can join in with their neighbors or make a family project. There is recognition for the effort as signs are made available with the adopting group’s name on them. For more info on this worthwhile project call Mr. Yeary at 817-599-3919. The motto of this is “we have a county worth taking care of.”

The Millsap Baptist Church Food Pantry is as busy as ever helping fill the needs of those who are hungry.  There is an ongoing community effort of several churches, organizations, and individuals to keep the pantry stocked. The winter months showed great needs, with the largest amount of families served being in December-there were 28.

While all food items and daily essentials are always needed to keep the supply up, there is especially a need right now for protein in a can and toilet paper. With school letting out shortly for the summer  we need to remember that all the children who ate breakfast and lunch there free or at reduced rate will not have that option. It would be great to get the pantry all ready for families who are going to need help on this front. The workers are very diligent in organizing the whole project and always helpful and gracious, and the facility opens every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. If you can, please donate as this is an essential service-everything is appreciated.

There is a sadness in the community on the passing of (Judith) Elaine Littlefield. This lifetime member of the community was a great asset to many area projects and a great supporter of everything that was Millsap. A lady of great faith she had a kind, gentle soul and a quiet cheerfulness that always made you glad to see her.  Condolences to husband, Royce, sons Chris and Brad, and daughter Beth, their families, and her very large extended family.  Elaine will be missed greatly by many.

There will be a new church soon welcoming folks in over at the Littlepage Pavilion, which is close to the Brock/Dennis exit. The Cutting Capital Fellowship is under the stewardship of Glenn and Barbara Littlepage and they are inviting everyone to the dedication of the beautiful new building on April 21 at 1 p.m. They invite you to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful outdoors surrounding the church, while hearing a good Bible message and enjoying some great music. The regular Sunday services will be at 1 p.m. and the address is 7530 W. I-20 Exit 397, Weatherford. These are very dedicated, friendly people so for any questions feel free to call them at 817 829-5930.

With more on Millsap Log Cabin Day, which will be May 11, everyone is welcome to start off with the free breakfast around the campfire at 7 a.m. A new activity that has been added is a trail ride which will begin at Walden Farm and Ranch Supply on Fairview Road at 8 a.m. Besides lots of great vendor booths there will be a kiddie tractor pull, candle making, flint fire starting, tomahawk tactics, horse shoeing and Confederate re-enactors. To rent booth space or for any more info call 940 682-4667. This is going to be great, so plan on coming out and enjoying all of it!

The Parker County Abandoned Cemetery Association will hold their Annual Meeting on April 12 (Friday), 10 a.m. at the Weatherford Library, 1014 Charles Street. As this group takes responsibility for well over sixty cemeteries in Parker County, with over twenty of them being in Precinct 3, many helping hands are needed.  Mowers will be especially needed, so if you can help please go out to the meeting and you will be put to work.

Reminder: The Millsap Methodist Church invites everyone to a Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. on March 28. Communion will be given.

Thanks for reading!

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