— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – As we catch our breath from all of the activity Christmas time brought, we are sitting back and enjoying the good memories that getting together with family and friends brings us.
Members of the Millsap VFD have some of those great memories to bask in as they looked back at their annual 2013 Family Appreciation Dinner.
The firefighters and their families met at Antonio’s in Weatherford for a time of relaxation and fun. Everyone had smiles on their faces, as grown-ups and kids alike enjoyed the great food and visiting. The firefighters take this opportunity to show their families how much they love them and that they appreciate their support.
During the party each member was honored with the gifts of an engraved rescue knife and personalized cap showing years of service. While this was a carefree time the department is always moving on with the seriousness of their job. In this vein, an officers election was recently held and the same men were re-elected. They are Chief Neal Doss, Assistant Chief Jeff Edwards, Assistant Chief Franco Ortiz, Capt. Scott Anderson, Capt. Lee Van Dyke, Secretary Mark Anderson, Lt. Eric Peninger and Lt. Ronnie Rutledge. Glad you all had a wonderful party, and congrats to all of the newly elected officers.
With the new year almost here, it’s going to soon be income tax time, and the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will need volunteers to assist area residents with their tax returns. This is a free service and there will be area five locations to staff from Feb.1-April 15. The locations will be the Weatherford Public Library, Mineral Wells Boyce Ditto Library, the Mineral Wells Senior Center, the Azle Public Library and the Azle Senior Center.
Tax volunteers will receive free training during January. Other volunteer positions include client facilitators, technology coordinators, and leadership and administrative positions. You do not have to be an AARP member to volunteer.
This is an opportunity to make a difference and get the satisfaction of helping others. The volunteer application form is available at www.aarp.org/applications/Volunteer. For questions call (817) 360-6681.
As we look toward the end of 2013, many have been wondering how things are progressing at the Acme Brick Plant since it re-opening in Bennett. Reports are that things are going well, with work slow but steady. When plant operations were restarted there was a group of key associates who were returned to the plant to work with and train about 60 new workers. As the first load of bricks came out of the plant in February, it was noted that at full production the site could produce more than 2 million bricks a week.
With Acme Brick being the largest brick company in the nation, there are plans for representatives to present products at the New Home Builders Show Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas. Since the local Acme brick is the focal point of Bennett, it’s good news that things are going well there.
While the school district is enjoying a vacation, there are local volunteers who are busy with the Box Tops for Education program, which helps our elementary school. Box Tops is one of the nation’s largest fundraising loyalty programs and has been helping schools since 1996. Schools have earned more than $525 million from Box Tops. There are more than 250 participating products, plus more than 300 online retailers where eBox Tops can be earned by shoppers.
The actual box top is a small, pink rectangle with the words “Box Tops Education” written on it. Each of these is worth 10 cents when the school turns it in to the program. The school uses this cash to buy whatever they need the most.
Volunteers who help with this program at our elementary are asking for your help. Please clip the Box Top off your purchases and bring them by the elementary office. This will give the elementary extra money toward a collective need.
With a new year beginning folks will be looking toward new clubs to join and volunteer opportunities. Here is a list of some of Millsap’s offerings:
• Heritage Society meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park.
• Millsap VFD meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the fire station.
• Millsap Neighborhood Ladies Home and Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Millsap Community Center.
• The Quilting Club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 9 a.m. at Millsap United Methodist Church.
This is only a portion of local organizations that welcome interested people to their meetings. Perhaps one of these would be a good way to meet people and get involved in something new!
Congratulations to Jose Montes for having the December Recognized Yard by the Millsap City Council and Millsap Neighborhood Ladies Home and Garden Club. A lot of work has been done on the structure in the last few months, plus there are some pretty decorative touches to the place. It looks great!
May each of you and yours have a joyous and peaceful 2014, and I thank you all for reading!
Send Millsap-area news to Sharron Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.