Weatherford Democrat

December 8, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: Holiday celebrations continue in, around town


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – As the month of December with all of its activities is moving along at lightning speed, parties and celebrations are going on galore. The latest one in our area was the Christmas party hosted by the City of Cool.

The Cool City Hall, which was ornamented in beautiful outside lights and decorations, was the welcoming spot for guests. Everything inside was Christmas with a beautiful tree plus meal tables adorned with poinsettias.

Council members were dressed in their Christmas finery to graciously welcome everyone. The supper was catered by Pulidos and the smell of all the delicious food wafted through the air. There was salsa and chips on every table to get appetites in working order for all of the tasty food.

The dessert table boasted a multitude of homemade items from the kitchen of Barbara Rothrock. Some of her specialties included divinity and peanut patties. Door prizes were the table decoration poinsettias. This was a lovely event, and one council member remarked that they enjoy doing it for everyone and hope more people come each year.

Organizers with the Millsap Community Christmas Angels are seeing that boys and girls are provided gifts for Christmas.

To sign up a child call Michelle Brian at 940-452-8844. Paperwork includes a picture ID for parents, certified/original child’s birth certificate, child’s Social Security card (no copies) and proof of income. To adopt one of the angels you can go to the Millsap Elementary School office or Joy’s Shear Creations on Fairview Road (east of the Millsap Post Office). The gifts will be ready on Dec. 18. This is a great cause, so please help if possible.

Two young men who are Millsap graduates are to be recognized for reaching the same important milestone in their lives. PFC Andrew D. Norman graduated Marine Corps boot camp on Nov. 15 and PFC Jonathan Cribbs attained this same status on Nov. 22. Both Marines took their training in San Diego. Congratulations and best wishes Andrew and Jonathan!

At a recent Millsap ISD board meeting, Chessley W. Faulkenberry received an honorary high school diploma. Mr. Faulkenberry’s high school education was interrupted as he was drafted into the military in 1954. He honorably served and, after discharge, eventually earned his GED. He attended Weatherford College plus has taken many other varied courses throughout the years. Mr. Faulkenberry has taught A/C technology at Weatherford College and had a great career with Hobson Air Conditioning. He has a wonderful family, having married Caroline Watkins, of Garner, who is a Millsap graduate. Millsap ISD has come to recognize that there were quite a few men from this area who had to halt their education to serve in World War II. As a result, the district is following protocol to begin presenting these veterans with their high school diplomas. Congratulations, Mr. Faulkenberry, on this well-deserved honor.

Word has been received of the passing of Bennett resident Ethel Bennett Rehfeldt. Mrs. Rehfeldt was a descendent of two pioneer Fort Worth families, and her grandfather, George Bennett, was the founder of Acme Brick Company. She was married for 61 years to Dr. Fred Rehfeldt, who preceded her in death. An accomplished horsewoman and world traveler, Mrs. Rehfeldt and her husband enjoyed retirement years at their beloved Rancho Mesita, in Bennett. She leaves behind son, Fredrick E. Rehfeldt, and daughter, Ethel DeMarr, and a multitude of other family members.

Volunteers of the Millsap First Baptist Church Helping Hands Food Pantry send out a big thank you to everyone who gave items to help families who came for Thanksgiving groceries.

In a community effort there were Thanksgiving meal items plus other groceries provided for 18 families. This was an amazing time for the volunteers as even children had been fostered to send bags with a couple of food items in them to share with those in need.

Spokesperson Kathy Brogdon said this was truly a beautiful time where many hearts were touched. Thanks pantry volunteers, sponsor Millsap First Baptist and our community for making Thanksgiving a bountiful day for those who were in need.

Many plans are in the final stages for Millsap’s annual Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 14. The event will be centered at Heritage Park with a crafts bazaar beginning at 10 a.m. and going until dark. Entries in the chili cook off should be at City Hall by 3:30 p.m. and judging will take place at 4 p.m.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the old football field parking lot. Line up a minimum of 30 minutes prior to parade start. The parade will end at Heritage Park and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet the kids and for photos. Mickey and Minnie Mouse and other cartoon characters will be a part of the evening and there will be face painting.

Complimentary refreshments for the evening will include hot dogs, chili, cookies, and drinks. Community, please bring chili and cookies to help out. We invite everyone to join us for this fantastic time.

Thanks for reading!

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