Weatherford Democrat

November 10, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: Early bird – annual Millsap Turkey Dinner is today


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – The day for one of the most-anticipated yearly events in Millsap has arrived.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, there will be a multitude of folks at the Millsap Elementary Cafetorium to enjoy the Millsap Community Turkey Dinner.

With the Millsap VFD turning the event into a community effort there will remain much of the tradition surrounding the gathering, while some great new ideas have been implemented. It is exciting to have many local groups participating during this time. All are Millsap based and include the Community Support Group, high school scholarship fund, high school Beta Club, boys and girls athletic programs, Millsap High School Junior Class, FCCLA, girl scouts and First Baptist Church Food Pantry. There will be a craft fair sponsored by the FCCLA in the elementary gym during the meal.

Many are looking forward to the dessert contest, with cupcakes being added to the competition. The winning desserts will be auctioned off with these proceeds benefiting the organizations involved. The time is 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and the cost of the meal is a donation at the door. The meal will have the turkey and world famous dressing, plus all of the delicious trimmings. Come on out and have a great time while supporting this community effort.

The Cool area has suffered a great loss with the passing of Peggy Ledbetter McDonald. This well-known, beloved lady was a founding member of the Cool Assembly of God Church. She retired as a teacher from Mineral Wells ISD. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Clifton; sons, Richard and Russell; and daughters Marsha McDonald, Mary Thornberry and Rebekah McDonald Lee. She was a grandmother and great-grandmother many times over. Condolences to this family.

The Millsap Cemetery Association recently had its annual meeting at the city hall with standing room-only attendance. There was much discussion of new possibilities for improving the cemetery.

Some of these included checking into building a pavilion and adding parking spaces, having markers that were in disrepair redone and checking for unknown graves with sonar. A committee has been formed to work on getting the graveyard designated as a historical cemetery. New officers are President Sally Uribe, Vice President Bernardo Ortiz, Secretary Brenda Doss, Treasurer Nicolasa (Nicki) Presser and board member Emeritus Urlinda Ortiz. A productive meeting with some innovative decisions made for the preservation of this resting place.

Millsap ISD has partnered with the Parker County SWAT Team to support training exercises of the team. The team requested use of the Millsap Middle School to conduct training for officers. Millsap ISD agreed to open the facility and to assist in any way possible with the training needs. This will be done with two sessions held after school hours, and will involve law enforcement activity around the school. It’s great that Millsap can help law enforcement so we can all stay protected.

Congratulations go to Dee Bruner on being a member of the Pony Elite Fall State Champs Baseball Team. Pony Elite Select Baseball is committed to competitive excellence in youth baseball. It is for ages 5-19 years, and there are 9,980 active players. Dee’s proud parents are Richard and Gera Bruner.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. This national holiday began as Armistice Day in 1919 to mark the end of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this special day which honored all the soldiers who died and the heroism of all served. It was dedicated to world wide peace and justice. The day went through several changes by the government through the years, and was officially designated by Congress as Veterans Day in 1954. To each Veteran, thank you for your service.

Thanks for reading!

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