Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

August 26, 2013

Millsap students have it ‘made in the shade’


Mineral Wells Index

— With the kids going back to school there is much news on that front. One wonderful improvement at Millsap Elementary is on the playground area.

As you look toward the playground there appears to be a giant blue awning. This is the new shade structure to protect the students and staff from dangerous sun rays. Funding for this much-needed addition came through a grant from the American Academy of Dermatology and a donation from the Millsap Elementary PTO. The maintenance department did a great job of managing the construction of the very large structure. May the teachers and kids enjoy this health protection and the coolness it brings.

Some other big school news is that the Millsap Alma Mater will have a new melody at the start of this school year. The process, which culminated in the new tune, started in 2012 when some students asked if the song could be reviewed for a possible change in the music. A committee was formed by the school board, and after many steps were taken by the committee, two composers were contacted. Although there have been three known versions of the school song throughout the history of the school, each one had different lyrics. This time the goal was to keep the same lyrics, but change the tune. When this goal was reached by the composers, members of the student body voted to change to the new version and the school board did the same. We are looking forward to hearing the new music during the coming school year.

Our neighbors at the Cool City Council want the public to know that they are wrapping up everything about the water grant which resulted in a great upgrade to their area water system. The installation which took place over many months is finalized, and the Council thanks everyone for their cooperation during the work phases and hopes that no one was inconvenienced. They also are very appreciative of North Rural Water Supply Corporation who was their partner in the project. A job well done and worth waiting for!

As the weather turns toward fall and cooler temperatures many folks around here are planting vegetables which they are hoping to harvest before the first frost, which is typically in mid-November. Others are working toward getting foliage in shape for the brutal winter months. With this in mind there is informational help available for any questions or concerns through the Parker County Master Gardeners. This is an educational and volunteer program sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M  University System. The gardeners have received instructions in a wide variety of topics. In exchange they volunteer time at the Texas AgriLife Service Office. The group also has many projects in the surrounding area and one of these is the National Vietnam War Museum Gardens. They volunteer Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. at the Extension Office at 604 North Main Street Suite 200, Weatherford; or they are available by phone for any gardening or landscaping questions by calling 817-598-6096 or 817-598-6168. This is a great source to help get the best use out of your plants.

The Millsap VFD is looking for a local brick layer to assist them with a small project at the station.  Please contact them if you know of someone that can help them out. Call 940-682-4390 or email millsapfd@embarqmail.com. They always appreciate all help.

Millsap 5th-grade parents need to know that Camp Grady Spruce dates have been changed.  The students will attend Sept. 17-20. There will be a parents meeting Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at the Elementary Cafeteria.

Thanks for reading!