Last week Monica and I spent some quality time in Arkansas enjoying the fall foliage and taking some time away from our constant jobs in Mason. This year we also included our son’s family in our plans, so with six grandkids from ten months to nine years old in the house we had a great time making some memories, but I am not so sure about calling it a “vacation” for us. Even though I returned with some issues here in Mason and a new week full of meetings, I was very glad to get back home, get back to work and be in a town where you see friends everywhere you go. Most of us forget the many benefits and joys of living in a small town when we think about the things we miss in the bigger cities, but after a few days away I am always very glad to get back to the best hometown in the Hill Country!
In the next couple of weeks we will see some real changes around the Square and in town. The Electric department crews are busy installing and checking out the Christmas lights around the business district, and the shop windows are being decorated for the coming holidays. There are some of the neighborhood areas that are cleaning up and putting out decorations as well, and our whole town benefits from activities like the Blue Ribbon Day where all of the High School helps out around town to clean and fix up our community. Many people also made use of our free dump days last week, and I hope that you can see more spots in your neighborhood that are clean and spruced up. This is the time of year when we all enjoy and benefit from the holiday preparations, both inside and out in the yards. I hope you have time and energy to clean up and decorate your home this year so that our entire town will be festive and bright for the Christmas season.
This is a fun time to be in Mason. There are many visitors coming to Mason: family, friends, hunters and travelers passing through. Those of us lucky enough to live and work here know that this is the kind of community that most people want as their “hometown”. During this busy time of year I hope that we can all continue working together to put our best foot forward and let everyone know that Mason is the very best kind of community. If you have any suggestions or special ideas for the coming weeks or the coming year, please let us know so that we can make Mason even better. The Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and I hope this year is going to be special time for each of you.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley