I hope everyone had a pleasant and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend and there was plenty of food, family, friends and fellowship. It seems like Christmas is now just around the corner, but I encourage you to take a few minutes each day and think about the many blessings we have and the true reason we take a time to celebrate each year. As you prepare for this season try not to be too rushed to take time to enjoy the many good things there are to enjoy in a rural hometown. The City is going to make one extra effort to provide a little more time to get everything done by opening the Recycle Center on Ave F for Saturday mornings. This is only four extra hours a week, but perhaps this will give you a chance to stop by and drop off your recycling while you go about your many other activities, and if it works well for our residents and shows a real need then we will likely keep that extra service in the new year.
There is another service that the City is starting to help our residents deal with one of the other chores of this time of year. The City will start its regular leaf pickup this coming week to help collect and remove the falling leaves from our neighborhoods. You will need to rake your yard leaves into the gutter at the street, and if there are limbs or other debris it needs to be bundled separately, and our leaf truck will be making progress through the neighborhood streets removing the leaves and taking them to the landfill. If you wish to bag your leaves, please place them near the curb and call the City office to notify us so that we can get to your house to pick them up. One of the important benefits to this service, beyond making it easier for our residents to clean up their landscape, is to keep all of the organic debris out of the regular portion of our landfill and mulch it in the “leaf pile” so that it does not fill up our important resource as quickly. If you have additional questions please call the City office at 347-6449 and we will get you an answer.
There is one special activity coming up next week that I hope you might consider adding to your calendar of events. On Thursday, December 12 the Odeon Theater in collaboration with Hill Country Alliance will have a special showing of a film called “ The City Dark”. This is a free event for everyone that focuses on the disappearance of darkness and a search for night in our world that never seems to sleep. Here in the rural areas of the Hill Country it is not so critical as in the developed areas, but even as spread out as we are in Mason the night sky still needs to be protected to preserve a precious benefit that we so often take from granted. Astronomer Bill Wren from the MacDonald Observatory will also be present to discuss some simple and easy to implement techniques for reducing sky glow and protecting the Texas night sky. When the program is completed on the square there will also be a Star Gazing “party” at the City Park with the Hill Country Astronomers that will educate and fascinate both young and old. The natural beauty of the Hill Country will be enhanced as our communities work together to create starry nights for future generations, and I hope that you will make plans to participate in this special opportunity to learn and join in the efforts to protect our night sky.
We look forward to this special Christmas season in Mason, and if you have any questions of suggestions of how we can make our hometown a little better we would like to hear them. Next Monday evening is our regular City Commission meeting and we would be glad to have you come and share in the decisions and activities that make our town great. Together we will certainly make Mason the best hometown in Texas, and this season is one of the best times to see it happen every day.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent