The preparations and parties, the busy days and family gatherings, the shopping and waiting are all pretty much over by now, and the prime goal of this Christmas now is to complete the celebration and hold tight to the good memories. So often I hear people talk about their hurry to put away all the decorations and finish off the food and snacks and move on to the next project on their list, and I wonder if they really took time to soak in the importance of the Christmas season. The surest way to enjoy and affirm the presence of the Christmas message and spirit is to take time to share memories and joy with family and friends, to sing along with all of the special songs and hymns, and to carry the story of Christmas love into the coming days as a reminder of all we have celebrated and all that we are.
In the next week we will come to the point of making New Year’s resolutions and starting the diets that will probably not last long enough to do much good. As we look to the New Year I hope that you take a moment to reflect upon the future and all that you can do to positively impact your personal life and all that we can do together to leave a lasting and worthwhile future for our community. In the coming year we at the City will be working to manage the rebuilding of the waste water treatment plant, start planning the next stages of our landfill property so that we can provide plenty of space for the next generations, improve the park system so that it will provide recreation and sports opportunities to children for years to come, and providing a new bridge and improved streets to make better traffic patterns for some of our neighborhoods. Those are just some of the major projects I see in the coming months, and looking further there are other choices we will need to make to provide for our community and for the future. There are also numerous small projects that we will turn our attention to in the coming months and each will be one more step in improving the best hometown in Texas.
I hope that as the New Year comes you will find a way to share your interests and skills to help as we work together to make Mason better. The recent show and discussion at the Odeon about night sky preservation and the issues with lighting after dark was arranged by one citizen who saw a need and pushed forward with one step to solve a problem. The continued improvement of Heritage Park is the project of the Riata Service group and several individuals contributing their expertise and help to provide a better park in the middle of our community. The Food Bank is available to help some of our least fortunate residents because the Ministerial Alliance and committed volunteers spend time each month helping those who need it. The Museums, the youth sports organizations, the Rodeo Association and the Stock Shows, and even some of the critical groups like the Volunteer Fire Department are just a few of the many activities and projects that happen only because a few dedicated citizens commit themselves to helping our community. There are many ways you can find a place and a plan on how to help make Mason great, and I would like to hear from you and know if there is a new project that you think would make our town even better.
I hope you have had a truly wonderful Christmas season, and I encourage you to look toward the New Year as a great opportunity to be involved in community activities and help to improve our hometown. Working together we are greater than any small group of us, and together we can make a future that will be a benefit for ourselves and a blessing to those still to come.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent