The cooler weather and the rain during the past couple of days have been a welcome relief and should help to put a little more green in the landscape. Because of the hot and dry weeks we have had recently it does not seem like spring around Mason, but if you look at the calendar of events you know what time of year it is.
Last weekend the Mason Cancer Benefit was a great success at the Heritage Park, and although it was hot and sunny on Saturday with a very full schedule for many of the participants, at the end of the day it seems that over $35,000 was raised for helping local cancer fighters. That is a remarkable job and very well done by a committed bunch of volunteers, and it just shows what Mason people can do when it comes to helping neighbors.
This next weekend will be the Fireman’s BBQ at the Community Building on Saturday evening and this too is an important fundraiser for a very deserving group of fire fighters. With the dry conditions and the fires that have already hit Mason and surrounding counties, there is a real need for more funding for our Volunteer Fire Department to meet the extra expenses, and there is no telling what greater problems may be facing the VFD. This group drops everything and goes out whenever the calls come in of a fire or accident, and they truly show us every time what neighbors helping neighbors is all about. I hope you will make a special effort to get out on Saturday and show your support and drop some extra money in the bucket to help this very important service in our community, and far beyond.
The next weekend is the fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, so there seems to be some worthy activity just about every weekend and that just means that it is Spring in Mason.
The other spring activity that is underway is the election of Commissioners for two districts to serve the City of Mason. Early voting has already started, and if you live in District 2 or 4 (your voter registration card will show D-2 or D-4 under City) you have the opportunity to help choose the Commissioner that will represent your District. You may vote at the City Offices, 124 Moody St. on the square, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday May 6th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Next week on Monday May 9th early voting is from 8:00 to 5:00 and the last day for early voting is Tuesday May 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Election Day for this City election is Saturday, May 14th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City offices, and to vote at any of these times you need to bring your current voters registration card and/or another form of identification. Our next City Commission meeting will be Monday May 23rd , and in addition to the regular business we will canvass the votes and install the elected officials. If you have any questions about this election, call the city office and let us give you a proper answer.
With the start of May there are many activities around town that you can be a part of. I hope you will take the time to get out and support your friends and neighbors in every way you can. Whether it is the Fireman’s BBQ, or fundraising for another worthwhile cause; whether it is a picnic with friends and family, or an end of school program; whatever you choose to do this spring I hope that you will enjoy your neighbors and be a part of this wonderful community we call Mason. This is a great hometown in which to live and work, and the activities around town are just a part of why it is so good to be a part of this town and this neighborhood.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley