There are several signs of Spring in Mason every year, such as the spectacular wildflowers that are now changing from blue to yellow, white and red and the arrival of the many visitors that come to enjoy the country views. One of the more local signs of Spring is the variety of fundraising events that crowd the calendar and beg us to attend and contribute each year. This past weekend was the Mason Cancer Benefit at Heritage Park and it seemed to be a complete success due to the many hours of planning and work that the volunteers put into this event. The music and games throughout the day were a pleasant diversion at the Park and throughout the community, and it was inspiring to see the committed people who were working together to provide support and funds for those in our community most affected by this disease and its impact on the friends and family of each survivor. I understand they raised over $37,000 to help cancer afflicted people in our community, and the organizers and volunteers deserve a hearty “Thank You” and a warm hug for all of their efforts and hard work.
The variety of special events continue this coming weekend with the Volunteer Fire Department annual barbeque at the Community Building at the park on Saturday evening. If you are in the area, come on out and get some of the best food around and put some extra money in the bucket to support our fire fighters as they prepare to protect us and deal with the expected wildfires as this summer heats up and dries out. We rely on them so often and this is one way we can take some time to show our support and appreciation. A couple of weeks later we will have the annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, and I am sure tickets are still available from any of the volunteers of that great organization. We have had a number of fundraisers for different groups throughout the Spring and there are still more to come, and each one is a great time and place to say “Thank You” to the many people who contribute to the betterment of the community we enjoy and make Mason the very best hometown in Texas.
At City Hall we have begun the early voting in the City Commission elections for this year. If you live in District 1 or 3, as shown on your voters registration card, you have the opportunity to participate in selecting the Commissioner that will help lead our town in the next couple of years. Election Day is May 12, and the City Commission meeting for this month will be delayed until May 21 so that we can canvass the votes and install the elected officials to continue the progress of improving our town. If you have any questions please call the City office at 347-6449 and talk with Pattie Grote who is in charge of elections for the City.
One of the first issues we will address after the elections is to set out new goals for our City and begin the budgeting process to attain those goals. If you have any suggestions or ideas, let me or one of the Commissioners know what you are thinking and we will see how we can work toward them. I just received a letter today asking for a couple of specific improvements, and although I would be pleased to make the writer’s wishes come true there are some limitations on what can be done and some of the ideas that have been brought up are just beyond the scope of our small rural town. The City is working to improve our community in every way that is reasonable, but we need your ideas and concerns to be able to meet the needs and wants of our residents as best as we can. Together we can continue to improve Mason and build upon the progress of the past several years.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley