I have just returned from two weeks of being away from Mason and enjoying the cool weather and the beautiful fall yellows, reds and oranges of the trees as they changed colors in Arkansas. This was the first time in over a year that I was able to leave town for more than a day, and the rest and relaxation was very needed. I thoroughly enjoyed the time to read, walk in the woods and refresh my “batteries” of energy and enthusiasm. One of the reasons I have for going to Arkansas is that I do not know anyone in the entire state; however, one of the very best things about getting away is the true pleasure and excitement of returning home. As Monica and I drove back into Mason County last weekend I felt a real sense of coming home and that is a feeling I treasure and hope each of you can share. Mason is truly the best hometown anywhere for me and I hope that you understand and have much the same thoughts.
One of the joys of the holiday season is the many lights that outline our businesses and churches, and the beautiful Light Tree that crowns our town in Heritage Park. The City electric crews have worked hard for the past few weeks to rebuild aging sections and relight the Tree so that everything will be ready to be turned on at Light Up the Town this weekend. After this weekend the town will continue to be lit up for the enjoyment of all of us throughout the Christmas season, however the lights and labor to provide this do not come cheap. The City has spent over $8000 for materials plus many hours of labor to replace worn and weathered wires and lights, so if you see one of the electric department workers be sure and tell them thanks for a job well done to enhance our town and make our square a showplace for the Christmas season.
The City continues to take care of special projects to improve our community. Our Recycling Center just completed a special electronic and computer recycling emphasis. This was held in conjunction with the San Angelo Council of Government and last week we shipped nineteen large boxes weighing over 22,000 pounds of recycled equipment. That is a lot of “used up” electronics that was kept out of our landfill, and was nearly as much as the entire city of San Angelo collected, so our town should be proud of our commitment to wise recycling.
Another City service that will start in a couple of weeks will be the annual leaf pickup from the various neighborhoods. We are planning to wait until about the first week of December, once more of the leaves have dropped, and we will be publishing more information and schedules in the next week’s paper. We continue to work to improve the City services and projects for our community, and if you have any suggestions or ideas for improving our town just let us know and together we will work to make our town the very best. It is always fun to get away from the regular chores and jobs of home, but it is even better to return to a place that nurtures and embraces everyone like the community of Mason, and I am glad and proud to call this place my hometown.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley