Last week the families gathered for fun, food and general good times, and a lot of football was played and I hope your favorite team was as successful as the Punchers. There were many extra visitors and hunters around town shopping and eating, and the lights around the square as well as the Light Tree in Heritage Park lit up the evening on Saturday. After a busy week for Thanksgiving I suspect many of the people around town are enjoying a slower and quieter week now, and yet are looking forward to the many extra activities of the Christmas season during the coming month. I hope your holiday season started with a wonderful Thanksgiving and continues throughout the weeks of Advent with a multitude of joys leading up to the ultimate blessings of Christmas.
The City crews are working on the regular issues that constantly need attention in our community. Starting next week the crews will be running the leaf suction truck to collect some of the leaves that have fallen in the past few weeks. We will start in the neighborhoods to the south and work our way clockwise around town until we have picked up the leaves throughout town, and then we will run the truck through a second time in a week or two to be sure and catch everyone and most of the leaves. If you want to help, just rake your leaves to the curb and leave them in a pile in the gutter along the street and we will come by as soon as we can and take the leaves to the brush pile to mulch them for future use. There should be another article in this paper explaining more completely the route and what the City is offering to do, but if you have questions please call the City office and ask.
Another problem that the Street department has been working on and continues to deal with is the dirt and grass that has grown into the streets and overwhelmed the right of ways in many places. If we did not deal with this, the street edges would begin to deteriorate, and although there are times that residents are not pleased with the changes that scrapping up the debris causes, it is a regular need that will preserve our streets and right of ways. Another part of this work is to trim or remove some of the bushes and tree limbs that reduce visibility or hang low and damage vehicles driving on our streets. If you see a crew working on the side of the road as you drive around town, please respect our work crews and be safe, and if the crews are working in your street please be patient and understanding as they work to clean and maintain the streets we all rely on.
This week should be a quieter moment in the busyness that makes up so much of our holiday time, but I hope that as you prepare for this Christmas season that you take time to enjoy and be filled with all the season has to offer. Take some time to drive around town and enjoy the lights, and get out of the car and walk under the Light Tree in Heritage Park for a special and enchanting experience. Enjoy the Christmas carols and the many joyful sounds of the season, but also take some time for silent reflection on all the blessings we have each and every day living in this free land and in this special community. Show you enthusiasm for the Puncher football team as they continue to have a successful season and show us the true meaning of sportsmanship and teamwork. Mason is a truly great hometown and this Christmas season is one of the best times of year to enjoy and share it with friends and family.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley