Journalism Education Programs excel thanks to Mason High School faculty

By Madelyn Scroggie
The Mason Times

Mason, Mich. – The Mason High School faculty wants students to develop critical thinking skills and be empowered to succeed. The high school has specifically developed programs such as the yearbook and newspaper to help aspiring journalism students do just that. “It is a high school class but sometimes I think there is a learning curve because the students have to realize it’s more like a job,” said Sabriena Bennett, high school newspaper advisor. “Everyone in the class has different responsibilities, and when the responsibilities aren’t filled then somebody else has to pick up the slack.”

Bennett said that in order to be a part of the staff students are required to have a recommendation as well as a sample writing piece.

Donated thermal imaging cameras put to use quickly

By Madelyn Scroggie
The Mason Times

Mason, Mich. – Two thermal imaging cameras that can detect heat energy through

smoke, walls or doors were donated to The Mason Fire Department by Dart Container Corporation on March 9 and have already begun to help firefighters on the job. Fire Chief Kerry Minshall said in an interview that the department has already put the cameras to good use. “So far we have only had them a couple weeks,” said Minshall, “but we had a structure fire the other morning, a week ago today, and were able to use them.”

The fire took place in the attic of a home in Mason. Within a few minutes, the firefighters could tell exactly where there was a wire burned off which was causing the fire.

Mason City Council and Planning Commission come up with resolutions for Medical Marijuana ordinance

By Madelyn Scroggie
The Mason Times

Mason, Mich. – The planning commission and city council decided to pass a resolution which will repeal the current outdated ordinance and refer to only state law rather than impose local regulation. The current state law allows for citizens to obtain medical marijuana under the condition that the citizen is issued proper license and registration. Mason put the idea of an ordinance into consideration because they felt they needed more restriction locally. “There were a number of things that the planning commission or even the community members wanted to regulate about this issue,” said Commissioner Anne Klein Barna, “but unfortunately or, fortunately, that was just not possible because it was against the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act to do so.”

After investigation of the issue they have decided not to develop a local ordinance to regulate medical marijuana within Mason as well as repeal the ordinance that they currently have in the books for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

Mason School Board considers later Wednesday start times

By Madelyn Scroggie
The Mason Times

Mason, Mich. – The Mason School Board is considering moving Wednesday morning start times back one hour to provide extra time for teacher collaboration. Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said that one option for providing job-embedded learning for teachers is to schedule one hour of professional development on a weekly basis. The weekly training would be part of a program called Professional Learning Communities, which the School Board is considering launching next fall. The idea of Professional Learning Communities is to give teachers time to work together on improving their teaching to help improve student achievement.

Chocolate extravaganza spikes business at Maple Street Mall

By Madelyn Scroggie
The Mason Times

Mason, Mich. – The customers of The Maple Street Mall were welcomed by a chocolate buffet compliments of the mall on Feb. 19-21 at their 8th annual Chocolate Extravaganza event. The Maple Street Mall, located on the courthouse square in downtown Mason

, is home to over 55 vendors of unique antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted goods and re-purposed specialty items.

“This business was opened in 2008 to give other small business owners an opportunity to have space while we take care of a lot of the major overhead items,” said Hedemark. “The vendors lease space and come in and do floor work to sell their product.”

The Chocolate Extravaganza event was created by mall manager Debbie Hedemark in order to keep her customers happy and to stray away from the frame of mind that major big box retailers have.

Mason introduces the idea of food trucks in town

By Madelyn Scroggie
The Mason Times

Mason, Mich. – On Feb. 9 The Mason Planning Commission crafted rules and fees that make sense for inviting food trucks into the community. The commission decided that they need to set designated spaces where these trucks can operate and fit fees that are reasonable before making the ordinance a done deal. “We want our city to be a destination,” said Mason planning commission secretary Seth Waxman.

Five Questions with Tammy March

Tammy March

Are you originally from Mason? Yes, born and raised. What is your occupation here in Mason? I am a patient care coordinator. I greet patients, schedule appointments, and take in money.

Five Questions with Debbie Hedemark

Debbie Hedemark

Are you originally from Mason? I am, well I have lived here since I can remember. What is your occupation here in Mason? Manager at Maple Street Mall. This business was opened in 2008 to give other small business owners an opportunity to have space, while we take care of a lot of the major overhead items. They lease space and they come in and do floor work and sell their product.

Five Questions with Jami Tibbals

 Jami Tibbals

Are you originally from Mason? I’ve lived here for 30 years so I’m not originally from here, but this is my home now. I’m originally from Alpena, that’s in Northern Michigan. We moved here because it’s a small quaint town and it has a great college nearby. What is your occupation here in Mason?

College students turn to parents for voting help

By Madelyn Scroggie

EAST LANSING – With the primary elections approaching, many college students looking for guidance on voting have turned to their parents. Students who are far from home, and don’t have the advantage to travel home, need to get an absentee ballot. However, some Michigan State University students say they need more information how to sign up or whom to vote for. “Being from Florida, I most definitely don’t have the pleasure of traveling home as I please to vote, so I haven’t registered,” said MSU advertising sophomore Claire Cornett. “Even if I did register, I don’t know how to do that in the first place.