A farm for the holidays

For Dr. Mel Koelling, his 180 acre tree farm in Mason is his life. After 37 years at Michigan State, he retired and now works his farm full-time. At the beginning of the season, Koelling had over 90,000 trees on his property. Now, it’s his season to sell. “We expect to sell 3,000 more trees,” he said.

Stylist Jena Keller works with a client.

Salon and spa service with a smile

Jessie CohenSalon Owner Jena Keller styles the hair of one of her most loyal clients, Carma Philip. For the 10th time in 13 years, Salon 130 has been named No.1 hair salon and spa in Mason. This year, they were also voted No.1 in Ingham County Community People’s Choice Awards by the Lansing State Journal. The salon’s owner and founder, Jena Keller, said that what is so special about her salon is its dedication to customer service. “I want to give my clients an experience,” said Keller.

Get scared at Shawhaven Farm

Tami and Doug Shaw have been scaring people at Shawhaven Farm for 14 years. Check out the behind-the-scenes, hear from some visitors and experience what happens at this year’s haunted house and hayride.

Sarah Russell stands outside of the Mason Chamber of Commerces

Mason names new Chamber of Commerce executive director

Sarah Russell, who grew up in Mason, is the new executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce. Russell has degrees in entrepreneurship and small-business management and a certificate in counseling. A reception for outgoing director Doug Klein will be held Nov. 7.

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Mason school renovations underway

Jessie Cohen

It is no secret that Mason residents take education seriously. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that, in 2017, they passed a $69.7 million bond to renovate and improve their schools. The school improvement project is comprised of three phases, and construction began in the spring of 2018. 

Stephanie Gonzalez, PTO president at North Aurelius elementary, said she is very excited about the renovations. “This is going to be a huge improvement for my son as well as all the other students in the district,” said Gonzalez. 

The first phase is the most expensive and includes remodeling two elementary schools and the James C. Harvey Education Center. The second phase includes renovations at a third elementary school, and the third and final phase involves upgrades to the middle and high schools.

man in blue shirt stands by food truck

Farm-to-table restaurant to open in downtown Mason

A soon-to-be-named farm to table restaurant is set to open in downtown Mason next year. Formerly known as the Baja Grille, the space in Building 402 was shut down in 2015 due to an electrical fire. Teresa Wren and her husband Steve own the South Jefferson location and are moving forward with the renovation with hopes of transforming it into a local foodie’s dream.