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Scene for film about 1967 Detroit riots shot in Mason

Hollywood is returning to Mason. A few scenes for the upcoming film “Untitled Detroit Project” were shot in Mason Tuesday afternoon. The film is based on the 1967 Detroit riot. One Detroit police officer was tried for first degree murder in Mason in 1967 at the Ingham County Courthouse. This is the third time Mason has been chosen for a film in the past six years.

Mason residents express their passion in life

Discovering your niche in life can sometimes be difficult, but these Mason residents have discovered what makes their life worth living. Thirty-eight year Mason resident Annie Lambrecht said her passion is reading, and she has loved it ever since she was a little girl. Lambrecht’s mother was a teacher and instilled the love of reading in her heart very early on. “I even remember my first hard cover books were “Swiss Family Robinson” and “Robinson Crusoe” said Lambrecht,who is 70. “I’ve been reading ever since I could remember.”

Lambrecht said her favorite is genre is fiction, although she always makes an effort to try something new.

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.

School officials pleased with updated website

The Mason Public Schools website used to be old and hard to navigate, but now it is interesting and user-friendly, said Director of Technology Jerome Brzezinski at Community and Staff Relations committee meeting on Tuesday, March 29. Brzezinski said he is happy with how the brand new website turned out. “It has a really nice look, and it’s a huge improvement,” Brzezinski said. Brzezinski said the previous website had not been changed in 12 years, and that is what prompted him to go through with this update. “It aesthetically didn’t look good, it was a little cumbersome to navigate, and very difficult to update,” Brzezinski said.

Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki stands in front 'Investing For the Future', the May bond proposal

Overcrowding in Mason’s kindergartens

A Mason School Board committee was trying to decide if adding an extra section of kindergarten would solve the overcrowding issue. All three of the elementary schools will exceed capacity for the 2016-2017 year; there will be 484 students for a building designed for 405, according to Mason Public Schools.

Concerns raised regarding proposed sidewalk improvements

Concerns were raised by residents during the public hearing at the city council meeting on March 21, 2016, despite the confirmation of an assessment regarding proposed sidewalk improvements. According to the meeting agenda, the property was first announced at the city council meeting on December 21, 2015. At the meeting on January 18, 2016, the council agreed to make the improvements and ordered the Assessor to prepare estimated costs and provide notice of a public hearing. Mason City administrator Deb Stuart said the role of the city council on Monday was to confirm the assessment, as the council already voted in January that the sidewalk improvements will be completed. The assessment directs the treasurer to collect funds with the July taxes.

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 superintendent presents bond proposal to City Council

The Mason Times
By Nadia Lorencz

Mason Public Schools superintendent Ronald Drzewicki proposed a $79,000,000 bond and a site sinking fund renewal at the March 21 City Council meeting. The site sinking fund is a current fund with a term of 10 years. It allows districts to provide funding on a pay as you go basis. Currently the fund provides about $665,000 annually and has provided for roof repairs, parking lot repaving, well repairs, door and window replacements and other facility updates. “We want to invest in our students,” said Drzewicki.

Mason High School prepares for 13th annual talent show

By Abby Burbary
The Mason Times

Mason High School is preparing for its 13th annual Indoles talent show, where all proceeds will be donated to the Rylan Cotter Memorial scholarship. According to the MHS website, the show will take place on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7p.m.

MHS math teacher Steve Jackson said he helped start the show 13 years ago as a student-teaching intern through Michigan State University. Jackson said the internship required that he take part in a community service project, which is where he produced the idea of showcasing the talent at Mason High School. “There were many people out there who had amazing talents to show but we never got to see, so we needed a place for that,” Jackson said. Jackson said his favorite performance throughout the course of the show was a staged light-saber battle, where he was even included in the act for one scene.