Dennis O’Brien honored at The Mason Tree Commission

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Countless hours spent maintaining city parks and caring for the trees at Maple Grove Cemetery has earned Dennis O’Brien honoree status at The Mason Tree Commission.

O’Brien began his career as a laborer for the Department of Public Works in May 1978. In August 2005, more than 30 years later, he retired as an arborist and superintendent of cemetery, parks and forestry.

The planting of a sugar maple tree in honor of O’Brien is scheduled for noon on Arbor Day, Friday April 24 at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Mason and open to the public.
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Proposal 1, better for Mason’s future?

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Intermodal Policy Section Manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Rob Balmes provided a brief overview of Proposal 1 at the March 16 City Council Meeting detailing main changes taxpayers will witness if the Proposal is passed.

“Proposal 1,” Balmes said, “will increase sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, while exempting fuel purchases, if approved by a vote to amend the Michigan Constitution May 5.

Sent to ballot by the House and the Senate, Proposal 1 would trigger a series of other laws designed to maximize new investments on road funding and minimize growing tax burdens for low-income residents, Balmes said.
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Mason Public Schools announce artistic endeavors

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Mason High School fosters artistic development between students on abstract platforms, Mason City Council member Marlon Brown said.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the first production at Mason High School since “All in the Timing” in November.

Scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed in the Mason High School Auditorium.
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Sesquicentennial ceremony program lineup

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Marlon Brown discuses the program for the Mason Sesquicentennial Anniversary Ceremony scheduled for March 9 at 6 p.m.

Brown plans to introduce the Mason 150 Sesquicentennial Anniversary Committee to begin the celebration.

After introductions, the Fire Department and 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company B Color Guard will perform.
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Essay contest gives back to Mason Public Schools

By Maria Braganini
The Mason Times

Winners of the Mason College Club’s eighth grade essay contest will be announced at the March 9 sesquicentennial celebration. City Councilman Marlon Brown said he would present winners with a certificate bearing the city’s sesquicentennial seal.

Mason Councilman Marlon Brown and Mason College Club President Cheryl Lariviere discuss the essay contest and logistics in celebrating the eighth graders.

Mason Councilman Marlon Brown and Mason College Club President Cheryl Lariviere discuss the essay contest and logistics in celebrating the eighth graders.

The essay contest, held for Mason Middle School eighth graders, was hosted by Mason College Club and Scott Shattuck, eighth grade history teacher.

Students were asked to write a two-page prompt regarding the history of Mason streets named after families.

The club choose three winners and one honorable mention from more than 8 submissions.

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Buildings to be re-done in Mason

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The buildings of 124 and 140 E. Ash St. being re-done

By Kelley Waterfall
The Mason Times

The buildings of 124 and 140 E. Ash St. date back to the 1860s when Mason was just an emerging city, and are now getting a new look.

The two buildings are the oldest buildings in the downtown area said Marlon Brown, mayor pro tem.

The buildings have now been vacant for almost a decade, foreclosed, empty and were slowly falling apart, said Marty Colburn, city administrator.

“The plans for the buildings are to have commercial businesses on the first floor and have apartments on the top floors,” said Brown.

The apartments will consist of 10 single-bedroom loft style apartments with an elevator that will take you to the floors.

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Roads to be Fixed in Mason

By Kelley Waterfall
The Mason Times

There’s nothing better than driving on nice paved roads. The City of Mason is starting some $2 million in projects for road repairs throughout the city.

Marlon Brown, mayor pro tem, said “There is a charter requirement for the city of $4 million dollars each year for road repairs.” The money comes from state and government grant funding as well as tax revenues.

In most cases the fixes being done will be repairing potholes and cracked roads. However some roads underground structures will be repaired, along with water sewer lines, and even better cross walks and street lights.

Residents who live on streets that will be on will be given advance notice, and this will be done in the least intrusive way, said Brown.

“The repairs will stretch throughout the summer,” said Brown. “The work on roads will alternate to minimize inconvenience for citizens, and one lane will remain open during construction.”

Brown said this is good for the community because all roads throughout the state are in poor condition. “It’s not always up to the state but up to the local cities,” said Brown.

“We are lucky to do this in our own city and it’s good we are able to do this on our own as a community,” said Brown.

Road work started this week and will continue until late September.

Head to the Parks of Mason

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Gazebo at Griffith Park as the sun sets, where people can enjoy beauty and nature.

By Kelley Waterfall
The Mason Times

With the weather starting to warm the more people are being seen out and about. For the city of Mason, people head to the beautiful parks all throughout the city.

Mason has characteristics of a city but also has a high appreciation for natural spaces, which is what the parks are for, said Marlon Brown, mayor pro tem.

“Mason has different parks that are unique and meet special needs, such as Griffin Park which is small, close to downtown and simple,” said Marty Colburn, city administrator.

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Mason’s 150th Celebration

By Kelley Waterfall
The Mason Times

Mason celebrated 150 years on March 9 at City Hall. With a ceremony, speeches, Civil War reenactments and much more the night was a huge success.

Becky Clinton, member of the Mason 150 group, said “It was beautiful, and I was just happy to be a part of it.”

Marty Colburn, city administrator, said there were a few hundred people there and they included from city officials, elected officials, the state senator, state representatives and many more.

The evening included speeches from officials, a civil war reenactment, color guard, the presentation of the Mason 150 flag, and a choir singing a song written for the celebration.

The college club also presented the winners of the eighth grade essay contest. The students got to choose a street in Mason, write about the origin of its name and how it came to be.

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Mason’s 150 flag

By Kelley Waterfall
The Mason Times

The Mason Chamber of Commerce has been helping with the process of making a flag in honor of Mason’s 150th year.

“The flag is being made to promote and honor the sesquicentennial of Mason,” said Marlon Brown, mayor pro tem.

Doug Klein, the executive director of the Mason area Chamber of Commerce, said the flag has a blue stripe at the top and a red one at the bottom, with the logo over white in the middle.

“The logo was chosen from a contest we had about two years ago, where people could submit their logo ideas,” said Klein

The logo has been used all around Mason for the past two years, promoting the 150th anniversary.  They have street signs, banners, shirts and even baby bibs with the logo on it.

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