Guests receive a taste of France

By Beth Waldon
Mason Times staff writer

Country House Catering served Mason residents five courses matched with five French wines Thursday evening at its banquet center at 3056 Okemos Road.

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Country House Caterers prepare the French wine.

Country House Catering Chef Tom McNeil and his wife, Diane, have been in the catering business since 1979. Each month, they offer five wines with five courses, and tickets are $35 per person.

Country House Catering offered the following dishes and French wines Thursday night:

•Artichoke dip and chips served with Bordeaux Blanc
•Baby greens and bean salad served with Cotes Du Rhone white wine
•Pork tenderloin crostini topped with a cranberry sauce, and served with Cotes Du Rhone merlot
•Coq Au Vin chicken thigh on top of pecan wild rice served with Chateau Grand Rouge
•Walnut brownie with Ganache Van ice cream and chocolate sauce served with Chateau Famaey Malbec Continue reading

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Council meets despite poor weather

By Beth Waldon
Mason Times staff writer

With snowy weather outside, the City Council met Feb. 17 to discuss water well and street improvements, and snow removal.

The improvement of five streets, which involves West Columbia Street, Cedar Street and Monroe Street, was brought before the council. The city engineers said the plan is “to pulverize the streets, remove the excess, use the excess as base course material, and then pave them back in.”

The council had no further questions and unanimously passed this amendment.

City Administrator Marty Colburn mentioned the Capital Area District Library Agreement and how it is somewhat outdated. Colburn said most of the agreement will remain the same, and that only a few minor changes need to be made.

The issue passed unanimously.

An update was given regarding the improvement of a city well located on the west side of Temple Street and north of Kipp Road. Continue reading

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Honors galore for Mason varsity athletes

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The honors ceremony was held at the Mason City Hall.

By Darien Harris
Mason Times staff

Forty-three high school students and some city residents are receiving special honors by the city of Mason. The first of the two-part honor ceremony took place on February 3rd.

Those receiving honors include members of Mason’s girls golf, boys varsity soccer, cross country, and girls varsity volleyball teams.

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Recreation park expansion in Mason boosts local infrastructure

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The City of Mason is looking to expand and improve city infrastructure. A major goal at the moment is to ensure that construction of the recreation plan that began last year is completed on target by 2017. The city works to involve the public residents as much as possible in terms of what they would like to see implemented as far as recreation goes.

After surveys to the residents are sent out, the city then gages this information and tries to develop, from that feedback, what facilities they want to pursue as well as prioritize based on community interest. As part of the five-year plan, the city is actively pursuing eight action items. Among these items cover amenities from upgrading softball and baseball fields, to expanding the river walk trail system.

If you want to take a look at the five-year plan, you can refer to the PDF on the Mason Times website: http://www.mason.mi.us/2013/032513Recreation%20Plan%202013-17.pdf

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Mason receives clean financial statement, adds $2.5 million to fund balance

By Abbie Newton
Mason Times staff writer

Mason received a positive financial statement for the 2013 fiscal year after adding almost $2.5 million to its fund balance, the city’s auditor reported at the City Council meeting on Oct. 21.

William Tucker IV of Abraham and Gaffney audited the city and said Mason is doing fiscally well compared to many other communities in Michigan.

“In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly in all material respects,” Tucker said. “That is a clean opinion and it is the best you can receive.”

A clean opinion states that there are no issues with the financial statements, Tucker said. He also said Mason added $2,467,200 to its unassigned fund balance.
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12th Chamber raffle raises money to raise spirits

Shirley Grieve, Al Schulien, Joyce Schulien, and Bonnie Root sell more raffle tickets at the door and are in charge of the sign-in sheet.

Shirley Grieve, Al Schulien, Joyce Schulien, and Bonnie Root sell more raffle tickets at the door and are in charge of the sign-in sheet.

By Carly Giles
Mason Times staff writer

Late November 2012 the city of Mason was unable to continue with a lifelong tradition of lighting the big Christmas tree in front of the Ingham County Courthouse. It didn’t happen like previous years because there wasn’t enough money.

Thursday, Oct. 10, was the 12th annual Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Raffle held at Bestsellers’ Extra! at 365 S. Jefferson St.

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Community rallies around local family hit by fire

By Aaron Whitlock
Mason Times Staff Writer

A blaze that claimed the home of a Mason family has brought an out-pouring of support from the community.

On the morning of Nov. 1, Angie Miller woke to the sound of someone pounding on her door, alerting her to the fire that had begun to engulf the house.

The good Samaritan was the Miller’s neighbor, John Sween, who saw the flames as he was driving by the home and rushed to alert the family.

Inside the home along with Miller were her three sons, her boyfriend and his son, two cats and one dog.

They all managed to escape safely despite all the smoke detectors failing.

Although the family was able to salvage some personal items, including some of the children’s instruments and sports medals, the insurance company declared the home a complete loss. Continue reading

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Mason CROP Hunger Walk

By Aaron Whitlock
Mason Times staff writer

Mason churches and volunteers from the community teamed up with Church World Service for the 31st time to help fight hunger and poverty in the CROP Hunger Walk.

Last Sunday, walkers and joggers of all ages gathered at Mason First United Methodist Church to participate in either a 5k or 3k to raise money and awareness.

Debbie Schafer, who is in charge of logistics for the event and has been participating in the walk for the part nine years, said the event brings area churches together and creates a sense of community.

While Mason has had modest turnouts when compared to other CROP Hunger Walks around the country, they have raised over $40,000 the past five years including $7,813 at this years event. Continue reading

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Mason City Council considers fiber optic service for community residents

By Aaron Whitlock
Mason Times staff writer

Mason city council members said that they are excited to begin the conversation of establishing a new cable and Internet service for Mason.

City councilman Jon Droscha addressed the public at Tuesday night’s meeting about possibly connecting to the area’s fiber optic network for faster cable and Internet service.

Last month, Droscha and fellow council members attended the Michigan Municipal League’s annual convention, where local leaders gathered to learn about civic engagement, entrepreneurism, urban planning and socioeconomic development.

Droscha participated in the session, “Bringing the Information Super Highway to your Community,” where presenters talked about building high speed and low cost Internet access system for Michigan communities. Continue reading

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Local pizzerias donate dollars to public schools

By Aaron Whitlock
Mason Times Staff Writer

Looking for a way to help Mason public schools and get your pizza fix at the same time? Then head out to Mason for Mason Pizza Days.

The promotion takes place on the first Wednesday of every month during the school year. During this time, participating pizzerias donate one dollar to the Mason Public Schools Foundation for each pizza sold.

The six participating pizzerias include City Limits, Courthouse Pub, Darb’s Tavern, Little Caesars, Pizano’s and Westside Deli.

The promotion benefits not only Mason public schools but the restaurants that have teamed up with the foundation as well. Continue reading

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