Mason cotillion ball scheduled for Oct. 3

By Maria Braganini 

The Mason Times

Rita Vogel announced plans for a Sesquicentennial Cotillion Ball scheduled Oct. 3 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds at the Mason City Hall meeting on Monday evening.

Mason will have Sesquicentennial Cotillion Ball at the Ingham County Fairground on Oct. 3, said Councilwoman Rita Vogel at the Feb. 10 City Council Meeting.

The Cotillion Ball is 1865 inspired with faces of history and role playing, Vogel said.

Vogel envisions an elegant ball in the style of the 1865 time period.

The Cotillion Ball will be open to all ages, allowing for the entire town to celebrate its accomplishments and history, Vogel said.
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Spartans walk with degrees and hop on job trail

As M-S-U students walk the spring commencement ceremony, many are hoping it will not be long before they land a job to justify years of study and living on the dime. <Watch the story here.>

Many students around MSU’s campus that are anticipating graduation, have mixed feelings about finding a job. Some students seem to have their life on track, while others aren’t sure what is in store for them.

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According to some of the individuals that I have talked to, say getting an internship was one of the most important things they think, will help to get them a job upon graduation. Networking and getting to know professionals in the field of work in which you wish to pursue, also help ensure getting a job in the market.

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It all depends on your career choice, and the market these days, but upon graduation, finding a job is one of the items you should be able to check off your list.

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Jewelry Advisors raise money for Firefighters

By Beth Waldon
Mason Times staff writer

Several Mason residents came out to support the Mason Fire Department March 27 at Buddies Pub and Grill at 2040 Aurelius Road in Holt.

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Kelly VanderGiessen expresses her gratitude for the support.

Supporters purchased raffle tickets and played Bingo in the hopes of winning jewelry from Lia Sophia as well as other items from local direct sellers.

Marjorie Rodgers, who has been selling Lia Sophia products since 2007, said most people recognize Lia Sophia jewelry when they see it.  

Kelly VanderGiessen, an advisor for Lia Sophia, organized the fundraiser. According to VanderGiessen, all proceeds will go to purchasing two hydrogen cyanide detectors. “Hydrogen cyanide is one of the leading killers of firemen, so we’d really like to get these for the firemen,” VanderGiessen said.

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New website helps the search for a new home

By Brian Bobal
Mason Times staff writer

The Mason Chamber of Commerce was one of the two groups behind the website.

The Mason Chamber of Commerce was one of the two groups behind the website.

In February, the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce and the Forsberg Real Estate Company teamed up to launch a new website called The site is geared toward those moving into the Mason area. It helps them locate housing and it directs them toward local businesses.

“One thing we needed to do was to have a way to connect with some of the housing availability,” said Doug Klein, executive director of the Mason Chamber of Commerce. “On our website we have apartments, but we needed something for people who wanted to buy houses.” Continue reading


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.


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
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Rising rental cost in area don’t seem to benefit property owners

The cost of rental housing has gone up the last six months although income for owners of rental property would seem to have gone down slightly according to data compiled by the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics. <Listen to the story>

The Bureau of Labor Statistics which measures price changes in the price of goods and services and reports the data in the form of the consumer price index or C-P-I says the cost of rental housing for a primary residence by about 1.65 percent over the span of six months during the year 2013.

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The C-P-I however shows that the equivalent take of income received by owners of rental property went down by 1.33 percent. This could mean that the value of homes may be decreasing.

MSU graduating student Katelyn Suski, says she thinks the increase in these numbers over the span of six months has a lot to do with the need for homes in the Lansing area over the span of the fall and winter months.

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“I always find that I am able to find a readily available house that is cheaper and feasible than in the summer,” said graduating senior, Katelyn Suski.

Suski says although she will graduate this May, she has had to move frequently over the last two years, living in different neighborhoods.

Suski was surprised to find out that the price in utilities at the rental houses increased by about 1.52 percent within the last six months.



Mason parks gets pedestrian bridge, make-over

A pedestrian bridge over Sycamore Creek in Mason is in the works as part of a parks improvement program. The Mason City Council passed a resolution at its March 17 meeting to authorize the city administrator to enter into a project development agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. <Listen to the story>

The Michigan Recreation Passport Grant Program has approved this the project for the development of the pedestrian bridge over Sycamore Creek and a trailhead signage to service serve as a link between trials trails and parking facilities.

City Administrator for Mason, Marty Colburn, spoke about the project at the council meeting. Colburn said it was no longer safe for cars to drive over the existing bridge.

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The total cost of the project has been estimated at the amount of 90-thousand-100 dollars, the city hopes to appropriate 30-thousand-100 dollars from the Iva Bond Trust Fund as its local match.

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Members of the council however, were reluctant to use money from the Iva Bond Trust Fund because the harsh winter months has caused high maintenance costs for the city. Mayor Pro Tem, Robin C. Naeyaert, expressed her concerns.

Due to a limit to the DNR Grant, however, the decision had to be made in order to move forward with the amendment that had already been approved. A local family however has donated money in order for the council to mitigate maintenance and reconstruction of the parks. The council has also worked to raise funding.

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Council Member, Jon Droscha, seemed to convince council members otherwise, saying that the money is there.

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The current balance of the Iva Bond Fund is at an approximate amount of estimated at more than six-hundred-thousand dollars. Council member, Elaine Ferris said maintaining the bridge should be of high priority because of pedestrian traffic.


Students on spring break have a hard time adjusting to cold weather on MSU campus

Classes at Michigan State University are now in session after students had a week off for Spring Break. I talked with a few spring breakers who said they really enjoyed the time they had off. <Listen to the story.>

Connor Hansen, who is currently in his sophomore year here at MSU, spent his spring break in Cabo, Mexico, and said the best part of his vacation, was spending time in the downtown area.

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“It was a really fun time, it was an all inclusive resort so all of the food and drinks were free, we hung out by the pool and went downtown so it was a lot of fun,” said Hansen.

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Molly Cassidy said her spring break was unforgettable, because she went road tripping to Nashville, Tennessee with two of her friends. She said the hardest part about coming back to Michigan, was facing reality, and having to complete all of her assignments again.

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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