Good Morning, Mason

By Shane Stockwell
The Mason Times

The city of Mason had one of its most successful turnouts at “Good Morning, Mason” October 30, said Kathy Morse, co-owner of Mason Today. This event was created for local businesses to network and help build the community bond between companies. The agenda included: Mason Area Chamber, Ingham County Public Safety, Mason Area Schools, and many other topics.

“Good Morning, Mason meets six times a year and provides an opportunity for local business owners and workers to get to meet one another and inform each other on new ideas or business opportunities,” said Doug Klein, executive director of Mason Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Knights of Columbus host Lenten fish fry

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St. James parishioners and other community members share a Lenten meal on Friday, March 21.

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

Each Friday during Lent, the Mason Knights of Columbus Council #9182 hosts a fish fry at St. James Catholic Church. Per tradition, practicing Catholics make sacrifices during Lent and abstain from eating meat on Friday as a reminder of Jesus’ crucifixion.

“We remember the 40 days when Jesus was in the desert,” said Father Kusitino Cobona, the pastor at St. James. “For us, the Lenten season is trying to be with Jesus and having the desert experience by giving up things we love to eat and love to do.”

Ten dollars buys each guest an all-you-can-eat meal of baked and fried fish, shrimp, French fries, macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desserts and drinks. The money is donated to causes in the community. Continue reading

The Drop-In Lego Club meet for Lego show and tell

By Graciella Oteto
Mason Times staff writer

The Drop-In Lego club had its second monthly meeting on March 27 at the Mason Library at 145 Ash St. in Mason.

The Mason Drop-In Clubs for kids and teens meet at least twice a month, with the Lego club being one of the clubs designed for kids ages 6 and up. Created by John Takis and a former head employee of the library, the Lego club is casual and allows kids to come as they will with no formal membership. With an average of 12 – 20 people in attendance depending on weather.

“I love how the kids are working together, it’s a non-judgmental thing,” said first-time attendee Kayla Bender, a Michigan State University psychology senior, who was bringing her little sister from a Big Brothers Big Sisters Association program she does.

Mason resident Jamie Haynie assists her children break down Legos after show and tell

Mason resident Jamie Haynie assists her children break down Legos after show and tell

Mason resident Jamie Haynie has been attending the club meetings for about a year and a half, bringing in her two children to build and create anything they want.
“John takes time to teach and give attention to each child, whether it’s something simple or elaborate”…said Haynie, “he gives each child the same amount of time to create.”

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Animal shelter recognizes citizens for services and dedication

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter hosted its annual Humanitarian Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 13, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

The Ingham County Animal Shelter holds adoptions at select locations for pets needing a good home. For more information about an upcoming adoption, visit .

The Ingham County Animal Shelter holds adoptions at select locations for pets needing a good home. For more information about an upcoming adoption, visit

The event, which included an auction and dinner, awards volunteers, media, companies, law enforcement and veterinarians in Ingham County who made substantial contributions to the shelter in 2013.

“Most of our awards go to the volunteers,” said Ashley Hayes, volunteer coordinator for the animal shelter. “But we also have media personnel who do stories on animal welfare, law enforcement officials who have helped out, and vets that have done pro bono work, offering free services to the shelter or people in the community.”

Barbara Paul received this year’s Beebe Humanitarian Award, the highest honor given to a volunteer. A member of the Dog Walking Club, Paul said she’s always had a soft spot for dogs. Continue reading

Walk for Warmth heats homes one step at a time

By Micaela Colonna
Mason Times staff writer

Recent sub-zero temperatures mean, many low-income Michigan residents have seen unaffordable spikes in their gas and electric bills.

Consumers Energy, providers of heat and electricity for 68 Michigan counties, teamed up with Capital Area Community Services, Inc., on Saturday, Feb. 22, for the 24th annual Walk for Warmth.

More than 50 participants, including Ingham County residents and Consumers Energy employees, walked from Mason’s First United Methodist Church to All Saints Lutheran Church, raising money for customers in need.

According to Marina Poroshin, rural Ingham service center coordinator for CACS, 100 percent of donations will serve customers in Ingham County who are not able to heat their homes.

“The goal of the walk is to raise as much money as possible,” Poroshin said. “We walk in the cold because we want to feel for people who live in the cold.”

Walk for Warmth to raise money for low-income families

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

This Saturday, hundreds of people across Ingham County will brave the cold to raise money for those in need. The 24th annual Walk for Warmth will help the Capital Area Community Services, Inc. continue its services, and help more people in need this winter.

Frigid temperatures throughout Michigan have hit many low-income families especially hard. Marina Poroshin, the rural Ingham center coordinator for the Capital Area Community Services, Inc., hopes that people in Ingham County can help those in need.

“We walk in the cold because we want people to realize how it feels to live in the cold,” Poroshin said. “It drives the idea back home.”

She said because of the bizarre winter facing residents, there is a higher demand for assistance.

“There is an increased need this year, much higher than the last year because the winter is so harsh,” Poroshin said. “People burn through their propane much faster.”

Serving more than nine towns and townships in rural Ingham County, Poroshin’s office provides assistance for low-income families in need of utility and rent payments, propane, and deliverable fuel assistance, among other services. Continue reading

Mason community members recognized


Mayor Leon Clark, right, waiting to be served either Chicken Marsala or Top Round of Beef.

By Beth Waldon
Mason Times staff writer

Several awards were distributed Wednesday night at the Eldorado Golf Course Banquet Center during the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce awards dinner at 3750 W. Howell Road in Mason, Mich.

The chamber presented the following awards:

• Norm Austin, Citizen of the Year
• Kean’s Store Company, Excellence in Business
• Randy Powers and the Mason Orchestral Society, Special Recognition
• Vickie Vandenbelt, The President’s Award
• Anne Hudgins, Excellence in Education


The Awards.

A number of other residents were recognized for their contributions. Each time someone volunteered, their name was placed into a fish bowl. Those with five service hours or more were recognized at the banquet.

Powers was recognized first and the Special Recognition Award was presented to him by Chamber Treasurer Marlon Brown. “We do a lot of work to make Mason a nice place to live in,” Powers said during his acceptance speech.

Following Powers’ speech, Brown presented the second Special Recognition Award to The Mason Orchestral Society. While giving the award, Brown said the chamber was proud to recognize The Mason Orchestral Society “for enriching our community with music.” Continue reading

Mason Fire Department open house

By Erin Ehlke
Mason Times Staff Writer

About 500 people came to the Mason Fire Department on Oct. 5 open house. The fire station has this open house every year to start fire prevention week.

Fire Chief Kerry Minshall said this event began before he had even started working there in the 1980’s.

Activities included fire truck rides, a game with fire hoses, dressup, lunch provided by A&W, a fire safety house, door prizes and a demonstration of a car being taken apart.

Firefighters don’t just handle fires, but car accidents as well. The demonstration showed how firefighters rescue people who are trapped inside vehicles.

“We do a lot of accidents, especially Michigan in the wintertime” said Minshall.

Right next to the car demonstration were the fire hoses. Kids got to spray a fire hose (with adult help) at a wooden house with fake fire in the windows.

On the other side of the station, kids were getting dressed up in fire gear. Aleasha Wood, a planner of the event, made sure to point out how these dress-up clothes were not something you would buy at a Halloween store.

“They’re not the kind made out of plastic. It’s what they (the firefighters) would wear but smaller, and not fireproof.”

One of the more popular activities at the open house was the fire safety house.

The fire station purchased this fire safety house after the James Malcolm fire in 1995. James Malcolm died after hiding in a closet during a fire.

The fire safety house is a trailer built like a house. Once all the kids are in,firefighters fill it with smoke and have the kids find their way out to safety.

fire8What would a fire station be without a Dalmatian? The Mason fire department has a Dalmatian named Ember that made an appearance at the open house.

The Mason Fire Department has 38 volunteer firefighters, one of whom is Dennis Howe. Howe,who is also a sixth-grade teacher, decided to become a volunteer very spontaneously.

“I was walking around downtown one day after church and thought to myself I could do that.”

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A lot of classes in Mason are coming in to tour the fire station to learn more about fire safety.

Howe said his class probably won’t visit the station, though.

“They get their fair share in class already.”

Mason Kiwanis Club holds rummage and bake sale

By Katarina Vella Lingl
Mason Times staff writer

On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, the Kiwanis Club of Mason held a rummage and bake sale.

Kiwanis is an international non-profit organization with more than 7,000 clubs worldwide, and works to help families.

Club member Elaine Ferris said, “This is specifically to raise money for the scholarship at Mason High School. We encouraged people to clean out their stuff early and bring it out and we just have everything in the world.”

Mason Kiwanis hosts blood drive

Bill Huntington checks in for his appointment with Kiwanis Golden K member Anne McConnelee. Bill was one of 46 Masonites that gave blood Thursday.

Bill Huntington checks in for his appointment with Kiwanis Golden K member Anne McConnelee. Bill was one of 48 Masonites that gave blood Thursday.

By Cody Harrell
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—The Mason Kiwanis and Golden K clubs hosted a Red Cross blood drive Feb. 21 and brought in a large crowd of Mason residents.

The Kiwanis and Kiwanis Golden K held the blood drive at St. James Catholic Church at 1010 S. Lansing Street. The event, held every 56 days, aims to bring together citizens from Mason in order to raise blood for the Red Cross. The Red Cross requires donors to wait 56 days between blood donations to let the body recover from each donation. The Kiwanis Club keeps this in mind when beginning planning for the next blood drive.

Kiwanis Golden K member Phyllis Montague coordinated the event with the Red Cross to promote advertising for the blood drives in Mason. According to Montague, the Red Cross and Kiwanis have teamed up to host blood drives for over 30 years in Mason and usually bring in 50-70 donors every drive. Thursday’s drive brought in 48 donors who gave 43 “good units” of blood, each unit equivalent to a pint.

“Most people give blood because they know there’s a need,” Montague said. “Anyone who can likes to give blood in this city.”
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