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.
What 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.
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.”
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.” Continue reading →
By Kelsey Abell
Mason Times staff writer
Mason’s First Church of the Nazarene opened its new Recreational Outreach Center on April 21. The center, nicknamed the ROC, is a place where younger students can come and hang out, do homework and play sports. The center has been an idea for more than 15 years. Building started a few years ago. Lead Pastor Gerhard Weigart said that the Mason community has been very helpful in building the ROC. “We are all just very excited to serve our community and see the whole project come together so nicely” Weigart said. City Clerk Debbie Cwiertniewicz added that everyone in Mason and at the church have been supportive and volunteered whenever they could. For more information on the ROC please visit, masonnaz.org
Community Garden leaders Kelli Green and Anthony Konkel
MASON–The Mason Community Garden brings citizens together each spring and summer through common interests in gardening and community spirit.Volunteers have helped make the gardens a staple since their beginning in spring 2010.
Located at 213 N. Jefferson St., approximately 0.2 miles north of downtown Mason, the garden offers growing areas for individuals and a large community donation plot. The garden can also be reached from the Hayhoe walking path.
The community garden is composed of a 75-foot by 30-foot donation plot and 25 individual plots (15-by-15). Jill McMahon, co-leader of the individual plots, said, “The volunteer force is 12 so far this season, but that they are always seeking new volunteers to be involved in a variety of tasks associated with the garden.”
MASON — After 26 years, Mason’s Knights of Columbus group continues to find success with its annual spring fish fries at St. James Catholic Church.
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s fraternal organization, was founded in 1882 and was named in honor of Christopher Columbus. In 1985, Father Kenneth McDonald founded Council #9182 in Mason and the council became affiliated with St. James Church where its charter was established and where the group’s meetings take place.
Today, Council #9182 consists of 177 members who participate in service projects for community organizations and individuals in need.
Among the Knights’ many projects, their annual fish fries are the only fundraising event of the year. These fish fries, that begin four to five weeks prior to the Catholic Lenten season and yield between $20,000 and $25,000 each year, are the Knights’ main source of funding. Continue reading →
By Lauren Kroll and BriAnn Harvey
Mason Times staff writer
MASON — Rural Ingham County Capitol Area Community Services hosted its 23rd annual Walk for Warmth in Mason on Sat. Feb. 25.
First United Methodist Church
The Walk for Warmth is a volunteer community based effort to assist low-income families with heat bills. CACS hosts walks in Lansing and Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee counties the fourth Saturday in February each year.
The Mason walk is planned by the Rural Ingham Service ACCESS Center which covers all of Mason and all other rural Ingham County areas outside Lansing and East Lansing.
Mason celebrated outstanding citizens on Feb. 8 at its 26th Annual Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner at the Eldorado Golf Course Banquet Center.
This evening, which included a social hour and dinner, brought together Mason citizens including the board of directors from the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, event sponsors, past award recipients, and the 2012 award recipients and their families.
State Sen. Hune and Citizen of the Year Jeff Haueter
The MACC held its first award ceremony in 1987 and began by giving out only the award of Citizen of the Year. In 1996, the chamber of commerce added the President’s Award, Excellence in Education Award and the Excellence in Business Award. Six years later, the chamber added the Special Recognition Award. Today, all five awards are presented at the annual ceremony. Continue reading →
Mason High School juniors, Chris Karcher (back) and William Wilson (front) use the Kindles in their English class.
Mason Public Schools has upgraded technology to make learning more fun and efficient for students and teachers.
Mason Public Schools used about $25,000 of Title 1A grant money, a federal grant for at-risk students, Title 2A grant money, used for professional development and technology, and MTIP money specifically for the Mason Technology Infusion Plan for the upgrades in technology.
Originally, the technology plan was created so each class room would be a smart classroom with a document camera, data projector and a SMART board. As technology has changed, so have the guidelines for the money. Teachers in the elementary schools will be receiving iPads for the classroom.
Bruce Barbour, executive director of curriculum, said, “It’s very exciting technology. Instead of the student going up to the SMART board, they are able to manipulate the problem or equation on the iPad that comes to them,” said Barbour. “We have had positive feedback from the teachers thanking us for the new technology, but it is too early to see if they are really getting use from them.I absolutely believe that in the next five to years, that we will be reading textbooks from a device. That is the future of education. Kids’ smart phones are now better than the computers sitting on the teachers desks.”
MASON – Just outside the town lies a white, wooden building with an American flag flying high. This building is Mason VFW 7309, better known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization.
It is in this building that for 50 years, men who have fought in wars and conflicts overseas come for support and fellowship. Along with these veterans are the men and women of the American Legion Auxiliary who, though never enlisted in the Armed Forces, join to support these veterans in any way they can.
The purpose the VFW hall serves is an important one, yet its survival is under constant threat. Founded in 1936, the organization is a government non-profit that survives solely on charity. Many activities and fundraisers are put on to support the hall and those who frequent it, and sometimes just to keep the doors open.
Mason VFW 7309 hosts a variety of community events, open to members of the VFW, Auxiliary, as well as the public. Chili cook-offs, New Year’s dances, buck pole during Michigan hunting season and Saturday night karaoke draw donations and crowds. Continue reading →