The Mason branch of the Capital Area District Libraries is home to a host of books, movies and audiobooks, as well as a full roster of weekly programs. It is also where youth services librarian Lindsay Anderson spends her days trying to change the way people view libraries.
Jessie CohenSalon Owner Jena Keller styles the hair of one of her most loyal clients, Carma Philip. For the 10th time in 13 years, Salon 130 has been named No.1 hair salon and spa in Mason. This year, they were also voted No.1 in Ingham County Community People’s Choice Awards by the Lansing State Journal. The salon’s owner and founder, Jena Keller, said that what is so special about her salon is its dedication to customer service. “I want to give my clients an experience,” said Keller.
The 8th annual Mason Doggie Trick or Treat brought local dogs and owners decked in Halloween costumes through downtown Mason. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason.
Tami and Doug Shaw have been scaring people at Shawhaven Farm for 14 years. Check out the behind-the-scenes, hear from some visitors and experience what happens at this year’s haunted house and hayride.
Sarah Russell, who grew up in Mason, is the new executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce. Russell has degrees in entrepreneurship and small-business management and a certificate in counseling. A reception for outgoing director Doug Klein will be held Nov. 7.
It is no secret that Mason residents take education seriously. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that, in 2017, they passed a $69.7 million bond to renovate and improve their schools. The school improvement project is comprised of three phases, and construction began in the spring of 2018.
Stephanie Gonzalez, PTO president at North Aurelius elementary, said she is very excited about the renovations. “This is going to be a huge improvement for my son as well as all the other students in the district,” said Gonzalez.
The first phase is the most expensive and includes remodeling two elementary schools and the James C. Harvey Education Center. The second phase includes renovations at a third elementary school, and the third and final phase involves upgrades to the middle and high schools.
A soon-to-be-named farm to table restaurant is set to open in downtown Mason next year. Formerly known as the Baja Grille, the space in Building 402 was shut down in 2015 due to an electrical fire. Teresa Wren and her husband Steve own the South Jefferson location and are moving forward with the renovation with hopes of transforming it into a local foodie’s dream.
Almost 200 cats and around 40 dogs are being cared for and await adoption in the new Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter. To maximize space, the new facility contains three meet-and-greet rooms that gives the shelter more space if extra animals were to be taken in. There are also double-sided dog kennels that allow the dogs to go outside and play on their new turf area, then go back into the kennel to rest. The shelter also has improved medical features as well. “Now we have a dedicated surgery suite, which is honestly it’s a fantastic facility.