MASON MANTA RAYS RECEIVE USA SWIMMING GOLD MEDAL RANKING

The Mason Manta Rays have been awarded the top honor of a Gold medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program. The USA Swimming Club Excellence program recognizes the organization’s highest-performing, well-rounded programs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. The City of Mason Manta Rays finished in 8th out of over 3,000 teams. The Manta Rays were the only team in Ohio to achieve the Gold Medal status and the highest Club Excellence place for a team from Ohio.

“Starting as a City of Mason Parks & Recreation program 15 years ago, Mason Manta Rays have been blessed with so many talented young athletes and coaches that make it possible for us to achieve this standard of excellence for the first time.  These swimmers all had great age group coaches who guided them along the way and we are very fortunate to have had had most of our coaches for over 10 years.  We are so proud of the athletes who made this recognition possible as well as the swimmers who came before them who laid the foundation for this year’s success.” said Ken Heis, Mason Manta Rays Head Coach.

Mason Manta Rays athletes that contributed to the point total include: Allison Bloebaum, Lauren Olson, Cora Dupre, Hannah Foster, Ashley Volpenhein, Tyler Babinec, Gordon Wheeler, Griffin Manning, Adam Chaney and National Junior Team members Jake Foster and Carson Foster.

For more information regarding the City of Mason Manta Rays please visit www.masonswimming.org.

City of Mason Wellness Expo Offers Promotional Opportunity for Health and Wellness Organizations

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the City of Mason’s 2018 Community Wellness Expo! The event will take place at Mason Community Center on Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Local health and wellness organizations are encouraged to participate as vendors and take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their business’s services and amenities. Vendors that have participated in past expos include: nutritionists, child care, senior care, recreation organizations, financial planners, chiropractic practices, pharmacists, physical therapists and more! The event is free and open for the public to enjoy.

The fee for vendors to participate in the 2018 Community Wellness Expo is only $25. The City of Mason will be accepting applications for the 2018 Community Wellness Expo through Monday, February 12. If you’re interested in participating as a vendor at the expo please contact City of Mason Program Supervisor Dan Chambers by email at dchambers@masonoh.org or by phone at 513-229-8555.

MASON COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN

 

At the December 1 organizational meeting of Mason City Council, four Council members elect were sworn in to serve a 4-year term. Members Ashley Chance and Diana Nelson will return to Council to serve a new term, Michael Gilb returns having served on Council previously from February 2009 – November 2011 and T.J. Honerlaw will serve his first term as a Council member.  All four terms run through November 30, 2021.

Three or four Council members are elected at-large in odd-numbered years. The city’s charter calls for an organizational meeting on the first day of December in odd-numbered years. At that meeting, a mayor and vice mayor are selected by the Council members from among their members. In addition to duties as a Council member, the Mayor presides over Council meetings, acts as the ceremonial head of the city, and administers oaths. The Vice Mayor assumes these duties in the absence of the mayor.

Victor Kidd was named to another term as Mayor and Barbara Berry-Spaeth was also named to her second term as Vice Mayor.

 

Celebrate the Beginning of the Holiday Season at Mason’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Mason invites the community to attend the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1 at the Downtown Plaza to kick off the holiday season! The event is free and open to the public. 

 The Tree Lighting Ceremony is the first of many fun holiday activities and events happening throughout the month of December. Be sure to grab your copy of the 2017 Christmas in Mason Calendar filled with all of the exciting events, activities and programs taking place throughout the month of December in Mason! Calendars will be available at the event and on the City of Mason’s website.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Story Time at the Mason Public Library. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to join the Library in a story time sing along to all of the Holiday classics! Registration is not required.

Then at 6:30 p.m., make your way across the street to the Downtown Plaza and join your neighbors and friends for free photos with Santa, an iceless skating rink, holiday music and activities, food and refreshments and best of all the official lighting of the Christmas Tree! The fun will continue until 8:30 p.m. Thank you to ColdIron Event Rentals for sponsoring the 2017 Tree Lighting Ceremony.

That same evening, the Mason Historical Society invites you to join them at the Alverta Green Museum, located at 207 W. Church Street, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Museum’s annual Holiday Open House!

Tree Lighting Ceremony Schedule:
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.          Mason Public Library’s Story Time
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.                Mason Historical Society Alverta Green Museum Open House 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.    Activities on Mason’s Downtown Plaza

Road Closure

For safety reasons, on Friday, December 1 West Main Street from the intersection of US Route 42 to North Forest and North West Street from the intersection of US Route 42 to Church Street will be closed  beginning at 2 p.m. until the conclusion of the event. Please use caution and allow for additional time when traveling through that area.

 

 

2017 Hope for the Holidays Program

2017 HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS PROGRAM

Help provide hope to families in need this holiday season by joining the City of Mason and Mason City Schools in the annual Hope for the Holidays program. This year, the City of Mason and Mason City Schools along with local organizations and businesses are leading efforts to give back to our community by assisting parents or guardians in providing Holiday gifts for their children. Any child through age 17 (18 if they are currently enrolled in school) is eligible to receive gifts as part of the program.

There are many ways you can help someone in need this season:

  • Adopt a family. Families, neighborhoods, organizations and businesses can adopt a family to provide for gifts for. Each participating organization will receive age and size information of your adopted family. To adopt a family, please call the City of Mason at 513-229-8555 and leave a contact name and phone number.
  • Donate new and unwrapped toys, non- perishable food or gift cards/certificates. Donations from the community will be accepted in the collection barrels at the following location through Friday, December 15:
    • Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Collection barrels will be located in the main atrium and the Police Department lobby.
    • Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road, whenever the facility is open.

 To arrange for special assistance in making your donation, or if you know someone in the Mason City School District who needs assistance this holiday season, please call 513-229-8500 or e-mail jhurley@masonoh.org or dchambers@masonoh.org

Your gift will help make this a memorable holiday season for somebody special in the Mason community.

 

 

New Resident Coffee in Mason

Residents who recently moved into the City of Mason or the Mason City School District are invited to meet other new residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center’s New Resident Coffee. The coffee is being hosted by Community Basket representative Carrie Monley and is sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber.

The coffee will be held at the Mason Community Center on Wednesday, January 3 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Mason Community Center is located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road.  Refreshments will be provided by Meet Me on Main Café and tours of the Community Center will be included. Those in attendance will also receive a one-day family pass to the Community Center. Children are invited to participate in Kids Korner “free” while parents learn more about the City of Mason.

New resident coffees are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

 

Promote Your Holiday Event with the Christmas in Mason Calendar!

If you are planning a Holiday event or activity throughout the month of December, don’t miss out on the opportunity to be included in the City’s 2017 Christmas in Mason Calendar! Local businesses and organizations can promote their Holiday event in the City’s Christmas in Mason Calendar which will be distributed at the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1 as well as promoted on the City’s website and at Mason Community Center.

 

Please see the below guidelines for submissions:

 

  • Event or activity open for the public to enjoy
  • Takes place within City of Mason limits
  • Holiday or Winter theme

 

If you’d like to have your event or activity included in the Christmas in Mason Calendar please contact the City of Mason by Friday, November 17 by phone at 513-229-8500 or email at pio@masonoh.org.

City of Mason Hosts Surplus Property Auction October 21, 2017

On Saturday, October 21 the City of Mason will host a surplus property auction open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. The auction will take place at 4501 US Route 42 Mason, Ohio 45040.

For a complete list of items that will be included in the auction please visit www.southauctions.com. For more information regarding the surplus property auction please contact the City of Mason at 513.229.8500.

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CITY OF MASON HOSTS 2017 HERITAGE FESTIVAL AND PARADE

On Saturday, September 16 the City of Mason will host the annual Heritage Festival and parade and the event is sure to include family fun for all ages! The event will begin at 10 a.m. with the annual parade followed by activities, live music entertainment, local food vendors and exhibitors throughout the afternoon. This FREE event is open to the public and will be held at the Mason Municipal Campus located at 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road.

EVENT SCHEDULE

10 a.m. – Parade Begins in Downtown Mason

11 a.m. – Heritage Festival Begins at the Mason Municipal Campus

12 p.m. – Live Music by the Refranes

2 p.m. – Live Music by the Jason Owens Band

4 p.m. – Event concludes

PARADE

The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mason Downtown Plaza on West Main Street/ US Route 42 and will begin traveling east on Main Street and head south on Mason-Montgomery Road. The best area for parade viewing is on Mason-Montgomery Road near the Mason Municipal Center where viewers will be able to enjoy short performances by parade participants.

ROAD CLOSURES

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. U.S. 42/Reading Road and Main Street from Fifth Avenue to Mason Montgomery Road will be closed due to parade staging and assembly. Mason Montgomery Road from Main Street to Lakeside Drive will be closed beginning at 9:30 a.m. for the duration of the parade. The road will re-open at the conclusion of the parade which is anticipated to occur at approximately 11:30 a.m. Detour signs will be posted prior to the parade. The Mason Municipal Campus can be accessed from Nixon Park Drive throughout the duration of the parade.

ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT

Kids can enjoy access to a large variety of attractions such as various inflatables, a climbing wall, a corn maze, Segway and train rides, carnival games, crafts and more! Kids’ activities require a wristband that can be purchased inside Mason Community leading up to the event and at information tents on the day of the event. Kids zone wristbands are $5 and all proceeds raised will benefit the Mason Parks and Recreation Foundation’s goal of building the all-inclusive Common Ground Playground.

At 12 p.m. live music will begin on stage with The Refranes playing a mix of blues, soul and rock and roll! At 2 p.m. stick around for the best of modern country by the Jason Owens Band.

Parking for the event is available at Corwin Nixon Park, Pine Hill Lakes Park, Mason High School and Mason Middle School.

For more information on the 2017 Heritage Festival please visit www.imaginemason.org or call the City of Mason at 513.229.8500. We hope to see you there!