Hawthorne Happenings, November 12, 2015

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

A Tribute to Our Veterans
The Hawthorne Historical Society honored Jerry Nibel at the city council meeting this past Tuesday evening.  Jerry is a veteran of WWII and was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.  He and his wife, Katherine, are long time residents of Hawthorne and have attended city council meetings on a regular basis for many years.  They always had their city in mind when it came to attending community events.  We honored Jerry by giving him the first, ever “Good Neighbor Award”.  Jerry and Katherine both epitomize the meaning of being a “good neighbor”.

Senior Luncheons
We wish to take care of our elders by treating them to some tasty food during the holidays.  The Hawthorne Ministerial Association will be hosting a Seniors luncheon on November 19th. Following that, the Hawthorne Kiwanis Club will be providing a Christmas luncheon for our seniors on Friday, December 4th.  Both luncheons will be held at the Memorial Center and will begin at 12 noon. 

Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival
The Hawthorne Historical Society is once again sponsoring the annual Holiday Tree Lighting this year on Saturday, December 5 beginning at 5 p.m. at the civic center.
The jolly one will be showing up as usual with small gifts for the kiddos.  Some holiday refreshments will be served and this year we have a special musical performance that is in the works that will liven up the place. It’s always fun the see the little ones as they react to Santa climbing down off the fire truck.

Water Restrictions
One regulation on water use that you may not be aware of is that you are not allowed to water your landscape 48 hours following a measurable rainstorm.  “Measurable” can mean a small sprinkle.  So, during the rainy season coming up, it may be wise just to turn off your sprinkler timer and manually water when your watering days come around. Also, I still see people spraying off their driveways or sidewalks.  This is a no-no.  Washing your car is okay as long as you have a nozzle attached to your hose. 

Happiness
A recent newspaper article indicated that people over the age of 30 are not feeling that happy.  Researchers say that this new generation has grown up with the idea that they will be able to achieve anything and they will be better off than their parents.  When reality sets in, many people feel disappointed and feel like they are unsuccessful.  When we base our happiness on our financial status or career achievements we will more than likely be less than satisfied.  “Contentment” is a word I like.  Being content in all circumstances is something we find in the Bible.  How can we be content?  If we realize that God is control of this world, we are less worried about where we find ourselves in comparison to others or our dreams.  Contentment also comes from a thankful heart.  Thanksgiving is around the corner, but we can live thankful lives everyday.  We are to be thankful for all of the blessings we