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Mayor's Update: Thankful


On October 3, 1789, George Washington issued a proclamation designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. However, it wasn’t until October 3, 1863, that Thanksgiving became an official holiday. “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, …to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving…” proclaimed President Abraham Lincoln. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week, but after two years, he signed a bill into law on November 26, 1941, officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day. With this being said, City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday this week in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 28.


With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wanted to take the time to express my appreciation. I am so thankful to live and serve as mayor in such a beautiful City with so many wonderful people. A big thanks to all of our wonderful first responders and military personnel in our community who provide life-saving services for those in need. I would also like to thank Keep Blanco Beautiful volunteers who are currently putting up lights at Bindseil City Park for creating a festive Trail of Lights each holiday season and for maintaining the park throughout the year. We are fortunate to have so much history within our City and breathtaking buildings located in the Historic District; thanks to all those who have helped or are currently helping with our City’s historic preservation. Thank you to the Blanco Chamber of Commerce for promoting the economic well-being of local businesses and the business community and improving the quality of life for all citizens. Thank you to all of our other local non-profits who volunteer countless hours to help make a difference in our community including all the local churches and ministries, Blanco Cemetary Association, Blanco County 4-H, Blanco County Community Resource Center, Blanco County Emergency Services Auxiliary, Blanco County Friends of the Night Sky, Blanco County Rotary Club, Blanco Good Samaritan Center, Blanco Library, Blanco Lions Club, Blanco Masonic Lodge, Blanco Performing Arts, Blanco Rodeo Association, Blanco Quilters On The Square Quilt Guild, Blanco Wheels & Feet, Blanco Youth Baseball & Softball, Blanco Youth Football League, Blanco Youth Soccer Association, Buggy Barn Museum, Friends of the Blanco State Park, Friends of the Blanco Library, Gem of the Hills Activity Center, Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society, Master Gardener's of Blanco County, Random Acts of Kindness, Twin Sisters Dance Hall, and more. Thank you to all our wonderful businesses and restaurants in town for providing quality services. Lastly, I would like to thank all of our City Staff, Inframark, City Council members, Blanco Historic Preservation Commission; Planning and Zoning Commission; Streetscape Committee; Capital Improvements and Asset Management Advisory Committee; US-281 Overlay Review Committee; and Highway 281 Task Force volunteers, and most importantly our citizens for working together to better our City. 


Happy Thanksgiving!


-Mayor Rachel Lumpee