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by Heather Reynolds

Demographers tell us that the fastest growing segment of our population in the United States is people over 50 years of age. The people who were born in 1969 and before are joining the so-called Baby Boomer generation. Baby Boomers are described as people born between 1944 and 1964, and they (we) are already a large part of the population.

As a country we are indeed aging and aging rapidly. While that fact may sound alarming to some, I actually like the fact that my audience is growing. Twice a year, I have the pleasure of speaking to Prosper residents over 50 years of age. We host the “Breakfast with the Mayor” in the spring, and “Lunch with the Mayor” in the fall.

The staff puts on these two events to allow our active adult community to come together, share some fellowship, and listen to me as I present a modified “State of the Town” presentation. This year’s “Lunch with the Mayor” was the best attended of all these events so far.

We filled the community room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed a lunch catered by the Olive Garden restaurant.

During my presentation, I shared that Prosper’s residential and commercial communities are rapidly growing. Businesses, mostly retail, are making Prosper their home, and residents are moving in daily, becoming our new neighbors.

The newcomers, and this is important, are mostly up-and-coming adults with young families. If that trend continues, and I think it will, the Town of Prosper will have a wonderful mix of young and mature residents, ready to pull together as we move our community forward.

The presentation I made at the luncheon is on the Town website on the City Council page under the Government tab.

This month is special in many ways, but mostly because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The time of year when we gather as families, share a special meal, and offer our thanks for the many blessings we enjoy has always had a special place in my heart.

Families who may be separated by miles or by other measures are moved to come together, set aside their differences, hold hands, express thanks, and break bread together. It truly is a very special time for many of us.

There are, however, families who do not share in the special bonds that highlight the Thanksgiving holiday. If you or someone you know is feeling left out or neglected, my hope is that some person or group of persons reach out and make contact. Many churches and non-profit agencies can, and often do, extend loving and gracious hands to those in need, and my hope is that no one spends the holiday alone, unless they really want to.

Town offices will close on Thanksgiving and the day after to allow our employees the opportunity to spend their holidays with their families. Emergency personnel, as they always do, will be on duty, protecting us. If you see a police officers, firefighter or dispatch operator, please express your thanks for their devotion and dedication.

And speaking of holidays, don’t forget to attend the Prosper Christmas Festival, this year set for December 7 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm in the downtown area. Look for me, I’ll be the one lighting the community Christmas Tree!

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