Tis the season to be jolly, to look to the future and to remind youreself why you love this thriving little community.

The second annual State of the Town Address will be 6:30 p.m., Thursday Dec. 14th at the Hauser High School Auditorium. Town Manager J.T. Doane will speak for about an hour, covering subjects that range from Hope's accomplishments during the last year to what people can expect in 2018.

In a nutshell, the event will "Invest in Our Future While Honoring Our Past," which is the theme of the evening.

The public has been invited.

"I feel we are very blessed in this community," said Doane, who started the address last year. "It's very important for those who don't read HSJ Online or attend council meetings to see what we're doing.

"We want them to get that feeling of pride."

Doane said the event last year was well received, partly because the town had some big news to share: that Hope Wellness Pharmacy was coming to town. It was Hope's first pharmacy in 28 years.

He said the talking points for the event this year were still coming together.

Light refreshments will be served.