Board & committee members needed immediately

The town of Mason seeks members for the following:

  • Planning Board: Responsible for maintaining and updating the town’s Zoning, Subdivision, Site Plan, Master Plan and other associated documents.  Hears land owners’ development plans and ensuring that they meet the ordinances and regulations.
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment: Processes applications for special exceptions and/or variances from the zoning ordinance, and appeals from decisions of the Planning Board, Building Inspector, and Board of Selectmen.
  • Forestry Committee

If you are interested, please contact the Board of Selectmen’s office.

Household hazardous waste collection on Sat., July 28

Mason residents may bring hazardous household waste for safe disposal to the Wilton Recycling Center on Saturday, July 28, from 9am-2pm. You must have a sticker on your vehicle to participate. If you have questions, call the Wilton Recycling Center at 654-6150.

Acceptable items

To view a list of hazardous household items that you can bring to the collection, go to:


Stickers are free of charge and may be picked up at the Recycling Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You need your vehicle registration or proof of residency in a member town to receive your sticker. Up to two stickers per household will be permitted. For more information, including a list of the center’s hours, go to:

Helpful information about black bears in New Hampshire

USDA Wildlife Services, in conjunction with the NH Fish and Game Department, is sharing information about black bears to mitigate human-bear conflicts throughout the state.

Information about black bears

Prime black bear habitat includes deciduous forests (oaks, maple, beech, etc.), wetlands, and riparian (along rivers) zones. The natural areas surrounding our town provide very good habitat for black bears.  Many human-bear conflicts arise when bears frequent properties to access food attractants that are found around homes. The most common attractants are bird feeders, unsecured garbage, and compost piles which include food scraps. Livestock, such as chickens and pigs, can also attract bears when not properly protected. Electric fencing is the most effective way to protect livestock. In most cases removing the attractant the bear(s) are utilizing eliminates the bear problem. It is also helpful to harass bears with noise, such as banging pots and pans, or using compressed air horns to scare them away.

Some useful links

YouTube videos

Mann House parking lot to be closed on Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, June 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mason Elementary School is having a Bike Rodeo, which includes an obstacle course in the Mann House and Police Department parking lot. During setup in the morning and during the Bike Rodeo itself, there will be no parking allowed in the parking lot. Also, students on bikes will be crossing Darling Hill Rd. between the school and the parking lot. Officers will be assisting with traffic control to ensure safety.

Storyteller Rebecca Rule to perform on Saturday for Mason’s 250th celebration

Rebecca Rule will be telling and gathering stories with a strong dose of good old-fashioned Yankee humor (humah) on Saturday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m. in Mason Town Hall in the center of town. Refreshments will be served for this free program. Funding is provided through a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for Mason’s 250th Celebration.

Rebecca loves to laugh and to get others laughing, too. The stories sometimes find their way into books (she’s published ten so far) including: Heading’ for the Rhubarb: A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda); The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!; Live Free and Eat Pie!; and N is for New Hampshire, a children’s alphabet which combines lively verse with beautiful photographs.

Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past and the Future cites Mason, with comments from both Charlie Moser and Garth Fletcher. It is now selling on Amazon for $1,1110.63, so check your bookshelf to see if you might have a copy!

For further information, contact Barbara DeVore at 732-3761 or

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Puppet show on Friday at 1PM

On Friday, April 20, puppeteer Deborah Costine will be performing at Mason Elementary School at 1 p.m. This performance, sponsored in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Town of Mason, is open to the public.

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Living Room Coffee House to feature Tom Smith on Saturday

Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.”

Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at


About us: It is our goal to create a wholesome relaxing atmosphere for people to gather, listen and perform music, poetry and the spoken word. Our stage is set for you to perform in front of a supportive audience. A $5 donation is suggested (students may bring 2 cans of food as their donation, to help support the local St. Vincent De Paul food pantry).

Snacks: Coffee, tea, water, soda, and juices are available, as well as popcorn and a variety of yummy baked goods from our kitchen. As always, there is no charge for snacks.

How it works: Doors open at 6:30 pm and all are welcome to sit, relax, meet and mingle. Performers (music, poetry, spoken word) are encouraged to sign up for one of the 15-minute slots. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Performances start at 7:00.

Feature performer: Each month we schedule a feature performer that is given a 30- 40 minute time slot at about 8:00 pm. Check out our Calendar to see who will be featured at our coffeehouse in the coming months.

Equipment: We have a PA and four microphones that are available. We also have available the very loved and in tune upright grand piano named, “Rose”. If you are a piano player you will love the warmth that Rose has to offer.

Dates: Third Saturday of the month, except for our summer break (July and August) and the month of December.

For more information, contact Steve at 603-801-7430. The Living Room Coffee House is at Mason Congregational Church, 33 Valley Rd., Mason, NH.