Travel advisory for Darling Hill Rd. (Monday)

The Highway Department will be grinding the paved portion of Darling Hill Road on Monday, and possibly Tuesday if necessary. The road will be passable, but motorists should expect delays. Anyone doing business in the town offices can use the parking lots designated for the police department and school.

Paving should follow within a few weeks.

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.

Logo for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

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.

Roadside cleanup through mid-May

Mason Roadside Cleanup is anytime from mid-April through mid-May. Choose the time that works for you.

Charlie Lanni of the Mason Conservation Commission is coordinating. The big blue bags are available at Charlie’s Auto, 575 Jackson Road, right outside the front of the garage. You can call Charlie at the shop 878-3637 to let him know where and when you can do your part of the cleanup.

When you’re done, you can leave the blue bags by the roadside for Mason’s Highway Crew to collect, or bring them to the dumpster at Mason Highway Department.

Many thanks to all who help, and especially to A-1 Towing for generously making the dumpster available for free!

Property assessor in Mason on Tuesday and Wednesday

This week Kristopher Fowler of Granite State Municipal Services will be in Mason visiting 34 properties for accuracy of data. (Affected property owners received a yellow postcard in the mail.) Kris drives a white Chevy Trax with NH plates (T-52) and “Granite State Municipal Services” magnets on the doors. The Mason Police Department is aware that he is working in Mason, and can verify this information.

Dumpster at the Highway Dept. for road cleanup

The Mason Highway Department has a dumpster that residents can use to dispose of the trash they collect during road cleanup. Large items and tires should be left beside the dumpster.

The Highway Department is located on Depot Road, and the dumpster is near the gas pump.

Thank you to the volunteers who join the effort to clean up our roads.

Community Supper details for Thursday

Community Supper on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 7:00 at Mason’s Church

Mason folks are invited to select from a buffet of home cooked food, then dine with friends, meet new neighbors or enjoy solitude. Know someone living alone? A new family in town? Invite them!


  • Roast Pork, Gravy, Potatoes and Veggies, Rolls
  • Waldorf Salad, Ice Cream Sundaes, Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Vegetarian Alternative – Gluten and Lactose Free

The meal is free, but donations allow this event to continue! Donations of dry and canned goods go to St. Vincent d’Paul Food Pantry in Greenville, which is available to Mason families. Any left over supper food is donated there, also.

Want to volunteer for an hour or two? Help in another way? Questions? Contact Barbara DeVore at 732-3761 or

Kindergarten & Grade 1 registration next week

Mason Elementary School principal Kristen Kivela announced that kindergarten and Grade 1 registration is next week. She also provided information about the preschool program. (To read Mrs. Kivela’s letter to families in full, go to:

“We will be having kindergarten and first grade registration during the week of April 16th.  If you have a child that isn’t already registered please come in between the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm to register your child or call Miss Heidi to set up a time.  If you know of children in town that are eligible to start kindergarten next fall (turn 5 before September 30, 2018) or first grade (turn 6 before September 30, 2018)  please share this information with them.

At this point we have a waiting list for the preschool program.  If you are interested in adding your child’s name to the list please call Heidi at 878-2962.  The preschool program is for children that are 3 and 4.”