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Town Column - Feb 21
Town Column

Cathi Belcher (                                   

Pizza Fundraiser for Project Graduation at Shannon Door March 2

There will be a Fundraiser at the Shannon Door in Jackson on Thursday March 2nd, starting at 4 pm. The Shannon Door Restaurant will donate $1 from every pizza sold (eat-in or take-out). In addition, a chance auction and 50/50 raffle will take place from 4:30-8:30pm. Stop by to enjoy a pizza, join the fun and help support Project Graduation, an all-night community funded chem- free celebration for the Kennett Graduating Class of 2017 on June 17th,

The New Hampshire Writers' Project is announcing  the “Three Minute Fiction Slam” at White Birch Books, on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 7pm. It is sponsored by Jackson Women's Writers Group. Here are the rules for the Three-Minute Fiction Slam contest: Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud. One point over-all will be deducted if an author goes over the allotted three minutes.    After each writer is done, judges give verbal feedback and secretly record a numeric score out of five. The judges keep a private score for each piece. At the end of the night, the contestant with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, the audience selects the winner through an “Applause-O-Meter” test as determined by the judges. Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals.  Among other prizes, the winner of the finals gets free entrance to Writers' Day 2017 (the region's largest literary conference) which takes place on April 1, 2017. There they will read the winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers. Anyone 18 years old or older may compete.  Compose and practice reading/performing a piece of flash fiction. Email Anne at to register.  Questions? Call Anne at 603-236-6724 or White Birch Books at 356-3200.

The Jackson Public library has a number of Museum passes for you to check out. You can reserve online and pick them up five days in advance of your visit. The NH State Parks are closed, for the most part, as is the Squam Lake Science Center. We’ll have both those passes available in the spring. But starting now we have: The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester; MWV Children’s Museum in North Conway; Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME; Remick Country Doctor & Farm Museum in Tamworth; and Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth.Reserve a pass via a phone call or our online form. I am anxious to see these get used so come and get them!

Meredith Piotrow has agreed to host a very special storytime on Thursday, February 23rd at 10:30am. We have a number of storytime faithfuls who have gone off to preschool or kindergarten this year and have not been able to attend. Well, this one is for you!

Volunteers are needed for the Town Election on March 14th. The Selectmen’s Office is looking for any interested towns people to assist with the Town Election on Tuesday – March 14th, 2017. Volunteer shifts are during the following time slots: 7:45am – 12:00pm; 11:45am – 4:00pm; 3:45pm – 7:15pm;  7:00pm – 9:00pm or later – ballot counting. All volunteers must be a Jackson resident and at least 18 years of age.  If you are interested in volunteering please call Julie Hoyt at 383-4223x 100 or email

The Jackson School District Annual Reports will soon be available at the following locations: Jackson Town Offices, Jackson Public Library, JGS and the SAU #9 Office.

A message from the Jackson Police Department: We have been getting a lot of snow lately and this means snow removal.  The many roads within the Town of Jackson pose quite a challenge to our hard working road crew.  Steep and windy, they do a great job clearing away snow and sanding surfaces on the roads we and our families all travel.  Their efforts can often be slowed when residents and visitors park their cars in the street while they await their own driveway cleanup.  There are State statutes and Town Ordinances that can carry fines and penalties if you park your vehicle so as to impede snow removal.  Jackson's WINTER PARKING ORDINANCE strictly prohibits parking or abandoning your vehicle upon any street from November 1st to April 1stunless otherwise posted.  Infractions of these rules can result in a parking fine or worse, you vehicle could be towed away costing over $200.00 dollars!  To avoid fines and delays to our highway crew, simply wait till your plow person arrives, move your car into the road and STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.  This way you can move your vehicle if the Town plow truck or Grader comes by.  Enjoy all that winter has to offer, drive safe, and don't worry, Spring is right around the corner! -- Chief Chris Perley

Do you have a new vehicle registration, a temporary plate or your registration renewal that is due during the month of February? If so, please make sure you are aware of the following interruption. The NH Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles is pleased to announce that a new computer system (VISION) will be implemented in the month of February. As a result, there will be an interruption of motor vehicle registration processing Statewide. Town/City Clerk’s offices, along with the DMV offices, will be unable to process new or renewal registrations over the President’s Day holiday weekend, beginning Friday, February 17th thru Tuesday, February 21st. The Town of Jackson will resume motor vehicle transactions on Thurs., February 22nd.  

Just a friendly reminder that all dogs 4 months or older must be registered in the town of Jackson by April 30th.  Come into the town office with a current rabies certificate to obtain the license and the tag. The following fees for registering your dog(s): Neutered male or spayed female $6.50;  Unaltered  male or unsprayed female  $9.00; Senior citizen owner (65+) ..first dog  only $2.00. Late fees will accrue after May 31st and additional fines may apply. You can renew by mailing the following to: Jackson Town Clerk & Tax Collector, PO Box 336, Jackson, NH 03846. Include: 1) a copy of the current rabies certificate; 2) the appropriate fees as shown above (or call us to confirm); 3) a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The Whitney Center is presenting a Sunday afternoon new Winter Film Series at 4 PM: Sunday, February 26, 4 pm - The BFG   The world is more giant than you can imagine. (PG  |  117 min).