Working to preserve and encourage equine activities in the town of Pepperell.
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Date: July: To be determined
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Pepperell Community Center
Rt 111/113 Rotary
The Annual meeting was held on Monday, April 25th. Election results are listed below.
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Manure / Stable Guidelines adopted by the Pepperell Board of Health
Thirteen years ago, PHOA was formed to counter the perceived threat of horse-keeping regulations proposed by the Board of Health. This year, regulations were mandated because of state requirements that towns over a certain population had to have some rules for the keeping of horses, ponies, and other “non-pet” animals. Our Animal Health Inspector, Robin Hebert, drew up some guidelines, got additional input from the PHOA Board, and they were passed by the Board of Health in April.
The guidelines were presented at the PHOA meeting on April 25. Robin was able to propose reasonable, common-sense guidelines that will not unduly burden the horse- owning community in Pepperell. The guidelines are published on our web site. Click on the link "Pepperell Stable Guidelin" in the menu above, or here.
Natural Gas Pipeline: All Work Has Been Suspended!
On April 20th, Kinder Morgan announced it was suspending all work on the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project. Thanks to a truly incredible wave of grassroots resistance, New England is so much closer to a clean energy economy and a healthier future.
For two years, local leaders from more than 50 impacted towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and across the region have poured themselves into revealing Kinder Morgan's proposal for what it was: an irresponsible, expensive plan to take public and private lands in order to export fracked gas for corporate profit.
2016 Annual PHOA/NEHT Fall Frolic Trail Ride
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016
The 2015 ride was a great success. We used a new starting location - Nissitissit Meadows on Prescott Street. Many thanks to Janet Marantz for loaning us the use of her property and electricity for lunch and snacks and the Pepperell Conservation Comission for allowing us to use the Meadows for trailer parking. And thanks to all the riders who cleaned up afterwards and left the Meadows sparkling!.
And many, many thanks to all the volunteers who made it a successful ride. Beautiful weather, great trails, good food and friends to ride with! Who could ask for more? Another great ride in 2016 of course.
We can't do it without volunteers to check and clear trails, set up, tear down, provide food, help with registration and parking and a hundred other things that go into running a trail ride event. If you are interested in helping out with this year's ride, please check out the Trail Ride Volunteer's page on our web site.
As planning gets underway, we will be updating the Trail Ride Information page and the Events page. Watch this space!
Entry Fee: TBD
Contact: Sharon Ofenstein: 978-433-3120 or email@example.com
Check out the PHOA Trail Ride page for more information.
Be sure to check out the Events and Classified pages! Members can post ads for free, non-members for $2.00 for 3 months. Ads posted on the web and in the newsletter. Details on the Classified page.
Sunday Hunting - it's ba-a-ck!
Not content with being able to hunt Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, hunters have filed a number of bills in the Massachusetts House and Senate that would allow hunting on Sundays. If you think that other outdoor recreational users have the right to use the great outdoors just ONE DAY A WEEK during the fall without having to worry about getting shot at, you need to contact your state senators and representatives and demand that they keep the present ban on Sunday hunting.
While most sportsmen are responsible people, there are plenty of idiots out there. A Connecticut friend’s beautiful Arabian mare was killed in her pasture. How anyone can mistake a 1,000-pound horse for a 200-pound deer is beyond me. During bow-hunting season one year, I nearly got dumped because a bow hunter in camouflage was crouched beside the trail, bow drawn - apparently they don’t have to wear blaze orange....I didn’t know he was there, but fortunately the horse did!
Our Representative is Sheila Harrington, Sheila.Harrington@mahouse.gov 617- 722- 2305 The House bills are H. 1573, H. 672, H. 762, H. 3236, and H. 3239.
Please write or call to register your opposition to any bill that would allow Sunday hunting. Here is a sample letter:
Dear Senator or Representative,
Pepperell has an extensive network of beautiful trails, which the majority of our members enjoy riding regularly -- except during hunting season. Although some trails are posted as No Hunting areas, many others are open to hunting, and it is not always clear which areas are safe to use and which are not. Wearing blaze orange is not a 100% guarantee of safety, given the fact that hunters still occasionally manage to shoot each other. Many of our members completely avoid riding the trails during hunting season, except for Sundays, when hunting is currently banned.
Now the hunters want to take away the one day a week when we can ride with safety. Hunters already have the other 6 days of the week to enjoy their sport; meanwhile the rest of the population - riders, hikers, birdwatchers, people walking their dogs - are limited to Sundays. If these bills pass, the rest of us will have our enjoyment of the outdoors curtailed even further. The Senate bills are S.415, S 424, and S. 429. The House bills are H. 1573, H. 672, H. 762, H. 3236, and H. 3239. Please vote NO on any bill that would allow hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays.
Board of Directors for 2011
President: Judy Lorimer
Vice President: Deb Hamilton
Secretary: Sharon Ofenstein
Treasurer: Randy Prozeller
Board Member: Kathy Mecurio
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