New Salem Town Notices

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its annual hazardous waste collection on Saturday, September 20th, concurrently at the Greenfield Community College Main Campus and the Orange Transfer Station. This collection provides residents an opportunity to dispose of hazardous items such as leftover oil-based paints, stains, thinners, household cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals, motor oil, antifreeze, fluorescent lamps, automobile batteries, and other household chemicals.  For a complete list of acceptable items, see: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html.

To participate, residents must pre-register between August 15th and September 12th. Starting in mid-August, registration forms will be available in local newspapers, at town offices, transfer stations, and at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.orgThis collection event is free for residents of most towns. Gill, Orange, and Sunderland residents must pay to participate in the 2014 collection. Businesses will be charged for disposal.  For more information, please call (413) 772-2438, email: info@franklincountywastedistrict.org, or visit: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org.


Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Collection

The District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, October 18, from 9:00 am to noon at the Buckland Recreation Facility on Route 112 South, the Northfield Highway Garage, and the Whately Transfer Station. Residents may bring a wide range of bulky items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, monitors, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other bulky items.  Materials will be recycled whenever possible. 
New! Clean, dry textiles and books will be accepted for free recycling or reuse. Textiles must be clean and dry and contained inside a sturdy plastic bag. Do include clothing, accessories, linens that are torn, stained, with missing buttons or broken zippers, as damaged textiles can be recycled into insulation.  Books can be of any condition except moldy or wet, and can be hardcover or paperback.

            Residents do not need to pre-register for the bulky waste collection. However, there are charges for disposal.  Disposal fees, in cash only, will be collected at each site.  A complete list of prices for the most common items will be available at town halls, town transfer stations, the District office at 50 Miles Street in Greenfield, and online at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/cleansweep.html. Businesses may participate.

For more information, please call (413) 772-2438, email: info@franklincountywastedistrict.org, or visit: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org

September’s 2014 National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important work we all do making sure our communities are safe, healthy, and ready for emergencies. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health {DPH} Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is sponsoring a statewide campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats, and disasters. I am pleased to share an overview of the campaign and provide details on accessing resources that you can use to support preparedness messaging and awareness. DPH has established one central web page at   mass.gov/dph/ready   to provide information, tips and links for the public.

Town Hall Scheduling

The Town Hall is open for the summer. Please contact Nancy Aldrich, the Town Coordinator, for information on how to reserve the space for events. She can be reached at 978-544-6437 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-4:00 p.m.


New Salem Planning Board Seeks Part-time Clerk
The New Salem Planning Board is seeking a part-time clerk to provide administrative support, assistance, and handle correspondence for the New Salem Planning Board. Requirements: personal computer or access to one, access to email, knowledge of office procedures and equipment, including word processing, scanning, and filing, and good communication skills. Work will be performed mostly at home at your own convenience, and occasionally at town offices. Some Thursday evening meetings required. Approximately 10 hours per month as needed. $12 per hour. One year position, with probability of extension. To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hughtfield@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Board of Health Hours Changed
The Board of Health Clerks Hours will now be on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Board of Health Raffle Winner Announced
Congratulations to Michelle Duga for winning the raffle for the month of April at the Transfer Station. Michelle brought in a bag of trash that she picked up on the side of the road. We will continue to have the drawing each month so continue bringing in the
trash from the side of the road and put your name in the basket and you might win a bag of 10 bags. That will save you $15.00. Thank you for keeping New Salem clean.
New Salem Transfer Station’s Compost Program
The New Salem Transfer Station accepts compostable waste. All food wastes are acceptable, including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, cheese, eggs, eggshells, fruits, vegetables, bread, grains, and small amounts of bones. Also acceptable are non-recyclable paper wastes such as paper towels and napkins, paper egg cartons, paper plates, and soiled paper and cardboard such as pizza boxes. (Clean pizza boxes may be recycled with mixed paper recycling.) Before depositing in the compost barrels, dirty pizza boxes must be ripped into quarters. It is very important to keep the following items out of the compost collection barrels: plastic bags, wrappers or films; liquids; pet wastes or bedding; Styrofoam; plastic; metal; glass; or anything else that is not biodegradable. Do not deposit food in plastic bags! For a yes/no compost guide, ask the transfer station attendant or email: info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. Compostable buckets are available at the New Salem Transfer Station. Questions? Please contact the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District at 413-772-2438 or info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014 for a great guide on how to dispose of anything from A to Z (this was the guide printed in the Greenfield Recorder).


Residents urged to cover up, use bug spray to avoid getting bitten

BOSTON – Wednesday, July 9, 2014-   The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. A WNV infection was confirmed by the State Laboratory Institute today in a mosquito sample which was collected on July 3 in the Town of Clinton. No human cases of WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been detected so far this year.  There are no risk level changes associated with this finding. 

“Today’s findings are a reminder of the importance of protecting ourselves and our families from the threat of mosquito-borne illness,” said DPH State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Catherine Brown. “Personal prevention consists of using mosquito repellents, wearing long loose clothing to reduce skin exposure, making sure screens are tightly fitting and dumping standing water. Because of the very warm weather and the periodic thunderstorms we’ve been having, dumping standing water is especially important.”

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. In 2013, there were eight human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents  approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at617-983-6800.


Money Available for Recreation Activities

The New Salem Recreation Committee has money available to sponsor recreation activities for New Salem residents, in addition to its traditional events. If you would like to organize a recreational activity or event, please contact Karen Duplissie at 544-8614, Jeanne Clayton at 544-7924 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660.

Town of New Salem Municipal Offices         


Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Coordinator



Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

Town Clerk

Tax Collector



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New Kitchen Compost Pails Available at Transfer Station!

The Franklin County Solid Waste District recently purchased a large number of “Sure-Close” kitchen compost pails. These 1.9-gallon pails are meant to collect food waste in the kitchen, and the materials then emptied into backyard or municipal compost bins. The lid latches securely and can be made to stay open for ease of use. The vented lid has pinholes that act as a filter (but with no expensive or hard-to-find filter); moisture can pass through the lid, which reduces odors.


New Salem was among 15 district towns received varying amounts of pails: Bernardston, Colrain, Conway, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Orange, Montague, New Salem, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Wendell, and Whately. They are available free at our transfer station while supplies last.  The kitchen pails are also offered for sale to District residents for $5 at the District Office, 50 Miles St., Greenfield; call 413-772-2438 for hours or more info. Earth Machine outdoor compost bins are also for sale for $45 at the District office


These municipal compost programs are available free to permit holders at the transfer stations in Leverett, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, and Whately. The majority of this purchase was funded by Mass DEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program  (SMRP) small-scale initiatives grant. The grant requires that funded items contain 35% recycled content; therefore these pails are an avocado green color to mask any color variations in the recycled product. The District previously offered a beige version of the same pail. District Towns also received a total of 44 Earth Machine compost bins, funded by the SMRP grant. For more information, please call (413) 772-2438.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Day

Hazardous Waste Disposal Day pre-registration is mid-August to September 12th.


Bulky Waste Day

Bulky Waste day is October 18th


Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
In the month of April, Jeffrey Duga and children walked the sides of the roads in New Salem  and picked up 15 bags of rubbish. They won the drawing for the free bags for that month. Hugh MacKay won the May drawing for the free bags for his part in keeping New Salem clean. Thanks to all of you from the Board of Health and the Town of New Salem for helping to keep New Salem clean. If anyone is interested in participating in the drawing for the free trash.

Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee.  If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at clavin.layton@gmail.com.

Recycling Information

The Franklin County Solid Waste District has made available information on recycling options in the county. Please see attached flyers.

Recycling in Franklin County Flyer

Why Recycle Flyer

Transfer Station Hours

The Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm

New Electronic Waste Collection Program

The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program.  New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE!  Mitsubishi,  Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.

District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.


Personnel Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search

Board/Committee Vacancies

The Selectboard is looking for people to fill the following Board/Committee vacancies.  Please contact the Town Coordinator, Nancy Aldrich, at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in serving:

Energy Committee - 1 vacancy
Website Committee - 2 vacancies
Cultural Council - 1 vacancy