Show your Transfer Station Sticker

The Board of Health is in the process of hiring a new Transfer Station Attendant. Please be sure to display your sticker where it can be seen when you come to the transfer station. You will be stopped and asked for it if it isn’t clearly visible.

School Committee Meeting

The Joint Supervisory Committee of Erving School Union #28 will meet Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Shutesbury Elementary School.  The Budget and Personnel Committee will meet beforehand at 6:30. The next meeting is tentatively set for May 21 at the Swift River School.  School Union #28 provides the superintendent for New Salem's Swift River Elementary School.  Contact BettyLou Mallet with questions.

Board of Health hours
The New Salem Board of Health office will be closed on Thursday, March 22, and open that week on Monday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon.  It will also be closed on Thursday, March 29, and open on Friday, March 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  nsboardofhealth@gmail.com

Town Elections May 7 – First Deadline this week

The following town offices are up for election at this year’s annual town election on Monday, May 7, 2017:

Three-year terms:  Selectboard, Board of Health, Assessor, School Committee, Library Trustee.

 Five-year term: two positions on the Planning Board

Nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk's office.  Twenty signatures are required, but it’s always wise to have a few extras should there be difficulty verifying any signatures.

Friday, March 16: The last day to pick up nomination papers. 

Monday, March 19: The last day to submit the papers to the registrar of voters for certification

Tuesday, April 17: The last day to register to vote.  


The town clerk, Stacy Senflug, can be reached at 24 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355; (978) 544-2731; or newsalemsclerk@aol.com.  The clerk's office hours are Mondays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or by appointment if necessary.

Assessors Reminder: Tax Exemption Forms Due by April 1

Applications for senior and veterans’ exemptions for Fiscal 2018 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018) must be filed with the assessors or postmarked before April 2, 2018.   You must apply every year even if you have received an exemption in the past.

Exemptions for elderly (65 or 70 and older by 7-1-17) are available for New Salem property owners living in New Salem as of July 1, 2017.   Application forms were mailed to those residents who have received them in the past.  Click here for age, income, and asset criteria for the 41-C and 17-D exemptions.  If you think that someone you know could be eligible you should encourage them to contact our office.

Let Us Know Where You Have Seen Invasive Species

The Conservation Commission is compiling a list of sites in town where there are patches of invasive plants which will be the target for a work day to remove in the spring.  Our goal is to focus on patches that are small and manageable, or composed of "early detection" species not yet common in town, rather than, for example, tackling whole fields of multiflora rose.  If you know of any such sites, please send an e-mail to Zara Dowling at zara.dowling@gmail.com.  

 Be sure to include these four items: 

1) plant species, 

2) location - either GPS point, street address, or distance from a known road intersection, 

3) approximate size of the patch (number of plants, or dimensions), and 

4) something about the property ownership - either that it is on the road shoulder, or if not, what you know about who may own the land.


Photos needed The Selectboard is interested in photographs to be considered for the next town report.  Please send photos to newsalemselectboard@gmail.com.  The board reports that nature photos are preferred and the pool of choices is often small.  The choice won’t be made until April so there is time to find and submit possibilities.


Free Home Energy Assessment and Light Bulbs

The New Salem Energy Committee wants to remind residents to participate in MassSave, a program which provides FREE home energy efficiency assessments to homeowners and renters.  During an appointment, the assessor will evaluate options to increase energy efficiency in your home and can provide LED high-efficiency light bulbs, programmable thermostats, advanced power strips, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators AT NO COST.  Discounted wireless thermostats are also available.  If you need additional insulation or heating, MassSave can provide FREE air sealing of leaks and drafty areas, as well as 75% off of up to $2000 of insulation improvements.  Rebates for high-efficiency hot water and heating systems are available, as well as 0% HEAT Loans for eligible projects.  You can schedule an assessment at 866-527-SAVE or MassSave.com.  Informational pamphlets are also available at the library.


Future Trash Solutions

Please save the dates for these 2018 collection events. 

  • · Spring “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day: May 5
  • · Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day: Sept. 22
  • · Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day: October 20

To reach the New Salem News

The New Salem News normally goes out early Saturday morning, including all news received that week.  To send an announcement or to subscribe, use this email address,  newsalemnews@gmail.com. Please include contact information that will be included in an announcement. It’s very helpful if you send your announcement in the body of the email or as a link instead of an attachment. 

Notice from the Animal Control Officer

Please do not drop animals off at the Animal Control Officer’s residence. Please call 978 544-7530 and I or a substitute will happily pick it up. There are many new protocols that must be followed.  I came home last week and there was a dog in a crate at my home with no information - no one had called ahead and there was no note. It is necessary to know who is dropping off said animals in case more information is needed. If animals are dropped off without calling ahead, I will have to change the area of the kennel and add video security. Thank you for understanding. I/we do act on all calls received.

On another note - please do not feed wildlife! There are tons of bear issues (they like bird feeders and trash). It is illegal to trap and move wildlife to a different location (even for us). If there is a problem with nuisance wildlife, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police. Thank you, Gail Spring, New Salem Animal Control Officer.”
The 7-day, emergency statewide dispatch phone number is 1-800-632-8075.


Board of Health News

Anyone interested in collecting the recyclable cans and bottles from the New Salem Transfer Station should submit a written request and what organization will benefit from it to New Salem Board of Health 19 South Main Street, New Salem Ma. 01355. The cans need to be picked up weekly when the Transfer Station is open and you need to have a valid Transfer Station Permit.


Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2017 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim! Guide: https://tinyurl.com/RRRN-2017

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.


Broadband Stories

Our neighbors (and would-be neighbors) talk about why they need broadband. 

See their stories here.

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



Frequently Used Links                

Meeting and Notice Calendar

Town & Local Events Calendar & News

New Salem Community Garden Facebook Page

Broadband Committee page

Town Board & Committee List

Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 

Online Tax Payments

Burn Permits

2015 Annual Report


Board of Assessors Seek One Replacement

The Board of Assessors is seeking one replacement for the pending retirement of chair, Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years. It is required that the board have three members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a quorum. The board meets twice monthly (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.) through most of the year and meetings are normally under two hours in length.  There is a stipend for board members. Please call our office at 978-544-5814, if you are a town resident and are interested in joining the board.  Potential candidates would
meet with the current Board and upon their recommendation, be appointed by the Selectboard. When the members term is expired they must be elected. Current members of the Board as of this date are Eric Hamm (Chair), Phyllis Stever and David Briand.

New Salem Agricultural Commission
The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as: ticks & Lyme disease, building & amending soil, growing mushrooms, managing invasive speciesbest organic practices, and more. We are seeking public input on your desired topics, through public presentations or research findings, so please let us know what youd like to learn more about. If you are interested in havin your soil tested, we have a connection through UMass. Send an email to nsagcommission@gmail.com, join our meetings, or "like" our page on Facebook.


Personnel Committee
Due to a recent resignation, the Personnel Committee is looking for a new member. Contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.


Energy Committee
The New Salem Energy Committee is on a hiatus as only two members remain. They are now working with Wendell on grants for energy upgrades at Swift River School. The Town of Wendell has suggested working with New Salem on “Solarize Mass” which provides group rates on multiple solar installations. Please contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in working with the Energy Committee.

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 calvin.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

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.