New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns -
is a new, free, 56-page magazine with a glossy cover and a photo of the New
Salem Route 202 Look-Out by Dale Monette on the back cover. Look for it at New
Salem General Store. It contains articles by 20 local writers and has Calendar
Listings of Events in the area from for May to September. Note: New Salem
resident, Jane Clukay, is the Associate Editor and Calendar Listing Editor.
Worcester to Northampton MaxBus Cancelled
The Maxbus that stops in New Salem on the way to Worcester and
Northampton has been cancelled. It has been replaced by service between
Brattleboro VT and Boston. See www.maxpressbus.com for details.
Board of Assessors Seek One Replacement
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
Agricultural Commission is looking for new members, as we now have 6
members for generating ideas, assisting with planning and development!
The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join
our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as, pollinator
development, amending soil, best organic practices. We would like to
invite other gardeners from other community projects, so spread the
word! If you are interested in having your soil tested, please contact
us, as we now have a connection through UMass. We are seeking public
input on specific topics you may want more information about, whether
that is through public presentations or research findings. Send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.
to a recent resignation, the Personnel Committee is looking for a new
member. Contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.
New Salem Website committee is down to two active members and needs
additional volunteers. Please contact Mary-Ellen Kennedy at 978-821-2597
or Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.