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STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE SEASON’S FIRST POSITIVE MOSQUITO SAMPLE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

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.

 

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.


Town Clerk Office Hours for July

The Town Clerk’s office will be closed Monday, July 7, 2014 and Monday, July 14, 2014. Anyone with urgent business should send an email to newsalemsclerk@aol.com and your message will be returned as soon as possible.


FY2015 Real Estate and Personal Property 1st Quarter Tax Bills Due

This is to remind you that FY2015 1st Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills have been mailed out and are now payable. The due date for this quarter’s bills is August 1, 2014. Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.

Payment stubs for this bill as well as the FY2015 2nd Quarter bill were included in the mailing sent out at the end of June. If you have trouble locating the stub and wish to find out the amount due you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, phone number and the address of your property. The Tax Collector will call you with the amount of your bill. You may also email your request for this information to newsalemtax@aol.com.

New! It is now possible to look up your bill information online at www.unitaxonline.com whether or not you plan to pay online.

• Enter www.unitaxonline.com in your web browser.

• Select Town of New Salem from the drop down menu on the home screen and click Submit.

• Select bill type under transactions (Motor Vehicle, Personal Property or Real Estate).

• Then click on Need help locating your bill? on the transaction screen.

• Fill in the requested information and your bill information will be provided.

Non-cash payments may be deposited in the tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall at 15 South Main Street or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 South Main St., New Salem, MA 01355. Bills may also be paid online at www.unitaxonline.com - please note that the online option is not available after the due date. Cash payments may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 South Main Street on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.


Annual Town Election Results

56/709 voters

7% voter turnout

Selectperson, 3 years

Randy Gordon                 47

Board of Health, 3 years

Jamie Beauchesne           52

Assessor, 3 years

Jean Derderian                 6

Planning Board, 5 years

David Cramer                  52

Planning Board, 4 years (to fill vacancy)

failure to elect

School Committee, 3 years

Alyssa Rulf Fountain          6

School Committee, 2 years (to fill vacancy)

Melissa Burke                  54

Library Trustee, 3 years

Travis Miller                    53

Library Trustee, 2 years (to fill vacancy)

failure to elect

 

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).

New Salem Police Office Hours

Beginning on Monday, March 3, 2014, and continuing every Monday evening until July, the New Salem Police Department will hold office hours from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  This is an opportunity for people to come in and discuss and police-related business or concerns.  Fire arm licensing will not be handled during these office hours, but will continue to happen on an appointment only basis

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.


COUNTY NOTICES

Health Connector Training Seminar

Now that open enrollment for health insurance has ended, FHCC is providing additional information on qualifying events for MassHealth, as well as health insurance through the Health Connector. To be sure, if you are applying for subsidized health insurance (MassHealth) you can apply at any time! If you are seeking a qualified health plan (your everyday private plan) through the Health Connector, you will need a qualifying event. Attached is a document explaining qualifying events. There will be a Health Connector Training Seminar at the Franklin Hampshire Career Center on May 14th at 1:30 p.m. We will be utilizing the computer lab and will be able to walk you through the process. Premium Assistance is now available through the Health Connector! January 2014 saw many changes to eligibility. Assistance is now available based on income and current cost of your insurance plan. MassHealth is now available to most Massachusetts residents making below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level. Come to our training to see how you can apply! We will walk through the website. To sign up, please contact: Franklin Hampshire Career Center, One Arch Place #2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or call 413-774-4361.



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19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

 

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24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


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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.

New Transfer Station Attendant

A new Transfer Station Attendant has been hired. The new attendant is Robert Roy who likes to be called Bob. Bob is a 20-year Navy Retired Chief Engineer who worked on submarines. After he retired, he worked as a counselor in shelters for abused children in Florida. He is a native of Massachusetts and moved to New Salem three years ago. Please welcome Bob. We will miss Al, who was been offered a promotion at his other job and as a result, was no longer be able to work on Saturdays.


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