New Salem Town & Local Events,

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New Salem Hosts 8th Annual Hilltown Brewfest Fundraiser
The New Salem General Store and sponsors once again present a tasting of 30+ brands, offering a wide variety of styles of craft beers, wines, cider, and spirits. The 8th Annual Hilltown Brewfest will be held (rain or shine) from noon to 5:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Cooleyville Junction, 837 Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) in New Salem.
Admittance to the event is $25 at the gate or by advance ticket purchase at the New Salem General Store, Stan’s Liquor Mart, The Blind Pig Pub, Amherst Glass and online at Designated driver admittance is encouraged and remains at $10.00. See details, including musical acts and vendors here.

Another Dorothy Johnson Play!
Country Store, A Radio Play for the Stage, Johnson’s production is scheduled for the 1794 Meetinghouse stage on the weekends after Labor Day with performances at 7:30 pm September 11, 12, 18, and19 and 2:00 pm September 20 in the Meetinghouse. Proceeds will benefit the 1794 Meetinghouse.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 13-17 year olds and children are free. They are available at the door, at the New Salem General Store and online at

The New Salem Community Garden

Stop by and help yourself to salad makings including some lovely Swiss chard. Our vegetables are slowing down but our sunflowers and bee-loving flowers are growing to the sky! Please stop on the bench, have a picnic or simply watch the wildlife. There are butterflies, goldfinch, and hummingbirds galore! Come enjoy!

New Salem Library News

Lego Club: The Lego Club resumes its weekly program on Tuesday September 1st at 3:30 pm.
Pizza and Pages:  On Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 6:00-7:00 pm God's Warriors by Michelle Paver will be discussed. The New Salem General Store will be providing the scrumptious pizza.
Teens and Tweens: This group will be meeting on Wednesday on September 2nd and every Wednesday from 1:30-5:30. It is open to kids 11–18, from any town!  Call 978-544-6334 for more info.
On September 16th we're having a survival workshop at 3:00 pm. Learn the construction of the warmest yet simplest survival shelter on the planet – the debris hut
     •Discover how to coal-burn a wood bowl and rock boil
     •Unlock the mystery of primitive fire making with the bow drill
     •Learn at least four edible/medicinal wild plants that are abundant throughout North America and are available year-round
     •“Lost proof” yourself and your children
     •Learn the components of a pocket survival kit
     •Learn what EDC items are and why everyone should have them
The Library for All Seasons: The Library for All Seasons, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will hold its autumnal event on Tuesday September 22 from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Library.  This is a program for all ages and kids coming straight from school can arrange to take the bus to the library that day.  Snacks will be served.
Book Discussion Group: On October 21, Wednesday, at 7:00 pm. The next book is Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese will be discussed.  Books are available at the now.
Computer Help: Sue Dunbar is available for one-on-one computer help anytime, but especially on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. Please ask Sue if you are having a computer problem or would like to learn a computer program, such as Excel.
New Museum Passes: The New Salem Public Library has received two more museum passes as donations from the Clark Institute in Williamstown and the Brattleboro Museum in Brattleboro VT.  Please check the availability of these and our other passes purchased by the Friends of the New Salem Public Library at the front desk.  The Friends of the New Salem Public Library have also recently funded a Butterfly Museum Pass.  Please call to reserve your pass.
The New Salem Public Library has two bulletin boards to the left of the front desk as you enter.  One lets you know what the Friends of the Library has been up to in its mission to support the library, and the second one gives regular library programming information.  Be sure to check these out.  On the third wall on the left near the end of the desk is a list of new titles available on our shelves.

 Friends of the New Salem Library News

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library would like to remind all members that they are welcome to attend meetings, offer suggestions, and volunteer to help us with events etc.  We are generating a list of "jobs," so you will be able to tell at a glance how you can participate in keeping the library beautiful.

Council on Aging News
Luncheons and bingo: Our luncheons in Sept. will be held downstairs in the Town Hall.  On Friday, Sept. 11th, we will have Beef Bordelaise, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, rye bread, and yogurt.  On Friday, Sept. 25th, there will be shaved steak with cheese sauce, baked potato, carrots and peas, hamburg roll, and fresh fruit.  We start with Bingo at 10AM followed by lunch at noon.  Please call Hendra Reidy to sign up. (978-544-2178).
Farmer’s Markets tickets: Hendra has forms for those who wish to receive tickets that can be used at local Farmers' Markets to purchase fruits and vegetables.  (Low income qualification is necessary)  There tickets are good through October.

Busy Bs: We continue to meet on Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Stowell Building. Please bring your project and join us, or if you don't have a project, just come to visit.

Swift River Valley Historical Society Schedules Hikes and Bus Trips in Quabbin

Limited spaces so contact the office immediately by phone (978-544-6882) or email at

Bus Trip #2: Sunday, October 4th Prescott bus trip, depart from SRVHS at 11:00 am.

Hike #3: Sunday, October 18th, hike to Indian Kitchen & plane crash site, meet at gate 40, 11:00 am. Hikes are free; a $25 per person donation is asked for bus trips, space reserved in advance. Send checks to: Swift River Valley Historical Society (SRVHS) at P.O. Box 22, New Salem, MA 01355. Limited spaces so contact the office immediately by phone (978-544-6882) or email at

Community Network for Children

On September 15th from 8:45-10:15 am, the Community Network for Children’s New Salem Playgroup will start up again at Swift River School. It is intended for children ages 5 and under. For more information contact the CNC Program at 978-544-5157.

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WiredWest town meeting bond authorizations are now 17 for 19. New Salem had a standing room only crowd for Town Meeting and passed overwhelmingly

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
Please note:  Click on the event in the Calendar for event details.

New Salem Central Congregational Church News
Maintenance Fundraiser: The Central Congregational Church is beginning work on the church. To help raise money, Janet and Bo Henderson are offering the neighborhood....APPLES!! No spray, yummy, juicy ones right off our two trees at the end of the driveway.  A small bag is $5.00 and a big bag is $10.00....bring your own bags.  If you just want to grab an apple to eat...please go right ahead.

Installation Service: Please note and save the date that the Installation Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 2:00 p.m.

Homecoming Sunday: Sunday, Sept. 13th is Homecoming Sunday which will be followed by a cookout/picnic outside on the church grounds (weather permitting).  Everyone is welcome to attend the services and/or the cookout.  The HootenZanies will be on hand to entertain at the cook-out.

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op

Quabbin Harvest Hosts Autumn Extravaganza: Quabbin Harvest, the co-operative food market located at 12 North Main Street in downtown Orange, will host an Autumn Extravaganza on Saturday, September 12, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, in the parking lot adjacent to the store. The event will feature co-op member artisans, growers and producers, as well as food, music and children’s activities. The public is invited to attend the event and also to shop at the store, which is open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturdays, as well as Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm.

Petersham Artists Show for the Homeless

 Artists from around New England will come together to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise funds for Abby’s House, a women’s shelter in Worcester, MA. The show will be held at the Petersham Town Hall on September 19th from 3:00-8:00 pm and September 20th from noon until 4:00 pm. The opening reception will occur on September 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm. For details, see the attached flyer.

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 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.