New Salem Town & Local Events,
Opportunities & News
RAIN OR SHINE!!
Spring Clean Up Week
New Salem's 12th Annual Rabbit Run Invites
The Recreation Committee would like to remind you that Spring Vacation Week is
a great time to help clean up New Salem! Trash which is obviously litter can be
dropped off at the New Salem Transfer Station and you can enter your name in a
raffle for a free set of Transfer Station bags.
The 12th annual Rabbit Run will be held on Saturday, May 16th at the Common in
New Salem. After the long winter just experienced, the organizers expect a good
turnout! Prizes are available for all age groups. The race will benefit the 100
Mile Club at the Swift River School. The 100 Mile Club® provides the
opportunity to run or walk 100 miles at school during a single school year
which improves school readiness to learn, creates better education outcomes,
building self-esteem and the overall health in the lives of children and
The Rabbit Run, named after the former train route which ran through what is
now the Quabbin Reservoir, takes runners into the scenic Quabbin watershed for
a 10k foot race and walkers for a 3 mile walk.
Participants are asked to pre-register by filling out the registration form
which is attached and is also available at the New Salem Library,
the New Salem General Store and at www.sugarloafmac.org. Participants can register online at www.runreg.com. Registration
is $15 until May 1st and $20 afterwards and at the day of the event. Free
t-shirts will be given to all who register before May1st. Organizers are
seeking volunteers for set-up, registration, water stops, timing, food tent and
clean-up. The registration fee will be waived for racers who wish to volunteer.
"Rabbit-themed" snacks would be appreciated.
Race-day registration begins at 9:00 am at the Town Common in New Salem for the
races which begin at 10:00 am. The event is sponsored by the New Salem
Recreation Committee. For further information contact Carla Halpern at 978-544-2676.
Rabbit Run Registration Form
New Salem Agricultural Commission Workshop
on Pollinators Supporting Agriculture with Tom Sullivan
On Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 pm, the New
Salem Agricultural Commission will be sponsoring a free workshop on at the New
Salem Library. For more information about Tom Sullivan, visit pollinators
welcome.com. RSVP not
required. Please call Sandy for questions at 1-413-219-4458.
The New Salem Community Garden
A shed is being constructed near the Community Garden by the Franklin Tech
School. This project was supported by grant money, donations, member donations
and our plant sale on Old Home Day.
Perennials sought: If you have perennials you wish to have divided or
have divided yourself, we are accepting donations towards this years Old Home
Day event. Please contact Sandy at email@example.com if you are interested
New Salem Library News
We're having a party--- a work party, that is! Come help beautify the library
garden on Saturday, May 9 at 1 pm. We'll be having fun while doing some
planting, spreading mulch, etc. Questions or in case of rain, call Lisa at
Pizza and Pages: On Tuesday, May 5th, the book The
Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen will be discussed. The pizza is
generously donated by the New Salem General Store.
Green Club for Kids: The Green Club for Kids will take place from
3:30-5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 5th and Tuesday, May 12th.
Lego Club: May 14th will be the last LEGO Club meeting at the New Salem
Library. Come build something amazing! Try the challenge. Make a new friend. Put
your build on display. Swift River School students can take the school bus.
(Jean Daley meet the bus.) Open to kids age 5 and up. Snack provided.
3:30 to 5:00. This program is generously funded by the New Salem Academy.
Call 978-544-6334 for more information. The Lego Club, a New Salem Academy
grant-funded club, meets every second Thursday of every month.
Used Book Sale at the Town-Wide Tag Sale: If you plan on donating items
to the Friends of the Library for the New Salem Tag Sale on May 2nd, please bring
them that morning and thanks again!
Old Home Day Library Book Sale: The Friends of the New Salem Public
Library are asking that you please hold onto your gently used books for the Old
Home Day Library Book Sale until July 1st. There is no storage at the
Library! Thank you in advance for your donations. We really
Museum Passes: The New Salem Public Library has received 2 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. It should be here
Teens and Tweens Club: We just got a new sewing machine! We’re sewing
capes and device covers this month. Martial Arts should happen later in the
month. The Karate Kid movies will be available for watching. Free snacks!
The Teens and Tweens Club would like to thank Cindy and Chuck Hartwell
for the donation of a sewing machine!
Book Discussion Group: The book discussion group is invited to select a
new read for May from a list posted at the front desk.
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
Beverages Available: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library remind
you that we have coffee, tea, cocoa, and cider available to patrons. Check out
the Keurig machine and offerings on the table next to Diana's window. Donations
are gratefully accepted for these beverages.
Historical Commission Annual Meeting on May
Salem Historical Commission Annual Meeting will be Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm.
for more information.
Council on Aging News
In May and June we will move back to the Town Hall for our luncheons. Again we
will gather at 10:00 am for bingo with coffee and lunch to follow at
noon. Please call Hendra Reidy (978-544-2178) to reserve a spot.
Old Home Day Tin Can Auction: The Council on Aging will be having our
annual Tin Can Auction of hand-made items. If you have anything you would
like to donate, please call Judy Jewett at 978-544-2216. We will also have
three baskets as part of the auction: Chocolate, Breakfast and Family Fun. If
you have an item you would to donate to a basket please call Judy.
Trip to the Vermont Fresian Horse Farm Reminder: The bus trip on May 27th
is full and we have a wait list. Hendra will contact you if you signed up
concerning payment, lunch choice and times.
Busy B's: We continue to meet on Wednesdays at the Stowell Building from
1:00-3:00 pm, weather permitting. Bring your project and join us this
winter. Some of us knit, crochet, embroider, or quilt. If the weather is
iffy, please feel free to call Judy Jewett at 978-544-2216 to see if we are
Swift River Valley Historical Society
Schedules Hikes and Bus Trips in Quabbin
spaces so contact the office immediately by phone (978-544-6882) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hike #1: Sunday, May 3rd, hike to Macedonia section of New Salem. Meet
at New Salem Common at 11:00 am. This is not a hike that approaches the
reservoir, for those who might want a hike that goes to the water.
Hike #2: Sunday, May 17th, a walk "to and over Greenwich
Village" - meet at Gate 43 11:00 am.
Bus Trip #1: Sunday, June 21st bus trip through New Salem & Dana,
depart from SRVHS 11:00 am.
Bus Trip #2: Sunday, October 4th Prescott bus trip, depart from SRVHS at
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.
New Salem Old Home Day Committee Looking for
theme of this year’s Old Home Day on Saturday, July 18th is Old-Fashioned
Fun. We planning on having, old-fashioned music, old-fashioned floats,
old-fashioned food, old-fashioned games and contests! We are looking for volunteers
who will help out for about 30 minutes on Old Home Day with events or games. If
you would like to help make Old Home Day a success, email email@example.com or call
978-544-3410 or 978-544-2660. We will match you up with an activity of event of
Save the date: Saturday, July 18th.
Community Network for Children
Please visit our website for
weekly scheduled Story Hours and Playgroups in New Salem and Wendell, as well
as other fun events. https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events
New Meditation Course
A new meditation class with Jo Ellen Boskind of New Salem will be beginning on Monday, February 23rd at the White Elephant Yoga Studio in Orange. We will meet from 6:30-8:00 pm for 6 consecutive weeks, ending on March 30th. This class is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators alike. Guidance in the practice of meditation is a feature of every class - the group environment is warm and supportive for this practice. Along with guided meditation we will explore thru discussion letting go of "me" the stories we identify with that lead to our suffering. The cost for the entire course is $60. or $12 drop in. For more information and to register contact Jo Ellen Boskind at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 978 249-0929.
Bach and Be-Still Meditation at the Old Academy Building
and Be-Still Meditation is a music and mindfulness group. It combines
deep listening to music and meditation. Each circle time will include
deep listening to recorded music (12-20 minutes), discussion initiated
by short reading (30 minutes) and then meditation/centering (15-20
minutes). The group will begin meeting on February 14th from 12:30-1:30
pm at the Old Academy Building. In honor of Valentine’s Day, music from
the romantic era will be featured.
Transfer Station News
Suggestion Box at Transfer Station
Notes on "Lost" Wildlife from Mass Wildlife
There will be a suggestion box at the New Salem Transfer Station.
If you have any suggestions for ways to improve the Transfer Station just leave
it in the box.
See links below for information:
Notes on lost wildlife
New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
Please note: Click on the event in the Calendar for event details.
New Salem Central Congregational
Community Freezer: We also have a Community Freezer
with home-made meals ready to go for any members of the community who are in
need of a break from whatever they are facing. If you are or if you know
anyone who wants to raid our freezer, please call Lisa DeWitt at 978-544-1912
or Janet Henderson at 978-544-3410.
Petersham Art Show Seeking Entrants
If you want to receive exposure and
the chance to sell your artwork, but are equally interested in helping others
and meeting artists who are addressing similar issues through their work, then
this is your chance. Submit your work to, "Transcendent: visions of
mental illness & mental health."
Designed to promote awareness of mental health issues, this show will
exclusively feature visual art, writing, and performance that depicts or
addresses a mental health issue. Proceeds will go to Abby's House, a 501(c)3
non-profit organization in Worcester, MA that shelters homeless women and
children, many suffering from mental health issues. The show will be held
September 19th, 2015 in the Petersham Town Hall. See attached flyer for more
Franklin County Solid Waste District
“Clean Sweep” – Bulky Waste Day: Save the date: May 16th from 9 am to 12 noon. .
Bring tires, appliances, scrap metal, mattresses, construction debris,
computers and equipment, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items.
You can also bring clean and dry (bagged) textiles and books for reuse or
recycling. New in 2015: Bring bulky rigid plastics for recycling. Materials
will be recycled whenever possible. Disposal fees listed at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/cleansweep.html
New Salem Academy Grants Awarded
In November, New Salem Academy
Board of Trustees continued its tradition of awarding grants to organizations
promoting educational events in the North Quabbin region. The following
organizations will receive grant monies for their upcoming events and projects:North
Quabbin Citizen Advocacy - Social Media Forum
Quabbin Anglers - Fishing trips and Teenager Conservation Camp
River School Library - Visiting Author
Council on Aging - Vermont Horse Farm Trip
River School - Boston Trip
Audubon Society - Native Amphibian Program
Elementary School - Whale Study Program
Lego Lady - Lego Program at New Salem Library
of Historic New Salem - Story Teller and 17th/18th Century Life
Athol YMCA - Summer Camp Programs
The Village School - Summer Programs
Mahar Fish N Game - Deep Sea Fishing Trip
Swift River Historical Society - Swift River valley Day
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.
Bee Swarms Welcomed
time of year, honey bees are evaluating their housing and may feel
their current situation is not ideal. About half the hive population
leaves with the current queen in search for greener pastures. A swarm is
typically very docile, even though they are a noisy bunch. The swarm
generally stays in temporary location, such as a tree branch, for about
24 hours while the scouts find a new dwelling. We would love to provide a
home for them on our New Salem property. Please call Harmonie or Dennis
at 978-544-3869 if you see a swarm in your neighborhood.A Home for Bats
The Friends of Historic New Salem which oversees the New Salem Academy
Building, are preparing a home for bats. As you may know the bat population has
been struck by the White Nose Syndrome and the numbers are diminishing.
We have many migrating bats which have chosen to nest in the attic of the
Academy building which we discovered after the building had been restored.
After consulting with Dr. French of the Massachusetts Wildlife, we have taken
measures to change their nesting spot. It was suggested we add lights and
maybe a radio on a timer to discourage the bats from nesting in the attic, but
this must be started before they nest on June 1st. Dr. French also offered
plans for a bat house large enough to hold the migrating population and
construction has started. The bat house will be placed near the garden area
behind the town hall.
The Friends have begun the process to direct the bats to another nesting place
and warn that they may try to nest in homes and buildings surrounding the
common. If you are concerned that the bats may find your home inviting, we
suggest you follow Dr. French’s advice and add a light and radio connected to a
timer to any dark, inviting places before June 1st. After the bats have begun
to nest the lights and radio are not necessary.
Quabbin Food Co-op
Right in downtown Orange! Go to: www.nqeats.org for
more information about the co-op.
Hatha Yoga Class
Janice Doubleday is offering an on-going Hatha Yoga class for beginners and
intermediate on Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wendell Senior Center. She has
a 200 hour certificate. Classes are $10. Contact her at email@example.com or 978-544-7079
with any questions.
Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
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.