13th Annual Rabbit Run – 10K Run
and 3 Mile Walk
13th annual Rabbit Run is Saturday, May 21st at the Common in New Salem. Prizes
are available for all age groups. This year the race will benefit all the other
activities of the Recreation Committee - free swimming lessons, playground and
recreation field repair, Egg Hunt, Halloween party. 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. Interested runners can pick up registration
forms at the New Salem General Store, New Salem Library, Wendell General Store,
Wendell Library, or the Athol YMCA or downloaded from sugarloafmac.org. They can
register online at runreg.com.
Participants can still register on the day of the event for $20. Note: The
registration fee will be waived for volunteers who also want to participate!
Race-day registration begins at 9:00 am at the 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
Town-wide Tag Sale Reminder
The New Salem Town-Wide Tag Sale is coming soon! There still time to snag a
place for yourself and/or a friend! Get rid of those things hanging
around that you never use! Put the money towards your summer vacation,
something you've been saving for or towards buying someone else's stuff!
When: Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Where: On the
Common. Initial set up can be done on Friday evening. $15 goes towards
the advertising in local papers and gets you the space you need. Any extra
funds go into the Recreation Committee accounts to be used for their projects.
To sign up fill out and return the attached form or email Lynn Layton at email@example.com
or call her at 978-544-7892.
You may also pay with cash or check on the day
of the tag sale. We are working to have the Salvation Army pick up
leftover items again at the Old Town Hall; information about that will be
forthcoming in a news flash. If you have friends in area towns that would like
to participate, they are welcome to contact Lynn and join us.
Old Home Day - Save the Date – Saturday, July
theme of this year’s Old Home Day on Saturday, July 16th, will be New
Salem Salutes Volunteers! The Committee would like to pay tribute to all
the present and past volunteers who have helped our town function. If anyone
would like to help plan the event or volunteer to help out on the day of the
event, please contact Janet Henderson at 544-3410 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Clukay at 544-2660
New Salem Library News
& Pre-Schooler Reading Time: Every Thursday morning
from 10:30-11:30 am is Toddler & Pre-Schooler Reading Time. Readers this
month will be April 7th, Monica Winters; April 14th, Amanda Mandigo; April 21st,
Rae Griffiths, with Stars of the Show (see below), April 28th, TBA.
Lego Club: The Lego Club will be on Saturday, April 9th from
Teens and Tweens: Free snacks, computers, games, movies,
all free - only for 11 to 18 year olds from any town. Every Wednesday
afternoon, 1:30 to 5:30 pm. Call 978-544-6334 for more info!
England Folklore & Songs of Farm and Sea: At 7:00 pm on
Wednesday, April 6th, Celebrating the Season will present New
England Folklore & Songs of Farm and Sea with Parents’ Choice Award
Winner singer and storyteller, Davis Bates. Sponsored by a grant from the New
Salem Cultural Council.
Stars of the Show: During vacation week come to the Library on Thursday,
April 21st from 10:00-11:00 am for Story Stars with Rae
Griffiths of Teaching Creatures. A unique story time program for
young children 2-8 years of age which includes specially selected children’s
books and the presentation of real, live animal stars - a hedgehog and Dutch
rabbits. Listen to Rae read stories and share her knowledge as we get to meet
the stars and ask questions. All ages are welcome. Funded
by the New Salem Cultural Council and offered in collaboration with the
Community Network of Children Program. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events
or email email@example.com
or call 978-544-5157.
Friends of The New Salem Public Library News
Aloud for Grownups:
On April 13th, Genie Casey and Monica Winters will be reading at
7:30 pm. Wine and cheese will be offered as well as the usual goodies and
coffee and tea. Donations happily accepted. Snow date will be one week later.
Earth Day Party: On Tuesday, April 26th from 3:30-5:00 pm,
the Friends of the New Salem Public Library are holding an Earth Day Party
featuring a showing of the Lorax movie, creating Lorax flowerpots,
planting sunflower seeds, outside activities and snacks. Students at
Swift River may come to the library on the bus and parents can pick them up
after. Children aged 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Feasting from Literature: On May 5th at 7:00 pm, The
Friends of the New Salem Public Library are hosting Liz Barbour for a Feasting
from Literature program. This will be held at the New Salem Town Hall
(the big one) located at 15 South Main Street. The entrance is in the back of
the building. Parking is available in back as well. This is a
demonstration which includes cooking two recipes, tasting samples, and recipe
cards. Tasting samples are available for up to 35 people so please call
the library (978-544-3664) to reserve a snack!
Aging in Place in New Salem
The Central Congregational Church of New
Salem, the Friends of the New Salem Library and the New Salem Council on Aging
are co-sponsoring a series of discussions on the concept of aging in
place. The series is designed to provide information for aging parents as
well as ourselves as we age, reach retirement age, and face the end of life.
There will be three sessions and each session will last for approximately two
hours with presentations from various agencies and speakers. There will be an
opportunity for discussion and questions as well.
The first session will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 pm in the New
Salem Library. It will cover topics involved with community resources available
as we age. Speakers from local agencies will cover topics such as home health
care, visiting nurses, Lifeline services, etc. Upcoming sessions will take
place on Wednesday, May 25 and Wednesday, June 22 also at the New Salem Library
but at 7:00 pm. The sessions are free and open to all. For further information
contact Janet Kraft at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Sue Dunbar at email@example.com
on Aging News
& Ice Cream Social:
The Council on Aging will meet at the Stowell Building Senior Center on Friday,
April 8th at 10:00 am for Bingo and visiting followed by lunch at noon. Please
bring your own brown bag lunch. We will provide coffee and tea and ice cream sundaes
for dessert. Let Hendra Reidy know if you are coming (978-544-2178).
June Bus Trip: Our bus trip in June to the Ogunquit Playhouse is full at
this time. Hendra has a waiting list. If you wish to be added to the list,
please give her a call.
Busy Bs: Busy Bs continue to meet on Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm in the
Stowell Building. Bring your project and join us anytime.
New Salem Community Garden Update
The Community Garden is planning our first meeting of the year which will be
held on Wednesday April 20th at 6:30 in the Stowell building. If you are
interested in planting this year with us in the community garden, let Sandy
know at firstname.lastname@example.org,
come to the meeting or call 413-219-4458. Plots are $10-15. There will be a
registration and review of Community Garden guidelines. Also, as you view your
own yard and garden, please remember our Old Home Day plant sale. Sandy would
love to come to your home and divide your perennials with you for donations
towards our fund raising efforts. Please contact Sandy at 413-219-4458 if you
have a garden needing some reorganization! Thank you! Happy planning!
Prayer Shawl Ministry of New Salem
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of New Salem will meet Friday, April 22 in the
Stowell Building. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information
about the Prayer Shawl Ministry: http://www.shawlministry.com
Talk, Read & Play is a free
home-visiting program for families with children two years old and younger who
live in New Salem, Wendell, Shutesbury, Leverett and Erving. Help build
the foundation for your child's learning. Participants will receive free books,
toys and learning materials. When children talk, read and play, they build
skills that prepare them for a lifetime of success. To participate in this free
program or have questions call 978-544-5157. Find flyer and more
details at the Community Network for Children’s website at: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events
Notice from the Franklin County Regional Transportation Authority
A survey about people's interest in bus service has been sent by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. It's addressed to "Boxholder." Please open and answer it! It will help FRCOG, the regional planning agency, decide whether to try out bus service for Wendell, New Salem, Shutesbury and/or Leverett.