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1794 Meetinghouse Beading Fundraiser

Fall beading party fundraiser returns to the Central Congregational Church, New Salem, Sunday, November 13 - 1:00 - 5:00pm. Admission is $10 plus the cost of beads.  Cash or check at the door, advance registration preferred.  Call Lynn Boudreau at 978-544-7490 to register and to answer any questions you may have!

Free Weekly Playgroup

Come and enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families from your community at the Swift River School on Tuesdays, 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.  This Playgroup, facilitated by Emily Joseph, is intended for children 0-5 years of age and is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children.  Program not held during school closures.  See the CNC Website for program and event schedules, For more information, please contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email


Talk, Read & Play home visits for little folks

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 to ask questions, call 978-544-5157.   Find flyer and more details at the Community Network for Children’s website at:

Library News
November 10, Thursday at 7:00 pm:  Holiday Wreath Making Workshop with Kay Leonard.  There is a 12 person limit for this event. To sign-up or get information on materials and cost, please call Kay:  978-544-7645 

November 13, Sunday:  Yoga Vistas, an ancient practice in a modern time, will hold Series 1,"Mindfulness" at the New Salem Public Library.  Join Darlene Reilly for this first in a series of discussions exploring culture, tradition, and society through the lens of mindfulness and the mind-body connection. Series 2 date and topic to be announced.  (This program is supported by a grant from the new Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.)

December 14, Wednesday:  The Book Discussion Group's selection is Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Books now available at the New Salem Public Library.

Friends Of The New Salem Public Library News

Edwardian Christmas Tea with the Friends of the New Salem Public Library 

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will be hosting an “Edwardian Christmas Tea” in the historic New Salem Academy Building on the New Salem Town Common on Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00   p.m.  The building, constructed in 1908, is now the private residence of the Abbouds,  who have kindly offered to open their beautiful home for this special “Friends” event.

Tea and delicious snacks will be served beginning at 3:00 p.m., followed by a unique presentation by Mrs. Gordon, who will take you back in time as she describes her plans for the 1908 holiday, including preparation of a Christmas dinner.  She will talk about what ladies, gentlemen, and children wanted in their stockings that year, plus consult her 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalogue to let you know what things cost on your “Christmas Wish List”!

If you would like to get into the tea-time spirit (though not a requirement), then wear something in Victorian style such as gloves, hats and fans.

In addition to the tea and program, there will be a Holiday Book Sale, where the Friends offer a wide selection of lightly used books suitable to give as gifts at very reasonable prices. Also, a raffle is being held for a Tea-themed basket. 


This event is free and any donations made to the Friends of the New Salem Public Library are much appreciated.

Council on Aging Meeting Changes

Our luncheons in November and December will move to the Stowell Building.  Since the well at the Stowell Building is dry at the moment, if you can bring a jug of water it would be appreciated.  If you like to drink water with your meal, it would be good to bring a small bottle with you.

We will gather before the luncheons for coffee and Bingo at 10 with lunch to follow at noon. Be sure to call Hendra Reidy to let her know that you are coming. (978-544-2178)


On November 10, a THURSDAY, we will have a pizza party.  The cost will be $5 per person. Be sure to let Hendra know that you are coming to that as well!!

Our Region in the News An animated clip featuring the “Sunrise Over Quabbin” image by New Salem photographer Dale Monette is running on the Good Morning America jumbo screen in Times Square in New York. It’s part of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau advertising campaign for our region. The spot will also run in Toronto in October and be followed by ads in Horizon Magazine print and website.  For more information, see  


SBroadband Stories

Our neighbors (and would-be neighbors) talk about why they need broadband. 

See their stories here.

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
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October 2016 Broadband Update

On March 14, the Baker-Polito Administration with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) issued a joint letter to participating towns supporting the concept of “last mile” broadband projects.  This effectively signaled the end to the Governor’s months-long “pause” on the broadband project.


Our participation in a May petition to the Governor and other political action paid off in a clear directive from the governor for the project to begin. New Salem was chosen as one of the six first round towns.


As it has been MBI’s policy not to fund a shared regional ownership, all towns must build and own their network. In response, WiredWest has developed an alternate plan to regionalize management, maintenance and a shared Internet Service Provider to comport with state guidelines and benefit from a regional operations model – but not ownership.


Members of the Broadband Committee, Selectboard, Finance Committee, and the Town Clerk have been working since June with MBI and the State on a process to assess New Salem’s financial viability to own and operate a sustainable broadband network. We are pleased that MBI is assisting us in these efforts and that WiredWest is providing advice and support as we move through this process.

We completed our town readiness profile assessing financial viability and received our “green light” letter from the State and Bond Counsel in August.


In September, we received our final approval from MBI and can proceed with the preliminary step of the construction project, which is a pole survey.


New Salem is scheduled for pole surveying to begin on November 13. This is expected to take four to five weeks to complete and is paid for entirely by funds from MBI. You may see workers and trucks marked “Osmose” along town roads during this time.

Further details of our plans will be laid out through additional communication and informational sessions in the coming months. We do not want to miss this chance to bring broadband to New Salem, as it will not come around again.

The New Salem Broadband Committee

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 for details.


New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns - Uniquely Quabbin
There 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.

Democrat Outreach

Any New Salem Democrat interested in finding out more about the local committee and its activities should contact John Ryan, chair ( or Sharon Tracy, co-chair (

Service Forestry Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Service Forestry Program provides technical assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection within districts across the state. 

With 235,000 non-industrial private landowners in Massachusetts and approximately 78% of the Commonwealth's forest land in private ownership, private lands play a key role in sustaining clean water, protecting our soil, providing wildlife habitat and producing quality timber resources.

The Service Forestry Program meets the needs of these landowners through: 

The Service Forestry Program is based on the belief that we can best serve the citizens of the commonwealth by helping landowners make educated decisions about their woodlots, and protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations. For more information contact one of our regional administrative offices or contact the service forester working in your town. 

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op hours increased.

Quabbin Harvest, the co-operative food market located at 12 North Main Street in downtown Orange, is now open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays thru Saturdays, and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays.