New Salem Town & Local Events,

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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 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.


13th Annual Rabbit Run – 10K Run and 3 Mile Walk
The 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 They can register online at 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 978-544-2676.

Old Home Day Committee Seeking Vendors
The Old Home Day Committee is seeking vendors for this year’s Old Home Day which will take place on Saturday, July 16th. Vendors set up on the Common from 10:00-3:00 and offer their wares to the Old Home Day visitors. The cost is $10 for a 10’ by 10’ area. A vendor formcan be downloaded here if you are interested or you could contact


Old Home Day - Save the Date – Saturday, July 16
The 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 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660 or

Here is the tentative Old Home Day schedule.


New Salem Library News
Book Discussion Group: The Book Discussion Group will be talking about Girl at War by Sara Novic on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm.
Toddler & Pre-Schooler Reading Time. On Thursdays May 5th 12th, 19th and 26th from 10:30 to 11:30 am there will be a Toddler and Preschooler Reading Time featuring local readers. Snacks will be provided. People wishing to volunteer as readers for this progam may call the library at 978-544-6334.
Lego Club: The Lego Club will be on Saturday, May 14th from 12:30-2:00 pm. This program is offered at the same time the 2nd Saturday of each month.
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!.


Friends of The New Salem Public Library News
Feasting in 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 (978-544-6334) to reserve a snack!
Tag Sale Table at the Town Wide Tag Sale: The Friends of the Library will be having a Tag Sale Table at the Town-wide Tag Sale on May 7. All proceeds from sales will go to the Friends for programming and books for the library. Any small items are welcome especially toys and games suitable for children. All you have to do is bring them up to the tag sale which begins at 8 am on May 7. The Friends' table will be set up in front of the side door of the library. If you are not available you may drop off items at the library the Thursday before the sale, May 5. Please don't drop them off any earlier as space is limited and we'd like to keep the library neat and ready for patrons. Many thanks for your help.  


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.
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 or Sue Dunbar at


Council on Aging News
Luncheon: The Council on Aging will be moving back to the Town Hall in May. They will be meeting on Friday, May 13th and Friday, May 27th at 10:00 am for Bingo and visiting followed by lunch at noon. 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
We finally have spring! With that said, we are looking for plants to be donated for the Old Home Day plant sale to support our fence project.  If you have plants that need dividing or want removed, please let me know. I will come over to your home to pick them up or divide them for you. Contact Sandy at 413-219-4458 or  Also, there are 3 available plots at the garden, if you are interested in planting in full sun. The cost is $10 per plot and $5 for shed key.  Thanks! Let's get growing together!


Prayer Shawl Ministry of New Salem
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of New Salem will meet Friday, May 20th in the Stowell Building.  Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry:


Free Home-Visiting Program
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:

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Broadband Committee Update March 2016
The Broadband Committee is continuing its efforts to bring much needed broadband access to our town.  Some recent articles may have given the impression that we are actively pursuing an option other than WiredWest but this is not the case. We are considering all possible broadband options for our town but our primary focus remains on helping the WiredWest cooperative of towns to move the broadband project forward. We will continue this support of the WiredWest solution until there is compelling evidence that another plan is more beneficial to New Salem.


Twenty-four WiredWest towns have authorized over $38 million towards the construction of the broadband network. New Salem had a standing room only crowd for Town Meeting and passed overwhelmingly

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
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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. 

Bus Service for New Salem from Worcester to Northampton
There's a new bus service that stops in New Salem. The service which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation goes from Worcester to Northampton twice daily. Maxbus that stops in New Salem on the way to Worcester and Northampton has a new spring schedule. The bus leaves about an hour later in the morning and returns an hour or so earlier in the afternoon. For more information pick up a schedule from the New Salem Store or go to

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op

Quabbin Harvest, the co-operative food market located at 12 North Main Street in downtown Orange, 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.