New Salem Town & Local Events,
Opportunities & News
Halloween Events in New Salem
Part-time Circulation Librarian
Trick-or-Treating: Trick-or-treating will be held in New Salem from
6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31st.
Trick-or-Treating on the Common: In addition to the
traditional trick-or-treating, the Town will continue to have trick-or-treating
on the Common. Residents who do not live along the traditional trick-or-treat
route are invited to bring their candy to distribute from tables that they will
set up on the Common along the Old Main Street (west) side. In addition to
their candy we ask that people setting up on the Common to bring some form of
lantern or light to help trick-or-treaters find their table and the treats.
New Salem Public Library
is looking for a part-time circulation librarian needed for 13 hrs per week.
High School diploma, excellent customer service, and attention to detail,
with Evergreen Training a plus. $12.02 per hour. Please send cover letter
and resume to: New Salem Public Library, 23 South Main St. New Salem, MA
New Salem Library News
Find Your Equilibrium Update: The Friends of the New Salem
Public Library's Library for All Seasons event: "Find Your
Equilibrium on the Equinox" walking with a book on your head event yielded
College age and up: Hugh MacKay, and Jen Potee: Both won. They walked
farther than Hugh Field, John DeWitt, and Bo Henderson....we had to finally
agree to a tie or they would still be out there parading around with a books on
their heads. A spectacle if ever there was one.
High School: Mailande DeWitt walked farther than her brother Jack....but it was
Elementary School: Tessa Yohan (with superb coaching from her cousin Jane)
walked farther than Sharon and Theo DeWitt and Connor Haggarty who all put in
valiant efforts. Thanks to all the participants and spectators.
Classics Bookshelf: This is the last month for The Friends of the New
Salem Public Library's "Classics" bookshelf. Mary-Ann Palmieri
has selected the classics for September and October. Please come check
out the titles, take out a classic and add your comments to our white board
Electronics Clinic: Having difficulty keeping up with your
computer? Come to Sue Dunbar's Electronics Clinic to help you enhance
your computer and or other device skills on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. You may
call Sue at the library for an appointment if that time doesn't work for you.
Kids Club: Starting Tuesday October 7th and continuing on Tuesdays for
the school year kids 3rd grade - 6th grade will be welcomed at the New Salem
Library Kid’s Club from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Be sure to reserve your spot on
Lego Club: The Lego Club for kids ages 5 and up will be meeting once a
month beginning Thursday October 9th from 3:30-5:00 pm. Be sure to let
the school know if your child is going to ride the bus.
The after-school events are sponsored by the New Salem Public Library. Snacks
will be provided
Pizza and Pages: On Tuesday October 7th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:
Pizza and Pages will be discussing The Expeditioners and the Treasure of
Drowned Man's Canyon by S.S. Taylor. The New Salem General Store will
provide the superior and delicious pizza.
Library Gardens Clean-up: On Wednesday October 15th at 9:30 am, there
will be a clean-up around the library. Please join Lisa, Monica and
Stacey to help get the Library Garden in shape for next spring.
Weaving with Lori Flye: On Thursday October 16th at Lori Flye will teach
you to weave a laundry hamper. Check out the flyer at the front desk for
times and more information and to sign-up for the class. Space is
The Friends of the New Salem Library Meeting: On Saturday October 18th
from 10:00 am to about noon The Friends of the New Salem Public Library are
holding their monthly meeting. Please feel free to join us.
Book Discussion Group: On Wednesday October 29th at 7:00 pm the Book
Discussion Group will be discussing I am Mahala a memoir.
Council on Aging News
Bingo and Lunch: We will
continue to meet in the Town Hall until the end of October. We gather will at
10:00 a.m. for coffee and Bingo followed by lunch at noon. Please call Hendra
Reidy by the Monday prior to sign up at 978-544-2178. On Friday, October 10, we
will have tomato tortellini soup with crackers, breaded chicken, tossed salad,
and strawberry cup. On Friday, October 24, we will have egg drop soup
with crackers, Thai diced chicken, vegetable Lo Mein, Fortune cookie and fresh
fruit. On October 24th we will have a speaker following lunch. Wanda
Landry (Quabbin Valley Healthcare) will give us an Alzheimer's update. In
November we will move back to the Stowell Building. More information will
be available in the November COA Newsletter and also in the November New Salem
Flu Clinic: There will be no flu clinic in New Salem this year. We
were told that they may not have enough vaccine left over to hold one in all
the smaller towns. Any New Salem residents can go to the Orange Armory on
Wednesday, October 8th, between 9 and 11AM for a flu shot. Be sure to
bring your health insurance card.
New Members Sought: The Council is looking for some new they have had
several resignations this year. Please call Hendra if you are interested.
(You do not even have to be a senior to be a member!!)
Help with Computers and E-readers: Diana Smith and Sue Dunbar at the
Library will schedule visits with you in your home or at the Library to learn
how to use email, Word, attach pictures or learn basic computer skills. If you
have an e-reader, you can learn how to download books that can be “borrowed”
from the Library system. Please call the Library to set up an appointment at
Busy Bs: The Busy Bs continue to meet every Wednesday, weather
permitting, at the Stowell Building from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Bring your
project and join us. We have knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, and
other crafters all enjoying each other's company and admiring each other’s
Swift River Valley Historical Society News
Thanks to all who attended programs and visited the museum this
summer, and stopped by our tent to say hi at the Garlic & Arts Festival!
Our regular 2014 open season has come to an end, but we still have a hike, led
by Marty Howe, happening on Sunday, October 5th. Meet at Hardwick Common at
11:00 am to carpool to gate 45 (Lyman Rd.). (Note: the bus trip to Prescott has
filled--check our website next spring and register early!
Save the date: November 16th at 2 pm in the Prescott
Church, we'll be hosting Katie Green's presentation, "Meet Mrs. Mary
Rowlandson," a program funded by the New Salem Cultural Council. More
information available soon.
Transfer Station News
July Winner of Transfer Station Trash Bags
Jane McKay won a package of yellow New Salem trash bags for
picking up the trash on the side of the in the month of July. If you would like
to try and win some bags for the Transfer Station, talk to Bob the attendant at
the Transfer Station. Thank you Jane from the Board of Health.
Suggestion Box at Transfer Station
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.
Agricultural Commission News
The Agricultural Commission is
looking for new members, as we only have five and need more members for
generating ideas, assisting with planning and development of new ideas. If you
are interested, our next meeting is September 4th at 6:00 pm in the New Salem
Public Library. The meeting lasts about an hour, so please join us!
Also, the Agricultural Commission is interested in having guest speakers join
our meetings to discuss pollinator development, amending soil, best organic
practices, etc. We hope other community group
The New Salem Community Garden
As the summer air turns cooler, and the daylight lessens,
gardeners at the Community Garden harvest the last of their tomatoes, cabbage,
cucumbers and squash. Thanks to all for making this growing season a success!
Please help yourself to any of the remaining vegetables ripening in the free
giving plot designated by the blue rope and flags, and we'd love if you'd leave
a message on our notepad!
Most recently, we were awarded a$500 grant through
Massachusetts Agricultural Commission (MAAC) which will be used towards our
shed project. On August 27th we were interviewed by the CROPP organization
through Organic Valley in Wisconsin in response to a grant proposal submitted
at the end of July. Cross your fingers they are interested in supporting our
garden project efforts!
Notes on "Lost" Wildlife from Mass Wildlife
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 Church News
The New Salem Central Congregational Church holds service from 10:00 am
to 11:00 am every Sunday. There is a Coffee Hour after church on the
third Sunday of every month. October's Coffee Hour is on the 19th.
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 1-978-544-1912 or Janet Henderson at 1-978-544-3410.
A new meditation class is being offered beginning
September 29 that will run for 6 consecutive Mondays, ending on November
3rd. We will meet at the usual time of 6:30-8:00 pm at the White Elephant
yoga studio, second floor, East Main Street in Orange. Fees are unchanged from
previous classes: $60 for the entire class, $12 for drop-ins. The topic for
discussion will be Equanimity: Finding Balance in the Face of
Life's Challenges. This class is suitable for beginning and experienced
meditators alike. Learn to practice meditation in a warm supportive group
environment. Each class includes guided meditation and discussion and support
for participants’ needs and questions.
Please register by contacting:
Jo Ellen Boskind, ICSW, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978 249-0929.
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
COMING SOON! A Food Co-op in
downtown Orange! The
North Quabbin Community Co-op, a member-owned grocery store, will be moving to
downtown Orange this summer and will serve the region with healthy and locally
produced products. Join Amy Borezo and Michael Skillicorn for an informal
gathering at the New Salem library to hear more about it on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 pm. 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.
North Quabbin Community Garden
Offering Garden Plots
The North Quabbin Community Garden’s Steering Committee invites
local gardeners and would-be gardeners to the garden on Holtshire Road in
Orange on Saturday, May 10th, from 10:00-3:00 p.m. for a day of planting in
preparation for a summer of gardening. Organic garden plots will be available
on a first come first served basis. The garden is located on land owned
by Connie Pike and Mike Magee on the northwest end of Holtshire Road between
the Route 2 interchange and Wendell Depot Road. The family hosted a
community garden at the site for years in the 1990s. For more
information, directions, or to sign up for a plot, contact Kristin Grenier, who
serves as Community Outreach Coordinator at Mount Grace as part of the
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps program. She can be reached at 978-248-2043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wired West Needs Responses
Have you taken a minute to complete your support card for WiredWest
broadband service yet? If you do not have a card and have not
completed a survey online, the post cards are also available at the Town Hall Annex (Old Libary) and the New Salem Library. Or you can complete the
form online https://hugo.jf-olm.com/~wiretnet/card.php.
Only one response per household will be counted. If there are multiple
households in your building, please indicate a separate apartment
number for each. WiredWest is a municipal cooperative of 40 towns
working together on a fiber-optic network in the region to provide
state-of-the-art and affordable internet, phone, video and other
services to homes, businesses and institutions. See the website at www.wiredwest.net for more information.
The support card is an important demonstration of interest in the
network in each town. We hope you will consider expressing your
interest in service from the WiredWest network. Even
if you already have services from another provider, note that WiredWest
will not only deliver superior internet service, but your expressed
support also helps to ensure access for your fellow residents who
currently have no high-speed internet options.
If you have any questions, please contact the New Salem delegates, MaryEllen Kennedy at email@example.com or Kathy Soule-Regine at firstname.lastname@example.org