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New Salem Library News
Lego Club: The Lego Club will be held on Saturday, August 13th from 12:30-2:00 pm. This program is offered at the same time the second Saturday of each month.
Teens and Tweens: You must pre-register for this program by Every Wednesday, snacks, computers, games, movies, all free - only for 11 to 18 year olds from any town.  Call 978-544-6334 for information.
Coloring for Adults: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm come to the library to relax and color with your friends. Adults are discovering that coloring isn't just for kids anymore, and it's a great way to reduce stress. Pictures and pencils provided.
Free Lunch: Lunch is from 1:00-1:30 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all summer long. There are programs for little kids on Tuesdays and teens meet right after lunch on Wednesdays.

Friends of the Library News
Friends of the Library Meeting: The Friends will meet on Saturday, August 13, at 10:00am.  The agenda can be downloaded here .

Old Home Day Update: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library would like to thank everyone for supporting our recent book sale and raffle at New Salem Old Home Day on July 16th.  This year’s winner of the Kindle Fire/Tablet and Amazon gift certificate is Gioia Palmieri of Durham, North Carolina. The “Friends” appreciate the generous donations of books, DVDs and CDs, as well as the many people who volunteered their time.  
Ongoing Used Book Sale: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library have an “ongoing” used book
sale at the New Salem Public Library, where good hardcover and paperback books can be purchased for very reasonable prices (from $1 to $2 for adult titles and .50 to $1.00 for children’s books). The sale books are located in both entrances to the library as well as the “Book Closet” in the back right of the children’s section. They can be purchased by paying a member of the library staff. It’s a great place to find books to bring with you on a summer vacation!
Book Donations: The “Friends” also seeks small donations of books (adult and children’s) throughout the year in order to replenish our ongoing sale or to be used by the library.  Any books not kept will be donated to “Big Hearted Books”.

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:

Council on Aging News
Luncheons: We will meet downstairs in the Town Hall at 10:00 am for coffee, Bingo and visiting with lunch to follow at noon.  Please call Hendra Reidy to sign up (978-544-2178). On Friday, August 12th, we will have Chicken Jambalaya with brown rice, California Vegetable Blend, whole wheat bread, and a chocolate brownie.  On Friday, August 26th, we will serve steak and cheese, O'Brien potatoes, green beans, a Sub roll, and blueberry Buckle.
Busy B's: We continue to meet every Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Senior Center in the Stowell Building.  Bring your project or just come and check on what others are making.  Feel free to drop in.

The Old Home Day Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who, as we were "saluting" them this year, were volunteering. :)

Old-Fashioned Contests:
Sack Race
7 and under -  Brian Coveli
8-14 years - Aliwah Santana
Spoon Race
7 and under - Brian Covel8-14 years - Astha Bernard
Wheelbarrow Race
8-14 years - Astha Bernard and Carra Fitzgerald
Traditional Contests:
The coordinator of the traditional contests has not been able to get access to the contest envelopes to obtain the names of the winners.  But the gift certificates are coming (!) and the names of the winners will be in the next newsletter.
1794 Meetinghouse Quilt Raffle: Elizabeth Devlin
Ami Fagin Print Raffle: David Gauthier

New Salem Agricultural Commission and Community Garden News
Thank you to those who supported our beautiful fundraising endeavors at Old Home Day, it was great fun! Particular thanks to Laurenitis Farm for donating our hanging basket to raffle and Lyn and Jeff Adams for providing our tent. We had eight beautiful flower bouquets to raffle thanks to ladies in town who grow many lovely flowers. A special thank you to Bruce Spencer for donating a cord of wood which was auctioned. Our gardeners made the Community Garden shine, and tours were well received. A lot of preparation was well worth the many compliments! Thank you everyone!
Please stop by and help yourself to any ripe vegetables in this marked garden (pink posts outline the space).

New Meditation Class
A new meditation class is being offered at the While Elephant Studio, 19 West Main Street in Orange by New Salem resident, Jo Ellen Boskind. The  class will begin on Monday July 25 and  continue on August 1, 15 and 22. We will meet as always from 6:30-8:00 pm. We will focus our discussion on ways of bringing compassion and calm to difficult situations. The cost is $40 for the course and $12 for drop-in. To register please contact Jo Ellen at 978-249-0929 or by email at

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June 2016 Broadband Update
Members of the Broadband Committee, Selectboard and Finance Committee are currently working with Massachusetts Broadband Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Local Services on a process to assess New Salem’s financial viability to own and operate a sustainable broadband network.
As the state will not fund shared regional ownership, all towns must build and own their own network. WiredWest has developed and is modifying an alternate plan to regionalize management, maintenance and share a common Internet Service Provider in order to comport with state guidelines and benefit from a regional operations model – but not ownership.
In the meantime, we are moving forward with steps that the state has set forward in order to proceed with the build so that our participation in the project is not delayed. 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.
It is yet unknown what changes this will bring to residents in terms of monthly subscription costs and service. We will hold a townwide information session when we know enough to make such an event meaningful and productive.
MaryEllen Kennedy and Kathy Soule-Regine, Co-Chairs, New Salem Broadband Committee

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
Please note:  Click on the event in the Calendar for event details.
18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
The event will be held on  Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2016 10:00-5:00 pm both days. Shine or Rain Location: Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA 01364, No Pets Allowed Travel and Shuttle Info, Schedule of Events and List of Exhibitors at: Admission: Only $5 per day for Adults, $8 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.

New Spring Schedule for Worcester to Northampton MaxBus
The 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. The schedule can be found at or at the New Salem General Store.


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.


Note: See link for the full 1794 Meetinghouse 2016 Schedule

Definite Maybes - Thursday, July 7
The Definite Maybes fashion a dynamic blend of rock, blues, and R&B and are driven by the sweet soulful voice of Melanie Mangum and spirited guitar from Charlie Mallet (Melanie and the Blue Shots). Their new release Leaving the Station features original songs that cross musical boundaries and styles. The band also features Scott "Ottomatic Slim" Monette on bass and Mark "The Nines" Jennings on drums. Come and listen to this great band; our wonderful acoustics will help their music to shine. They'll be playing all the originals off their debut CD, plus a few acoustic tunes that have yet to be released, and a bunch of fun covers. The Definite Maybes might hop genres, but they always deliver heart and soul with every performance.

Samantha Farrell - Saturday, July 9th
The Meetinghouse welcomes nearby Orange native Samantha Farrell home on Saturday, July 9th. Often, the first thing people say they notice about Farrell is a blonde shock of extremely curly hair. The second thing that people notice and the thing they never forget - is her voice. She’s looking forward to sharing her jazzy, folk-flavored pop with her friends, relatives, and fans in the North Quabbin area.

Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy - Thursday, July 14
Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy are a Brattleboro–based duo who will perform traditional music from Canada, Ireland and more on Thursday, July 14th. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion.

Gathering Time with Mara Levine - Sunday, July 17th

New York-based Gathering Time returns to the Meetinghouse on Sunday afternoon, July 17th. Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul and Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills and Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America mixed in; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as "getting a whole beehive-full of buzz" on the northeast regional folk scene. They’ll be joined by guest vocalist Mara Levine.

Patrick Coman Band - Thursday, July 21st 

The Patrick Coman Band plays the reds and the blues at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 21st. This Boston-based band merges bluesy bar room shuffles with the red dirt of Coman’s native Oklahoma, garnering fans for their upbeat and contemporary take on traditional American music.

Adult tickets are $15 (except the Opening and Closing concerts when they are $20).
Teens 13-17 are always $10. Children 12 and under are always free.


Editor’s Note: I hope you will support this summer’s 1794 Meetinghouse events. As the building is owned by the Town of New Salem, the 1794 Meetinghouse events benefit us all. Please print the attached schedule and, if I may make a suggestion, post copies everywhere.


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.

Hazardous Waste Day is October 1st

Saturday, October 1st is Hazardous Waste Day. Pre-registration is required between August 25th and September 26th. For more information go to:

Please note that this event takes place concurrently at two collections sites - Greenfield Community College and the Orange Transfer Station.