New Salem Town & Local Events,

Opportunities & News

Primary Elections

The state primary elections will be Thursday, September 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex, 24 S. Main St.  For more information, including seeing who is on the ballot, go to  

Our Region in the News

An animated clip featuring the “Sunrise Over Quabbin” image by 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  

 Library News

 Tween & Teen News

Need a break from school? Come to the New Salem Library Tween & Teen group and play ping pong and videos games, use the 3D pens, and meet the new coordinator! Learn MAGIC from Throckmorton a wizard trying to earn himself a teaching position at Hogwarts. If Throckmorton can prove his teaching ability with lowly Muggles, then he will be granted a faculty position at Hogwarts. “MAGIC FOR MUGGLES”!  September 14th at 3:00pm!  

 Please note the Tween & Teen program is for 11 to 18 year olds only and is on every Wednesday at the New Salem Library. It starts at 1:30 pm and ends promptly at 5:30 pm. Children can ride the bus to the library. Please make sure your children have a ride home at 5:30.

 Library Book Discussion Group

September 7th at 7:00 pm join us at the library to discuss Tom Robbins book Jitterbug Perfume.

 For more information about library events, email

Council on Aging

Luncheons: Our luncheons in September and October will be held in the basement of the Town Hall.  We will gather at 10 for Bingo, coffee, and visiting, with lunch to follow at noon.  Please call Hendra Reidy to sign up.  (978-544-2178)

On September 9 the menu will be marinated beef tips with peppers and onions, herbed egg noodles, tossed salad, and strawberry-apple crisp.  On September 23 we will have chicken and rice casserole, tossed salad, and tropical fruit salad.  Milk and bread are also served with the meals.

 On September 9 we will have a speaker: Daniel Dan from Shutesbury, who will talk with us about the idea of having interactions between and among small towns.

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.

Hazardous Waste Day is October 1st

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its annual household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, October 1st at GCC Main Campus and Orange Transfer Station.  Residents and businesses must pre-register by September 26.  Collection is free for residents of New Salem.  For a list of what can be dropped off, go to   For more information, contact the District office at (413) 772-2438; email; or visit:

 Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation Facility at 66 Ashfield Rd. (Rt. 112 South), the Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Rd., and the Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.  

New Salem residents may bring bulky items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items.  Materials will be recycled whenever possible; disposal fees apply for most items. For more details see

Cultural Council Grants

Applications for grants from the New Salem Cultural Council are now available on line. Applicants may apply via www.mass­ Priority is given to New Salem residents, but applications from outside New Salem are welcome. This year’s application deadline is October 17. Last year, the Cultural Council funded 20 proposals, which included programs such as Ruth Flohr's Memoir Writing, Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, Starry Starry Night, the Old 78 Farm Festival and Gillian Budine's Story Walk at New Salem Preserves.  A full list of funded projects can be found at the local cultural council website

Swift River School Safety!
The fence has been installed between the track and busy Wendell Rd!  Thanks to all the people who publicly or privately supported the "It's common sense – let's complete the fence" movement at our wonderful Swift River School. Again, sincere gratitude for the encouragement and suggestions from friends, families, and faculty that made it happen and specifically to SRS head custodian Larry Ramsdell who literally did the installation. I am sleeping better now.

David Briand


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.

A Democratic Party!

The Town Democratic parties of New Salem, Shutesbury, Wendell and Leverett are hosting "A Democratic Party" on Sunday, September 25 at the Shutesbury Athletic Club on Wendell Road in Shutesbury.  State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, State Representative Steve Kulik and State Representative Ellen Story will be there as well as other invited guests. The event is a kickoff for the 2016 state and presidential election as well as a celebration of the career of Representative Story, who is not seeking reelection this year.  You are invited to bring "finger food" -- sweets, appetizers, or fruit.  Lemonade will be provided and the Shutesbury Athletic Club offers a full cash bar. 

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.

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.