New Salem Town & Local Events,
Opportunities & News
Santa Arrives at the Fire Station
A Holiday Party for all
residents of New Salem, 12 and under, and their families will be held on
Friday, December 12th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the New Salem Fire Station, 33 South
Santa will arrive at 6:45
pm with a gift for all RSVPing children who are residents of New Salem,
ages 12 and under. To RSVP: Please e-mail the Firefighters at firstname.lastname@example.org
by December 7, and include the name, age, and gender of your children. If you
do not have access to e-mail, please call 978-544-3345 and leave a message.
Santa has a list of all children
from New Salem. He will be happy to give presents to children from towns other
than New Salem so long as they are provided when you arrive, wrapped and labeled.
Holiday Party Flyer
New Salem Library News
Tweens and Teens Special Events: New Salem Library Teen
News! The Library will be open every Friday afternoon in December from 2:30 to
6:30 only for 11 to 18 year olds! We’ll have movies, crafts, activities,
games, clubs, and plenty of snacks. Anyone interested in learning how to
design video games should call the library on Friday afternoons and let us know
at 978-544-6334, so we can arrange it. All programs and supplies are free.
Friday, Dec 19th, we'll make a collection of crafts to keep or give. Free snacks!
Friday, Dec 26th, it's Movie Night! We'll be viewing If I Stay, rated PG-13 at 4:00PM. Free popcorn and soda or cocoa!
(This project is being funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (LIbrary Services and Technology Act), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museums and Library Services.
Holiday Book Sale
: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library is now
holding their annual Holiday Book Sale. We are taking donations of
paperbacks and hardbacks in excellent condition, particularly fiction and
recent non-fiction, coffee table books, cookbooks, craft books, and children's
books. We are also introducing a coffee/tea/cider/ cocoa/ break for those
who come to the library. Bring in your gently used books, have a cup of
coffee and check out the Holiday Book Sale all at the same time!Book Discussion Group
: On Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm, the Book
Discussion Group will discuss In The Company of the Courtesan
: On Thursday December 11th, from 3:30-5:00 pm, the LEGO Club
will meet. Kindergarten and up welcome. The LEGO Club meets every second
Thursday of every month.
Winter Solstice Celebration
: On Thursday, December 18th from 3:30-5:00
pm, The Library for All Seasons, a Friends of the Library-sponsored program,
will be having a noisy, light-filled, Winter Solstice event to celebrate
the return of the sun
and the beginning of our headlong rush into
summer. The Sun
requires some coaxing to return to our Earth
The days will lengthen as the more noise
we create to
guide the Sun
back from parts unknown! We will have noise
projects for one and all, or bring your own flashlights, kazoos, jingle bells,
and voices. Celebrate
! Swift River School students
may take the bus to the library that afternoon...just be sure to let the school
know. Refreshments will be provided.
Reading Aloud for Grown-ups Program Schedule
: The 2015 season of Reading
Aloud for Grown-ups
Wed., Jan. 7 (snow date Jan. 14) - Dee Waterman and Jane Clukay
Wed., Feb. 11 (snow date Feb. 18) - Adam Frost and Sue Blake
Wed., March 11 (snow date March 18) - Sally Howe and Allen Young
Wed., April 1 (snow date April 8) - Mira Bartok and Mike Ross
If you haven't had an
opportunity to enjoy having a great story read to you in a friendly
environment, please come and experience the pleasure on hand at this Friends of
the Library sponsored event. Free coffee, and tea, with delicious home
baked goodies sold to benefit the Friends of the Library.
Book Info: The
Friends of the Public Library encourages you to check the Front Desk for books
not appearing on the shelves. There may be a waiting list for the book
you wish to check out. We also want to point out a list posted on the
Friends of the Library Bulletin Board which contains the names of recently
purchased books using funds from that group. In addition, there is a list
featuring books the library has purchased posted near the Front Desk.
When the shelves look a bit sparse, books are being checked out which is all to
the good of our library.
Chess Club for Tweens and Teens: The Library is looking for someone to
teach the rudiments of chess to local tweens and teens. If you are interested,
contact the library at 978-544-6334 or email@example.com.
If you have a chess board around your house gathering dust, please donate it
for the kids to use at the library. More information to follow.
Council on Aging News
Potluck Holiday Party: On
Friday, December 12th, we will have a potluck Holiday Party at the Stowell
Building. Bingo and visiting starts at 10:00 am with lunch at noon. There will
be a gift ($5-10) swap for those who wish to participate. The gift should be
for a man or woman. Please call Hendra Reidy to let her know you are coming
(978-544-2178).The snow date is the following Friday.
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 pm. 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 work.
Community Network for Children
Please visit our website for
weekly scheduled Story Hours and Playgroups in New Salem and Wendell, as well
as other fun events. https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events
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.
Schoenberg Celebrates New Album
Release at Arts Block in Greenfield
Celebrating the release of his fourth album, Christmas
Reimagined, composer and improvisational pianist Steven Schoenberg appears
at the Arts Block, Greenfield, MA, in a special holiday concert on Saturday,
December 20th, at 8:00 pm. Steven will be performing selections from his new
album, songs, blues, as well as themes from his three acclaimed albums on
Quabbin Records. To purchase CDs, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To preview selections or download Christmas Reimagined,
go to: https://itun.es/us/Lcf13
New Salem Central Congregational
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration: On
Wednesday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m., the Central Congregational
Church will hold their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. Each $5.00
donation will purchase a bulb to be lit in honor of a loved one or as a gift to
the community. The Purchase/designation form is attached Christmas Tree Sponsor Form and is available
Sundays at the church or electronically from email@example.com. Proceeds to benefit the Central Congregational Church in
an effort to sustain its presence in the community.
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Quiet Meditation Organ Music: On Tuesday, December 16th, from
5:00-6:00 pm, there will be an hour of quiet meditation organ music by Janet
Kraft. This is offered to people in our community who may want some quiet time
to reflect. It is also offered to those who find the holidays difficult due to
losses of one kind or another. Or just come because it sounds like something
you'd like to do. Come as you are at any time during the hour, leaving when you
Christmas Eve Service: The Christmas Eve Service will start at 7:00 pm
on Wednesday, December 24th.
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 978-544-1912 or Janet
Henderson at 978-544-3410.
Amherst Area Gospel Choir
Sunny Miedell of New Salem invites New Salem residents to come and enjoy the
Amherst Area Gospel Choir’s performance of The Christmas Story in
Word and Music in the Black Gospel Tradition on Saturday, December 13 (snow
date, December 20) at 5:00 pm at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main
Street, Amherst, next to police station. She sings with this non-profit choir.
Donations gratefully accepted. See attachment for more information.
Gospel Choir Performance
New Salem Academy Grants Awarded
In November, New Salem Academy
Board of Trustees continued its tradition of awarding grants to organizations
promoting educational events in the North Quabbin region. The following
organizations will receive grant monies for their upcoming events and projects:North
Quabbin Citizen Advocacy - Social Media Forum
Quabbin Anglers - Fishing trips and Teenager Conservation Camp
River School Library - Visiting Author
Council on Aging - Vermont Horse Farm Trip
River School - Boston Trip
Audubon Society - Native Amphibian Program
Elementary School - Whale Study Program
Lego Lady - Lego Program at New Salem Library
of Historic New Salem - Story Teller and 17th/18th Century Life
Athol YMCA - Summer Camp Programs
The Village School - Summer Programs
Mahar Fish N Game - Deep Sea Fishing Trip
Swift River Historical Society - Swift River valley Day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.