New Salem Town & Local Events,

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Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m., the Recreation Committee will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Town Common. All ages are welcome. Bring their own basket and meet in front of the Library.

1794 Meetinghouse Annual Scholarships for 2014

The Education Committee of the 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. would like to continue its commitment to identifying talented and worthy graduating seniors from the North Quabbin Region to receive a 1794 Meetinghouse Scholarship. All college-bound seniors considering a career in the performing or fine arts in any of the nine North Quabbin towns are eligible for a $250 scholarship - one to the top female applicant and one to the top male applicant. Please see attached application and remit by May, 15th 2014 to be considered. If you have trouble accessing the attachment, please email Jane Williams at for an application.

Information Session on Proposed Gas Natural Pipeline Project On Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Athol Town Hall there will be an information session on the proposed pipeline project. Bruce Winn from the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) will give a presentation on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) route and its contents. He will also talk about environmental and health issues along with economic and regulatory issues. TGP, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, is planning to run a pipeline through North Massachusetts to provide natural gas to a Dracut holding spot. Many people in this area could be affected by this project. Discussion with Q & A to follow presentation. For more information:

New Salem Library News

Book Reading: Mara Bright, a local author, will read from her new memoir, The Constant Heart on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. The reading will be followed by a Q & A session. Books will available for purchase and signing.
Pizza & Pages: On April 8th, Tuesday at 5:00-6:30 p.m., Pizza and Pages will be discussing The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan while enjoying the hot cheesy yumminess of pizza compliments of the New Salem General Store. The May book is Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver.

Reading Aloud for Grownups: The next Reading Aloud for Grown-ups is on April 9th from 7:30-9:00 p.m. The readers will be Linda Overing and Hugh MacKay This program sponsored by The Friends of the New Salem Public Library, is a great way to give those winter doldrums a rest and join in the fun of active listening to wonderful stories. The readers and their selections are always inspired. There is an intermission between readers to enjoy socializing and home baked refreshments. The coffee is on the house and the donation basket is available for your generosity. Snow date is the following Wednesday.

The Classics Season: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library’s own Hugh MacKay will be hosting the April and May Classics Bookshelf: Stop by, check out the whiteboard and comment on the question: What makes one book a classic?

Books for the Old Home Day Book Sale: The Friends of the Library will have books for sale at the town wide tag sale coming in May. Remember to save a box of books for The Old Home Day Book Sale during your springtime cleaning fun. New Salem Public Library Board of Trustees Opening: If you are interested in being a behind the scenes advocate for the New Salem Public Library there is an available spot on the Board of Trustees. For more information see Diana at the library.
Field Trip Passes: Field trip anyone? The New Salem Public Library has compiled a list of available museum passes found at area libraries.  Please come check out the list located at the front desk and take advantage of the cultural opportunities local libraries provide to our patrons, their friends and families.
Energy Bag Available: The New Salem Public Library has something new for you to check out: The Energy Bag contains a Thermal Leak Detector and a Kill a WattEZ gadgets. Check out the Energy Bag and use it to check out your home's energy use. The Energy Bag is on display at the Front Desk. Do check it out!

Eaton Fire Recovery Fund
The victim of our large structure fire on Sunday, January 5 was our Deputy Chief, Larry Eaton. Larry is marking 40 years on the New Salem Fire Department in 2014 and also has a well known carpentry business in this area. Unfortunately, as a result of the fire, nearly all of Larry's building equipment has been a total loss, and the fire destroyed the well and electrical service to his nearby home. The New Salem Firefighters' Association is accepting donations on Larry's behalf to assist him in getting his business and home back up and running. Larry's workshop contained many years of accumulated tools and personal belongings. Donations to help Larry and his wife Donna may be sent to the address below. If you have any questions feel free to call 978-544-7172  or send an e-mail to Thanks in advance for your help and kind thoughts.
New Salem Firefighters' Association
c/o Dan Cook, Treasurer
208 Cooleyville Rd.
New Salem, MA 01355

2014 Old Home Day News
The theme for this year’s Old Home Day will be “It’s Easy Being Green”. Events and activities will focus on ways to respect our Earth by reducing, reusing and recycling. As well as the traditional events and contests, we have already received grants for a performance by Charles Neville (the saxophone-playing brother of the Neville Brothers!) and the Skeletones, and a puppet performance by Nicol Wanderer (seen at Starry, Starry Night and other local venues) from the New Salem Cultural Council. There will be a repeat of the mini-golf course and the solar-powered mini-car race. Numerous “green” activities are being planned. Save the date: The third Saturday in July – the 19th.  Want to get involved? Email or call 544-3410 or 544-2660.

Community-Wide Tag Sale Date Set

The 3rd Annual New Salem Town-Wide Tag Sale is returning to the New Salem Common on Saturday, May 3rd!  Mark your calendars now. $15 gets you a space on the Common, advertising, hopefully some extra cash for vacation, renovations and so forth, and lots of fun - ask anyone who has participated in the past.  And you might find something new you can’t live without!  If you have a friend who doesn’t live in town, who would like to participate they are welcome…the more the merrier and we have a big Common.  Please pass the information along to them. To register, fill out the form below and email it to Lynn Layton, then mail her a check, or print it out and mail it, along with your check, to 78 South Main St., New Salem, MA 01355.  Checks can be made out to the Town of New Salem. Questions?  Email Lynn at or call her at 978-544-7892.


Council on Aging News
Meeting and Luncheon: On Friday, April 25th, we will meet in the Stowell Building at 10 a.m. for bingo which will be followed by an Ice Cream Social! Bring your own brown bag lunch and the Council on Aging will provide the ingredients for an Ice Cream Sundae Dessert Bar. Please let Hendra Reidy know if you are coming at 544-2178.

June Bus Trip: On Friday, April 25th, we will meet in the Stowell Building at 10 a.m. for bingo which will be followed by an Ice Cream Social! Bring your own brown bag lunch and the Council on Aging will provide the ingredients for an Ice Cream Sundae Dessert Bar. Please let Hendra Reidy know if you are coming at 544-2178.

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 544-6334.
Busy Bs: Busy Bs continues 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 work.  It is inspiring!

Notes on "Lost" Wildlife from Mass Wildlife

See links below for information:

Notes on lost wildlife /rehab/wildlife_rehab_index.htm

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
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Proposed Solar Array Meeting/Information Session

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:15pm
Stowell Building, 19 South Main Street, New Salem

The New Salem Planning Board is hosting a meeting for an informal discussion/information session regarding a proposal by Prime Solutions, Inc. Energy Engineering for a solar array within the Town of New Salem.  The proposed site is located on Lot #48 (412-48) off Route 122 roughly across from Old Petersham Road.  The array would cover approximately 20-25 acres and produce approximately 4,100KW (DC).  Representatives from Prime Solutions will be in attendance.

All interested parties are welcome to attend.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stowell Building, located at 19 South Main Street, New Salem.

New Salem General Store Welcomes In-House Baker
Natalie Reynolds, who has been baking cinnamon buns and other goodies sold at the New Salem General Store, is now an in-house baker enabling a larger selection of baked goods and treats.

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 or 978-544-7079 with any questions.

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
     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 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 or Kathy Soule-Regine at