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Oct. 12 and 19: the regular Wednesday Teen Program (1:30 - 5:30 pm) will feature a workshop for MANGA, graphic novel drawing.

Oct. 19: Wednesday at 7:00 pm the Book Group will be discussing The Boys In The Bunkhouse: Servitude And Salvation In The Heartland, by Dan Barry (Bottom of the 33rd)

October 27, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. the New Salem Public Library will feature Davis Bates, the Parent's Choice Award winning singer and storyteller, for a Halloween Harvest Song and Story seasonal Celebration. Kids can ride the bus from Swift River School right to the library. This is a participatory program for the whole family. Funded in part by a grant from the new Salem Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For information call 978-544-6334.

Keep your eyes open for the following event: Yoga Talk (2 sessions) with Darlene Reilly. Date and time to be determined.

Friends Of The New Salem Public Library News
The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will be sponsoring a special wine tasting on   Saturday, November 5th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Quabbin Sky Vineyard on Hunt Road in New Salem .

Joyce and Phil Wiley, owners of Quabbin Sky Vineyard, will host the event and offer tastings of their locally produced red and white wines, which are made from grapes grown on vines originally brought over from Europe by former owner Fritz von Mering and grapes grown locally at Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown. The Wileys will also share the story of how they first decided to pursue wine making in New Salem. The Friends will be preparing a variety of delicious appetizers and selection of cheeses to compliment the wine tasting.

The event is a fundraiser for the Friends, who help support the New Salem library through book purchases, library equipment and furnishings, and a variety of programs for adults and children. Tickets are $20 and are limited to the first 30 buyers. They will be available for purchase beginning October 15 from any Friends of the New Salem Public Library board member or at the library front desk.

Council on Aging Meeting Changes

Due to the lack of water at the Town Hall, the COA regular luncheons for October have been cancelled. On Friday, October 14th, those wishing to get together will meet to eat at The Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Gill at noon. Lunch will be paid for by each individual. Please let Hendra know if you plan to come so that she can reserve a large enough table.(978-544-2178)


 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

Our Region in the NewsAn animated clip featuring the “Sunrise Over Quabbin” image by New Salem 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  


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.

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.