Winterfest! March 4 5-7pm New Salem Center
It's about time we had some fun with all of this snow! Come to New Salem center and build a snow person, gather the family to make a snow sculpture (spray bottles of color provided), or have a s'more by the bonfire. Bring a sled and take advantage of our cool, lit up sledding hill! Bring your snowshoes and take a moon-lit hike to the Quabbin Overlook, or just around Fay Field. The library will be open to show off its new teen area and provide a warm place to play a board game, and get some cocoa. Come play in all this wonderful snow before it melts and we're batting at blackflies! Free fun for all ages. If you have snowshoes to lend, I know some people who would love to try, but don't own any.
This project is being funded, in part, through the Massachusetts Board of Library
Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a federal source of funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
Bach and Be-Still Meditation at the Old Academy Building
Bach and Be-Still Meditation is a music and mindfulness group. It combines deep listening to music and meditation. Each circle time will include deep listening to recorded music (12-20 minutes), discussion initiated by short reading (30 minutes) and then meditation/centering (15-20 minutes). The group will begin meeting on February 14th from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Old Academy Building. In honor of Valentine’s Day, music from the romantic era will be featured.
New Salem Town-Wide Tag Sale is Coming!
It's that time again.... Start sorting and stashing away all those things youcan live without and have them ready for the Town-wide Tag Sale the first weekend of May! There is usually someone out there who can’t live without that thing you don't need anymore! It’s a great time with friends and neighbors and you'll probably go away with at least enough profit for a good dinner out. Mark your calendars and boxes now for a great day in May! More details in the March newsletter.
New Salem Old Home Day Theme and Date Announced
The 2015 New Salem Old Home Day Committee is delighted to announce that the theme of this year’s Old Home Day will be Old-Fashioned Fun. We are planning on having, old-fashioned music, old-fashioned floats, old-fashioned food, old-fashioned games and contests! If you have an idea or want to help, come to our next meeting on Tuesday, February 24th from5:00-6:00 pm at the Stowell Building or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-544-3410 or 978-544-2660.
Save the date: Saturday, July 18th.
New Salem Library News
The Friends of the New Salem Public
Library appreciate the responses we have received for our Annual Appeal.
We'd also like to remind you that our Gently Used Book Sale shelf is constantly
Tweens and Teens Special Events: New Salem Library Teen News! What’s new
in the New Year? The Library is open every Wednesday (moved from
Fridays) from 1:30 to 5:30 for 11 to 18 year olds, only! Use our new
Google Chrome computers, watch a newly-released movie on our projector, have a
snack and hang out with friends. Need help with homework? A book for class?
Stay tuned for news about our Winterfest -
your writing skills in February
11, 18, and 25th.
Local author Mara Bright comes to continue the momentum with the
writing group. Come improve a story you’ve already started or begin
a new one!
Help make shoes for the children of Uganda for Soles of Hope. This
non-profit brings shoes and jobs to country that is
help! No experience necessary.
Call 978-544-6334 for more info. (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 Museum and Library Sciences.
: The Kids Club will be meeting from
3:30-5:00 pm on February 3rd and 10th
Pizza and Pages
: On Tuesday, February 3rd January 6th from 5:00-6:30 pm: Pizza
a teen reading club, will be discussing Snow Like Ashes
by Sara RaaschRick Riordan. Pizza available thanks to the New Salem General Store.
: On Thursday, February 12th
from 3:30-5:00 pm, the
LEGO Club will meet. Kindergarten and up welcome. Recent additions to the Lego
Collection are "little bits," to motorize Legos. The LEGO Club,
a New Salem Academy grant-funded club, meets every second Thursday of every
Book Discussion Group
: On February 10th, The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout will be available to pick up. The next Book Discussion Group meeting will be Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm.
Reading Aloud for Grown-ups Program: The 2015 season schedule is:
Wednesday, February 11 (snow date Feb. 18) - Adam Frost and Jane Clukay
Wednesday, March 11 (snow date March 18) - Sally Howe and Allen Young
Wednesday, 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.
Community Network for Children Program: Come meet the STARS of the show - FROGS! with Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures. Rae will read stories and share her knowledge as we get to observe and ask questions. This program is intended for children 2-8 years of age, but all are welcome.
Computer Help: Sue Dunbar is available for one-on-one computer help anytime, but especially on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. Please ask Sue if you are having a computer problem or would like to learn a computer program, such as Excel.
Beverages Available: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library remind you that we have coffee, tea, cocoa, and cider available to patrons. Check out the Keurig machine and offerings on the table next to Diana's window. Donations are gratefully accepted for these beverages.
Council on Aging News
Luncheons: On Friday, February 13th, we will meet at the Stowell Building for a Chinese take-out luncheon. The cost will be $5 person. Please contact Hendra Reidy at 978-544-2178 to let her know you are coming if you have not already signed up. We will gather at 10 am for a meeting followed by Bingo and coffee at noon. The snow date will be the following Friday, February 20th.
Trip to Vermont Horse Farm: On Wednesday, May 27, there will be a bus trip to the Vermont Horse Farm in Townshend, VT. We will tour the beautiful European-style stables and meet the gentle Fresian horses. This is a breed that originated in the Netherlands. We will take a carriage ride around the grounds and then enjoy a choreographed musical show, including Classical Dressage Freestyle from seats in the area. The trip will also include lunch at the New England House Restaurant. The menu will be a choice of BBQ Beef Brisket or Peach-Glazed Chicken Breast or Orange Tarragon Salmon. Please call Hendra Reidy at 978-544-2178 to sign up. This trip is open to all adults and sponsored by the New Salem Academy and the New Salem Council on Aging. The cost for the trip, including lunch, will be $20 per person.
Busy B's: We continue to meet on Wednesday at the Stowell Building from
1:00-3:00 pm. Bring your project and join us this winter. Some of us
knit, crochet, embroider, or quilt. If the weather is iffy, please feel
free to call Judy Jewett (978-544-2216) to see if we are meeting.
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
New Meditation Course
A new meditation class with Jo Ellen Boskind of New Salem will be beginning on Monday, February 23rd at the White Elephant Yoga Studio in Orange. We will meet from 6:30-8:00 pm for 6 consecutive weeks, ending on March 30th. This class is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators alike. Guidance in the practice of meditation is a feature of every class - the group environment is warm and supportive for this practice. Along with guided meditation we will explore thru discussion letting go of "me" the stories we identify with that lead to our suffering. The cost for the entire course is $60. or $12 drop in. For more information and to register contact Jo Ellen Boskind at email@example.com or call her at 978 249-0929.
Transfer Station News
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