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Santa Arrives at the Fire Station Holiday Party

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 Main Street.

 

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 newsalemfirefighters@gmail.com 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.

 

The New Salem Library's special Tween and Teen Program announces its late December events.
On Friday, December 19th, we’ll make a collection of crafts to keep or give. Free snacks!
On Friday, December 26th, it's Movie Night! We'll be viewing If I Stay, rated PG-13, at 4:00 pm. Free popcorn and soda or cocoa!
You must be 11 to 18 years of age to attend.  All programs and supplies are free. Call 978-544-6334 if you have any questions.  
(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.)

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. Flyer below.

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.

On FrThe New Salem Library's special Tween and Teen Program announces its late December events.
On Friday, December 19th, we’ll make a collection of crafts to keep or give. Free snacks!
On Friday, December 26th, it's Movie Night! We'll be viewing If I Stay, rated PG-13, at 4:00 pm. Free popcorn and soda or cocoa!
You must be 11 to 18 years of age to attend.  All programs and supplies are free. Call 978-544-6334 if you have any questions.  
(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 New Salem Library's special Tween and Teen Program announces its late December events.
On Friday, December 19th, we’ll make a collection of crafts to keep or give. Free snacks!
On Friday, December 26th, it's Movie Night! We'll be viewing If I Stay, rated PG-13, at 4:00 pm. Free popcorn and soda or cocoa!
You must be 11 to 18 years of age to attend.  All programs and supplies are free. Call 978-544-6334 if you have any questions.  
(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.)
 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!
The New Salem Library's special Tween and Teen Program announces its late December events.
On Friday, December 19th, we’ll make a collection of crafts to keep or give. Free snacks!
On Friday, December 26th, it's Movie Night! We'll be viewing If I Stay, rated PG-13, at 4:00 pm. Free popcorn and soda or cocoa!
You must be 11 to 18 years of age to attend.  All programs and supplies are free. Call 978-544-6334 if you have any questions.  
(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 New Salem Library's special Tween and Teen Program announces its late December events.
On Friday, December 19th, we’ll make a collection of crafts to keep or give. Free snacks!
On Friday, December 26th, it's Movie Night! We'll be viewing If I Stay, rated PG-13, at 4:00 pm. Free popcorn and soda or cocoa!
You must be 11 to 18 years of age to attend.  All programs and supplies are free. Call 978-544-6334 if you have any questions.  
(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.)
(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 by Sarah Dunant
LEGO Club: 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 and light we create to guide the Sun back from parts unknown! We will have noise and light-making projects for one and all, or bring your own flashlights, kazoos, jingle bells, and voices.  Celebrate the Sun! 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 is:

 

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 n_salem@cwmars.org. 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 544-6334.
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 News
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

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife /rehab/wildlife_rehab_index.htm

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: info@sonicveil.com. To preview selections or download Christmas Reimagined, go to:   https://itun.es/us/Lcf13

 

New Salem Central Congregational Church News
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 janewilliams89@gmail.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 wish.
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 Performs
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
NWC Quabbin Anglers - Fishing trips and Teenager Conservation Camp
Swift River School Library - Visiting Author
New Salem Council on Aging - Vermont Horse Farm Trip

Swift River School - Boston Trip

Mass Audubon Society - Native Amphibian Program

Shutesbury Elementary School - Whale Study Program

Library Lego Lady - Lego Program at New Salem Library

Friends 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

This 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.


North 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 jandoubleday@gmail.com or 978-544-7079 with any questions.

Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
In 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.