Free Swimming Lessons
Every year the New Salem Recreation Committee sponsors free swimming
lessons at Lake Mattawa. The child must be a resident of New Salem or Wendell
and at least three years or older to participate. The lessons are provided by
Athol YMCA swimming instructors. Week One is July 18-21 (make-up day is July
22nd) and the Week Two is July 25-28 (make-up day is July 29). There is a
beginner and an advanced class at 9:30-10:30 and a beginner and an
advanced class at 10:30-11:30. To register and to find out more information,
contact the Athol YMCA at 978-249-3305 or email@example.com.
2016 Rabbit Run Report
This year’s Rabbit Run
10K Run and 3K Walk (The Toughest Little 10K in MA!) was held on Saturday, May
22. There was a record turnout! About 102 registered; 91 showed up to
race. The T-shirts designed by a Swift River student were a big hit. There were
no extras left and some day-of-registration entrants did not get one.
Hugh Field and Bo and Janet Henderson were troopers. There was also a
good turnout of six volunteers from the Mahar Key Club. There were extra
prizes and people played "Rabbit Run Trivia”!. This year was the
second "green" year, composting all food waste and recycling as much
as possible - there was hardly any trash! The event made a lot more money than
last year, about $600-$700 total profit! Thanks so much to Carla Halpern for
running the Rabbit Run.
This event can always use new sponsors. Let Carla know of anyone you think
might be interested. Carla might be able to get Rabbit’s Repair going next year
to improve the Rabbit’s Run route. She has been told that banks and credit
unions can give more than $500. Contact Carla if you have any connections in
that regard. She can always use more volunteers.
New Salem Library News
Lego Club: The Lego Club will be on Saturday, June 9th from 12:30-2:00 pm. This program is offered at the same time the
second Saturday of each month.
Teens and Tweens: You must pre-register for this program by Every
Wednesday, snacks, computers, games, movies, all free - only for 11 to
18 year olds from any town. call 978-544-6334 for information.
Free Lunch and activities: “Got kids? Well, we have lunch! Free!
So, there is such a thing as a free lunch after all. Available for all kids
0-18. We also have water balloon fights, a Playstation 4 (!) and 3-D Pens
for making art. Lunch is from 1:00-1:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
all summer long. There are programs for little kids on Tuesdays and teens meet
right after lunch on Wednesdays.
Hand Art: On July 5th at 1:30 pm, you can create beautiful Hand Art by
painting with your hands, find the mystery equipment and play games. Be sure to
wear clothes that can get paint on them!
Fun with Food: On July 12th from 1:30-2:30 pm come to Fun with Food where
you can design your own marshmallow creation. Stories and games to follow.
Robot Races: On July 19th from 1:30-2:30 pm create a robot for the
race. Bubble and Balloon Party: On July 26th from 1:30-2:30 pm
play games with bubbles and balloons. Wear clothes that can get wet! Free for
ages up to 12 with snack provided.
Summer Reading Program: The Summer Reading Program at the New Salem
Library is off to a great start and will continue on Tuesdays through July
Friends of the Library News
Giant Book Sale: The Friends of the New Salem Library will be having our
annual Giant Book Sale on Old Home Day, Saturday, July 16th from 9:00-3:00 pm
(more or less). Now is the time to look over your shelves and collect the
gently used books you have already read or want to read, but know you never
will. You can drop them off at the library between June 28 and July 12 (please
no encyclopedias, magazines, or moldy books).”
Book organizers needed: If anyone is willing to help out with organizing
the books for the sale, contact Mary-Ann Palmieri at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of the New
Salem Library Kindle Fire Raffle
Buy a raffle ticket
and you could win a Kindle Fire plus a $25 gift certificate to amazon.com.
Tickets are now on sale now can be purchased from any member of the Board:
Betsy Bergantino, Lisa Finestone, Nansi Glick, Jan Henderson, Mary-Ann
Palmieri, Julie Hubbard, John Ryan, and Monica Winters. Tickets will also be on
sale on Old Home Day. The drawing will be held on Old Home Day at 2:00 pm. You
don't have to be there to win.
Council on Aging News
“Our luncheons in July will be on the 8th and 22nd, both Fridays and both held
in the Town Hall basement. We will gather at 10 for Bingo and visiting with
lunch to follow at noon. Please call Hendra Reidy (978-544-2178) to let her
know you are coming.
On July 8th the menu will be: Grilled chicken, lemon piccata, penne pasta,
tossed salad, and blueberry loaf. On the 22nd there will be chicken
meatballs, sweet and sour sauce, white rice, Oriental vegetables and an almond
Look for our table at Old Home Day with the Tin Can Auction. There will
be many great prizes!”
Dale Monette Photo Featured at Logan Airport and the Big
Dale Monette’s photo of the view from the Route 202 New Salem Overlook on Route
202 is featured on a billboard at Terminal B in Logan Airport. It is also in a
promotional piece for the North Quabbin in Horizon Lifestyle and Travel magazine
and it will be shown of the big screen in Times Square, New York.
9th Annual Hilltown Brewfest Cancelled!
New Salem General Store comment: “Due to state regulations for distributors,
the 9th Annual Hilltown Brewfest has been cancelled. Yes, it threw us for curve
as well. We were ramping up for another great year of brew, music and good food
benefitting our local fire departments and emergency services.
The long and short of it is that distributors are severely
limited in regard to contributions - even for events like ours. We support all
our distributors including our local Girardi Distributors and understand that
this is not their choice.
Options for the future? The most obvious is that we can
purchase the brews for the fest ourselves. The downside to this is that in
order to raise money we would have to raise ticket prices from $25 to $40 per
Would you still attend with this increase in cost? Still a
fundraiser for a great cause that is full of brew, music and food....but we
realize it is a larger expense for everyone attending. Please let us know your
thoughts, feedback, alternate solutions that come to mind. Thoughts? Ideas? Email
Commission Plans for Old Home Day
The Agricultural Commission and Community Garden want your plants and flowers
on Old Home Day! We will have a lot going on:
Cordwood Auction: One cord of wood (local delivery
included), generously donated by Bruce Spencer, will be auctioned.
Bouquet Tin Can Auction: Donate a bouquet that you make. Be creative!
Bring it to the Agricultural Commission tent on Old Home Day. We will have
vases. Win a bouquet with its vase in our Tin Can Raffle!
Hanging Basket Raffle: Take a chance on a large, gorgeous, hanging
basket, generously donated by Laurenitis Farm.
Plant Sale: If you have plants to donate, please see the Community
Garden news below.
New Salem Community Garden News
“We have cleaned and planted our gardens, with the Community Giving Garden now
ready for picking (well, kale, anyways)! Please stop by and help yourself to
any ripe vegetables in this marked garden (pink posts outline the space).
Thanks to Joe Cuneo, tomato plants were recently added. Peas, beans,
tomatoes, kale, squash, and Brussel sprouts have been donated and are growing
well, despite the dry weather!
We are desperately looking for tool donations
and have a barrel in front of the shed for all to drop seasoned tools that
still function. We would be elated to have a wheelbarrow, tiller and lawnmower
too. Our shed now provides a safe, dry storage space, so please consider
upgrading your own, and donate your used tools to our little garden. Rakes,
trowels, a spade, pitchfork, and any fandangled tool you've enjoyed would be
most appreciated! Buckets, twine, and stakes are good. Straw, or a truckload of
bark mulch is also needed. Please contact Sandy at 413-219-4458 or email@example.com
with questions. There are still 2 available plots if you are interested in
planting this year. The cost is $10 each.
We are preparing for our Old Home Day plant
sale! If you have plants that have multiplied beyond their space, I will come
to your home to divide or pick up any perennials you can donate. Thanks to
donations earlier in the season, our new Pollinator Garden has spring through
fall blooming plants. This has left a shortfall for our fundraising event, so
please consider dividing or calling about how to donate some plants from your
yard. They will be well-cared for until Old Home Day!
Come August, you may notice Whitney Fence from
Northfield installing a cedar post and steel fence around the entire Community
Garden growing area. Thanks to a grant through Organic Valley, we now have the
funds to complete our needed project. How fortunate are we!”
Old Home Day Committee
Updates and Vendors and Bakers Wanted
Updates: There will be a concert/dance with the
sax-driven “rocking” band, Trailer Park at this year’s Old Home Day.
Stay tuned for details. Also, thanks to a New Salem Cultural Council
The Pied Potter Hamlin: The Pied Potter Hamlin will be doing a
special demonstration of all kinds of pottery making.
Town Forest Tree Walk:
The new New Salem Tree
Committee is sponsoring a Town Forest Tree Walk. This will be easy walk of
about one hour by Bruce Spencer, a former Department of Conservation and
Recreation (DCR) forester, informing residents of the history of the town
parcel and its trees.
The 1794 Meetinghouse
Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
is on again this year. Buy your tickets early to be assured you get in!
Vendors: Ten vendors have already reserved space on
the Common for Old Home Day. Vendors set up at the northern end of the Common
from 10:00-3:00 and offer their wares to to the Old Home Day visitors. The cost
is $10 for a 10’ by 10’ area. If you are interested, email.
Cake Walk Cake Bakers: If you are interested in baking cakes for
the annual Old Home Day Cake Walk, please contact Sunday LeFebvre at Sunday.firstname.lastname@example.org
or 575-0116. As always, there will be a great prize for the cake voted the best
cake by the tasters!
Free Home-Visiting Program
Talk, Read & Play is a free home-visiting program for families with children two years old and younger who live in New Salem, Wendell, Shutesbury, Leverett and Erving. Help build the foundation for your child's learning. Participants will receive free books, toys and learning materials. When children talk, read and play, they build skills that prepare them for a lifetime of success. To participate in this free program or have questions call 978-544-5157. Find flyer and more details at the Community Network for Children’s website at: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events