New Salem Town & Local Events,

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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. For more information pick up a schedule from the New Salem Store or go to

Free Corn Stalks for Decorations Sarah Kohler has a lot of dry cornstalks standing in the field beside the community garden behind the town hall. She would like people to know that they are welcome to come and cut them for decorations. Please bring a pair of loppers or hand shears to cut them, rather than pull them up!

Donna Eaton Open Studio Donna Eaton from 837 Daniel Shays Highways will be opening her Art Studio on Saturday, November 7th from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. She encourages friends and New Salem residents to come and see her work from this past year.

Cider Days at New Salem Orchards The weekend of November 7th and 8th is the 21st Franklin County Cider Days. New Salem Preserves will be participating, along with numerous other farms from Ashfield, Deerfield, Charlemont, Colrain and all the towns in between. New Salem Orchards will host its annual cider and apple festival with child-friendly apple pressing. Farm products, along with exhibits from local artisans, will be displayed against the breathtaking backdrop of the Quabbin Reservoir. Info and schedule at


1794 Meetinghouse Roof Replacement
The 1794 Meetinghouse roof is currently undergoing a roof replacement. Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign by the 1794 Meetinghouse, bringing in over $17,000 in donations, enough money was been raised to replace the roof of the building, which is owned by the Town and leased to the Meetinghouse. An assessment had indicated that it would not make it through another winter if not replaced. The Meetinghouse also wants to restore the interior plaster and paint, replace or rebuild the shutters, and catch up with a number of minor improvements to improve access to the building. Any help with donations would be greatly appreciated.  Your donations, big and small, make a big difference. You can donate online at or you can send checks to 1794 Meetinghouse, PO Box 8, New Salem MA 01355. All donations are tax deductible.


New Salem Library News

The library has a new website!

Lego Club: The Lego Club will meet on Tuesday, November 3rd at 3:30 pm. Open to ages 5 and up. Teens and Tweens: On Wednesday, November 4th, Creepy Stories, will be presented professional story teller. Sure to scare you! Just when you thought it was safe to go outside….. Also, November is National Novel Writing Month. Come to the library on
Wednesdays and work on your novel. Have a snack. Talk about what you’re writing. Maybe you’ll be our next published author! Anyone who is interested in learning to sew following a pattern should come to the library on a Wednesday and pick out what they’d like to make or call 978-544-6334 and let us know!

Lego Club: The Lego Club will meet on Tuesday, November 3rd from 3:30-5:00 pm. Teens and Tweens Club: Creepy Stories on Wednesday, November 4th from 1:30-5:00 pm. Pizza and Pages: On Tuesday, November 3rd, Pizza and Pages will be discussing Septimus Heap, MAGYC by Angie Sage from 4:00-5:00 pm. Pizza will be provided "by the New Salem General Store. 

Reading Aloud for Grownups: Reading Aloud for Grownups dates will be posted soon so keep your eyes out!

Friends of the New Salem Public Library

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library would like to thank our past supporters and hope you will all take the opportunity to look over our forthcoming Annual Appeal brochure. We have included a "suggestions," section as well.


Massachusetts Broadband Update
Please read the September/October 2015 Newsletter from The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at . In this edition, we discuss the progress we have made toward “last mile” broadband, the impact of broadband on in-home health care, the State department led media tour of Leverett's broadband network and the town of Royalston's wireless broadband project. Thank you for your continued interest in the MBI as we work to extend access to affordable high-speed Internet across the Commonwealth.


Council on Aging News
Luncheon: The New Salem Council on Aging luncheon for November will be held Friday the 13th at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Gill. Please let Hendra Reidy know if you are coming (978-544-2178) and meet us there at noon. Lunch will be paid for by each individual attending. In the winter, we move to the Stowell Building and will only have one luncheon each month The Council will not meet in November.
Busy B's: Busy B's continue to meet at the Stowell Building on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Please bring your project and join us, or just come to visit.


Community Garden Update

Crabapple Tree Donation: Thank you Sugarloaf Nursery of Sunderland for the Golden Raindrops Crabapple tree that has been planted near the bench to eventually shade anyone taking a seat. It will provide white flowers, yellow fruit and ever changing leaf color!

Post and Steel Fence: We recently had a visit from Whitney Fence of Northfield who took measurements for a post and steel fence to enclose the entire growing space. Time to get busy writing grants!

Pollinator Garden Planned: The Franklin Tech School Landscaping department have been contacted for a spring project to develop a pollinator garden. If anyone has design ideas, you may email Sandy at The Agricultural Commission continues to plan gardening workshops for the winter months, so stay tuned for details. Thank you to all who have and continue to support our ideas and endeavors! We appreciate all comments, concerns and criticisms from you.

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New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
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Complete the Fence Petition
Concern has surfaced about the need to complete the fence which borders Wendell Road at Swift River School. As there is now a running track which goes along the inside of the fence, child safety is more at risk. See the attached write-up for details. Complete the fence

New Salem Central Congregational Church News
Maintenance Fundraiser: The Central Congregational Church is beginning work on the church. To help raise money, Janet and Bo Henderson are offering the neighborhood....APPLES!! No spray, yummy, juicy ones right off our two trees at the end of the driveway.  A small bag is $5.00 and a big bag is $10.00....bring your own bags.  If you just want to grab an apple to eat...please go right ahead.

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op

Quabbin Harvest Hosts Autumn Extravaganza: 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.

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 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.