New Salem Town & Local Events,
Opportunities & News
The 7th Annual Hilltown Brewfest
will be held on Saturday, September 6th this year from noon to 5:00
p.m. As in years past, it will be held at 837 Cooleyville Junction on Route 202
in New Salem. Price of admission includes sampling of a large selection of
craft beers, ciders, wines, meade and entertainment provided by three live
bands. Local food vendors including Diemand Farms, Cliff's Backyard BBQ and the
Petersham Lions Club will also be onsite supporting the event. All event profits
are donated to our local fire departments for much needed equipment and
supplies. Last year's Hilltown Brewfest raised a record $17,000 for our
local departments! Don't worry, be “hoppy” and join us again on September 6th
for a great fun-filled day for a great cause! For more information or online
ticket purchase visit www.hilltownbrewfest.com.
Memorial to Jean Stabell – The
Flying Flutistas Concert at the 1794 Meetinghouse
The 1794 Meetinghouse will present a concert of flute music by The
Flying Flutistas as a benefit for the Meetinghouse Sunday, Sept. 7th at
4:00 pm. This concert, in memory of longtime New Salem resident Jean Stabell,
honors her longtime support of the Meetinghouse. Her photography will be on
display in the foyer during the concert. The Flying Flutistas, Vanessa
Mulvey and Lynne Krayer-Luke are a dynamic duo from the Boston area. Vanessa is
a niece of Jean Stabell and has concertized at the Meetinghouse before. Also
playing in the program are Janet Kraft, piano, and Julianne Mulvey, bassoonist.
Tickets for adults are $10. Children under 12 are admitted free.
New Salem Library News
August Angst Mental Triathlon Results
The Friends of the New Salem
Public Library would like to thank all those who participated in the August
Angst Mental Triathlon. The studio audience had a great time along
with the participants and judges. Six teams competed for the top three
prizes. The winning teams were:
First Place (Hot Tubs at Elements in Amherst): Margot Parrot, Sue Blake, Candi
Second Place (Gift Certificates to Deja Brew): Jack Sidar, Zara Dowling, Tessa
Third Place (A gift basket with fine wine): Jeanne Clayton, Sarah Kohler, David
New Books Based on Library Survey
You get what you want at the New Salem Public Library! Keep your eyes
open for new books that reflect the suggestions you made in the recent library
survey. Thanks for your help in creating an even better patron friendly
Museum Passes Coming Soon: The New Salem Public Library is in the
process of purchasing Museum Passes for this year. Don't forget, there is
a list of museum passes available through other libraries at the front
Summer Reading and Raffle Program Winners: Winners for the
July 29th drawing are:
Children: Adriana Gaulzetti, Bruce's Browser Gift Certificate
Teen: Cady Black, Bruce's Browser Gift Certificate
Computer Skills Workshop: On September 2nd at 6:00 pm and the
first Tuesday of every month, our own Sue Dunbar will hold a workshop for
improving your computer skills. Sue will also explain procedures such as
downloading materials from the internet to your personal device.
Pizza and Pages: On September 9th from 5:00-6:30 pm Pizza and
Pages will be discussing Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker
by Michelle Paver. The yummy delightful pizza is from the New Salem
General Store. Thank you Rick.
Book Discussion Group: At 7:00 pm on September 10th,
the group will discuss Following Atticus by Tom Ryan.
A Library for All Seasons: On September 20th, The Friends of
the New Salem Public Library will present Find Your Equilibrium on the
Equinox. Getting ready for Autumn fun is the idea and here are some fun things
to do. First of all "Having fun isn't hard....When you've got a
library card." Do you? You can get one anytime, but now is a
great time. Next join in the fun of these two afternoon events:
1:00-2:00 pm: Heads and Spines – Team up in a contest to find out who in
New Salem can walk the farthest with a book on their head. You and your
book are a head and spine team! Three categories of contestants.
Elementary school age, middle and high school age, college age and up.
The winner of each category receives a Friends of the New Salem Public Library
Book Bag and the opportunity to fill the bag with your choice of books from our
gently-used book shelf. Start practicing your poised book bearing posture
2:00-3:00 pm: Yoga Class - Teens and adults are invited to a yoga class
featuring instructor Connie Pike. Mats will be available. Sign up
at the Front Desk for this event as space is limited.
Lemonade, iced tea, and water will be provided for both events.
Green Burials Presentation
On September 23rd at 7:00 pm Judith Lorei will give information about Green
Library Garden Input Sought
Gardeners, come one, come all! The library is seeking a few people to
meet and talk about the library gardens. If you have some interest and ideas
about beautifying the library grounds, please join us at the library on
September 18 at 5:00 pm or contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Council on Aging News
Bingo and Lunch: We will
continue to meet in the Town Hall until the end of October. We gather will at
10:00 a.m. for coffee and Bingo followed by lunch at noon. Please call Hendra
Reidy by the Monday prior to sign up at 978-544-2178.
On Friday, September 12th, we will have a cold plate of roast beef,
rotini salad, 3-bean salad, hamburger roll and applesauce. On September 26th,
there will be a spinach lentil soup, roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes
and chocolate pudding. Wanda Landry (Quabbin Valley Healthcare) will give an
New Members Sought: The Council is looking for some new they have had
several resignations this year. Please call Hendra if you are interested.
(You do not even have to be a senior to be a member!!)
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
Busy Bs: The Busy Bs continue to meet every Wednesday, weather
permitting, at the Stowell Building from 1:00-3:00 p.m. 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
New Salem Academy Building Hours
The newly restored New Salem
Academy Building at 3 Academy Drive (just off the Common) is open from noon
until 5:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Come for a
tour of the building constructed in 1838 or just sit and enjoy the unique space.
Swift River Valley Historical
Thanks to everyone who
celebrated Swift River Valley Day with us on August 10th, and especially
Theresa, at Seren-dip-ities Dairy Bar, for providing free Maple Valley ice
cream the whole afternoon; and to the Local Cultural Councils of the
Massachusetts Cultural Council for their support: New Salem, Athol, Orange,
Petersham, Warwick, and Wendell. Note: SRVHS is seeking new Board Members.
Information at www.swiftrivermuseum.org
Swift River Valley Historical Society Feltscaping
at the Garlic & Arts Festival
Visit the Swift River Valley Historical Society booth at the Garlic & Arts
Festival for an encore of the feltscape activity we led on Old Home Day. From
11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, we'll
make small felted landscapes of the valley before the Quabbin Reservoir. The
Swift River Valley Historical Museum will also be open both Saturday and Sunday
from 1:30 to 4:30 pm on this last weekend of the 2014 open season. Stop by to
say hi at the festival, then visit the museum just down the road
Free Museum Day
Saturday, September 27 is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. In celebration of
our nation’s museums, the Swift River Valley Historical Society will join
museums across the country to be open and free to the public on this
End of the Museum’s 2014 Open Season
Sunday, September 28 is the last day of the open season at the Historical
On Sunday, October 5th there will be a Hardwick hike with Marty
Howe. Meet at Hardwick Common at 11:00 am to carpool to Gate 45 (Lyman Rd.)
Bus Trip to Prescott
On Sunday, October 19, there will be a bus trip to Prescott with Marty
Howe. The bus trip has filled and we cannot accept any new registrations. If
your check arrived after the maximum number was reached, Marty Howe will mail
it back to you.
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 groups and individuals will join any
presentations we organize. We want public input on specific topics you
may want more information on, and any recommended presenters you know about.
Send an email to email@example.com,
join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks)
on Facebook. Thanks and we hope to see you at the library on September 4th at
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!
National Preparedness Month
New Salem Library News
September’s 2014 National Preparedness Month provides an
opportunity to raise awareness of the important work we all do making sure our
communities are safe, healthy, and ready for emergencies. The Massachusetts Department
of Public Health (DPH) Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is
sponsoring a statewide campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents, families
and communities to make plans and to prepare for public health and medical
emergencies, threats, and disasters. The DPH has established one central web
page at mass.gov/dph/ready
to provide information, tips and links for the public.
New Salem Public Library Board of Trustees Opening
: If you are interested in being a behind the scenes advocate for the New Salem Public Library there is an available spot on the Board of Trustees. For more information see Diana at the library.
Notes on "Lost" Wildlife from Mass Wildlife
See links below for information:
Notes on lost wildlife
New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
Please note: Click on the event in the Calendar for event details.
Writing the Land with Mira
On Saturday Oct 11th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, please join Mira
Bartók for an inspiring nature writing retreat this fall at Seeds of Solidarity
Farm in Orange. This one-day retreat will include nature walks, guided writing
exercises, and shared reading of work in a supportive environment. It is a
wonderful opportunity to deeply explore the resonances between sense of place,
memory, imagination and your own relationship to the earth. No experience
necessary. Seeds of Solidarity is offering this workshop at a very special
price of $100, which includes a delicious farm-fresh lunch! Space is limited to
20; preregistration is essential and we expect the day to fill. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
978-544-9023 to register. For more info, please go here: http://seedsofsolidarity.org/workshops-and-events/
Mira Bartók is the author of the
award-winning memoir, The Memory Palace, and has taught nature writing
workshops for many years. She is an alum of the University of Massachusetts MFA
Program for Poets & Writers and has studied nature writing at the
University of Montana’s Environmental Writing Workshop, Orion Magazine’s
Wildbranch Nature Writing Institute at Sterling College, and the Bread Loaf
Writing Conference, among others.
Central Congregational Church
On Sunday, September 7th, at 10:00 am the New Salem
Central Congregational Church is holding a Homecoming Service to welcome
the community back from vacations and general summer fun. The service,
officiated by Rev. Jim Ewan, will be from 10:00-11:00 am. It will be
followed by a good old-fashioned cookout. Burgers, dogs, rolls, and condiments
will be provided. People are encouraged (not require!) to bring a dish to
pass around. A hootenanny featuring the New Salem Central Congregational
Church HootenZanies will cap off the fun. All are welcome.
New Salem Central Congregational Church holds service every Sunday from 10:00 -
11:00 am. Reverend Jim Ewan officiates, Janet Kraft leads her
"Joyful Noise," choir and all share concerns, prayers, hymn singing,
and the comfort of community.
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
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.
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 email@example.com or 978-544-7079
with any questions.
Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
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.
North Quabbin Community Garden
Offering Garden Plots
The North Quabbin Community Garden’s Steering Committee invites
local gardeners and would-be gardeners to the garden on Holtshire Road in
Orange on Saturday, May 10th, from 10:00-3:00 p.m. for a day of planting in
preparation for a summer of gardening. Organic garden plots will be available
on a first come first served basis. The garden is located on land owned
by Connie Pike and Mike Magee on the northwest end of Holtshire Road between
the Route 2 interchange and Wendell Depot Road. The family hosted a
community garden at the site for years in the 1990s. For more
information, directions, or to sign up for a plot, contact Kristin Grenier, who
serves as Community Outreach Coordinator at Mount Grace as part of the
MassLIFT-AmeriCorps program. She can be reached at 978-248-2043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wired West Needs Responses
Have you taken a minute to complete your support card for WiredWest
broadband service yet? If you do not have a card and have not
completed a survey online, the post cards are also available at the Town Hall Annex (Old Libary) and the New Salem Library. Or you can complete the
form online https://hugo.jf-olm.com/~wiretnet/card.php.
Only one response per household will be counted. If there are multiple
households in your building, please indicate a separate apartment
number for each. WiredWest is a municipal cooperative of 40 towns
working together on a fiber-optic network in the region to provide
state-of-the-art and affordable internet, phone, video and other
services to homes, businesses and institutions. See the website at www.wiredwest.net for more information.
The support card is an important demonstration of interest in the
network in each town. We hope you will consider expressing your
interest in service from the WiredWest network. Even
if you already have services from another provider, note that WiredWest
will not only deliver superior internet service, but your expressed
support also helps to ensure access for your fellow residents who
currently have no high-speed internet options.
If you have any questions, please contact the New Salem delegates, MaryEllen Kennedy at email@example.com or Kathy Soule-Regine at firstname.lastname@example.org