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

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica New Season
Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, resident chorus of 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc., will open its 2015-2016 season with rehearsal at 7:00 pm Monday, September 14th in the Central Congregational Church. QVPM will welcome singers at the September 14th rehearsal with no auditions required. Singers will find an ability to read music helpful. Music will be provided.

Local Book: Uniquely North Quabbin
Uniquely North Quabbin, a compilation by some fifty writers and photographers about unique features of the towns of Athol, Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warwick, and Wendell has just been released by Haleys of Athol.
Athol Savings Bank and the Chamber sponsored the book along with the cultural councils of Athol, Orange, New Salem, and Wendell. Participants will be present at a reception from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesday. September 23rd sponsored by Athol Savings Bank and the Chamber in the main office at 444 Main Street. Mark Wright, Chamber executive director, said he expects superb refreshments.

Watershed Forest Management Tour
On Monday, October 12th at 2:00 pm, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be sponsoring a Watershed Forest Management Tour. Please join us for a walk through a declining hemlock forest that has been marked for a timber harvest. We’ll talk about hemlock decline, biodiversity, and the whys and hows of watershed forest management. You’ll have a chance to talk with the new Quabbin Forester for New Salem and Petersham and other Division of Water Supply staff members, and enjoy a walk in the autumn woods. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. The tour will be a mix of walking on woods roads and gentle off-trail hiking on easy to moderate terrain. Meet at the DCR Office at 21 Elm Street in New Salem. Please RSVP if possible to


Town Halloween Party Planning

A town Halloween Party is being planned for Saturday, October 31st. If you would like to help in the planning, contact Deb Rolski at 978-544-3327.


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 Meditation Course To Begin
A new meditation class will be conducted by New Salem resident Jo Ellen Boskind at the White Elephant Yoga Studio in Orange. It will start on Monday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00 pm and run for four consecutive weeks, concluding on Monday November 9. This class is suitable for beginning and experienced meditators alike. It will include guided meditation and discussion around integrating the lessons of meditation into everyday life. For further information and to register contact Jo Ellen Boskind LICSW at or call 978 249-092


New Salem Library News.
Lego Club: The Lego Club will meet on Tuesday, October 6th at 3:30 pm. Open to ages 5 and up.
Pizza and Pages:  On Wednesday, October 14th, from 4:00-5:00 pm, our dystopian book club is taking a wild leap in a new direction and will be discussing Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Come join us for dinner and make some new friends! The New Salem General Store will be providing the scrumptious pizza.
Teens and Tweens: It’s harmonica time! Come learn to play the harmonica starting Wednesday, October 14th. Free Hohner harmonica to each participant. Come on the school bus! This group will be meeting on Wednesday, October 7th and every Wednesday from 1:30-5:30. It is open to kids 11–18 from any town!  Call 978-544-6334 for more info.  
Bulletin Boards: The New Salem Public Library has two bulletin boards to the left of the front desk as you enter.  One lets you know what the Friends of the Library has been up to in its mission to support the library, and the second one gives regular library programming information.  Be sure to check these out.  On the third wall on the left near the end of the desk is a list of new titles available on our shelves.
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.
Museum Passes: The Library has two more passes to the Clark Institute in Williamstown and the Brattleboro Museum in Brattleboro VT and a Butterfly Museum Pass. Please call to reserve your pass.

New Salem Public Library Additions
Book Discussion Group: On Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm we will discuss Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese at the New Salem Public Library.
Author Talk: On Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 pm, we will have an author talk with Pam Richardson about her book The History of Wendell.


Friends of the New Salem Public Library
The Friends of the New Salem Public Library welcomes people to attend meetings, offer suggestions, and volunteer to help us with events etc.  They are generating a list of "jobs," you could help with to keep the library beautiful.


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.


Community Garden Update
Cover Crop Bulk Order: We have had a pretty successful growing season and we have a few more veggies to pick. We will be putting our gardens "to bed" by November. If you are interested in doing a cover crop to supplement your soil, we can do a bulk order. We will be going shopping so let Sandy ( know if you want to share in buying. You can view possible types of cover crops at Cover Crop Guide
Ideas: If you have ideas on how to change and improve our garden let us know. We are going to measure and price a fence and two gates, then begin writing grant proposals. The Agricultural Commission will be applying for grants in order to have speakers this winter at the library. Hope to see you there! Those presentations will be advertised in the New Salem News and around town.


Council on Aging News
Lunch & Bingo: We will meet at the Town Hall for lunch on October 9th and 23rd. We will gather at 10:00 am for Bingo with lunch to follow at noon. Please call Hendra Reidy to sign up. (978-544-2178).
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.


Swift River Valley Historical Society Schedules Hikes and Bus Trips in Quabbin
Bus Trip #2: Sunday, October 4th Prescott bus trip, depart from SRVHS at 11:00 am.
Hike #3: Sunday, October 18th, hike to Indian Kitchen & plane crash site, meet at gate 40, 11:00 am.  Hikes are free; a $25 per person donation is asked for bus trips, space reserved in advance. Send checks to: Swift River Valley Historical Society (SRVHS) at P.O. Box 22, New Salem, MA 01355. Limited spaces so contact the office immediately by phone (978-544-6882) or email at

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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.