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Primary Elections September 8

The state primary elections will be Thursday, September 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex, 24 S. Main St.  For more information, including seeing who is on the ballot, go to http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm  


Our Region in the News

An animated clip featuring the “Sunrise Over Quabbin” image by photographer Dale Monette is running on the Good Morning America jumbo screen in Times Square in New York. It’s part of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau advertising campaign for our region. The spot will also run in Toronto in October and be followed by ads in Horizon Magazine print and website.  For more information, see http://northquabbinchamber.com/chamber-visitors-bureau-features-region-advertising-campaign/   


Veterans' Services

As of July 1, 2015, New Salem is part of the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans' Services District.  More information here.


Hazardous Waste Day is October 1st

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its annual household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, October 1st at GCC Main Campus and Orange Transfer Station.  Residents and businesses must pre-register by September 26.  Collection is free for residents of New Salem.  For a list of what can be dropped off, go to http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html.   For more information, contact the District office at (413) 772-2438; email info@franklincountywastedistrict.org; or visit: http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazardouswaste.html.


 Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation Facility at 66 Ashfield Rd. (Rt. 112 South), the Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Rd., and the Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.  

New Salem residents may bring bulky items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items.  Materials will be recycled whenever possible; disposal fees apply for most items. For more details see  http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/cleansweep.html


Town Selectboard

The Selectboard is meeting September 12th and 26th at 7 p.m. in the Stowell Building. This follows the usual schedule of meeting every other Monday. If the Monday is a holiday, the Selectboard meets on the Tuesday of that week. To verify a meeting date, contact the Town Coordinator at 544-6437.


Notice from the Animal Control Officer

Please do not drop animals off at the Animal Control Officer’s residence. Please call 978 544-7530 and I or a substitute will happily pick it up. There are many new protocols that must be followed.  I came home last week and there was a dog in a crate at my home with no information - no one had called ahead and there was no note. It is necessary to know who is dropping off said animals in case more information is needed. If animals are dropped off without calling ahead, I will have to change the area of the kennel and add video security. Thank you for understanding. I/we do act on all calls received.

On another note - please do not feed wildlife! There are tons of bear issues (they like bird feeders and trash). It is illegal to trap and move wildlife to a different location (even for us). If there is a problem with nuisance wildlife, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police. Thank you, Gail Spring, New Salem Animal Control Officer.”
The 7-day, emergency statewide dispatch phone number is 1-800-632-8075.


June 2016 Broadband Update
Members of the Broadband Committee, Selectboard and Finance Committee are currently working with Massachusetts Broadband Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Local Services on a process to assess New Salem’s financial viability to own and operate a sustainable broadband network.
As the state will not fund shared regional ownership, all towns must build and own their own network. WiredWest has developed and is modifying an alternate plan to regionalize management, maintenance and share a common Internet Service Provider in order to comport with state guidelines and benefit from a regional operations model – but not ownership.
In the meantime, we are moving forward with steps that the state has set forward in order to proceed with the build so that our participation in the project is not delayed. We are pleased that MBI is assisting us in these efforts and that WiredWest is providing advice and support as we move through this process.
It is yet unknown what changes this will bring to residents in terms of monthly subscription costs and service. We will hold a townwide information session when we know enough to make such an event meaningful and productive. MaryEllen Kennedy and Kathy Soule-Regine, Co-Chairs, New Salem Broadband Committee 

Board of Health News

Anyone interested in collecting the recyclable cans and bottles from the New Salem Transfer Station should submit a written request and what organization will benefit from it to New Salem Board of Health 19 South Main Street, New Salem Ma. 01355. The cans need to be picked up weekly when the Transfer Station is open and you need to have a valid Transfer Station Permit.

Town Litter Raffle: Bob Jillson won the free New Salem Transfer Station bags in the Board of Health’s Town Litter Pick-Up Raffle for the month of April. Thank you for helping to keep New Salem clean. Want to enter the raffle? Talk to Rob Roy at the Transfer Station.


Recycling Information
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014

 
New Salem Firefighter’s Association Upgrade Office at Fire Station

Members of the New Salem Firefighters' Association have begun upgrading an underutilized office at the fire station. The new space will greatly improve access for training, meetings and storage. Thanks to all who volunteered their time to help Wednesday: Members Joe Cuneo, Larry Eaton, Ricky Misner, Cam Dunbar, Daniel Thayer, Roger Spring, and retired members Arthur Adams and Bruce Dunbar.


Money Available for Recreation Activities

The New Salem Recreation Committee has money available to sponsor recreation activities for New Salem residents, in addition to its traditional events. If you would like to organize a recreational activity or event, please contact Karen Duplissie at 544-8614, Jeanne Clayton at 544-7924 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660.

Broadband Stories

Our neighbors (and would-be neighbors) talk about why they need broadband. 

See their stories here.

Town of New Salem

Municipal Offices 

 

Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

 

Town Coordinator

Selectboard

 

Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Clerk

Tax Collector

Assessors

 

Frequently Used Links                


Meeting and Notice Calendar


Town & Local Events Calendar & News


New Salem Community Garden Facebook Page


Broadband Committee page


How do I contact....?


Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 


Online Tax Payments


Burn Permits

 

New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns - Uniquely Quabbin

There is a new, free, 56-page magazine with a glossy cover and a photo of the New Salem Route 202 Look-Out by Dale Monette on the back cover. Look for it at New Salem General Store. It contains articles by 20 local writers and has Calendar Listings of Events in the area from for May to September. Note: New Salem resident, Jane Clukay, is the Associate Editor and Calendar Listing Editor.


New Spring Schedule for Worcester to Northampton MaxBus
The Maxbus that stops in New Salem on the way to Worcester and Northampton has a new spring schedule. The bus leaves about an hour later in the morning and returns an hour or so earlier in the afternoon. The schedule can be found at www.maxpressbus.com or at the New Salem General Store.

 

Board of Assessors Seek One Replacement

The Board of Assessors is seeking one replacement for the pending retirement of chair, Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years. It is required that the board have three members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a quorum. The board meets twice monthly (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.) through most of the year and meetings are normally under two hours in length.  There is a stipend for board members. Please call our office at 978-544-5814, if you are a town resident and are interested in joining the board.  Potential candidates would
meet with the current Board and upon their recommendation, be appointed by the Selectboard. When the members term is expired they must be elected. Current members of the Board as of this date are Eric Hamm (Chair), Phyllis Stever and David Briand.


New Salem Agricultural Commission
The Agricultural Commission is looking for new members, as we now have 6 members for generating ideas, assisting with planning and development! The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as, pollinator development, amending soil, best organic practices.  We would like to invite other gardeners from other community projects, so spread the word! If you are interested in having your soil tested, please contact us, as we now have a connection through UMass. We are seeking public input on specific topics you may want more information about, whether that is through public presentations or research findings. Send an email to sspiewak20@yahoo.com, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.

 

Personnel Committee
Due to a recent resignation, the Personnel Committee is looking for a new member. Contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.

 

Website Committee
The New Salem Website committee is down to two active members and needs additional volunteers. Please contact Mary-Ellen Kennedy at 978-821-2597 or Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.

 

Energy Committee
The New Salem Energy Committee is on a hiatus as only two members remain. They are now working with Wendell on grants for energy upgrades at Swift River School. The Town of Wendell has suggested working with New Salem on “Solarize Mass” which provides group rates on multiple solar installations. Please contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in working with the Energy Committee.


Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee.  If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at calvin.layton@gmail.com.


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.


Recycling Information

The Franklin County Solid Waste District has made available information on recycling options in the county. Please see attached flyers.

Recycling in Franklin County Flyer

Why Recycle Flyer

New Electronic Waste Collection Program

The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program.  New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE!  Mitsubishi,  Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.

District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.