New Salem Town & Local Events,

Opportunities & News

Summer jobs for students

“Summer Jobs and Beyond” is a program providing career development, academic support and paid internships to high school juniors and seniors who go to school in Turners Falls or at Mahar High School.  Interested youth should contact their school guidance counselors for an application or call Lee Fournier Lewis @ 413-774-7028 x793to see if they are eligible.  Please use this link  to view the flier with the eligibility requirements, contact info, and an application that can be printed.

Help Wrap Up Old Home Days

In search of a few good friends to organize an evening Pizza Party for the town on Old Home Day, July 15.

It’s a perfect job for a few friends who enjoy working together to put on an event for the town.  And, if you do it, you get to decide what it is!  Contact Janet Henderson,  978-413-3546, or Judy Bennett, .

Old Home Day Photos Needed

We're looking for publicity photos of past Old Home Days to use to promote this year's events.  Please send me photos you have of people having fun at Old Home Day.  Thanks,  Judy Northup-Bennett,

Call for Old Home Day Vendors

Promote your business or organization with a booth at New Salem’s Old Home Day on Saturday, July 15.  People love to browse the Vendor Booth’s in the shade on the Town Common while spending an old-fashioned summer day filled with:  music: traditional activities like the cross-cut saw competition and Cake Walk; children’s activities; local food; pony rides; parade; and much more.  People return year after year to this classic New England summer festival.  This year’s expanded promotional campaign promises an even bigger attendance. The booth fee is $10…free if you’re a non-profit organization.  For more details please contact, Polly Johnston, at or call 978-544-3347

New Salem Legacy Tree Program

Plant a sugar maple, white oak or other tree and establish a long-lived legacy.  The New Salem Tree Committee is announcing an innovative program that will help the town replace and revitalize our beautiful shade trees starting with the Common area this year.  By purchasing a young tree for $250 through the program, you can establish a legacy for your family or recognize a person or group that has made a special contribution to New Salem, in the past or in the present.  A permanent record of your recognition will be maintained on the town web site and in a periodically updated booklet that will map the tree’s location and species information and the reason your Legacy Tree was established.  Please pick up an application in the library and see the library display detailing the Legacy program and the species being planted this year.  For more information, contact Bruce Spencer,

New Salem Community Garden News

As your perennials begin to pop, please consider dividing some of your plants to donate. In preparation for our Old Home Day plant sale, we are asking for plant donations and we can help by coming to your home to dig with you.

Library News

Seek and Ye Shall Find

We have lots of lost and found at the library; come by and check for your lost gloves, hat or other items!
Improve your survival skillsTake a Survival Training class with Matt Gabriel from the Animal World Experience. Based on the Hunger Games, you will learn the following skills: Discover how to extract purified water from trees utilizing a homemade spile. Learn the art of primitive fire-making with a hand-drill and flint & steel. Receive step by step instruction on fabricating water proof bowls from both coconut shells and tree bark. Call 978-544-6334 to register for this exciting program May 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the New Salem Public Library. Anyone 10 years old and up is welcome and this program is free. The New Salem Academy sponsored this program.

Neurofitness Classes - New Dates
Weekly classes with Emily Hodos designed to explore movement and sensory exercises that address cognitive and physical concerns of aging... all while having fun!  Wednesdays, Wednesdays, May 10 to June 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the New Salem Public Library. Free, but registration required. Call 978-544-6334. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant number LG-80-15-0041-15).

Help us Reimagine our Library

The Trustees of the New Salem Public Library are proposing to Re-Imagine our Library.  Encouraged by the Friends of the Library, the Trustees have begun a review of library use with an eye to refresh, reconfigure and redefine the current library space to better serve the town.  We are looking to form a committee that would look at the entire interior design of the library and formulate a redesign plan.  To that end, we need volunteers for a short term library space design committee.  This committee would be comprised of the Library Director, 2 Trustees, 2 Friends, and some patrons.  It would be great if community members  with interior design and/or carpentry experience could join this committee.  If you are interested in helping us re-imagine our library, please email Monica Winters at or Mary-Ann Palmieri at

Body and Brain Yoga at the New Salem Public Library starts April 4 at 9:15-10:15 a.m. with Stephanie Mitchell. Classes consist of stretching, vibration, relaxation breathing, energy meditation, visualization, and Life Particle healing. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Suggested donation $4.00 per session. Call to sign up 978-544-6334. Stephanie Mitchell has certifications from the Body & Brain Yoga Instructor Course, Brain Management Training and Dahn Master Course. She holds an MBA in International Business from Brandeis University as well as certifications in Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and Fundamentals of Feng Shui.
Relax and Color
Tuesdays @ the library, 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Tween & Teens Program Wednesdays 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Hey Teens and Tweens: Get ready to make a movie!!! Start brainstorming characters, plot, setting...You know the drill. Our first production meeting with Director Bret and his worthy production side-kick will be Wednesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.  Information at

Book Discussion Group

The group will meet on June 7 at 7pm to discuss Vinegar Girl by Ann Tyler.

Friends of the New Salem Public Library News

Old Home Day Book Sale

The Friends are accepting good used books, CDs, and DVDs for their annual Old Home Day sale on July 15 during regular library hours from June 29 to July 11.  Library hours are Tuesdays noon to 8:00 p.m.,  Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming programs and events

June 17 at 4:00 p.m.: Annual Meeting & celebration @ the library. Annual Meeting & Celebration.  Please join us at the library for wine, cheese & other treats and to learn about plans for “Reimagining Our Library.”

July 15:  Old Home Day Book Sale  For more information, email Monica Winters or Mary-Ann Palmieri.

Valley Gives for the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library wish to thank all those who made a donation on “Valley Gives” day, May 2, toward our fundraising effort to support a new project to “Reimagine our Library”.  It was a very successful first time participation in “Valley Gives” day for our small non-profit organization. In total, the “Friends” received $555 in donations and also won a “golden ticket” prize of $500! Thank you, again, for all your support to “Reimagine our Library”.

Free passes to great museums, gardens, and parks

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library have purchased a number of passes to area museums, which can be signed out at the front desk of the library.  Among the museums sponsored by the Friends are the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Tower Hill Botantic Garden in Boylston, Mass MoCA in North Adams, and Historic Deerfield.  In addition, the library has passes available to Magic Wings Butterfly Conservancy in South Deerfield and Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, and DCR parking passes for all Mass. State parks.  With the snow gone and the weather turning warmer, what a perfect time of year to take a drive to visit any of these special places not far from home!  For additional information, call the New Salem Library @978-544-6334

Summer Arts Intensive

The recently restored New Salem Academy Museum will sponsor a summer arts intensive July 18-22 for young people and adults interested in professional training in the arts. Detailed information about courses is in an attachment. Following the intensive program, students will host an exhibition / performance of their work at a collaborative cultural gathering in New Salem involving the Academy Museum and 1794 Meetinghouse. Classes will be provided free of charge with modest materials fees for several of the courses. Funders have granted generous stipends to those offering courses. Planners designed a curriculum booklet with course details, application, and registration materials. For more information, contact Ami Fagin at or call 978-799-5332 or go to the Facebook page “New Salem Academy Summer Arts Intensive.”

Council on Aging News
In May and June we are planning to meet only once each month and continue to meet in the Stowell Building. Since we do not have a meal manager, our former one having let us know recently that she has taken another job, we will continue to do take-out meals or go out to eat instead of using the government food.  We will let everyone know when we are able to find another meal manager and have luncheons at the Town Hall.  Please check the New Salem News for updates. In May we will meet on Friday the 12th for a Chinese Take-out lunch.  The cost will be $6 per person.  Please let Hendra Reidy know that you are coming. (978-544-2178)

Bus Trip:  Thanks to a generous grant from New Salem Academy we will be taking a Wilson Bus trip to the Essex Connecticut Steam train and riverboat on Thursday, June 15.  We will be leaving New Salem at 8:30and returning at 5:15.  Lunch will be served on the train followed by a short riverboat ride. The cost will be $20 per person.  Please call Hendra Reidy to sign up. (978-544-2178)
Busy Bees continue to meet on Wednesday at the Stowell Building from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., when the weather allows!! Please bring your project and join us.

Aging in Place: One more session at the New Salem Public Library at 7:00pm:

  • May 31 - How to make your home safe as you age
Everyone of all ages is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Mary-Ann
Palmieri, with questions.

Transportation Issues for aging in place

An outgrowth of last year’s “Aging In Place” series, was the formation of an AIP Task Force. We have produced and distributed copies of a Transportation Resource Guide for New Salem Residents that was distributed with the March Council on Aging newsletter and is available at the library and at the church. We hope to replicate Shutesbury's volunteer Med-Ride program. Contact: Mary-Ann Palmieri,

Free Weekly Playgroup

Come and enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families from your community at the Swift River School on Tuesdays, 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This Playgroup, facilitated by Emily Joseph, is intended for children 0-5 years of age and is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. See the CNC Website for program and event schedules. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email


Talk, Read & Play home visits for little folks

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 to ask questions, call 978-544-5157.   Find flyer and more details at the Community Network for Children’s website.

SBroadband Stories

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

See their stories here.

New Salem Town & Local Events Calendar
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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The New Salem Prayer Shawl Ministry members are welcome to join Busy Bs to crochet or knit on Wednesdays afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. during the winter. Regular gatherings for the Prayer Shawl Ministry will resume on the Friday, April 21, in the Stowell Building from 9 -11 a.m. For additional information contact Judy (978) 544 2611.

Service Forestry Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Service Forestry Program provides technical assistance to private landowners and municipalities in forest resource planning, forest management, and forest protection within districts across the state. 

With 235,000 non-industrial private landowners in Massachusetts and approximately 78% of the Commonwealth's forest land in private ownership, private lands play a key role in sustaining clean water, protecting our soil, providing wildlife habitat and producing quality timber resources.

The Service Forestry Program meets the needs of these landowners through: 

The Service Forestry Program is based on the belief that we can best serve the citizens of the commonwealth by helping landowners make educated decisions about their woodlots, and protecting our valuable forest resources through fair and consistent application of environmental regulations. For more information contact one of our regional administrative offices or contact the service forester working in your town. 

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op hours changed

Quabbin Harvest, the co-operative food market located at 12 North Main Street in downtown Orange, is now open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Mondays thru Fridays and 9:00 am thru 5:00 pm Saturdays.