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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,

Library News
Children's Movie Night August 25 at 6:30 p.m.Moana, shown at the New Salem Public Library for free. 
Movie: August 30 at 7:30 p.m.The Hours will be shown for free. Discussion to follow the movie.

Summer Reading for all ages at the New Salem Public Library!!! 

Read a book earn a chance at a prize. Sign up at the library and get all the details. The prizes for adults are: two tickets to the 1794 Meetinghouse programs, Big E tickets, handmade soap gift basket, a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and a gift card to the New Salem General store; Teen prizes: Big E tickets, wax hand, Barnes and Noble gift card, soccer ball, and a solar car; children’s prizes: wax hand, Barnes and Noble gift card, badminton set, football, soccer ball, basketball, Magic set, sun hat. Come in and sign up or call for more information 978-544-6334.
Keep reading in the Summer Reading Program and we will raffle off the prizes at the end of the month!
Help us Reimagine our Library

The Friends and the Trustees of the New Salem Library see the need to reimagine the library space to adapt to its changing role. Together we want to create a welcoming, flexible, functioning space to accommodate all members of our community.  At this time we are hoping, through funding grants and private donations, to refresh and redefine the library. This is an opportunity to reconnect with our users and reposition our library for the future. Please help the New Salem Public Library to better serve our town by filling out this patron survey and returning it to the library by the end of June.  If you have trouble printing out a survey, there are copies available at the library.

Yoga: Tuesday, August 8, at 9 a.m. is the last Yoga Class with Stephanie Mitchell for a month or so.
If you need some relief from the heat, come by the library as our air conditioning has been repaired and keeps us the library nice and cool.
New Computer Game: We have added Minecraft to the library laptops for students who like to play.

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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

Research project seeking town elders

If you are 65 or older and own your own home in New Salem, a researcher would like to talk to you about your experience of “aging in place.” Travis Gagen is a graduate student in Public Health at UMass who is interviewing people for his dissertation titled “Aging-in-Community: The influence of Social Capital on Accessory-Dwelling Unit Access and Utilization,”  which he describes as “a research study examining alternative housing solutions for older adults. We want to listen to your thoughts and opinions on the community that you live in, learn about your social networks, and understand your opinions about alternative housing solutions and smart home technologies. There is no right or wrong answers to the research questions – we just want to listen to what you have to say!” The interviews take about 45 minutes and he will come to your home or meet you somewhere else.  You can reach him at (508) 277-6192 .

Council on Aging News

Starting on August 11, the Luncheon Club will be meeting again at the Town Hall. We have a new Meal Manager and will be having Beef Stew on the 11th.  If you have not already signed up please call Hendra Reidy (978-544-2178).  We will gather in the basement of the Town Hall at 10 for coffee and visiting with lunch to follow at noon.  On August 25th there will be another luncheon, same time and place.  Menu to be announced later.

Red Aces card game We plan to continue Red Aces on Mondays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Stowell Building, and we’ll explain the rules to newcomers before beginning.  All are welcome.  Come join in the fun!  For further information contact Jeanne Clayton at or at 978-544-7924 or Genie Casey at or at 978-544-7139.

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.

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.

BettyLou Mallet, Erving School Union #28, 18 Pleasant Street, Erving, MA 01344 or

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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Volunteer for the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival
The Festival can use more help, especially on Saturday afternoon, September 23.
Volunteers are what make the Garlic and Arts Festival possible. They help direct parking, welcome guests, collect admissions, oversee recycling projects, help out as stage hands, and a myriad of other jobs. Most volunteer shifts are for 4 hours, either 9:30 to 1:30 or 1:15 to 5:15.
Individual volunteers receive free admission and a free festival volunteer T-shirt. It’s a great way to meet a lot of neat people and have a bunch of fun! You can also put together a team of eight or more people to work at the festival for one full day (9:30 AM – 5:15 PM).  Your team can then select a local non-profit organization and the festival committee will donate $250 to that non-profit in your names.
Sign up at and be part of the "Festival that Stinks

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. The next gathering for the Prayer Shawl Ministry is Friday, August 18, in the Stowell Building from 9 -11 a.m. For additional information contact Genie Casey

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.