New Salem Town & Local Events,

Opportunities & News

Postcards to Washington

Join us at the Stowell Bldg on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. to write to Washington, DC and let them know what you are thinking. We will supply the postcards and you provide the words! All welcome to come, Democrats, Republicans and concerned citizens. This event is sponsored by local citizens.

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.

The Agricultural Commission presents Carlen Rigrod 's Berry Berry presentation on April 27 at the library. Besides learning more about growing berries, we will be planting a berry patch at the garden in memory of Cal Coolidge. Contact with questions, or if you have berry bushes/plants to contribute.


Vacation week Wendell library program

Friends of all Stripes with Dorothy Cresswell is a program for preschool to middle elementary children Wednesday, April 19 from 11:30 to 12:15 at the Wendell Library. Sponsored by the Community Network for Children Program, the Wendell Cultural Council, and the Wendell Library. Contact Gillian at CNC with questions See more information here.

Library News
Hats Off to the Earth!
Celebrate Earth Day with Lorax activities Tuesday, April 25, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the New Salem Public Library.  We'll watch the original Lorax cartoon movie, enjoy Lorax snacks, make a Lorax planter (and plant sunflower seeds) and other fun activities!  Swift River students may take the bus directly to the Library (please send a note to school).  Children 2nd grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Hosted by Betsy Bergantino and Janet Henderson. Sponsored by the Friends of the New Salem Public Library (not a school sponsored event).

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

Thoreau's Country  Book Discussion

Thoreau's Country author David Foster, the director of the Harvard Forest in Petersham, will come on May 3 at 7:00 pm to talk about his book. Books are available at the library.


Friends of the New Salem Public Library News

The Friends wish to remind everyone that there is a wonderful selection of used paperback and hardcover books for sale on the “Ongoing Book Sale” racks by both library entranceways.

Valley Gives for the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the New Salem Library are excited to be participating this year, for the first time, in the Valley Gives fundraising day on May 2. This is the first fundraising effort toward to support the new project to “Reimagine our Library”. On May 2, you can go online to Valley Gives website ( ) and donate any amount to help fund this project. On the home page, click on the Libraries and Museums category and then on the Friends of the New Salem Library logo. If you are interested in learning more about Valley Gives and our project, the Friends will be at the New Salem Library on Sat. April 29 and Tuesday, May 2.  Feel free to come and ask questions!

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

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: Two more sessions at the New Salem Public Library at 7:00pm:

  • April 26  - How to feel safe and be safe in your home
  • May 24 - How to make your home safe as you age

Safely aging in place

The Central Congregational Church, the Council on Aging, and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring a second series on Aging in Place. The first of two forums in this second series will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the New Salem Library. Topics included in this forum are Elder Protective Services, the Triad Program, and Safety in your Own Home.  Everyone of all ages is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. A second forum on retrofitting your home as you age will be held on May 24.  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.

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 Jewett: (978) 544 2611.

Battery and cell phone recycling
Battery and cell phone recycling is available at the transfer station. Bring the batteries and cell phones in a plastic bag and give them to the attendant – don’t put them in the trash or recycling bins. Attached is a detailed flier from the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District about the various kinds of batteries, their dangers, and how they can be disposed of.

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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Meditation class beginning

Recent research confirms that Mindfulness can promote physical & mental well-being.  A new meditation class begins on Monday, April 24, and will focus on the development of mindfulness skills in every day life. This class will run for four consecutive Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the White Elephant Yoga Studio in Orange. It is suitable for new and experienced meditators alike.  Mindfulness practices and compassion go hand in hand – this class will also focus on how to bring compassion towards oneself and others in the face of difficult situations and emotions.  Class cost is $40 for the entire course or $12 drop in.  For questions about this class and to register contact  Jo Ellen Boskind at 978 -249-0929 or at  Jo Ellen is a New Salem resident who has been teaching meditation for over 7 years.

Active Bystanders seminar: Creating Safety in Contentious Times

If you witness a harmful situation, do you do something?  What do you do?  This Active Bystanders seminar April 26, 7 to 9 p.m., helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm-doing and generate positive actions by others.  The program stresses safety and helps participants develop their own action plans.  At the Shutesbury Athletic Club.  Register by emailing Susan Rice at
Seminar presented by Quabbin Mediation (978)544-6142

Democrat Outreach

Any New Salem Democrat interested in finding out more about the local committee and its activities should contact John Ryan, chair ( or Sharon Tracy, co-chair (

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.