New Salem Town & Local Events,

Opportunities & News

New Transfer Station Wednesday Hours

Starting Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Transfer Station will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.  For information, contact the Board of Health at 978-544-9673


Library News  (978)-544-6334

Tween and Teen Club: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Come by on the bus from school and play on our Playstation 4, create objects with our 3-D pen, play ping pong, play chess, read Mad Magazine or grab a movie.  Bring a friend and eat a snack or stay for a fun program! Join our Graphic novel club for 6th graders and up. It's free and fun

 Brain and Body Yoga with Stephanie Mitchell: Thursdays at 8:30 - 9:30 am Bring your yoga mat and enjoy stretching, vibration, and life particle healing. $4.00 donation requested.

Council on Aging News

Luncheons: We will be moving back to the Stowell Building Senior Center for the winter months.  Diana Tandy will be catering our meals there once a month.  We will be meeting on the second Friday of each month with the following Friday used if we need a snow day!! Each time we meet we gather about 10 a.m. for coffee and visiting, with lunch to follow at noon. Please call Diana Tandy to sign up by the Friday prior to the luncheon (978-544-6304).  Please encourage your senior friends to join us.

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,

Friends of the New Salem Public Library

Library for All Seasons program

January 24, Community Reads at Swift River School

February 14 at 7 p.m., Reading Aloud for Grown-ups

March 14 at 7 p.m., Reading Aloud for Grown-ups

April 11 at 7 p.m., Reading Aloud for Grown-ups

Friends of the Library Winter Newsletter and Annual Appeal

The Friends wish to remind everyone that the Annual Appeal for 2018 is in progress and that your donations to the Friends help fund library programs, services, and equipment not included in the library budget. If you use our small local library for anything from high speed internet to low speed yoga, DVDs to audiobooks, mysteries to memoirs, attend special programs like the Reading Aloud for Grownups….please consider becoming a member of the Friends.  To donate, simply fill out the form in the Friends’ newsletter which was mailed out to all households (extra copies can be found by the Friends’ Bulletin Board), make a check out to the Friends of the New Salem Public Library, and send it to:

Friends of the New Salem Public Library

PO Box 5

New Salem, MA 01355

Thank you for your support!

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,

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 or .

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.

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Wendell Community Solar Co-op

The Wendell Energy Committee is building a cooperatively owned solar array, and New Salem residents are invited to join the cooperative.  If you pay your own utility bill, you can be a member, whether you are a homeowner or a renter.  As a solar co-op member, you will receive the same benefits as other solar owners, including a 30 percent federal tax credit, a state tax credit, solar renewable energy credits, and net metering credits.  This is an opportunity aimed at people who can’t or would rather not install a solar array on their own home.  For more information, contact Northeast Solar, or 413-247-6045.

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, October 20, 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.