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Tween and Teen Program: We will be back with more programming and fun in the fall. We are starting back up on October 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


Yoga:  The New Salem Public Library would like to announce the return of "Body and Brian Yoga" with Stephanie Mitchell. Starting on a new day and at a new time: November 2, Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Cook Book Club

NOT MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN: October 18 at 6 p.m. (for the potluck) and 7:30 p.m. (for the author's talk).

New Salem Friends of the Library are starting a Cookbook Club! This super fun group will pick a cookbook for the month and members will choose recipes to cook. Each person brings one dish and we all enjoy a potluck and fun. Some meetings will even feature a speaker!  This month, we will be reading and choosing recipes from Not My Mother's Kitchen, and the author, Rob Chirico, will join us for a talk. Please feel welcome to come for both the potluck and the author's talk or just the author's talk. If you are joining for the potluck, be sure that you've selected a dish from Rob's book and have brought it for the group. 

If you wish to participate in the meal before the talk, preregistration is required.  Copies of the book will be available at the library.  There will be a limit of 16 people.  To register for the meal, stop by or call the library at 978 544-6334.  With questions, email or call the library.  And, here's a little incentive to come for the potluck: WE WILL BE SERVING WINE!


Native American Artifact Presentation

October 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Two Horses Native Artifact Collection is an excellent example of the skills used in primitive Native American artistry. It comprises over twenty cases of stone arrowheads of various sizes and purposes, spear and knife heads, tools, and sacred effigies representing a timeframe from 12,000 years ago to present.  The educational and interactive presentation includes information about the chronological development of tool and weapon groups within a cultural context, as well as the spiritual components of this artistry. Appropriate for all ages and people who are interested in history, survival techniques, hunting, food gathering and preparation, and sustainable living. *This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.*


Thanksgiving Food Fun at the New Salem Library November 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. The instructor will show how to make yummy food and everyone will make it themselves. Contact us at 978-544-6334 or stop by the library to register.

 The class is limited to 10 children. Sign up at New Salem Public Library, where you will need to fill out a waiver form for your child, as well. Waivers must be returned by October 21 for registration to be considered complete. (There will also be a short waiting list.)

Council on Aging News

New Salem Senior Luncheon Club will hold luncheons at the Town Hall on October 13 and 27, both Fridays.  We will meet at 10 a.m. for coffee and visiting with lunch to follow at noon.  Please call Hendra Reidy (978-544-2178) to sign up.

On Friday, October 27, we will have chicken breast with pesto sauce, bow tie pasta, brussels sprouts, bread and a snack-n-loaf.

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,

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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Local artist book launch

New Salem author-illustrator Mira Bartok's new book, The Wonderling, is the first in a fantasy series for middle-grade age children. The Wonderling is also in development for a major motion picture, directed by award-winning British director Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot, The Reader, etc.). For more information, including when she'll present it in New Salem see her website.


New Salem Arts Intensive Fall Session – Quilting and Graveyard Art

The New Salem Arts Intensive is pleased to announce two courses available for the fall session, October 30 through November 4. These exciting new courses are Quilting with Lynn Dudley and Graveyard Art with Ta Mara Conde. Both of these instructors are masters at their crafts.

Lynn Dudley is famous for the beautiful, handmade quilts the 1794 Meetinghouse auctions off each Old Home Day. This course will teach all the basics of quilting and each student will make a wall-hanging quilt as the course project. You should have some experience running a sewing machine.  A list of materials will be issued at the time of registration. Please make sure your fabric is washed and pressed and ready to be cut. Quilts will be displayed during the gala finale event on November 4. Course fee is $50.

Gravestone Art is being taught by Ta Mara Conde, President of Historic Gravestone services in New Salem. Ta Mara has worked in many historic cemeteries throughout the United States and Canada including the burial ground in Plymouth, which Ta Mara worked on for the 400th anniversary. This course will travel to local cemeteries to observe the many beautiful designs incorporated into the gravestone. Students will incorporate the art into a project to be displayed at the gala finale event on November 4th. Course fee is $50.

To sign up today or for more information please contact Lisa DeWitt or 978-544-1912 or Amy Fagin at or 978-799-5332.

New Salem Arts Intensive Calling Out to Local Artists

New Salem Arts Intensive is calling on all local artists to display their art work and crafts during the Gala Finale on November 4. The Intensive is interested in highlighting our local area artists during our gala finale and will provide display room and display fixtures for artists to use. Please contact us early and let us know what you need to view your art at its best. For more information please call Amy Fagin at 978-544-5332 or email her at We look forward to your participation.

New Salem Arts Intensive Gala Finale November 4 in the OAB

The Intensive is interested in highlighting our local artists during our gala finale to be held in the Old Academy Building November 4th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you are local artist and are interested in displaying your work during our gala please get in touch with Amy Fagin. The gala which will focus on local, seasonal foods and wines that will delight the palate. The food and wine will be coupled with art work from local artists. Bring your friends and come and enjoy the fine arts and good foods New Salem and our neighbor towns have to offer. For more information please call Lisa DeWitt at 978-544-1912 or email or Amy Fagin at 978-544-5332 or email We look forward to seeing you then.

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.