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.

Information Night:  Solar Energy for Your Home

The North Quabbin Energy Group and energy committees of New Salem and other towns are co-sponsoring an information night about solar PV for residents' homes at the New Salem Town Hall on June 27 at 6:30 pm.  Jim Barry from the Massachusetts DOER Green Communities program will be presenting, as well as local solar installers.  Refreshments will be served.  The flyer is attached.  Contact Zara Dowling at with questions about the event or the energy committee. Solar info session flyer

Concerts at the 1794 Meetinghouse

Thursday, June 29 – The Wildcat O'Halloran Band - Not Your Father's Blues

Saturday, July 1 – The Twangtown Paramours - Nashville Duo: Folk/Americana

The 1794 Meetinghouse is at 26 South Main Street, New Salem. For information, (413) 335-3489, , or .


Ol Home Day July 15, 2017

Parade of Flags

Old Home Day Flyer 2017

From the Old Home Day Committee: Please join our Old Home Day Parade of Flags.  The theme for New Salem’s 2017 Old Home Day (July 15) is “Everybody’s Welcome!”  We’re inviting everyone to bring a flag that represents their family’s origin, or a country that they feel connected to, and march in our festive Parade of World Flags.  You’re also encouraged to dress in native outfits from your country, and put together a float if you would like to. If you don’t want to march, but you have a flag that someone else can carry in the parade, please call Janet Henderson, 978-413-3546 or email Judith Northup-Bennett,  We’d love to add your flag to our growing collections of flags.

Help Wrap Up Old Home Day

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

The Community Garden is so very pleased to announce our latest planting space, a handicap accessible raised bed.

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.

If you are interested in growing vegetables at the Community Garden this year, please contact Sandy at We have one plot available, but will be expanding within a couple of weeks. The cost is $10, and $5 for a shed key. Thank you for supporting the New Salem Community Garden! We really are off to a great start!

Library News
Summer Reading Program
“Build A Better World” is the statewide Massachusetts Libraries summer reading program theme.  On June 6, sign up, read books and earn prizes! June 13 Build a Palooza! We will have all kinds of things so you can build, build, build at the New Salem Public Library. Open to all ages. Noon to 7:00 pm.
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

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.
Final Teen-Tween event for the school year
June 14 3:00 p.m. pizza party party-time with Lisa DeWitt at the New Salem Congregational Church. Teens and tweens will be invited to make pizzas… followed by a party. This is the end of the Teen-Tween program until September.
Relax and Color  Tuesdays @ the library, 6:30 to 7:00 pm

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.

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

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
Click on event in Calendar for details.
1794 Meeting House Season Begins
Information and concert schedule here.

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, June 16, 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.