New Salem Town & Local Events,

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Home safety program and dinner

On Tuesday, March 28, from 5:30-7:30, p.m. the Community Network for Children is offering a free "Home Safety: be prepared" evening with firefighters from Wendell and New Salem. Come share in a discussion on how we can be the most prepared for unexpected emergencies such as fire in our home. Learn how to share information and make plans with your children.  Free dinner and child care will be offered with pre-registration by Friday, March 24. Anyone may attend the discussion from 6:00-7:30 p.m.. Contact CNC/Gillian or Joie at 978-544-5157 or . Find the flyer on the CNC website: information

Library News

Neurofitness for the maturing Brain: Sunday, March 26: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. , featuring Tendril Kinetics founder Emily Hodos. Basics about the brain and neuroplasticity will be discussed.  Learn ways to keep your brain healthy, active, and agile through simple and strategic movement exercises. Free. This program is made possible by a grant from the Trustees of the New Salem Academy. For more info, or

Body and Brain Yoga at the New Salem Public Library starts March 28 at 9:15-10:15 a.m. with Stephanie Mitchell. Classes consist of stretching, vibration, relaxation breathing, energy meditation, visualization, and Life Particle healing. Call to sign up 978-544-6334.

Book Discussion: Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a book discussion of Walden and “Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau. Books will be available starting on February 28.

When Spring is Sprung: April 25 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - “Library for All Seasons” program for children celebrating the Spring Equinox. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Relax and Color Tuesdays @ the library, 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Tween & Teens Program Wednesdays 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Friends of the New Salem Public Library News

Send a postcard! The Friends of the New Salem Library would like to revive the wonderful custom of sending hand written cards and letters. Starting on Saturday, March 18, there will be available under the Friends bulletin board a selection of stamped postcards ready for you to write on and send.  Write to a friend, a relative, a state representative, etc. Let them know you are thinking of them or have something to say. Now is the time, so send a postcard. Someone is waiting to hear from you! (Thanks to Nicole Sears for this wonderful idea.)

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.

Upcoming programs from the Friends of the New Salem Public Library include two Massachusetts author nights:

  • April 13 at 7:00 p.m. - Neal Sanders, local mystery writer from Medfield,  will give a talk entitled “Gardening is Murder” in which he shares personal observations on gardening and gardeners in a fun presentation. This program is being co-sponsored with the New Salem Agricultural Commission.

Council on Aging

Luncheon: Friday, April 14 - Visiting and coffee at 10, followed by bring your own "brown bag" lunch at noon with ice cream sundaes for dessert. Always a fun spring thing to do!

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)

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

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.

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.

New Salem Academy Summer Arts Intensive
This summer the Friends of Historic New Salem will launch a summer learning intensive in the arts July 18 -22. With support from the New Salem Academy, the The “New Salem Academy Summer Arts Intensive” will launch its pilot project in the coming months. Several local artists will provide a week of introductory professional training in a variety of arts professions such as Photography, Digital Printmaking, Writing for Business and Intro to Commercial Film Making, among other subjects. Evening lectures and a gala closing on Old Home Day is planned. The courses are open to anyone who lives in Franklin County. A modest course fee will be requested and certificate of completion provided. For more information, contact Amy Fagin at 978-799-5332

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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Concerned about the 60-70 degree days and tornadoes in February?  

North Quabbin Energy is sponsoring “Local Actions for the Climate” on Sunday,  March 26, from 4-6 the Millers River Environmental Center,  100 Main St.,  Athol.  Dr. Nathanael Fortune, professor of physics at Smith College, who teaches courses on energy, the environment, climate change, and the physics of global warming, will speak and answer questions.  He’ll also lead a discussion with community people of things we can do locally to protect our planet and slow down climate change. 

New Salem Central Congregational Church News

The White Dove Bistro's next Music Night in New Salem is scheduled for Saturday,
April 8 from 6 to 10 pm
. at the Central Congregational Church of New Salem.

New, Free Magazine about the Quabbin Towns - Uniquely Quabbin
There is a new, free, 56-page magazine with a glossy cover and a photo of the New Salem Route 202 Look-Out by Dale Monette on the back cover. Look for it at New Salem General Store. It contains articles by 20 local writers and has Calendar Listings of Events in the area from for May to September. Note: New Salem resident, Jane Clukay, is the Associate Editor and Calendar Listing Editor.

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 increased.

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 Tuesdays thru Saturdays, and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays.