Every year the New Salem Recreation Committee sponsors free swimming lessons at Lake Mattawa. The child must be a resident of New Salem or Wendell and at least three years or older to participate. The lessons are provided by Athol YMCA swimming instructors. Week One is July 16-19 (make-up day is July 20) and the Week Two is July 23-26 (make-up day is July 27). There is a beginner and an advanced class at 9:30-10:30 and a beginner and an advanced class at10:30-11:30. To register and to find out more information, contact the Athol YMCA at 978-249-3305 or dbulmen.