Broadband Update

You may notice Osmose and National Grid vehicles and workers along the roads in New Salem. These utility employees are gathering information as part of the make-ready process for the utility poles in preparation for our town fiber optic network build. – New Salem Broadband Committee

School Committee Meeting

The New Salem/Wendell School Committee will meet Thursday, June 7, at Swift River School. Among the agenda items are a policy on online fundraising, committee reports, and the New Salem Town Meeting on June 19. For more information contact us.

Council on Aging News

We will continue to meet in the basement of the Town Hall. It’s a lovely cool place in the hot weather! We gather about 10 for coffee and visiting with lunch to follow at noon. Please call Diana Tandy to sign up for lunch. (978-544-6304) On Friday, June 8, we will serve grilled chicken with apricot sauce, scalloped potatoes, tossed salad, and diced pears. On Friday, June 22, there will be roast pork with apple gravy, yams, tossed salad, and mixed fruit.

News from the New Salem Agriculture Commission

We had a great turnout for our gardening event last week with Danny Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm – thank you to everyone who came! Stay tuned for dates for two more workshops with Danny this summer. Also, we are looking for new members! Please consider joining us for meetings sprinkled throughout the year in which we plan fun and helpful events related to gardening and agriculture.

New Salem Arts Intensive

The New Salem Arts Intensive is proud to introduce Summer Fiddlers with Myra MacLeod. Violin, cello, and group session for ages 9 to 13. Summer Fiddlers is for beginner to intermediate players having at least six months of lesson experience (or with teacher recommendations). Summer Fiddlers will meet daily at the New Salem Town Hall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday for one week July 23 through July 27. Course fee is $50.

The New Salem Arts Intensive would like to invite all to our Brown Bag Dinner fundraising event on June 9th at 5 p.m. before the 1794 Meetinghouse concert featuring Christine Ohlman. Choices will be a hummus wrap or a chicken salad sandwich, a side of potato salad or three bean salad, and a water, for $12.00 per bag.

Friends of the Library

Help Us Celebrate! Please join the Friends of the New Salem Library for an afternoon of celebration and conversation on Saturday, June 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our annual meeting at the New Salem Library. Over wine, cheese, and desserts, we will look back at the accomplishments of the past year, celebrate outgoing board members, and look at how far we have come in realizing our plans for “reimagining our library.” The celebration won’t be complete without our loyal friends joining us! No need to RSVP … just come. There are always plenty of refreshments to go around.

Interested in joining the Friends’ Board of Directors? The Friends of the New Salem Public Library is run by a dedicated board of directors, which meets in the morning on the second Saturday of the month. Nine board members are returning and we are looking for a tenth member. If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, please use the contact page. We welcome anyone who cherishes the library as an amazing resource for the whole community!

Wanted: Good used books, DVDs & CDs. Please go through your book shelves now and start collecting any books you no longer want for the Friends’ Old Home Day Giant Book Sale on July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be accepting books (as well as DVDs & CDs) at the library between June 30 and July 18. All proceeds from our sale benefit the library.

Library News


June 1: The Summer Reading Program starts on June 1! For every age-appropriate book you complete you get a ticket for one of our end of summer raffles (one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults). There are also weekly prizes for kids. Come sign-up at the library.

June 6: Teen Ice Cream Social – 3 p.m.

Our teen and tween group is ending, so we are having an ice cream social to celebrate. Come enjoy one last day before the summer begins. Special thanks to Genevieve Fraser for holding all of our teen events this year!

June 9: Friends Wine and Cheese Gathering – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please join the Friends for an afternoon of celebration and conversation at our annual meeting at the New Salem Library. Over wine, cheese, and desserts, we will look back on and celebrate the past year. No need to RSVP, just come! There are always plenty of refreshments to go around.

June 11: Author Talk with Andrew Forsthoefel – 7 p.m.

This month our book discussion is an author talk! Come hear about Andrew Forsthoefel’s year-long, 4,000 mile journey on foot all the way across America and the people he met along the way. Join us for an evening of storytelling and reflection. Hear about the healing power of listening and its critical applications in the work of cultivating peace with ourselves, in our relationships, and with the Earth. We have copies of Andrew’s book Walking to Listen to borrow at the library.

June 13: Aging in Place: Health, Fitness and Wellness – 7 p.m.

The New Salem Aging in Place Task Force is offering presentations from various organizations offering services including podiatry care, health screenings, fitness and balance programs, and overall wellness life-style for elders. There will be time for questions and answers with each presenter.

Announcements: The teen program will end for the summer on June 6.


Life Energy Yoga with Stephanie is taking a break for the summer. Classes will resume in September. Natalie’s Hatha Yoga classes will continue throughout the summer.

Ongoing Yoga classes at the library:

Hatha Yoga – Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. with Natalie Reynolds

Hatha Yoga – Saturdays from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. with Natalie Reynolds

Natalie’s yoga classes are traditional Hatha yoga. The classes are gentle to moderate and include meditations from the Raja Yoga path.

Yoga classes are by donation. No previous experience, registration or yoga mat necessary.

Save the date: Old Home Day is Saturday, July 21

This year’s Old Home Day will celebrate the New Salem Academy … its long history, its contributions to the area today, and the legacy of its former students. The day will be filled with all the favorite activities including music, pancake breakfast, a historic drive/walk to Millington, pony rides, children’s games, a wide range of local vendors, and more. In addition this year, a Reunion Day for former Academy grads, students, and staff will add a few surprises and a chance to learn more about the Academy through the decades.

1794 Meetinghouse Concerts

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. Soulful roots rock & blues. Opening night reception at 6:45 p.m.

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, Sunday, June 10, 4:00 p.m., choral music. QVPM presents folk music from England, Hungary, South Africa, the Austrian alps, and New England’s own Shaker communities.

Tickets:, at the New Salem General Store, or at the door.

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