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New Salem Old Home Day goes green

Summer of sustainability

Tessa Potee, 7,  and Claire McGuinnis, both of New Salem use a two person saw to cut a pine timber as Paul McGuinnis  looks on.80 year old Paul McGuinnis is a life long New Salem resident who has won many draft horse competions ,and worked  in saw mills. At New Salem's Old Home Day the two person saw competition(for best time) was a fitting tribute to local history.

rop 10/7/17  Geoff Bluh

Tessa Potee, 7, and Claire McGuinnis, both of New Salem use a two person saw to cut a pine timber as Paul McGuinnis looks on.80 year old Paul McGuinnis is a life long New Salem resident who has won many draft horse competions ,and worked in saw mills. At New Salem's Old Home Day the two person saw competition(for best time) was a fitting tribute to local history. rop 10/7/17 Geoff Bluh Purchase photo reprints »

NEW SALEM — This year, Old Home Day on July 19 will be highlighting the town’s efforts to “Go Green” and showcasing ways in which everyone can help reduce pollution, save resources and protect the Earth. The New Salem community has been making numerous changes to reduce its energy use and to protect its land, air and water.

There will be a tour of the town’s solar array, which has reduced the town’s electrical bill to zero and also allowed for air conditioning in the library. As well as recycling its paper, cans and bottles, the town’s Transfer Station provides for separating and recycling compostables. Rick Innes of Clearview Composting will be on hand to explain and promote that program. The town has significantly reduced its waste and also landfill expenses.

In addition, Old Home Day will have a “Trashion” event encouraging residents to reuse material and nonrecylable items to create “new” fashions.

There will also be a “Recycled Art Show” where residents are encouraged to express themselves artistically using recycled items.

Last year’s successful mini-golf course will have a “Recycle” theme. Other events will also be picking up on the theme.

This year, during Old Home Day, the New Salem Academy Trustees will be announcing the opening of their New Salem Academy Museum which will be upstairs at the restored Old Academy Building, which the town has restored and reused. The museum will contain displays about the former New Salem Academy which was one of the first of its kind in Massachusetts.

There will be two sets by the Charles Neville and the Skeletones.

The traditional events will also take place: tricycle races, a pie-eating contest, a basketball shoot-out, a cross-cut saw contest, the Silent Auction for the 1794 Meetinghouse (which the town has reused), the Council on Aging Tin Can Auction, a parachute fly-in from Jumptown USA, “Music for Kids,” a Cake Walk event at the Stowell Building (a former New Salem Academy building which the town has reused), the Firemen’s Breakfast and Lunch, the Central Congregational Church’s Red, White and Blue Café, its Bake Sale, the book sale at the Town Library (an old school building the town has reused), a sawdust treasure hunt, a bounce house and a pizza party.

Again this year, the Appalachian Mountain Club will be sponsoring an early morning walk into the Quabbin. The Mount Grace Land Trust will be leading an afternoon walk on the West Hill land off of New Salem Center.

Following tradition, there will be the noon parade with fire engines, horses and floats related to the theme and vendors on the Common.

If anyone is interested in entering cakes in the Cake Walk, contact Bonnie Stewart at 610-608-4891.

To set up a vending booth on the Common, contact Jane Clukay at 978-544-2660.

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