Something special this year - instead of the usual fresh cut trees, we will be BORROWING live, balled, five-foot Alberta Spruces from Hardscrabble Farms. They will be carefully delivered to our site by Hardscrabble Supply and once we are finished with our holiday event, they will be returned to the Farm. We are proud to - ReUse and RePurpose - and save live plants!
Many thanks to Hardscrabble Farms and Hardscrabble Supply!
By mid-December North Salem local organizations will have decorated all of the borrowed trees! Be sure to drive-by and see them lighted at night.
Then join us on Christmas Eve for our traditional carolling around the bonfire with Santa arriving atop a Croton Falls Fire Department truck around 6:15pm.
Interested in a Fall roadside clean-up? Orange bags are available.
We were thrilled with the number of new residents and members who joined us on Sunday, March 26 at the beautiful home of one of our directors, Chrissanth Greene-Gross. It was a time to introduce ourselves to new folks who have moved into town, to reconnect with friends and neighbors, to hear a little about us and what we strive to do for our lovely town.
Roadside Cleanup: Can be done any day of any week! Please pitch in. If you need orange bags, there is a supply at the Library along with pickers, gloves and vests. Or, please contact us by email or call Cynthia at 914-274-7206. It is helpful to let us know where you left filled bags so that we can notify our highway department for pick-up. Thank you!
E-Waste drop-off: The container is open five days a week during regular town office hours. Check in with town clerk Maria Hlushko for the key and to register what you are dropping off.
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WHEEERRREEE'S the Bench?
Years ago we purchased two identical benches for the North Salem Holiday Tree site for community and Santa use. Just over a year ago one fell into disrepair, the castiron side broke, and the highway department carted it away. They actually tried to fix it for us but to no avail. We had parts and pieces to another bench, not quite the same but close enough, and master carpenter Peter Scurlock and his son Aaron spent hours powder-coating the cast iron, cutting new slats, and finishing a beautiful new bench just in time for Xmas Eve 2021.
While putting up the trees this year we noticed the bench was gone! Unbelieveable. It weighed about 300 lbs. Please, just return it.
Left to right: Eric Tucker, Mrs. Tucker, unk, unk, Albert Lobdell, Mrs. Benjamin Van Scoy, Mrs. Tuttle, Mrs. Gilbert Lobdell, H. Hobart Keeler, Mrs. John Christopher, John Christopher
If you missed our annual meeting you can access The Story of Plastic on any one of these
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And the Winners are....
Our 2022 Scholarship winners are two very accomplished and dedicated students from North Salem High. Congratulations to both!
"Respect for land and nature is something that makes North Salem special to me." From Amnesty International to Save the Children and RideConnect, Maya has been an active volunteer, dedicated leader and role model. Congratulations, Maya!
Michael Milanes, Jr.
"Feeling of community" is what makes North Salem special for Michael. From his involvement with the town's Climate Smart Committee to running in the Race for Open Space, Michael has demonstrated his dedication and is working towards earning his New York State Seal of Civic Readiness. Keep up the excellent work, Michael!
See REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE page for: NYSE&G APPLIANCE FREE RECYCLING; DUAL STREAM FOR North Salem; E-WASTE COLLECTION LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ITEMS; PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL; AND LOTS OF INFO ON HOW TO SAFELY RECYCLE MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
This year, 2022, the North Salem Improvement Society marks its ninety-first year. Few people realize the extent of the Society’s involvement in our community since its founding in 1931. For a sampling of our accomplishments. please visit the History page.
The Society strives to keep everyone up-to-date on the latest information on handling waste and recycling materials, energy saving tips, how to “go green” and “live green,” and so much more. Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is so important if for no other reason than the cost of garbage collection! Working with the town we hope to be expanding our E-Waste collection program this year.
But the Society is only as strong and successful as its membership and that is why we are constantly reaching out to you to join us and volunteer whatever time you may have to broaden our list of projects. Please consider completing the enclosed membership form and sending it back with your contribution.
The Directors, Peter Bliss, Cynthia Curtis, Chrissanth Gross, Paul McCabe, Susan Baum Moyer, Laura Noya, Gail Pantezzi, Lulu Pelosi, Dania Rusanov, Amy Post Scurlock, Tim Purdy, and Edris Scherer.
To join, see Membership on the sidebar.
Shopping Bag in a Pouch!
The Improvement Society did a bulk purchase of bags with a North Salem logo on them. They collapse into a small, easy-to-carry pocket. We sell them at cost, only $4. A free bag for anyone who joins. Only $20 for annual membership.
Reusable Straw Set
Forget plastic straws and consider your own set of reusable ones. Only $2. A free set for new members.
ANNUAL MEETING 2021
Thanks to all who joined us on Saturday, April 26, at the library for our annual meeting and 2021 Earth Day celebration. Andrea Good and Pam Pooley along with other members of the town's conservation advisory council gave a demonstration on how to properly remove invasive species and in their place plant native plants. A river beach and several perennials were planted behind the library with more to come. Joining us was Andrew Middlebrook from the Open Land Foundation with information on their Pollinator Pathway program. Photo by Tom Walogorsky of the North Salem News.
ROADSIDE LITTER CLEAN-UP
Kudos to all who hit the roads and collected roadside litter. We almost ran out of orange bags! But, we still have a few areas to do. Please let us know if you have time and need orange bags. We will drop off or make easy pick-up.
We filled five bins with recyclable electronics. We are also collecting more information on what to do with microwave ovens, lamps, and other electronics that cannot go into the bins from the company the town selected. See our page Reduce Reuse Recycle for information on what to do with unwanted items you cannot recycle under the town's contract.
WHAT DO I DO WITH ??
To find out more about what to do with your unwanted items and waste materials, please go to our Reduce Reuse Recycle page. Learn what you can recycle weekly through the town's contract. See what is accepted at the town's E-Waste Recycle Bin. Find new places to donate gently used items you no longer want. Finally, what about all the items the town does not recycle? There are some tips on more recycling places. But first, sometimes it may be best to simply
Choose not to purchase products wrapped in plastic
Wash and reuse the plastic you already have
Carry reusable shopping bags with you at all times.
North Salem Improvement Society, P O Box 209, North Salem, New York 10560
Sunday, September 18 - Join us as we partner with the North Salem Climate Smart Committee and Conservation Advisory Council at the finish line of the NS Open Land Foundation's Race for Open Space at Baxter Preserve.