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North Salem Improvement Society, P O Box 209, North Salem, New York 10560 northsalemimprovementsociety@gmail.com

Please join us and our co-hosts North Salem’s

Conservation Advisory Council and Climate Smart Committee

On Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3:00pm at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library

For our Annual Meeting

And the showing of The Story of Plastic *

There will be a brief business meeting of the Society wherein we will propose

Amendments of our By-Laws and

Election of our Trustees with terms expiring in 2022

  • The Story of Plastic is an Emmy-winning documentary film about one of the world's most pressing environmental issues - the plastic pollution crisis. Is plastic recycled?

  • Guest speaker: Deia Schlosberg, who made her directorial debut with this film. Other works include How to Let Go of the World and Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock. Deia earned an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she directed and produced BACKYARD, which looks at the human cost of fracking and won two student Emmys. She was named one of DOC NYC's 40 under 40 in 2019, and a Film Independent Fellow in 2021. Deia's background is in Earth science and visual communications, as well as expeditioning, having been awarded a 2009 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for a two-year, 7800-mile through-hike of the Andes Mountains.

And the Winners are....

Our 2022 Scholarship winners are two very accomplished and dedicated students from North Salem High. Congratulations to both!

Maya Dallow

"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!

2022 GOAL - ALL ROADSIDES CLEARED OF LITTER BY EARTH DAY! Let's do it...!

North Salem's annual roadside cleanup and E-waste drop-off -- Saturday, March 26, 2022 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the town campus – 266-274 Titicus Road. Come early for light refreshments!

Roadside Cleanup: Come pickup your orange bags for collecting litter. Safety vests and pickers are available to borrow for your convenience. We will have a map of the town roads up and hope that you highlight where you will tackle the litter. For those of you who want to get an early start, orange bags will be available starting March 19th at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.

E-Waste drop-off: We will have the bin open for electronic waste disposal. See our ReduceReuseRecycle page for what's acceptable.


Shredder: Tuesday, April 19, 10:00am to Noon at 66 June Road. See ReduceReuseRecycle page for details.

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

Dear Neighbor,

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.

Thank you.

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.

E-WASTE

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

northsalemimprovementsociety@gmail.com

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.

Learn more about:

  • Solar Power

  • Geothermal heating/cooling opportunities

  • Waste reduction & recycling

  • Wetlands conservation

  • Backyard Composting