2014 Baseball/Softball/Tee ball Pool Party

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 2014 Baseball/Softball/Tee ball, with a pool party Tuesday, July 8, from 6-8pm, weather permitting.  Teams are encouraged to bring their team food and drink.  The Salem Myer's Swimming Pool will be furnished by the P&R for teams to enjoy.  Thanks to the coaches, league directors, umpires, scorekeepers, players and their families for supporting the program this season.  All who participated, are invited to the event.

Swimming Lessons at Myers Pool

The Salem Myers Pool will be offering the second session of swimming lessons beginning Monday July 7-Friday July 18, mornings Monday-Fridays.  The swimmer must be able to stand unassisted in three feet of water.  Beginner lessons are 9:30-10:00am, Intermediate 10:15-10:45am, and Advanced 11:00-11:30am.  The cost is $30.00 and $10.00 for each additional swimmer within the same household.  For more information you may call the Pool at 883-6263 or the Park and Rec. Office at 883-2895.

American Pickers Coming to Washington County?

Cineflix Inc. produces a documentary series called “American Pickers” which explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’.  The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business ‘Mike Wolfe’ and ‘Frank Fritz’ as they embark on an epic road trip across the US. The show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry. The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques - treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. 

The series follows the highs and lows of the

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Utility Office Closed on July 4th

The City of Salem Utility Office will be closed on Friday, July 4th. Payments can be made by using 1 of the 2 drop boxes or by using the button located on the sidebar of this page. 

Big Turnout for Cobblestone Hotel Positions

Dozens of people showed up to fill out job applications for Cobblestone, the new hotel being built on State Road 56 East, at City Hall Monday morning. Mayor David Bower said there are currently 12 jobs to be filled at the hotel.

He said the turnout of applicants shows how many people are looking for jobs in our community, no matter what they are or what they pay.

There are well-qualified people who are looking for minimum wage jobs so that they don’t have to drive out of town every day for work.

“With gas prices as high as they are, people are willing to make less on the hour so they don’t have to drive,” he said.

Bower is thrilled to be a part of bringing these jobs to Washington County and hopes more businesses will follow suit in the future.

Area Code Overlay Approved for the Indiana 812 Area Code

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers. the new 930 area code will be added to the area served by 812. This known as an area code overlay.

Get ready to change the way you dial your local calls!

When will the change begin?

Beginning September 6, 2014, you must use the new dialing procedures. After this date, if you do not use the new dialing procedures, your calls will not be completed, and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

Who may you contact with question?

If you have any questions regarding this information in this notice, please contact Frontier at 1.800.921.8101 or access the following website for more information: www.frontier.com or the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commision at http://iurc.in.gov/.

Washington County Farmers’ Market

June 7th, “First Saturday of the Month” will be sample day, with vendors offering free samples to all and gifts for the children. Good Earth Master Gardeners will be there to answer any gardening questions you might have.

Check the Face Book page, “Washington County Farmers Market” for this week’s postings, LIKE our page and come by Saturday morning to see if you have won a Farm Market gift!

Strawberries were the feature at last weeks Washington County Farmers Market and may continue for a few more weeks, but the steady increase in produce is the real story. More and more ‘near’ organic produce is coming in. We say “near’ organic, locally grown, home grown, historically grown, we farm like grandpa use to, or Georganic grown; because none of the vendors are ‘certified’ organic, but most follow the concepts of none or limited chemical enhancements. Certification Organic is a very pricey and takes some time, and is

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Put Your Nose in a Book!

SOAR! rolled out the red noses with “Put Your Nose In A Book” program, during Children’s Book Week, May 12-18th

Fire trucks, batters, bankers and books!  What do they have in common? SOAR! and “Put Your Nose In A Book” program, that’s what! This year’s Put Your Nose In A Book program was conducted by community volunteer readers in the first grade classrooms of all three schools in the county.  Wearing red clown noses, volunteers read an age appropriate book to the first graders at Bradie Shrum Elementary, East Washington Elementary and West Washington Elementary.  Each reader was matched up with the theme of each school’s book.  For example, Salem Fire Department readers shared Ready, Freddy! Firehouse Fun!.

The goal of the Put Your Nose In A Book

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WCCF 21st Annual Meeting

Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker will be the keynote speaker at the Washington County Community Foundation Annual Meeting on June 19, 2014 at Cornerstone Hall.

Lieutenant General Tucker entered the United States Army as a private in 1972 and served as a cavalry scout for 1st Battalion, 35th Armor in Erlangen, Germany until he departed as a Staff Sergeant in 1977. He then served the next two years as a drill sergeant in the 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was accepted in 1979 for Officer Candidate School where he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Commissioned in Armor, his first assignment was tank platoon leader, B Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, Germany. During this tour from January 1980 until July 1984 he served as a Tank Company Executive Officer,

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Countywide Art Show Winners

Arts Alive Washington County & Beck’s Mill Countywide Art Show had 69 entries. The People’s Choice winning entries may be seen at the Salem Public library. So much talent is seen in the art work of our youth. The response and support from businesses in our community is very much appreciated.  Sponsors are: Arby’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Papa John’s, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, & Domino’s. Each student that participated will receive a gift certificates from these businesses and certificates of participation.  Danny & Pam Walton’s Guitars, Strings & Things donated a cash award in support of ongoing events for the Arts Alive Organization.  Arts Alive will host upcoming events during the Bicentennial celebration week this fall.

People’s Choice winners

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Employment Opportunity

A top medical logistics company specializing in transportation solutions for healthcare systems throughout the US is seeking a part time Medical Courier (Logistics Service Representative) to perform daily pickup and delivery operations in the Salem Area with an emphasis on safety and customer service. The position is part time, 6 hours a week (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), from 10-2PM at $10.50/hr. Since the position is extremely part time, we have found the position is best filled by someone who  may be retired looking to get out of the house a few times a week. However, all applicants are welcomed.

MedSpeed Job Opportunity (pdf)

WorkOne 2014 Job Fair

 

WORKONE TO HOST JOB FAIR ON MAY 20 - OVER 1400 JOBS AVAILABLE!!!! 

WorkOne Southern Indiana will host a Job Fair on Tuesday, May 20, from 3:00-7:00PM at the WorkOne Center located at 2125 State Street, Ste. #16, New Albany.

Fifty-Nine regional companies, recruiting for over 1,400 jobs, will participate in the event. A variety of employment sectors will be represented, including manufacturing, logistics, transportation, healthcare, financial services, and hospitality, to name a few. Positions and wages range from labor to professional levels.

Job seekers attending the hiring event are encouraged to bring several resumes,dress professionally, and be prepared to discuss employment opportunities with employers.

For more information, please contact WorkOne at 812-948-6102 or visit www.workoneregion10.com.

WCACT Auditions

Washington County Actors' Community Theatre's next production will be The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon. Six woman and two men are needed. Charity Main will direct. Auditions will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 19, and Tuesday, May 20, at Hartsook Hall (402 N. Harrison St.) behind the Salem Nazarene Church. Performances are set for July 24-27. This will be a fun show -- come on out and be a part of it! For more information, call 620-6600.

Heart of Salem Public Meeting

Please join the City of Salem on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 10:00am in the Council Chambers for a public hearing. We would like for interested parties to have an opportunity to express their views on the Heart of Salem's Project before the final application is submitted.

Utility Office Closed on Good Friday

The City of Salem Utility office will be closed on Friday, April 18th, in observance of Good Friday.  Payments can be made by using the drop boxes or by clicking on the View/Pay tab on this website.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Salem Tree City USA

Salem has been named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Salem achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. "Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Salem make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring

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Egg-stravaganza in the Village

The Annual City of Salem Easter Event will take place on Saturday, April 12, 3:00pm - 4:30pm in the Pioneer Village at the John Hay Center. The event is for children preschool – 5th grade. This is a free event. Call 883-2895 or 883-5600 for more information.

Community Drug Drop Event

A Community Drug Drop will be held at Salem City Hall on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your unused, outdated medications for proper disposal.  Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Gather your unneeded medications and bring them to the Drug Drop Event. No Questions Asked.

Sponsored by the Washington County Substance Abuse Council, City of Salem, City of Salem Police and Fire Departments, Washington County Prosecutor’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Knapp Miller Brown Insurance

YMCA Celebrates Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, April 26th, the Washington County Family YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Washington County to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges

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March2Recovery Program for Tornado Victims

The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District would like to announce they are now accepting applications from homeowners and landowners impacted by the March 2, 2012 tornado made possible through a grant from March2Recovery.  Qualifying participants must be in tornado damaged areas that experienced tree damage or erosion issues due to the tornado or its aftermath. Practices that are eligible for reimbursement include but are not limited to: tree plantings, vegetative planting/restoration, erosion control, stump removal, and debris removal.  Field visits will be completed to determine eligibility.  Practices completed must meet NRCS standards and specifications.  Funding is available for all eligible expenses and is a first come first served opportunity.

Those interested should contact Jessica Hoehn, Washington County Soil and Water Technician, at (812)883-3006 ext. 3 or

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Parent Child Craft Night - Salem Apothecary

The Soda Fountain at the Salem Apothecary has planned a parent/child craft night on April 8, 6-8 pm. The night will feature a paint/decorate spring flower pot for your home. Children must be kindergarten and older. Call 883-4500 to RSVP. The cost is $25.00.

Giving from the Heart Tea

The Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation will host the Giving from the Heart Tea on April 12, at 2 pm. The event will take place at Southern Hills Church. Plans are being finalized for the event. Sponsorships are still available.Additional information is available at the Community Foundation.

First Harrison Matches Food Bank Donations

Are you looking for a way to maximize your donation to The Washington County Food Bank?

First Harrison Bank is accepting donations for the Food Bank. First Harrison will match your donation with a $1 per pound of food donated up to $500.00. The Food will then be taken to the Food Bank. Your donations will be a part of The Feinstein Challenge, which will match your donations at a $1 per item donated. First Harrison Bank is accepting donations thru April 30th.

What a great way to get the most out of your donation!

For example: donate a pound of food to First Harrison Bank; the bank will match that donation at $1 and the Feinstein Challenge will provide a $1 for every item that is donated. WOW!

Cash donations are also being accepted and are counted toward the Feinstein Challenge.

Wash. Co. Historical Society Event

The Washington Co. Historical Society invites the public to attend a meeting on Saturday, March 22, 6 pm at the Steven’s Museum. Dennis Neary, producer of “Take the River’ will present a program on the filming at the John Hay Center in Salem and Jim Day Farms.  The film is near completion and will be shown on WKET, PBS Kentucky soon.  The locally filmed segment called “Morgan’s Comin” is completed and will be presented at the meeting on March 22 at 6:00 pm.  The film depicts Morgan’s Raid through Versailles, IN.  Local re-enactors were used in the film, including Dave Baiocchi and the late Rob Erwin. This is a free event. The public is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Walls Equipment Sales Open House

Walls Equipment Sales will host an Open House on Saturday, March 15, 11 am – 2 pm at the facility located at 221 Tarr Ave., Salem.  The Cattlemen’s Association will serve burgers, chips and drinks.  Those attending can enter a drawing for a hand held blower. You can also contact Walls for your pest control needs.  Additional information is available at 883-2625.

Community Blood Drive

A community Blood Drive will be held at First Christian Church on Friday March 14th. The Blood Drive is sponsored by the Salem McDonalds. The event will take place in the Fellowship Hall (and American Red Cross Bud), located at 305 E Walnut St, from 1pm - 7pm. A coupon for a free hamburger will be distributed to all presenting donors. Appointments may be scheduled online at www.redcrossblood.org. Enter sponsor code 024262.

YMCA hires new CEO

The Board of Directors of the Washington County Family YMCA would like to announce the hiring of Robert Gilchrist as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gilchrist recently served as the Aquatics and Fitness Coordinator for the City of Bloomington’s (IN) Parks and Recreation Department. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor at the IU School of Public Health. Mr. Gilchrist has a Master of Science in Public Health from IU. He has also served as a reserve police officer for the City of Ellettsville (IN).

This is not Mr. Gilchrist’s first position within a Y. He was first hired as the Aquatics Director at the Corning FAMILY YMCA in upstate New York. Prior to that, he served at the Northhampton YMCA (MA), the YMCA of Greater Springfield (MA) and the Newport County YMCA (RI).

He is a

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Improvements being made to Highway 60

The safety of those traveling Highway 60 is on the radar for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

During a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, Tony McClellan, the deputy INDOT commissioner for the Seymour District, spoke to a room of community members and residents, telling them that the state is aware of the dangers of the road.

He said the state has been watching the road and collecting data to help them better assess the situation.

McClellan said the road is a long-term project that will need funding, but the state is prepared to make a few low-cost changes in the meantime.

He said one of the main issues on the road is the variance in speed at which people are driving. He said some drive 40 mph, while others drive 60 mph. One of the reasons he believes people drive so slow is that they are looking for a particular road. To help with this issue, INDOT is putting up signs along 60 to inform

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Is Your Bull a Stud or a Dud?

Evaluation of bulls for breeding soundness is one of the most neglected management practices of Indiana’s cattle producers. A bull is expected to settle 20 to 50 cows during the breeding season and too often his ability to do so is taken for granted.

The evaluation should be done prior to the breeding season. Breeding problems that are discovered at pregnancy checking occur far too late to prevent substantial loss of income. Breeders that sell bulls should have them evaluated prior to the sale. Bull suppliers depend largely on repeat customers and selling an infertile bull may cost the breeder a good customer as well as create a lot of bad advertisement.

The breeding soundness exam cannot guarantee fertility but it is the best method available to predict which bulls will not settle cows. Approximately 10% of bulls will fail the Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE). The routine BSE will not detect bulls with low

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Cattlemen and Pork Producers Annual Meeting

The Washington County Cattlemen's Association and Washington County Pork Producers Association will hold a joint Annual Meeting on Monday, March 10 at the New Hope Methodist Church, located on State Rd 60 West. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations need to be called into the Purdue Extension Office (883 4601) by Wednesday, March 5.

The Annual Meeting is for anyone interested in the beef or pork industry. The Washington County Cattlemen’s Association annual membership dues are $15.00 and the Washington County Pork Producers annual membership dues are $10. These can be paid at the door.

After the meal Dr. Fred Whitford from Purdue Pesticide Programs will provide the program.

Area Vegetable Growers to Meet in Borden/Starlight, IN

The annual Starlight Area Vegetable Growers Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in the Barnyard Bash II building at the Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant (2421 Engle Rd., Borden, IN 47106). This annual educational program will begin with registration and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by a program by Purdue Extension specialists and the Clark County Purdue Extension Educator. The dinner and program are FREE and open to anyone with an interest in producing quality vegetables.

For nearly 40 years, vegetable growers from across Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky have been coming to Starlight, IN each winter to learn about the latest information regarding the production of fresh vegetables. Growers (including home gardeners) wishing to spend a few hours learning about the latest information in the field of vegetable crop production are encouraged to

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A Taste of Lamb

The Washington County Sheep Association is hosting “A Taste of Lamb” on Thursday, March 20, 6 pm at Southern Hills Church. The event will feature a complete meal with locally grown lamb. In addition, those attending will be shown how to prepare lamb. Recipes will be distributed as well. Chef Vanessa Newkirk will prepare the meal. RSVP’s are requested by March 7th. The cost is $10.00 per person or $15 per couple. Call 883-4601 to RSVP or email at washingtonces@purdue.edu.

YMCA announces Spring Soccer Registration

The Washington County Family YMCA is now accepting registrations for Spring Soccer through Saturday, March 22, 2014. The Spring Soccer League is for boys and girls ages 3 through 13 years old. Divisions of play will be 3 year olds, 4-5 year olds, 6-7 year olds, 8-9 year olds, and 10-13 year olds.

Our program's goal is for children to play soccer in a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude while instilling good sportsmanship. There are no tryouts, and everyone is guaranteed playing time. Children learn the fundamentals of soccer and, just as important the Y’s character development traits of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

Watch your child’s confidence kick in as they learn the game of soccer and build new skills. All divisions will practice during the week and have games at least once a week on Saturdays. Participants will get a t-shirt and gift for their

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Feinstein Challenge at Food Bank

If you're familar with the Feinstein Challenge, you're aware or the benefits Washington County Food Bank receives from this endeavor. Besides the money (over $19,335.22) donated for food purchases, there were food items brought to the food bank valued at over $20,213 in 2013.

The food bank also received a proportionate share of the one million dollars that Mr. Feinstein donates to fight hunger in the United States each year.

Just as the response to the Feinstein Challenge increases each year, so does the number of persons served by the food bank. There were a total of 7113 visits representing 15,953 adults and 8935 children during 2013.

The Food Bank Board hopes this year's challenge response will surpass that oflast year in order for us to continue to fulfill our mission to provide the emergency food and nutritional needs of citizens of Washington County.

Cash, checks and food items received

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Feinstein Challenge at Food Bank

If you're familar with the Feinstein Challenge, you're aware or the benefits Washington County Food Bank receives from this endeavor. Besides the money (over $19,335.22) donated for food purchases, there were food items brought to the food bank valued at over $20,213 in 2013.

The food bank also received a proportionate share of the one million dollars that Mr. Feinstein donates to fight hunger in the United States each year.

Just as the response to the Feinstein Challenge increases each year, so does the number of persons served by the food bank. There were a total of 7113 visits representing 15,953 adults and 8935 children during 2013.

The Food Bank Board hopes this year's challenge response will surpass that oflast year in order for us to continue to fulfill our mission to provide the emergency food and nutritional needs of citizens of Washington County.

Cash, checks and food items received

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Cost-Share for Conservation Available to Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Landowners

The Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed (MCBR) covers 99,854 acres in the central and south central portion of Washington County. There is approximately 117 miles of creeks in the watershed with water flowing through it and eventually empties into the Ohio River. Water quality and non-point source pollution was a watershed concern and, therefore, a grant was applied for by the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) to address the concerns.

A watershed management plan (WMP) was developed by a steering committee of local conservation professionals, residents, and landowners. It was approved for MCBR in August 2013 by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Areas throughout the watershed were determined to be critical for E.coli, high nutrient content, sediment, and more. 

Forestry Field Day 2014

Forestry Field Day 2014 will be held on the Eric Lozier property located at 6905 S. Lockenhour Road in Pekin on April 5th. The event will include outdoor presentations, tours and a free lunch. Feel free to attend all or a portion of the day’s sessions! Tour stops are included in forested areas, so dress accordingly. Event will be held rain, snow, or shine! Please RSVP to the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ph#812-883-3704 x3 By April 3rd.

Forestry Field Day Schedule:

  • Registration & Donuts - 8:30am
  • Workshop & Activities 9:00am - 2:00pm

Morning Sessions Include:

  • Forest Stand Improvement & Woodland
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Forestry Field Day 2014

Forestry Field Day 2014 will be held on the Eric Lozier property located at 6905 S. Lockenhour Road in Pekin on April 5th. The event will include outdoor presentations, tours and a free lunch. Feel free to attend all or a portion of the day’s sessions! Tour stops are included in forested areas, so dress accordingly. Event will be held rain, snow, or shine! Please RSVP to the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ph#812-883-3704 x3 By April 3rd.

Forestry Field Day Schedule:

  • Registration & Donuts - 8:30am
  • Workshop & Activities 9:00am - 2:00pm

Morning Sessions Include:

  • Forest Stand Improvement & Woodland
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Someone impersonates mayor and calls State of Emergency

The City of Salem Police Department is looking into a case of impersonation of the mayor.

Last week during the snow and ice storm, news station WDRB reported that Mayor David Bower had declared a State of Emergency.

“That is not something I can do,” said Bower. “I do not have the authority to declare a State of Emergency.”

He said Sherriff Claude Combs called him and asked if he had made the call and Bower assured him that he had not.

“I don’t think people realize how serious a State of Emergency is,” he said. “When a true State of Emergency is called, people close businesses and stay off the road.”

Fire Chief Tom Day said only emergency vehicles and law enforcement are allowed to be on the roads during a State of Emergency. “It’s to help keep people off the roads and out of the way of emergency personnel, as well as to prevent more accidents to have to respond to.”

Police Chief Troy

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Hometown Competitiveness Website

The Hometown Competitiveness Team has created a website that highlights many aspects of living in Washington County.

The website includes an interactive Hot Spots Map and videos that highlight our community assets:

  • History
  • Community
  • Recreation
  • Cost of Living
  • Beauty
  • videos that highlight different aspects of our community that would be of interest to businesses
  • videos highlighting local businesses/attractions

Please feel free to link this page to your website. The Washington County HTC logo is provided above if you would like to use that as a button for the link. The webpage can be found at : ...

Third House Session Public Meeting

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is joining with the Washington County Farm Bureau to present a Third House Session, on Saturday, March 1, in the Presentation Room of Salem High School. Doors will open at 8:15 am. The presentation will begin at 9 am. Light refreshments will be served prior to the event.

Scheduled to attend: Steve Davisson, State Representative District 73 and Richard Young, Indiana State Senator.

Attorney’s John Mead and Andrew Wright will moderate the session. The public will be allowed to ask questions.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Eye Associates Helping Salem Band Fundraiser

Eye Associates of Salem is helping the Salem High School Band raise money to purchase Championship Rings after their recent victory at the State High School Band Championships. Eye Associates will match donations, up to $500.00. Donations may be made at the Office located at 1350 S. Jackson St., Salem. 

National Center for College Costs FAFSA Day

Washington County Community Foundation is sponsoring the National Center for College Costs FAFSA Day on February 18th from 1-7 pm at the Community Learning Center.  The National Center for College Costs will be available to assist Washington County students and families file a Free Application for Student Aid  (FAFSA) for the 2014-2015 college academic year, then interpret the results.  This service is free to all Washington County students and families thanks to funding from the Washington County Community Foundation.

The FAFSA Day may be helpful to families who are intimidated by the process and others who had questions.  Families will know instantly which colleges are apt to work best financially and which ones may not work out so well.

Students, adult and high school, that fill out their FAFSA at the

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Nourish Your Body Seminars

HEALTHY LIVING STARTS HERE!

This is a series of lessons centered around the topic of Nourishing Your Body. There will be one class a month focusing on different parts of the body including your bones and joints, eyes, digestive system, skin, and brain. Class will begin on January 28 at 6:00 pm. Classes will be one hour long and taught by Lauren Neuenschwander. Lauren works as an educator for Purdue Cooperative Extension office in Jackson and Washington Counties. She has a Master of Science degree and is a Registered Dietician.

Nourish Your Body Seminar Flyer (pdf)

Do You Know Your Numbers?

We all have many important numbers to remember in our everyday lives, but do you know the most important numbers? Your health numbers! Stop by the hospital on Saturday, March 8th from 8:30am – 11:00am for St.Vincent Salem Hospital’s FREE Community Health Screening Day and learn what these numbers mean for your health and well-being. 

Screenings include:

  • Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Triglycerides
  • Blood Glucose
  • Heel Dexa Osteoporosis Heel Scans
  • BMI and Body Fat Analysis
  • Sleep Disorders Assessment 

In addition to a variety of health

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Splash & Shiver for Blue River

“Take the Dash to Raise Cold Cash” at Blue River Services, Inc on Saturday, March 1st at Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra, Indiana. All proceeds from this event support the mission of Blue River Services.

Splash & Shiver participants will “Take the Dash” at 10:30 a.m. at Buffalo Trace Park beach. If you pre-register by February 14th and pledge to collect $25 or more in donations, you will receive a t-shirt the day of the event. The registration form and the form to collect donations can be downloaded from the home page of www.brsinc.org . Participants will need to bring their donations of cash and checks made payable to Blue River Services, Inc. to be eligible to win prizes and to compete for the fundraising awards. Registration forms will also be accepted the day of the Splash & Shiver event between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at Buffalo Trace Park. Late registrations can pick up their t-shirt at BR Grafix in Corydon

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2014 Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball Sign Ups

Denise Newkirk from the Salem Parks and Recreation Department will be registering children for Parks & Recreation Baseball, Softball, and Tee Ball:

REGISTRATION FEE IS $35.00 PER PLAYER. New registrations MUST HAVE PROOF OF AGE AND RESIDENCY. 

Those signing up to play for the Salem Parks and Recreation Youth Leagues must reside in one of the following townships: Washington, Gibson, Monroe, Jefferson, Brown, Vernon, Posey, Howard or Madison.

DRAFTS WILL BE HELD THE WEEK OF March 3rd. It is mandatory all coaches attend their age appropriate draft if they are planning to coach during the 2014 season. Opening Day at the Ball Park is scheduled for Monday April 28, 5:00pm, weather permitting.

All coaches must turn in their coaching application by February 17, 2014, 4:30pm, to the Parks and Recreation Department, 201 east Market Street, Salem, Indiana 47167 Telephone# 883-2895.

Criminal

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County native joins city police department

A new police officer was sworn into office for the City of Salem Dec. 30. Washington County native Nigel Smith took the oath and began his first day of official duty on Dec. 31.

After five years living, going to school and working in Bloomington, Smith said he is happy to be back in his hometown.

“It’s pretty nice,” he said. “I had hoped to eventually get back down this way and this was a great opportunity.”

Smith had worked for the Indianan University Police Department since August 2010 and graduated from the police academy in summer 2011. It was after that first year as a cadet with the IUPD that made Smith decide he wanted to be a police officer.

He graduated from Salem High School in 2008 and from Indiana University in May 2012 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Telecommunication Industry

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Mayor Bower Sponsors 2nd Senior Center Breakfast

In December Mayor Bower along with department heads, city council members,  and other city employees, were on hand for a “question and answer” session held at the Salem/Washington County Senior Citizen’s Center.  Breakfast was enjoyed by those who attended the event and door prizes were given away.  Santa was even present for those who had a special Christmas request from him.  Numerous questions were asked about a variety of City issues.  The purpose of these events is to reach out to the seniors in the community in an effort allowing them to voice opinions and comments, as well as asking questions.

November 2013 Economic Data

November 2013 Economic Data as provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The Economic Report released in January 2014 contains economic data for Area 10 which includes the counties of Harrison, Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington.

November 2013 Economic Report (pdf)

November 2013 Economic Data

November 2013 Economic Data as provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The Economic Report released in January 2014 contains economic data for Area 10 which includes the counties of Harrison, Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington.

November 2013 Economic Report (pdf)

Mayor Requests Residents Restrict Travel

Mayor David Bower is asking all City of Salem residents to restrict travel due to the cold temperatures this evening and tomorrow. If anyone is needing assistance in getting out or needs someone to run necessary medical errands, they may call the City of Salem Police Department at 883-1524 any time day or night. They may also call the mayor's office at 883-4265 between the hours of 9 and 4. Mayor Bower said residents may also contact him directly at 896-7550 until 6 p.m.

Bower said if anyone has a loved one who needs to be checked on, to please call one of the above numbers.

City Hall Extended Hours to Offer Assistance

City Hall will remain open tonight (Monday) until 6:00pm to assist anyone in need due to the cold temperatures. If you need help with transportation, call they mayor's office at 883-4265 or the City of Salem Police Department at 883-5999.

Catch Hoops Hysteria at YMCA Rookie Basketball

Rookie Basketball is back at the YMCA! Using modified rules and lowered hoops in a non-competitive environment, children can learn the fundamentals of basketball. Sportsmanship and fun are emphasized in this league, with each player getting equal playing time. Teams will meet Sunday afternoons at the Salem High School Auxiliary Gym for practice and game time beginning January 12th and going through February 16th. The YMCA will provide team t-shirts and a participation prize at the end of the season.

“Getting our children involved in team sports early is an important way to build their leadership and cooperation skills, sense of belonging, and also a great way to work on developing gross motor skills,” said Youth First Director, Rosie Morehous. “Giving our Youth the opportunity to have fun and learn the fundamentals of a sport—so important to our local community—is something that we are very proud to offer from the

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Youth Football Equipment

Anyone who has not yet turned in their Youth Football equipment for the 2013 season or before, may bring it into the Salem Parks and Recreation Department Office at 201 East Market Street Salem, Indiana.  We still have a few players who have not yet turned in their equipment.  Please call the office at 883-2895 or drop it by with the player’s name and what team they were on.

City of Salem Christmas Outdoor Home Decorating Contest

First place winner of the 2013 City of Salem Christmas Outdoor Home Decorating Contest is Brian Albertson. He resides on East Market Street in Salem and is shown with Lisa Hoskins as she presents a check to Mr. Albertson. The second place winner was Reagan Wade-Swift. Their home is on South Harrison Street and were unable attend the presentation. 

Doug and Lisa Hoskins of H & H Tree Service and Stump Removal, sponsor the contest each year.

State Champ Signs Coming Soon!

The City of Salem will be putting up new signs at the city limits giving recognition to the Salem High School band for being the state champions in the Scholastic B State Competition.

Pictured in the gallery the band poses for a picture with Mayor David Bower and members of the Salem City Council: Ron Haendiges and Dan Libka, as well as Superintendent Dr. Lynn Reed, high school principal Derek Smith, middle school principal Ray Oppel, band director Bonnie Harmon and guard director Richard Trueblood.

Honor Teachers with an Apple

The holiday season is officially into full swing as the rush of purchasing gifts, decorating homes, sending out season greetings and attending holiday parties is in high gear. One person that is sure to find their name on your Christmas shopping list is your child’s teacher. Teachers are one of the hardest people to buy for but one of the people you most want to find the perfect gift for that says thank you for what they do for your child each day.

Home baked goods, candles, lotions and other goodies fill the desks of teachers across the county each year. While all these gifts are certainly welcomed and greatly appreciated, what if you could give a gift that continued to give each year? Youth First of Washington County would like to suggest that in lieu of these many treasures, you consider making a donation to the Dr. Eddie Apple

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Mission In Home Health Care Ribbon Cutting

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce congratulates Mission In Home Services, LLC, on their newest business addition, Mission In Home Health Care.  Mission In Home Health Care is a line of new services being offered according to owner Diana England. The In Home Health Care will provide care to the aged and disabled persons in their homes.

For additional information please contact them at Ph#812-586-0436 or visit their location at 190 W. Beck's Mill Road Suite F in Salem.

2014 Agricultural Outlook Program

Purdue Extension - Washington County will present a program titled “Agricultural Outlook 2014” at the Washington County Government Building Meeting Room (806 Martinsburg Rd.) on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:00 am. The program is free to the public and is designed to help farmers, land owners, input suppliers and those interested in agriculture make better business decisions in the coming year. The program will be presented by Chris Hurt an Agricultural Economist from the Purdue campus. Please contact the Extension Office before by Thursday, December 12, 2013 with your reservations for the sponsored lunch.

Indiana agriculture has returned to abundant production after the 2012 drought. Yield prospects for the state are among the best in the country and this means the grain handling and processing industries have returned to full capacity. Prospects remain hopeful for record total Indiana production of corn and record high

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Indiana Unemployment Insurance Seminar

WorkOne will host a business seminar on Indiana Unemployment Insurance presented by Josh Richardson, Deputy Commissioner of Unemployment Insurance with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The event will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Please find more information about this event attached, and feel free to forward this email to any interested party. Space is limited, and all attendees should RSVP by emailing ac@wda-inc.org with:

· Attendee’s Name
· Company Name
· Email Address
· Phone Number

Seminar Flyer (pdf)

 

Sheep & Goat Webinar for Local Producers

Purdue Extension in cooperation with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University will offer two goat and sheep webinars in December to help producers with feeding practices, forage management and animal health.

The webinars are scheduled from 7:00-9:00 pm on Tuesday, December 3 and 10 at the Washington County Government Building Meeting Room (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem). 

Expert presenters will discuss animal health, including selecting goats and sheep for resistance to internal parasites. They also will focus on plant and hay species best suited for the small ruminants since they rely on forage-heavy diets.

"The webinar format allows the organizers from the two states to cooperate on this program and bring nationally known, expert speakers to producers," said Mike Neary, Purdue Extension small ruminant specialist. "Producers in Indiana and Kentucky will have access to cutting edge

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YMCA Community Prayer for our Soldiers

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA has been leading Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers campaign to honor our local service members and their families; recognizing the many sacrifices they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

"In November, we all are reminded of the many things we have to be thankful for," says Rosie Morehous, the Youth First Director organizing the event, “Our soldiers, past and present, have done so much to make our blessings possible, and we look forward to honoring that with our Prayer on the Square Meeting.”

The prayer on the Square will be held on Monday, November 25th, from 12:00-1:00pm. Special singing by David Brown, a Special address from Sid Dye, and Prayer led by Bob Holler will outline the service to thank our brave men and women.

“I hope to see the entire community out to pray for the safety of our soldiers,” says

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Christopher the Christmas Tree Showing

We are showing “Christopher the Christmas Tree”, Saturday, November 30, 1:00pm at the Salem Middle School Auditorium.  George Bowers, creator of Christopher the Christmas Tree will be handing out free posters to the children who attend the 30 minute movie.  DVDs, coloring books, and CDs will be available, featuring Christopher and all his friends from the Valley of Hidden Hollow, You do not need reservations to attend.  It is free to the public.

At 2:30pm we will be planting a 12” White Pine dedicating it as Christopher the Christmas Tree. This will take place in DePauw Park.

At 6:00pm the Christmas Parade begins and the theme is once again “Christopher the Christmas Tree”.

The parade will begin at the Legion Bingo Hall, travel north around the Salem Square.  This will take place Just before lighting of the Court House and Christmas lights around the Square.

Pied Piper Children's Theatre Performances

Pied Piper Children's Theatre will be performing Neil Simon's "Fools" on Friday and Saturday November 15th and 16th at 7:30 and November 17th at 2:00. Ticket prices: $7 for adults $5 for students (k-12)  Bring a canned good for the Washington County Food Bank for $1 off admission. "Fools" will be performed at the Gary W Hartsook Hall 402 N Harrison St Salem

Polar Express Experience

Due to the great response, we are no longer taking reservations for the 2013 Polar Express event. We're filled to capacity.

Salem Parks and Recreation along with the Salem Public Library, Friends at the Depot, and Tri-Kappa Sorority once again will be presenting the “Polar Express” experience, Sunday December 8, 2013 at 2:00pm.

The event will be held at the Depot  behind the Steven’s Museum and Pioneer Village in Salem.

“We had such a wonderful turnout last year, and thought it would be fun to bring the experience back for the community to share again this year”, said Denise Newkirk, P&R director.  “It should be even more enjoyable with the additional space inside the Depot”, she added.

Santa will be seated on the back of the caboose, located near the Depot where children can talk with and give him this year’s Christmas “wish list”.  In return he will have candy

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Polar Express Experience

Due to the great response, we are no longer taking reservations for the 2013 Polar Express event. We're filled to capacity.

Salem Parks and Recreation along with the Salem Public Library, Friends at the Depot, and Tri-Kappa Sorority once again will be presenting the “Polar Express” experience, Sunday December 8, 2013 at 2:00pm.

The event will be held at the Depot  behind the Steven’s Museum and Pioneer Village in Salem.

“We had such a wonderful turnout last year, and thought it would be fun to bring the experience back for the community to share again this year”, said Denise Newkirk, P&R director.  “It should be even more enjoyable with the additional space inside the Depot”, she added.

Santa will be seated on the back of the caboose, located near the Depot where children can talk with and give him this year’s Christmas “wish list”.  In return he will have

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WCCF is Offering Scholarships to Non-Traditional Students

The Washington County Community Foundation is now offering scholarships to non-traditional students through its Education Matters initiative.

Education Matters is a regional undertaking organized by the community foundations that serve Washington, Scott, Harrison, Clark and Floyd counties to try to increase the number of working adults in our region who started but never completed some form of post-secondary education – education that extends beyond high school.

WCCF is Offering Scholarships to Non-Traditional Students

The Washington County Community Foundation is now offering scholarships to non-traditional students through its Education Matters initiative.

Education Matters is a regional undertaking organized by the community foundations that serve Washington, Scott, Harrison, Clark and Floyd counties to try to increase the number of working adults in our region who started but never completed some form of post-secondary education – education that extends beyond high school.

You might be surprised to learn that in Southeast Indiana, only 25% of our workforce has an associate’s, bachelors or professional degree, compared to 38% nationally. Yet one in four of our community’s adult workers has earned some college credits! That’s over 40,000 people in our area! For whatever reason, they started but never completed their post-secondary education. This represents a tremendous amount of untapped potential in our

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Washington County Christmas Parade

The 2013 Washington County Christmas parade theme will be "Christopher the Christmas Tree". Christopher the Christmas Tree was created by local resident George Bowers in 1968.  The story features Christopher, a small tree, seeking to be chosen as a family’s Christmas Tree.  He is joined by woodland friends.  It's an uplifting and creative story.

The Washington County Christmas Parade, organized by the Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30th, at 6:00 pm.  Participants are encouraged to use the theme in their entry.

Parade entries are encouraged to use lights – lots of lights – on their parade entries.  The parade does begin after dark!

Persons interested in purchasing the Christopher the Christmas Tree DVD, CD, and coloring book, may stop by the Chamber of Commerce Office.  These are autographed by Mr. Bowers.

The parade will begin from the parking

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YMCA Announces - A Salute to our Soldiers

The YMCA challenges all Washington County residents to show their support of our brave men and women.

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA will lead Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers by honoring our local service members and their families to recognize the sacrifice they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

The YMCA has outlined weekly challenges for all Washington County residents for the month of November which include wearing yellow, writing letters of support, donating care package items, and prayer.

"In November, we are fortunate to have two wonderful Holidays—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving!" says Rosie Morehous, the Youth First Director taking on the project, “I look forward to propelling the sentiment of these occasions into the whole month by leading the community in showing our thanks and gratitude to the many brave men and women

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Bicentennial Celebration Donations

The City of Salem received funding from several businesses for the upcoming bicentennial celebration. Duke Energy, Temple and Temple and Midwestern Engineers all made donations of $5,000.  Donations were also received from Jacobi sales, $200 and City of Salem Tree Board, $1,500.

For additional information on the Salem 2014 Bicentennial Celebration visit the button under the Community menu on this website.

Private Applicator Credits Available at Nov. 11th Programs

Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticide Program Coordinator, will be the speaker during the Southern Indiana Area 2 Fall PARP Programs scheduled for Monday, November 11, 2013. Dr. Whitford will be discussing “The Impact of Water Quality on Pesticide Performance” and “Keeping the Trailer Connected to the Truck.” The same program will be held at two locations: Clark County Fairgrounds Suite 1 (9608 Hwy. 62, Charlestown, IN) from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm and Deer Country Equipment (2662 N. State Rd. 337, Orleans, IN) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The program is free for attendees with a $10.00 fee for those who wish to obtain private applicator credits. Credits will only be given for attending one program. A RSVP is not required, but appreciated. Light refreshments (cookies and drinks) will be provided at both program sites.

For more information contact Danielle Walker at the Purdue Extension – Washington County office at 806 Martinsburg Rd.,

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Fall Drug Drop Event

Approximately 50 pounds of controlled and non-controlled drugs were collected during the Drug Drop held Saturday morning.

The drop was sponsored by Washington County Substance Abuse Council (WCSAC), Salem Police Department, City of Salem, Washington County Prosecutor's Office and Prevent Child Abuse.

"We were very pleased with the turnout," said WCSAC Coordinator Monika Spaulding. "It's great that so many people take advantage of the drug drops."

She said many people who came said they hold their drugs for this event every spring and fall.

"It's nice to know people are counting on these events," said Spaulding, adding that she is thankful to Scott Ratts and Tim Miller with the Salem PD for their assistance.

The WCSAC meets the first Thursday of every month at 4 pm at the county government building.

Another drop will be held in April of

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Salem Dog Park Dedication Ceremony

Jim Deich takes his dog around the newly opened dog park. A dedication ceremony was held Saturday afternoon at the Animal Shelter, which is where the park is located. The park offers a variety of activities for dogs, as well as a shelter house and benches.

Fire Prevention Month Coloring Contest

The Salem Fire Department held a coloring contest in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Month. The contest was held in grades kindergarten thru 3rd grade at Bradie Shrum Elementary school.

(See photo in the Gallery Above)

Coloring contest winners include: Corbin Killian, Harlee Stivers, Connor Bowman, Christian Chavez, Chloe Zink, Raiden Lyles, Laken Shell, Skylar Bullock, Addison Maudlin, Jacob Heightchew, Raelyn Reynolds, and Saphira Jarvis

Also pictured Fire Chief Tom Day, firemen Mike Mead, Jeff Miller and AJ Losson.

 

Kimball receives Governor’s Award and city recognition

Being environmentally friendly and conscious is a way of life for Shawn McCormick, who is the safety and environmental manager at Kimball Office Furniture. His dedication is one of the reasons the company recently received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

The company was one of five in the state who were recognized for their extraordinary efforts to protect and benefit Hoosiers and their environment. Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly presented the awards during the 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show held on September 25 and 26 at The Palms Banquet and Conference Center, in Plainfield, Indiana.

In a press release, Easterly said, “The companies receiving awards today, and their owners, operators, managers and employees, are great examples of businesses that are helping to protect our environment. They deserve congratulations on

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Stage Performance of THE BUTLER DID IT

The Washington County Actors Community Theater (WCACT) will perform, THE BUTLER DID IT, by Tim Kelly. Charity Main and Jane Naugle are directing this stage production.

The story concerns wealthy but eccentric Miss Maple, who loves mysteries and mystery writers. She decides it would be fun to have a weekend at an island mansion off the coast of California with seven detective story authors and concoct a "mystery" for them to solve together.

An added twist is that the writers all must spend the entire weekend speaking and acting as the hero or heroine of their novels -- for example, if Agatha Christie had been invited, she might've pretended to be Miss Marple the whole time. The problem is, an actual murder takes place soon after everyone arrives.

Everyone spends the rest of the play stranded on the island, afraid for his or her life, trying to make sense out of the strange clues that surface.

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Youth First Trivia Night - November 9th

Join us for the 4th Annual Trivia Night to support Youth First! If you weren’t able to join us last year here is how the event works.

THE PURPOSE

Just as we encourage our youth to plan ahead and create a vision for the direction of their life, Youth First has tried to do the same thing.  Youth First is taking the steps now to prepare us to remain sustainable into the future. Our goal is to create a positive environment within the county where youth are valued, their needs come first and investments are made in their well being.

Our Trivia Night event is positioned to raise awareness for the needs of our youth while raising funds for the continued efforts of Youth First.  Youth First programs and successes will be highlighted. 

Youth are the future of our community.  They are the next generation of parents, teachers, business owners, customers, employees

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Christmas Assistance Program Volunteers Needed

Southern Hills Church in Salem is accepting applications for the Christmas Assistance Program (CAP). Volunteers are needed to help accept applications. Individuals and/or businesses who would like to donate to CAP, may contact Southern Hills Church at 883-1637. The church is located at 1645 S. State Rd. 135., Salem.

Christmas Assistance Program Registration

Southern Hills Church in Salem will begin taking applications for the Christmas Assistance Program (CAP), on October 18th. Applications will be available at Southern Hills Church. Applications are also available at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Office in City Hall.

Applications Accepted at Southern Hills Church on these dates:

  • Friday, Oct. 18th, 1-5 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 19th, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 25th 1-5 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 am – 3 pm.

Volunteers are needed to help accept applications. Individuals and/or businesses who would like to donate to CAP, may contact Southern Hills Church at 883-1637. The church is located at 1645 S. State Rd. 135., Salem.

Developing and Maintaining a Great Employee Handbook Seminar

WorkOne will host a Business Seminar titled “Developing and Maintaining a Great Employee Handbook” to be presented by Tim Weatherholt of Fisher & Phillips LLP on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM.

Please find more information about this event by clicking on the link below.

Please RSVP by emailing to cr@wda-inc.org with:

•    Attendee’s Name
•    Company Name
•    Email Address
•    Phone Number

Developing and Maintaining a Great Employee Handbook Flyer (pdf)

Community Dog Park Ribbon Cutting

Celebrate a ribbon cutting and open house with the Humane Society of Washington County, in conjunction with the Salem Animal Shelter. The event will celebrate the opening of the Community Dog Park, located at the Shelter. The event will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 26th with a ribbon cutting. An open house will follow until 3 pm. Light refreshments will be served. General Public is invited.

Community Drug Drop October 26

Do you have any outdated, unused prescription drugs in your home but don’t know how to get rid of them?

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10-noon, the Washington County Substance Abuse Council is sponsoring a drug drop at Salem’s City Hall.

People may drive up and drop their prescriptions off, no questions asked. The collected medications will be disposed of by the City of Salem Police Department.

“These drug drops have been very successful for us,” said WCSAC Coordinator Monika Spaulding. “We try to hold two of these a year: one in April and one in October.”

Other groups that help sponsor these drops are Washington County Prosecutor’s Office, Prevent Child Abuse, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, City of Salem Police and Fire Departments and the Drug Team.

Salem Little Lions Basketball Registration!

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department has announced the dates to sign up for Little Lions Basketball. Little Lions Basketball will be led by Derik Early. The basketball camp is for boys, grades 3rd through 6th, and is for those attending Salem Schools only

Little Lions Basketball will begin on October 28 from 6:15pm - 7:45pm in the Salem High School Auxiliary Gym. A practice schedule will be given out the first night of practice and during registration.

Registrations will be accepted on the following dates in the Salem City Hall Building, 201 East Market Street, unless otherwise noted.

  • Thursday October 17, 9-11AM City Hall
  • Friday October 18, 9-11AM City Hall
  • Tuesday October 22, 6:30-8:00PM City Hall
  • Wednesday October 23, 2:30-4:30PM City Hall
  • Thursday October 24, 3:00-4:30PM City Hall
  • Friday October 25, 9:00-11:00AM City
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Take the Heart of Salem Online Survey

The Heart of Salem Main Street Program is asking for local residents and business owners to complete the following survey. The results of the survey will be used to define a direction for the Heart of Salem Program.

The Heart of Salem was recently welcomed into the Indiana Main Street (IMS) organization, which is a group of more than 100 communities dedicated to the revitalization of their downtown areas.

Click here for the Heart of Salem Online Survey

72nd Indiana Beef Evaluation Program Bull Sale

The 72nd performance test of the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program finished September 23, 2013 at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center in Bedford. A total of 64 bulls from four breeds completed the test. The bulls were entered by 28 seedstock producers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Bulls were fed a moderate-energy ration during the 125-day test and daily gain for the entire group was 3.96 lbs. The bulls are in ideal body condition for use this fall or next spring.

This is an excellent set of bulls that offer a range of performance for the economically important traits. Angus bull #15 will enter the ring first. He had a Performance Index of 108.6 and a Carcass Merit Index of 129.5, the second highest in the test. His EPD’s rank him in the top 10% of the breed for birth weight, maternal milk, direct calving ease, ribeye area, and fat, as well as $ Weaned, $ Yield

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Weed Scientist: Control Poison Hemlock in the Fall

Crop and livestock producers with poison hemlock in their pastures, crops or ditches should consider treating the weed in the fall, a Purdue Extension weed specialist says.

Poison hemlock is a biennial weed that is toxic to both livestock and humans, if enough is consumed. It can be identified by its finely divided, toothed leaves and white flowers. Its stems are hairless, have purple spots or blotches and can grow to 2-7 feet in height.

 

 

"The weed seems to be spreading, becoming a more common occurrence in pastures, agronomic crops, fence rows and roadsides," Bill Johnson said. "It can be difficult to control in the spring. It's easier to control in the fall because it's more sensitive to herbicides."

The plant growth and appearance is more visible in the spring, when the plants "bolt" or elongate rapidly and the white flowers

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Salem Police Dept. Starts Cadet Program

Hoping to make an impact with the youth in the community, the Salem Police Department and the City of Salem have started a new program in conjunction with Salem schools.

“A real resource in our community is our children,” said Mayor David Bower, adding that a lot of kids do not have mentors or role models in their lives. “We want to change that. I feel our police department has some of the best role models in our community.” Bower said he got in touch with educators from the school to get their input and opinions and they came up with a plan for a cadet program.

“Troy Merry, being the go-getter that he is, went to work on it,” he said, adding that Assistant Police Chief Joey Wheeler also helped get the program going.

Police Chief Merry said Wheeler is involved with Boy Scouts and in Boy Scouts they have something called an Explorer Program and that’s where they got the idea for the cadet program at the

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October is National Fire Safety Month

October is National Fire Safety Month, with National Fire Prevention Week taking place from October 6-12. The Salem Fire Department visited Bradie Shrum Elementary School in preparation for National Fire Prevention Week. Here, Ron Wilcox shows students the parts of the truck.

October serves as an excellent time to examine fire safety in your home. Do you have a home fire escape plan? Have you changed smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you know the main reasons for fires starting in the home?

City has new Assistant Police Chief

The City of Salem has a new assistant police chief. Joey Wheeler was sworn into office during a special ceremony last week. Wheeler has been a member of the police department since May 27, 2007.

"Being promoted to Assistant Chief is an incredible honor and I believe an affirmation of my dedication to the department," he said. "I take great pride in knowing my fellow officers spoke out in favor of this promotion. I intend to repay them by working diligently with Mayor Bower and Chief Merry during their efforts to develop a better trained, proactive, and community oriented police force. I sincerely hope our combined efforts will provide the citizens of Salem many reasons to be proud of their officers."

Wheeler is married to Dr. Tricia Wheeler and they have three sons.

Cobblestone Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking for the Cobblestone Hotel was held Wednesday October 2nd. The new hotel is being built on State Road 56 East. Developers are hoping to have the hotel finished and open this spring. Several community members gathered for the groundbreaking, including local investors and elected officials.

Haunted Pioneer Village - Oct 26th

Join the fun at the Pioneer Village on the grounds of the John Hay Center (Behind the Steven's Museum) on East Market Street for the "Haunted Pioneer Village". The evening of family friendly Halloween fun will be on October 26th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

The Pioneer Village will be decorated for Halloween and full of fun filled activities sponsored by volunteers from the following:

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Haunted Pioneer Village - Oct 26th

Join the fun at the Pioneer Village on the grounds of the John Hay Center (Behind the Steven's Museum) on East Market Street for the "Haunted Pioneer Village". The evening of family friendly Halloween fun will be on October 26th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

The Pioneer Village will be decorated for Halloween and full of fun filled activities sponsored by volunteers from the following:

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Kimball Office receives State Award for Environmental Achievement

Representatives from Kimball Office Furniture, Salem accept the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. From left: Rick Bossingham, Assistant Commissioner of IDEM’s Office of Compliance Support; Shawn McCormick, Safety & Environmental Manager at Kimball Office - Salem; IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly; and Dusty Hancock, Director of Operations at Kimball Office - Salem.

Five Indiana businesses have received Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence for extraordinary efforts to protect and benefit Hoosiers and our environment. Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Thomas Easterly presented the awards during the 16th Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show held on September 25 and 26 at The Palms Banquet and Conference Center, in Plainfield, Indiana.

“The companies receiving awards today, and

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Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.  The dinner will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Southern Hills Church.  The doors will open at 5 pm with the Mock-Tail Hour; followed by Community Feud and Dinner. 

Nominations are currently being accepted for the awards listed below. If you know of deserving individuals or businesses contact the chamber for a nomination form.

The Following Awards will be announced during dinner:

  • Washington County Citizen of the Year Award
  • Washington County Emerging Youth Entrepreneur Award
  • Washington County Business of the Year Award

Tickets are $25.00 for the early bird sales (first 200 tickets).  Tickets are available for purchase at the Chamber Office. Table sponsorships are available as well.

Washington County Farmers’ Market

News release for week of October 5, 2013
 
It really does not matter how you get to Washington County Farmers’ Market, car, truck, horse, buggy, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, walking, or new this week helicopters. All that matters is there are only four weeks left to stop by The Washington County Fair grounds parking lot for the best in winter squash, pumpkins, lettuces, onions, and greens. Add to that the usual baked goods, big brown eggs, jams, potatoes, green beans and USDA meats and you have an exciting market. Last Saturday there were still five very active vendors!

It is official; Donald Madden is “2013 king of Southern Indiana’s tomato growers” with his big tomato of 2.34 lbs. Just why the predicted five-pound tomato didn’t show is speculation, maybe next year. We are sure that Donald will enjoy his $46.80 winning check! Again, special thanks to “Good Earth Master Gardeners of Washington

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Fall Fish Sale - October 16th

It’s time to restock your fish! The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, SWCD will again be coordinating a fall fish sale with Andry’s Fish Farm, Birdseye, Indiana. To obtain a fish order form or if you need more information on pond management and stocking rates, call 883-3704 ext. 3.

The following fish will be available:

  • Channel Catfish 6-8 inches $.55 each
  • Largemouth Bass 3 inches $.95 each
  • Hybrid Bluegill 2-3 inches $.50 each
  • Regular Bluegill 1-3 inches $.50 each
  • Redear Shellcrackers 1-3 inches $.50 each
  • Minnows $33.00 per 1000, Japanese Koi 3-5 inches $5.00 each
  • Grass Carp 8-11 inches $15.00 each, minimum order of five

Orders will be delivered, Wednesday, October 16th at 10 a.m. at the USDA Service Center Parking lot, 801 Anson Street, Salem. Please be on time to get your fish or make

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2nd Annual Harvest of Hope Walk

Join Cornucopia Farm for their 2nd annual Harvest of Hope Walk on October 19th.

Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so we've decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event. Help us make strides against breast cancer!

Today 1 of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support. The Washington County donations our team raises will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research, free information and services for women diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Why We Support the American Cancer Society

Saving lives from breast cancer starts one team, one walker, and one dollar at a time. We know that the American Cancer

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Open House at Shady Patch Farm

Shady Patch Farm is hosting an Open House, this week, (Thursday Sept 26th, Friday Sept 27th & Saturday Sept 28th), 9 – 5 each day.  Owner, Patty Colglazier will be serving refreshments, have door prizes and Shady Patch ‘specials’. Shady Patch Farm is located at 2014 Quarry Rd., Salem. 

Shady Patch Farm started in 2009 with a BBQ Sauce and two soup mixes. Shady Patch now has a large assortment of tasty products for you to try and are continuously working to add more delicious products to our line. Shady Patch Farm also includes a charming little shop with table linens, lap quilts and home decor.Gift baskets and gift certificates also available upon request.

Additional information is available by calling 812-883-3240 or visiting www.shadypatchfarm.com.

Customer Appreciation Night at Blue River Farm Supply

Blue River Farm Supply, Inc., is hosting a Customer Appreciation Night on Friday, Sept. 27th, 6-8 pm.  Great food will be available for guests to enjoy, while sitting around the bonfire. Several vendor representatives will be on site for the event.  Promotional items/door prizes will be awarded.

Additional information is available by calling 364-6675.  Blue River Farm Supply is located at 14485 Greene St in Palmyra.

 

Beck's Mill "The Grind 10K" Receiving Rave Reviews

- From Facebook Post by Dan L. a Race Participant from Bedford, Indiana

Last weekend’s inaugural running of The Grind 10K was a model of organization, efficiency and attention to detail, and will stand out in memory as one of the best races of this year. Bright and early on race day, the registration tables were up and running ahead of schedule, staffed by cheery, bustling volunteers; there was plenty of time to pick up the packet, warm up, rub elbows with fellow racers, and admire the surroundings. A ten-kilometer course isn’t for the faint-hearted, and this particular route is now etched in the memory of the ninety-one participants as being additionally challenging for the steep terrain in the first mile or so, but the tone behind the comments plainly stated: yeah, I did it!

Purdue Master Gardener Program Seeking New Crop of Volunteers

If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue University has the ideal program for you.  

Beginning Monday, January 6th, 2014, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Harrison, Washington and Scott Counties and surrounding areas.  The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.  In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University.  As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. 

Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others

While we all know that there is no such thing as a free lunch…there is some funding available to farmers and others who apply that might enable them to do a number of things on their farm to try a new way of accomplishing a farm task, reducing environmental impact, growing a new crop, conducting research or an educational program, learning more about a particular issue, becoming more energy efficient, adding value to a raw farm product, developing a local food system, etc.

On the evenings of Wednesday, September 25 and October 2 (6:30- 8:30 pm) there will be free, live interactive webinars collectively entitled Funding Opportunities for Farmers and Others at the Washington County Government Building Meeting Room (806 Martinsburg Rd., Salem) which will provide basic introduction into some of the current grants, loans and cost share opportunities that

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SOAR! Named a finalist in fifth annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” Program

Washington County SOAR! represents Indiana as one of 51 Finalists in the Running to Earn $10,000 in Funding
 
Washington County SOAR! has been selected as the only finalist from Indiana in the fifth annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program and now has a chance to win $10,000 to grow important community projects and services that will help give the gift of reading to adults in Washington County. Through a public vote once a day at 50StatesforGood.com now through October 15, supporters can help bring the funding to Washington County with the simple click of a mouse.

Cornucopia Farm Open for the Season!

Celebrate opening weekend at Cornucopia Farm with a special offer for Grandparents!

Cornucopia Farm located between Salem and Scottsburg will celebrate their opening weekend on September 14th & 15th with a special tribute to Grandparents. Grandparents will receive free admission with a paid grandchild admission. Visit Cornucopia Farm and find your way in our new 2013 Corn and Soybean Mazes, slide down our hillside and tunnel slides, enjoy our petting farm and find the perfect pumpkin in our pumpkin patch or stock up on Mums for Fall from our Farm store. 

Cornucopia Farm is owned by the Baird Family. The Bairds received the " 2013 Indiana Farm Family of the Year" award in a ceremony in Indianapolis in December 2012. The

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WORKONE TO OFFER MANUFACTURING SKILLS STANDARD COUNCIL CERTIFIED PRODUCTION TRAINING (CPT) PILOT TO AREA EMPLOYERS

Area manufacturing companies are encouraged to participate in a Pilot Training Project that can provide free training and a credential to their employees.

WorkOne Southern Indiana has developed a Pilot Project to offer Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Training (CPT) to employees of area companies. The Training Project will permit area employers to evaluate the MSSC Certified Production Technician Credential as one option to address manufacturing technical skills needs.

The training is being offered “at no-direct-cost” to employers through a WorkOne grant made possible by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. WorkOne sponsors the cost of training and testing for credential. Training will be provided by a certified instructor from Ivy Tech Community College. Employers are responsible for sponsoring the paid-time for trainees to attend the five-weeks of training/assessment

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Hoosier Youth Challenge

Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy is accepting applications for their next class.  There are still openings and transportation assistance.  The program is for youth 16 – 19 who have dropped out of school or are planning to drop out of school. Questions or to request an application, contact Shari Stites at shari.stites@hoosieryouth.org or call at 317-391-6979. For additional information on this program vist www.ngycp.org/state/in

College Cost Estimator for Students

Did you know that as Washington County residents you have special access to the College Cost Estimator?  Thanks to a grant by the Washington County Community Foundation you have free, confidential access to College Cost Estimator services.  It is recommended that families with students in 7th grade or older utilize this resource to start planning for college costs.  To access the resource visit www.indianacollegecosts.org.

September Declared Literacy Month in Salem

Mayor David Bower signs a proclamation observing September as National Literacy Month for the City of Salem. According to the National Center for Family Literacy, more than 30 million Americans have reading skills below basic literacy levels. Pictured with Mayor Bower is Washington County SOAR! Director Erica Schmidt. 

Washington County SOAR! Adult and Family Literacy’s mission is to increase literacy by promoting and providing educational resources for adults and families in Washington County. SOAR! is committed to breaking the cycle of family illiteracy and to helping each individual reach his or her potential.

For additional information please visit www.washingtoncountysoar.org

Eddie Gilstrap Motor’s Scenic Scavenger Tour

You're invited to participate in the Eddie Gilstrap Motor’s Scenic Scavenger Tour. The Scenic Scavenger Tour will take place on October 12th with the event beginning and ending at the Historic Salem Speedway. 

Enjoy the fall beauty of Washington County as you gather clues to the scavenger hunt and enjoy an adventure with a carload of your friends and family. Tour participants will be able to take 2 laps around the Historic Salem Speedway!

Proceeds from the Eddie Gilstrap Motor’s Scenic Scavenger Tour benefit Washington County SOAR! and their mission to promote literacy in Washington County. 

To register for this annual event please call Ph#812-896-1515 or email info@washingtoncountysoar.org for a registration form.

Affordable Afterschool Program

Youth First of Washington County, a program of the Washington County Family YMCA, will be offering an affordable afterschool program at all three county schools starting in September.  SPARKS will begin the week of September 16th at East Washington Middle School, Salem Middle School, and West Washington Jr. High School.  The program meets once per week at each location throughout the school year, meeting 40 weeks at each location.  Through SPARKS, youth will have a safe, positive and fun environment to gather in from 3pm to 5:30pm each day the program is scheduled.  

Rosie Morehous, Director of Youth First of Washington County will be serving as the program supervisor, with Ashley Hubbard serving as the SPARKS facilitator.  Parents and students alike often ask what a typical day at the SPARKS program is like.  Morehous described it as follows, “Students will begin each day with an hour of

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Washington County Farmers’ Market

-Update for the week of Sept 7th

Washington County Farmers’ Market is going ugly, First Saturday in September is “ugly day” at the market. Everyone is always talking about our big beautiful produce and we just want to show that we have “ugly” produce also, so come see our “ugly produce “ contest. Contest is open to all vendors and public, so bring any ugly produce and join the computation! There will be a display table and market president Craig Akers and market manager Wayne Nicholson will do the judging, our two experts on “ugly”. 

Only four more weeks to get your Big Tomato entered in the big tomato contest! With the record standing at 2.34 pounds, looks like the Good Earth Master Gardeners of Washington County & Washington County Farmers’ Market may get of easy this year with only a $ 46.80 tomato and that is kind of ugly! 

 Last weeks news release announced that,  “Finically the Tuesday

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Tom Crean to Speak at YMCA Fundraiser

The Washington County Family YMCA is excited to announce that Indiana University head basketball coach Tom Crean will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser banquet to be held at Salem High School on Monday evening, October 21, at 6:30 p.m.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the southern Indiana community to gather to listen to a great speaker and leader,” said Ryan Penrod, Executive Director of the Washington County Family YMCA. “The Y will use this event as a kick-off to the campaign for future capital improvements.”

Crean, who is entering his sixth

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Rock-N-Run 5k

The Washington County Family YMCA and local radio station WSLM invites runners and community members to test your limits in the annual YMCA 5K event.  Let the music motivate you throughout the course of 3.1 miles.  Whether you are trying to meet a time or distance goal, or if it is your first time completing a 5K, this event is a great opportunity to get healthy and stay fit.

“We wanted to bring something different to the community for our annual 5K event” said Membership Director Kristy Purlee,  of the Washington County Family YMCA. “Partnering with WSLM to add music to the course was a perfect way to add something new and different.  We also had some really good feedback from last year’s race and have brought in the assistance of Pacers and Racers in New Albany to help us out this year.”

 The Rock N Run 5K will be held Saturday September

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Utility Office Closed for Labor Day

The utility office will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:30am. If you have an emergency and need to contact someone, please call the Salem Police Department at 883-1524.

St. Vincent Golf Scramble Sept. 20th

The St Vincent Salem Hospital Foundation has a golf scramble planned for Friday, Sept. 20th at Hidden Creek Golf Course. Additional information is available by calling 812-883-5881, ask for Melissa Richardson.

Salem True Value Celebrates Birthday!

Salem True Value Hardware has planned a 17th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, August. 24th, 7:30am–5:00pm. Special savings include 17% off bag sale, WSLM Live broadcast, Hot dogs and hamburgers for sale. The event will also include a Prize Wheel, bouncy house,popcorn, cotton candy and slushies. The store is located at 1312 W Mulberry St., in Salem. Additional information is available by calling 812-883-3607.

9th Congressional District Job Fair

It is my privilege to announce that I am sponsoring a Ninth Congressional District Job Fair in cooperation with WorkOne Southern Indiana.  Today’s job market requires that we bring together the best job opportunities and willing workers to maximize our workforce potential in and around Harrison County.

The Job Fair will take place on Thursday, September 5th, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the YMCA of Harrison County gymnasium.  I have the pleasure of inviting your company to participate in this special event.  There will be no enrollment fees for participation.

I hope to make this Job Fair a positive opportunity for all in attendance.  If your company is

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Meadow View Earns National Award

Meadow View announced today that it is a proud recipient of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) Bronze – Commitment to Quality, National Quality Award in recognition of the facility’s strong commitment to continuous quality improvement. 

“The AHCA/NCAL Quality Awards – comprised of three levels, Bronze – Commitment to Quality award; a more rigorous Silver – Achievement in Quality award; and a comprehensive Gold – Excellence in Quality award – are the most prestigious recognition of quality within the long term care profession,” stated Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.  “Each one of the award recipients has proven its dedication to improving lives through quality care, and it is a privilege to honor them with this year’s award.  We congratulate Meadow View on this achievement.”  

As a Bronze award recipient, Meadow View demonstrated

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Putting Youth First in Washington County

In 2012 Youth First was fortunate to become a program of the YMCA as we joined forces to meet the needs of youth and families in Washington County.  Each day we have members of our community come to us with even more needs for new programming or to expand programming and their ideas are great! (They came from some of you receiving this email.)  Here are just a few of them:

Cornucopia Farm Receives a 2013 River Friendly Farmer Award

On Wednesday August 14th Kevin and Linda Baird of Cornucopia Farm were awarded with a 2013 River Friendly Farmer award during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.  "We're honored to be a recipient of this award. Conservation and stewardship of the land are very important to us because we want to leave it in better shape for those that follow behind us." said Linda. For additional information about Fall harvest related events, corn and soybean mazes and family agri-tourism opportunities visit Cornucopia Farm at www.cornucopiafarm.com

Pictured above is Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Linda Baird, Kevin Baird and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock.

Watch Confidence Kick-IN

The YMCA is now enrolling youth for their fall sports programs.  Martial Arts and Tumbling kicked off their next 12 week session the week of July 22nd and there are still spots available.  Registration for these programs will remain open through September 4th.   Registration fees will be prorated at the time you register.  Martial Arts is for youth 5 and up and Tumbling is for youth 4 and up.

Registration is also open for the 2013 Fall Soccer League.  Games will be played in a positive environment based on mutual respect with equal playing time rather than “win-at-all-costs.”  This 6 week program is focused on  the fundamentals and encouraging physical activity and fun with character building in our youth. All divisions will have practice during the week and games on Saturdays, most likely between 9AM-11AM. Participants will get a t-shirt and gift for their participation.  Shin guards are required to participate and soccer

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Movie Night at Elizabeth Street Park

The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department and Salem Public Library, along with the Washington County YMCA, Washington County Prevent Child Abuse and WSLM are planning “Movie Night at Elizabeth Street Park”.  The event will be held Friday, August 23, approximately 9:00 PM. Drinks and popcorn will be furnished. This is a “community free event”. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, (maybe mosquito repellant, too).

WCCF offering $25,000.00 in Fall Grant Cycle

The Washington County Community Foundation is excited to announce its fall grant cycle and is looking forward to reviewing grant applications from non-profits serving Washington County.  Grants are issued from the Washington County Community Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow funds. The total amount available for this grant cycle is $25,000.00.

 

Grant applications for the fall grant cycle are available at the WCCF office located on Shelby Street in the Learning Center complex and from the website at www.wccf.biz. The Washington County Community Foundation is currently accepting applications. The application deadline will be 3:30 pm, September 24, 2013.  The foundation

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Washington County Farmers’ Market

Washington County Farmers’ Market News release for week of August 10, 2013
 
At Saturday’s Washington County Farmers’ Market, three “big” tomatoes were put on the scales, but only Donald Madden’s tomato broke June Voyles’ record setting tomato of 2.30 lbs.  Not by much. but the 2.34 lbs. beat the record by about 2/3 of on oz. enough to get Donald a $5.00 gift certificate to the market. It is unbelievable that tree big tomatoes were within an oz of each other.(pictured is Monica Madden taking a bite out of record tomato). Rumors has it that there are bigger tomatoes still on the vine, if the critters don’t get them first.  Really need a tomato of three or four pounds! Everyone wins a certificate, recorders under four pounds wins five dollars, over four pounds, ten dollars in Market bucks.

Aug. 4 through Aug. 10 offers another opportunity to celebrate with great food, it is National Farmers Market Week.

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AWC Roast for Carmelita Jean

Join AWC for a Roast for Carmelita Jean in celebration of her work and the 30th Anniversary of Awareness Washington County. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug 10, 2013.  Dinner will be at 6:30pm and will be catered by Christie’s on the Square. The Roast will be held at Southern Hills Church in the Multi-Purpose Room. Southern Hills Church is located at 1645 S. State Rd. 135, Salem, IN.

Tickets $25--Available at H & R Block, Lincks Clothing and Shoes, Eddie Gilstrap Motors and AWC Board members

Blue River Services 11th Annual Golf Scramble

Mark Friday, August 16th on your calendar and come join Blue River Services, Inc. for its 11th annual Golf Scramble that will be held at the Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.  Thanks to the generosity of Lucas Oil Products Inc., they have been named the Title Sponsor again for the 18-hole scramble, which has become one of the most successful fund raising events for Blue River Services. 

Check-in for the day’s events will begin at 12:00 pm.  Free lunch for all participants will be from noon until 12:55 p.m.  The scramble will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.  The awards presentation will conclude the event.  All players have a chance to win numerous prizes along with Bass Pro Shop Gift Certificates for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning teams. 

Dinner on the Bridge Fundraiser

The Dinner on the Medora Covered Bridge will be Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The Medora Covered Bridge is the longest historic covered bridge in the United States.

The tentative menu will be:
Fried Chicken and Ham
Scalloped Potatoes
Green Beans
Broccoli Salad and Grape Salad
Hot Rolls
Home made pie
Iced Tea, Lemonade and Water

The tickets will be $20.00 each this year and may be purchased by sending a valid check along with a stamped self addressed envelope to:

FMCBA (Friends of the Medora Covered Bridge and Area)
P.O. Box 132
Medora, Indiana 47260.
The cutoff date is July 28, 2013.

Contact medorabridge@gmail.com or 812.966.2491 for questions and further information.

For additional information please visit http://medoracoveredbridge.com

Water Dept shut off date is the 29th

For the past several months, the water department has been giving extension to customers that request them. We have allowed these customers to pay their bill by the 5th of the month.  That will no longer be the case due to customers taking advantage of the leniency and not paying by the 5th. 

 Bills are mailed the first week of the month with the first due date being the 18th. Penalties are applied on the 19th and the second due date is the 28th. Anyone that cannot pay their bill in full by the 28th should ask for assistance. There are programs available for people who need assistance in paying their bills. Please call the office for more information or questions concerning this policy.

 

Community Movie Night in Elizabeth St. Park

The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department and Salem Public Library, along with the Washington County YMCA, Washington County Prevent Child Abuse and WSLM are planning “Movie Night at Elizabeth Street Park”.  The event will be held Monday, July 29th, approximately 9:15 PM.

Drinks and popcorn will be furnished.  This is a “community free event”. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, (maybe mosquito repellent, too). For more information you may call the Park and Recreation Office at 883-2895.

 

End of Season Pool Hours Announced

The Salem Myers Public Swimming Pool will have free swimming for the public to enjoy the last week of the 2013 season at the pool during the following dates and times: Monday July 29th-August 3rd from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The last public day to swim will be August 3rd.  Regular hours are 12:30-5:30pm Monday – Saturday.

Last day to schedule a pool party will be Sunday August 4th.  To schedule a party you may the Myers Pool at 883-6263.  The cost is $55.00 for one hour and $80.00 for two hours.  

The pool will be closed August 5th until next season, due to the county schools beginning.

State Website Aims to Reduce Red Tape

Governor Mike Pence today helped to launch the Office of Management and Budget's new website "Cut Red Tape." The site, www.in.gov/cutredtape, allows Hoosiers to submit suggestions of existing regulations that could be simplified or eliminated in order to streamline rules for businesses in Indiana. There are over 11,000 pages of state regulations on the books today.

"Every dollar not spent on regulatory paperwork by Indiana businesses is a dollar they can spend putting Hoosiers to work," said Governor Pence. "Through the 'Cut Red Tape' website, Hoosiers across the state will lend critical insight and perspective about burdensome and unnecessary regulations that may impede hiring and increase costs for businesses in Indiana. With their feedback, Indiana has the potential to be the best place in America to start or grow a business."

On his first day in office, the Governor signed Executive Order 13-03, which

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GED Preparation Classes

Free General Education Development (GED) Preparation Classes are now being offered in the evenings. The GED Preparation Classes are held in the Community Learning Center of Washington County located at 1707 Shelby Street in Salem. If you're interested in enrolling in these classes please call 812-981-3777. Adult Education students must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in school. 16-17 year olds must have an official exit form signed by their school principal.

Morning and Evening Class Schedule:

  • Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • and Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Emergency Planning Guide for Child Care Providers

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has issued an Emergency Planning guide to help prepare child care providers for disasters.

Child care providers are currently required only to have a plan in case of fire or severe weather situations. The new Child Care Preparedness Guide covers other emergencies including flash flooding, hazardous spills, earthquakes and threats of violence.

The guide was developed in partnership with the Indiana School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, the state departments of health and education, the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the Indiana Family Social Services Administration.

Indiana Dept. Homeland Security Emergency Planning Guide for Day Care Centers

Washington County Farmers’ Market

Last Saturday started out damp and dreary for the vendors of Washington County Farmers’ Market, but soon brightened, thanks to wonderful friends and neighbors who came by to buy produce and “talk”, mostly about the weather or the better than expected market. The big question of the day was, “will there be sweet corn next week?  Some vendors say yes and some say maybe two weeks!  Guess you’ll just have to come and see!   The Washington County Farmers’ Market opens Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30pm and Tuesday evenings 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Washington County Fair Grounds.

The “First Saturday of the Month Big Zucchini Weigh-in” honors goes to Jared Baird’s first place zucchini of 5.52lbs, he won a dozen baby chicks from Akers Hatchery, while Ashley Wright’s 5.36 lbs ‘zuc’ wins a Jar of gourmet jam from Across the River Farm, third place Clinton Baker with his 5.20lbs received a delicious zucchini cake, and a sunflower went to fourth

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Veteran-focused Job Fair in New Albany

On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will hold a free, Veteran-focused job fair at the New Albany Armory on Grant Line Road. Please find attached an invitation to this job fair, along with information on how to reserve space at the event.

ESGR Job Fair Flyer (pdf)

Washington County Farmers’ Market

Happy Birthday America, nowhere can one feel more patriotic than in a garden. Hands in the soil growing, nowhere closer to God and Country. Producing food for self, sharing with friends and neighbors. Folklore, traditions, history and freedoms shine in the fields of Indiana.

The vendors of the Washington County Farmers’ Market broke their record of 57lbs last week by donating 68lbs of produce this week to local Food Bank. If you would like to aid the local Food Bank, there will be a collection box at this weeks market, the market will match what you donate. The motto for the day," Buy one for yourself and one for a neighbor".

The “First Saturday of the Month” the Washington County Farmers’ Market will hold a “Big Zucchini Weigh-in”, the official weigh-in will be at 10:00 to 10:30 am. So bring in your extra large zucchini for prizes and surprises. Contest open to vendors and public.

The Washington County

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Salem - Newest Indiana Main Street Community!

Indiana Main Street (IMS) was established by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to provide economic revitalization and professional assistance to participating communities. IMS encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. As the traditional heart and hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction, the downtown business district portrays a city's overall image.

City of Salem Holiday Closures

The utility office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th. We will re-open on Monday, July 8th at 8:30am. Please use one of the two drop boxes to make a payment or call 1-866-480-8552 to use a debit or credit card payment.

Indiana: A State that Works

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) proudly announces A State That Works, a marketing campaign designed to draw attention to the numerous reasons Indiana is a state that works for business.

"From the passage of the largest tax cut in state history to our talented workforce and central location, the spotlight shines on Indiana as one of the few states that actually work for business," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "Our rise to the top in national rankings is proof that Indiana is more than just a good state for business, but a state that is achieving greatness. As Indiana separates itself from our competition, it's important to communicate to corporate decision makers across the globe the countless reasons our pro-growth climate works for companies' growth and success."

The complementary digital, mobile widget

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SOAR! seeks new tutors, training held on two Saturdays

Washington County SOAR! Director, Erica Schmidt announced that Blue River Woods will be sponsoring the next tutor training.  Blue River Woods is SOAR’s newest community partner. BRW recently made a donation of $2,500 to help fulfill the mission of SOAR: increase literacy by promoting and providing educational resources for adults and families in our community. A portion of the money will be used to provide a summer tutor training for volunteers wanting to tutor adults with SOAR!.

The training will be held on two Saturdays: Saturday, August 24 and Saturday, August 31 both from 9:30-4:00 pm with a half hour allowed for a lunch, which will be provided at the Community Learning Center, classroom A.  Tutors who complete the 12-hour training will receive a free six month membership to ProLiteracy.org and a tote bag with tutoring supplies.  There is no fee to attend.

The training will cover characteristics of adult

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Meet and Greet at Nancy's Hair Expressions

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to a "Meet and Greet" at Nancy's Hair Expressions in Salem.
Brittney Reisert is having a meet and greet at Nancy’s Hair Expressions on Monday July 1 ,2013 from 10:00am to 2:00 pm and Tuesday July 2, 2013 between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Anyone who comes in during those times can get a 10 minute chair massage for only $5.00 AND be put into a drawing for a chance to win a FREE 1 hour massage or bodywork service!

RIBBON CUTTING FOR DEPOT ADDITION SATURDAY, JULY 20

The culmination of three years of planning, fund raising and construction will be celebrated Saturday,July 20, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at The John Hay Center’s Depot railroad museum in Salem.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. at The Depot, 206 South College Ave.

A 3,000 square foot addition to The Depot is now competed, providing the museum with a large meeting and display room on the main floor. Also, a 1500 square foot room on the basement level is now world headquarters and archives of the Monon Railroad Historical Technical Society. 

YMCA Seeking Applications for Youth First Position

The YMCA is currently accepting applications for the Youth First director position in their organization. Youth First was started with seed money through the Washington County Community Foundation in 2007 and is a program focused on building the 40 Developmental Assets amongst the youth and families of the Washington County community. Youth First merged with the YMCA in January of 2012 and continues to operate as a program of the Y.

When the Community Foundation initially started the effort it began as the youth development movement and focused  its work on introducing the 40 Developmental Assets framework, how the assets are vital to the development of healthy, productive, successful youth and measuring the level of assets present in our young people.  In 2006, the Washington County Community Foundation covered the cost of administering the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey to all youth in Washington County grades 6th

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Myers Pool Hours Changed for Fair Week and the 4th of July

During Fair Week June 24th through June 29th, hours for the Salem Myers Swimming Pool will be daily, (weather permitting), 12:30-4:30pm.  No parties will be scheduled during the evenings.

On Thursday, July 4th, hours will be 12:30-4:30pm.  No parties will be scheduled during the evening.

The second session swim lessons are July 8-July 19th.  You may call the Salem pool for more information at 883-6263.  The cost is $30.00 per swimmer and $10.00 for additional student within the same household, (must be able to stand unassisted in 3 feet of water).

The second session of water exercise classes will be July 9, 11, 16, and 18th.  It is $5.00 per session, per swimmer and begins each night at 5:30-6:30pm.  You may call the Salem Pool for more information, 883-6263.

The last day for public swimming will be August 3rd, and last day to schedule a private party will be August 4th, (due to school

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Washington County Farmers’ Market

On a recent national survey of farmer/gardeners the number eight reason for gardening was for the competition. In Washington County we have an excellent 4H program heavily promoting gardening, which serves as an educational opportunity for children and a healthy avenue for them to get recognition by County Fair competition. Many adults don’t know that, we even have an open class at the Washington County Fair, for anyone to compete for cash & ribbons. This years Washington County Fair will be early, (June 23rd-29th.) you can get all competitions information at Purdue Extension – Washington County, 806 Martinsburg Rd., Suite 104 Salem, IN 47167 Phone: 812-883-4601 http://www.extension.purdue.edu/washington/

Jared Baird of Cornucopia Farm showed his “competition” this week with a record setting tomato of 1.64 lbs. Jared received a $5.00 gift

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Blue River Woods contributes to SOAR!

Blue River Woods is SOAR’s newest community partner. BRW recently made a donation of $2,500 to help fulfill the mission of SOAR: increase literacy by promoting and providing educational resources for adults and families in our community. The money will be divided among three programs, tutor training, The Dictionary Project, and Put Your Nose In A Book.  BRW wants to help the community and decided this would be a great way to not only give back to the community, but help create a more educated workforce.  SOAR! leadership is very excited with the newly formed partnership and is looking forward to working with them more in the future.  Visit www.washingtoncountysoar.org for additional information.

Pictured: Kim Coomer, with Blue River Woods gives SOAR! Director, Erica Schmidt a check for $2,500.

Ram Breeding Soundness Exam Clinic

Producers face many hurdles when breeding sheep, but preventing the use of an infertile ram or ram with decreased fertility can be accomplished through a breeding soundness exam.  A breeding soundness exam includes a physical and reproductive tract examination as well as semen evaluation conducted by a veterinarian.  Extension research has shown that removing an infertile ram from the flock can increase profits by $10-12 per ewe by decreasing the ram:ewe ratio, decreasing the percent of open ewes and increasing the percent lamb crop.

A Ram Breeding Soundness Exam Clinic is scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Salem beginning at 8:00 am.  Rams must be at least 8 months in age.  The cost is $30 per ram and each will be insured at market value from the time they leave the farm until they return. 

For more information or to schedule your ram(s) contact the Purdue Extension –

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Chamber Luncheon with Becky Skillman

”Igniting Prosperity in the Heart of Southern Indiana” is the topic for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, planned for Tuesday, July 23rd at noon.  Becky Skillman, CEO and President of Radius Indiana will be the featured speaker.  Radius Indiana serves as the regional partnership representing 8 counties, including Washington County,  in economic development.

Tickets for the luncheon are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office at 201 E Market St., Ste 104, Salem, IN  47167 for only $15.00.The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a luncheon with Becky Skillman, CEO/President of Radius Indiana.  She will provide information regarding Radius Indiana and the economy of southern Indiana.  Tickets on sale now for $15. The event will be on July 23rd at Southern Hills Church from noon - 2pm.

Contact the Chamber

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Repair the Bell Fundraising

The 2013 Awareness Washington County Class and We The Youth Program are working to restore the Washington County Courthouse bell, which has a large crack in it. We are raising funds in order to ensure the bell will continue to not only ring again, but remain a vibrant part of our community. We will be holding fundraising events throughout the county to raise money to have the bell repaired. Follow us as we all work to save this piece of Washington County history for generations to come.

To donate to our cause, checks can be made out to Awareness Wash County, with "Save the Bell" in the memo line, and sent to PO Box 212, Salem, Ind., 47167. The donation will be placed in a non-profit fund, so donations should be tax-deductible.

2013 Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball Season Swim Party

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 2013 Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball season with their annual team swim party. The party will be held on Tuesday, June 18th from 6:30-7:30 pm.  The event will be held at the Salem Myer’s Swimming Pool and is in appreciation to the players, coaches, volunteers, umpires, scorekeepers, and league directors under the Salem Baseball/Softball Association.  Teams may bring a their team food, and picnic in the designated eating areas.  It is a great time to celebrate with your team.

Salem Senior Center June Events

Another busy month at the Salem Senior Center. Click on the link below to view the event schedule. Membership Fee: For each Washington County resident, age 50 and older, the fee is only $5.00 annually, payable in January of each calendar year. You must be a member to enjoy everything that goes on at the Center.

June 2013 Salem Senior Center Events (pdf)

ADA Amendments Act Seminar

WorkOne New Albany will host a business seminar on the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), presented by Timothy Weatherholt of Fisher & Phillips LLP, Attorneys at Law.

Mr. Weatherholt will review the issue, including such topics as why the act was amended, EEOC Regulations, the definition of disability, how the definition has changed, employer takeaways, example situations, and more!

In conjunction with SI-SHRM (www.sishrm.org) we have applied for 1.25 hours of PHR, SPHR, & GPHR recertification credit with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) for this presentation.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013 Time: 8:30-10:30 AM (8:30-9:00 Networking) Place: WorkOne New Albany, Multimedia Room 2125 State Street, Ste. 16 New Albany, IN 47150

Cost: Free of charge

Please RSVP to: Adam Clark, Business Consultant at ac@wda-inc.org or call 812-941-6443 with questions.

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East Washington looking to add another tap to city’s water

East Washington Rural Water continues to be a major customer for the City of Salem. On Monday night, Todd Ewen, president of the water corporation’s board, approached the Salem Board of Works and Safety about another possible hook up.

Currently East Washington Rural Water has four locations where they tap into the city’s water line. They’d like to add one more line in Canton. Ewen said there are two new poultry operations in that area which need at least 25,000 gallons a day.

Last year, East Washington used 281 million gallons of water that they paid the city for.

Mayor David Bower said East Washington is one of the city’s best customers. The mayor said he wants to clarify that the city does not tell its customers what they can and can’t do with their water. He said residents have told him that because the city allows East Washington to use the city’s water it means he is encouraging confined feeding

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Request For Bid Opportunity

Sealed bids for Water Treatment Plant Chemicals will be received by the City of Salem, Indiana at the Office of the City Clerk-Treasurer, 201 E. Market Street, Suite 101, Salem, Indiana 47167 until 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013.

The sealed bids will then be opened at 6:30 p.m. on July 8, 2013 in the Council Chambers of the Salem City Hall, 201 E. Marker Street, Salem, Indiana. Please see the link below for additional information.

2013 Water Treatment Plant Chemicals - Request for Bids (pdf)

Request For Bid Opportunity

Sealed bids for Water Treatment Plant Chemicals will be received by the City of Salem, Indiana at the Office of the City Clerk-Treasurer, 201 E. Market Street, Suite 101, Salem, Indiana 47167 until 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013.

The sealed bids will then be opened at 6:30 p.m. on July 8, 2013 in the Council Chambers of the Salem City Hall, 201 E. Marker Street, Salem, Indiana. Please see the link below for additional information.

2013 Water Treatment Plant Chemicals - Request for Bids (pdf)

12th Annual Open House at The Depot

“Railroading for the Fun of It” is the theme of this year’s 12th anniversary open house at The Depot railroad museum, 206 South College Ave., Salem.

This is one of two major events at Salem’s John Hay Center Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. The other is the 32nd annual quilt show sponsored by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild at the Stevens Memorial Museum. While headquartered at the Stevens Museum, the quilt show will also offer a special exhibit of quilts in the new Monon Room at The Depot.

The basement “Train Room” will be buzzing with activity. “Engineers” will have trains winding through the miniature towns of Salem, Pekin and Campbellsburg both days.

Adjacent to The Depot, the 1929 Monon caboose the motor car house, complete with a Monon motor car, will be open.

Depot open house hours Saturday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to The Depot is free

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Water Exercise Classes at Myers Pool

The Salem Myers Public Swimming Pool will be the location of a “water exercise class” in June and July.  The first session will be Tuesday June 11, Thursday June 13, Tuesday June 18, and Thursday June 20.  All four day sessions are in the evenings from 5:30-6:30pm and are $20.00 for the four exercise dates.  New water exercise equipment has been purchased.  The class is limited to the first 10 to sign up.  For more information you may call the Salem Pool at 883-6263.  Also Swimming lessons begin June 10th-June 21st.  They will be $30.00 for the first student and $10.00 for each additional within the same household.  You may call the Salem pool for more information and to schedule.  The children must be able to stand unassisted in three feet of water to participate.

YMCA Announces New Leadership

Pictured Above: Beth Armstrong, Steve Brewer, Scott Borden, Ryan Penrod

The Washington County Family YMCA has chosen new leadership for the their organization with the announcement of new board members and a decision on their CEO selection process.  Ryan Penrod, Scott County Family YMCA CEO, will be serving as the Interim CEO of the Washington County Family YMCA via a mangement agreement between Scott and Washington County YMCAs.  Steve Brewer, Board Chair stated, “Following an extensive and thorough CEO selection process we have chosen to pursue a management agreement with Scott County Family YMCA for their CEO to assume the duties of CEO of our YMCA as well.”

The Washington County Family YMCA has worked

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Southern Hills Church Recognized as Red Cross Shelter

Southern Hills Church is now a recognized American Red Cross Shelter.  Their building will be used to house community members in the event of a disaster.

On Thursday, June 6th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm the American Red Cross will be at here to perform a mock shelter exercise. Anyone from the community is welcome. 

They held a shelter training class about a month ago.  Those people are the ones who will be focused on to run the shelter since they have received previous training.  Whoever wants to help be a part of the shelter can be split into volunteers in the dorm area, logistics, registration, feeding, other areas as needed.  For the mock exercise we will also need people to participate as clients or shelter residents.

This exercise will help everyone involved feel less anxiety when it comes time

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HTC Offers to Produce Local Videos

The Washington County HomeTown Competitiveness Team will be opening up their internship program this summer to include video production to help market and support locally owned small businesses and non-profits serving Washington County

This summer, HTC wants to add to their video series by providing the opportunity for locally owned small business and non-profits serving Washington County to promote their services as well and tell their story via video.  “Research and trends show that consumers are looking to the web first to find out information about tourism, moving, relocating, programs, services and shopping to name a few.” said Beth Armstrong, a member of the HTC Team and the supervisor of the internship program. “For me personally in my role at the YMCA, I know we are missing an opportunity to connect with our members and the community we serve by not having a video online to tell our story.”

Locally owned

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WCCF Celebrates 20 Years at Annual Meeting

20/20 Vision is the theme of this year’s Washington County Community Foundation Annual Meeting and Dinner.  Washington County has been the vehicle connecting the passion of donors to the causes that matter most to them for 20 years.  The date of the meeting is June 20th, 2013 and will be held at Cornerstone Hall.  Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased through a WCCF Board Member or by contacting the Foundation office at 812-883-7334.

To celebrate 20 years in Washington County, the Foundation and Board of Directors are giving one lucky nonprofit serving Washington County a $20,000.00 endowment in the Foundation.  Attendees to the annual meeting will vote on their favorite nonprofit table display during the reception from 5:15-6:15.  Dinner will follow at 6:30.  Nonprofit organizations displaying information at the annual meeting and eligible for the endowment include Washington County Family YMCA, St.

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Soil & Water Cons. Offering Wildlife Seed Packets

The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is distributing wildlife seed packets to be planted on small areas to provide a source of food for wildlife such as songbirds, turkey, and rabbits. The organization is asking for donations to help cover the cost of the seed. The suggested amount is $3 for each bag received. This year’s mix consists of millet, buckwheat, and milo. Caution must be taken because the seed has been chemically treated and should not be used directly for human or wildlife consumption. Keep out of reach of children.

Seed should be planted after all danger of frost. Lightly work up the ground, broadcast the seed, and use a disk drag roll or cultipack for best results.Wildlife food plots can be planted in odd areas, along stream banks, around ponds, or in strips along the forest edge. If food plots are sowed in June to the first week of July, there will be

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Mayor visits with businesses on City Block Walk

Mayor David Bower on a recent "City Block Walk" talking to Salem business owner Rebecca Marshall of the Salem Apothecary. Salem Apothecary is a full service pharmacy dedicated to providing the best in pharmaceutical care, home convalescent care, and promoting wellness and healthy living to the southern Indiana community. They are located on the square in Historic Downtown Salem.

Indiana Rank's High in Site Selection Magazine

Indiana was ranked as the most competitive state for business in the Midwest and the second best nationwide in Site Selection magazine's Top 10 Competitive States of 2012.

The magazine's competitiveness ranking evaluates states on their ability to attract investment based mainly on a 10-factor index using Site Selection publisher Conway Data Inc.'s New Plant database of new and expanded facility announcements.

"With our low-tax, business-friendly climate, the national spotlight continues to shine on Indiana as a state that works for business," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "This recognition is the latest validation of our efforts to make economic development efforts a top priority, building on Indiana's phenomenal strengths and winning new investment and career opportunities for Hoosiers."

Indiana's second place ranking is the state's highest finish in nearly ten years. For 2012

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Indiana Chamber of Commerce Report Card

A snapshot of where Indiana ranks nationally in 60 key economic measurements was released today (May 23rd) by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The report includes revealing outcomes both for areas in which Indiana is doing well – regulatory freedom and small business survival, for example – and where improvement needs to take place – such as post-secondary education attainment and the state’s poverty rate.

This report is the next step in Indiana Vision 2025, a comprehensive, multi-year initiative to provide leadership and a long-range economic development action plan for Indiana. It marks the start of the Indiana Chamber examining key metrics at two-year intervals through 2025, covering progress in four critical areas: Outstanding Talent, Attractive Business Climate, Superior Infrastructure and a Dynamic and Creative Culture.

The overriding message, says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar, is

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Salem Myers Pool Now Open

The Salem Myers Pool will open for the season on May 27th from 12:30pm - 5:30pm. Salem Myers Pool will be open Mondays - Saturdays (weather permitting) from 12:30pm - 5:30pm. The Salem Myers Pool is located on the grounds of the Washington County Fairgrounds. Daily admission to Myers Pool is $1.00 for preschool and $2.00 for all others.

Swimming Lessons:

Swim lessons First Session:  June 10 - June 21
Swim Lessons Second Session:  July 8 - July 19

The price of swim lessons is $30.00 per student, $10.00 for each additional student within the same household.

Water Exercising:

Water Exercising First Session:  June 11, 13, 18, & 20, 5:30 - 6:30 PM  $20.00 Per Person Per Session
Water Exercising Second

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WSLM & Colts Fan Fest

WSLM is proud to announce it is the new Kentuckiana Home of the Indianapolis Colts. According to WSLM station owner Becky White, WSLM will be broadcasting LIVE during the Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest at Waterfront Park in Louisville Thursday, June 27 from 5-7 p.m.

The event will feature Colts players, cheerleaders and a FREE community concert by former Colts punter and his band, The Hunter Smith Band.

“We’re super excited about adding the Indianapolis Colts to our sports lineup on WSLM,” said White. “Not only will you be able to listen to local high school football this fall on WSLM 97.9 FM and AM 1220, but you’ll find IU and Purdue Football and now the Colts. We’ve got the sport covered from local all the way to the pros!”

WSLM 97.9 FM will be the only FM Colts affiliate in the Louisville area.

“Come on down and visit with me and the Colts,”

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WSLM & COLTS FAN FEST TO VISIT LOUISVILLE

WSLM Radio based in Salem is proud to announce it is the new Kentuckiana Home of the Indianapolis Colts. According to WSLM station owner Becky White, WSLM will be broadcasting LIVE during the Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest at Waterfront Park in Louisville Thursday, June 27 from 5-7 p.m.

The event will feature Colts players, cheerleaders and a FREE community concert by former Colts punter and his band, The Hunter Smith Band.

“We’re super excited about adding the Indianapolis Colts to our sports lineup on WSLM,” said White. “Not only will you be able to listen to local high school football this fall on WSLM 97.9 FM and AM 1220, but you’ll find IU and Purdue Football and now the Colts. We’ve got the sport covered from local all the way to the pros!”

WSLM 97.9 FM will be the only FM Colts affiliate in the Louisville area.

“Come on down and visit with me and the Colts,” said White. “We’ll have Colts

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WCCF Announces Spring Grant Recipients

Six grants totaling up over $14,000 were awarded to several Washington County organizations by the Washington County Community Foundation for the Spring 2013 grant cycle.  Grants are awarded from the Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow funds.

The Town of Campbellsburg has the opportunity to improve their water utility system with thanks in part to the PNC Bank Touch Tomorrow Fund.  The grant is for $6000.00 and will be used to leverage a grant of $602,500.00 from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

The Heart of Salem organization has been awarded a $750.00 to obtain their 501(c)(3) charitable status with funding from the Betty Motsinger Touch Tomorrow Fund.

The Gene and Judy Hedrick Touch Tomorrow Fund will assist in funding the Canton Lions Club grant in the amount of $2765.00.  The Canton club is partnering with other area clubs to purchase a new eye camera for the Lions’ eye screening

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2013 Southern Indiana Youth Leadership Forum, Operation: Citizenship

On Tuesday June 4, 2013 the Area II 4-H Teen Council will present the 2013 Southern Indiana Youth Leadership Forum, Operation: Citizenship.

The goal for the forum is to provide high-profile examples that demonstrate the power of leadership, citizenship, and character to aspiring Indiana youth leaders. This year’s forum highlights the elements of citizenship.

The keynote address will be given by Miss America 2009, Katie Stam-Irk. In addition to the keynote, there are three breakout workshops that will include such topics as Coping and Preventing Bullying, International involvement, our Global Connection, and Citizenship in Action.

The forum is open to all teens in Southern Indiana regardless of 4-H affiliation. The event will take place from 10am-2pm at the Orange County Community Center in Paoli. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. There will also be an adult track for chaperones. For more

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Community Health Needs Assessment Results

A presentation of the findings from the recent Community Health Needs Assessment Survey will be held on May 17th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm at St.Vincent Salem Hospital's classroom.

The strengths and weaknesses identified by community members will be shared during this presentation so that we can work together to improve the health and quality of life in Washington County.
 
Everyone is invited!

The British are Coming to Salem!

Through a collaborative effort of the Salem Soccer Club, the Washington County Family YMCA and Challenger Sports, British Soccer Camp will once again be offered in Washington County this summer the week of July 22 – July 26.  The camp will be held at the YMCA and you can register online or at the YMCA front desk. 

As the number of soccer players in the USA nears 20 million, the number one soccer company in the United States & Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in our community as our soccer programs continue to grow and expand from the YMCA to Soccer Club to the soccer program at Salem Community Schools.   

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,100 British soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger Sports will hold

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Spring Drug Drop Collects 44lbs of Outdated Medications

The Washington County Substance Abuse Council recently held its spring Drug Drop thanks to the help of the City of Salem Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Drug Team.

The drop, held April 27, collected 30 pounds of non-controlled medicine and 14 pounds of controlled substances. 

Scott Ratts and Reggie Terrell collected the drugs and took them to the Animal Shelter to be burned.

The Substance Abuse Council thanks everyone who brought their outdated, unused medications to the drug drop, as well as the two police departments, the prosecutor’s office, Prevent Child Abuse and the City of Salem for their support in this successful event. 

It takes the whole community working together to make Washington County a better, safer place to live.

Anyone who has medication they would like to dispose of may do

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Students tour Salem City Hall

Carol Brough from the Salem Utilities Office directs students through City Hall as the tour ends with drinks, cookies, and a pool day pass from the Salem Parks and Recreation Department.

Mayor Bower Signs Veteran's Journal

Mayor David Bower, initiates the signing of the Veteran’s Journal located at PNC Bank April 29th.  Salem City employees joined the Washington County Community Foundation and the citizens of Washington County in thanking those who made sacrifices in order to secure our freedom by signing the journal.  The Journal was placed in the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Risk It: Indiana Accepting Pitch Ideas!

The Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Risk-It Competition. Risk-It is a contest sponsored by the Southeast ISBDC to encourage and award innovative ideas in the small business sector.  Entrepreneurs with exceptional ideas for a new business, invention, or process can submit their ideas to www.Riskitindiana.com. Contestants will present their ideas to guests and a panel of judges, with winning ideas selected for a 1st and 2nd place prize package detailed on the website and the audience choice winner receiving a cash prize.

Risk-It will take place on August 28th at the Venture Out Business Center in historic Madison, Indiana. Six to Eight finalists will be selected from entries received prior to July 15, 2013.  Finalists will be chosen by members of the Southeast ISBDC but all entries will be eligible for no-cost counseling from our knowledgeable staff.

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Black Oak Trees Available

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with the Salem Tree Board are offering Black Oak Trees available for pick up at  Salem City Hall, 201 East Market Street Salem.  We would like Salem residents to celebrate our upcoming Bicentennial celebration, (October 4-11, 2014), by planting a Black Oak Tree.  Salem as a Tree City USA Community, provides direction, assistance, and recognition to our community by supporting the framework for a sustainable urban forest.  Trees help to reduce costs for energy, storm water management, and erosion control.  Also they boost property values, cut energy consumption, build stronger ties to our community, and helps to demonstrate commitment to a healthier environment through Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA recognition.

Black Oak Tree care information will be given when the trees are picked up. Anyone interested in picking up trees, (two tree limit), may do so through the

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Casey’s General Store Spring Speed Fest

The buildup to the Casey’s General Store Spring Speed Fest presented by Salem True Value Hardware kicks-off in downtown Salem on Friday night, May 17th with the annual spring edition of “Friday Night On The Square”.

The popular Friday evening event, which draws thousands of visitors to the historic town square and offers fun and festivities for all ages, will serve as a prelude to the next night race at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery.

The spring festival, sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, features many booths and displays, including games for the kids, homemade crafts and much more.  Local service clubs and organizations, along with vendors and downtown restaurants, provide a wide array of taste-tempting foods.

Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery is

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FOP Fundraiser for Shane Mason Family

Audrey Mason is the 8 year old daughter of Shane Mason, Harrison County Detective. Audrey has been battling brain cancer since 2008. On March 28th 2013 doctors discovered that Audrey had a relapse with her cancer when they found a tumor on her brain stem. Doctors were able to remove approximately 70% of the tumor but within 20 days they found that not only had it grown back but additional spots were found. Her family has decided to continue with treatment, some of which is not covered by insurance.

The Washington Co. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge will be hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the Mason family on May 24th

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Relay for Life Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

Salem Crossing is hosting the 1st annual Relay for Life Chicken BBQ on Friday, May 24th.  Serving will begin at 10 am.  All proceeds go to Relay for Life.  Price is $7.00 per meal.  Meal consists of ½ BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, cookie.  Call 883-1877 for additional information.

YMCA Summer Day Camp Registration

Summer Day Camp Registration is OPEN – Another great summer of camp with the YMCA is here to serve you!  Our first week of camp starts May 28th and goes through August 2nd.  We have two sites: Camp Bradie Shrum (K-2nd) and Paddle Club at Delaney (3rd-6th).  Drop off is 6-8am, programming from 8 to 4, pick up from 4 to 6pm.  Each week has a theme which caps off the week long theme with a field trip.  We are proud to announce that thanks to a grant, breakfast and lunch will be provided for all kids this year.  Cost is $15/day or $75/week for members and $19/day or $95/week for non-members.  Scholarships are available to provide financial assistance.  Kids are asked to bring a snack each day. 

Questions?  Call Cassie Corp at 883-YMCA or cassie@wcfymca.org.

Family Fitness Classes at YMCA

One Saturday a month the Washington County Family YMCA is offering a family fitness class for you as a family to participate together in wellness and FUN!  Our first one will be this Saturday, May 11th from 10:30 to 11:00.  Kim Beard will be teaching Zumba-Atomic, a Zumba class specifically designed to be high energy and fun for parents and kids. If you are interested in seeing us grow this service come check it out! Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Free for members, $5/person for non-members.  

Youth First Café

Our quarterly luncheon will be Thursday, May 16th from 11:30 to 1:00pm at the Senior Citizen Center.  Our guest speaker this month will be Matt Fleck presenting the New 21st Century Scholars Success Program.  Currently more than 100,000 students in Indiana participate in the 21st Century Scholars program. These students graduate high school and attend college at a higher rate than Hoosier students overall. However, just over 1 in 10 Scholars graduate from college on time and less than a third earn a degree within six years. (www.in.gov)  To help foster postsecondary success, new requirements for the program are being implemented this June. The most significant change is that all 21st Century Scholars who start high school in fall 2013 will be required to complete the mew Scholars Success Program by their high school graduation in order to qualify for their scholarship. This program is designed to ensure that students understand

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Affordable Care Act Business Seminar

WorkOne New Albany will host a business seminar on Affordable Care Act (ACA) presented by R. Dale Miller, Director of Human Resource Solutions for HR Affiliates, LLC, a Louisville-based, full service HR solutions company.

Mr. Miller will discuss the ACA and how it affects your business. He will cover insurance reform, projected cost reductions, coverage periods, the individual mandate, who qualifies, how much it will cost, the employer mandate, penalties and more.

In conjunction with the Southern Indiana Society of Human Resource Management (SI-SHRM) (www.sishrm.org) we have applied for one hour of PHR, SPHR, & GPHR recertification credit with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) for this presentation.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013 Time: 8:30-10:30 AM (8:30-9:00 Networking) Place: WorkOne New Albany, Multimedia Room 2125 State Street, Ste. 16 New Albany, IN 47150 Cost: Free of

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Friday Night on the Square Cornhole Tournament

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Cornhole Tournament during Friday Night on the Salem Square on May 17th. The fee to participate is $10 per team. A team consists of two players. Teams must have paid entry fee no later than May 15th to the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Cash prizes are determined by number of teams participating. See application for additional information or contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Friday Night on the Salem Square Cornhole Tournament Application (pdf)

Congressman Todd Young at Senior Center

Ninth District Congressman Todd Young will meet with senior constituents at the Senior Center on Tuesday, April 30 from Noon to 1:15 p.m. to discuss the Affordable Care Act and the healthcare changes that will affect seniors in 2014.

“As we enter into the new world of healthcare reform, it is difficult to understand how the changes will affect us individually,” said Debi Shipton, manager of the Senior Renewal Center at St. Vincent Salem Hospital. “Bringing Congressman Young in to speak to our senior population is a great way to prepare them for the future changes.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Senior Renewal Center at St. Vincent Salem Hospital and the Salem Senior Center.

“We welcome any and all senior citizens in our community to come to this informative talk,” said Gail Napier, Senior

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The Dome in the Valley Available at Stevens Museum

The Stevens Museum, located on Market St in Salem, has available a new book by James M. Vaughn available for research and viewing. The book, “The Dome in the Valley” is a comprehensive historical account of the legendary West Baden Spring Hotel and its many connections to people and institutions in Washington County. This is a limited edition publication. For a complete overview of the book and its significance to Washington County a news article in Village News and Notes offers a thorough and detailed preview. 

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812 Area Code Changes Public Hearing

An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) public field hearing is scheduled for Monday, May 6 in Bedford at Bedford-North Lawrence High School Cafeteria. The flyer and news release provided below offers more information, and this is 1 of 10 field hearings being held throughout the 812 area code.

Consumers who are unable to attend a field hearing may submit written comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) until May 7. We invite written comments through our website and by email, fax and regular mail, with all of our contact information in the attached release.

812 Area Code Information (pdf)

812 Area Code Flyer (pdf)

Safely Dispose of Unwanted Medications

If you have expired or unwanted medications you can bring them to Salem City Hall for safe and secure disposal.  The Drug Drop event will be held on Saturday, April 27th, from 9:00am – 11:00am. All medications will be taken and disposed of, no questions asked.

In the past, most people flushed old medicines down the toilet. This was done to prevent accidental poisonings of children and animals who may find medicines in the trash. But today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) no longer recommends this. Sewage treatment plants may not be able to clean all medicines out of the water. This may harm fish, wildlife and humans.

This Drug Drop event is sponsored by:  The Washington County Substance Abuse Council, City of Salem, Hoosier Hills PACT, Salem Police and Fire Departments, Washington Co. Prosecutor’s Office, Washington Co. Sheriff’s Dept and The Wash Co Prevent Child Abuse Council.

Salem Parks and Recreation Opening Day at the Ball Fields

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department, “Opening Day at the Ball Field”, is planned for Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 5:15pm, games begin at 5:30pm.  The event is held at Community Park in Salem. 

The National Anthem will be sung by Tanya Webb and invocation by Salem Police Chief Troy Merry.  Mayor David Bower will be making the first pitch across home plate on the Major/Minor field, Jeff Williams on “Williams Field” Tee Ball and Rookie, and the WSLM Weather Bird along with Becky White will throw out the first pitch on the Girl’s Softball Field.

League Directors this year are Rodney Brough Girl’s Softball and Boy’s Major and Minor leagues along with Eric Williams, Tee Ball and Rookie leagues.  Brad Philpott will be overseeing the Pony League.

Pizza and drinks will available to the players. 

For more information you may call the Parks and Recreation Office at 812-883-2895.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on April 27th Aims to Help Kids & Families Exercise Minds and Bodies!

On Saturday, April 27, the Washington County Family YMCA celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids throughout the community to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only

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Spring Flushing of Hydrants

The City of Salem Utilities’ Department will be performing flushing of the fire hydrants throughout the entire city. The flushing will begin Monday, April 22, 2013, thru Tuesday, April 30, 2013, between 7:00am –5:00pm.  Customers may experience low water pressure during the flushing period. Please call the City of Salem Municipal Utilities’ office, 883-3937 if you have any questions concerning this process.

Succession Planning Opportunities Available in Washington County

Succession planning, which includes estate and family business transfer planning, is often dropped to the bottom of to-do lists due to hectic schedules, work and family responsibilities.  It is common for families to put off this important process because family members do not want to hurt others’ feelings, do not like conflict, think it is expensive, time consuming and do not know where to start.  Fortunately, succession planning allows families to make clear decisions under relatively low stress circumstances which reduces conflict now and in the future.  It is also more cost effective to plan now rather than later.

To help farm families begin planning, Dr. Angela Gloy, Purdue University Agricultural Economics Specialist, and Nick Held, Spencer County Ag. & Natural Resources Extension Educator, both members of the Purdue Farm Succession Planning Team, will be in Washington County on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday,

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City Celebrates Water Conservation, Earth and Arbor Days

The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with the Salem Utilities Office and Salem Tree Board will be distributing Black Oak Trees (seedlings), to second graders at Bradie Shrum Elementary School, on Thursday April 25th at 2:00pm. Also provided will be information packets on how to plant and care for the trees, coloring pages focusing on conservation of water, energy, fuel and tips on recycling.

Salem is a "Tree City USA" community, the packet also includes information on what this means to our community such as; boosting property values, cutting energy consumption, reducing energy costs, storm water management, and erosion control, helps build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community, and demonstrates your commitment to a healthier environment. 

What you can do to help conserve: Fix Water Leaks,

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71st Indiana Beef Evaluation Program Bull Sale

The 71st performance test of the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program finished March 25, 2013 at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center in Bedford. A total of 182 bulls from six breeds completed the test. The bulls were entered by 61 seedstock producers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Bulls were fed a moderate-energy ration during the 125-day test and daily gain for the entire group was 3.74 lbs. The bulls are in ideal body condition for use this spring.

This is an excellent set of bulls that offer a range of performance for the economically important traits. Bull number 165 will enter the sale ring first because of his strong combination of traits. His Performance Index was 113.0 and his Carcass Merit Index was 106.0. His EPD’s ranked in the top 10% of the Angus breed for weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, and carcass weight, as well as $W, $F, and $B Indexes. Angus #165 was consigned by

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Keyhole Garden Program Workshop for Saturday, April 20

The concept of keyhole gardening is becoming more popular in the United States and Washington County, Indiana is leading the way.  To learn the benefits and advantages of keyhole gardening and how to build a keyhole garden at your home, the Good Earth Master Gardeners, Purdue Extension – Washington County and the Mill Creek Blue River Watershed Project will be hosting a Keyhole Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 20th at 10:00 am.  The workshop will be held at the Salem Community Garden just north of highway 56 along Brock Creek.  During the workshop you will hear from Jack Stephenson, Good Earth Master Gardener and keyhole gardener.  Participants will also help construct five keyhole gardens.  The produce from these five gardens will be donated to the Washington County Food Bank.  The workshop will be held rain or shine.  For more information or if you need reasonable accommodations to attend this event contact Danielle Walker

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April declared Month of the Military Child

City of Salem Mayor David Bower signed a proclamation on Monday, April 1, declaring the month of April as the Month of the Military Child.

The proclamation states that more than 21,000 of Indiana’s children and youth have been directly affected by the military deployment of at least one parent. “These children and youth are a source of pride and honor to us all and it is only fitting that we take time to recognize their contributions, celebrate their spirit and let our men and women in uniform know that while they are taking care of us, we are taking care of their children and youth.

“The month-long salute to military children and youth will encourage local community support to provide direct

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Free Job Fair for Employers

WorkOne Southern Indiana is offering a free job fair opportunity to employers on April 30, 2013 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at our New Albany location.

The job fair will be advertised through newspapers, community signs, press releases, flyers, and other means to job seekers in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington counties, as well as Jefferson County, KY. Any employers with job openings in that area are encouraged to apply, so feel free to forward this notice as you see fit.

To apply, please email the following:

1)    A completed copy of the WorkOne Job Fair Application, and
2)    A digital logo to be used for booth signage.

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SWCD Spring Fish Sale!

It’s time to restock your fish!  The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will again be coordinating a spring fish sale with Andry’s Fish Farm, Birdseye, Indiana. To obtain a fish order form or if you need more information on pond management and stocking rates, call 883-3704 ext. 3.

The following fish will be available: Channel Catfish 6-8 inches $27.50 per 50; Largemouth Bass 3 inches $47.50 per 50; Hybrid Bluegill 2-3 inches $25.00 per 50, 3-5 inches $35.00 per 50; Regular Bluegill 1-3 inches $25.00 per 50; Readear Sunfish 1-3 inches $25.00 per 50; Minnows $33.00 per 1000, Japanese Koi 3-5 inches $5.00 each; and Grass Carp 8-11 inches $15.00 each with a minimum of 5.

Orders will be delivered, Wednesday, May 1st at 10 a.m. at the USDA Service Center Parking lot, 801 Anson Street, Salem. Please be on time to get your fish or make arrangements with someone to pick up your order.

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Opening Day at Historic Beck's Mill

Friends of Beck's Mill invite you to Historic Beck's Mill on April 5th from 11am - 4pm for opening day for the Mill. Beck's Mill will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am - 4pm and on Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. Special events planned for 2013 include Beck's Mills 205 birthday party, Cornbread Cook-Off, Oktoberfest and new this year a 10k Run/Walk. For additional information please visit www.becksmill.org 

Lots of fun at the Pioneer Village and the City’s “Egg-stravaganza”

The City of Salem held their annual Easter Event at the Pioneer Village on Saturday March 23rd, as the sun was shining upon the approximate 300 children and adults who attended.

Each organization and business who participated were responsible for their own activities.  There were crafts, cookies, balloons, popcorn, games, candy, prizes, and the Easter Bunny for the children to enjoy.  Also the Salem Fire Department brought by a fire truck for the children to sit in.  

The Salem Public Library, Salem Parks and Recreation Department, John Hay Center staff, Washington County Prevent Child Abuse Council, Tri Kappa Sorority, Salem Fire Department, SOAR!, WSLM, Salem Crossing Health Care, Meadow View Health Care, Hoosier Hills PACT, and the Washington County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, and the Salem Mayor’s Office, all took part in the

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3 on 3 Basketball Tourney Fundraiser

A 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney will be held on Friday evening, April 12, at 5 p.m. at the Salem High School Auxiliary Gym. All proceeds from the tournament and concessions will go to the Washington County Relay For Life in support of the American Cancer Society.

There will be divisions for both boys and girls from grade 3 through adults. Cost is $60 per team of 3-4 players. It will be a double elimination. All players will receive a free tournament t-shirt if entered by April 1. Prizes will be awarded to each member of first place teams.

For more information or to sign up, contact Hank Weedin at 812-620-1042 or hweedin@salemschools.com. Registrations are due by April 1 to guarantee a t-shirt.  Tourney is sponsored by the SHC Friends Relay For Life Team. Co-captains are Pam Hawes and Kristy Brooks.

WCHTC Internship Opportunities

With plans to bolster the local economy, as well as highlight the talents of young adults, the Washington County HomeTown Competiveness (WCHTC) organization is seeking college interns for the 2013 summer. Interns must be Washington County residents and are required to be a full-time college student enrolling in the 2013 fall semester or a 2013 college graduate.  The position will be up to 40 hours a week, with a pay range of $10 to $14 per hour depending on the applicants experience and qualifications. There will be some flexibility regarding the actual dates of employment for the internship, but the dates for employment must fall between May 15th and September 15th of 2012.  The first year of the HTC internship program was 2011 and thanks to the continued financial support of the Washington County Community Foundation and the Urban Enterprise Zone the internship program is back once again this summer.

Interns will work as

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Healthy Kids Day at YMCA

Across the nation YMCA’s will be celebrating Healthy Kids Day.  Visit the Washington County Family YMCA on April 27th for fun and games for children and families of all ages.  We will have Mommy and Me Yoga, arts and crafts, face painting, martial arts demo, tumbling demo and much more. Dowling Family Photos will be taking family pictures that day and is giving a free 5x7 to each family as well as waiving the sitting fee.   Join us to make memories and capture them in photo all at the same time!

 

Youth Soccer is Back at YMCA

Past year’s have focused on intense academy style soccer.  This year we are taking the best elements of academy style soccer, your feedback and getting back to the basics of teaching the fundamentals of soccer skills.  Games will be played in a positive environment based on mutual respect with equal playing time rather than “win-at-all-costs.”  This 6 week program is focused on  the fundamentals and encouraging physical activity and fun with character building in our youth. All divisions will have practice during the week and games at least once a week most likely on Saturdays. Participants will get a t-shirt and gift for their participation.  Shin guards are required to participate and soccer cleats are recommended but not required.  The YMCA will have some gently used shin guards and soccer shoes available for families on a first come first serve basis.

2nd Annual Morchella Festival

The 2nd Annual Morchella Festival is a celebration of the Morel mushroom. The Festival will be held on April 19th, 20th and 21st at Grateful Goat Vineyard and Winery in Palmyra Indiana.

Morchella is a genus of edible mushrooms. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that their upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. The Morchella genus of mushrooms or "Morels" as they are commonly known are among the most highly-prized of all edible mushrooms.

Festival activities include Ethnomycology Discussion by Magnificent Mushrooms, Wild edibles discussions, Cultivation of wild mushrooms on outdoor logs demonstration along with live music, food and wine, camping and bonfires.

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Cover Crop Roundtable - Soil Health Management

The Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Clean Water Indiana, and Mill Creek-Blue River Watershed Project invite you to participate in a Soil Health Management Roundtable on March 21st from 9am -11am in Campbellsburg.

View two soil pit showcases and look below the surface on long-term cover crop soil benefits and grazing cover crops.

View nearby soil pits (dress accordingly) and return for an overview of:

  • The carbon cycle
  • Most beneficial cover crop to use for your operation
  • Cover crop termination
  • Soil profile benefits with 5-10 years of cover crops.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting/event/function should contact SWCD at 812-883-3704 within 48 hours in advance. Coffee and donuts will be provided during overview.

Registration

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Board of Works hears reports from fire and police departments

City of Salem Mayor David Bower discussed the city’s wrecker services during the Salem Board of Works meeting Monday night. He said that the city is fortunate to have two very reliable wrecker services that they are able to use when needed.

He said another company, which is not located in city limits, would like a chance to service the city during wrecks, but Bower said he felt the two that are used now are good and he feels it is important that the company be located in the city.

Police Chief Troy Merry said he agreed.

“We need someone with easy access who can respond in a timely manner,” he said, adding that the response time of the wrecker service reflects on the police department.

“Our obligation is to this city,” said Merry.

However, Merry and Bower both said that a person who is in a wreck may call or ask the city police to call the wrecker service of their choice.

In other

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New Organization formed to help revitalize downtown Salem

Gallery Photo: Pictured are members of The Heart of Salem group receiving a check from representatives of Butler Fariman & Seufert Civil Engineering Company.

The Heart of Salem was recently welcomed into the Indiana Main Street (IMS) organization, which is a group of more than 100 communities dedicated to the revitalization of their downtown areas.

“Viable downtowns are crucial to the economic health of our state,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “By joining Indiana Main Street, Salem has taken an important step to developing a thriving downtown.”

IMS was established to provide economic revitalization and professional assistance to participating communities. The program encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. As the traditional heart and hub of government, commerce, justice and social interaction, the downtown business district portrays

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SOAR’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-off raises over $6,000

Venison chili, white chili, fifteen bean chili, and tamale chili – in all, eleven varieties of chili were offered during Seasonings for SOAR! Chili Cook-off held Saturday, March 9th.

Eleven teams competed and two hundred and sixty-two people came out for the event to help raise funds for SOAR!, the local adult and family literacy non-profit.

For $5, those who attended the Cook-off got to sample as many varieties of chili as they wanted, along with peanut butter sandwiches, beverages, and cookies.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, wonderful attendance from the community, and the Washington County Community Foundation matching grant, SOAR! raised over $6,000. “Last year, we netted over $4,000. The matching grant from the WCCF was a huge help in making the event so successful monetarily this year,” Erica Schmidt, SOAR! director said.

Back by popular demand again this year were raffles/silent

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Succession, Retirement, and Business Planning Workshop for Women

Farm and ranch women are decision makers. The decisions made during succession, business, estate, and retirement planning are combined to form a transition plan. A transition plan helps ensure a farm or ranch continues as productive agricultural business. 

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of beginning farmers across the country. The Purdue Extension Office of Washington County is hosting a program for women to sharpen their skills and plan for a transition. Other partners include the Harrison County Extension Office, Purdue Women in Agriculture Team, and Farm Credit Services. The program has also been funded partially through a beginning farmer and rancher development program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

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Open House at Salem Municipal Airport

You're invited to an Open House event on Monday March 11th from 2pm - 6pm. Officials from the Engineering firm Butler, Fairman & Seufert Inc. will be present at the Salem Municipal Airport. On display will be various displays concerning the Salem Airport Runway Extension Project. The public is invited and questions may be directed to representatives of Butler, Fairman & Seufert Inc.

The purpose of the runway realignment and extension is to provide access for larger aircraft on the runway. The Salem Board of Aviation Commissioners invites you to attend this Open House event. 

Is your bull a Stud or a Dud?

Evaluation of bulls for breeding soundness is one of the most neglected management practices of Indiana’s cattle producers. A bull is expected to settle 20 to 50 cows during the breeding season and too often his ability to do so is taken for granted.

The evaluation should be done prior to the breeding season. Breeding problems that are discovered at pregnancy checking occur far too late to prevent substantial loss of income. Breeders that sell bulls should have them evaluated prior to the sale. Bull suppliers depend largely on repeat customers and selling an infertile bull may cost the breeder a good customer as well as create a lot of bad advertisement.

The breeding soundness exam cannot guarantee fertility but it is the best method available to predict which bulls will not settle cows. Approximately 10% of bulls will fail the Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE). The routine BSE will not detect bulls with

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Cattlemen and Pork Producers Annual Meeting

The Washington County Cattlemen's Association and Washington County Pork Producers Association will hold a joint Annual Meeting on Monday, March 11 at the New Hope Methodist Church, located on State Rd 60 West. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations need to be called into the Purdue Extension Office (883 4601) by Wednesday, March 6.

The Annual Meeting is for anyone interested in the beef or pork industry. The Washington County Cattlemen’s Association annual membership dues are $15.00 and the Washington County Pork Producers annual membership dues are $10.  These can be paid at the door.

After the meal hypnotist Randy Emily will provide the entertainment. 

WCCF offering $25,000.00 in Spring Grant Cycle

There will be a public meeting for any non-profit organization wishing to apply for a grant from the Washington County Community Foundation.  The meeting will be held on March 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Community Learning Center (Classroom A).  We will discuss our grant criteria, guidelines, application process, deadlines and reporting process.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions.  Our goal is that by the end of the meeting, all potential applicants will have a strong understanding of the process.  All first-time grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

This type of grant is issued from the Washington County Community Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow funds.    The total amount available for this grant cycle is $25,000.00.

Grant applications for the spring grant cycle will

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SOAR! RECEIVES MATCHING GRANT FROM WCCF

The Washington County Community Foundation approved $8,000 in matching funds for Washington County SOAR! Washington County SOAR! Adult & Family Literacy Program, which is committed to breaking the cycle of family illiteracy and to helping each individual reach his or her potential. SOAR! currently does not receive any state, federal or county funding.  Most of SOAR’s funding is received from general donations from the community, fundraisers, and some grants.

Public Hearing on New Area Code

As you may be aware, the 812 area code is running low on available phone numbers. A new area code will need to be added, and public input is invited.

An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) public field hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 11 at Jeffersonville High School. This is 1 of 10 field hearings being held throughout the 812 area in the next few weeks. Consumers who are unable to attend a field hearing may submit written comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) until May 7. We invite written comments through our website and by email, fax and regular mail, with all of our contact information in the attached release.

812 Public Hearing Flyer (pdf)

Anthony Swinger - Director of External Affairs
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC)
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South -Indianapolis, IN

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Last Chance to Sign Up for Baseball, Softball and TeeBall!

One last sign up date has been added for the Salem Parks and Recreation Department Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball leagues. Register on Saturday, February 23rd from 9:30am-11:00am located at Salem City Hall. Registrations will not be accepted after drafts.

Children must be at least age five during the 2013 calendar year. Cost is $35.00 per child and must reside in one of the following townships; Washington, Gibson, Monroe, Jefferson, Brown, Vernon, Howard, Posey, or Madison. For more information you may call the P&R Office at 883-2895.

Friday Night on the Salem Square - May 17th

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the 2013 Spring Friday Night on the Salem Square Event.

Provided below is the vendor application for the Friday Night on the Square – Spring Edition.  The event is planned for Friday, May 17th.  Additional information will be added about the attractions at this years event.

There is one new item to the application… all vendors (even not-for-profit) must have a fire extinguisher at their booth, if they are cooking or keeping food warm.  This includes those using crock pots, etc.  Any vendor that is deep frying or using similar equipment, must provide a fire extinguisher with a K endorsement.  This has been added to ensure that everyone is kept safe during the event.  You do not have to purchase a new extinguisher.  If your company/organization has one, you can bring it to the event.

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Friday Night on the Salem Square - May 17th

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the 2013 Spring Friday Night on the Salem Square Event.

Provided below is the vendor application for the Friday Night on the Square – Spring Edition.  The event is planned for Friday, May 17th.  Additional information will be added about the attractions at this years event.

There is one new item to the application… all vendors (even not-for-profit) must have a fire extinguisher at their booth, if they are cooking or keeping food warm.  This includes those using crock pots, etc.  Any vendor that is deep frying or using similar equipment, must provide a fire extinguisher with a K endorsement.  This has been added to ensure that everyone is kept safe during the event.  You do not have to purchase a new extinguisher.  If your company/organization has one, you can bring it to the event.

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Congressman Young's Mobile Office visits Salem

Congressman Todd Young's office will be holding mobile office hours in Washington County from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Wednesday, February 27th. The mobile office will be located in the Council Chambers at Salem City Hall. Washington County residents who need help in dealing with a federal agency are encouraged to visit during this time as caseworkers will be present to assist them. Constituents who have questions or would like to reserve time for a meeting should contact the Jeffersonville Constituent Service Center at (812) 288-3999.

Ribbon Cutting for Dio's Lounge & Grille

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a ribbon cutting for Dio's Lounge & Grille on February 20th at 5:30pm. Dio's is located in the former KD Backroads building in Salem (1012 E. Hackberrry). Dio's serves American and Italian Cuisine served in a classical style lounge atmosphere. Seasonal Craft Beers, Martinis, Cosmos, Aged Bourbon, and Smooth Tequila. Nice variety of Californian, Australian, and Italian wines . Must be 21 to enter. Find Dio's on Facebook by clicking here.

Ribbon Cutting for Dio's Lounge & Grille

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a ribbon cutting for Dio's Lounge & Grille on February 20th at 5:30pm. Dio's is located in the former KD Backroads building in Salem (1012 E. Hackberrry). Dio's serves American and Italian Cuisine served in a classical style lounge atmosphere. Seasonal Craft Beers, Martinis, Cosmos, Aged Bourbon, and Smooth Tequila. Nice variety of Californian, Australian, and Italian wines . Must be 21 to enter. Find Dio's on Facebook by clicking here.

Washington County YMCA begins CEO Search

The Board of Directors of the Washington County Family YMCA has started the search for a new CEO. A committee has been appointed to coordinate the search, screen candidates and conduct interviews, said Board President Aaron Weller.

Interim CEO Beth Armstrong has elected not to apply for the position. She is leaving the organization to work in the crop and farm insurance field.  “The CEO position is a great opportunity for a person who has management experience and a heart to serve the needs of youth and families in Washington County”, said Armstrong.

4th Annual SOAR! Chili Cook-off

It is that time of year again.  Time for SOAR’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-off that is!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at the American Legion Bingo Hall.  Tickets are $5 adults/$3 children.  We are pre-selling tickets this year at several locations in town.  To purchase a tickets in advance, please visit any of the following: the SOAR! office, Knapp Miller Brown, Salem Apothecary, Salem True Value, Curves, and United Country Realty. 

Back by popular demand again this year is our crowd-pleasing Cake Walk.  If you would like to make a baked good, please let me know via email or call 896-1515.  We will also be selling individual slices/cupcakes this year.  So, if you can bake more than one, it would be much appreciated. 

There are still spots open to enter the Chili Cook-off.  Registration is free.  Cooks must provide 3 crock-pots of the same chili and extension cord. 

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Awareness Day at Papa John's

Wednesday February 13th is "Awareness Day" at Salem Papa John's. Purchase any size, any toppings pizza for $9.99 and Papa John's will donate $1 to Awareness Washington County (AWC). Be sure to mention AWC when you place your order. Papa John's in Salem phone number is 883-3369. Be sure to spread the word to your friends.

Ribbon Cutting for Destination Antiques

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the arrival of The Destination, Bed & Breakfast, Antiques and Gathering Place to Washington County. The ribbon cutting event will take place on June 18th at noon. The Destination is only a short drive from Salem (approx. 15 mins or less).  Refreshments will be served.  Come out and take a look at this wonderful facility. Destination Antiques is located at 206 N. Harristown Road in Salem or call Ph#812-896-1369

For additional information please visit www.thedestination.info

Community Health Needs Assessment

Youth First & the Washington County Family YMCA are serving as community partners with St. Vincent Salem in their efforts to better serve the health care needs of our community.  St. Vincent Salem Hospital is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This is being conducted to identify the health needs of the community and meet new federal requirements that have been implemented with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. All non-profit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment every three years in order to maintain their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).

Health information of community members is being collected through surveys that are being distributed by mail, and can also be found at: http://tinyurl.com/wash4u

Community Health Needs Assessment

Youth First & the Washington County Family YMCA are serving as community partners with St. Vincent Salem in their efforts to better serve the health care needs of our community.  St. Vincent Salem Hospital is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This is being conducted to identify the health needs of the community and meet new federal requirements that have been implemented with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. All non-profit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment every three years in order to maintain their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).

Health information of community members is being collected through surveys that are being distributed by mail, and can also be found at: http://tinyurl.com/wash4u

Good Agriculture Practices from A to Z

Good Agriculture Practices from A to Z, will be offered on Saturday, March 9th, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm in two locations, the Washington County Extension Office, 806 Martinsburg Rd. Salem and the Crawford County Fairgrounds, 1095 Indiana 66 S. Marengo. This workshop features sessions on health & hygiene, water quality and treatment, animals and animal products, sanitation on the farm, documentation & record keeping, and farm food safety plans.

Target audience is current and prospective fruit and vegetable farmers, market gardeners, and managers of community gardens that distribute produce to the public. The workshop’s goal is to present current science-based information on how to reduce risk of contamination during production of fruits and vegetables, as well as provide practical knowledge on planning and documenting food safety practices from planting through marketing. The cost for materials and lunch is $40 per

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Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Want a sweet treat for someone (or even yourself) for Valentine’s Day?

Southern Hills Church Relay for Life Team “SHC Friends” has just what you need – sprinkled white chocolate pretzel rods and pink/white chocolate heart suckers (ones made with sugar free chocolate will also available).

They will be available for a $1 donation that will benefit the American Cancer Society. Also available are Chocolate (foil covered) Roses for $1.50 and Strawberry & Cream Heart Pops for 50 cents each. 

The sweet treats will be available from Pam Hawes at the Extension Office located on the lower level of the Wash. Co. Government Building or by calling 620-1559, as well as from various team members.

Pam Hawes, Team Captain
SHC Friends Relay for Life Team
620-1559

Program for New & Beginning Farmers

Farm Bureau Inc., Farm Credit Mid-America and Purdue Extension are co-hosting a program on Saturday, March 2nd for new and beginning farmers.  This meeting will be located at Light’s Dance Barn (1366 S. Zion Road in Scottsburg) from 8:30 -10:30 am.

Following breakfast, there will be speakers from Farm Credit Mid-America and Farm Service Agency discussing ways to start or expand your current agri-business.  Farm Bureau Inc. will speak about the opportunities of becoming a Farm Bureau member as well as the Indiana Young Farmer program.  Purdue Extension will showcase resources that are available to farmers and agri-business owners.  This program is a wonderful opportunity for networking with others in the agriculture industry and to get ideas for starting or expanding your business!

Please RSVP with Farm Credit Mid-America by Friday, February 22nd by calling 812-752-2210 or contact Danielle Walker at 812-883-4601 for

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Happy Birthday WSLM!

Happy Birthday to Salem's own WSLM Radio 97.9FM and 1220AM on celebrating their 60th birthday as an Independent local radio station. Tune in on Valentine's Day as they celebrate their 60th birthday by giving away $60 every hour.

Income Survey to be conducted for the City of Salem

The City of Salem has hired Key Research and Analysis, Inc. to conduct an Income Survey which will verify the income levels of the area. Citizens will be contacted to participate in a short survey via telephone between January 21 and March 31, 2013.

The survey is being conducted because the City of Salem is applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and as part of the application the community must provide current income information for the residents of the service area.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

City of Salem receives $29,000 for Water Dept

Thanks to hard work from City Clerk Treasurer Pat Persinger and Water Distribution Superintendent Russell Brown the City of Salem received $29,265.26 for the water department.

The money is from the nationwide settlement of two class action lawsuits involving atrazine, the most widely used herbicide in the United States.

“This is free money!” said Persinger. “All that was involved was some of mine and Russell’s time.”

Salem was 1 of 1,085 cities to receive a settlement. Persinger said Brown gathered information from testing done on the city’s water supply from 1994 through 2009. There was evidence of atrazine in the city’s water supply through 2006.

“We had traces, but not a real high concentration of it,” said Mayor David Bower.

When the city received a notice of a lawsuit for city’s who had the herbicide in its water supply, Persinger jumped at the chance to get the city some extra dollars.

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The Grind 10K Run/Walk at Beck's Mill

The Friends of Beck's Mill will be hosting "The Grind 10K" Run/Walk on September 14th. The 10K Run/Walk will start at 9am at Historic Beck's Mill. Race proceeds will benefit maintenance funding for mill.

This race is part of the Magnificent 7 Race Series and will be computer timed. It is an out and back course, beginning and ending at Beck's Mill. A hill challenge (The Grind) at the start, then slightly rolling, becoming flat and fast with a down hill finish. Your family/group can take advantage of a $10/family trail hike (over 4 miles of trails!) while you compete. Volunteers will be dressed in period clothing and ready to host this great event for all. Post race snacks and drinks will be provided. Early registration fee is $22 (by August 30 2013) and late/race day registration fee is $27. Online registration will be available soon via

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Healthy Helpings Workshop at YMCA

Do you often find yourself choosing the wrong foods to feed your family because you run out of time to prepare? If you answered yes, this workshop is for you! Join Joni Muchler, Family Nutrition Program Assistant, and Lauren Neuenschwander, from the Purdue Extension Office on February 7th at 6pm. Learn how to make quick dinner meals on a budget. Participants will be able to sample four different meal ideas that are healthy and quick. Contact the Washington County Family YMCA for additional information.

Washington County 4-H Week

Be a part of the kick-off week for joining Washington County 4-H! Washington County 4-H week will begin on February 3rd and continue till February 9th. Be sure to stop by the Carnival of Fun on Monday, February 4th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the 4-H Building on the Washington County Fairgrounds. We will have fun activities and games. Find out more about 4-H and our different projects.

The Indiana 4-H Youth Development program is a part of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Nationally, the Extension Service is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture. Local leadership is provided by 4-H Youth Development Extension Educators and trained 4-H volunteers. The program is supported financially by county, state, and federal tax dollars and private/corporate donations.

Salem Senior Center February Events

From Euchre and Dominoes along with day trips to the Frazier Museum and the Horseshoe Casino, February will be an active month at the Salem Senior Center. If you're a Senior, don't miss these upcoming February events. For additional information please print out the calendar provided below or contact the Salem Senior Center at Ph#812-883-4986.  

Salem Senior Center February 2013 Events Calendar

2nd Annual February Food Fight

Leader Publishing Company has issued a challenge to businesses and organizations to help fill the Washington Co. Food Bank in February during its 2nd Annual February Food Fight. The winning organization will receive $500.00 advertising package courtesy of Leader Publishing. Simply set up a collection box for nonperishable foods and contact Rhonda to let her know that you plan to participate. The promotion runs Feb. 1 thru Feb. 28th. Rhonda may be contacted at 883-3281 or by email at Rhonda@salemleader.com.

Seasonings for SOAR! could spice up your day!

The fourth annual Seasonings for SOAR! Chili Cook-off to benefit Washington County SOAR!, will be held Saturday, March 9th at the American Legion Bingo Hall from 4-7pm.

Chili aficionados will enjoy the many varieties of chili offered throughout the evening, along with peanut butter sandwiches, drinks, dessert, and all the fixings. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $5 for adults, $3 for children.

Leader staff wins writing, photography awards in contest

The Salem Leader and Democrat staff won seven awards in the annual Hoosier State Press Association Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards luncheon, which followed a morning of education workshops, was held Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott North.

The staff won first place for Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for the Tornado “Extra” edition produced the day after the Pekin tornado.

Workshops to cover food production, marketing for producers, and food safety

Farmers and small-business owners interested in selling their food products can learn ways to make their businesses safe and profitable through two workshops geared towards “scaling up” a food business and developing a business plan.

The first workshop, MarketReady Indiana, will be offered on Saturday, February 9th, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Southern Hills Church, 1645 S. State Road 135 Salem. This workshop features sessions on each stage of food marketing, including quality assurance, pricing, insurance, and relationship building. Target audience includes traditional farmers seeking to diversify, small farmers seeking to expand their markets, owners of small businesses such as bakeries or dairies, and producers of value added farm products such as flour, jellies, jams or salsa. A panel of buyers and producers will also be featured during the workshop. The cost for materials and lunch is $60 per person and $30 per

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College Cost Estimator Program

The Washington County Community Foundation has once again partnered with area high schools and the National Center for College Costs to offer the College Costs Estimator service.

This service assists families in understanding that college can be affordable. By analyzing each client family's financial situation under the federal formula used to determine need based financial aid, the National Center for College Costs provides strategies and advice on how to make the numbers work and takes the fear out of the college cost issue.

Dave Murray, president and founder of the National Center for College Costs, will present a workshop for all interested Washington County families on Monday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Salem High School presentation room.

2nd Annual Randy Johnson Soup Dinner

The Salem FFA and National Honor Society will be hosting the 2nd Annual Randy Johnson Soup Dinner before before the Salem vs. Eastern boys' varsity basketball game. All proceeds go to the Randy Johnson Scholarship Fund. The dinner will be from 5-7 in the cafeteria. There will be chili, potato soup, taco soup, and much more, along with desserts and drinks, all available for a donation of your choice. There will also be a silent auction. All items must be paid for and picked up by 7 pm.

City Council discusses Animal Shelter

The city council met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

First on the agenda was recognition of the City of Salem Parks and Recreation Board. Parks and Rec Director Denise Newkirk introduced Dee Dee Zink, Cecil Smith and Dr. Jack Hedrick. Jeff Williams was unable to attend due to illness.

Newkirk wanted to recognize the board at the meeting for all the hard work they do for the city and parks and rec department.

Next on the agenda was discussion of the animal shelter and how much it has improved and the cost to run the facility.

Due to the humane society working with area adoption organizations, the euthanasia rate has dropped dramatically, from 88.8% to 47.8%.

Relay for Life Breakfast Fundraiser

St Vincent Salem Hospital is the site for the Relay for Life Breakfast Fundraiser on Friday January 25th.  Breakfast will be served from 6:30 – 9:00 am in the Cafeteria.  The menu includes biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and milk.  Payment by donation.    Carry out is available.  Call 883-5881 and ask for the cafeteria for additional information (or if you have a large number of carry-outs!!!)

Donations Requested for Honoring Foster Parents

The Region 18 Foster Care Unit and the IN Department of Child Services needs your help honoring the foster parents of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington Counties.  We have several different events throughout the year for the foster children but would like to take this opportunity to show the foster parents how grateful we are for their constant dedication and commitment to these special children in need.  Our event is scheduled for February 22, 2013 from 6 to 9pm.

We would appreciate any donation you or your company can provide to help us make our event successful and celebrate our foster care program.  We have over 100 licensed foster homes in Region 18 serving 100’s of children in need and your donations allow us to show them just how much they are appreciated by the communities they live in and the DCS.

Thank you for your generosity and for recognizing the importance of fostering.  We all hope you

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22nd Annual Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Come visit one of Indiana’s largest producers of PURE MAPLE SYRUP and have a great time!! Stock up on fresh PURE MAPLE SYRUP made on our farm here in Washington County!!

Leane and Michael’s Sugarbush 22nd Annual MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL
February 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3, 2013, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
321 N. Garrison Hollow Road, Salem, IN 47167
Telephone: (812) 967-4491 Toll Free: 1-877-841-8851
e-mail: sugrbush@wcrtc.net
website: www.LMSugarbush.com

Splash & Shiver Fundraiser Events

Join Blue River Services on March 2nd for two fundraising events to benefit the mission of Blue River Services, Inc. Participate in the 5k run or walk and then enjoy the Splash & Shiver as our brave contestants run down the beach at Buffalo Trace and plunge,dive or tip-toe into the cool waters of Buffalo Trace Lake. The Splash & Shiver events will take place Saturday, March 2nd at Buffalo Trace Park on Highway 150 in Palmyra. For additional information and registration information please visit www.brsinc.org 

Run/Walk Events Schedule
7:15 am - 8:30 am Registration
8:35 am - Opening Ceremonies
8:45 am - 5K Run & Walking Events
9:45 am Announce 5K Run Winners
9:55 am Announce Walking Contest Winners

Splash & Shiver

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2nd Annual Bridal Fair and Prom Show

Cornerstone Hall's Second Annual Bridal Fair and Prom Show will be held on Sunday, January 27th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. You're invited to attend Cornerstone Hall's Second Annual Bridal Fair and Prom Show as area brides will be looking for vendors for their special day. Last year, there were 20 Vendors! Featuring the Amazing Pure Elegance Bridal Boutique Fashion Show. For additional information please visit http://www.cornerstonehall.com or contact the Washington County Chamber Office if you are interested in being a vendor at this event.

Save the Date - Seasonings for SOAR!

The Seasonings for SOAR! Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the American Legion Bingo Hall from 4:30 -7:30 p.m.  We will also have a Cake Walk, children’s games and face painting.
 
Debbie Mildenburger, Seasonings Coordinator, is requesting volunteers to help get sponsors and prizes for the event.  She is also looking for volunteers to work the day of the event.
 
Anyone interested in competing, sponsoring prizes for the winning chefs, or baking a cake should call 896-1515 or email us at info@washingtoncountysoar.org
 
We are looking forward to another ‘spicy’ year!

About SOAR!
Washington County SOAR! is a volunteer organization devoted to improving reading skills for adults in Washington County, Indiana. By setting up a network of volunteer tutors who will partner with adult learners, SOAR! can show adults that reading presents a whole world of opportunities that

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Martial Arts & Tumbling Kickoff

Don’t miss out on the next 12 week session of Martial Arts and Tumbling at the YMCA! 

Registration has been open for these programs and it is not too late for you to get in.  Late registration will continue through Friday, January 18th but we want you to get the most bang for your buck.  Sign up now so you and your children can take advantage of the full 12 week session.  Registration is open throughout the 12 week session.  Registration after the 18th will be prorated based on the number of weeks you will be able to take advantage of the program. 

Martial Arts is more than just throwing punches and doing spinning kicks, it is a discipline of respect, courage, and fitness. Not just physical fitness but mental fitness as well. During the testing period, you watch youth from ages 5 and up, listen to commands in Korean and do the skill to almost perfection. It is not just about the athletic skills.  Come

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Awareness Washington County Accepting Applications

Awareness Washington County is accepting applications for the class of 2013-14, according to co-directors Debbie Mildenburger and Marji Morris.

Awareness Washington County is a community leadership organization that began in 1983. Over 500 graduates have participated in the class and continue to take an active role in the community.

The class meets one day a month, starting with a two day overnight retreat in October and continuing through May. Participants learn about the community and develop their personal leadership skills. Class members will actively explore the county’s history, economics, arts, and government. While guest speakers are a part of the class, the emphasis is on hands-on learning, discovery, and reflection. AWC builds on the leadership capacities that class members already have and prepares them to go out and make whatever changes in the community that they think are important.

The class

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Baseball, T-Ball and Softball Leagues Forming Now

Denise Newkirk from the Salem Parks and Recreation Department will be registering children for P&R Baseball, Softball, and Tee Ball Leagues. Registrations are held in the Salem Parks and Recreation Department Office, 201 East Market Street.  The Salem Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball, Softball, and Tee Ball are sanctioned through Babe Ruth.

League Draft will be held March 4th - 8th. NO LATE SIGNUPS AFTER DRAFT

Those signing up for City of Salem Parks & Recreation League play must live in  one of the following townships: WASHINGTON, GIBSON, MONROE, JEFFERSON, BROWN, VERNON, HOWARD, POSEY, OR  MADISON.

See Calendar for specific dates and times for registration.

Baseball League Director Needed

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for a 10-12 age boy’s baseball director, and 13 &14 boy’s pony league director.  Applications and paperwork must be turned in to the Park and Recreation Office by January 18th, for consideration by the Park Board.

Contact Denise Newkirk in the Salem Parks and Recreation Department Office, 201 East Market Street in Salem.

Washington County SOAR! Photo Contest!

Washington County SOAR literacy program is conducting a photo contest.  At least eighteen photos will be chosen from those submitted for use in a special SOAR! Calendar.  There will be a photo credit for each person submitting a selected photo.

Anyone may submit photos taken in the county, including local scenery, historical sites, landmarks, public events or scenes from days gone by.  All photos must be original, not copies or copies off a computer.  Those photos will not reproduce well. Digital photos may be emailed to info@washingtoncountysoar.org.  Hard copies of photos may be sent to 1707 N. Shelby St. Suite 107 Salem, Indiana.

The winner of the top photo will

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Registration Extended for Rookie Basketball!

The Washington County Family YMCA has extended registration until Friday, January 4th. Rookie basketball is for any kindergartner through second grader. Yes, you heard right anybody, boys or girls! This year’s rookie basketball schedule has been adjusted and will begin on January 13. Each session’s activities will include stations focused on building fundamental skills while also including play time for teams to face off and practice newly developed skills.    

Volunteers are still needed to lead stations and coach teams.  The YMCA will prepare all volunteers will drills to run at each station as well as an outline of how game play will work.  If you are interested in coaching, please contact the YMCA’s front desk at 883-YMCA.

The Washington County Family YMCA has proudly served Washington County since 2001.  The YMCA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to put Christian Principles into practice that

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Utility Office Closure - January 1st

The City of Salem Utility Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st.  We will re-open the office on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8:30 am.  If you would like to make a payment, please use one of the 2 drop boxes located on the premises of city hall. You may also click on the Paygov link on this website and make a payment with a debit or credit card.

All of us here at City Hall would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year.

YMCA Fitness Challenge 2013

Are you up to the Challenge? The Washington County Family YMCA has created a 6-week fitness challenge to help make your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions become a reality!

Fitness Challenge 2013 Point Distribution

  • 15 min. of aerobic activity = 10 point
  • Cybex machines/ free weights 8-10 reps = 5 point.

Start collecting points January 7-February 16, 2013. (Each week you will submit a points log)

Earn 1000 points by Feb. 16, 2013 and win a Fitness Challenge T-Shirt.

How do I sign Up?

  • To enroll you must register between Wednesday January 2nd and Sunday January 6th at the YMCA.
  • Once enrolled we will record your height, weight, and % of body fat.
  • St. Vincent will be here to test blood pressure and resting heart rate on Wednesday January 2nd from 8-10 am and Thursday January 3rd
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"Heart of Salem" Contest Winners Announced

The City of Salem “Heart of Salem” outdoor Christmas decorating contest winners have been announced.

3rd Place Winner, Yvonne Green (Bill), 203 Arthur Street
2nd Place Winner, Melissa Mitchell and Paxtin, (Eric), 502 W. Market Street
1st Place Winner, Sandy and Brian Beams, 904 Jackson Street

Along with Steven Hoskins who presented the awards.  Steven is the son of Doug and Lisa Hoskins, H&H Tree Service & Stump Removal.  They generously donated the prize money for the three winners, as they have done in past years.

Hoosier Hysteria Registration

Rookie Basketball is back with the Washington County Family YMCA, let the Hoosier Hysteria begin!
Rookie basketball uses modified rules and lowered hoops in a non-competitive environment so children can learn the game of basketball. Sportsmanship and fun are emphasized in this league, with each player getting equal playing time. Each Sunday afternoon for 6 weeks the participants will have practice followed by a game. The YMCA will provide team t-shirts and medals at the end of the season. Registration now open at the Washington County Family YMCA, stop by the front desk or learn more online.

Rookie Basketball - Salem Auxiliary Gym
Ages - Boys & Girls Grades Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
More Information - www.wcfymca.org

First Harrison Contributes to Food Bank Effort

First Harrison Bank is now also accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Washington County Food Bank. First Harrison Bank will accept the food items until December 20th and they have agreed to match 50 cents per pound (up to $500.00) for the food items donated! First Harrison Bank is located at 1312 S. Jackson Street in Salem and open Monday - Thursday from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Fridays 8:30am - 6:00pm and Saturdays from 8:30am - Noon. 

Salem Bicentennial Cookbook Collection!

Salem was founded in 1814 and our community is quickly approaching our Bicentennial Celebration year. One of the Bicentennial related events being organized currently is a Salem Bicentennial Cookbook. If you have a favorite recipe you would like to submit to the Bicentennial Cookbook please send a copy of the recipe to the City of Salem Mayor's Office.

Recipes and food related photos may be emailed to: joy.bierly@cityofsalemin.com or dropped off to Joy at the mayor’s office or Fox Purlee at his investment business next to H&R bakery off the Salem Square, or emailed to Paula Bortka-Wells at paulabortkawells@yahoo.com.  Recipes do not have to be typed.  If you are interested in submitting a recipe or photos, please do so before April 1st, if possible.

The art in the Bicentennial Cookbook is being created by youth in Washington County and any profit

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Salem Bicentennial Collection!

Salem was founded in 1814 and our community is quickly approaching our Bicentennial Celebration year. One of the Bicentennial related events being organized currently is a Salem Bicentennial Cookbook. If you have a favorite recipe you would like to submit to the Bicentennial Cookbook please send a copy of the recipe to the City of Salem Mayor's Office.

Recipes and food related photos may be emailed to: joy.bierly@cityofsalemin.com or dropped off to Joy at the mayor’s office or Fox Purlee at his investment business next to H&R bakery off the Salem Square, or emailed to Paula Bortka-Wells at paulabortkawells@yahoo.com.  Recipes do not have to be typed.  If you are interested in submitting a recipe or photos, please do so before April 1st, if possible.

The art in the Bicentennial Cookbook is being created by youth in Washington County and any profit

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Thanks To Those Who Made the Trip On the Polar Express Memorable

I would like to send my thoughts of appreciation to all those who made the trip on the Polar Express a wonderful adventure on December 7th at the Depot Museum. As every person entered the Depot, they were given a ticket, “For those who still believe!” An abundant supply of hot chocolate, popcorn, and cookies were enjoyed by all.  The craft with Donna Hurst from the Salem Public Library prior to departure was perfect, serving assistance from Tri Kappa was needed and appreciated, Santa on the caboose added to the festivities, and I can’t say enough about our Conductor Cecil Smith. After Cecil punched each child’s ticket the movie began, as they watched wearing their pajamas. 

Souvenir booklets with bells were given to each child, and to all those children, don’t forget to send your letter to Santa.

Next year, with the Depot Museum adding square footage, we will be able to accept more reservations to attend the

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Congratulations Washington Co. Non-Profits!

The Washington County Community Foundation will be contributing $5,000 to Washington County non-profits. Visit www.wccf.biz and watch a brief video about securing your legacy by clicking on the competition link in the center of the page. After watching the "Secure Your Legacy" video then place your vote for your favorite non-profit in Washington County.  You can only vote once between December 10th -14th so consider inviting your friends and family to join you in this opportunity to support your favorite Washington County non-profit organization.

Washington County Community Foundation Contest Winning Non-Profits provided below:

  • Blue River Services received $1,100.00 (106 votes)
  • The YMCA received $750.00  (71 votes)
  • Washington County SOAR! received $650.00  (63 votes)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
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Honor Your Teacher with an Apple!

The holiday season is officially into full swing as the rush of purchasing gifts, decorating homes, sending out season greetings and attending holiday parties is in high gear.  One person that is sure to find their name on your Christmas shopping list is your child’s teacher.  Teachers are one of the hardest people to buy for but one of the people you most want to find the perfect gift for that says thank you for what they do for your child each day.

Home baked goods, candles, lotions and other goodies fill the desks of teachers across the county each year.  While all these gifts are certainly welcomed and greatly appreciated, what if you could give a gift that continued to give each year?  Youth First of Washington County would like to suggest that in lieu of these many treasures, you consider making a donation to the Dr. Eddie Apple Family Youth Development Fund at the Washington County Community Foundation in honor

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St.Vincent Salem Hospital Launches FREE 24-Hour Nurse Health Advice Line

St.Vincent Salem Hospital recently launched a new, free 24-hour health nurse advice line. “883-CARE, the St.Vincent Salem nurse advice line, is available to answer all your health care questions,” said Melissa Richardson, manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the hospital. “The 24-hour helpline offers physician referrals, advice on medical issues, and much more.” Each caller will be connected to a nurse who is specially trained to provide health advice over the phone. “This is a perfect tool to use if you are unsure whether to go to the Emergency Room or visit your physician,” stated Richardson. “However, this does not replace calling 911 if your emergency is of a life-threatening nature.”

St.Vincent Salem Hospital Offers Shoulder Replacement Seminar

St.Vincent Salem Hospital and St.Vincent Medical Group Orthopedic Surgeon, Waqar Aziz, MD, will host a seminar on Shoulder Replacement on Thursday, December 13 at Noon in the hospital’s board room.

“Total shoulder replacement is an option for patients who suffer from joint dysfunctions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or for those who have suffered severe trauma causing a shoulder fracture or massive rotator cuff tear,” said Dr. Aziz. “If physical therapy and medication are no longer relieving pain, then it is time to investigate shoulder replacement.”

Dr. Aziz will discuss what to expect before, during and after surgery and will also discuss the physical therapy process that will take place following a surgery of this nature. He will also discuss a new option called a “Reverse Shoulder Replacement”.

Dr. Aziz has provided orthopedic services in Washington County for over 15 years and trained

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Free Computer Classes

Do you feel like computers are the enemy?  Are computers a “foreign” machine to you?  Is it intimidating for you to use the computer?  Youth First of Washington County is proud to offer free computer classes at the Community Learning Center.

The free computer classes are being offered as an opportunity to increase economic stability by improving computer skills which in today’s job market is a vital skill to have on a resume.  Classes are open to all adults in Washington County. 

Beth Armstrong, Youth First Director, stated, “If we can help a mother, father or even a grandparent improve their computer skills this  is a benefit to children in Washington County.  In today’s society, students use computers for school work as well as and more often for connecting with friends.  If we can enable more adults to feel comfortable and confident using computers, we will be better equipped to not only help our children

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Santa Visiting Children on the Salem Square

Santa will be visiting children at his ‘weekend’ home on the Salem Square beginning Friday, Nov. 30th.  Children visiting Santa will receive candy provided by Frontier Communications, Meadow View Health & Rehab and Shady Patch Farm. St. Vincent Salem Hospital and Salem Crossing will provide pencils. The Salem Leader will provide a coloring book for all of those visiting.

Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. For additional information contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

 

The following is a list of the hours that Santa will be in his house.  Hours are subject to

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Special Thanks to Salem High School's Marketing Class Students

Special thanks to the students from Salem High School's Marketing Class as they capture, edit and submit videos reflecting their school spirit and special events occurring at Salem Schools. Their first video has been added to the Salem Video Center and includes footage from the Salem Lions versus the Brownstown Braves basketball game. 

Holiday Parade Winners Announced

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the following Holiday Parade Float award winners! Winners please stop by the Chamber Office to collect your trophy! Thanks to everyone who participate in the Christmas Parade.  This years parade included 47 entries and was the biggest parade we have ever had. Special thanks also to our parade float judges!

*Santa Award – Best representation of the parade theme (Celebrate Me Home) – ST VINCENT SALEM HOSPITAL
*Mrs. Claus Award – Best walking/non performing group – Washington County Family YMCA
*Reindeer Award – Funniest Entry – ANYTIME FITNESS
*Caroling Award – Best performing entries – SALEM SCHOOL BAND
*Sleigh Award – best decorated vehicle -- CVS Pharmacy
*Star Award – Most Unique – JACKSON JENNINGS COOP PINK TRUCK
*Christmas Award – Best over-all entry – CANTON YOUTH BELL CHOIR

Salem's Polar Express Event at The Depot!

You're invited to Salem's Polar Express Event on Friday Evening December 7th. We will only be able to accept the first 60 registrations for this event so register today!

Santa will be on the back of the caboose at the Depot, so all will be encouraged to bring cameras. Hot chocolate, cookies, and popcorn will be served. A booklet with Polar Express activities and recipes will be given out to all in attendance. A special gift will be given out.. A bell to ring out the celebration of "believing".

Event will begin at 5:30pm with crafts and a showing of The Polar Express at 6:00pm.  Cecil from the Train Depot will be our conductor and he will have tickets for each person for him to “punch”.

Deadline to Register is December 4th or the first 60 registrations.

Please call Denise at the City of Salem Parks and Recreation to

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City to Challenge County Officials for Food Bank Goods

Salem Mayor David Bower is making the ultimate challenge to the Washington County Officials for collecting canned goods and staples to help stock the Washington County Food Bank.

Getting into the spirit of giving during this holiday season, Mayor Bower discussed the need in our community for food and supplies during his Department Head Meeting on Wednesday, calling on each department to assist in this effort. This request will be placed on the water bills sent to citizens, stating the need for food collection.Michael Ray, Salem City Chaplain, will be placing yellow bags in businesses for food collection around the community.  Anita Bush with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce will also be helping.

Also anyone who would like to donate supplies with a long “shelf life” may drop canned goods and other items, off at Salem City Hall between 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday, beginning December 3rd – December

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Washington County Actors Community Theatre

Washington County Actors Community Theatre is pleased to present their 2012-2013 season. All Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30pm Sunday shows begin at 2:00pm.

Proof: A renowned mathematician dies, leaving behind a brilliant theorem and a daughter who worries that she inherited her father's mental illness along with his genius. Proof will be performed on November 9, 10, 16, 17, 18.

Deathtrap: Playwright Sindey Bruhl has writer's block. His solution? Steal a well-written play from a former student! Things get complicated when a psychic shows up, warning Sydney that he may soon be the victim of a violent crime. Deathrap will be performed on February 1, 2, 8, 9, 10. Auditions will be December 8 at 4pm and December 9 at 3pm.

Play It Again, Sam: Nerdy Allan Felix bombs out with women-until he

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The City of Salem invites Salem residents to a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the American Legion Bingo Hall on November 20th from 11:30am - 1:00pm. The agenda for the event is provided below. The American Legion Bingo Hall is located at 105 Hughes Veteran Drive in Salem. If you have questions or would like to be a sponsor for this event please contact the City of Salem Mayor's Office at 812-883-4265.

City of Salem Thanksgiving Dinner

WELCOME - Mayor David Bower
HOST - Bob Holler, Veteran’s Tribute
PRESENTATION OF COLORS - American Legion Post #41
PLEDGE TO THE FLAG - Meredith “Pete” Peters 2012 Washington County Citizen of the Year
NATIONAL ANTHEM - Tom Rasely              
INVOCATION - Matt Gorman
MUSIC - Tom Rasely
BENEDICTION - Matt Gorman

Thanks to the American

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Salem Fire Department Celebrates Coloring Contest Winners

 

The Salem Fire Department recently held a coloring contest with Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary School students. On Friday, Fire Chief Tom Day and the Fire Pup presented bracelets to the top three winners in each class in grades kindergarten through third. The top winner from each grade was awarded a trophy for their efforts and got their picture taken with Day and the Fire Pup.

Day said he likes doing fun activities like this with the kids and reminds parents to change the smoke detector batteries in their homes due to the time change on November 4.

Winners Include Danika Dowling, kindergarten; Trey Weston, first grade and Sidney Brown, second grade along with Fire Chief Tom Day and Fire Pup.

-M. Spaulding

"Maintain No Gain" Holiday Challenge

About the "Maintain No Gain" Holiday Challenge

8-10 lbs is on average the amount gained during the holiday season. Don’t let this be you! Excess weight contributes to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some cancers. Make a commitment today to yourself and your health to maintain your current weight throughout the holiday season!

This six-week challenge is designed to encourage healthy eating choices and physical activity. Enroll now at no charge for the “Maintain No Gain” challenge and enjoy the holidays without gaining weight.

Program Goals

  • Maintain your weight within two pounds throughout holiday season;
  • Increase knowledge about healthy eating habits; and
  • Continue physical activity during holiday
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Salem Bypass is officially open

After years of a lot of talking and planning, a portion of the Salem bypass was officially opened last Thursday morning during a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman led the event pointing out the positive things happening in Washington County, including that the county’s unemployment rate is lower than the state average.

“I know this project has been a long time coming,” she said. “Infrastructure improvements are one of the main reasons new businesses want to locate here.”

She said the new bypass is a win-win situation for so many reasons; it will not only improve safety, but will help to boost the economy.

Mayor David Bower echoed her sentiments and said this is just another example of the city and county governments working well

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Halloween Fun at the Pioneer Village on the Grounds of the John Hay Center

The Pioneer Village will be decorated for Halloween and fun filled activities on October 27th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Children of the community will have the opportunity to enjoy cookies, trick-or-treat bags of goodies, Hot Chocolate, Candy and for the older kids a "spookier" area of the Pioneer Village is planned.

CUBBY CAMP 2012 and the Salem Lady Lions Softball Coach Laura Motsinger

CUBBY CAMP 2012 and the Salem Lady Lions Softball Coach Laura Motsinger
The City of Salem Parks and Recreation announces the schedule for Cubby Camp 2012 with the Salem Lady Lions Softball Coach Laura Motsinger. For additional information contact the Salem Parks and Recreation Department.

A Community Working Together Celebration

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the public to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony along with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Friday September 28th from 12:00noon until 1:00pm, at the new Elizabeth Street Park Shelter in Salem.

“This is truly our community coming together and making a plan reality”, said P&R Director Denise Newkirk. “So many volunteers and contributors made Elizabeth Street Park better due to their enthusiasm for the project and time donated. The renovations would not have been possible if not only for the volunteers, but for businesses such as Blue River Wood Products, IMI/Irving Materials, Temple and Temple Paving, Salem Lumber, Level Best Contracting/Joe Lundergun, and the support of Mayor David Bower and the City of Salem

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Fall Softball League Begins September 9th

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department will begin it’s Men’s Softball League September 9th. The fee for team sponsorship is $200.00 per team. The league will run approximately 6 weeks. For more information you may call Director Ronnie Lee at 620-3072 or the Parks and Recreation Office at 883-2895.

Dollar General Store helps collect for Animal Shelter

Thanks to the generosity of Washington County residents, the Salem Animal Control and the Washington County Humane Society have received over a thousand cans of dog and cat food. Shoppers at the Salem Dollar General Store have been asked to purchase a can of food as they check out and many have complied.“It’s been a great turnout,” said Store Manager Donna Marshall, adding that they have had to unload the large box of donations twice.She said the store decided to do this for the animal shelter as a sales initiative and a way to give back to the community and it has went very well.Animal Control Officer Rick Stewart said they are very grateful to everyone who has purchased food.“It’s unbelievable how much we have received so far and we are only halfway through the month,” he said.The Dollar General Store will continue collecting for the shelter and the humane society through the month of September.

News Archive May 2010-July 2012

July 2012 New director hired to promote Washington CountyIt’s all about connections. At least it is when talking about economic development. That’s one reason Mayor David Bower and the City of Salem has teamed up with Radius Indiana. Not only does the mayor hold a seat on the Radius Indiana board, he has invited the group into Washington County to help market the county and get the word out that Washington County is a great place to live and work. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana is a regional partnership representing 8 counties in South Central Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington counties. The group also serves as a primary point of contact in Indiana for Crane. “Radius Indiana is committed to strategically moving the economic growth and development of the 8 counties it represents forward, including Washington County,” said Radius Indiana’s CEO RJ Reynolds. “Radius Indiana is working

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