?Foundation issues $23,950 in grants to various organizations PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00
    ?The Washington County Community Foundation issued over $23,000 in grants to various organizations in Washington County. They are as follows:
    The Pekin Community Betterment Committee will receive a grant in the amount of $5,000 funded in part by the Marvin and Sandy Clark Touch Tomorrow Fund.  The committee plans to place new carpet and tile in the Pekin Community Building in addition to adding a fresh coat of paint.
    The pioneer village will get a new electrical upgrade thanks in part to the John and Paula Jones Touch Tomorrow Fund.  
    The Washington County Historical Society is the recipient of a $16,000 grant.  In addition to the electrical system upgrade, a fire upgrade will be added to the museum and the pioneer village.
    Pioneer Village improvements and youth hunting ethics and habitat management are just two of the projects receiving grants from the Washington County Community Foundation for the Fall 2008 grant cycle.  Grants are made from the Foundation’s Touch Tomorrow Funds and individually named Touch Tomorrow Funds.
    The Salem Fire Department has been awarded two grants from the Washington County Community Foundation.  They will receive $200 to purchase a mannequin or AED system for CPR training and education.  The department has also received a $750 grant for fire safety and prevention materials.  The materials will be distributed to children preschool to 12 years during Fire Prevention Week, school tours, and visits to the fire station.
    New cat towers will be installed at the Humane Society of Washington County to replace the old, more dangerous towers that do not latch well.  The Humane Society has been awarded a grant of $800.
    The youth of Washington County will once again be treated to JAKES day, a program of the Delaney Creek Longbeards.  The Delaney Creek Longbeards have been awarded a grant in the amount of $1200 to educate youth on the principles of habitat management, importance of conservation, hunting ethics, and safe and responsible hunting.
    The Foundation’s next grant cycle will be in the spring of 2009. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2008 08:10
 
?First Women’s Giving Circle Grant awards $5,900 to three organizations PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00
?    The Women’s Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation is pleased to announce they have closed out their historic first grant cycle and were able to award grants to three organizations.
    The Washington County Prosecutor’s office is the recipient of a $4,000 grant to be used for a special victims fund.  The fund will be used to provide counseling to victims of child molestation who do not qualify for Department of Family and Children assistance, Medicaid, or their insurance will not cover counseling.
    Training materials and reference guides is the focus of a $575 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.  The guides will be available to all participants (youth and adult) and parents of youth participants.
    Hoosier Hills PACT has been awarded a $1,325 grant for bathroom renovations at the domestic violence shelter.  Renovations include painting, installing a new vanity with mirrors, new lights.  A new bathtub with a handrail for client safety will also be installed.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2008 08:12
 
?Air Board votes to use $5K in EDIT funds to pay for appraisals PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008 00:00
?    The Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) met in regular session on Monday evening, October 27 with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings were approved unanimously.
    The BOAC unanimously agreed to take $5,000 from its allocated $18,000 Economic Development Income Tax Fund to pay for Governmental Appraisal Services fees incurred in the process of acquiring property for the new airport facility.
    Board President, Bill Barnett, told the Board members that little was to report from project managers, R.W. Armstrong Engineers.  “Since the grant cycle for 2008 was missed, things are on hold until next year.” explained Barnett.
    Barnett gave a report on repair efforts to the security fence west of the runway that was damaged when a tree located on the golf course property blew down in the September 14 hurricane.
    In other business, the Board agreed to have Tim Peace put together guidelines in preparation to advertise for a new Flight Based Operator contract.
    When the meeting was opened up to public comment, a concern was raised about warning lights on a communications tower and a water tower being out as a result of the September storm damage.  According to Peace, responsibility for the maintenance and emergency power requirements of the lights are that of the owners of those structures.  However, it was agreed that discussion should take place with the owners of the structures to explore remedies to the problem.
    With no further business to conduct, the BOAC adjourned until its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 24.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2008 08:14
 
?Eastern School Board gives recognition to EHS FFA and Principal Luedeman PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2008 00:00
?    The Eastern School Board signed a resolution recognizing the FFA for their performance in the Harrison County Invitational, Washington County Contest and District at the  meeting held on Tuesday, October 14.
    The board also signed a resolution recognizing Linda Luedeman for her selection as the Indiana Association of School Principals District Middle School Principal of the Year.
    All minutes and payroll were approved along with approval of final payment for Physical Activities Building to Shireman Construction, salary adjustments for non-certified employees, administrators and bus drivers, first reading of mon-certified employee handbook, professional leave for Terry Thixton and  medical leave for Penny Casper.
    Other approvals include:
    Melinda Newcomb, permanent substitute, Kim Hall, medical leave, Jill Marin, three hour cafeteria position, Christy Fischer for two position in cafeteria, Marie Edwards to six hours in cafeteria, Sherry Gore increased four hours in cafeteria, creating a two hour middle school custodial position with Christy Fischer to fill the custodial position.
    Extra Curricular staff approved were: Michael Martin, fifth grade girls basketball; Jason Temple for fifth grade boys basketball coach; and Mike Batt for ninth grade boys basketball coach.
    The resignation of Brenda Hayes and Kathy Morgan as cooks were approved.
    Christian Kemker gave a brief report on an Eagles Scout project to build a director’s tower at the band practice field.
    The second reading of transfer/student policy 5111 and policies 1200, 1214, 1231, 1411/1311/4211, 3231, 3430/4430, 6150, 6520, 8310, 8900 and 9800 were approved.
     A brief hearing on the 2009 budgets, plans, and levy along with the 2009 Bus Replacement was presented by Superintendent Amick, bus a motion to close the hearing was made and approved.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 13:59
 
?New Pekin Town Council look at options for annexation of two areas PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 00:00
?    The New Pekin Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 21, with all members present.  The minutes of previous meetings, all payroll requests, all claims, and all requests for sewer adjustments were approved unanimously.
    The Council engaged in a general discussion of the process involved in annexing two areas adjacent to the current town boundaries.  The two areas in question are located directly north of the East Washington Schools campus and an area to the southeast of New Pekin in proximately to Voyles Road, Old Pekin Road, and Hurst Road.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 14:03
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