?East Washington School Board approves pay increases for interim principle and assistant principal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:00
?    At the recent East Washington School Board meeting, held on Tuesday, January 13 all minutes were approved along with vendor claims and payroll. A monthly financial; report was given to the board and checks were removed from outstanding status date September 15, 2006.
    The following personnel were approved: Tuesday Guernsey, Biology teaching position for second semester of 2008-09; Rebecca Jones to take the place of Ashley Sanders who is one medical leave and Karen Foster, elementary cafeteria.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 10:27
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?Plans are a go for a new HVAC system at BSUE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:00
??    The 2,233,064 HVAC project at Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary was approved and plans for the project to start at the end of this school year and be completed before the start of the 2009/2010 school year begins at the recent Salem Community School Board meeting held on Monday, January 12.
    Representatives of the HVAC project presented to the board their recommendation of awarding Performance Services the project.
    “I was surprised and disappointed we only received one bid. Our office called every company registered with us and sent requests to six of them and only received one back. But I am pleased with Performance Services. The company are highly rated and highly regarded form and we have worked with them in 10-15 projects. They are a first class contractor.” stated Tom Durkin, Representative.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 10:29
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?18th annual Maple Syrup Festival for the young and young at heart PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:00
?    The 18th annual Maple Syrup Festival will ne held February 28 and March 1, March 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leane and Michael’s Sugarbush on Garrison Hollow Road
    The Sugar House will be open serving breakfast and dinner. For breakfast or anytime during the day you can enjoy the delicious pancakes supreme or waffle boat supreme which are topped with strawberries or blueberries, ice cream, whipped cream and pure maple syrup with or without sausage
    For dinner at The Sugar House enjoy a half maple BBQ chicken or two pork chops with coleslaw, maple baked beans, rolls, drink and desert with carry-out available.
    You can also visit the Sugar Store  and purchase your own fresh pure maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream or maple cotton candy.
    An the grounds of the Maple Syrup Festival many activities are planned for the young and the young at heart including: mule drawn wagons, crosscut sawing, tomahawk throwing, candle making, outdoor craft vendor area, music and much more fun activities and learning experiences.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 10:31
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$20,000 payment for airport lease PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 10:38
by G. Wright
Staff Writer
Green Banner Publications

As reported previously in The Washington County Edition discussions/negotiations have been going on among City of Salem officials, members of the Salem Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC), and representatives from Salem Speedway since early in 2008.  The purpose of those discussions has been to develop a plan by which the current airport facility could be leased to the Salem Speedway several times throughout the year as a drag racing track and the lease revenues be used to pay the local matching funds for the new airport facility.  (To read all previous stories about this subject click here.)

During the Monday, January 12, Salem Common Council meeting, Richard Deaton, representing Salem Speedway owner, Owen Thompson, presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to Salem Mayor, David Bower.  According to Deaton, the check serves two purposes.  One was to show a good faith effort on behalf of Thompson.  The other was as the first year’s lease payment for a yet undetermined number of dates in 2009 that the current airport runway will be used for racing events.

As per a copy of the proposed lease agreement submitted to the Council, the $20,000 is the first of a series of annual lease payments totaling well in excess of $1 million.  The proposed lease payments accelerate over the next five years to keep pace with the anticipated local matching requirements for the construction of the new airport facility.

In April of 2008, the Common Council voted to withdraw support from the project, citing a lack of tax money necessary to met the local matching funds obligation over the next five years.  That amount, between $800,000 and $900,000 equates to 2.5 per cent of the estimated $22 million cost of the project.  After taking that action, several members of the Common Council and Bower all stated publicly that if a way could be found to fund the new airport project without the use of taxpayer money, they would support it.

At the January 12 meeting, Bower explained that if Thompson was confident enough to invest this kind of money, and considering what an asset Salem Speedway is to the community, every effort needs to be made to see that this deal goes forward.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 10:33
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?Snowy conditions led to one vehicle accident PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 00:00
?    Snowy and wet conditions on Wednesday morning, January 7 lead to a one vehicle accident on Blue River Bridge on Highway 60 bringing through traffic to a stop.
    66 year old Otis Adkins of Pekin was traveling from Pekin in a 1999 Mercury when witnesses say he began to slide and struck the guardrail on the passenger side then continued head-on to the left side guardrail before coming to a stop.
    According to Roger Newlon with the Washington County Sheriff Department both air bags in the vehicle did deploy.
    The passenger of the vehicle was Rebecca Martin, 26 also from Pekin.
    Both occupants were transported to Washington County Memorial Hospital. Adkins appeared to be confused and unable to and Martin to be seizing at the scene.
    The Washington County Sheriffs Department will continue to investigate.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2009 10:45
 
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