Washington County March for Babies was a success PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
     Participating residents in Washington County raised over $15,000 for the babies by walking in the March of Dimes: March for Babies on Sunday, October 11 at Salem Speedway. Walkers participated individually or part of corporate, youth, or family team.
    This year’s top teams included:
   1. Washington County Substance Abuse Council
   2. 3 Little Blessings
   3. Trevor’s Troopers
   4. Morgan’s Raiders
   5. First Harrison Bank
    The Top Walker was John Fultz with the Washington County Substance Abuse Council. This year’s Top Youth Team was the Salem High School Spanish Club. And the Top New Team was 3 Little Blessings, the team of the 2009 March for Babies Ambassadors: Jenna, Rachel, and Will Little, who are the children of Jill and Lance Little.
    Thanks to our local sponsors Salem Lions Club, National City Bank now a part of PNC, First Harrison Bank, Mid-Southern Savings Bank, Hoosier Uplands, and Highland United Methodist Church.
    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:48
 
Annual Halloween Party to be held October 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    The City of Salem's Annual Halloween Party will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with the Salem Public Library. The event will be at DePauw Park and Riley’s Place. Games, snacks, and prizes will be handed out to children ages 2-12. Salem Trick or Treating will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:53
 
Commentary . . . My final thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    When I started writing for Green Banner Publications (GBP) nearly three years ago I knew this day would come.  Honestly, though, I thought it would have come a year or so ago.  When GBP Publisher Joe Green and I first sat down and discussed me coming to work, I told him that I would do it until he was either fed up with me or I wasn't enjoying myself, whichever came first.
    Well, I'm sure that Joe has been fed up with me on numerous occasions but for whatever reason did not pull the trigger.  However, in the past few months it has become clear to me that I am ready to move on.  Please understand that my desire to explore other options has nothing to do with anything at GBP—it is simply time to move on.
    I want to thank Joe Green for giving me the opportunity and the freedom to do this job the way I thought it should be done.  Another individual that I want to thank is Donna Nunley, Office Manager for the Washington County Edition.  Without her discretion, organizational skills and loyalty, I would never have been able to do my job.  In addition, I want to thank former GBP Editor Mark Grigsby for taking the time to show me the ins and outs of small town journalism.  Although I wrote for some underground publications in college, my formal training is in English and Writing, not Journalism—there is a difference.
    Above all, I want to thank the people who I cannot name for obvious reasons; those who were willing to provide me with information, both on and off the record, and point me in the right direct to ferret out the “story behind the story.”
Without your help I would not have known where to begin.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2009 07:53
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SOAR celebrates Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    On Oct. 7, U.S. House of Representatives voted 412-0 to declare the week of October 18-23, 2009 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, according to Washington County SOAR! director, Marji Morris.
    Residents of Washington County can take part in that celebration by signing up to be a tutor for Washington County SOAR!
    The local SOAR! office is holding tutor training on Oct. 20, 22, 27, and 29. Each session will last from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Community Learning Center.
    According to Morris,  due to growing student numbers, trained tutors are in short supply. The training is done in four 3-hour sessions. After that tutoring typically takes 1 1/2 hours per week.
    Tutors will work one on one with a student. SOAR! supplies the training, materials, and meeting place. No tutoring is done in private homes. Tutors and students arrange sessions at a mutually agreeable time.
    "We hope to be able to add ten or fifteen new tutors at this training," Morris said. "We've had several new students sign up, and we want to be able to provide them with assistance. Currently, only six volunteers have signed up for the October training."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:57
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Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    Tickets are now on sale for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, planned for Saturday, November 7 at 6 p.m. at Southern Hills Church. Ticket price is $20. This ticket price includes a meal and a chance to play The Right Price Is.
    In addition to the game, the Citizen of the Year will be announced as well as a new award, Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.
    The Right Price Is game will be conducted in TV game show style and will seek contestants from those attending the dinner. Numerous prizes will be awarded. An auction will also be conducted at the end of the game.
    Tickets may be purchased from any Chamber Board Member, at the YMCA, located at 1709 N. Shelby St. in Salem, or at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 201 E Market St., Suite 104, in Salem.
    Table sponsorships are also available by calling the Chamber Office at 883-4303.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:58
 
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