Tobacco Coalition and Substance Abuse Council hold joint meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 00:00
    The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition along with Washington County Substance Abuse meeting held a joint meting together on February 5 at the government Building.  25 plus attendees enjoyed lunch compliments of Papa Johns with drinks provided by Sav A Lot.
    Sharon Purlee with Substance Abuse Council named the recipients of the 2009 mini grants.
    They are as follows: Salem Police Department will receive $2000 for vests and a camera; Salem SADD will received $1200 for the National Conference held in Washington D.D; $100 for a sack project for Elementary students to decorate and $70 for Orange Ribbon Week, for a total of $1370; Salem National Honor Society will received $1000 for the After Prom; West Washington High School SADD will receive $500 for miscellaneous events; Purdue Extension will received $932 for LEAD which is Legal Education Against Drugs that will be presented to all fifth graders in Washington County; LifeLine/Teen Challenge will have $1000 to be used for counseling and Hoosier Hills PACT will get $2500 for advocacy with a grand total of $9302 being given in mini grants.
    “We did not have as many mini grants turned in this year so we were able to give all grants that were submitted and I think thats a very good thing.” stated Purlee
    Rhonda Mills, Coordinator Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition gave a report of The Great American Smoke-out story, Indiana Campaign for SmokeFree Air and West Washington School Corporation receiving the Gary Sandifur Award.
    According to Mills, Washington County is now referred to as a Blue County with the Hospital and all County Schools adopting a smoke free facility and grounds policy.
    For the third quarter of 2008, Washington County callers to the Indiana quit line was 33 total calls. Neighboring counties such as Crawford with three; Floyd with 31; Harrison with 23; Orange with 14 and Scott received 32 calls.
    A VOICE report was given by Laura O'Donnell and Eva Warren-Hill stating they will be holding a prevent child abuse and healthy relations presentation to seventh and eighth graders.
    Randy Bugh stated the total of cessation participants from the beginning of the year is seven.
    The door prize was won by Laurie Carr.
    The next Washington County Substance Abuse Council will be March 5.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:46
 
?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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