Fund raiser for Salem’s Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion set for August 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

A fund raiser benefiting the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion will be held on Monday, August 22 at 6:30 pm at Christie’s on the Square in Salem. The cost of the “Girls Night Out” dinner ticket is $15.00.
A speaker, games, donations, and silent auction items will also help raise money for this program, which had previously been available to men only in Salem.
Besides the fund raising dinner, the pavilion also needs linens, toiletries, skin care and make up items, and personal hygiene items. The organizers are asking all persons attending the dinner to bring one item of the above with them to the dinner.
But what exactly is the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion?
It’s for women who have already been released from prison after having been incarcerated for drugs and/or alcohol. Homeless people are also welcome in the facility.
It is not rehab or detox, though. It is a discipleship program that is peer to peer. A lot of the people staffing both the men’s and women’s pavilions have been through the prison system for substance abuse, and have been through the Good Samaritan program. The program typically takes six months to complete successfully.
The Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion helps women get jobs as they transition into the community, and they act mainly as facilitators in the transition.
They have a very structured environment which is governed by a strict set of rules, such as a set bedtime, no cable television, and no video games.
All participants are screened for drugs, and are administered breathalyzer tests. There is a zero tolerance policy in place.
Since the program is so very strongly based on religion, the judicial system does not require participation in the program. The people entering the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion would have decided to enter it, near the time they are leaving prison or detox/rehab.
Pam Jones, who helps oversee the Women’s Pavilion, sees the importance of the community in the success of the facility.
“It takes a whole community, and this community has been fantastic. I can’t thank them enough. We know we can’t do this by ourselves,” Jones said recently. “This is all about freedom.”
The two Good Samaritan Inns are trying to spend more time working in the community, doing service jobs and cleaning churches. At the present, the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion is relying solely on donations from area churches, but they are doing church clean ups to give the churches a value added service.
Three women who have been going through the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion program praised it for its effectiveness.
Karla Beach said she found Christ while in prison, and she thinks having the support system in place while you are trying to adjust to the community after being released from prison.
“That gives them a place to go to,” Beach said.
Jessica Goen said she had been in eight rehabs, all secular in nature, and she said that they all were failures with regards to their success with her.
In 10 months at Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion, Goen said that she has successfully graduated from the basic program, to go to the next level, and has overcome a heroin and meth.
Tabby Applegate was homeless, jobless, and a drug addict when she came to the Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion.
“A lot of where I got hope was through this facility,” Applegate explained. She said that without a Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion to go to, “I’d probably be out there, dead.”
The Good Samaritan Inn-Women’s Pavilion is at 1406 East Hackberry Street, and for information on purchasing tickets for the fundraiser at Christie’s on the Square, contact the restaurant at 812-883-9757, and ask for Robin.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 07:44
Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial at Salem Speedway PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

As the Xtreme Sprint Series prepares to take on the challenging high-banks of Salem Speedway on Saturday, August 6, it becomes a weekend that is more than just another race for competitors, officials, and fans. The 52nd annual “Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial” is all about honoring the memories of two great racers and their families.

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16 youth attend free day camp PDF Print E-mail

A free day came for youth drew 16 youngsters out to Lake Salinda last Wednesday for a day of adventure.
Salem Parks and Recreation Director Denise Newkirk said this was the first time they’ve held the camp for free. In the past, there has been a fee for the camp and it is held at DePauw Park.
“We wanted a new spin on what we’ve already done,” she said.
Newkirk said the parks department has offered free swimming at the city pool and fishing clinics at the lake, but this was something different.
“We were looking at the need in the community for activities and this just seemed to fit,” she said.
Those who attended were served a free lunch, went on a hike on the new walking trail at Lake Salinda, made crafts, learned how to make a tent out of a tarp hung between two trees and made bows and arrows.
“They also were taught some outdoor safety tips,” said Newkirk.
Also helping that day were Children’s Library Director Donna Hurst and City Police Officer Roy Overshiner. Four other adult volunteers were there to assist in the activities.
Free sunscreen and mosquito repellent was also furnished that day.
Newkirk said she had a very good response to the event and hopes to do it again next year, with even more activities.
In fact, she said Overshiner has already come up with some ideas for next year and JR Martin, at WSLM, has expressed interest in being involved, teaching the children different trapping exercises.
Each child who attended received a free days’ swim pass.
Newkirk said free swims will be held for the public Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 2 and 4, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
For more information about activities offered through the parks and recreation department, call 883-2895 or visit the city’s Web site at

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 09:44
WCACT show schedule announced PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 00:00

The Washington County Actors Community Theatre recently announced their 2011-2012 season! All Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and all Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m.

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Albertson recovering from ATV accident PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 00:00

On July 19, Haley Albertson, daughter of  Barry and Toni Albertson, was on the back of an ATV her girl friend was driving when she fell off. The fall caused her to strike the back of her head, causing a blood clot in her brain.
Haley is a freshman at Eastern and her brother Trey is a senior.
She was transported by air ambulance to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for emergency brain surgery.
She was initially listed in critical condition but has been showing slow improvement.
According to her brother’s facebook page she was awake, eating and talking with everyone.
Haley is manager of the Eastern football team. She always has a smile and is real fighter.
Anyone wishing to help, may make donations at PNC bank in an account in Haley’s name.
Haley’s injury came just less than three weeks after a 10-year-old Borden girl died in an off-road vehicle accident.    
Melissa Jeremiah, RN with Hoosier Uplands, released a list of things people should know about 4-wheel safety tips:
#1- Before riding an ATV, if you are new to this form of recreation take a rider training
course. Most ATV manufacturers offer free hands-on training to those who have
purchased a new ATV.
#2- Do not ride alone. Have someone with you so that if something goes wrong there is
someone who will be able to call for help. Also let someone besides the people who
will be with you know where approximately you will be going and an approximate
time you expect to return.
#3- Carry a first aid kit on your ATV at all times, in the event of an emergency.
#4- Discuss safety with your children before allowing them to ride with you on a trail.
#5- Never drive an ATV when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
#6- Read all the directions and safety instructions that came with your ATV and follow
#7- Never ride on paved surfaces.
#8- Wear the right safety gear, including a helmet.
#9- Wear clothing and shoes that will adequately protect you from objects that you may
encounter such as brush.
#10- Use common sense when riding. This includes riding at a speed appropriate for the
terrain that you are riding in.
#11- Have prior approval of the landowner before riding on someone elses land.
#12- Learn about the area you are riding in. Be on the lookout for downed power lines,
fences, low lying branches and other hazards.
#13- Stay on the designated trails when you are riding.
#14- Keep your ATV’s quiet to avoid stressing wildlife and upsetting landowners.
#15- Approach wildlife and livestock on a trail slowly. If you startle them they may run
directly into your path. Give them time to react and plenty of room.
#16- If you inadvertently stumble onto someones land that you do not have permission
to be on, remove your helmet, before speaking to the landowner. Wearing the helmet
makes you appear to be intimidating and unfriendly. Be honest with the landowner
about how you came to be on his land.
Information for this article was obtained from the ATV Safety Institute. The ATV Safety Institute can be found at or you may call them at 1-800-887-2887.


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