YMCA Raises $19,400 to support kids and families PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
     Annual Support Campaign to Provide Needed Program and Membership Scholarships. Goal for this year’s campaign is $20,000.
    Under the leadership of Glenn Luckett and Alice Bartanen, the Washington County YMCA Annual Support campaign has raised $19440 in charitable contributions for the Washington County YMCA to support membership scholarships and programs that change lives; the total goal is of $20,000. Staff and Volunteers are working to raise the additional funds.  More than 20 volunteers solicited funds from 70 community members and businesses.  The campaign saw a 45% percent increase in donations over last year’s campaign, which generated $11,000 in contributions from 45 donors.  
    Proceeds from the Annual Support campaign go to the Washington County YMCA scholarship fund, which assists those who may not otherwise be able to afford to pay the full fee for memberships or programs. The scholarship fund offers programs such as after school, day camp and swim lessons to low-income children and families at reduced rates. The YMCA uses a sliding scale based on need to determine what fee, if any, is required.
    “These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but cannot afford them,” said Jon Hill, Executive Director, “At the Y, kids not only learn how to play a sport, but they also learn about caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—core values than can guide them throughout their lives. The Annual Support Campaign connects kids in need to programs that help them grow in confidence and self-esteem.”
    "The success of the campaign can be attributed to the commitment of our volunteers and staff and the community to the YMCA," said Glenn Luckett. “The overwhelming generosity of the community allows us to continue bringing our positive programs to those who need it most. With everyone’s help, we are now able to give kids and families greater access to the wonderful opportunities offered at the Y.”
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:26
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WCEGP Holds Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
      The Washington County Economic Growth Partnership (WCEGP) held its annual membership meeting on Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Salem Senior Citizens Center.  Approximately 45 members and elected officials met for lunch with the election of at-large directors following in a business meeting.
     Jess Helsel, President of WCEGP welcomed attendees and recognized special guests and sponsors.  Introduced was special guest, Harold Gutzwiller of Hoosier Energy and local sponsors of the annual meeting, First Harrison Bank, Community First Bank, Cottongim Enterprises, Saegesser Engineering, Inc., Robert Strange of Salem True Value and Jackson County REMC.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. John Fultz, County Councilman.  Lunch was catered by Country Cookin, Inc. of Salem.
    WCEGP Executive Director, Gerald Rose reported the activities of the Partnership and programs in which the Partnership is involved.  Rose introduced the guest speaker, Ms. Donna Riley.  Ms. Riley is the Executive Director of Leadership Southern Indiana.  Riley spoke on the topic “Leadership in the Community: Having a Vision for Economic Growth.”  She emphasized the importance of the leaders in Washington County looking to the future of the county and the importance of economic growth to the future of the citizens of the county. 
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:28
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Salem Speedway, Early Days PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 June 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Historical Society will host the program Salem Speedway, Early Days on Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m. At the Steven;s Museum assembly room.
    The program will discuss the Speedway's founder and early racing events (1947 to present).
Descendants of the founders to attend: Emma Lou (Roberts0 Crockett will speak, Jim Summers, track builders, Everett (Foxy) Roberts, partner and past owner, Russ and Mary Barnard, promoters and past owners, Salem Fire Department, paid and volunteers who manned the concession stand and served as track safety personnel will also be present.
The intent of this program is to recapture the history of the building of the famed Salem Speedway in the early days.
    The Washington County Historical Society will continue to bring more programs remembering the old days of auto racing in Washington County. They currently have a small area at the museum dedicated to the racing past. They will continue to expand the exhibit with the help of future contributors of racing memorabilia with the hopes the community can support a dedicated racing museum to honor the rich racing heritage here in Salem and Washington County.
    The Salem high banks is known around the world. The track has claimed many in its day with no regard to how good a drivers or innocent spectators. Many times it has been editorialized as the Hills of Death in Southern Indiana. The auto industry having its roots in the Hoosier State was a mecca for racing. Many of those have gone on to be racings greatest drivers.
    Those who have survived to tell the tale will always remember the thrill of racing on the Hills go Thrills  at the famous Salem Speedway.
    For more information call 883-6495 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2009 09:30
 
Participate in World Blood Donor Day and Help Save a Life PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 June 2009 00:00
    Join others across the world on June 14 and donate blood through the American Red Cross on World Blood Donor Day. Blood is a perishable product that must be constantly replenished by generous volunteer blood donors.
    One out of every 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood. By becoming a blood donor, or by making regular donations, you are making a vital contribution to modern healthcare.
    “Most people think that blood is used mainly for victims of car accidents and other trauma patients,” said, Lori Medley, Director of Donor Recruitment of the American Red Cross River Valley Region. “But, blood is used for so many other patients. It’s used for the treatment of cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies and transplant recipients.”
    When you donate blood through the Red Cross, you help provide the gift of life for patients in serious medical need. Make an appointment to donate blood today and you can change a life, starting with your own.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Monday, June 15, 2 to 7 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 1059 Market St., Charlestown.

    All presenting donors will be give a free t-shirt and there will be a drawing for a free, three-month membership to Anytime Fitness.
How to Donate Blood
    Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:03
 
Highlanders win softball regional; to play in state Finals Friday at Ben Davis in Indianapolis PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 June 2009 00:00
    The Floyd Central Highlanders won their own IHSAA Class 4A softball regional Saturday night. The team defeated Plainfield 3-1 in the title game Saturday night, and Columbus North 4-3 in the second semi final game.
    Floyd Central coach Joe Witten’s team will face Class 4A no. 15 West Lafayette Harrison Friday night at Ben Davis High School.
    Floyd Central last won  regional titles in softball in 1994 and 1995, when the tournament was still in a single class.
    Back in 1995, the regionals had Jeffersonville, and other teams of the same Class 4A size. Witten thinks that it is now harder to win a sectional or regional than it was then.
    “Now it’s so difficult,” said Witten of the tournament. “Winning the sectional is a big deal. (And) in our area, the Hoosier Hills Conference has been strong for years.”
    This years’ team at Floyd Central has been a standout for several reasons, not the least of which is the team’s strong belief that they will succeed.
    “This team has believed so much that they can do it. I wouldn’t bet against them,” Witten said. “You can have all of the talent in the world, but if you don’t believe in your coach, or believe and trust in your team mates, it hampers your team progress.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2009 10:31
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