Charlestown Business Summit to be held May 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00
    The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and the City of Charlestown announce the Charlestown Business Summit to be held on Thursday, May 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Charlestown Arts and Enrichment Center, 999 Water Street in Charlestown.
    The Charlestown Business Summit provides a forum for all Charlestown businesses to meet and network while learning about plans for the city presented by Mayor Bob Hall and Economic Development Director Bob McEwen, and learn more about the local and regional economy.
    Charlestown Chamber President Rick Cartuyvelles and Mayor Bob Hall invite all businesses located in Charlestown (or interested in Charlestown) to participate, so make plans now to attend this important session.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 11:40
 
New Air Board supports airport-speedway project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00

    The newly appointed Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) for the Salem Municipal Airport met in regular session on Monday, April 27 with all members present.  Minutes of previous meetings and all claims were approved unanimously.
    As the first item of business, BOAC Attorney Larry Medlock informed the members that they must elect officers, the results of which were: President, Ronny Floyd; Vice-President, Bob Woodward; Secretary/Treasurer, Blaine Shrum.  The other two members are Marc Dewees and Danny Habermel.  Once the meeting was turned over to Floyd, the BOAC appointed Medlock as its attorney.
    Salem Mayor David Bower addressed the BOAC and the audience by saying that a meeting took place between Federal Aviation Administration representatives, himself, representatives of the Salem Common Council and two members of the BOAC in Chicago on Friday April 17.  According to Bower, an understanding now exists that will slow down the process of building the new airport facility.  Bower also introduced Owen Thompson, owner of the Salem Speedway, saying that a verbal agreement has been worked out between the two for Thompson to lease the existing airport facility for drag racing and the revenue to be used as the local matching funds (estimated at $800,000) for the new airport construction.  Thompson confirmed Bower's comments and acknowledged that a meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, to develop the written agreement for the lease and option-to-purchase.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 11:42
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Inaugural Jinny Scifres Run 4 A Cause 5K a huge success PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00

    The second annual Jinny Scifres Run 4 A Cause 5K, held as a fundraiser for Washington County Memorial Hospital’s Relay for Life team, was a huge success. Beautiful weather brought out approximately 120 individuals who ran or walked to raise money for Relay for Life.
    “Jinny was such an important part of WCMH for many years,” said Janet Hinds, WCMH Oncology Manager. “It is fitting that our signature fundraiser be named after such a wonderful woman.”
    The 2009 Run/Walk raised over $5,300 dollars for Relay for Life. The top finishers were: Top 3 Male Winners: Jamison Benton, Kenny Hall and Aaron Little. Top 3 Female Winners:    Sydney Calhoun, Whitney Malloy and Alexandria Ellingwood.    
    Next year’s Jinny Scifres Run 4 A Cause will be held on Saturday, April 17.  If you would like to be put on the mailing list for next year’s run/walk, please contact Melissa Richardson, director of Marketing and Public Affairs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 883-5881 ext. 1366.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 11:43
 
Many quilts and designs on display at the 2009 Quilt show PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00

    In the 1800’s quilting was considered housework. Little bits of fabric stitched together as a household necessity provided warmth to family members. Young girls gathered together to piece a friendship quilt that would be given to the first one married on her wedding day. Quilts were given as gifts for a newborn child. They were stitched together during church socials or during local quilting bees where ladies gathered to sit, sew and gossip. Sadly a quilt was sometimes used to line a coffin or shroud a loved one in death.
    Today, quilters are the fabric of a multi-billion dollar industry. From the cotton growers, textile mills, and factories that make everything from needles, pins and thread to scissors, cutting mats, and sewing machines, literally thousands of people are employed in this industry. Quilting is now considered an art that can weave both family and friends together, creating a quilted piece of family history that will be enjoyed by generations to come.
    Many now enjoy quilting as a hobby during a long winter of snow and ice. However, as the weather begins to change, spring brings with it a time to begin planning your entries to the Washington County Piecemakers Quilt Show. The 2009 quilt show will be held at the Stevens Memorial Museum in Salem on Saturday June 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday June 14, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Entries will be accepted on Tuesday June 9  from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the museum. First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: Honorary, Pieced, Appliqué, Embroidery, Small Quilts, Wall Hangings, Miniatures, Wearables, Miscellaneous (such as placemats, table runners or pillows), and Youth. Additional ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show, Judges Choice, Hand Quilting, and Viewers Choice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 11:44
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Safari Bike ride is back PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00
    Thanks to the sponsorship of the Pekin Community Betterment Association the ride will take place on June 13, 2009.
The Pekin Community Betterment Committee will put on the Safari Bike Ride as one of their yearly fundraisers for the 179th Pekin 4th of July Celebration.
    If you would like to help with this bike ride or to register you can visit the following website for more information: www.safaribikeride.com
    Try is unique approach to cycling,  you can build your own tour ranging from 8-61 miles through the rural countryside of Washington County.
    If you register early you can save $10. If you register before May 23 the cost will be $20 and after that date the cost will be $30.
    If you want to make this a family affair children 10 and under can ride for free. Registration is open from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
    There will be snack stops along the well-marked routes along with emergency SAG service throughout.
    If anyone would like to attend any of Pekin Community Betterment meetings, all are welcome to attend. The meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Pekin Shelter House.
    Come on and ride and see scenic Washington County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 11:47
 
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