Ladies Only Concealed Carry Class

Two Troops will present a concealed carry class for Ladies ONLY on June 27 & 28th.

This class will cover all ISP requirements for obtaining a concealed carry permit.  The class will cover handgun types, ammunition, basics of shooting fundamentals, and all laws pertaining to carrying/using a handgun for personal protection.  This class is suitable for a brand new shooter or one with experience.  Cost of the class is &150.00

Class will be held Saturday at Kaskaskia College in Salem and Sunday  at the Centralia Trap Club Range, north of Sandoval, IL

Times are 8 am – 4 pm each day.      Contact Two Troops to sign up .

Greg 618-267-6161       Kelley  618-335-1462

Chambers May Lunchon Speakers

During Baylis comments he reviewed the growth of the company from its early beginnings in 1981 to the present day as a division of Tyrolit. The first company was simply named Abrasives and originated in Philadelphia, PA. The company became Radiac early on an is one of the nations leading manufactures of grinding wheels.

The Salem plant produces grinding wheels small enough to grind teeth to wheels 48 inches. The local plant presently employs 236 and has monthly sales of $4.5 Million dollars.

Salem is one of three Radiac plants in the United States, the others being in Oswego, IL and Marysville, WA. There is also a plant in Mexico.

The Salem plant continues to grow and expand, presently nearly $1 million dollars in new equipment is being installed. Baylis hopes to continue the improvements in the coming years and
even considering providing additional services to customers as a distribution center.

Casburn reviewed several programs he has initiated since opening a YMCA office in Salem. The programs range from “Shape Up” for adults and women’s volleyball to a well rounded program of youth sports programs, scouting camps, tours and summer camps that teach cooking, camping, swimming and art to name just a few.

A new program Casburn is hoping to be another success is after school care. He is initiating the program a Selmaville School to provide care for students following school hours. During that time the students will have an opportunity to get their homework completed and join in interesting programs that will be offered.

Casburn continues to look for new programs for the “Y” to offer and doing such requires help. Anyone who would be interested in volunteering some time or maybe even some suggestions please call him at 548-6261, ext. 2

Aquatic Center still needs Sponsors

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10th Annual Garden Tour will be on June 20th

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Drury Inn & Suites joins the Salem Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Drury Inn & Suites as our newest member.

Drury Inn & Suites offers rooms, 2 room suites and meeting space.
Drury Inn is located at 145 North 44th Street in Mt. Vernon, 62864.

Contact persons are Nicole Keeney and Ashley Forcum, Asst. General Manager.

Phone 618-246-5201

MidWestern Pickers Grand Opening was held


The day was perfect, a nice crowd and the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce was pleased to sponsor the Midwestern Pickers & Flea Market Ribbon Cutting.

Midwestern Pickers offers a building full of antiques and collectibles: anything from old dishes to cameras, railroad memorabilia, farming tools, toys, kitchen utensils, signs, posters, etc.

On the outside of the building spaces are available for vendors to set up and offer their wares. Friday one of the vendors setting up had came from Troy, Il.

For additional information, please call Lori or Bud at 618-322-2527

pictured  are Mayor Rex Barbee, Sue Rose, City Manager Bill Gruen, Leonard Rose, Chamber President Brian Gansauer, Jennifer Grasher, M.P. Owner Lori Ferris, Tabitha Meador ( Rep. Cavaletto office), M.P. Manager Bud Miller, Mark Decker ( Rep. Cavaletto office), Econ. Dir. Jeanne Gustafson and Carol Ferguson.

New Summer hours and Karaoke every Wednesday night

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Computer Classess offered at Kaskaskia College

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New face at Chaney & Karch Insurance

The Salem Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the new Office Manager of Chaney & Karch Insurance to Salem.

Jennifer Grasher a Licensed Insurance Producer is the new face you will see at Chaney & Karch Insurance. Jennifer is from the Centralia area and began working at Chaney & Karch in April.  Stop by and welcome Jennifer to the Salem area. Chaney & Karch is located at 724 West Main in Salem. You may contact their office at 548-9009

library to host Book Signing

Bryan-Bennett Library will launch its “Ask the Expert” series and host a book signing by Dr. Keith Driscoll with his book “Transformed”. May 28th at 6:30-7:30 pm.

Also Jane Wayer of Modern Woodmen of America and Darren Dwyer of Edward Jones will be the featured experts for the Illinois State Library’s DASH for the STASH campaign. They will be available to answer area residents questions about investing options. For more information please contact Kim Keller at the library 548-3006