Don Fletcher and other residents of New Salem are raising money to put a new roof and siding on the New Salem Union Church, the community's last remaining public building. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen
NEW SALEM – It’s more than a church.
The New Salem Union Church may see little activity these days, but it remains the only public meeting place in the community, and the residents here are prepared to fight to keep it open, but they need help raising funds for necessary repairs.
“It needs a new roof and siding,” explained local resident Don Fletcher. “Once that’s done, then the building should stay here a long time.”
Non-denominational church services are held at the church in New Salem whenever there is a fifth Sunday in a month, which amounts to three times per year. The only revenue it collects is whatever happens to get picked up from the collection plate during those services, although it manages to take care of expenses such as the building’s electric heat and lights.
(For the full story, see the April 23 issue of The Citizen)