This version of this article appeared in the 2018 Summer Issue of the Indiana Association of Regional Councils Indiana Association of Regional Councils
May 19, 2017. The tight-knit City of Salem, Indiana was going about Friday as usual. Residents went to work. Children went to school. Businesses opened their doors. The community was preparing for Friday Night on the Square - a popular local event around the historic Washington County Courthouse where vendors and businesses set up and people gather to shop and enjoy each other’s company. Like most communities in the state during springtime, Salem was expecting some seasonal showers in the evening.