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In the past, privacy could be protected by closing a curtain, sealing a record, or simply choosing not to share one’s information. But in today’s digital environment, more and more of our personal information exists online, available and vulnerable to anyone with prying eyes and access to a computer. This makes individual control over one’s personal information a vital and compelling concern for Americans today.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has established Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, to help libraries work with their communities around these complicated but vital issues. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a freedom that librarians defend every day.

Choose Privacy Week invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

“People who understand how personal data is generated, collected, stored and used are better equipped to take control of their personal data and demand accountability from the agencies and corporations that store and use their information,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Librarians have a long history of protecting the rights of people to read, learn, and be curious, because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. This makes libraries ideal places for people to think and talk about privacy today.

The Pulaski County Public Library is participating in the fourth annual celebration of Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, 2013. The Library will provide interested patrons with a “Privacy Toolkit”, complete with information regarding digital privacy and a statement on library patron privacy. Patrons who visit the Library to obtain a toolkit will be entered into a drawing for two
tickets to the Melody Drive-In Theater.

For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.chooseprivacyweek.org or contact Pat Ringen at (574) 946-3432.

 

Submitted by the Pulaski County Public Library

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Pulaski County unemployment rate 4.7% in August

Pulaski County's unemployment rate rose slightly in August, up to 4.7 percent, from 4.5 percent in July, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (Sept. 22). The rate was 3.9 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,213 employed persons in a labor force of 6,618. Last month those numbers were 6,179 of 6,469. A year ago the numbers were 5,999 of 6,241.

 
Health Department to offer Flu Shot Clinic Oct. 5-7

The Pulaski County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic in Octobrer, open to children and adults on a first-come, first-served basis.

The U.S. CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends a flu shot for anyone age 6 months or older.

 
Chamber holding candle sale fund raiser

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Gold Canyon Candles sale as a fund raiser.

Each candle is $20. Proceeds from the sale will help support Chamber programs.

 
Pulaski County to celebrate Indiana Bicentennial with three-day TorchFest Oct. 7-9

Pulaski County will officially celebrate Indiana's 200th Birthday with a three-day TorchFest the weekend of Oct. 7-9, in downtown Winamac.

The celebration will kick-off with the arrival of the Bicentennial Torch in Pulaski County on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 7.

 
'President Lincoln' to appear at TorchFest Oct. 7

As part of the Indiana Bicentennial TorchFest weekend in Pulaski County, "Abraham Lincoln" will visit Winamac on Friday evening, Oct. 7, to campaign for U.S. President - 1860-style.

The Pulaski County Historical Society has contracted with Famous Hoosiers to have Danny Russel portray Lincoln from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 7, at the Vurpillat Opera House.

 
Friends of Panhandle to hold pork sandwich fund raiser Oct. 8

Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a pull-pork sandwich fund raiser Saturday, Oct. 8, during the Bicentennial TorchFest celebrations.

The boxed meals will be sold for $8 each, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Winamac Corner Deli on Monticello Street.

 
Are you registered to vote?

Voter registration for the November 2016 General Election ends Tuesday, Oct.11, 2016 at the close of the business day if in person at the county clerk’s office, or at midnight if completing an application online.

Those who have not voted in the last four or more years, or who have moved, changed names, or have never registered to vote have several options.

 
PCPL lists September programs, activities

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for September, which include library card sign-up month, coloring circle for adults, a computer class on Mail Merge, craft workshops and banned book discussion.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

 
Harvest progresses slowly

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Mild weather patterns across Indiana last week allowed harvest to progress and farmers to begin planting cover crops, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Temperatures across the state remained above average for the week, which helped to dry out the fields somewhat. The statewide average temperature was 70.3 degrees, 4.1 degrees above normal.

 
Pulaski County Farmers' Market open first, third Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market has been organized this summer on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through October.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in downtown Winamac at the town parking lot on the corner of Logan and Main streets. Vendors are welcome.

 
 

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Indiana Farm Bureau helps 'Pay it Forward' with donation to Indiana FFA Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance have donated $25,000 to the Indiana FFA Foundation.

This is a match for donations to the Pay It Forwardcampaign to retire the original loan on the Indiana FFA Leadership Center and continue to build the Give Hope Annuity which is the fund created to help with future capital projects of the Indiana FFA Leadership Center, located in Trafalgar, Ind.

 
Hoosiers choose covered bridge license plate

INDIANAPOLIS — With more than 330,000 votes cast, Hoosiers have selected a covered bridge design to replace the outgoing bicentennial license plate.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles let Hoosiers choose from three designs.

 
Indiana State Museum seeks photos for Veterans Day exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Museum wants Hoosiers to submit photos of veterans and active military personnel for a special Veterans Day exhibit.

The photographs will be used in a mural at the museum. They also will be posted on the museum's Facebook page.

 
'Bicentennial Visioning Project offers 50 ideas for Indiana's future

INDIANAPOLIS - With less than 100 days until Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday on Dec. 11, Hoosier leaders are looking ahead to the future of Indiana with a new project.

The "Bicentennial Visioning Project" is a book containing 50 ideas from more than 110 thought-leaders and subject-matter experts. The goal is for these ideas to help shape the state’s future.

 
State plan to lease cellphone towers will help rural areas gain better access to broadband

NDIANAPOLIS - The state plans to lease cellphone towers to help increase access to broadband in rural areas and fund bicentennial projects.

According to an agreement, Ohio-based Agile Networks will pay an upfront fee of $50 million. The state then gets a share of the revenue generated, an anticipated $36 million for the first 25 years of the deal.

 
 

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It’s harvest time: All drivers should watch out for slow-moving farm equipment

INDIANAPOLIS - With harvest season officially underway, motorists should expect to see more slow-moving farm equipment from Indiana’s 57,700 farming operations on Hoosier roadways.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana State Police (ISP), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), as well as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), are teaming up for the Be Alert, Slow Down, Share the Road campaign to bring attention to the need for more safety on Indiana’s rural roads.

 
Pulaski County CDC considers possible restructure

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission is considering its future structure and possible reorganization at the suggestion of the county council.

The matter was discussed at the CDC's monthly meeting Sept. 13.

 
Alliance Bank names Pilarski interim president/CEO

FRANCESVILLE-   With the recent loss of Alliance Bank president/CEO, Terry Stevens, Alliance Bank has made some changes, as called for in its succession plan.

The board of directors has announced Shane Pilarski has been named Interim president/CEO.

 
EPCS renovation project nears completion

WINAMAC - The two-year, $14 million renovation project at Eastern Pulaski Community Schools is nearing completion, and the school board heard an update of the final stages of the project at its monthly meeting Sept. 12.

The primary focus of the project is to provide necessary security for the school buildings, an improved, modern learning environment, and updated infrastructure efficiency and reliability.

 
Police chase, detain two Monticello residents near Francesville on burglary, drug charges

FRANCESVILLE - Two Monticello residents were held, and a third suspect is sought, on burglary and drug charges stemming from a police chase in the rural Francesville area, at about 2 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2.

Taken into police custody were Brittany L. Bonnell, 24, and William L. Naydol, 34, both of Monticello.

 
West Central School Board adds four honors math classes to courses weighted for GPA calculations; approves fall drivers education class

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board has given its approval to add four honors mathematics classes to its list of courses for weighted grade calculations.

The action came at its September board meeting Thursday evening (Sept. 1).

 
Winamac Park Board discusses Octagon Pavilion; approves budget, advisory board

WINAMAC - The preservation of the historic octagon pavilion in the Winamac Town Park was discussed by the Winamac Parks & Recreation Board at its September meeting.

Board member Brad Zellers shared that he felt the 1892 octagon pavilion was the most historic part of the park. He suggested that white steel be placed on the outside of the building to preserve the inside.

 
Candidates assist with food pantry event

The Pulaski County Democrats were joined by two state candidates in volunteering to assist with the visit of the Food Finders mobile pantry that visited Pulaski county Friday (Sept. 2).

State Senae Dist. 5 candidate Jim Harper and State Representative Dist. 16 candidate Rich Ludington were part of the crew that served 85 local families.

 
Road funding, rural broadband, hunger relief among issues addressed by Farm Bureau delegates

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 260 delegates from all corners of the state gathered in Indianapolis over the weekend to determine policy positions of Indiana Farm Bureau.

“This is our most important meeting of the year. Our policy is grassroots driven and the August delegate session focuses our advocacy efforts for 2017,” said INFB President Randy Kron.

 
State Bicentennial Commission approves Pulaski County Torch Fest as a legacy project

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its August meeting at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Aug. 19. There were 69 Legacy Projects approved this round, one of which is in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Pulaski County Bicentennial Committee and the Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay; Pulaski County’s past, present, and future; and community pride in downtown Winamac, the county seat.