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 or contact Pat Ringen at (574) 946-3432.


Submitted by the Pulaski County Public Library


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Banned books, pumpkin painting, senior care among library's October programs

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for October.

All events will take place at the Winamac branch unless otherwise noted. For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

Civic Players to present Agatha Christie mystery/comedy

LOGANSPORT - The Civic Players of Logansport will stage the Agatha Christie mystery/comedy And Then There Were None the weekend of Oct. 9-10-11, at McHale Performing Arts Center at Logansport High School.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9, 10; with a matinee at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11. All tickets are $10, available at the door or by calling 574-753-4116.

Breast cancer 'Walk for the Cure' Oct. 17

A "Walk for the Cure" to benefit breast cancer research and treatment programs will run from1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Winamac Town Park.

The event will be sponsored by the Pulaski Health Care Center. All are welcome to participate.

Craine Cruise Bicycle Ride Oct. 17

MEDARYVILLE - The 17th annual Crane Cruise, sponsored by the Medaryville Lions Club, will run Saturday, Oct. 17.

The bicycle ride lengths will be from 12 to 50 miles on flat, paved rural roads (helmets are required). Registration will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Lions Building in Medaryville. Maps will be available.

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent

Pulaski County's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in August, down from 4.3 percent in July, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Sept. 21). The rate was 5.1 percent a year ago. The county has 6,197 employed persons in a labor force of 6,439. Last month those numbers were  6,229 of 6,509.

The state's August unemployment rate dipped to 4.6 percent (seasonally adjusted, down from 4.7 percent in July. The August 2014 rate was 5.8 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to  5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in July. A year ago, the national rate was 6.1 percent.

Genealogical Society announces logo contest

The Pulaski County Genealogical Society has announced a logo contest open to all students, artists and inspired community members.

The Genealogical Society is seeking a visual identity and logo that is creative and professional. The logo should be easily recognizable and help promote the organization's mission, "to encourage and dispense genealogical knowledge and cultivate fraternal relations among its members."

New 4-H enrollment dates for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment will start on Oct. 1 and run through Jan. 15, 2016.  

New and current 4-H members may enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment card at any of the local schools or the Extension Office.  There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H.  Mini 4-H members are exempt. 

Registration open for spring semester at Ivy Tech

Admissions, financial aid and advising staffs ready to help new students

KOKOMO - Registration for spring semester classes at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region has opened, and now is a great time to get ready to begin a journey in higher education.

“Perhaps a potential student wasn’t able to get started at Ivy Tech this fall but wants to have everything in place when classes begin Jan. 11,” said Fran Hardin, director of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center on the Kokomo Campus.

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer nominations now open

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and the Pulaski County Bicentennial Committee has announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public.

Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.


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Hoosier lawmakers respond to Boehner’s decision to step down

INDIANAPOLIS – Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation responded Friday to the news that Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, would be resigning both as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and his seat in Congress by thanking him for his service and his friendship.

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, in some ways set the tone.

Hoosier politicians part of the crowd for Pope’s address

INDIANAPOLIS – Several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation welcomed and applauded Pope Francis’ address to Congress Thursday morning (Sept. 24), even though he spoke about such divisive issues as immigration, income inequality, climate change and the death penalty.

It was the first time in American history that a pontiff addressed Congress. The significance of the moment was not lost on Hoosier politicians.

Subaru announces plans for $140 million plant expansion in Lafayette

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday (Sept. 21) Subaru of Indiana Automotive has expansion plans and as many as 1,204 jobs will be created by 2017.

“Last week’s meetings with government leaders and business executives across Japan have strengthened our economic ties with companies operating in Indiana and sparked momentum for job creation in the Hoosier State,” said Pence in a statement. “Subaru chose Indiana as the home for its only assembly plant outside Japan, and now the company is choosing Indiana once more.”  

Unemployment continues to drop in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since 2007 in August. 

The unemployment rate now sits at 4.6 percent. That’s down from 4.7 percent in July.

Walorski votes against Iranian nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement Friday (Sept. 11) after voting against H.R. 3461, to Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran:


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Reality Store is a reality check for 8th graders

Many young people don’t know what they want to be in life, but many have a good idea of what type of life they want to live in relation to material goods and technology.

Reality Store provides students with the chance to learn about careers, and envision their life at age 28. This experience quickly becomes a reality check for many. 

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance CEO named one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

Internationally known philanthropy expert Michael Chatman has named Indiana Philanthropy Alliance CEO Marissa Manlove one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, a list of honorees that includes such well-known philanthropy leaders as Oprah Winfrey, Bette Midler, and Gates Foundation President Sue Desmond Hellmann. 

Five injured in one-car accident

WINAMAC - Three children and two women were air-lifted to area hospitals late Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), following a one-car accident northeast of Winamac.

The Pulaski County 911 Center received a call at 4:56 p.m., advising of the accident on CR 400 N, neary CR 350 E.

BraunAbility acquired by Patricia Industries

WINAMAC - Patricia Industries (“Patricia”), a division of Investor AB (“Investor”) focused on private companies, has signed an agreement to acquire BraunAbility, the industry leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts.

Investor is the Sweden-based investment company founded by the Wallenberg family over 100 years ago.

Murphy, Lawson work to protect residents against securities fraud

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and State Senator Ed Charbonneau met with the Pulaski County Prosecutor, Daniel Murphy last week (Sept. 17) to discuss their ongoing efforts to protect  Pulaski County residents against the various types of securities fraud.  

Currently, Murphy and Lawson are jointly involved in the prosecution of Joshua Ader of Seattle, Wash. on security fraud charges.  

Vanderaa resigns coroner's position

Pulaski County Coroner Steve Vanderaa is stepping down from his position, effective Oct. 1

Blair Todd, chairman of the Pulaski County Republican Committee, has called a caucus Monday evening (Sept. 28) to select a new coroner.

Bicentennial Legacy project approved for Pulaski County Quilters

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its September meeting at the Lake County Public Library on Sept. 18. There were 80 Legacy Projects approved this round, one of which is in Pulaski County.

Quilters of Pulaski County will complete a “Quiltessential Pulaski County” project.

Winamac Community HS senior named Commended National Merit Scholar

WINAMAC - Winamac Community High School Principal Rick DeFries announced Monday (Sept. 21) that Madeline R. Murray has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

New event center breaks ground near Francesville

FRANCESVILLE - Local officials, contractors and business owners broke ground Friday (Sept. 18) at the site of the future Meadow Springs - A Place for Celebrations, at the corner of U.S. 421 and SR 114, south of Francesville.

Meadow Springs is soon to be the area's newest and largest venue - a full-service event center with two conference/banquet rooms. The project has been financed, in part, by the Pulaski County Revolving Loan Fund and the Regional Development Company.