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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

Absentee/Early Voting continues through May 2

The Indiana Primary Election is Tuesday, May 3.

Pulaski County Clerk Christi Hoffa has released information regarding absentee (early) voting, and the new county vote centers in preparation for the election.

 
National Day of Prayer observance May 5

Ministers of the Association of Churches of Pulaski County have planned a National Day of Prayer observance from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac.

This year’s theme is "Wake up, America!" All are welcome to attend.

 
Music Jam May 6 at Opera House

WINAMAC - A country-gospel-bluegrass "music jam" will run from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the Vurpillat Opera House, downtown Winamac.

All interested musicians are welcome to participate (acoustic instruments only). The event will feature a dance floor, beverages, snacks and a 50/50 drawing.

 
Human Services to offer Elder LEAD program in May

Individuals age 65 and older, as well as their caregivers, are encouraged to take advantage of a free consumer education program, Elder LEAD, to be offered at Pulaski County Human Services in Winamac.

Currently in its second pilot phase, this statewide initiative promotes health and wellness among our older Hoosiers.

 
Special blood drive to honor local radio personality Tom Berg

KNOX – Local radio DJ and host of the WKVI morning show, Tom Berg, hopes that anyone eligible to donate blood will do so at a blood drive next month in his honor.

The drive will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. (CT), Tuesday, May 3 at the Our Redeemer Church, Knox.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate improves in March

Pulaski County's unemployment rate improved in March, dipping to 5.6 percent, down from 5.9 percent (adjusted) in February, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (April 18). The rate was 4.7 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,041 employed persons in a labor force of 6,397. Last month those numbers were 5,903 of 6,270 (revised). A year ago the numbers were 5,990 of 6,283.

 
Property taxes due May 10

The Pulaski County Treasurer Lynette Wilder has announced that property tax statements are scheduled to be mailed March 29.

For convenience, property taxes, which are due May 10, (first installment), may be paid at any of several locations.

 
Red Cross to accept blood donations May 17 in Francesville

The next visit of the Red Cross to collect blood donations in Pulaski County will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at the First Christian Church, Francesville.

The American Red Cross encourages the community to make an appointment to give blood in May and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent 

 
Spring Garden Fair May 28

WINAMAC - A Spring Garden Fair in downtown Winamac will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 during Memorial Day weekend.

The event will celebrate gardening, food, creativity and the fun of the season. It will feature vendors, music, food, plants, antiques, crafts and downtown shopping.

 
Library's April events include Preservation Week programs

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for April. They include a voter training session, making coasters from Scrabble pieces, a safe sleep program for young children, a mussel exhibit, a workshop on the basics of home lending, Preservation Week programs - and more adult coloring.

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

 
 

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First Lady Karen Pence unveils watercolor paintings

Prints part of exhibition celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial

INDIANAPOLIS – First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial Ambassador, joined Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Tuesday (April 26) at the newly-named Indiana Arts Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to unveil three of 16 watercolor prints created by the First Lady.

The full 16-print collection will be displayed in the Indiana Arts Building to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial during the Indiana State Fair, which runs from Aug. 5 to 21.

 
What to know before heading to the polls

INDIANAPOLIS — The May primary election is just days away. Here’s what to know before heading to the polls.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m on May 3. The Indiana Voters website can be used to give directions to the nearest polling place and likely can clear up many other questions about voters’ rights.

 
Once in a lifetime chance to see famous Indiana landscape paintings

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana Historical Society will give Hoosiers a chance to view the landscapes of Indiana through the brush of one of the state’s most iconic artists.

“Indiana Impressions: The Art of T.C. Steele” exhibition is a part of the historical society’s celebration of the Indiana bicentennial. Art experts consider Steele to be the best known Indiana landscape artist.

 
Stutzman, Young go head to head in Senate debate

INDIANAPOLIS — The two Republicans in the primary race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat tried to set themselves apart during a debate Monday night (April 18).

Republican Sen. Dan Coats will retire from Congress at the end of his term. Now U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who currently represents Indiana's 3rd district, and U.S. Rep. Todd Young, who currently represents the state's 9th district, are vying for the seat.

 
Farmers to receive property tax relief

INDIANAPOLIS — Tractors parked outside the Statehouse Friday (April 8) as farmers joined the governor for a ceremonial signing of bills designed to help Indiana’s agricultural economy.

The governor’s office said Senate Bill 238 will help make local soil and water conservation districts more impactful when it comes to watersheds and areas of conservation. SB 308 provides property tax relief for farmers. Gov. Mike Pence signed both pieces of legislation into law last month.

 
 

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Winamac Council votes to establish park board

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council voted to establish a park and recreation board during a special session Thursday evening (April 28).

Some board members, however, continued to express unease over the creation of the new board, especially in ceding some of their authority to another entity.

 
Tippecanoe Township Democrats elect new trustee

MONTEREY - At a called township caucus Wednesday (April 27), the residents of Tippecanoe Township elected Martie J. White as the new township trustee by acclamation. 

County Clerk Christi Hoffa was present to administer the oath of office immediately following the vote.

 
Indiana Primary May 3: 'Who's on My Ballot?

The Indiana Primary Election will be Tuesday, May 3.

Who will be on your Pulaski County Democrat or Republican ballots? The list follows:

 
Work begins on Pulaski County Jail Garden

 Pulaski County inmates and correctional officers began work April 19 at the Pulaski County Jail Garden.

The garden is located at the Pleasant View Rest Home property, which is the previous site of the county home. 

 
West Central HS names 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian

FRANCESVILLE – Valedictorian Jerod Putt and Salutatorian Vanessa Murray will lead the Class of 2016 down the aisle at commencement ceremonies next month at West Central High School.

Jerod is the son of Brian and Tami Putt of Francesville, and Vanessa is the daughter of John and Jessica Murray, also of Francesville.

 
Summer Bookmobile to serve West Central Elementary School families

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central Elementary School Title I Department has announced that the Summer Bookmobile program will continue.

The Pulaski County Library has agreed to help sponsor books for this program. This donation from the county library along with funds from the Title I grant will help to purchase best-selling adult books as well as books for all reading levels and tubs in which to store books.

 
New Purdue exhibit flexes Indiana's mussels

WINAMAC - Newly arrived at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac is a dynamic, interactive Purdue University exhibit about the unsung heroes of the Tippecanoe River - freshwater mussels.

A reception to open the exhibit was held Friday evening. Special guests included State Sen. Ed Charbonneau and State Rep. Eric Gutwein.

 
Winamac Town Council holds first reading on parks and recreation board ordinance

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council held a first reading on a new ordinance to establish a Park and Recreation Board at its April meeting.

Reorganizing the current park board to meet state code will open up opportunities for grant funding that isn't currently available to the community, and could prove helpful for the town’s swimming pool rebuilding project, as well as other park and recreation programs.

 
Pulaski County Sheriff's staff trained to administer 'Narcan'

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office deputies and correctional officers participated in training Friday (April 15) on the administering of Naloxone, a tool to reverse opioid overdoses.

The ability to have this potential lifesaving tool in the hands of law enforcement is made possible through a grant from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. The grant allows for the department to receive the training and equipment at no cost to taxpayers.

 
U.S. adult volunteers perform 7.9 billion hours of service worth $184 billion

Each year, thousands of volunteers in Indiana donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live.

These volunteers were among the millions across the country who were spotlighted during the 42nd anniversary of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16.