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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

67 seniors to receive diplomas at West Central HS May 24

FRANCESVILLE - The 47th annual commencement exercises at West Central High School will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday (May 24), in the school gymnasium.

The program will open with a baccalaureate service, sponsored by the West Central Ministerial Association, followed by the commencement ceremonies at 2:30 p.m.

 
County Memorial Day Service, Monday, May 25

Service also planned at Francesville

The annual county Memorial Day Service will begin at 11 a.m., Monday (May 25), on the courthouse lawn, Winamac.

Cathy Fritz, of the WinamacAmerican Legion, will be master of ceremonies. Speaker will be Thomas Fanning of Michigan. Pastor Ruth Waite of the Star City Methodist Church will serve as chaplain, giving the opening and closing prayers. The American Legion and VFW auxiliaries will place wreaths at the war memorials.

 
Winamac Community HS commencement May 29

WINAMAC - Commencement exercises at Winamac Community High School will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, May 29, in the school gymnasium. Diplomas will be presented to 90 seniors.

Speakers will be Class of 2015 Valedictorian Hannah DeGroot and Salutatorian Francesca Niewiadomski. The program will also include the tradition of awarding several community scholarships. 

 
Elder L.E.A.D. workshop begins June 8

Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS), Inc. will hold a three-part workshop for persons age 60 or over, or personnel who work with the elderly.

The workshops will take place:  Mondays June 8, 15, and 22 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. (ET) at PCHS, 115 W Pearl St. Winamac. Lunch will be provided.

 
Big and Rich, KC & the Sunshine Band and Indigo Girls highlight the Indiana State Fair Free Stage

INDIANAPOLIS –What’s better than a free concert? A free concert held at the 2015 Indiana State Fair during the Year of the Farmer presented by DOW AgroSciences.

From the funky beats of Morris Day & The Time, to the anthem classics from the Village People and the great country hits from Craig Morgan; every fan will be singing aloud during the summer nights of the State Fair.

 
May library program topics include, protecting identity, nature photography, vision screening

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

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.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent in March

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in March, down from 5.7 percent in February, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday (April 22). The rate was 6.3 percent a year ago. The county has 6069 employed persons in a labor force of 6395. Last month those numbers were 6,047 of 6,410.

The state's March unemployment rate dipped to 5.8 percent, down slightly from 5.9 percent in February. The March 2014 rate was 6.0 percent. The U.S. rate remained steady at 5.5 percent, the same as February. A year ago, the national rate was 6.6 percent.

 
'Moonlight Over the Tippy' bike ride June 5

WINAMAC - The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will sponsor a "Moonlight Over the Tippy" bike ride from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 5.

The ride will begin and end at the Winamac Train Depot where participants can ride up to 20 miles (roundtrip). A sag stop (turnaround point) will be located near Thornhope.

 
YMCA golf outing postponed to June 27

The Pulaski Family YMCA  golf outing Saturday, April 25 at Mystic Hills Golf Club has been postponed to Saturday, June 27

Cost is $50 a person with four-person teams. Cost includes green fees (18 holes), cart, refreshments, and contests of longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin.

 
Ivy Tech Kokomo sets Certified Production Technician course

Training program prepares students for advanced manufacturing jobs

KOKOMO - Registration is open for a 10-week training program offered by Ivy Tech Community College that prepares students for certification in the advanced manufacturing skills needed to succeed in the high-growth, technical jobs of the 21st Century. The program will run four days a week from April 27 to June 30. 

 
 

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Get outside this Memorial Day weekend

INDIANAPOLIS - DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for Memorial Day weekend,

For picnics and other day-use gatherings, a few shelters at locations statewide remain available. Shelters not reserved 48 hours in advance are open on a free, first-come, first-served basis on the day of arrival.

 
BMV audit finds lack of centralized oversight caused fee errors, other problems

INDIANAPOLIS – An external audit of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles blames a lack of “centralized authority or oversight” for recent problems that have forced the agency to refund millions of dollars to Hoosiers.

In a 40-page report, the auditing group BKD listed eight key areas in which the BMV administration has been lacking. Most of the issues focused on ineffective or outdated technology used to manage BMV information.

 
Pence signs budget $31 billion, two-year budget bill

LEBANON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence signed a two-year, $31.3 billion state budget into law on Thursday (May 7) surrounded by kids at Perry Worth Elementary School in Hendricks County.

The bill means $460 million more for public schools and private school vouchers plus another $20 million in extra funding for charter schools.

 
Controversial common construction wage bill signed by Pence into law

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Wednesday that eliminates the state’s common wage system – a move supporters say will make public projects cheaper and critics complain will depress pay for construction workers.

The change means market forces will determine the pay for workers on projects worth $350,000 or more.

 
How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers handed Gov. Mike Pence wins on nearly every piece of his legislative agenda during the 2015 session that ended April 29.

It was almost a sweep. And even some legislators seemed surprised by how well the Republican governor – who just weeks ago seemed crippled by a furor over a religious freedom bill – finished.

 
 

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West Central seniors honored at Awards Night

FRANCESVILLE - West Central High School seniors were recognized for various academic, attendance and honor roll awards, and scholarships at the Senior Awards program, Monday evening (May 18), at the high school.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24.

 
Community Foundation’s nonprofit series ends

A webinar series provided by the Pulaski County Community Foundation at no charge for local nonprofits was recently concluded.  

Ten people representing four local organizations attended the sessions on topics including best practices, applications and interviews, hiring, employee manuals, correcting performance issues, and termination.

 
Woman fatally stabbed; charges pending against person of interest

WINAMAC - A woman was fatally stabbed late Sunday evening near Winamac, and Pulaski County police report that murder charges have been filed against her husband.

Police also report the stabbing resulted from a domestic disturbance that was fueled by alcohol.

 
Body found in rubble of Medaryville explosion

Updated

MEDARYVILLE – The body of a woman was found in the debris of a fire, following an apparent house explosion northwest of Medaryville Saturday morning (May 16).

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office has positively identified thecvictim as the homeowner: Nancy A. Jendrasziewicz, 53. An autopsy performed 
today (May 18) in Tippecanoe County indicated that Mrs. Jendraszieicz died of smoke inhalation.
 
Winamac, West Central prepare for May graduation activities

Valedictorians, Salutatorians announced

A total of 157 seniors will receive diplomas at Winamac Community and West Central high schools at commencement ceremonies this month. .

Commencement at West Central will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24, honoring 67 graduates; while graduation at Winamac will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 29 for 90 graduating seniors.

 
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 announced Friday (May 15) 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.

 
57 Winamac seniors earn awards

WINAMAC - Fifty-seven Winamac Community High School seniors were recognized for various academic and athletic awards, honor roll, and scholarships at the Senior Awards program, Monday evening (May 11), at the high school socialtorium.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 29.

 
West Central board studies state's new school budget formula

FRANCESVILLE - The projected 2016 and 2017 school budget formula recently approved by the Indiana state legislature was reviewed by the West Central School Board at its meeting Thursday (May 7).

The school formula projections estimate a decrease to the school system's general fund by $300,000 for 2016.

 
Indiana launches revamped IN.gov website

INDIANAPOLIS - The State of Indiana today announced the launch of the revamped IN.gov and my.IN.gov.

The revised site is geared toward mobile users and offers a new feature that enables users to personalize content via my.IN.gov.

 
Link Environmental, Two Guys to partner

WINAMAC - Link Environmental Equipment, provider of environmental equipment and service for the waste and recycling industries, has announced its new partnership with Two Guys Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Two Guys Mechanical, a locally-owned business with over 20 years of experience in millwright, mechanical and industrial maintenance industries, will manage the Link Service department.