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


Local News Briefs

Health Department to offer Flu Shot Clinic Sept. 30-Oct. 2

The Pulaski County Health Department will hold a Flu Shot Clinic Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, at its offices at 125 S. Riverside Dr., Winamac.

The Clinic is open to children and adults on a first-come, first-served basis. The U.S. CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all persons ages six-months and older receive a flu shot.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County to hold Poverty Training Sept. 30

In Pulaski County, around 13 percent of the population lives at poverty level. In the state of Indiana, 1 in 5 children go hungry every day. In order to learn how to help meet this great need, one must first understand poverty.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County will hold a Poverty Simulation at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus in Winamac. This is a free educational event and dinner will be provided. 

CASA seeking volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected children

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Pulaski County is in need of volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the legal system.

CASA volunteers are specially trained and provide information that helps judges make informed and timely decisions about what is best for an abused or neglected child, whether it be foster care, reuniting with parents, or adoption. 

Ivy Tech Corporate College to offer Professional Food Manager course

KOKOMO - Ivy Tech Corporate College will offer multiple opportunities to take its two-session Certified Professional Food Manager Course in Logansport, Kokomo, Peru, Tipton, Wabash, and Winamac between now and next June.

The eight-hour instructor-led training course is designed to lead to the CPFM certification for participants.

New 4-H enrollments dates listed for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment will start on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 15, 2015. 

New and current 4-H members can 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.

Next Mobile Food Pantry visit Oct. 3

The next visit of the Food Finders Mobile Pantry will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3, at 229 S. Bill St., Francesville..

This food give away day is sponsored by the Food Finders Food Bank of Lafayette.

Pillowcase for Riley Sew Oct. 4

Another Pillowcase Sew for Riley Children's Hospital will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at Bethel Bible Church on SR 14 and  CR 700 W in Winamac.

Those wishing to participate should bring a sewing machine and a covered dish. All interested participants are welcome to attend as pinners, ironers and trimmers are needed as well as sewers. 

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.2% in August

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in August, down from 4.4 percent in July, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Sept. 22). The rate was 6.0 percent a year ago. The county has 6,588 employed persons in a labor force of 6,878. Last month those numbers were 6,597 of 6,899.

The state's August rate dipped to 5.8 percent (seasonally adjusted), down from 5.9 percent in July. The August 2013 rate was 7.5 percent. The U.S. rate slipped to 6.1 percent, from 6.2 percent (seasonally adjusted) in July. A year ago, the national rate was 7.2 percent.

Voter registration closes Oct. 6

Also, register to vote on 'new app'

Voter registration closes Monday, Oct. 6 for the fall General Election.

Early (absentee) voting will run from Tuesday, Oct. 7 through 12 noon, Monday, Nov. 3. Hours will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. Saturday voting will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Early voting will be conducted at the courthouse in Winamac.

JA to hold 'pulled pork' dinner Oct. 30

Pulaski County Junior Achievement will sponsor a pulled pork dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday (Oct. 30), in the west gravel lot by the football field at Winamac Community High School.

The cost of each meal is $5 and will include a pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, apple, cookie and drink.

Civic Players season tickets now on sale

LOGANSPORT - Season tickets for the Civic Players of Logansport 2014-15 season are now on sale.

The season includes “Frankenstein” in September, just in time to kick off the Halloween season; the very funny “Lottie & Bernice Show” in March 2015; and the musical “Chicago” in June 2015. Season tickets can be purchased for $30, with discounts for seniors and students.


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Indiana’s use of renewable energy up over past decade

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers are using significantly more energy from renewable sources – including biofuels and wind – than they were just 10 years ago, a Purdue University expert told lawmakers Tuesday.

But the total amount of energy coming from those sources in the state remains small and less than the national average.

2014′s most and least happy states in Americal

Indiana is the 10th least happy state

By Richie Bernardo

financial writer for WalletHub

The question of whether money can buy happiness has continually baffled humanity. The ideal, morally principled response might be “no.” But money can indeed buy happiness — that is, up to a certain dollar amount.

A comprehensive study of the topic suggests that life satisfaction, one of the two main components of happiness besides emotional well-being, increases as income rises but only up to $75,000. Beyond that, money makes little difference in a person’s overall happiness.

Pence administration earmarks $344,000 more for domestic violence

INDIANAPOLIS – Forty-three domestic violence programs across Indiana will be eligible to receive $344,000 in additional funding under a plan the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced Monday (Sept. 22).

The money will come on top of $2.55 million the ICJI board has approved for the groups so far this fiscal year and another $1.1 million that the board has also agreed to set aside.

State to spend $1.3 million on campaign to reduce infant mortality

INDIANAPOLIS – The state will spend $1.3 million on a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing Indiana’s rate of infant deaths, which is among the highest in the nation.

A combination of television, radio, online, transit and other ads will launch next month with messages meant to encourage breastfeeding and prenatal care and discourage pregnant women and parents from smoking, using drugs, and sleeping with their babies.

30 counties to be reimbursed for snow storm costs

INDIANAPOLIS – More than a million dollars in federal grants will be awarded to 30 Indiana counties to help pay for damages, debris removal and other expenses caused by the Jan. 5-9 storm.

Pulaski County is not one of the 30 counties to receive funds, but neighboring White, Jasper and Fulton counties are.

$1.6 million grant awarded for State Fairgrounds’ new Pedestrian Plaza

Project underway, expected completion in spring 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Work has begun on a new capital improvement project at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that will create a new gateway for visitors walking into the recently renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The Pedestrian Plaza project will slow vehicular traffic immediately in front of the Coliseum; enhance the area’s appearance; and provide new space for special activities before and after Coliseum events.


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EPCS Board okays $14 million facilities improvements project

By Karen Clem Fritz

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board voted its approval Monday evening to proceed with an estimated $14 million school facilities improvement project, which might begin as early as spring 2015, and will encompass improvements to learning environments, infrastructure, and safety at the three school facilities – and result in little impact on the tax levy.

The action came following a public hearing on the proposed project which featured presentations from Gilbraltar Design of Indianapolis on the scope of the project, and Curt Pletcher of Umbaugh and Associates of Mishawaka on the financial impact.

Warm weather boosts harvest

LANSING, MICH. - The warm and dry weather last week helped to make the fields accessible for Indiana farmers to continue harvesting crops, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Great Lakes Region.

Average temperatures for the week ending Sept. 28 ranged from 57 to 68 degrees, and from 6 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal.

New Budget Notices Website launched

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has created and launched a new statewide budget notice website,, that will provide taxpayers with the ability to view local government budget notices in one central online location.

These notices can be viewed any time, day or night once submitted by the local units. Additionally, if a taxpayer wants to look at the budget notices for multiple areas, they can now do so using this one centralized location.

Fall Festival event winners announced


FRANCESVILLE - Grand marshals of the annual Francesville Fall Festival parade were the directors of the Humanitarian Distribution Center of Francesville. The HDC is a Christian not-for-profit regional food bank.

Saturday's parade also honored Catherine Hahn, Festival "Bake Queen," who has contributed many baked goods to the Festival's annual auction for decades.

Walorski votes in favor of amendment to combat ISIL

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement after voting in favor an amendment to H.J. Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for 2015 that gives Congressional authorization to assist and train carefully vetted members of the Syrian opposition.

The amendment passed the House of Representatives Wednesday (Sept. 17) by a vote of 273-156.

PCCF holds annual celebration of local philanthropy

Under the backdrop of a new wall mural, Pulaski County Community Foundation donors, grantees, and board members came together to recognize local philanthropy Sept. 8, at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School.

The evening also celebrated the 100th  year birthday of community foundations across the country.

Who's on my election ballot?

Early September traditionally kicks-off the election campaign season. Voters have less than two months to familiarize themselves with the offices up for the fall election and the candidates hoping to fill them.

Election contests include U.S. Congress (Dist. 2), three state offices (secretary of state, auditor and treasurer), State Representative (Dist. 16), several county offices, Winamac Town Council; Culver, Eastern Pulaski and West Central school boards, and township offices.

The U.S. "mid-term" General election will be Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Lilly Endowment Offers $500,000 to Pulaski County

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a sixth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative for Indiana community foundations. The new phase includes a total of $66 million dollars across the state, covering every county and 94 community foundations.

The Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) is eligible to receive up to $500,000 under GIFT Phase VI, based on the county’s population.

Digital Disaster Prep: Are you ready?

CHICAGO - Smartphones offer a world of knowledge and information at your fingertips. Keeping your phone at hand is second nature, so why not take the time to turn it into a life-saving device in times of emergencies? 

Disaster preparedness begins with knowing your risks, making a communications plan and having an emergency supply kit with essentials such as water, food, flashlights and medications.

Secretary of state, county officials clean up voter rolls

INDIANAPOLIS – State officials have identified more than 700,000 voter records in Indiana that either need to be updated or made inactive because they are no longer valid.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson said the voter list refresh project – which has included mailing more than 5 million postcards to Hoosiers – is meant to make voting more secure and to provide a more accurate look at voter participation.

JA raises over $5,000 at golf classic

Junior Achievement serving Pulaski County raised over $5,000 for financial education programs for area youth during its annual golf classic at Mystic Hills Golf Club earlier this summer.

Members of the JA board of directors worked hard soliciting friends, family, colleagues, and businesses to recruit teams to play in the event, securing sponsorships, and collecting prizes to support this annual fundraiser. Area coordinator, Julie Dyson, was thrilled to have 17 teams sign up to play for JA.