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

Community Foundation announces grant cycles

Community nonprofits and youth organizations may soon apply for grant funds through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. Grant applications will be available Aug. 1, at

Community grants for a maximum of $7,500 may be awarded to organizations for charitable programs and projects that serve the Pulaski County community.

Substantial rains bring crop relief

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Scattered rain showers provided enough moisture to alleviate stress to crops in many areas across Indiana last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Farmers continued irrigating fields during the week due to high temperatures and variability in rain coverage. Farmers are concerned about the effect high temperatures may have on pollination.

Purdue Extension to offer class on 'Managing Garden Pests' July 28

Purdue Extension will host at garden class on "Managing Garden Pests" at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at the Extension office in Winamac.

The class, open to all interested, will look at pests in the home garden and different ways to control them. Topics will include pest identification, cultural treatments, and pesticide safety.

Purdue Extension Forestry Field Day July 30

KNOX - Purdue Extension will host a Forestry Field Day Saturday July 30, in Knox.

Foresters from Purdue University, Indiana DNR and a local consulting forester will present information on topics including forest management, economics of timber sales, and invasive species control.

School begins Aug. 9 at EPCS

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2016-17 school year.

School begins for all students (K-12) on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for a full day. First semester (90 days) will run Aug. 9 to Dec. 21; second semester (90 days) will run Jan. 5 to May 22.

West Central first day of school Aug. 10

FRANCESVILLE - West Central Schools have announced back-to-school information for the 2016-17 school year.

The first day of school for all students will be Wednesday, Aug. 10. First semester will run Aug. 10 to Dec. 21, and second semester will run Jan. 4 to May 23.

'Tippecanoe & Bicycles Too' bike ride Aug. 6

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will hold a "Tippecanoe & Bicyces Too" bicycle ride Saturday, Aug. 6 - offering rides of 12, 28, 44 or 65 miles along the Panhandle path

The mass start begins at 7 a.m., with registration at 6:30 a.m., at the Winamac Railroad Freight Depot.

Ice cream social Aug 6 to honor police, firefighters, emergency workers

WINAMAC - The First Presbyterian Church of Winamac will host an ice cream social to honor Pulaski County police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6.

PCPL July events include watercolors by the lake, Microsoft Excel, Underground Railroad

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for July. They include Water colors by the Lake, Introduction to Microsoft Excel II, the Underground Railroad in Indiana - and yes! - adult coloring

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

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.


Fair News

Buyers pay $120,403 at 4-H Livestock Auction

Buyers paid a total of $120.403.30  at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Thursday evening (July 7) at the Winamac fairgrounds.

The amount was down from last year’s total of $124.456.60. (The 2006 record auction totaled $157,816.46.)

2016 4-H project champions named

Updated; Photos added

Here are the results from 4-H exhibit judgings at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

2016 4-H livestock champions announced

Here are the first results from 4-H livestock judgings at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

More results will be posted as they are received. Over 350 youth in Pulaski County participate in the 4-H program.

Fair Open Class judging results listed

The Open Class exhibits at the Pulaski County fair provide proof that 4-H'ers are not the only ones working hard on creative projects. A total ov 207 open class exhibits (up from last year's 155) were displayed throughout the week inside the Community Building on the fairgrounds.

The Open Class exhibits are sponsored by the Extension Homemakers, but open to all. 

2016 4-H Horse & Pony Show results released

The results of the 4-H Horse & Pony Show competition at the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair have been released.

They are as follows:


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Indiana News

Holcomb to replace Pence on Repbublican gubernatorial ticket

INDIANAPOLIS — The 22-member state central committee met Tuesday and selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the Republican gubernatorial ballot.

Pence address RNC in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Chants of “We like Mike!” filled the room when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduced Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential candidate.

Wednesday night, Pence gave the biggest speech of his political career thus far on the national stage in Cleveland.

Trump picks Indiana's Pence as running mate

INDIANAPOLIS — He’s hired. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced Friday Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate via Twitter, after weeks of speculation and recruiting.

“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.,” Trump wrote in a tweet just before 11 a.m. Thursday.


Post News

Update: Recovery of diesel fuel spilled into Tippecanoe River complete

The recovery of diesel fuel that spilled into the Tippecanoe River has been completed, according to a news release Friday afternoon from the Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency.

There are no restrictions to activities on the river, but recommendations are that all people use universal precautions. The Pulaski County Health Department asks those who choose to boat, canoe, kayak, tube, swim or fish in the river to exercise precautions such as cleaning with soap and water as soon as possible after contact with water in the river.

EPCS Board approves 10-point grading scale

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board approved a new 10-point grading scale at all grade levels, and also approved several personnel items at its monthly meeting Monday evening (July 11).

Superintendent Dan Foster presented the amended grading scale for all buildings for the school board's consideration.

West Central Board approves administrator contracts

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved the 2016-17 administrator contracts for the school system at its monthly meeting Thursday (July 7). The contracts provide no salary increases at this time.

Approval was also given to the Cooperative School Services contracts, as presented.

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearernames, uniforms announced

15 Torch Bearers from Pulaski County named

INDIANAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) executive director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance president and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay state director Noelle Szydlyk  unveiled Wednesday (June 29) the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms. The unveiling took place during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse.

The list includes 15 names from Pulaski County.

Former Congressman Brademas dies

NEW YORK CITY - Indiana native John Brademas, 89, a former majority whip in Congress and former president of New York University, died Monday (July 11) in Manhattan after an illness.

For 22 years he represented north-central Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives (from 1959 to 1981), and later served as president of NYU from 1981-1992.

CTIC names Watts new executive director

WEST LAFAYETTE -  The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has named Chad Watts of Winamac as its new executive director.

Watts joined CTIC in 2012 as project director, leading a range of highly successful conservation programs including the Indian Creek Watershed Project, the Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative and the influential National Cover Crop Survey, which has been cited in Congressional testimony.

Police identify victim of June 9 Francesvilld house fire

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Forensic Lab, has identified the victim who died in a house fire on June 9, in Francesville, as R. Michael Lucas, 66, of Francesville.

The next of kin has been notified by the county coroner. 

CDC hears update on Winamac, Francesville 'Main Street' progress

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) heard an update at its June meeting on the plans of Francesville and Winamac in their pursuit to become Main Street communities.

Civic and business leaders and interested citizens in Francesville and Winamac are in the process of establishing and incorporating 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to become state-recognized as Main Street communities.

WHS/WCHS Alumni Reunion honors Class of 1966

The 37th annual Winamac High School/Winamac Community High Schol Alumni Reunion was held Saturday, June 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Honored guests were 23 members from the 50-year class, the Class of 1966.

Alliance Bank welcomes three new staff members

FRANCESVILLE - Chassidy Sparks, Lila Fritz and Cathy Drake-Seymour recently joined the Alliance Bank team.

Chassidy joined the Alliance Bank team with an extensive customer service background and will be working as a loan assistant. Lila brings her strong administrative background and is joining Alliance Bank’s bookkeeping team. Cathy joins the bank as an accountant, bringing 24 years of accounting and business experience.