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Summer reading continues to be the largest program of the year at the Pulaski County Public Library. After breaking the all-time circulation record in June of 2012, the library's board of trustees decided to increase the summer hours at the Winamac library for the 2013 program. Library patrons were receptive to the increased hours. 

The Children’s Summer Reading program theme was, Dig Into Reading, and the Teen theme was, Beneath the Surface. The Winamac and Medaryville libraries had 379 participants in the 8-1/2 week summer reading program. They earned over 20,000 points for all of their efforts.

The Most Points prize winners were: 

  • Ages 3-5: Coleman Hickman
  • Ages 6-8: Austin Crissinger
  • Ages 9-10: Jonathan Crissinger
  • Ages 11-12: Parker Burns
  • Ages 13-15:Kalei Rak
  • Ages 16-18:Cassie Hurlburt

Grand Prize entries were received for attending summer programs or by reading the Book Club books - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda or Ashfall. The Grand Prize winners: Ages 3-12: Danica Kistler   Ages 13-18: Rusty Meaux

Dig into Reading and Beneath the Surface ended with a Summer Reading Awards and Pizza Party on Thursday, July 25. Over 120 people attended this special event.  A Readers Reception was also held at Medaryville on Friday, July 26 with 25 in attendance.

The Adult Summer Reading program was titled, Groundbreaking Reads. There were 144 adults participating in the program.  Several adults participated in the Library Bingo competition, which explored a variety of services available at the Library.  Adult grand prize winners, Crystal Young and Jon Crissinger; each won an Amazon Kindle e-reader. 

Library officials thank the following businesses for their generous donations: Applebee’s, Casey’s General Store, Conncepts, Dairy Queen, Family Express, Gilsinger Implement Company, Good Oil Inc., Indiana Beach, Isis Theatre, Doug and Lisa Malchow, McDonalds, Murphy Law Office, The Patio, Pizza Hut, Sanders, Subway, Town of Medaryville, Braun Chrysler Dodge Jeep, and the YMCA. 

They also thank everyone involved in making summer reading so successful:  parents, library staff, sponsors, teachers, Rick Dilts (park manager) for use of the park shelter and, of course, the summer readers.

 
 
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Local News Briefs

Pack-a-Backpack donation drop-off Aug. 6

The annual donation drop-off for Pulaski County Pack-a-Backpack, Inc. will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at the NAPA parking lot, Winamac (US 35 South).

Anyone wishing to donate school supply items for the project may drop them off at this time. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

 
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.

 
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 www.cfopc.org.

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 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.

 
'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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
 

Fair News

2016 Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 5-21

INDIANAPOLIS - The 2016 Indiana State Fair will celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial  with two-and-a-half miles of food and fun, 10 acres of thrills, rides and games, 17 days of FREE Stage stars - and hundreds of events and programs

The Indiana State Fair returns to honor youth, agriculture and education in an entertaining and fun environment. The fair runs Aug. 5-21, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds; 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis.

 
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. 

 

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Indiana News

Some Indiana delegates to DNC join protest for Sanders

PHILADELPHIA — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday, but the historic outcome pushed hundreds of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, supporters to protest.

Of Indiana’s 92 votes, Clinton received 48 votes, leaving Sanders behind with 43 votes. Sanders won the Indiana primary, but the state’s superdelegates, who can cast a vote for any candidate they wish, put Clinton over the top.

 
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.

 
 

Post News

Pulaski County's June unemployment rate at 4.4%

Pulaski County's unemployment rate rose a tick in June, up to 4.4 percent, from 4.3 percent in May, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (July 25). The rate was 4.3 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,385 employed persons in a labor force of 6,681. Last month those numbers were 6,433 of 6,719. A year ago the numbers were 6,203 of 6,480.

 
Indiana ends 2016 fiscal year with record reserves

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Auditor Suzanne Crouch detailed the state’s financial footing Monday (July 25) following the close of the 2016 fiscal year, and said Indiana ended with the most reserves in history.

“Hoosiers deserve to know their hard-earned dollars are being spent in a responsible manner,” said Holcomb in a statement. 

 
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.