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  1. Block Grants Encourage Efficiency in Public Buildings

  2. Stat Abstract Connects People to Popular Statistics

  3. November is Month to Raise Diabetes Awareness

  4. Take Time Next Week to Honor American Heroes

Website Offers Tips on Lowering Energy Consumption

Energy-saving devices and practices are on a lot of people’s minds right now, especially as the weather gets colder.  One great resource for tips on how to save energy – and money – is the Department of Energy’s Energy Savers website.  They have a wide range of tips, from cheap and simple to those that require more initial investment.  For example, in the winter, keeping curtains open during the day and closed at night not only brings the sunshine in to heat the house during the day, but helps provide further insulation at night.  Install awnings to help keep direct sunlight out in the summer.  Other tips include those related to insulation, appliances, home electronics, and even driving and car maintenance. 

Ten More Ways We Rely on
the U.S. Census (31-40)

  1. Genealogical research

  2. Creating radius reports for business site location

  3. Researching school projects

  4. Establishing baseline demographics for medical research

  5. Developing adult education programs

  6. Media planning and research, background for news stories

  7. Historical research

  8. Evidence in litigation involving land use

  9. Locating areas eligible for federal housing assistance and rehab loans

  10. Attracting new businesses to an area

Please see Indiana’s Census 2010 website for the complete list of 50 ways we rely on the U.S. Census.

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Block Grants Encourage Efficiency in Public Buildings

Indiana Office of Energy DevelopmentIndiana and the Federal Government are becoming partners in new energy technologies and job opportunities around the State.  The federal government has launched the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  This initiative is intended to create jobs, improve energy efficiencies, and reduce total energy use.  Indiana’s Office of Energy Development (OED) will receive more than $14 million, the majority of which will be used for sub-grants for cities and counties not receiving direct funding.  Some examples of projects include:  LED Traffic Signal retrofits; lighting retrofits for government-owned structures; and Structure Retrofits (excluding lighting) for Government-Owned Structures. More information on the Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program can be found at  For more information, check out the program guidelines or the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Stat Abstract Connects People to Popular Statistics

US Census: Stat AbstractThe Statistical Abstract of the U.S., or “Stat Abstract,” has been published since 1878. When a question comes up about food consumption during a given year, such as the amount of ice cream consumed per capita in 1990, it’s the best thing to turn to. You can also find out that at least three times more patents were issued in California in 2007 than in any other state, most of these for inventions. This resource contains a wealth of statistical information on various topics such as Agriculture, Education, Geography, Health, and Transportation. Statistical sources include the Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Justice, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the CDC, the CIA, and more. The physical book is almost 1,000 pages long; and it’s a valuable addition to any reference shelf. The Stat Abstract is also available electronically via the Census Bureau’s website, along with earlier editions.

November is Month to Raise Diabetes Awareness

American Diabetes Month - November 2009How has Diabetes impacted your life? Perhaps you know someone who has the disease, or maybe you have it yourself. This is a good month to remind yourself and patrons that the disease and its effects can be confronted if we all learn more about it. The American Diabetes Association sponsors American Diabetes Month in November. Visit their website for Diabetes fact sheets, posters, events, and new Eating Right message boards. Check the News and Research section for the latest efforts in prevention, treatment, and developing a cure. If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, see the How to Help page to learn how to get involved. For more information about Diabetes care, see the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Public Health Resource, the USDA’s Diabetes Management in School and Child Care, and the MedlinePlus webpage on Diabetes.

Take Time Next Week to Honor American Heroes

Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2009November 11 is Veterans Day.  Veterans Day has its origins in the ending of World War I.  Although the war didn’t officially end until June 28, 1919, an armistice was proclaimed on November 11, 1918.  In November of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a National Armistice Day in commemoration of those who died during the war.  In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday dedicated to world peace.  It primarily honored veterans of the first World War until 1954.  By this time there were more veterans of WWII than there were of WWI.  The legislation was changed to honor all veterans.

In the 1960s, the Uniform Holiday Bill was passed.  It was designed to ensure that the four big federal holidays – Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day – would always be celebrated on Mondays, thus preserving the three-day weekend and allowing for travel and recreational activities.  In 1971, Veterans Day was on October 25.  An uproar ensued.  Because of the significance of the date November 11, citizens and veterans groups around the country wanted to continue to recognize that day.  In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a law that returned the observance back to its original day.  To this day, Veterans Day is on November 11 every year, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.  According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, it is a “celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

For Indianapolis Veterans Day information, be sure to visit the Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis website.  Hoosier veterans from around the state may also want to visit the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs for information on benefits, GI Bill information, and Governor’s initiatives.  Finally, those who want to know more about history and hear veterans’ stories should visit the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress.