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  1. US Mint Features Coin of the Month on Website

  2. State Park Currently Home for Thousands of Cranes

  3. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  4. USPS Offers Service to Simplify Holiday Packaging

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this Holiday Season

The holidays are coming!  Do you know what you’re going to serve your family and guests?  Enjoy the Holiday season and include Indiana’s high-quality meat, dairy, and egg products on your holiday menu for great taste and quick, economical meals! You’ll enjoy a safe, nutritious meal with your family and friends thanks to your local farmer.  By buying locally, not only will you support Hoosier farmers and families, you’ll help the local economy as well. If you are looking for delicious recipe ideas, you can find them on the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Facebook page or you can find ISDA-recommended recipes here.  Most recipes can be adapted for vegetarians or can be modified for a variety of dietary needs. Get cooking and enjoy all the delicious recipes!

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US Mint Features Coin of the Month on Website

US Mint: Coin of the DayEach month, the US Mint chooses a different coin to focus on as its Coin of the Month.  The coin for November 2009 is the Northern Mariana Islands coin.  The last of the DC and US Territories quarters, this quarter features George Washington on one side and a tropical scene on the reverse.  The feature is a great source of introductory information – not only about the coin, but also about the Islands themselves.  The particular focus of this month’s is the geography of the area.  Previous Coins of the Month include the James K. Polk Coin from October and the Guam Coin from May.  While this feature is part of the Mint Kid’s Page, it has a ton of good information for adults, too!  Of course, for grown up information about new coins and medals, you can always visit the US Mint itself.

State Park Currently Home for Thousands of Cranes

Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife AreaIt’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s a crane!  Every year the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area is home to one of the greatest spectacles in nature - the Sandhill Crane migration.  Sandhill cranes are best seen from late September through December; the cranes are at their peak numbers in mid-November.  In fact, as of November 3rd their numbers rose to 10,200. The best times to view these creatures is sunrise, when they fly out of the roosting marshes to Goose Pasture, and sunset, when they socialize before returning to the roosting marshes at dusk. The best place to view and photograph this display is the Goose Pasture Viewing Area.  Those who aren’t sure what the cranes sound like can listen before visiting to get an idea of the amount of ‘socializing’ that takes place. The Wildlife area as well as the Cranes make a magnificent showcase in sight and sound for any nature lover!  For more information about cranes, visit the International Crane Foundation website.   

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAccording to the Lung Cancer Alliance, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  Lung cancer can affect even those who do not smoke – in fact, one in twelve men and one in five women who are diagnosed are non-smokers.  However, the CDC lists smoking as the number one cause of the disease.  Smokers are ten to twenty times more likely to get it than non-smokers.  For further information on the correlation between smoking and lung cancer, your patrons may be interested in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for September 2008: Surveillance for cancers associated with tobacco use – United States, 1999-2004. 

The National Cancer Institute provides a pamphlet entitled What you need to know about lung cancer.  This provides an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and good questions to ask your physician.  Medline Plus also provides concise information and links to other websites that deal with lung cancer.

If you are interested in taking part in Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Lung Cancer Alliance is full of good ideas on how to get involved. 

USPS Offers Service to Simplify Holiday Packaging

USPS Holiday CountdownChristmas commercials are filling the airwaves and that gets people thinking about buying presents for their loved ones.  In many cases, friends and family are far away.  If you can’t make it there this holiday season, chances are you’re going to want to send the package instead.  The United States Postal Service is trying to make that process a little easier this year.

Their website is currently running a Holiday Countdown which counts down to Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  They’ve also got a full calendar available that tells you when you need to send out packages by in order to get them to your loved ones before the holiday of your choice.  Many of us and our patrons know someone serving overseas.  The USPS has information about that, too, including how to properly address it, how to pack it and how to make sure it complies with foreign restrictions. 

If you want your cards or presents to look extra festive, you can customize your own greeting cards!  Finally, the USPS – as always – has holiday and winter scene stamps available.