This Week's Facts:
Can’t locate the Indiana data you need? Check out Stats Indiana, and you’ll see a brand new interface. Explore Profiles, Data by Topic, and Data by Location. Are you looking for graphics to complete that report? Try the Dashboard Indicators, a collection of charts covering popular economic indicators such as Jobs, Income, Unemployment, and Population counts. Under Additional Resources, there are Tools including an Inflation Calculator, a Nationwide City-to-County Finder, and a more detailed A to Z guide by topic. On the right-hand side of the page, find links to today’s data trends and a variety publications like the Indiana Business Research Center’s InContext.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
is Jewish American Heritage Month; and seven different federal agencies are a
part of the celebration. The federal government’s
Jewish American Heritage Month web portal introduces stories of Jewish
Americans, electronic exhibits and collections, and images of famous Jewish
Americans like Leonard Bernstein, Betty Friedan, and Edward Koch. Agencies
responsible for the website include the Library of Congress, National Archives
and Records Administration, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. One
story that is especially interesting from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, is
Jewish Parachutists from Palestine. This was a group of men and women who
signed up to help the British Army parachute into German-occupied Europe as aid
to Allied personnel. The National Register of Historic Places also features
structures and parks related to Jewish Heritage on their
Jewish American Heritage Month 2009 website. The new National Museum of
American Jewish History will open next year in Philadelphia, P.A and features
“one of the nation’s largest collection of Jewish Americana.” Take a look at the
new structure and visit their
Markets offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from strawberries
and blueberries to melons, asparagus, and especially corn. Farmers Markets are
one of the best ways to support your local economy as well as enjoy various
fresh produce. Farmers Markets are widely available and popular, in part, due
Farmers Market Cost Share Program. The
Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is once again utilizing funds
Specialty Crop Block Grant to offer a cost-share reimbursement program to
provide grants to Indiana farmers’ markets. If you are interested in
participating in this program, you can get detailed information from the
Program Guidance and Application form. There is also a
New Vendor Form available.
For guidelines on the Cost Share program, be sure to check out the ISDA’s website. To find a Farmers Market near you, check out the Directory. Finally, for general information and facts about the markets, you can go to the USDA informational website.
Summer is coming and that means that people are spending a lot more time outside. Unfortunately, being outside means an increased exposure to ticks and Lyme Disease. That is why May has been declared Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme Disease is spread through tick bites – specifically, through the bites of Blacklegged Ticks, also known as Deer Ticks. Lone star Ticks and Dog Ticks (also known as Wood Ticks) are not known to carry the disease. Be sure to visit the CDC page on Lyme Disease Transmission to compare images of the different species.According to Medline Plus, Lyme Disease is characterized by a fever, headache, muscle ache, joint swelling, and a rash that usually resembles a bullseye. Lyme Disease can be cured by antibiotics, particularly if it is caught early on. Although you cannot catch Lyme Disease from your pets, it is important to check them for ticks when they come in from outside. You don’t want them getting the painful disease either!
Statistics provided by the CDC show that Indiana has a very low rate of infection. In 2007, there were only 55 reported cases (as compared to 1814 reported cases in Wisconsin). However, if you are camping or traveling to another state, particularly on the East Coast, make sure to take precautions. These include insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothing. See the CDC for complete instructions.
Starting Monday, May 11, the US Postal Service increased its postage rates. First class stamps increased from $0.42 to $0.44. Forever stamps may also be used under the new rates, regardless of what price they were purchased at. For a complete list of the change in price, see the USPS website. Not all rates have changed – as per the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PL 109-453), mailing rates increase every May, while parcel rates increase in January.