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This Week's Facts:

  1. Help Promote Healthy Vision This May

  2. State Weather Service Offers Current, Historic Climate Data

  3. Traveling Abroad? Website Helps You Prepare

Government Info isn't just for Grown-Ups

Government information isn’t only for adults.  There are plenty of resources – both online and off – for kids as well.  One such website is  This is a neat site because it provides links to other government sites that are geared for kids.  It’s also great because it breaks it down by age group.  For example, if a student in middle school is interested in maps and geography, they can click on the “Social Studies” link in the Grades 6-8 age range and view a list of government websites about that topic.  Most websites are specifically geared toward children, but some regular sites are included as well.  There is also a search option for educators.  In addition to providing a list of useful websites, highlights one site each month and also highlights one person in a government position.

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Katharine Springer
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Help Promote Healthy Vision Month This May

May is Health Vision Month

May has been designated as Healthy Vision Month.  This year’s theme is “Reduce uncorrected visual impairment due to refractive errors.”  Refractive errors are the most common of vision problems in the United States and include nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.  The goal of Healthy Vision Month 2009 is to promote the importance of regular eye exams.

Healthy Vision Month is a part of Healthy Vision 2010, which in turn is a part of Healthy People 2010.  Healthy People 2010 is a ten-year program designed to improve the health and quality of life for Americans by focusing on the most significant preventable threats to health.

Those who are interested in promoting eye health in their communities can use the Healthy Eyes Toolkit.  Information on eye health and healthcare resources are available for download and printing.  Check out the Fact Sheet on refractive errors for more information.  Healthy Vision Month is sponsored by the National Eye Health Education Program.

State Weather Service Offers Current, Historical Climate Data


Want to find out the record high or low temperatures in Angola, Indiana in 1895?  With Indiana’s Iclimate you’re a click away from getting historical as well as current weather forecasts and data.  The Indiana State Climate Office is the state archive of official daily and hourly weather observations recorded throughout the state of Indiana. Iclimate was first established in 1956 to document and study the climate of Indiana. Iclimate assists businesses, government agencies and individuals not only in providing climatologic data, but it also interprets and applies this data to solve climate related problems.  Whether you need Iclimate for historical information or to look at current weather maps and conditions, Iclimate is a user-friendly wealth of weather information at your fingertips.  For a list of frequently asked questions, visit the Iclimate website.  You can also view Climate Maps.  For more information, be sure to check out the National Weather Service and the National Climatic Data Center.

Traveling Abroad? Website Helps You Prepare

U.S. State Department of TravelAre you or someone you know traveling overseas this summer?  Make sure you are prepared!  The State Department Travel website outlines the necessary arrangements that US citizens need to make when traveling abroad.  While passports have been necessary for years when traveling to countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, US citizens did not need them in the past when traveling to Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean.  However, that is changing.  If flying by air, you already need a passport to enter one of the above countries.  Currently, those who are traveling by land or by sea only need proof of their US citizenship.  As of June 1, 2009 this will be changing.  You will now need a passport to enter those countries (and to get back to the USA!).  For more information, make sure to look at the State Department website as well as the Department of Homeland Security.

Some countries may also require visas to enter.  The State Department provides information about which countries around the world require travel visas and under which circumstances.  There is also a section for travelers from other countries who are planning on visiting the United States.