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  1. Flag Day is Time for Observance & Flag Education

  2. DNR Needs Your Help to Preserve State Park History

  3. Home Safety Months Aims to Educate Families

  4. Simplifies Online Access to Federal Statistics

Digital TV Transition is Finally Here!

Digital TV is Here!As of June 12, 2009, all over-the-air signals will be broadcast digitally.  This means that analog televisions will no longer work.  For those who can’t afford a converter box, DTV coupons are still available and will be until July 31, 2009. For those who already have a digital TV or digital converter box, be sure to remember to rescan your channels.  Many television stations will be changing their channel numbers throughout the day and citizens may need to program in new numbers.

Be sure to check out the FCC website on the transition for more information.

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Kim Brown-Harden
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Flag Day is Time for Observance & Flag Education

Celebrate Flag Day June 14

On June 14, 1777, Congress passed a resolution calling for the creation of a flag, complete with thirteen stripes in red and white and thirteen stars on a blue field.  However, it wasn’t until 1949 that Flag Day was officially declared a national observance and President Harry Truman signed it into law.  Unofficial Flag Days had been celebrated for years on June 14.  Apocryphal stories from New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Wisconsin all claim to tell the tale of the first Flag Day celebrations.  Even presidents Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge tried to implement the holiday.  Because it is considered an “observance” rather than a holiday, most places of business do not close.  Make sure to visit the Department of Veteran Affairs webpage on Flag Day for more information.

Many people do not realize that certain etiquette is involved when taking care of a flag. The Federal Citizen Information Center is a great website to visit to find out the specifics.  There is information about flag folding procedures, presentation, laws and regulations. The site also has information about flag history, the U.S. Seal and flags that fly over the Capitol.

For a list of other national holidays and observances, see’s Holiday page.

DNR Needs Your Help to Preserve State Park History

Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesRemember the hike at Clifty Falls?  The awesome bike ride at Mounds State Park?  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to collect your pictures, videos, postcards and other memorabilia in preparation for a DVD about the history of Indiana’s State Parks.  The Centennial Celebration is in 2016, but the video will be released in the fall of 2009.  Indiana has a variety of beautiful State Parks as well as events that will please the entire family.  If you are willing to share some fun summer memories, please fill out the release form and get ready to be a part of history!

Home Safety Month Aims to Educate Families

July is Home Safety MonthWork to encourage at-home safety. The Home Safety Council is celebrating Home Safety month in June with its Hands On Home Safety campaign. Download and post copy-ready newsletter articles about Poison Prevention, Cooking Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and more. Register for free on the website and gain access to guides, brochures, videos, lesson plans, and games. You can also direct patrons to the Safe Haven forum (registration required), which gives families a way to communicate with each other and with Health Safety Council experts about safety issues. The Indiana State Department of Health also provides links to Recreational and Home Safety Information via their Trauma System/Injury Prevention Program webpage. Check out their Summer Safety links, including Bicycle and Swimming Pool Safety. Simplifies Online Access to Federal Statistics

Data.govDo you and your patrons get overwhelmed with the amount of data and information available to you via the internet? Well, if you’re searching for national statistics, the process of finding data is now easier. The new website allows users to search for statistics by subject, federal agency, or both. Datasets are available in a variety of file formats. A useful tutorial is provided for accessing datasets and other information via the website, which is worthwhile if you haven’t downloaded datasets before. Also, if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the website, you can suggest additional datasets that should be available.