This Week's Facts:
Statue of Liberty Reopens
New York’s Statue of Liberty re-opened this year on the 4th of July. The National Park Service has a website devoted to the statue and to the national park surrounding the monument, which was a gift from France as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. Take an e-tour of Liberty Island, featuring photographs, panoramic views, video, and more information. Find more about the history of the island using the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation website. The statue is also a United Nations World Heritage site. The UNESCO website has a wealth of information and beautiful photographs of the statue and of Liberty Island.
Over 250 New State
More than 250 state laws went into effect July 1, at the beginning of the State Government’s fiscal year. Here are the 10 laws reported by Indiana Public Media, plus a link to BILL WATCH via IN.gov. The article is by Gretchen Frazee with WFIU and WTIU news.
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Friday Fix for Declaration of Independence History Lovers
There were 56 Signers to the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.
National Campaign Promotes Health Benefits of...Ice Cream?
July is national Ice Cream Month, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It’s the perfect month to celebrate and enjoy ice cream. Frozen desserts are cool, delicious ways to beat the summer heat. They can also be good for you - really! Best Bones Forever is a national campaign through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for girls and their friends (BFFs) to help them grow strong together and stay strong forever. The website has recipes, tips for being active, and other fun things like finding out what type of ice cream you match up with. Here’s to having best bones forever and celebrating a month of frozen treats!
Disaster Relief Fund Available in 16 Indiana Counties
According to an Indiana Department of Homeland Security press release from July 1, Governor Pence has opened the State Disaster Relief Fund to local government in 16 counties affected by severe weather and flooding that began April 17 - Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Hendricks, Howard, Knox, Madison, Montgomery, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Wabash, and Warren.
Qualifying expenses include the replacement, repair and restoration of roads, sewer systems, and other public property. Certain expenses with debris removal also are qualified expenses. The storms and flooding resulted in extensive damage and strained the resources of local units of government.
State Disaster Relief Fund
Individual assistance from the State Disaster Relief Fund began immediately following the implementation of low interest federal disaster relief loans and is ongoing.
Fees from retail fireworks sales provide the funding for the State Disaster Relief Fund, and Indiana is one of a few states to have a state fund. To date for the April flooding, there has been a total of $398,590 issued to Hoosiers for individual assistance.
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