This Week's Facts:
Take Time to Recognize US Labor Force this Weekend
Labor Day was first celebrated by thousands in September of 1882 in New York City with a parade, a picnic and speeches. The celebration was organized by the Central Labor Union, though more than a century later its true founder is still contested. The U.S. Department Labor provides more details in a History of Labor Day on their website. In 1894, after 23 different states had adopted the holiday, Congress passed legislation to honor workers with a national holiday. The Library of Congress Today in History (Sept. 5) website features a 1900 photo of the Labor Day Parade in Buffalo, NY and a Silverton, CO photo of miners with their children in 1940. Take a moment this weekend to remember the 155.1 million people in the U.S. labor force, who work the many jobs listed here by the Census Bureau.
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In need of extra money? You might be in luck – you may have some money waiting with the government! When a bank account is abandoned, stocks are unclaimed or a check remains un-cashed, state governments often get the money. There’s a pretty simple way to find out if the state is holding any unclaimed money for you. Hoosiers can go to Indianaunclaimed.com, a site sponsored by the Attorney-General and the Unclaimed Property Division. Just type in your name or business and it will tell you if there is any unclaimed property waiting for you. If you have lived in other states and think there may be money for you there, check out the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators website. It allows you to select which state (and in some cases, which Canadian province) you want to search.
It’s also possible that the federal government is holding unclaimed property that is yours. For example, if the IRS doesn’t have your correct address, you won’t be getting your refund! There isn’t just one clearinghouse site for federal funds, but USA.gov has a good list of several sites that allow you to search for unclaimed funds. It has information about savings bonds and other government programs that you may be eligible for.
Learn about Indiana in a different way! The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) is celebrating Archaeology month. This will provide an opportunity to celebrate and learn about Indiana Archaeology. There are a variety of events sponsored by different agencies and groups throughout Indiana. Archaeology Month allows Hoosiers to explore the discipline of Archaeology, archaeological sites and the laws that protect them. Have fun with other Hoosiers by attending some of the events or host your own! For ideas and creative ways to learn more about Indiana Archaeology, check out this link. Please visit the Department of Natural Resources website for more information. Celebrate Archaeology and learn more about Indiana’s heritage!
September is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society estimates that there are 245,225 people living with leukemia in the United States and that 74,490 Americans will be diagnosed with lymphoma in 2009. Both leukemia and lymphoma affect the blood – specifically, white blood cells. While some forms of both cancers develop slowly, others can develop quickly. It is therefore important to get screened to ensure early detection. For a list of symptoms, be sure to check out Medline Plus. They also have an informative interactive tutorial on leukemia for those who are newly diagnosed or whose loved ones have been.
Interested in helping fight leukemia and lymphoma? If you’re at all athletic (even a little bit), consider participating in Team in Training. They raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society while providing training for marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and more.
Fall is the time to begin thinking about flu vaccines and staying healthy. To date, a total of 320 cases of H1N1 influenza, including four deaths, have been laboratory confirmed in the state for 2009. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes key indicators about influenza disease in the United States. Also, check the CDC’s website for tips on how to talk to your children or treating someone who’s sick. As the school year begins, families can be prepared to guard against H1N1 and other cases of influenza. For questions about H1N1 and other flu illnesses, check out the Human Influenza Q&A on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website. Remember to practice good hygiene by washing your hands; cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and visit your doctor or health practitioner if you think you have the flu.
Fall is the perfect time to explore Indiana’s beautiful golf courses. The travel guide has detailed information on more than 400 public courses, along with regional maps as well as ‘stay and play’ packages. There are a variety of courses throughout the State, so now’s the time to tee off and enjoy the fairways! For more information about the Golf Guides or any of the activities in Indiana, visit the VisitIndiana website.