This Week's Facts:
More Smiles, More Food, More Rides at the 2009 State Fair!
The 2009 Indiana State Fair is now under way and runs through August 29th. This year's Fair features new and exciting events such as the Indy Super Pull, Miss America Katie Stam’s appearance, Indiana Space Travels, Peking Acrobats and the Indiana State Fair Breakdance Battle. Of course, the Indiana State Fair is known for all the wonderful food. This year, fair goers will celebrate the year of the tomato! Come out for delicious tomato bobs, fried pizza, and other Indiana homegrown treats! Thursday, August 13th is ‘Hoosier Heritage Day’, which features special events and presentations that celebrate historical aspects of Hoosier living. These events will be presented by agencies such as the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Museum, and Indiana State Library, as well as others. Enjoy all the entertainment, fun and food! Please visit the Indiana State Fair’s website for information on tickets and parking.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
While the storms and flooding that much of the state experienced on Tuesday did not constitute a natural disaster, it’s always good to be prepared! Because of experiences such as this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devised a series of public service announcements on how to deal with emergencies. Topics range from “Children and flood water” to “Hazardous materials” and “Mold.” There is written information as well as short audio clips. The announcements are also available in Spanish. The EPA has an additional information page that discusses flooding and how to deal with it. This contains information on how to ensure clean drinking water and food, mold issues and septic and sewer system problems.
For information on how to clean up after a flood, check out this printable illustrated pamphlet from the EPA available at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website. The IDHS also has resources available for reporting storm damage. Be sure to check out their Indiana-specific tips for dealing with floods and their aftermath.
Do you subscribe yet to InContext? The Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) releases this highly informative bi-monthly publication, which focuses on Indiana’s economy locally, statewide, and nationally. Recent articles have included “The Wait Is Over—ACS Data for Areas with Populations of 20,000 or More” (January-February 2009), “Earnings of a Lifetime: Comparing Women and Men with College and Graduate Degrees” (March-April 2009), and this issue’s “Population and Employment Change in Indiana,” about the last two decades of change and what it can mean for the state’s future. Visit the InContext website to subscribe and to view back issues, searchable by topic and author.
The first census of the United States was mandated by the U.S. Constitution and was for the apportionment of representatives and taxes. Enumeration began on the first Monday in August of 1790. U.S. marshals were responsible for collecting information on six different items: the name of head of the family and the number of persons per household, including the number of Free White males of 16 years and upward; the number of free White males under 16 years; the number of free White females; the number of all other free persons; and the number of slaves. According to 200 Years of U.S. Census Taking: Population and Housing Questions, 1790-1990, “Marshals took the census in the original 13 States, plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine, and Vermont, and the Southwest Territory (Tennessee).” So began the count of U.S. residents every ten years.
Today, there is an entire Census Bureau that oversees the decennial Census and several other surveys throughout each year. While Census numbers still determine U.S. Congressional seats, they now also determine the spending of much federal funding. Census Day is no longer in August – it has been April 1st since 1930. Don’t forget to encourage your co-workers and patrons to fill out the 2010 Census and be counted next April 1st!
August is National Immunization Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a great site that outlines the facts about immunization. Not sure how often you should get a Tetanus shot or at what age your children should get inoculated? The CDC has a page on immunization schedules. There is also information about vaccine safety, laws and how to access your vaccination records. This site also includes a variety of resources for libraries, including posters and brochures that can be printed off for patron usage. If you or your patrons are more interested in the medical aspect of vaccines, be sure to check out the Medline Plus page on inoculations.
With the recent H1N1 flu scare, many people are wondering about a vaccine. According to the CDC, this should be available this fall. Priority recipients are expected to be young children, pregnant women, healthcare professionals and those with compromised immune systems. For more information, see the CDC information page.