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This Week's Facts:
  1. Halloween's Roots Trace Back to Celtic Lore

  2. Halloween Safety Tips Available Online

  3. DWD Offers Complete Indiana Demographic Info

  4. Initiative Offers Tasty Ways to Enjoy Veggies

Document of the Month: Indiana Rules & Regulations

Prior to 1943, uniform rulemaking procedures were nonexistent. Early statutes conferring rulemaking power on state agencies were occasionally designed to ensure public access to rules, but little else. The earliest of these statutes, the 1881 Health Board Act (Acts 1881, Chapter 19), merely required that rules be “promulgated”, or published. The State’s initial effort to publish an official codification of rules was authorized by the 1945 Act. The 1945 Act required the Secretary of State to compile, index and publish all rules in effect on January 1, 1946. October’s document of the month, Indiana Rules and Regulations, was the Secretary of State’s first official codification of rules; it was first published on January 1, 1947. Indiana Rules and Regulations was published 1947-1979 and is the precursor to the Indiana Administrative Code. This document contains rules for various agencies in existence. This can be used to get historic information on various laws and agency history for the state of Indiana. Indiana Rules and Regulations can be found at the State Library I 350 I385r. 


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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Federal Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
State Documents Coordinator

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Halloween's Roots Trace Back to Celtic Lore

Halloween Facts for FeaturesAn American holiday beloved by children and kids at heart - Halloween, or All Hallows Eve - can be traced back to the Celtic observance of the day of the dead, Samhain (pronounced sow-in). According to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, Samhain was the biggest holiday of the Celtic calendar, and a time to honor people who had passed away that year. Current Halloween customs can be interpreted as evolving from different traditions at various points in world history, most likely those marking the end of harvest and beginning of winter in the area that is now Europe. An estimated 36 million American children participated last year in trick-or-treating. That’s nearly six times the population of Indiana!  For more Halloween facts from the Census Bureau, visit the Oct. 31, 2010 Facts for Features webpage.

Halloween Safety Tips Available Online

CDC: Halloween the Health WayHalloween is a fun time of year. Costumes, candy and parties all add up to an enjoyable time. While you’re enjoying yourself, though, it’s also important to remember to stay safe. Since  this is a holiday that involves candles, flammable costumes and lots of little kids running around after dark, various agencies throughout the Federal government provide safety tips. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a list of tips relating to candy, costumes, pedestrian safety and choosing safe houses to visit. For example, costumes should be short enough so that children don’t trip and fall over them and should also be equipped with reflective tape that will show up in a car’s headlights. If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters this year, make sure to keep obstacles out of the path from the sidewalk to your door. Candlelit jack-o’-lanterns in particular should be kept away from costumes, curtains and other furnishings. You can also find more food-related tips from the FDA. Finally, as always, the CDC provides a wealth of safety tips as well. Visit their Halloween site for information on treats, costumes and staying safe.

DWD Offers Complete state Demographic Info

1st & Green: Environmental ChallengeDWD: Hoosiers by the NumbersWant to get statistical information on an Indiana County?  The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s  Hoosiers by the numbers  has county highlights for each of Indiana’s 92 counties that contain population, education, commuting, labor force, industry, income and other Census data available at the click of the mouse. These data sets are updated throughout the year, not just annually. In addition to statistical data, there is also a small description of the county’s location and the Workforce Development Economic Growth Region. This is a quick, easily accessible resource to provide for your patrons as well as to people who are moving to the State.   

Initiative Offers Tasty Ways to Enjoy Veggies

CDC: Fruits & Veggies MatterIf you’re looking for ways to eat more vegetables, but are getting tired of carrots and tomatoes every day, then check out Fruits & Veggies Matter from the CDC. The site is full of great healthy eating tips. They’ve got a recipe database that enables you to search by type of fruit or vegetable or even by meal type. You can search for beverages, entrees and even finger food. They also have a Fruit & Vegetable of the Month section. These aren’t necessarily your usual suspects – those featured for October are rhizomes (ginger is an example of this) and persimmons. The site includes tips on fun ways to incorporate these into your meals. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your diet and make it a little healthier too, this is a great place to start.

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