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This Week's Facts:

  1. Indiana Wind Energy Week Celebrates State's Success
  2. Online Resources Highlight Earth Day 2009
  3. D'oh! Simpson's Stamps Available in May

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Indiana Wind Energy Week Celebrates State's Success

American Wind Energy AssociationGovernor Daniels has proclaimed April 13-18 as Indiana Wind Energy Week. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently designated Indiana as the #1 Wind Power Growth Rate state in the country for 2008. As part of the celebration, two new wind farms will be holding their groundbreaking events this week. The two new farms will be in White and Benton counties. Be sure to visit the AWEA’s website to view the press release about the exciting news.

More information about wind energy and its benefits can be found from the
Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program. They also provide a fun page for kids interested in renewable energies. Public officials, economic and engineering professionals may also be interested in attending the Northeast Indiana Wind Energy Supply Chain Workshop on April 22, 2009.

Online Resources Highlight Earth Day 2009

Earth Day is April 22ndOne of the reasons we celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, Apr. 22 is out of a growing concern for the environment at the national level. Check out, the main U.S. Government portal for events and information. Earth Day was first nationally recognized on April 22, 1970, as a grassroots response to important environmental events of the previous year - a fire on the Cuyahoga River near Lake Erie, the decline of the Bald Eagle, and the Santa Barbara oil spill. Learn more about Earth Day 1970 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 200 Years of Science, Service, and Stewardship website. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also offers ways to take action via their Earth Day website in English and Spanish. For Earth Day events happening in Indiana during April, check the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Earth Day 2009 webpage.

D'oh! Simpson's Stamps Available in MaySimpsons Stamps from the USPS

Now is your chance to see Homer or Marge on a postage stamp!  The United States Postal Service is releasing a set of Simpson's stamps on May 7, 2009.  You can pre-order them online today.  However, the Postal Service is also hosting a contest to vote on your favorite character.  Voting started on April 9 and goes until May 14.  According to a Post Office press release, the USPS receives over 50,000 suggestions for stamp ideas a year and narrows it down to twenty new releases.  To help with this, the Postmaster General created a Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.  The Committee is made up of artists, graphic design professionals, and historians who can offer their different brands of expertise.

Don’t forget – the price of stamps goes up 2-cents in May, from 42 to 44 cents.  Buy your forever stamps now to help alleviate the transition!