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This Week's Facts:

  1. FEMA Deadline Approaches for Disaster Assistance

  2. Celebrate National Dairy Month in June

  3. Artisan Program Promotes Hoosier Hand-Crafters

  4. National Men's Week Lasts Through Father's Day

Fun Father's Day Facts Available Online!

Father’s Day is here again, and it’s time to give Dads a pat on the back and learn about the role of fathers in our society. The Census Bureau’s Father’s Day Facts tell us that Father’s Day was conceived in 1909 by the daughter of William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was widowed and left to raise six kids on his farm. The U.S. government has created, a clearinghouse website for responsible fatherhood that encourages fathers to “Take Time to be a Dad this Father’s Day.” The Federal Trade Commission has developed a light-hearted Father’s Day card that teaches about identity theft. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, Involving Non-Resident Fathers in Children’s Learning, describes the important role of fathers who don’t live with their children due to divorce, separation, non-marital childbearing, or incarceration. Also, for this Father’s Day, visit the U.S. Post Office online shop for gift ideas.

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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator
Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
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FEMA Deadline Approaches for Disaster Assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency

According to a press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) residents and businesses in Indiana that sustained damage from the storms, flooding and tornadoes from March 2009 have until June 22 of this year to request disaster assistance from FEMA.  You must be a resident of one of the following sixteen counties in order to qualify: Allen, Carroll, Daviess, DeKalb, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, White and Whitley.  Make sure to spread the news to your patrons – time is running out!  Those who need assistance can call FEMA’s toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or apply online at Those who are speech- or hearing-impaired may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.  June 22 is also the deadline to apply for small business disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Celebrate National Dairy Month in June

June is National Dairy MonthHave another scoop! Celebrate National Dairy Month in June. According to the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of 2007, Americans consumed approximately 14 pounds of ice cream per person annually. The National Dairy Council encourages consumption of dairy products to reduce risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and obesity. The USDA’s Calcium and Bone Health Bulletin Board Resources includes the PDF Milk Matters from the National Institutes of Health, which details a growing child’s need for calcium throughout their formative years. In addition, an interesting history of the Indiana State Dairy Association exists on the organization’s First 100 Years website.

New Indiana Artisan Program Promotes Hoosier Hand-Crafters

Indiana ArtisanIn 2008, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced Indiana Artisan – a program to support and promote Hoosier artisans and handmade products.  The Indiana Artisan program is a joint venture of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.  The goals of this program include raising awareness about the availability of hand-crafted and value-added food products made in Indiana, providing artisans with access to entrepreneurial support, providing grant funding for artisan business development, promoting artisan trail development and retail opportunities, and developing branding for Indiana-made goods. There are plenty of opportunities to promote your craft and help support Indiana Arts and the economy; click here to see if you can participate.  Learn more about this program at the Indiana Artisan website. 

National Men's Health Week Lasts Through Father's Day

National Men's Health WeekJune 15-21 is National Men’s Health Week.  Did you know that three out of four men in the United States are overweight?  Or that one in five has heart disease?  Culminating in Father’s Day on the 21st, National Men’s Health Week is designed to highlight these issues as well as promote healthy practices such as visiting the doctor regularly and eating well.  According to the Center for Disease Control, some of the most important things that men (and women!) can do to stay healthy are learning about family health histories, working safely, paying attention to signs and symptoms and visiting the doctor.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a website entitled Real men wear gowns that is full of good health information and tips geared specifically for men.  Additionally, the Federal government portal for women’s health information has an excellent collection of links to other health websites specifically geared toward men.  It may not be on his wish list this year, but treat your dad right for Father’s Day and encourage him in a healthy lifestyle!