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Arbor Day Foundation

arbor day foundationResidents of Indiana can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013.  By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two golden raintrees.  “These beautiful trees will give your home in Indiana lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.” The free trees are part of the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.  Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31. Indiana residents can also join online at .



Plan Ahead, Says INDOT

Safe Driving in the Winter MonthsThe Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) salt domes and barns are stocked and ready, but drivers will need to dust off winter driving habits following last year’s mild winter. Drivers are asked to promote their own safety and that of others by reducing their speed according to road conditions and increasing the distance between themselves and other vehicles, especially INDOT’s yellow plow trucks.  INDOT’s top winter priority is snow and ice removal to ensure its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes are as safe as possible.  Motorists can plan ahead to safely reach their destinations by staying updated on the latest weather and road conditions. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or call toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts. For social media updates during winter weather, visit online uk . can withdrawal from prozac cause shingles buy prozac liquid no prescription cortidex dan meloxicam theanine with prozac 5ht2a. hcl . viagra usa – propecia finasteride 1mg. to find your regional INDOT district on Facebook and Twitter.


For 2013 Legislative Session

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) invites area middle school and high school students to spend a day at the statehouse and serve as senate pages during the 2013 legislative session, which runs from Jan. 7 to April 29. “Student pages learn about state government firsthand by participating in the legislative process,” Charbonneau said. “While working with legislators and staff, pages get to see lawmakers introduce bills, debate and vote on important issues.” Interested students should submit page requests by visiting www.in.gov/senatepageprogram. Requests may also be emailed to Senator.Charbonneau@iga.in.gov or by mail to the following address:  State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, Indiana Senate, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.  All requests need to include the student’s name, address, home telephone number, age and school affiliation. Friends wanting to page on the same day should send requests together. Charbonneau said specific date requests will be considered, but may not be possible. The senate’s page office will confirm the scheduled date after processing the incoming requests. Participating as a page is an excused absence from school. Pages must arrive at the statehouse by 8:30 a.m. to begin their orientation. They will then tour the historic statehouse and observe legislative proceedings in either committee rooms or the senate chamber. Parents are responsible for pages’ transportation to and from the statehouse, and pages should plan on bringing a lunch or money to buy a meal. Food can be purchased at the Government Center Cafeteria, Circle Centre Mall or one of the many downtown restaurants near the state house.For additional information on the senate page program, call 1-800-382-9467 or visit top quality medications. cheap . approved pharmacy, buy dapoxetine. .


Before Going Out On Ice

Indiana Conservation Officers across the state are advising citizens of the potential hazards of being out on lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams during this time of year.  Each winter in Northwest Indiana, hundreds of Hoosiers enjoy fishing, ice-skating, and hiking on frozen ponds and lakes.  Unfortunately, in years past, some have drown or died of hypothermia after falling through the ice. Conservation Officers want to remind Hoosiers’ to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors.  Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing or walking on a frozen lake or pond:   There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.  At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for fishing and 5 inches for snowmobiling.  If you don’t know…don’t go. Wear a lifejacket or flotation coat.  Carry ice picks you can easily get to. Bring rope gear along with you.  Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid, but may have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas. Flowing water, such as rivers or streams, should be avoided due to the consistent current.  Also, keep in mind that animals, birds and wind can keep areas on the ice unsafe due to their natural movement in, around, or across the water.  Indiana conservation officers say the best rule of thumb is for everyone to believe they are “walking on thin ice.”  For more information, visit you’ll find links to articles and related resources in the learn about prozac. the u.s. food and drug administration (fda) approved prozac for sale in 1987. .


State, County Level Data

The Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Hospital Association and Indiana Business Research Center recently unveiled a website designed to help hospitals, local health departments, non-profit organizations and the public access health-related data at the state and county level. IndianaINdicators.org provides the most current Indiana health information based on more than 90 key indicators including community health, the economy, education, environment and public safety.  “The INdicators website is an example of how pockets of information can be put together in a meaningful way to see a bigger picture,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. “The site will help us to better understand trends and to evaluate public health interventions as we track the information collected over time. Our hope is that it will be especially useful to public health entities as we move toward accreditation in Indiana.” Nonprofit hospitals are required to carry out community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans to meet their community benefit requirements, as are local health departments applying for public health accreditation. The data and information on IndianaINdicators.org can be used to help perform and guide these efforts.  “The Indiana INdicators website offers a wide array of tools and data to help users understand their community’s performance and progress toward being a healthy place to live and work,” said Dr. Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center.  To learn more, visit the Indiana INdicators website at .


Veterans Receive Entrepreneurial Boost

Military veterans with entrepreneurial dreams will have the chance to win start-up money to open their own business through Signal 88 Security’s new contest, Operation American Dream: From Battlefield to Boss.  According to a May 2011 study from the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy, veterans are at least 45 percent more likely to take the plunge into entrepreneurship than people with no active-duty military experience. Through Operation American Dream, Signal 88 Security is providing veterans with the opportunity for success. Here’s how the contest works: From now through May 2013, veterans can submit a 500-word essay on why they want to open their own business. Submissions will be accepted via www.signal88.com/OperationAmericanDream.  At the end of each month, representatives from Signal 88 Security will select three monthly finalists. The public will vote among those finalists for one monthly winner, who will receive a $500 semi-finalist prize and become eligible for the Grand Prize: $5,000 in start-up money to start their business. The prize money doubles to $10,000 if the winning veteran chooses to open a Signal 88 Security franchise. The first deadline for submitting an essay and video to be considered among the first round of monthly winners is Jan. 15.  Subsequent deadlines are on the 15th of each month, with the final deadline on May 15.  “Veterans possess many of the traits needed in entrepreneurism,” said Reed Nyffeler, CEO and co-founder of Signal 88 Security.  “Their leadership, teamwork and problem-solving skills are second-to-none, in my experience.” To learn more about Operation American Dream: From Battlefield to Boss, visit .


Visclosky Announces

Student HealthU.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky recently announced that Valparaiso-based HealthLinc, Inc. has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to obtain a new mobile school-based health center (MSBHC) that will serve young people throughout Northwest Indiana.  According to HealthLinc, the new MSBHC will enhance medical and dental capabilities for the delivery of primary medical services and screenings as well as dental and mental health services.  HealthLinc cited statistics showing that only 46-85 percent of Indiana children receive needed vaccinations due to financial and non-financial barriers in its grant request to HRSA. The organization will use the MSBHC for site-delivered health services that will reduce these burdens on families and schools. HealthLinc will work with various institutions of higher education, including Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Northwest Health Sciences Division, Indiana University School of Dentistry and Purdue University-North Central to provide an experiential opportunity for health science students through the MSBHC. They will partner with Porter Starke Services, Swanson Center and Oak Lawn Community Mental Health Centers to provide integrated behavioral health services. The grant award totals $500,000.

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