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  • 10/1/2018 October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to help those affected by the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. With 1 in 8 women in the U.S. being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s important to continue learning about the disease and take steps to minimize risks in order to save more lives.
    Fortunately, breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 due to early detection, better screenings, increased awareness and improved treatment options. Still, we are losing too many lives to this disease, with more than 266,000 people in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, resulting in nearly 41,000 deaths.
  • 9/24/2018 The autumn season officially arrived on Saturday, and with it comes football games, harvest times and turning leaves. As we mark the transition from summer to winter, there are many opportunities to enjoy the fall months in our community and throughout the state.
    Hamilton County is home to wonderful pumpkin patches, including Russell Farms, Spencer Farm, Stonycreek Farm and the Stuckey Farm Market. These local pumpkin patches offer a variety of activities beyond finding the perfect gourd. From hayrides, corn mazes, play areas and sweet treats, these farms provide outdoor fun for the whole family.
    A local autumn tradition also includes the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville. Enjoy art and craft booths, live entertainment, tasty treats, a climbing wall and activities for the children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
  • 9/17/2018 Hamilton County is home to great schools and teachers who are making a positive impact on our children’s lives. Students who want to follow in the footsteps of their influential teachers and become an educator themselves are encouraged to apply for a Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship to help save on college costs.
    The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is awarded annually to 200 top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years, which significantly helps cut college costs for those preparing to enter the teaching profession. To qualify, applicants need to either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.
  • 9/10/2018 More crimes throughout the state are being solved as a result of a new law allowing public safety officials to collect a DNA profile from anyone arrested for a felony crime. With this policy, our law enforcement officials are identifying serial offenders, closing unsolved criminal cases and exonerating the innocent.
    Since January, DNA profiles have been taken through a cheek swab from anyone arrested for a felony crime and matched against profiles processed in the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS. If a DNA profile matches a sample already in the system, it will produce what law enforcement call a ‘hit.’
    In just the first half of the year, CODIS confirmed more than 500 total DNA hits. About 200 of those hits, including homicides and more than 20 sexual assaults, would likely not have happened without this law. In fact, a DNA sample taken in January matched an unsolved rape investigation that started in 2016.
  • 8/26/2018 Another school year has begun, and young Hoosiers throughout the state are growing and learning in their classrooms. For those in grades 6-12 who find themselves struggling with math or science assignments, tutors with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are ready to help. 
    AskRose is a free math and science tutoring service staffed by college students who are majoring in math, science or engineering. Tutors with AskRose are trained on how to use their experience to help students by phone and online, and they protect student privacy and never ask for a last name or phone number. Certified by the National Tutoring Association and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the AskRose tutoring service helps young Hoosiers better comprehend homework questions, arrive at the answers themselves, and prepare to tackle similar questions on their own. 
    When students are stuck by a math or science problem, they can call, email or chat online with a tutor. At the start of the session, the tutor reviews the problem, then guides students until they understand the solution. 
  • 8/13/2018 Many of us have encountered instances of bullying and experienced unwanted, aggressive behaviors. Together, we can all play a role in standing up to those who make threats, spread rumors, exclude people from groups on purpose, and cause physical or verbal harm. 
    In Indiana, schools collect data about bullying and report that information to the Indiana Department of Education, which then provides a full report online at www.doe.in.gov. Parents are encouraged to write down bullying instances in terms of dates, who was involved and what happened, and then relay that information to their schools. This includes physical, verbal, social, written and electronic bullying. 
    By definition, bullying is a repeated incident, not just a one-time occurrence. While many schools work to stop bullying at the first instance, it may continue. By collecting this information, schools can take control of bullying, craft stronger policies and identify red flags. 
    All school employees and volunteers receive training on bullying prevention and intervention. Each school is also required to provide age-appropriate, research-based instruction focusing on bullying prevention in grades 1-12. 
    The DOE also maintains a link on its website providing resources for prevention and reporting of bullying and cyberbullying. This link is also included on all school district’s websites so that it is easily accessible by parents, caretakers and students. To learn more about Noblesville schools’ bullying prevention efforts, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org and click on Student Services under the Departments tab. 
  • 8/4/2018 

    Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

    This program can open the door to many new opportunities for college students and recent graduates, and in addition to the networking potential at the Statehouse, a strong internship experience can be a competitive advantage in job searches. 

    Participating in the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and graduates to participate in state government and gain valuable hands-on experience. This paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis takes place during the spring semester and gives students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators.

    Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas based on their skill sets, focusing on legislative, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

  • 7/29/2018 Step right up to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 3-19. With circus acts, concerts, the Midway, great food, 4-H exhibits and much more, these 17 days of summer fun provide opportunities to create lasting memories while promoting Hoosier agriculture. 

    The 2018 Indiana State Fair kicks off Aug. 3, with a giant hot air balloon race, Rick Springfield at the Chevrolet Free Stage and an illuminated tractor parade. There are daily livestock shows, interactive animal events, cooking demonstrations and circus performances. 

    Other highlights include watermelon seed spitting and ice cream eating contests. Children can enjoy fishing, putt-putt golf and hands-on activities related to STEM. 

    In addition to the classics like lemonade shake-ups, corn on the cob and Dairy Barn milkshakes, new food to enjoy includes deep fried sugar cream pie, Hatch green chili beef meatballs, inside out grilled cheese sandwiches and birthday cake shakes. 
  • 7/15/2018 The 2018 fair season is here, offering a variety of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Whether visiting for the food, livestock competitions or 4-H displays, check out the Hamilton County Fair July 19-23 for a great time. 

    Each day, exhibits and displays are open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stop by the Extension Homemakers’ Flower Show or help save a life at the Indiana Blood Center Blood Drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. 

    Also on Thursday, enjoy watching Moana with the family at 9:15 p.m. On Friday, walk a llama and catch the Hunter Smith concert. The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players are hosting a show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, I hope to see you at one of my most favorite events, the pet parade. The fair concludes on July 23, with a tractor pull, Color Me Green Fun Run and the Supreme Showmanship event. 
  • 7/8/2018 In Indiana, many new laws are effective July 1, providing those impacted by policy changes time to make adjustments. Here’s a look at some new laws that are now being implemented on behalf of young Hoosiers. 

    Newborn safety devices, known as baby boxes, can now be installed at fire departments that are staffed at all hours. These boxes provide a safe and anonymous option for parents to surrender their newborn in the first 30 days of life without facing criminal charges for neglect as long as the child is unharmed. Hospitals already have the option of installing these boxes, and by extending the option to fire departments, those who feel they can’t take care of a newborn will have another safe alternative. The boxes have heating and cooling features, lock as soon as a baby is placed inside, and an alarm is set off to alert officials. At one northern Indiana fire department, two babies have already been safely left in a Safe Haven Baby Box. 

    Safe Haven Baby Boxes are meant to be a last resort for those in distress, and another option is to call 866-992-2291, which is a 24/7 Safe Haven hotline for those who need help. 

    The criteria for a Silver Alert has changed to now include missing endangered children. 
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