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In this issue 2 • Lt. Governor launches new agency 3 The Torch is published monthly by the State Personnel Department and is available online at www.in.gov/spd Submit your story ideas to: [email protected] Follow us on: 5 6 • Amusement park discounts for summer 2013 • Bike to Work • Resources for beginning bikers Got a story? If you see something, say something: Hoosiers asked to report suspicious activity May 2013 • CollegeChoice 529 plan • FML policy renewel 4 • Recovery Nutrion • Visit farmer’s market The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police and the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety ask Hoosiers to report suspicious acvity. This is especially important at large events. Suspicious acvity reports are one of the best defenses against violent acts. Cameras used by private businesses and a p from a cizen were key in the idenficaon of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Local, state and federal agencies advocate the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. Cizens are one of the best partners public safety professionals have against violent situaons. The average person needs to know that their input is crical in prevenon and finding perpetrators. A few important points: • Do not feel embarrassed for reporng something out of the ordinary. If it doesn’t seem right, report it. • When reporng suspicious behavior, it is important to take note of several key details, such as when and where you witnessed the behavior and any descripon of individuals involved such as gender, age, physical descripon and unique characteriscs. Also take note of any vehicles involved, make and model of the vehicle, and its direcon of travel. • DO NOT confront anyone who is exhibing suspicious behavior. • To report suspicious acvity, contact on-site security, local law enforcement’s non-emergency line or the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center at 1-877-226-1026. If violence is imminent, call 9-1-1. • Program the number for the Fusion Center into a cell phone. • Examples of suspicious acvity include monitoring personnel, tesng security, unusual or prolonged interest in security measures, or purposely placing objects in sensive areas to observe response. For example, a person taking photos at a high profile event is not unusual in itself; but if that person is only taking photos of security cameras or personnel, that acvity would be suspicious. For more informaon go to in.gov/iifc or getprepared.in.gov .

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  • In this issue

    2 • Lt.Governorlaunchesnewagency

    3

    The TorchispublishedmonthlybytheStatePersonnelDepartment

    andisavailableonlineatwww.in.gov/spd

    Submityourstoryideasto:[email protected]

    Follow us on:

    5

    6• Amusementparkdiscountsforsummer2013

    • BiketoWork• Resourcesforbeginningbikers

    Got a story?

    If you see something, say something: Hoosiers asked to report suspicious activity

    May 2013

    • CollegeChoice529plan

    • FMLpolicyrenewel

    4

    • RecoveryNutrition• Visitfarmer’smarket

    TheIndianaDepartmentofHomelandSecurity,IndianaStatePoliceandtheCityofIndianapolisDepartmentofPublicSafetyaskHoosierstoreportsuspiciousactivity.Thisisespeciallyimportantatlargeevents.

    Suspiciousactivityreportsareoneofthebestdefensesagainstviolentacts.CamerasusedbyprivatebusinessesandatipfromacitizenwerekeyintheidentificationofthetwoBostonMarathonbombingsuspects.

    Local,stateandfederalagenciesadvocatethe“IfYouSeeSomething,SaySomething”campaign.Citizensareoneofthebestpartnerspublicsafetyprofessionalshaveagainstviolentsituations.Theaveragepersonneedstoknowthattheirinputiscriticalinpreventionandfindingperpetrators.

    Afewimportantpoints:• Donotfeelembarrassedfor

    reportingsomethingoutoftheordinary.Ifitdoesn’tseemright,reportit.

    • Whenreportingsuspicious

    behavior,itisimportanttotakenoteofseveralkeydetails,suchaswhenandwhereyouwitnessedthebehaviorandanydescriptionofindividualsinvolvedsuchasgender,age,physicaldescriptionanduniquecharacteristics.Alsotakenoteofanyvehiclesinvolved,makeandmodelofthevehicle,anditsdirectionoftravel.

    • DONOTconfrontanyonewhoisexhibitingsuspiciousbehavior.

    • Toreportsuspiciousactivity,contacton-sitesecurity,locallawenforcement’snon-emergencylineortheIndianaIntelligenceFusionCenterat1-877-226-1026.Ifviolenceisimminent,call9-1-1.

    • ProgramthenumberfortheFusionCenterintoacellphone.

    • Examplesofsuspiciousactivityincludemonitoringpersonnel,testingsecurity,unusualorprolongedinterestinsecuritymeasures,orpurposelyplacingobjectsinsensitiveareastoobserveresponse.Forexample,apersontakingphotosatahighprofileeventisnotunusualinitself;butifthatpersonisonlytakingphotosofsecuritycamerasorpersonnel,thatactivitywouldbesuspicious.

    Formoreinformationgotoin.gov/iifcorgetprepared.in.gov.

    www.in.gov/spdmailto:spdcommunications%40spd.in.gov?subject=http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-State-Personnel-Department/128088600566152http://www.in.gov/spd/2719.htmhttps://twitter.com/inspdhttps://twitter.com/statehousemktin.gov/iifcgetprepared.in.gov

  • The Torch 2

    Lt. Governor launches Indiana Office of Defense Development

    New agency

    OnGovernorPence’sfirstdayinoffice,theIndianaOfficeofDefenseDevelopment(IODD)wascreatedthroughanexecutiveordertoprovideafocusedeffortongrowingthedefensesectorbusinessinIndianaandcreatingjobsforHoosiers.

    DuaneEmbree,whoservedtheNavywith35yearsoffederalcivilianserviceandthelast13ofthoseyearswasamemberoftheSenior

    ExecutiveService,wasappointedasthedirectoroftheIndianaOfficeofDefenseDevelopment.ThisnewofficeispartoftheLt.Governor’sfamilyofbusinessagencies.

    “OurgoalwiththeIODDisafocusedeconomicdevelopmentefforttogrowdefenseindustrybusinessinIndianaandcreatejobsforHoosiers,”saidEllspermann.“Ourgoalisnotonlytopreserveandprotecttheassetswehavetoday,buttoalsoopenourdoorstostrategicallyseekoutorphanactivitiesandattractthosecross-functionalopportunitiesfortrainingandinnovativecompaniesinterestedinexpandingdefensetechnologies.Indianahastomarketitselfasopenformilitarybusiness.”

    IODDwillfocusonfourmaincomponentsofeconomicdevelopmentwithinthedefensesector:First,topreserveandgrowourcurrentmilitaryassetsandinstallations.Second,topromoteandstrengthenthedefenseindustriesinIndiana.Third,toattractdefenserelatedindustriesthroughlocal,stateandregionaleconomicdevelopmentorganizations.Andfinally,topromotetheuseandcommercialization

    ofdefenseandfederalintellectualpropertytocreatenewproducts,companiesandjobs.

    “Wewillworkcloselywithstateandeconomicdevelopmentagenciesandthestategovernment’sofficeinWashington,”

    saidEmbree.“Wewillhavetolearntospendourmoneybetterandmakeadjustmentsaswegoalongtocertainprograms.”

    TheIODDwillworkwithallexistingdefenseassetsinthestate,andhassignedapartnershipagreementwithNSWCCrane.ThisagreementisthenextstepinleveragingtheincredibleassetsatNSWCCraneandotherdefenseinstallationsalongwithIndiana’sindustryandacademicassetsforeconomicdevelopmentandmakesthemostoftaxpayerfundedcapabilitiesandresearch.

    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann appointments Duane Embree as the Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development (IODD).

    CelebratedthefirstweekofMaysince1985,PublicServiceRecognitionWeek(PSRW)istimesetasidetohonorthemenandwomenwhoserveournationasfederal,state,countyandlocalgovernmentemployeesandensurethatourgovernmentisthebestintheworld.

    TheStatePersonnelDepartmentthanksallstateemployeesfortheirservice,commitmentanddedicationtomakingIndianathebeststateinthenation.

    Evenduringdifficulttimes,youcontinueworkingtofindinnovativesolutionstocomplexissues.Yourhardworkdoesnotgounnoticed,andwewantyoutoknowthatweareproudtoservewithyou.

    May 5-11, 2013

    Artwork by Jerry Williams

  • The Torch3

    Recovery nutrition is essential following physical activity, like a smoothieRecoverynutritioniscrucialaftertakingpartinextendedphysicalactivity.Whenexercising,thebodyusesagreatamountofcaloriesor“fuel”toprovideenergy,andpromoteoptimalperformance.Itisimportantafterastrenuousworkouttore-fillenergystores.Recoverynutritionisthekeytore-stockingtheseenergystores,andtoensureyouarereadyandfeelinggoodforthenextchallengingworkout.Whenproperrecoverynutritionislacking,youmayfeellowonenergy,tiredandexperiencelessthanoptimalperformance.Itisalsoessentialforrebuildingandrepairingmuscletissuethathasbeenbrokendownduringintenseworkouts.

    Toreceivethemostbenefitsfromrecoverynutritionadheretothisruleofthumb:consumeasnackwithin30minutesofrigorousphysicalactivity.Thisisknownastherecoverywindow.Alsobesuretograbasnackthatcontainsacombinationofcomplexcarbohydratesandleanproteins,thiswillaidinoptimalrecovery.Aimforasnackormealthatcontainsa3:1ratioofcarbohydratestoprotein.Ifyouareanenduranceathlete,youmayneedtobumpthatratioupto4:1toadequatelyreplenishyourfuelstores.Herearesomeexamplesofexcellentrecoverysnacks:• 1cupGreekyogurttoppedwith

    strawberries• 1cuplow-fatchocolatemilk• 1Banana+1tbsppeanutbutter• Stringcheese+6-8crackers• Ahalfofapeanutbutterandjelly

    sandwich

    Tailoryourpost-workoutrecoverysnacktoyourneeds.Dependingon

    thedurationandintensityofyourworkoutandyourperformancegoals,youmayneedmoreorlessrecoverynutritionafterexercise.

    Lookingforaquickrecoverysnack?Tryoutthiseasy-to-makepeanutbutter-bananasmoothie:1. 1frozenbanana2. ½cupmilk3. 1tbsppeanutbutter4. 1scoopvanillaprotein5. AdashofcinnamonPlaceallingredientsinablender,blenduntilsmoothoruntilyourdesiredconsistencyisreached.Addateaspoonofcocoapowderbeforeblending,ifyouwantahealthychocolate-ytreat!

    ThankstotheIndiana Dietetics Associationforthis

    submission.Checkouttheirwebsite,http://eatrightin.org/formoretipsandinformation.

    OnMay23,theStatehouseMarketreturnstoRobertD.OrrPlazaDrivewithmoreoptions.Thisseason,themarkethosts10producevendorsand10ofIndy’sfavoritefoodtruckseachThursdaythroughOctober10.That’s20datesforyoutoeatafreshlunchandshopforahealthydinner.

    2013StatehouseMarketVendorsinclude:• VanAntwerpFarmMarket• GrandpaJay’sPork• WildflowerRidgeHoney• Ludwig’sFarmsteadCreamery• Posey&Pumpkins• OberweisDairy• MelonAcres• RedBarnMeats• BryantFarm• Morevendorsstilltocome!

    Andmorethan40ofIndy’sfavoritefoodtrucks.

    LookformoreinformationaboutthemarketinSPD’sAround the Circle [email protected]

    AccordingtotheU.S.DepartmentofAgriculture(USDA),movethan170farmer’smarketsareoperatinginIndiana.Tofindamarketnearyou,clickthefollowinglinkhttp://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/

    Visit a farmer’s market this spring

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  • The Torch 4

    Do you need some help to start biking? workagaininthefuture.Ultimately,

    themorepeoplewhobiketowork,thegreaterthelong-termbenefitsonthehealthofthoseindividualsinadditiontopositiveeffectsonourcommunity(i.e.improvedairquality,

    lesscongestion,improvedlivability).

    Ifyou’veeverthoughtaboutridingabicycletoworkbutneedalittleextraincentivetogive

    itatry,markyourcalendarforMay17.Seewebsitefordetailsandtoregisteryourcommutevisitindycog.org/events/bike-to-work-day-2013.

    MayisNationalBikeMonthandadvocatesacrossthecountryarepreparingforBiketoWorkDay,onFriday,May17.SincetheinauguralIndianapolisBiketoWorkDayinthemid-90s,theeventhasattractedanincreasingnumberofparticipantsandsponsors.In2012,roughly1,500cyclistsparticipated,withapproximatelyhalfofthemattendingthemaineventattheIndyBikeHubYMCAlocatedattheIndianapolisCityMarket.Theeventfeaturesahealthybreakfast,coffee,sponsorbooths,andsince2010,liveremotesbyFOX59TV.

    Earlyindicationsshowthatthisyear’sIndianapolisBiketoWorkDaywillbeevenlargerduetotheincreaseinbicycleusersandcommuters,aswellasanincreaseinbicycle-relatedfacilitieslikeGreenways,IndianapolisCulturalTrail,50+milesofbikelanes.Thereisalsoanincreaseinthenumberofbicycle-friendlybusinesses(A1Cyclery,Angie’sList,BicycleGarageIndy,KIB,EliLilly,andStorrow,Kinsella&Assoc.).Addtothatmix,isthenewCompleteStreetsordinanceandthesoon-to-beintroducedIndianapolisBikePlan,andit’slikelywe’llseearecord-breakingBiketoWorkDayagain.

    Thoughtitsimportanttosupportandshowcasepeoplewhoalreadybiketowork,akeyfocusofthisyear’seventisencouragingnovicestotrybikingtowork.AcasualbicyclerwhohasneverbicycledtoworkbuttriesitonBiketoWorkDayismorelikelytobiketo

    Bike to Work Day is May 17, plan now

    Jointhegrowingcommunityofbikecommutersanddiscoverthefunandfreedomofbicyclingandthehealthbenefitsitbringsaswell.Belowareafewresourcestohelpyoustartthisnewhobby.

    Beginning bicyclists helpful guidelinesAreyounewtobikingortobikecommuting?Thisresourcecompilessafetytips,helmetguidelinesandtripplanninginaonepagedocument.Theseguidelinesforbikingsafetyandroadetiquetteprovidethefoundationofyourbicyclingskillsandknowledge.

    The Right BicycleChoosingtherightbicycleisveryimportantforanybicyclist.Therearemanyfactorsthatcontributetowhichbikeisbestforanybicyclecommuter.Thisresourceillustratestheadvantagesanddisadvantagesofdifferenttypesofbicycles,whilealsoprovidingsomeinformationonsizing.Ifyouareplanningonpurchasinganewbicycle,thisguidewillhelpyoupurchasetherightbike.

    Safety TipsSafetyisthemostimportantaspecttoconsiderasanovicebicyclistontheroad.Youmayhavequestionslike“wheredoIrideifthereisnobicyclelane”and“whataresomeofthemorecommonrisksthatIshouldwatchoutfor?”Thisdocumentprovidesthefundamentalsafetyinformationthateverybicyclistshouldbeawareofaswellassomehelpfultipsformotorists.

    Ifyoudecidetobiketowork,theIndianaGovernmentcampushasconvenientbikelocklocations.TheINBikePorthas42bikelockersindowntownIndianapoliswhichareaccessibleviacellphone.Withthesebikelocks,yourbikeisoutoftheweatherandsafe.Yourhelmetcanbestoredwithoutergarmentsthroughouttheday.

    Onceyouarearegisteredmember,thecostis$5.95forayearlysubscription.Clickhereformoreinformation.

    TolocateDowntownbikelanes,useIndianapolisDowntownInc.’sNeighborhoodMap.Ifyouarelookingforadditionalbikeracksandlockers,hereisacompleteDowntownMap.

    Need a bike lock?

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  • The Torch5

    Theroarofcarsatthetrackandthousandscelebratingthe“GreatestSpectacleinRacing.”That’swhatmostassociatewithMayinIndiana.AndalthoughthereisnothinglikewatchingtheIndianapolis500there’smoretobecelebratedinMay:5/29CollegeSavingsDay.

    What’sthatyouask?It’sadaytocelebrateplanningandpreparingforthemostimportantinvestmentyoucanmake–aneducation.YoucandothisbyopeningorcontributingtoaCollegeChoice529SavingsPlan.TheCollegeChoice529Planisatax-advantagedwayforanyHoosiertosaveforalovedone’seducationexpenses.Or,youcanevensaveforyourown.

    Studieshaveshownthatthetypicalbachelor’sdegreerecipientcanexpecttoearnabout61percentmoreovera40-yearworkinglifethanthetypicalhighschoolgraduateearnsoverthesameperiod.There’snobettergiftforalovedonethanhelpingthempreparingforsomelevelofhighereducationalattainment.

    TheCollegeChoicePlanworksforanyHoosierbecauseit’seligibleformorethanyour2or4yearuniversitiesandcolleges.Technical,vocationalortradeschoolsqualifyas

    Race to college savings with 5/29 planFrom the Office of the Treasurer

    well.Sowhetheryouaresavingforyourtoddlerathomeorforcareerretrainingforyourself–itworks!Andevenbetter-savingforthefuturegivesyouataxbenefittoday!AnyHoosierthatcontributestoaCollegeChoiceiseligibletoreceivea20percentstateincometaxcredit,upto$1,000,ontheircontribution.That’sanimmediatetwentypercentsavings,fasterthanthequickestpitstopimaginable!

    Ourcountry’sfuturedependsonaneducatedworkforce.It’sprojected

    thatby2018therewillbe930,000jobvacanciesinIndiana,accordingtotheIndianaCommissiononHigherEducation.ThosearejobsthatHoosierswantandneedtofill,butrequirepost-secondaryeducationortraining.

    That’swhyit’smoreimportantthaneverthatyoustartplanningandpreparingnow!Don’tputthebrakesonyourfuturebynotsavingnow.Helpusspreadthewordbytalkingtoyourfriends,familyandemployersabouttheCollegeChoice529Plan.Weallneedtobeinvolvedinmaking5/29CollegeSavingsDayaturningpointinourcommunities!

    Helio,Dario,TK,andSimonamayseelifeflashbyat220mph,butyoudon’tneedto.Finishtheraceawinnerbysavingtoday!FormoreinformationontheCollegeChoice529SavingsPlan,visitwww.collegechoiceplan.com.

    Areyouready?Ifyouhavereasontobelievetheneedforanyintermittentorreduced-schedulefamilymedicalleave(FML)alreadyapprovedinthecurrentfiscalyearwillextendintoFY2013-14(July1,2013throughJune30,2014),thenyoumustre-apply.

    Toensurethereisnogapincoverage,usethefollowingchecklist:• May-visityourhealth

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    • June1-submitnewRequest&Certificationbasedonthosevisits

    Remember,a30daynoticeisrequiredforforeseeableabsences.IfyouhaveFMLforachronicconditionnow,theneedforthoseabsencesmaycontinueinthefuture.Thisrequiresanewrequestandcertification.

    FailuretotimelysubmitdocumentationmayresultinunauthorizedleaveforabsencesafterJune30,2013.Ifyouhavequestions,pleasecalltheFMLCallCenterat317.234.7955ortoll-freeat1.855.SPD.INHR(1.855.773.4647)andchoosetheFMLprompt.

    New fiscal year for FML starts July 1

    FML deadline: June 30

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  • The Torch 6

    Lookingtotakethefamilytoanamusementparkthissummer,checkoutthesediscountsfirstandsavesomemoney.InIndiana,wehaveoffersfromHolidayWorldandIndianaBeach.AlsoSixFlagsinSt.LouisandKingsIslandhavemadeoffers.KingsIsland,opennow,isfinalizingtheirdiscountofferandtheinformationwillbepostedontheentertainmentdiscountspageonceitbecomesavailable.

    Indiana BeachLocatedinMonticello,IndianaBeachoffersdiscountsofforgateadmissionandseasonpassesforemployees.Followtheinstructionsbelowandyoucangetnormalgateadmission(FundayTicket)for$26.95perperson,$9offnormalgateprice.TheparkopensMay11.1.Visitwww.IndianaBeach.com2.Clickon“BuyOnline”inthetop

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    “PromoCode”4.Typethecode:2013stateemp

    Holiday World HolidayWorldandSplashin’SafariinSantaClaushasprovidedFunClubSavingsCouponsagain,goodfor$5offofmaingategeneraladmissioninMayandJune.Thecouponsaregoodfor$4offfortherestoftheseason,exceptSaturdaysinJulyandAugustwhenthecouponsare$2off.Onecouponisgoodforuptoeightdiscounts.TheparkopensMay4.DiscountcouponsareavailableinW161inIndianaGovernmentCenter(IGC)Southwhiletheylast.Ifyoucan’tpickupacouponattheIGC,youcanbringanyemptyPepsicanorBunnyBreadwrappertoaHolidayWorldticketboothforadiscounton

    uptoeightadmissiontickets(percanorwrapper).AnyPepsiproductorBunnyBreadwrapperwillwork,andthecanorwrapperdoesnothavetohaveacoupononit.Foradmissionpricesandotherdiscountinformation,checktheHolidayWorldwebsitefordetails.

    Six Flags (St. Louis)SixFlagsinSt.Louisoffersanonlinepurchaseprogramwithnotonlysubstantialsavings,butallowsyouto“printandgo”soyouhaveyourticketinhandwhenyougettotheparkwithnowaitinginthelinetopurchasetickets.SixFlagsoffersafewdifferentpromotionsontheticketsite.ThemainofferistheECRegularOneDayfor$35.99perticket.Youcansaveanadditional$2perticketifyoupurchaseyourticketswithinthreedaysofyourvisitwiththe3-dayECGeneralAdmissionoffer.

    ThereisaBuy3,Get1Freeofferupnow,butpleasenoteifyoupurchasethroughthatoffertheticketsmustbeusedbyMay26,2013.IfyoupresenttheofferafterMay26,youwillhavetopayanadditionalgateadmissiononthefourthticket.

    Purchaseticketshere:https://shop.sixflags.com/clients/sixflags/affiliate/index.php?m=18052Username:INSTATEPassword:SixFlags8(casesensitive).

    Great Wolf Lodge offer available year-roundClearyourcalendar,packyourswimsuits,andheadtoGreatWolfLodge!Save20percentoffthebestavailableroomratesatGreatWolfLodgeinMasonorSanduskyOhiowhenbookingusingthecodeINDI462B onlineatwww.greatwolf.comorwithareservationistat1.800.905.WOLF.Bookearlyforthebestratestosavethemost!Restrictionsapplyandyou

    mustpresentIDuponcheckin.Offerisbasedonavailability.Viewflyerformoredetails.

    Cincinnati RedsGetdiscountedticketsforfiveCincinnatiRedshomegamesduringthe2013season,thefirstofwhichisaMay26gameagainsttheChicagoCubs.Discountticketsforthisoffercanbepurchasedonlineatwww.reds.com/indiana.Theonlinepromocodeforthisofferis:indy(alllowercase).HerearetheSundaygamedatesofferedinthediscount:• May26vs.ChicagoCubs• June9vs.St.LouisCardinals• July21vs.PittsburghPirates• Aug.4vs.St.LouisCardinals• Sept.8vs.LosAngelesDodgers

    Indianapolis IndiansTheIndianapolisIndianshaveofferedupspecialratestofivegamessofarthisseason.ThefirstgameavailableisonSunday,May12andticketscanbepurchasedonline,byphoneorbymail.Enjoyaspecialrateof$4offofthegatepriceavailableonlytostateemployees.

    FortheMay12gamedate,children14andundereatfree.Kidsreceiveavoucherforonehotdog,onewater,andonebagofchips.

    Theremaininggamedatesarelistedbelow,alongwithalinktoaflyerthatcanbeusedformailorders.GotoIndyIndians.comtoorderyourtickets.Enterpromocode“state”inStep3of5toreceiveyourdiscount.• May12• June7• July13• August3• August30

    Amusement park summer discounts are now availableEmployee discounts

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  • The Torch7

    Good work

    Employee performs ‘shining example of service’ with origamiAttheEvansvillePsychiatricChildren’sCenter,BehavioralHealthRecoveryAttendant(BHRA)ZachMelbergknowsexactlywhentofold.Thankstohiscreativetalents,enthusiasmandinvestmentinthechildren’ssuccess,sixboysranginginagefromninetoeleven,areenjoyingtheancientartofOrigami(paperfolding).Origamiisnotusuallyonthelistofleisureactivitiesduetoitscomplexnature;buttheboysarepersistentandtheirskilllevelsareincreasingthankstoZachwhohaspatientlycultivatedagreatinterestinOrigami.

    “Ifeelthatorigamihelpsthechildrenbuildskillsforlaterintheirlives,”saidZach.“Origamihasitsrootsinmathematics,thearts,scienceandspirituality.Allowingthechildrentoconcentrateonaparticularlydifficultorigamiallowsthemtobuildtheirpatience.”Hefurthernotedhereviews

    threevirtueswiththechildreneverytimetheydoorigami.“Thefirstispatience,becausewithoutpatienceorigamiisdifficult.Thesecondisconsideration,becausethechildrenhavetobeconsideratetotheirpeers’creations,onlysayingconstructiveopinions.Lastly,isconcentration,becausenotbeingabletoconcentrateonorigamiwillcauseamisfold.”

    Theboysexperienceagreatamountofpersonalsatisfactionwhentheyseetheirworkcometolife.WithZach’sguidance,theyhavemadeanimpressivevarietyoforigamiitems:birds(swallow,crane),tessellations,animals(hound,hedgehog,lion,rat),flowers(rose,lily,waterlotus,tulip),boxes,octahedron,rings,Ninjastar,coinpouch,gyroscopeandothers.

    NotonlyisOrigamiauniqueleisure

    skill,buthasapositiveeffectwithallthatparticipate.Staffmembersoftenengageinleisureactivitieswiththechildrenintheevenings;butLoriSchutz,RN,notedthat“whatZachisdoingisashiningexampleofserviceatitsbest.”

    Zach Melberg, BHRA, assists a child with an origami project.

    License plates

    Save time and money while you commute to work Withspringuponus,there’snotimelikethepresenttocommittogettingtoworksomewayotherthanaloneinyourowncar.YouwillnotonlybedoingyourparttoGreen-Uptheenvironment,you’llgreen-upyourwalletbyeasilysavingover50percentinyourcommutingcosts!

    Carpool,ridethebus,joinorstartavanpool,rideyourbikeorwalk!Allofthesewillsaveyoualotofmoneyandarehealthierwaystogettoworkthandrivingalone.

    Andnotonlywillyousavemoney–youmayevenmakesome!CommuterConnectisholdingaCommuterChallengeduringthemonthofMay.RegisterwithCommuterConnect,logyouralternativecommuteseachdayinMay,andyouwillbeenteredfor

    weeklydrawingsforgiftcards,andagrandprizeattheendofthemonthfora$500giftcard!

    So,howdoyougetstarted?Ifyoualreadygettoworkanywayotherthandrivingbyyourself,makesuretogetsigneduponthewebsite.Ifyouwouldcarpool,vanpool,orrideyourbike,ifyoujustknewsomeoneelsewholivednearyou,CommuterConnectwillhelpmatchyouupwithothersyoucancommutewith.Getstartedtodayatwww.commuterconnect.us.

    Afraidtotryanotherwaytogettoworkincaseanemergencyrequiresyoutoleaveearly?Don’tworry!Allstateemployeeswhogettoworkinamannerotherthandrivingbythemselves,areeligibleforthefreeemergencyridehomebenefit.This

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    “Icurrentlycarpooltowork,andpreviouslywasinoneofthevanpools.Icanpersonallytellyouthatitisagreatwaytogettoworkandahugemoney-saver.WearecurrentlylookingforpeopletojoinusinstartingasecondVanpoolfromtheCloverdalearea.,”saidChristiBunch,FSSA.

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    Don’t let garden envy get the best of you: get out there and grow!

    On April 20, Governor Mike Pence, Department of Homeland Security Director John Hill and Congresswoman Susan Brooks join Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and to survey flood damage following torrential rains in north central Indiana.To see more pictures of Governor Pence visit www.in.gov/gov/2387.htm.

    Oneofthebestpartsofsummerisallthefreshproduce.“Ilovewalkingouttomygardenandgrabbingfreshgreenbeansandhavingthemonmydinnerplatetwentyminuteslater”saidJenniferPinkston,IndianaStateDepartmentofAgricultureemployee.However,forthosewhodon’thavethespaceforagarden,thereisnoneedtosufferwithgardenenvy.Youcanbecomeacontainergardener.

    Containergardening,orurbangardening,isagrowingtrendacrossthecountryandofferseveryonewithasunnyporchorrooftopthechancetogrowtheirownvegetables,fruitsandherbs.Youcantransformasmallapartmentpatiointoyourownproduceparadise.

    Togetstarted,you’llneedsome

    flowerpots,soil,seedsorstarts,andsomeplantfood(nutrientsvaryinpottingmixes,sobesuretoreadthebagofsoilandbemindfulofeachplant’sneeds-pottingmixforflowersisnotthebestforyourtomatoes).Whenchoosingthesizeofthepots,becarefulnottogotoobigortoosmall-thinkabouttherootsystemofeachplantandhowtalltheywillbewhenfullygrown.Also,ifyou’regoingtobeadventurousandgrownvineplants,suchasstrawberries,stickwithashorter,widercontainer.

    Wateringcanbetrickywithcontainers.It’seasytooverwater,andlet’sfaceit,weallgetbusyandsometimesforgettowaterourplants.Enlistingthehelpofaneighbororfriendhelpsensureyourplantsstayhydrated.Also,ensure

    yourpotshaveenoughholesforwatertoescapeoryoursoilbecomestoowetandtherootsrot.

    Asyourplantsgrow,keepinmindhowmuchsunlighteachplantneeds.Youmayhavetorearrangethepotsasyourplantsgrowandcastshadowsonotherplants.Evaluateyoursunlightthroughoutanormaldaytoseewherebesttoputyourplants.Whateveryourstyle,thereareplantsthatcanworkforyou.Youjusthavetodoalittleresearchandexperimentationtofindwhatworks.Checkoutthiswebsiteformoretipsandgetoutthereandgrow!

    Gardens at home

    FloodingisthemostcommonnaturaldisasterintheUS.Local,stateandfederalofficialshavebegunconductingjointpreliminarydamageassessmentsinfourcentralIndianacounties(Howard,Madison,TiptonandWabashcounties)toevaluatedamagecausedbysevereweatherandfloodingthatbeganApril17.IDHSisstillencouraginganyonewhohasnotyetreporteddamagetopleasedoso.

    HoosierswhosustaineddamagecausedbysevereweatherandfloodingthatbeganApril17canreportonlineatwww.in.gov/dhs.Inthemiddleofthepageunder“FeaturedTopics,”clickon“ReportDamagefromSevereStormsandFlooding-StartingApril17andcontinuing.”

    Forquestions,contactyourcountyemergencymanagementagency.Localagency’scontactinformationisavailablehere.

    Flood damage assessment has begun

    IDHS

    Indiana.Tohttp://in.gov/gov/2387.htmhttp://www.hgtv.com/container-gardening/package/index.html17.IDHSwww.in.gov/dhswww.in.gov/dhs/files/Sanitized_Compact_Directory.pdf.

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