April 01, 2016
Got a question, concern or issue? The Town Hall meeting is the perfect place to bring it! Join us in Eaton Hall at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5 for a relaxed, open forum. Residents and members of the business community may bring topics of local interest to discuss with Town of Brownsburg staff, council members and other local officials who may be in attendance. No official action is taken at Town Hall meetings, but the casual format provides an opportunity to participate in conversations about what’s important to our community. The bi-monthly meetings will take place on these additional 2016 dates: June 7; August 2; October 4; and December 6.
April 01, 2016
Indianapolis – In a report released yesterday, Standard and Poor’s reaffirmed the state of Indiana’s AAA credit rating. Indiana has held AAA ratings with all three agencies, Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings, since April of 2010. The AAA rating is the highest possible rating of the state’s finances. It signals to families and businesses already in Indiana or thinking of moving here that Indiana is a strong and stable environment for investment, growth, and keeping more of what they earn.
“Our record of passing honestly balanced budgets, maintaining sufficient reserves while cutting taxes for working Hoosiers and employers has once again been affirmed as the way to grow a more prosperous Indiana,” said Governor Mike Pence. “In just the last few years, our state has added nearly 140,000 new jobs; our labor force participation rates continue to outpace national averages; and, more Hoosiers are working than ever before. Rest assured that this administration will continue to advance policies that demonstrate responsible fiscal leadership and make appropriate investments in areas like workforce, education and infrastructure. That is what makes Indiana a state that works.”
Regarding Standard and Poor’s issuer credit rating (ICR), the report states, “The AAA ICR on Indiana reflects our view of the state’s proven commitment to and significant focus on strengthening the budget through extensive use of management controls that have led to maintenance of structural balance, growth in reserve levels, and continued funding of long-term liabilities.”
The report in full can be found attached.
April 01, 2016
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping and other fish-and-wildlife-related regulations in Indiana, including special permits.
From April 1 to May 15, the public can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on issues the DNR has identified for consideration.
The form is at wildlife.IN.gov/7373.htm.
“Got INput?” allows the public to comment on ideas put forward by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife as well as requests for rule changes from citizen petitions. The program also allows members of the public to propose their own ideas on any fishing, hunting or trapping topic.
Got INput users must register with a username and a password.
Input and ideas can also be mailed to:
DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
Attn: Got INput
402 W. Washington St., Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204
This is the second year of the Got INput program. The first year, in 2014, more than 3,000 comments were received.
After May 15, the Division of Fish & Wildlife staff will evaluate all comments and seek approval on rule changes to present to the Natural Resources Commission for preliminary adoption. No rule proposals would take effect this year.
To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
April 01, 2016
The President’s June 2014 call to action to create a strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators generated a great deal of “buzz” among state agencies, private sector businesses, nonprofit groups and communities across the country. The strategy called for a substantial increase in habitat acreage nationwide, working to reduce stress on pollinators, which continue to play a vital role in the production of food we consume each day.
In response to the call to action, the Office of the Indiana State Chemist and the Indiana Pesticide Review Board, which are housed at Purdue University, began developing a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) for the state. The key objectives of the plan include: (1) reducing pesticide exposure to bees and other pollinators through timely communication and coordination among stakeholders and (2) increasing foraging, shelter, nesting, and brooding areas.
In an effort to assist with pollinator habitat expansion statewide, ISDA met with a variety of stakeholders in three working groups over the summer to discuss issues such as habitat expansion, funding opportunities, best practices for promoting pollinator health as well as community outreach. The recommendation that came out of the working groups was for ISDA to aggregate resources and develop a web portal, which would serve as a focal point for information, highlighting the efforts of nonprofit groups, governmental organizations and communities on pollinator habitat expansion.
April 01, 2016
Gardening for All Ages to be held April 23
(Danville, Ind., Mar. 21, 2016) The Hendricks County Master Gardeners will hold their annual “Gardening for All Ages” event on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville, Ind. Gardening for All Ages will feature over 40 garden-related vendors, offering plants, garden décor, bird-watching supplies, and advice to make this year’s garden your best ever.
“This is a terrific day of learning, and true to our name, there are activities for small children, senior citizens, and everyone in-between,” says event chair Ed Freeman.“Admission and parking are free, so make sure to attend on April 23.”
Several talented gardening speakers will be sharing their expertise. At 10:00 a.m., Theresa Byington, host of the RoseChat Podcast, will discuss Rose Varieties for Success. At 11:00 a.m., Bree Ollier will explain Cover Crops for Gardens. At 1:00 p.m., Colletta Kosiba, a Gold Level Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, will have ideas for Plants for Shady Areas, and at 2:00 p.m., Russell Primrose, is covering Tight Space? Small Footprint High Output Gardening.
- The first 500 visitors will receive a free tree courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
- An information booth will be staffed by Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions.
- A vegetable-themed children’s booth will have crafts and educational activities for younger attendees.
- Free flower and vegetable seeds will be available.
- Stream Cuisine (a local favorite from Danville’s Courthouse Grounds) will have breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks available for purchase.
The Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex is located at 1900 E. Main St. and offers free parking. For more information, visit www.hendricksgardeners.com or call (317) 745-9260.
About the Hendricks County Master Gardeners: The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Indiana through Purdue University Cooperative Extension programs and projects. The Hendricks County Master Gardeners usually meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Hendricks County 4H Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main Street in Danville, Ind. Their meetings are open to any interested gardener. For more information, contact the extension office at (317) 745-9260 or visit www.hendricksgardeners.com .
April 01, 2016
Indianapolis, IN – March 31, 2016 – Americans paid the cheapest quarterly gas prices in twelve years during the first three months of 2016, according to AAA. Americans have saved nearly $10 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015. The national average price of gas during the first quarter was $1.86 per gallon, making it the cheapest quarter for gasoline since January-March 2004. Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low compared to recent years, though average prices could rise another 25 cents per gallon by Memorial Day.
The national average price of gas today is $2.06 per gallon, which is the lowest average heading into April since 2009.
- About 59 percent of U.S. stations are selling gas for less than $2 per gallon today, while the most common price across the country is $1.999 per gallon.
- Average U.S. gas prices are about 36 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago.
Americans have saved nearly $10 billion (13 percent) on gasoline so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, which is about $45 per licensed driver.
- This year’s savings are in addition to the $120 billion that Americans saved over the course of 2015 compared to the previous year, which was about $565 per licensed driver.
- Today’s gas price savings are even more significant when compared to a few years ago. For example, the most expensive first quarter ever was in 2012, when prices averaged $3.58 per gallon. In comparison to that quarter, Americans have saved about $50 billion or $240 per licensed driver during the first three months this year.
Gas prices are significantly cheaper than in recent years due to relatively low oil costs and abundant petroleum supplies.
- WTI oil prices settled above $38 per barrel yesterday, which is about $70 per barrel lower than the summertime highs in 2014. Every $10 change in the price of crude oil can move gas prices by nearly 25 cents per gallon.
- Abundant supplies have helped keep prices relatively low this year. For example, commercial crude oil supplies in the United States are about 13 percent higher than a year ago and gasoline supplies are six percent higher, according to EIA estimates.
Lower gas prices have helped motivate Americans to drive at record levels.
- Americans drove 3.1 trillion miles in 2015, which was an all-time record and 3.5 percent higher than in 2014, according to estimates by the U.S. DOT. The latest estimates indicate that Americans drove 240.7 billion miles in January 2016, which was the most ever for the month.
- The EIA estimated gasoline consumption at 395 million gallons per day in its latest four-week average, which is about five percent higher than the same period a year ago and the highest for this time of year on record.
- There is a strong likelihood that road travel will continue to increase this year as long as gas prices remain low and there are no major economic problems.
Gas prices are on the rise nationwide, which is a trend drivers see nearly every spring.
- The national average price of gas has increased 35 out of the past 37 days for a total of 35 cents per gallon. Gas prices often increase 50 cents per gallon or more in the spring.
- Most drivers are paying $4-$9 more per gallon to fill up their vehicles on every trip to the gas station today compared to mid-February.
- Gas prices could rise by another 15-25 cents per gallon in many parts of the country by Memorial Day. At those levels, seasonal prices would still be less expensive than in recent years.
Gas prices are rising due to higher oil costs, increased demand, refinery maintenance and the switchover to summer-blend gasoline.
- Oil prices have increased by more than $10 per barrel since early February, which has made it more expensive to produce gasoline.
- Demand has increased this spring as the weather has turned warmer, and this increase comes at the same time that many refineries conduct maintenance to prepare for the summer driving season. Refineries conducting maintenance produce less fuel, which can lead to higher prices.
- The EPA mandates gas stations in some parts of the country sell summer-blend gasoline from June 1-September 15 for air-quality reasons. Refineries begin producing summer-blend gasoline by April 1, and this fuel costs more to produce.
Average state gas prices vary by 95 cents per gallon across the country.
- The five states with the cheapest average gas prices include Missouri ($1.83), New Jersey ($1.84), Oklahoma ($1.85), South Carolina ($1.87) and Alabama ($1.87). States with cheaper prices have relatively low gas taxes and abundant fuel supplies.
The five states with the most expensive prices include California ($2.79), Hawaii ($2.59), Nevada ($2.44), Washington ($2.29) and Alaska ($2.29). Gas prices in California and in neighboring states are among the highest in the country due to continued refinery problems that have limited regional fuel production and supplies
March 31, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (March 29, 2016) – Governor Mike Pence today named Michael Kubacki to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors. “Michael Kubacki is a leader in Hoosier business,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Michael is a longtime Hoosier and his work as Lake City Bank’s CEO and now as its chairman exemplifies his commitment to growing his home state. He’s passionate about continuing to grow our state’s economy, create more great-paying jobs and expand opportunities for every Hoosier, and it’s clear Michael is the perfect addition to the IEDC board. We’re thankful he has agreed to serve Hoosiers in this exciting new capacity as we build upon the successes and strong foundation of the Hoosier state.” Kubacki serves as chairman of Lake City Bank and its holding company, Lakeland Financial Corporation. Based in Warsaw, Indiana, Lake City Bank operates offices throughout the northern and central regions of the state and is the largest bank with all of its investments in Indiana. Serving as the bank’s chief executive officer from 1999 to 2014, under Kubacki’s leadership Lake City Bank opened offices in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis and grew its assets from $1 billion to $3.2 billion. With market share growth of nearly 500 percent, Kubacki helped make Lake City Bank one of the highest-performing banks of its size in the country. In 2014, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce named Kubacki the state’s Business Leader of the Year. The designation followed previous honors, including Community Banker of the Year by American Banker in 2011 and Best Value CEO by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly in 2006. Kubacki also serves on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (where he is a past chairman), the Indiana University South Bend School of Business Advisory, the LaCasa Business Advisory, the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indiana Society of Chicago. “Throughout my career in banking, I’ve witnessed the impact a successful business can have on its community and its state,” said Kubacki. “As the newest member of the IEDC board, I’m committed to working with Governor Pence and the team at the IEDC to continue building upon our state’s incredible economic momentum, with more Hoosiers now working than ever before. Today in Indiana we’re witnessing massive growth in life sciences, aerospace, agribusiness and technology, which is attracting jobs that are increasing Indiana’s average wage, and that’s an effort I’m honored to join.” Kubacki is a graduate of Indiana University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. He resides in Syracuse, Indiana, with his wife, Rebecca, and has two children and two grandchildren. He replaces former IEDC board member Bob Taylor, who retired from Do it Best Corp. in January, and will serve the remainder of his four-year term, which expires in March 2017. About IEDC The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.
March 31, 2016
BROWNSBURG – The Town of Brownsburg’s stormwater department is hosting a rain barrel decorating contest this spring. A $25 entry fee gets participants a rain barrel to decorate, which will be theirs to keep and use at their home or business. Collecting rain water to use for watering landscaping during the summer can cut household water use by up to half. Using a rain barrel helps you save water, energy and money and it helps keep our streams clean by reducing runoff and erosion. The contest theme is “Where does the Stormwater Flow?” Contestants must provide their own decorating supplies that are able to withstand weather and outside elements. Designs must be appropriate for all ages. Decorated rain barrels need to be delivered to Town Hall by 4 p.m. on April 28. Barrels will be on display for voting at the Brownsburg Public Library from May 2 through 13. A limited number of rain barrels are available. Register online before April 6 at the Town’s website, www.brownsburg.org. For questions about the contest, contact Stormwater Coordinator Lisa Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-858-6029.
March 31, 2016
Long before Thelma & Louise rode off in their ’66 Thunderbird convertible, there were the Gypsy Coeds. In the mid 1930s and early 40s, this group of fiercely independent young ladies would pack themselves and a few belongings into Darlene Dorgan’s silver 1926 Model T Touring Car (dubbed the Silver Streak) and set off during the summers in search of adventure.
Darlene and various combinations of 19 other girls made eight trips, logged over 71,500 miles and found adventure at every turn. They met the reclusive Dr. Dafoe and watched the Dionne quintuplets play outside through a one-way screen. They attended the New York and San Francisco World’s Fair; met movie stars and moguls, dignitaries and corporate leaders; slept in parks, schoolyards, jail cells and by the side of the road; and formed a special bond with Henry Ford who hosted and assisted the girls on many occasions.
John Butte had heard stories about these trips from his mother (one of the Gypsy Coeds) and, upon her death in 2011, was determined to find the car. He tracked it to Portland, Oregon where Darlene’s descendants had taken it after it had sat in storage for decades at the Dorgan’s Bradford, Illinois home. John purchased the Silver Streak and brought it back to the Bradford area. Remarkably, the exterior had never been restored…and it still ran. Butte’s desire to preserve the car quickly evolved into preserving its history as well.
An exhibit entitled “Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak” was created by the Peoria Riverfront Museum and John Butte that tells the stories of the girls’ travels through 44 states, Mexico and Canada at a top speed of about 45 miles an hour. After its highly successful debut at the Peoria, IL museum last fall, the Silver Streak — along with pictures and fascinating information about the Gypsy Coeds and their trips — will be on display at the Model T Museum in Richmond, Indiana from April 9 to August 7, 2016.
The Model T Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located at 309 N. 8th St., Richmond, Indiana in the Historic Depot District. It features an impressive collection of vehicles including one of the first Ts and one of the last, a Pietenpol airplane, T-related memorabilia, reference materials and an extensive gift shop which includes copies of John Butte’s recently released book, “Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls.” For more information call the Model T Museum at 765-488-0026.
March 29, 2016
Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. The volunteer period varies at parks, based on the number of applicants and on the amount and type of work required.
Properties are looking for dedicated campers who enjoy working outdoors, with people and DNR staff.
Volunteers for hosts are needed at Brown County, McCormick’s Creek, Turkey Run, Potato Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon and Indiana Dunes state parks and Salamonie, Monroe and Patoka lakes.
A complete list of site availability and detailed information about hosting duties is at stateparks.IN.gov/2404.htm or contact the property where you would like to serve as a host.
Completion of a volunteer application is required to apply. Download a volunteer application form at stateparks.IN.gov/2443.htm.