From the promise of immortality to tales of healing powers and mysterious deaths, poison is a popular theme in legends and fairy tales. The Power of Poison examines the mystery and intrigue that surround nature’s most powerful defense mechanism and how it can be used for both good and evil. Look on as Shakespeare’s Macbeth witches brew up a poisonous potion to summon the future and find out what may be behind the Mad Hatter’s madness in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Did a snakebite really kill Cleopatra? And was it arsenic that ended the reign of Napoleon? Visitors can check out the Detecting Poison Theater to explore a real-world poisoning case that highlights the dramatic advances in toxicology and forensics since the 19th century. An interactive game invites visitors to examine evidence and see if they have what it takes to solve the mysteries behind three puzzling poisoning cases. Next, step into a fairytale scene to get up close to a giant “enchanted” book to learn more about poisonous plants and how they were once used. 

History also shows a long record of plant and animal toxins being used as medical treatments. Studying how poisons affect human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair, and heal them. The Power of Poison looks at the ways toxins are being studied as potentially lifesaving treatments. Visitors can check out live golden poison dart frogs and learn the deadly secret they use to keep from becoming dinner. And learn how some of your favorite tastes and smells are derived from chemicals intended to fend off predators. 

 “The Power of Poison is a great fit for the museum because it blends both science and culture, exploring poison’s role in nature, myth and history as well as its impact on medicine,” said Damon Lowe, senior curator of science and technology. 

There will be a special opening night reception that is open to the public on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will be able to speak with curator Dr. Mark Siddall and meet Dr. Brent Furbee, medical director emeritus at Indiana Poison Center, who will present on famous Indiana murderers who used poison to commit their crimes. Tickets for members are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 3-17). Tickets for non-members are $20 for adults, $15 for youth (ages 3-17). RSVP is required for the opening event by October 13 at or call 317.232.1637.

The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( and is supported by Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Uncle Bill’s Pet Centers. The exhibition runs from October 21, 2017 to February 11, 2018.

For more information on the exhibition, please call 317.232.1637 or visit


Indiana State Museum 

The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.


American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including those in the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. It is home to New York State’s official memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, a tribute to Roosevelt’s enduring legacy of environmental conservation. The Museum’s approximately 200 scientists draw on a world-class research collection of more than 34 million artifacts and specimens, some of which are billions of years old, and on one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, the Museum grants the Ph.D. degree in Comparative Biology and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the only such program at any museum in the United States. Annual physical attendance has grown to approximately 5 million, and the Museum’s exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on six continents. The Museum’s website, digital videos, and apps for mobile devices bring its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more around the world. Visit for more information.


About Dr. Mark Siddall

Dr. Mark Siddall is Curator and Professor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he is the principal investigator of the Institute for Comparative Genomics and Professor of Invertebrate Zoology. His research focuses on the evolution of parasite diversity, from microbes and malaria to bed bugs, but especially his beloved leeches and their hemotoxic venoms. With over 150 publications including his popular book Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences and 30 years of fieldwork that spans all continents, Siddall has been central to leveraging genomic technologies for the study of biodiversity and its conservation. A defender of charismatic micro fauna, Siddall also is engaged with President Carter's efforts to drive neglected diseases to extinction while still capturing knowledge about their life cycles, ecology and genomics. In addition to Power of Poison Siddall’s award-winning exhibitions include Life at the Limits, Countdown to Zero, Picturing Science, and the iconic Hall of Ocean Life. ­


Local News Briefs

Salvation Army 'Kettle Campaign' to run Nov. 22 - Dec.23

The Salvation Army of Pulaski County has announced its annual holiday kettle campaign will run Nov. 22 - Dec. 23, in the lobby at Sanders Grocery in Winamac.

Funds raised during the campaign will be utilized in Pulaski County.

CFPC to participate in #GivingTuesday Nov. 28

Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) will participate in #GivingTuesday for the third year in a row, encouraging giving back to the communities we live and work in.

Occurring this year on Nov. 28, the annual day of giving is held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Pulaski County Historical Society membership drive underway

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new - and "re-newed" members as it launches its annual membership drive for 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, many current or new members may prefer to pay their tax deductable memberships before the new year begins. Memberships also make thoughtful gifts for the holiday season.

PCPL lists November events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for November which include a Heavenly Dairy class, Health Insurance Marketplace one-on-one sessions, make-and-take sweater mittens and a sandhill cranes presentation.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

Next Food Finders Mobile Pantry visit Dec. 1

The next Food Finders Mobile Pantry Food Give Away Day will begin at 11 a.m., Friday (Dec. 1), at the Pulaski County Highway Garage, U.S. 35 North, Winamac.

The Mobile Pantry will be distributing food, possibly including fozen meat, beverages, snacks, baked goods, vegetables and cereal to people in need in the Winamac area.

Plans underway for Chamber's Winter Wonderland Dec. 2

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will once again ring in the holidays with its 15th annual Winter Wonderland, set for Saturday, Dec. 2, in Winamac.

The event will feature activities at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School, downtown Winamac, and the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac. Also, merchants and businesses countywide are encouraged to hold special sales and activities during the day.

CLASP annual Toy Store Dec. 9; volunteers welcome

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday, Dec. 9,  from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS), on the corner of Pearl and Logan streets, Winamac.

Anyone who would like to volunteer the day of the Toy Store and Gift Distribution is welcome to do so. Contact Human Services by calling 946-6500 or email at

Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

The next local opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at West Central High School, U.S. 421, Francesville.

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

4-H enrollment opens for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Kindergarten through second grade members are exempt.


Indiana News

Need help navigating your Medicare options?

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program can help

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a counseling program for people with Medicare.

SHIP is provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance and Administration on Community Living. SHIP is part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state.

Food Finders Food Bank receives pet food donation

LAFAYETTE - Food Finders Food Bank recently received a pet food donation of 820 bags of dog and cat food totaling 31,160 pounds from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. For every bag of pet food purchased from PetSmart until Dec. 31, they will donate a meal to a pet in need.

The families Food Finders serves often struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, and some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table. Pets provide comfort and become part of the family, and people who are struggling financially more than likely will need food for their pets as well.

Veterans Day 2017 - Veterans by the numbers

From U.S. Census Bureau

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

Food Finders Food Bank kicks off 'Drive Away Hunger'

LAFAYETTE – Food Finders Food Bank is launching its annual Drive Away Hunger Fall Food Drive, a community-wide effort from Oct.19 through Dec. 1.

Drive Away Hunger represents a community-wide effort to raise 400,000 meals during a six-week campaign. Food Finders is calling on the community to unite in helping to stock the food bank’s shelves to ensure that our neighbors facing hunger have enough to eat this winter.

Indiana Dept. of Agriculture launches conservation ‘one-stop’

INDIANAPOLIS – Improving water quality and soil health continues to be a priority for farmers statewide, and while data has always been available to support this claim, it hasn’t been accessible in one, easily navigable location.

To address this issue, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), using information compiled by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), launched Oct. 12 an online story map, a one-stop shop for Indiana’s conservation efforts.

The Power of Poison coming to the Indiana State Museum

Highly interactive, family-friendly exhibition explores science, legend of poisons 

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Museum explores the historical fascination with toxins in The Power of Poison.

The prestigious national traveling exhibition, on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, opens at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 21 and runs to Feb. 11.

Important corrections made to Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide

Indiana deer and waterfowl hunters need to be aware of two important changes in the print version of the 2017-2018 Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Due to recent legislation passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly, hunters can no longer use rifles when hunting deer on public land. “Public land” includes both state and federal property. Before the change, the use of rifles on public land had been legal.

Governor’s order begins process to distribute $40.9 million from VW settlement

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Thursday (Oct. 12) an executive order outlining next steps to distribute Indiana’s $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund (trust fund), which was formed as a result of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation for its violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

The executive order establishes the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee and names the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as the beneficiary of and the administrative agency for the trust fund.


Post News

CFPC awards youth grants

Two county youth organizations have recently been awarded grants totaling $800 through the Good Oil/BP Youth Philanthropy Fund.

Checks were presented to Boy Scout Troop #229 to support their 2018 Summer Camp, and to the Winamac Community High School Arts Department for “Sculpting Clay/Shaping Futures” project.

EPCS board approves teachers' master contract

WINAMAC - A new master contract with the Eastern Pulaski Teachers Association was approved by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its month meeting Monday evening (Nov. 13).

Superintendent Dan Foster recommended an approximate three percent increase in compensation and some updated language in the contract. The contract was earlier approved by the teachers association.

Winamac Community Pool Committee continues to raise funds, study options

WINAMAC - The Winamac Community Pool Committee will go forward with efforts to raise funds for a new town pool, as it was charged to do when formed two years ago - even without the support of the Winamac Town Council which was unexpectedly withdrawn last month.

That was the word from pool committee chairman Judy Heater at an informational meeting last week. The committee will also study any alternative options it may have.

Gutwein to retire from BraunAbility; Staci Kroon to succeed as president and CEO

WINAMAC - Nick Gutwein, who has led BraunAbility since 2008, has announced his retirement to BraunAbility’s board of directors.

The board has selected Staci Kroon as the new president and CEO, and she will assume the role on Nov. 27. She will also serve as a director for BraunAbility.

Winamac Kiwanis distributes dictionaries to EPES, WCES third graders

Once again, the Winamac Kiwanis Club has distributed a dictionary to every third grader at Eastern Pulaski and West Central elementary schools.

In early November, nine members of the Kiwanis Club visited both schools to give 160 dictionaries, which are the student’s to keep and use throughout the school year at school or home. Many teachers find the specific dictionary provided incredibly useful – as it includes a lot more than just words.

Huggler hired as new basketball coach at Winamac Community HS

WINAMAC - Alan Huggler will return to the helm as varsity basketball coach at Winamac Community High School, following approval by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board in a special session Monday evening (Nov. 6).

Huggler, 52, is a math teacher at the high school. He coached the Warriors for four seasons, from 2003-07. He was selected from among nine candidates who applied for the coaching position.

West Central School Board approves teacher contracts

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved teacher contracts at its monthly meeting Thursday (Nov. 2).

Teacher salary is based upon 2016-17 evaluations, which are based upon the State ISTEP and state-assigned letter grades for schools.

4-H Junior Leaders, Sunshine Society conduct food drive

The Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and the Winamac Community High School Sunshine Society collected over 1,000 pounds of food during their annual food drive Oct. 24.

The "Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat" food drive was conducted that evening in Winamac and Francesville.