Here’s a look at the locations taking part in Tastings Tuesday:At The Barn Winery, LawrenceburgBare Hands Brewery, GrangerBear Wallow Distillery, NashvilleBest Vineyards Winery & Distillery, ElizabethBier Brewery and Taproom, IndianapolisBlackhawk Winery & Vineyard, SheridanBroad Ripple Brewpub, IndianapolisBrown County Winery, NashvilleByway Brewing Co., HammondCarpenter Creek Cellars, RemingtonChapman’s Brewing Company & Taprooms, AngolaCountry Heritage Winery & Vineyard, LaOttoDaniel’s Vineyard, McCordsvilleFour Day Ray Brewing, FishersFour Fathers Brewing, ValparaisoFrench Lick Winery, West Baden SpringsHarmony Winery, FishersHartland Winery, AshleyHopwood Cellars Winery, ZionsvilleHunter’s Brewing, ChestertonMallow Run Winery, BargersvilleMcClure’s Orchard/Winery, PeruMonkey Hollow Winery, St. MeinradNew Oberpfalz Brewing, GriffithOakley Brothers’ Distillery, AndersonOld 55 Distillery, NewtownOliver Winery, BloomingtonPatoka Lake Winery, BirdseyePokro Brewing Company, GriffithRiver City Winery Franklin Tasting Room, FranklinSt. John Malt Brothers, St. JohnSun King Brewery, IndianapolisTaxman Brewing Company, BargersvilleTaxman FortvilleThree Rivers Distilling Company, Fort WayneThe Thomas Family Winery & Rustic Bakery, MadisonTwo-EE’s Winery, HuntingtonWinzerwald Winery, BristowJoin us as #VisitIndianaWeek continues with May 10 with Wild Wednesday. A representative from Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch office tours the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at theIndianapolis Zoo at Noon. Media are welcome. Other Visit Indiana Week photo opportunities will be available at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo at 1 p.m. and Cook’s Bison Ranch, Wolcottville at 10 a.m.-0-The New Point Volunteer Fire Department is taking orders for Georgia Peaches New Point, In. — The New Point Volunteer Fire Department is holding a Georgia Peach Fundraiser for Decatur County Special Olympics.Full boxes or about 25 pounds are $28, half boxes or about 12 ½ pounds are $18. The peaches from Pearson Farms have been grown for five generations and known for their sweet, juicy flavor.Orders can be placed by calling 812-222-2988 or by emailing email@example.com. Orders must be placed by June 15. Peaches will be available for pickup during last week of June or the first week of July. Orders can also be placed online at npvfd.com.The proceeds will be split between Decatur County Special Olympics and the New Point Volunteer Fire Department. Organizers have a sales goal of 1,500 cases.Two Indiana University students ‘Barnstorm’ 48 states to showcase aviation careers BLOOMINGTON, IND. – Indiana University graduating seniors Mitch Miller and Calvin Page launched their Flight to 48 tour out of the Monroe County Airport, headed out on a mission to spread the word about careers in the aviation field and raise money to help educate high-school and middle-school students about the field.The inaugural flight will make its first stop this morning in neighboring Bowling Green, KY.Over the next three weeks, Miller, a native of Zionsville, Ind., and Page, a resident of North Palm Beach, Fla., will fly to cities in all 48 of the contiguous United States to talk about careers in the aviation industry, and raise money for the Indianapolis Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy. The academy, which is recognized and co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, exposes middle- and high-school students to the aviation industry, and helps prepare them for careers in the aviation field.With many industries facing the Silver Tsunami of retiring workers, the aviation industry is facing a potential gap inqualified professionals throughout aviation. The ACE Academy and the Flight to 48 pilots are working to address that gap.With workforce development and transportation listed as two key items on Indiana’s agenda for progress, the ACE Academy brings aviation-industry advocates together with the up-and-coming generation of industry professionals.“The aviation industry provides a significant number of fulfilling career opportunities beyond being a pilot,” said Page. “There’s an entire aviation-management field that requires engineers, business-management professionals, safety professionals, mechanics, and many more positions.”The ACE academy provides a hands-on, educational approach to the aviation field, while offering camp participants with the resources to explore post-secondary education and career opportunities. High school-students are offered more career- and college-prep opportunities, such as college visits, etiquette dinner, and resume writing. Students are paired with an aviation professional who serves as a mentor to assist with college and career matching, and the college application process.“The ACE Academy provides students with the resources and opportunities needed to begin a successful career in an industry that needs them,” said Miller.This summer marks the seventh year the ACE Academy will host its two camps – one for students ages 10 to 14, and another for students 15-18 years old. Over those seven years, 1,000 students have participated in the camps, with more than 800 continuing into the aviation industry after their high school graduations.All camp participants are exposed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses, in addition to aspects of aviation, including history, aerodynamics, and a multitude of careers available in the industry.Ryan Lynch, a commercial pilot with Republic Airways, founded the ACE Academy after facing challenges finding information and resources to guide him into aviation as a high-school student.For more information about Flight to 48 and how to donate to the ACE Academy, visit www.flightto48.comThe funds raised will be used to provide summer camps for students ages 10-18, incorporate ACE’s educational curriculum into local school clubs, and create further expansion throughout the country.-0-Finally, it’s ‘Drinking Water Week’ INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is celebrating Drinking Water Week, May 6-12, a week that recognizes the vital role water plays in citizens’ daily lives.IDEM is participating in the celebration by reminding Hoosiers about the importance of protecting the state’s drinking water sources so future generations will have access to a safe and sustainable drinking water supply.Hoosiers can participate in protecting Indiana’s drinking water sources by:Following the label when using and storing cleaners, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, as well as when disposing of unwanted cleaners, paints, used motor oil, old gasoline, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. Never pour household chemicals or harsh cleaners down the drain or a sewer or on the ground. These substances can be properly disposed of at “tox-away days,” which are hosted by local solid waste management districts.Maintaining septic systems and inspecting them regularly.Reporting accidental spills to IDEM’s 24-hour spill line: (888) 233-7745.First passed in 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) ensures that the drinking water supplied by a public water supply is safe and meets quality standards. Since more than 5.4 million Hoosiers are serviced by a public water system, IDEM works closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure those standards are met at the more than 4,000 public water supply locations across the state. IDEM staff assists these water systems through site inspections, technical assistance and financial programs.Within the SDWA, public water systems are required to send out a Consumer Confidence Report every year to show customers that their water meets health standards known as Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), which include microorganisms, disinfectants, disinfection by-products, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and radionuclides. The report contains information on the specific sources of drinking water, the levels of any detected contaminants and educational information regarding the water.In addition to ensuring that Hoosiers have clean, safe drinking water, IDEM oversees the protection of Indiana’s streams, rivers, lakes and aquifers that serve as a source of drinking water. To protect these sources from potential contamination, Indiana developed and implemented a Source Water Protection Program, which identifies the sources of public drinking water, assesses the susceptibility of water-supply systems to contamination and informs the public of the results.For more information about Drinking Water Week, visit the American Water Works Association’s website at www.awwa.org. May 8 is Tastings Tuesday. Almost 40 Indiana wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies are offering promotions. Many are offering complimentary tastings, discounted growlers, buy one, get one discount and much more.Raise your glass to this fast-growing industry in the Hoosier State, which annually bring home national awards for their wines, brews and spirits. Area students express patriotism in VFW contestBatesville, In. — St. Louis Catholic School seventh and eighth-grade literature students taught by Mrs. Rose recently participated in the VFW Patriot Pen Contest.Students were given the prompt by the VFW, “What gift did America give our generation?” They were then asked to write a few paragraphs about their personal thoughts.Thoughts varied from technology to medical advances to, simply put, our freedom, and many students included an inspirational quote from an important historical figure to really drive their essay’s message home.St. Louis Catholic School students took the podium placing 1-5! Along with recognition through the VFW, students earned cash for their thoughts and one will compete against others in the state of Indiana.Here is a snapshot of SLS’s academic achievements:1st Audrey Beiser $200 — and the local finalist who will compete against others in the state!2nd Summer Ratcliffe $1503rd Jackson Wanstrath $1004th Adam Laloge $505th Benjamin Moster $30It’s ‘Visit Indiana Week’ and today is ‘Tastings Tuesday’ INDIANAPOLIS– Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) are celebrating Visit Indiana Week in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week on May 6 through May 12, 2018. Over 200 attractions and properties will be offering discounts and promotions for travelers during Visit Indiana Week.