Beth Oljace receives Carnegie Award
ANDERSON — Beth Oljace, librarian at the Anderson Public Library is the recipient of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Award, the library announced this week.
The Andrew Carnegie Award is presented to an individual or group who, in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie, has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of public library services in our community.
Oljace has spent the last 30 years working as a librarian at APL. She is well-known throughout the state of Indiana for her strengths in genealogy research and for her extensive knowledge of Indiana and local history.
She shares her knowledge with the Anderson community both in the Indiana Room and through her visits to nursing homes, volunteer groups, and schools., the library said.
She also organizes and participates in many structured programs at the library, and she is instrumental to APL in a variety of additional ways.
Oljace writes a regular history column that appears the fourth Sunday of each month in The Herald Bulletin.
Gail Brant honored for poetry
ANDERSON — For the second year, Gail M. Brant has captured the title “Senior Poet Laureate of Indiana.”
In a national competition, sponsored by the Amy Ktchener Angels Without Wings Foundation in Monterey, Calif., Brant’s poem “For Inasmuch --” won the title for 2012. The poem depicts a homeless man’s cry for help and the manner in which his cry was answered.
Fore the contest, 167 entered 695 submissions from which one winner from each state or area was named an overall national winner and runner-up were honored. The competition is for poets 50 and over and poets who submitted in 2012 ranged in age from 52 to 94 years of age.
Winning poems are published in the 2012 Golden Words Anthology.
Williams promoted at Pendleton facility
PENDLETON — Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility (PNJCF) Superintendent Linda Commons has announced the promotion of Youth Development Specialist Sergeant Joseph Williams.
Williams began his career at PNJCF in July 2010. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree for Criminal Justice at Ball State University. Prior to PNJCF, he worked for the Department of Public Safety at Ball State.
Williams is a certified instructor for CPR/First Aid and Calming the Storm (de-escalation techniques). Williams said “I hope to continue the excellent leadership at PNJCF and be a role model for staff and students.”
Supt. Commons remarked that “Sgt. Williams has demonstrated the ability to be a positive leader. He is a walking example of the Department’s mission.”
Ballard receives paramedic award
INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Ballard, a graduate of Shenandoah High School, has received the Paramedic of the Year award at Wayne Township Fire Department at a ceremony at Station 83 in Indianapolis. Ballard also received a distinguished service award for life saving techniques in resuscitation of an infant during a walk-in call last year. Ballard has been with the fire department for six years.
He is the son of Marty and Gina Ballard of Middletown. He and his wife, Tracy, are parents to daughter, Kennedy.