Born in Northwest Indiana, Laura's a graduate of River Forest High School (home of the Ingots) and got her bachelor's degree from Purdue and a master's from Indiana University [we think she roots for both even when they play each other].
Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.
Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.
Come on out and help the Guardians of the Green Mile Team Members celebrate their 1st Year Birthday Celebration Sunday April 13, at McAfee Animal Hospital, 651 Eastport Centre Dr, in Valparaiso. FREE Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11:00am Infant to 12 yrs old. and 12:00 pm -3 pm Pet Pictures ($10 donation per photo to help us save even more lives ) with our very special bunny (Sherri) We will also Be offering Micro Chipping for the low cost of $20.00 and Nail Trims for $5.00 donations. Dogs are welcome Please NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES & Animals current on vaccinations.
Valparaiso Park Department Administration Office 462-5144
Tulip Festival, Holland, MI Day Trip—Friday, May 9, 2014
Getting tired of the cold weather? Ready to break out and get some fresh air this coming spring? Valparaiso Parks Department is organizing a fun, first-class trip to the Tulip Festival in Holland, MI on Friday, May 9. This day trip via motorcoach will be filled with an exciting tour of the Windmill Island Gardens, an elegant luncheon at the AlpenRose Restaurant & Cafe exploring the historical and trendy downtown Holland, and wrapping up the fun filled day with a wine tasting reception at Lemon Creek Winery! An action packed day with transportation to and from Holland is only $89 a person. Space is limited. To reserve, call Valparaiso Parks Dept at 219.462.5144. For more information, call the Valparaiso Parks office or visit us online at www.valpoparks.org.
If you are interested in being a volunteer for Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited in Hobart, join them Tuesday, March 18th at the Merrillville Public Library, Meeting Room C from 7:00-8:30 pm. A guest speaker from EEU will discuss the educational and therapeutic activities for those with special needs. Hosted by the GFWC Women in Action. RSVP to 219-384-6163
Michigan-based Coast Guard cutter crew rescues dog stranded on ice on Lake St. Clair.
Crew members assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay assist a dog they found stranded on the ice of Lake St. Clair March 4, 2014. The crew transported the dog to the ship and hoisted him aboard, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care. //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay
The dog was taken inside the ship, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care. //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Detroit. The crew of the cutter rescued another dog who was stranded on the ice back in March 2011: http://greatlakes.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/03/big-dog-in-big-trouble-coast-guardsmen-rescue-great-dane-from-frozen-lake-huron/
Crown Point, Ind. – Wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and yard art are just a few of the many exhibits that guests will encounter at the 13th Annual Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26-27, in the Industrial Arts Building at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St.
Sponsored by the Illiana Garden Pond Society, the Expo is an event set to inspire visitors to take backyards and landscaping to the next level and mesmerize others with incredible display showcased by water features, lighting and garden experts.
Vendors will also sell fish, equipment for the water gardeners, plants including aquatics, glass art décor, gourd décor, lighting and irrigation options, and anything related to gardens and outdoor living enhancements.
In addition to vendors, visitors can connect with many local not-for-profit organizations that will be exhibiting, including garden clubs that will be advertising their upcoming garden walks and rescue groups that will hold fundraisers.
Lake County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Educational seminars and workshops will be available.
Adult admission to the Expo is $5, and free for children under 15 years of age. Parking is free. More information is available at the club’s website, www.illianagardenpond.org, or contact Expo Chair Kathy Bartley at 219-789-6207.
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