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.
JAK’S Warehouse and Pet Supplies Plus in Dyer team up for Humane Society Calumet Area Fire Relief Drive.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 2013 – CROWN POINT, IN – The Humane Society Calumet Area was struck with a fire this past July. While none of the 300 plus animals were harmed, the facility did lose most of their linens and cleaning supplies. In an effort to show support, JAK’S Warehouse and Pet Supplies Plus in Dyer are teaming up for a Fire Relief Drive.
JAK’S Warehouse is giving out free $5 Game Cards to kind hearted patrons and animal lovers alike in exchange for wish list donations to the Humane Society Calumet Area. Items needed include towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, and more. A full list can be found at: jakswarehouse.com
This call to action is also being supported by Pet Supplies Plus of Dyer, IN, who launched the donation drive in the right direction with a table full of dog food, cat food, and other needed goods. Along with this generous contribution, Pet Supplies Plus in Dyer, IN is also giving 10% off all donated items that are purchased in store.
This drive runs from August 13th till August 30th with donation drop off spots being JAK’s Warehouse (221 Indianapolis Blvd. Schererville, IN 46375) and Pet Supplies Plus (946 Joliet St, Dyer, IN 46311). While there is a five Game Card limit, JAK’S hopes this donation drive will help out a great cause.
“When something this horrible happens, it affects everyone,” said Lisa Carpenter, Director of Sales and Marketing at JAK'S Warehouse, “this is one of many ways JAK’S Warehouse plans on giving back to the community.” JAK’S Warehouse has held fundraisers and drives for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's Hope Project and Highland Youth Sports to name just a few. [Story/Photo provided]
The LaPorte County Parks Department and the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter will host the 3rd annual Wags to Whiskers Pet Fest in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Luhr County Park in LaPorte.
Come and bring your pets (on leashes and up to date on vaccinations) and view pet demonstrations, obedience tips, pets available for adoption get photos taken of your pets on site, enter the pet costume and best trick contests, and view silent auction items!
And vendors of pet-related items will show their products, and offer goodies, all along one of the Luhr Park trails.
For more information, call the shelter at 326-1637 or the parks department at 324-5855.
The Portage Police Department K-9 program will be hosting a Back to School fundraiser on August 11th 2013 at Hair Express 3291 Willowcreek Rd. Portage, IN from Noon until 5PM. All haircuts will be $10.00 and all proceeds will go to support the Portage Police Department K-9 Program.
Stop by and meet the dogs Bolo, Bomber, and Chuckie
Come help support the Humane Societies in the area! Portage Animal Clinic is hosting its annual Dog Wash on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 1pm-4pm. Cost is $5.00 per dog. Fun carnival theme with lots of goodies for pets and the family! All proceeds go to area shelters.
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Beginner Obedience Class will start on August 21st. This class is for dogs 6 months of age & older; cost for the class is $90.00 for the 8 week session. Owners must bring proof of their dogs current vaccinations on the first night; dogs should be wearing a metal training collar attached to a 6 foot leather leash. Experienced instructors teach owners how to train their dogs in basic obedience, using only positive reinforcement in the form of treats & praise. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035.
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Puppy Obedience Class will begin on August 28th. This class is for puppies 2-6 months of age; cost for the class is $80.00 for the 7 week session. Puppies should be wearing a flat, buckle-type collar, attached to a 6 foot leather leash. Experienced instructors teach owners how to train their puppies in basic obedience, using positive reinforcement only, in the form of food and/or treats. All Classes are held at the club building located at 110 N. Main St. in Hebron, IN. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035.
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