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.


'Yappy Hour' Event Benefits Michiana Humane Society

Animal Corner

Shady Creek Winery of Michigan City hosted the first Yappy Hour event on Tuesday June 17th at the Winery in support of the Michiana Humane Society. The fundraising event was organized to raise funds to support the ongoing operations of the Humane Society.

“We believe in giving back to the community where possible and this is another example of doing that,” said Tim Anderson, Owner of Shady Creek Winery. He continued, “We are a family Winery and rescued dogs are a big part of all of our families, so we do what we can to support the Michiana Humane Society. In fact, we introduced our award winning Rescued Dog Red wine 3 years ago with the idea that a portion of the proceeds we will give back in support of the Humane Society. This year we will write them a check for $1,132 to support this worthy organization.”

The event was an opportunity to bring your four legged companions to the Winery and let them enjoy the evening running around the grounds of the winery while their owners enjoy award winning wines and meeting other wine and dog loving friends.

Home Crafters Sought for 'Doggie Days of Summer' Fest Aug 23

Animal Corner

Home crafters needed for "Doggie Days of Summer Fest" on Saturday, August 23rd from 1 to 6pm in Merrillville on site at Broadway Glass & Customs.
The event will raise funds for The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana.  Event has a car show, food, beer garden, live bands, animal adopt-a-thon, bounce tents for kids, and more. Limited space for Craft Booths. Looking for local crafters who want to make some money while helping animals and our shelter. More info: https://www.facebook.com/HumaneSocietyofNWIN

Pet Portraits Aug 16 to Benefit Humane Society Calumet Area

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (July 22, 2014) — For one day only on Saturday, August 16, Woof Studios will offer sittings for pet portraits at Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St, Munster, Ind.

Woof Studios uses green screen technology to offer thousands of background options. The sitting fee is $10 and photos can be purchased by the sheet or individually. Woof Studios will donate the sitting fee proceeds to Humane Society Calumet Area.

To make an appointment, please contact HSCA at (219) 922-3811. To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org and for more information about Woof Studios, visit www.woofstudios.net .

About Humane Society Calumet Area

Founded by concerned citizen Miss Evelyn Sweitzer in 1941, Humane Society Calumet Area aims to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals by providing vital community services. In 2013, more than 1,500 homeless animals found homes through HSCA and many lost animals were reunited with their families. Additional HSCA services include spay and neuter surgeries for families with financial hardship at the Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, pet therapy teams who visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities and a humane education team that teaches local children about pet safety and compassion.

Paws for Homeless Animals Fun Walk Aug 23

Animal Corner

Paws for Homeless Animals Fun Walk -- Saturday August 23rd

10:30 am
Paws for Homeless Animals Walk
Aug 23, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Paws for Homeless Animals Walk
111 E Ridge Rd. , Hobart, IN

Please join us on Saturday August 23rd at 10:30am for a fun walk to kick off our
3rd Annual Paws for Homeless Animals event
The walk will be around the park and along Lake George
then back to the park to enjoy the day filled with vendors, rescues, shelters, music and more!

T-shirts & gift bags are limited to the 1st paid 50 walkers that register!
Check in begins at 10am at the Gazebo located in the middle of park, you can pick up your t-shirt and walk bag there!
Walk will start promptly at 10:30am
Please indicate your shirt size during

$15 registration fee per adult
Children 12 and under walk for Free
[No t-shirt option for children or gift bags]


Porter Co Certifies First Master Recycler

Green Zone

Solid Waste Board

Porter County, Ind. –James Biancotti became the first certified Master Recycler in Porter County.  Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County Executive Director Therese Davis presented Biancotti with his certification at the organization’s quarterly board meeting Tuesday.

[Photo: James Biancotti receives the first Master Recycler Certification in Porter County at the Solid Waste Board Meeting last week. Pictured with board members, from left: James Murphy, Kouts Town Council; Karen Conover, County Council; Nancy Adams, County Commissioner; Sue Lynch, Portage City Council; James Biancotti, Certified Master Recycler; Therese Davis, District Executive Director; and James Snyder, Mayor of Portage./Photo provided]

The Ogden Dunes resident completed the last few volunteer hours of his required 30 Payback Hours helping out at the district’s household hazardous waste event last weekend. He fulfilled his attendance at the Master Recycler pilot classes last spring.

The Master Recycler program offered by the district provides a comprehensive overview of the organization, waste flow, recycling processes and household hazardous waste in Northwest Indiana; composting, vermicomposting, and electronics recycling.  The classes feature guest speakers and field trips so attendees can learn from industry professionals and witness first-hand what happens to their waste.

“I originally took the class to find out what could be done to increase the amount of recycled material from the town of Ogden Dunes,” Biancotti said.  “I am a member of the town environmental advisory board.  I learned a lot more about recycling than expected; the right and wrong of single stream recycling, how to handle e-waste, why everyone should utilize the household hazardous waste collection days, and the recycling of organic waste.” 

He said the field trips to the materials recovery facility and the Newton County land fill were eye openers on what is going on in the real world. 

“My work background included recycling for a major industry,” said Biancotti. The U.S. Steel retiree spent 15 years in several environmental manager positions.

“My experience has resulted in a continued interest in recycling,” he said. “I'm interested in looking into changes and hopefully improvements in recycling since I have left the environmental field and see how these can be applied to the town of Ogden Dunes.”

Some ways Biancotti spent his volunteer hours included helping his town with its collection and cleanup event and assisting with waste reduction at the town’s Memorial Day special event. He also assisted at district collection events where he helped to educate individuals; and staffed the district table during the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration.

He promises that his volunteer time will not end at 30 hours.  Biancotti is currently developing an outlet for film plastic generated at the Portage Township Food Pantry. He hopes creating a program will help divert two to four 45 gallon plastic bags filled with film on a weekly basis.

“Now I cannot stand to see a large volume of a recyclable material routinely tossed in the trash,” Biancotti said. “I guess the class improved my outlook on reducing the volume of material I have put in landfills.”

“We are very proud of our first class of Master Recycler interns,” said Donna Stuckert, public education coordinator. “They took the initiative to want to learn more through the classes, and now each one is helping the environment in Porter County by identifying ways they can educate and make a difference.”

Stuckert added that education will be key in meeting the state’s new recycling goals.

The course offered in Porter County is the first Master Recycler program offered anywhere in the state of Indiana, which means Biancotti is the very first certified Master Recycler not only in the county, but anywhere in the state.

Master Recycler programs are popular in areas of the Pacific Northwest, but a few are also located in Minnesota, Virginia, Ohio, Arizona and Canada.

Biancotti was one of 17 individuals in Porter County who took the initiative to register for the course and commit to volunteering time to help educate and reduce waste in Porter County.

The next course is scheduled to begin Sept. 11 and will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays for eight weeks. Online registration is available on www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.

Master Recyclers are available to assist with education or waste reduction programs. For more information, call 219-465-3819.

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