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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.



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Adoption Event for Scouts, Troop Leaders; Child ID Program

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Humane Society To Host Adoption Event for Scouts, Troop Leaders, Child ID Program


Highland, Ind. (July 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) will host an adoption event Saturday, July 26 with adoption fees waived for families with children in scout troops and scout troop leaders as part of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

The adoption event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the shelter located at 421 45th St, Munster, Ind.

In addition, the Hammond Police Department will be offering their Kid Fingerprinting ID program at the shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All adoptions require an approved application and all standard adoption procedures apply. The animal does not have to go home at time of application but an application must be submitted the day of the event. Puppies and some kittens are excluded and additional fees—including a $25 rabies vaccination fee—may apply.

Upcoming adoption events take place August 2 with adoption fees waived for EMTs and lifeguards and August 9 through 10 with adoption fees waived for the public, pending a qualifying application.

The 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. As a contestant in the challenge, HSCA is competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.

For the challenge, HSCA chose the theme of “Rescue Me.” Throughout the summer at the shelter, HSCA will offer Save Me Saturdays with reduced adoption fees for a special group—including police officers, firefighters, EMTS, doctors, nurses and more—during each event.

The shelter also will host two Empty the Shelter weekends—August 9 through 10 and August 30 through 31—with adoption fees waived for qualifying applications.

A list of adoption events and additional information on HSCA’s participation in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge can be found on www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
 

HSCA Adoption Event for Firefighters July 12

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (July 8, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) will host an adoption event Saturday, July 12 with adoption fees waived for firefighters as part of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

The adoption event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the shelter located at 421 45th St, Munster, IN.

All adoptions require an approved application and all standard adoption procedures apply. The animal does not have to go home at time of application but an application must be submitted the day of the event. Some exclusions and additional fees—including a $25 rabies vaccination fee—may apply.

Upcoming adoption events take place July 19 through 20 with adoption fees waived for the public, pending a qualifying application, and on July 26 with adoption fees waived for families with children in scout troops and scout troop leaders.

The 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. As a contestant in the challenge, HSCA is competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.

For the challenge, HSCA chose the theme of “Rescue Me.” Throughout the summer at the shelter, HSCA will offer Save Me Saturdays with reduced adoption fees for a special group—including police officers, firefighters, EMTS, doctors, nurses and more—during each event.

The shelter will host two more Empty the Shelter weekends—August 9 through 10 and August 30 through 31—with adoption fees waived for qualifying applications.

A list of adoption events and additional information on HSCA’s participation in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge can be found on www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
 

HSCA Adoption Event for Firefighters July 12

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (July 8, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) will host an adoption event Saturday, July 12 with adoption fees waived for firefighters as part of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

The adoption event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the shelter located at 421 45th St, Munster, IN.

All adoptions require an approved application and all standard adoption procedures apply. The animal does not have to go home at time of application but an application must be submitted the day of the event. Some exclusions and additional fees—including a $25 rabies vaccination fee—may apply.

Upcoming adoption events take place July 19 through 20 with adoption fees waived for the public, pending a qualifying application, and on July 26 with adoption fees waived for families with children in scout troops and scout troop leaders.

The 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. As a contestant in the challenge, HSCA is competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.

For the challenge, HSCA chose the theme of “Rescue Me.” Throughout the summer at the shelter, HSCA will offer Save Me Saturdays with reduced adoption fees for a special group—including police officers, firefighters, EMTS, doctors, nurses and more—during each event.

The shelter will host two more Empty the Shelter weekends—August 9 through 10 and August 30 through 31—with adoption fees waived for qualifying applications.

A list of adoption events and additional information on HSCA’s participation in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge can be found on www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp.
 

Protecting Pets on the 4th of July

Animal Corner

Here is a list of safety tips to help protect companion animals on the 4th of July courtesy of the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips
 

Spay the Stray 5K Run/Walk Sept 6

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (June 26, 2014) — Get ready to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement as Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) and Lan-Oak Park District host the fourth annual Spay the Stray 5K Run/Walk on September 6 in Lansing, Ill.

The race begins at 9 a.m. at Eisenhower Center, 2550 178th St, Lansing, Ill. All ages are welcome to participate. Proceeds benefit spay and neuter surgeries performed at HSCA’s Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic.

Registration takes place from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and an awards ceremony follows the race. Medals are awarded to the top three runners in each age group and plaques are given to the overall top male and female runners.

Before September 1, registration costs $20 with a t-shirt and $18 without a t-shirt. After September 1 and on the day of the race, registration costs $25 with a t-shirt and $23 without a t-shirt.

To register online or download a registration form, visit www.hscalumet.org/spaythestray.asp. Registration forms also are available at Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St, Munster, Ind; PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland, Ind. and Eisenhower Center, 2550 178th St, Lansing, Ill

Volunteer, donation and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Ashley Boyer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (219) 513-8911, ext. 103.

About Spay the Stray 5K

Spay the Stray 5K is dedicated in memory of Bill and Helen Evans. An all-around athlete at Thornton Fractional South High School and the first to qualify for the Illinois state cross country competition, Bill Evans passed away suddenly from a brain tumor shortly before entering his senior year of high school.

Bill’s mother, Helen Evans, worked for the Lan-Oak Park District for many years and asked the park district to host a race in honor of his memory. For 33 years, the park district hosted Bill and Helen Evans memorial run, named for Helen after her passing, before joining forces with HSCA for a combined race in 2010.

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.
 

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