About-Laura

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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Pet Food Recall Expanded

Animal Corner

Link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm348786.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 19, 2013 - Natura Pet Products is voluntarily expanding its March 29, 2013 recall of dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The expanded recall now includes all dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014. Please see the table below for details of affected products.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry pet food and a cat pet treat. In an abundance of caution, Natura is also recalling product made in the surrounding timeframe. This action affects dry pet foods and treats only; no canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Costa Rica, as well as online.

Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit www.naturapet.com. For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

Brand
Size
Description
UPC
Lot Codes(s)
EXPIRATION DATE
California Natural
All
Sizes
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All
UPCs
All Lot Codes
All expiration dates prior to and
including MARCH 24, 2014
EVO
All
Sizes
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All ferret food varieties
All
UPCs
All Lot Codes
All expiration dates prior to and
including MARCH 24, 2014
Healthwise
All
Sizes
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All
UPCs
All Lot Codes
All expiration dates prior to and
including MARCH 24, 2014
Innova
All
Sizes
All dry dog and dry cat
food and treat varieties
All
UPCs
All Lot Codes
All expiration dates prior to and
including MARCH 24, 2014
Karma
All
Sizes
All dry dog food varieties
All
UPCs
All Lot Codes
All expiration dates prior to and
including MARCH 24, 2014

No canned wet food or biscuits are affected by this announcement.

About Natura Pet Products
Natura Pet Products is recognized as a trusted name behind natural and holistic pet foods and treats. Founded more than 20 years ago by John and Ann Rademakers and Peter Atkins, Natura is dedicated to providing the best natural nutrition. Natura is committed to making premium pet foods and treats based on nutritional science and high-quality ingredients, combined with trusted manufacturing processes, for complete pet health. Lines include: Innova®, California Natural®, EVO®, HealthWise®, Mother Nature® and Karma®. To learn more about Natura Pet Products visit www.NaturaPet.com

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Happy Wranglers 4-H Fundraiser April 27

Animal Corner

The Happy Wrangler's 4-H Club is hosting a fundraiser. A New & Used Horse Tack Auction will be held on Saturday April 27th starting at noon at the Loyal Order of Moose #260 at 1200 N. Indiana Avenue in Crown Point, IN. Admission is free. There will be saddles, lots of horse tack, a silent auction, and more. Food will be available for purchase. Anyone is welcome to bring used tack to be auctioned off with 15% of the proceeds going to the Happy Wranglers 4-H Club. For more information or to donate to this worthwhile event contact Barb DeWell at 219-988-4984 or 219-789-0255.

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Last Chance Rescue Needs Dog & Cat Food

Animal Corner

Last Chance Rescue, based in Schererville, is in desperate need of dog and cat food, preferably without artificial colors and dyes. If you can donate food, please call us! 219-677-2961.

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Munster HS Robotics Team Helps Kitten

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[Photo provided Humane Society Calumet Area]

From Humane Society Calumet Area: The Munster High School FIRST Robotics Team have been lending a helping hand to a 6-month old kitten named Tapas at the Humane Society Calumet Area. Tapas was brought in a garbage can to the shelter, when he was 3-months old. It was then discovered that he had very limited mobility in his back legs which prevents him from walking. Upon researching and brainstorming countless ideas of how to help out this kitten’s mobility, Liz Popovich, Humane Society Calumet Area’s Lab Technician, came across blueprints on the Internet of a cat wheel-cart. Popovich then decided to contact the Munster High School FIRST Robotics Team to ask for assistance in building this cart. The Robotics Team happily took on the task and built two different models of the wheel-cart for Tapas. The team discovered that the second cart was better suited for Tapas’ needs. As of right now, Tapas is learning how to get around in his new cart. “I completely adore Tapas. He is a little fighter, who does not let his condition bring him down.” said Popovich, who works with him daily. Shown in picture, Tapas in his cart along with some members of the Munster Robotics Team and Nicole Arwood, Lab Technician at the Humane Society Calumet Area.

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Listen to Northwest Indiana Ghost Stories

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The Ghost of Cline Avenue. The Griffith Ghost of Reeder Road. The chilling story of Belle Gunness. Check out the collection of Northwest Indiana Ghost Stories at the audio section on Laura Waluszko's blog page!

 

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