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.
Spend the weekend touring yards with ponds and waterfalls and gather landscaping ideas or simply absorb the scenery that many residents enjoy every day. Nine homes, from Crete and Frankfort, to Crown Point, Hobart and Lowell are spotlighted on the tour.
The admission price of $5 per adult covers both days and all touring times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, and 8-10 p.m. Saturday to see lighted landscapes. Children under 15 years old are free.
Proceeds from the tour help the group sponsor water feature projects throughout the community and scholarships for Lake County Master Gardeners.
Advance tickets can be purchased at these locations: Alsip Nursery, 10255 Wicker (US 41), St. John, Ind.; Artful garden, 611 N. Indiana Ave., Crown Point, Ind.; Water's Edge, 18418 Wentworth Ave., Lansing, Ill.;Â South County landscaping, 9919 Colorado St., Crown Point, Ind.;Â and U.S. AquaVac, 16067 Colorado St., Hebron, Ind.
HHW items accepted at this collection event include aerosol cans; anti-freeze; oil; batteries (household and automotive); corrosives; medications; mercury containing products (fluorescent tubes, CFLs, thermometers, thermostats, etc.); oil-based and latex paint, thinners and solvents; pesticides and other poisons; diesel fuel, kerosene, other flammable liquids; and ammunition.
Explosives, asbestos, grill propane cylinders, containers larger than 30 gallons, commercial hazardous waste, controlled substances and radioactive materials, such as smoke detectors, will not be accepted at this event.
Staff from the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission will be on hand to present a very limited supply of 2.5 gallon CARB gas cans to residents who turn in their old ones. Cans are available on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one new gas can per car/family.
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash, which can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
For more information on household hazardous waste collection events in Porter County, call the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, 465-3694, or visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.
Unused medications are also accepted any time at the following police departments: Valparaiso, 355 S. Washington St.; Chesterton, 790 Broadway; Portage, 2693 Irving St.; Hebron, 106 East Sigler St. (only available Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) -- no liquids or metal nasal spray bottles; and Porter, 50 Francis St. -- no liquids or liquid capsules.
Household batteries can be recycled anytime at a number of places throughout Porter County. Visit the district website for a listing.
Fluorescent tube lights and CFLs can be recycled at either Porter County public compost site: Valparaiso, 2150 W. Lincolnway, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; or Boone Grove, 546 S. 400 W., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The City of Hobart accepts latex paint donations from Porter County residents at its Department of Public Works site, 340 S. Shelby St., Mondays through Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.; and Saturdays, between 8 and 11:45 a.m.
The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction programs.
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
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.
This year this awareness event will be held at the beautiful Hobart Festival Park. We are excited to be hosting such an important day at a park that accomodates both families and pets!
Come enjoy the day walking the paths around the park, take a stroll over the covered bridge and walk along Lake George enjoying the sun. There will be vendors of all types occupying this park, tents offering various types of pet services, and a great selection of food vendors. Additional information will be added as it becomes available and as businesses are secured we will add updates to this event!
Last year we had 55 vendors this year proves to be stacking up already to be even bigger! Don't miss this opportunity to network and come together as one to help homeless animals in your community! We will be looking for rescues, shelters, independent consultants, non- profits, local businesses and food vendors. Space will be limited please email us for booth information. Independents will be working on a non-compete contract and spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
“I cannot thank them enough,” said Jane Bernard, LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter Director. “They came to our rescue when funds ran short, and we would not have been able to complete the project if it wasn’t for their commitment to provide the labor and expertise to get the job done. The finished room is such an improved environment for our cats spending time at the shelter and also very welcoming for the public to view our cats. We truly appreciate the hard work that went into upgrading our cat room.” The LaPorte County Animal Shelter provides animal control services for all unincorporated areas of LaPorte County and also operates the county animal shelter. It is located at 2855 West State Road 2 in La Porte, Ind.
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