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.
From Betty Clayton, Executive Director, Humane Society Northwest Indiana:
At this time we are asking for monetary donations for our March 29th. “PET ROCK 2014” Fundraiser. We would be grateful for whatever you could donate to us. We are asking you to become a Sponsor of this event. Sponsors will be given promotion at our event and all levels of sponsorship will be listed in our program. Silver, Gold and Platinum Sponsors will be announced from the stage at the event’s start and again on one of the bands breaks during announcements. There will also be a sponsor Poster by all entrances and exits listing all the various sponsors. The larger the donation, the bigger the font size on the posters. (Poster to be provided by the business)
Levels of Sponsor Donations
$100-249 - “Bronze Sponsors”
$250-499- “Silver Sponsors”
$500-999- “Gold Sponsors”
$1000 & up- “Platinum Sponsors”
We have to work very hard to raise funds. It is not easy but we do it for the animals. And for all of us working to save animals’ lives, it’s hard to fathom that so many animals are not wanted or are intentionally mistreated or are victims of violence. It is for those animals that we do what we do and I know that is why you help us. We work hard to see that all of the animals are well taken care of while they remain at our shelter and then we work as hard to find them responsible and loving forever homes. Our purpose is to do whatever we can to protect defenseless animals from humans who do not care for them and look upon them as disposable items, or who would cause them pain or suffering. That is our mission! You help us make a difference in our Humane Society. Thank you!! Humane Society Northwest Indiana 6100 Melton Rd. Gary, In.46443 1-219-938-3339 1-219-938-4294 (Fax) HOURS Monday - 11:00 - 3:00 Tuesday - 11:00 - 3:00 Wednesday - 11:00 - 3:00 Thursday - CLOSED Friday - 11:00 - 4:00 Saturday - 11:00 - 5:00 Sunday - CLOSED
From Last Chance Rescue: Buster’s person died and he is longing for a forever home. He is a white Maltese, 9 years old, very small pup – about 18 pounds. He is housebroken, good with other dogs, and should be fine with cats and older kids. He likes to run, so he needs a fenced yard to keep him safe and happy. He is neutered and current on vaccinations. Please call Last Chance Rescue if you are interested in Buster, 219-677-2961.
A Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be conducted at Deep River County Park on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Meet the Lake County Parks horticulturist Bryan McKay in front of Wood’s Historic Grist Mill for this free program. The group will walk to the orchard for a demonstration on the proper pruning techniques for fruit trees. Learn about insect control, sprays and year-round-care for your trees. Remember, the weather can be severe in March, so dress accordingly. For more information call 219-947-7275.
Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue. From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park. GPS coordinates: Deep River Grist Mill: 41.475944,-87.222285 and Deep River County Line Road: 41.483097,-87.22008
Presentation on the Millennium Reserve Project: Suellen Burns, Senior Advisor for the Millennium Reserve Project, Illinois Department of Natural Resources will presents the vision of the “Millennium Reserve Project” on Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. hosted by the Gibson Woods Wild Ones.
The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago east to the Indiana border and southwest to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. The immediate focus within this area is the Calumet Core region encompassing numerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, the southeast lakefront, and 35 south suburban municipalities. In aggregate, the Calumet Core includes a collection of over 15,000 acres of open space such as parks, trails, wetlands, and forest preserves. Nearly 6,000 of these acres are considered high-quality natural areas. More than 400,000 residents live in the Calumet Core.
The public is invited to attend the presentation about this most interesting project. For information call 219-844-3188.
Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is located at 6201 Parrish Avenue in Hammond, IN 46323. From I/80-94 take Cline Avenue north to the169th exit then west to Parrish and north to the park. GPS coordinates: 41.599352,-87.45186
Beginner Obedience Class:
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Beginner Obedience class will start on March 19th. 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 dog's current vaccinations on the first night; dogs should be wearing a metal training collar, attached to a 6ft leather leash. Experience instructors teach owners how to train their dogs in basic obedience, using positive reinforcement only in the form of treats & praise. Classes are held at the club building located at 110 N. Main St, in Hebron, IN. For more information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035.
Puppy Obedience Class:
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Puppy Obedience class will begin on March 26th. This class is for puppies 2-6 months of age; cost for the class is $80.00 for the 7 week session. Owners must bring proof of their puppies current vaccinations on the first night; puppies should be wearing a flat, buckle-type collar, attached to a 6ft leather leash. Experienced instructors teach owners how to train their puppies in very basic obedience, using positive reinforcement only, in the form of food and/or treats. 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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