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.
Wildlife Holiday at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is held on Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is free to attend but registration is required at 219-844-3188. Individual sign ups only (no groups)
Every year, during the holiday season, the public is invited to share a little holiday cheer with the wildlife at Gibson Woods. Join in the fun by making edible ornaments and decorating the trees and shrubs with them outside the wildlife viewing area windows. Afterwards, stay a while to watch the birds, squirrels and other wildlife discover the treats we’ve made for them. Don’t forget to make one to take home for the wildlife in your own backyard, Stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. to take part in a “Wildlife Holiday”.
Tree Decorating Naturally will be held at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a free program but please call to register at 219-844-3188. Individual sign ups only (no groups)
Decorating the Gibson Woods holiday tree with “natural” ornaments has been a tradition for many years. Stop by the Environmental Awareness Center anytime between 1 and 3 to take part in this annual gathering. Many unique decorations can be made out of simple items found in nature. Acorns, pinecones, seedpods, and other dried materials will be available and you are welcome to bring your own to share. Make an ornament for the Gibson Woods tree and another to take home. Enjoy holiday music and stop by the “Bird Room” to see who’s visiting the feeders.
The homeless pets at Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster want a home for the holidays! From now until Dec. 24, every Monday through Thursday, all animals have a $25 adoption fee. On Free Fridays (Dec. 6, 13, 20), there are no adoption fees. Special only applies altered animals over 6-months-old. $25 Rabies Vaccine fee and/or FeLV/FIV combo test fee may apply. All adoptions are pending application approval and successful dog meet (if dog already in home). Please call 219-922-3811 for more information.
Join Humane Society Calumet Area at Paws Resale Shoppe for our annual Christmas Bazaar featuring homemade baked goodies, handmade crafts & jewelry, photos with Santa for pets and/or kids (only $6 each), and wonderful thrifty finds at Paws! All proceeds benefit the animals at Humane Society Calumet Area. The bazaar opens daily December 12-15, 2013, at 10am and closes at 6pm on Thurs & Sat, 4pm on Sun., and 8pm Fri. Paws Resale Shoppe is located at 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland, IN 46322 (in the strip mall just southeast of Plaza Lanes Bowl).
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Commercial vegetable growers and market farmers can learn about resources and processes to improve their businesses at the Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium.
The program of Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension will be held Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at Teibel’s Restaurant, 1175 U.S. 41 in Schererville.
Speakers will include Purdue Extension specialist Rick Foster, Purdue University professors Amanda Deering and Lori Hoagland, University of Illinois Extension specialist Rick Weinzierl and University of Illinois professor Mohammad Babadoost.
Participants will learn about neonicotinoid insecticides, managing insects in cucurbits, emerging diseases of pumpkins and squash, fertilizer recordkeeping, and using sanitizers in post-harvest water.
There also will be breakout sessions during which participants can choose a session on either soil health or opportunities with other crops. One of the crops to be covered is aronia berries, a small fruit similar to blueberries, that will be discussed by John Pilcher of Coldbook Farm Inc.
“Growers can learn what pests and diseases are around and how they can best be managed,” said Purdue Extension horticulture specialist Liz Maynard, who will present at the symposium. “They will get new ideas for their farm and meet suppliers and other vegetable growers.”
Participants can earn Indiana Private Pesticide Applicator recertification credits, Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units and the Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicator continuing certification hours.
Advance registration costs $20, and the deadline is Dec. 20. Participants can also register at the door for $25, but they will not be guaranteed lunch. For more information or to register, visit the events page at https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Pages/default.aspx listed on the events calendar, or contact Maynard at 219-531-4200 Ext. 4206.
Sponsors of the program are Kankakee Farm Bureau and Lake County Farm Bureau.
Purdue Extension, http://www.extension.purdue.edu
University of Illinois Extension, http://www.extension.illinois.edu
Illinois Farm Bureau, http://www.ilfb.org
Lake County Farm Bureau, http://lakecountyfarmbureau.org
Cassandra Galindo, Secretary
NW Commercial Horticulture Program
Purdue University, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Ph: 219-531-4200 ext. 4201
Fx: 219-462-4828 Attn: Cassandra
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00 - 5:30 CT
600 Vale Park Road,
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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