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.
Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove site, 400 West 550 South, will open for the season March 31, to give Porter County residents a location to drop off and recycle yard waste from their spring yard cleanups.
Regular hours for the Valparaiso compost site will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently, the Valparaiso compost site is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 29.
Regular hours for the Boone Grove site will be from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently the site is closed.
Materials accepted at either site include organic yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Treated wood or lumber is not accepted at either site. Grass is not accepted at the Valparaiso site. Compost and mulch will be available at both locations for residents to take, while supplies last.
Other materials accepted at the compost sites for proper disposal include old or unusable electronics (anything with an electrical cord or powered by batteries); cell phones; compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs; household batteries; toner cartridges; and old media, such as cassette and VCR tapes, CDs, etc.
The sites may close due to inclement weather.
These large scale municipal composting operations allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are also available for public use.
The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction services.
For more information about public compost sites in Porter County, visit the District’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org, or call 465-3694.
It is time to pre-order quality trees from the Porter County Extension Board, while supplies last. Apple, Apricot, Plum, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry and Pear are priced from $12-$18. The Tree Sale and Workshop will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds from 8:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2012.
Fruit trees lend themselves to ornamental plantings as well as orchards. Many have beautiful blooms and striking fall color.
Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees come into bearing earlier than stand-sized trees, occupy less space, and can be more easily pruned and sprayed with equipment available to the average gardener. As a bonus, people can harvest varieties that are not easily available in stores. Budded trees grow no more than 15 to 20 feet tall. Also, available this year are Asparagus, Grapes, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.
We are also offering a variety of Evergreens like the beautiful American Arborvitae, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, and Hemlock. Also, on our list are a series of Hardwoods like Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut, Tulip Poplar, and White Oak. Both breeds range from 18-24 inches and are sold for $4.
Order forms and descriptions are online at: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/porter/pages/default.aspx or you may call the Porter County Extension Office at (219) 465-3555 for more information.
On March 18th the ICS will hold its annual Pussycat Pizza Party at Aurelio's in LaPorte, 2330 N. Hwy 35 from 5pm to 9pm. Tickets for all the pizza you can eat and pop you can drink are only $15 at the door. There will also be delicious homemade desserts available. So come join us for great pizza, fun and good company. All proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society. For more information please contact the ICS 219-785-4936 or
Also, the ICS Sweetheart Contest is accepting votes/donations through March 1st either on Paypal on the ICS website, http://www.catsociety.org/ or come to the shelter on Saturday March 1 and meet the sweethearts and vote. The Sweethearts are waiting for your vote. All proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society.
The Independent Cat Society was founded in 1977 and a not for profit, no-kill cat shelter. Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, especially cats, by reducing pet overpopulation, educating the public, preventing cruelties to animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, and working for more humane legislation.
Town of Cedar Lake Hosts a Rain Barrel Pick-up Event on Earth Day, April 22nd:
The Cedar Lake Town Hall is working with Upcycle Products to host a rain barrel pick-up event on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 from 9am- 5pm at the Town Hall, 7408 Constitution Avenue. Rain barrels can be pre-ordered for pick-up on the Town’s website: www.cedarlakein.org. All rain barrels must be pre-ordered on this day for pick-up only.
The Porter County Animal Shelter is seeking vendors for its 16th Annual Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo. The event will be held from 10:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, April 26th at the Porter County Expo Center.
"Be Kind To Animals is one of the most well attended animal care events in northwest Indiana," said Shelter Director Jon Thomas. "Last year's event was packed all day long, so it is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, pet care businesses, rescues and non-profits to reach a large audience of pet-owning, pet-friendly consumers."
The number of vendors at the event continues to grow, so the Shelter has made some changes this year to serve the vendors better. A second, connected building has been reserved to allow for an expansion of vendor space. Because the Porter County Expo Center are experts at arranging these types of events, they have agreed to help the Shelter improve vendor service. Beginning this year, booth reservations and payments must be made directly through the Porter County Expo Center.
An 8' X 10' space, including one table and one chair, is available at $25 for rescues and non-profits, or $45.00 for veterinarians and businesses. Extra tables and chairs are available for an additional fee.
The Shelter is also asking vendors to consider donating a gift basket or gift certificate to be part of a raffle to raise funds for the Shelter. If you want to participate in the raffle, please bring your donation on the day of the event.
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