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 the Independent Cat Society (ICS): During February the ICS will be offering for adoption for $50 the 'Purrfect Pair". These are cats that are bonded and need to be adopted together. We have some wonderful choices and these cat/kittens would love to have a home of their very own. This adoption fee as usual includes spay or neuter, current vaccinations, flea treatments, nail trims and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets within 2 weeks of the adoption. We are also continuing our 'adopt a cat over 5 years old and we will waive the adoption fee." Help us to get one of our adult cats into a loving home. So please stop out during our adoption hours, Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm and check out our many wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption. Our shelter is located on Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville, Indiana. If you have any questions please contact us at 219-785-4936 or visit our website http://www.catsociety.org/
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.
**Also currently going on is the annual ICS Sweetheart Contest. We have 8 wonderful cats running for Sweetheart of the Year this year. I have attached a photo of each of our sweetheart candidates.Check out our Facebook page or website for more details. And vote for your favorite. You can vote by going to our website and clicking on Paypal, be sure to indicate your donation is a vote for your choice as sweetheart, or you can mail a check payable to the ICS to ICS, Sweetheart Contest, PO Box 735, Westville, IN 46391, or stop out at the shelter and meet all the wonderful candidates and you can enter your vote there. All proceeds from this contest help us to continue to care for and support the cats and kittens of the ICS. For more information please call 219-785-4936
** We will also be hosting our Sweetheart Day on February 22nd from 10am-4pm at the American Legion, 798 Wabash, Chesterton, IN. The sweethearts will be making guest appearances and the sweetheart teams will have booths with items for sale to help to collect votes for their candidate. Box lunches will be available for $10 each and there will be music to enjoy with your lunch. We will also have raffles including a special raffle for Pyranna necklace. There will be home baked goods for your sweet tooth and many other items available for sale for your special 'sweetheart'. So come out and join us. All proceeds from this event benefit the Independent Cat Society. For more information please call 219-785-4936
Pictured: From left to right: ICS Grant Chair, Roberta Jocius; ISC President, Staci Trackles; Emily Remster and Jackie Stutzman, Porter County Community Foundation Committee members.
From the Independent Cat Society: Recently, the Independent Cat Society (ICS) of Westville, Indiana, was selected to receive a grant from the Porter County Community Foundation (PCCF) in the amount of $5,000. Most of the grants that the ICS receives have arrived by mail, but the Grant Committee representatives at the Porter County Community Foundation wanted to deliver this check in person. And the ICS staff was glad they did! The ICS has an important partnership with both Porter and LaPorte Counties in helping to reduce pet over-population by providing low-cost spay neuter options and promoting responsible pet-ownership. Additionally, ICS has trained volunteers who provide Trap/Neuter/Release services in areas of high feral cat concentrations.
Pictured: Emily Remster, Porter Country Community Foundation, hands Independent Cat Society (ICS) shelter cat, Garfield, a check for $5,000 to assist with low-cost spay/neuters. [Photos provided]
Of course, Garfield had to admit that he didn’t know how to read or sign checks, so Grant Chair, Roberta Jocius and Board President, Staci Treckles helped him out. Here they are, pictured with Ms. Remster and Ms. Jackie Stutzman, who is also on the PCCF Board.
The generosity of the PCCF grant will help the ICS spay and neuter more cats in the region, so that more cats can live fuller and happier lives, rather than worrying about being in a community that is overpopulated. This grant will also help the ICS assist low-income families and pet owners in Porter County live better lives together with their pets. It’s a win for all sides!
Since 1976, the Independent Cat Society (ICS) has successfully operated a non-profit, cage-less, no-kill cat shelter. Its mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, especially cats, by: preventing cruelty to animals and promoting responsible pet ownership; reducing pet over-population and educating the community on animal welfare issues; providing low-cost Spay/Neuter and Trap/Neuter/Release Programs; and sheltering cats and kittens while they await adoption. For more information about the Independent Cat Society, or if you’d like to donate, please call 219-785-4936 or visit the ICS on the web at http://www.catsociety.org/
Portage Community Garden is having its 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser Jan 19th from 3-7PM at Real Life Community Church 3134 Swanson Road, Portage. Tickets available contact
or Phil Graham 219-973-1877.
Fazoli's is co sponsor so food is great. $10 adults, $5 children under 12( $1 more at the door) Last year we raised over 4000 lbs of organic vegetables for food banks, homeless shelters, Salvation Army , and needy families in NW Indiana. See you there and thanks for your support.
Volunteers needed! Come to the Meet & Greet Sat January 25! If you are interested in volunteering your time to an organization working with pets and people then The NW Indiana Pet Project & Kibble Kitchen maybe for you! We are hosting an informational volunteer meeting and would love to meet you. Please join us for an afternoon get together and see what we are all about, ask questions, and if interested fill out a volunteer application. All are welcome and for those that bring a guest you will be entered into a drawing for a door prize! Volunteers must be 18 or older anyone under that must be accompanied by an adult.
Please RSVP prior to January 18th limited seating of 40 guests so don't miss out!
The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry will be opening services to parts of Lake County in 2014 and all hands on deck will be needed to be successful! Please join us as we continue our mission of keeping pets and families together!
We look forward to meeting each of you!
Sat Jan 25, 2014, 2-4:30pm at the Portage Public Library 2665 Irving St For more information call 219-734-6936
"PhilanthroPint"during the month of February at Figure 8 Brewing 150 S. Washington St Valparaiso, where a portion if every pint of "Where Lizards Dare" will go to The United States War Dogs Association Chapter 3. To support our Military Working Dogs. On February 6 at 6pm John Meeks Executive Director of the United States War Dogs Association Chapter 3 will give a presentation talking about "Operation" Support our Paws, the History of our Military Working Dogs and what our dogs are doing today. We will be holding a Silent Auction with very nice items from the community. A limited number of souvenir glasses will also be available.
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