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.
Here is information from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html
Click here for a video from HSUS on keeping companion animals safe in the winter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CXFpPLwZUfg
The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds pet owners to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside. Most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero. Be sure to provide a sheltered place for outdoor pets and make sure they have fresh water. Use a heater for water or change the supply frequently.
In Crown Point, a new cat rescue group called Cats of St. Francis formed this past summer. For more info, check out this article by Chas Reilly in the Times. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville/crown-point-woman-organizes-cat-rescue-group/article_2aea5cc7-6378-5055-99c8-2f6da63202f6.html
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be recycling Christmas trees from January 2 through January 12, 2014. Taltree will be converting the trees into trail mulch to benefit guests.
“Utilizing Christmas trees as a renewable path material is a win-win for the environment and for our guests,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “This is just one of the many recycle-reuse-reduce programs that we offer.”
Donated trees must be free of all decorative materials, including ornaments, hooks, tinsel, nails, lights and stands. For the safety of the wildlife, removal of these non-organic items, especially tinsel, is extremely important.
Christmas tree drop-off is at Taltree’s construction entrance, located at 440 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. The drop-off area will be marked with a sign, and people are asked to place trees in the designated area only. Drop-off is available 24 hours a day from January 2 through January 12. This program is sponsored by Simko Signs in Valparaiso. For more information, visit Taltree.org or call 219-462-0025.
When Nicole Ochotorene heard a loud noise coming from her kitchen in the middle of the night, she went to investigate. She found her two pet rabbits thumping their hind legs and running back and forth. That's when Occhotorene noticed the cord on a crockpot was on fire. The Tucson, Arizona woman says the bunnies are heroes and saved her life and that of her husband and four children." That's a miracle within itself. That's what I'm saying. It's a Christmas miracle," said Ochotorene. "Ever watch like Bambi, Thumper - how he thumped with his back paw. That's what they kept doing. And Bun Bun and Promise they were just thumping, thumping and they were running back and forth, back and forth, back and forth." Ochotorene said then she looked and saw smoke from the cord and smoke from underneath the crockpot. " My bunnies are my lifesavers," she told ABC News. "They saved my life and they saved my kids." Everyone's okay, reports say, including the bunnies.
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