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.
The Porter County Animal Shelter will kick-off their Homes For The Holidays feline adoption program on Black Friday, November 29th. The first thirty qualified adopters who will give a homeless cat or kitten a forever home will receive a $15 Pet Supplies Plus Gift Card! The gift card can help make your cat's new home ready with litter, litter trays and food! Every adoptable cat and kitten qualifies for the program, but hurry because only the first 30 qualified adopters will receive the gift card!
“Because we experienced a late kitten season, our cat room is overflowing with nearly 100 cats and kittens,” stated Shelter Director Jon Thomas. “With such a wide variety of ages, breeds and colors it is hard to imagine that cat lovers won't be able to find that very special cat or kitten that they are looking for.”
The Homes For The Holiday feline adoption program begins on Black Friday, November 29th and runs until thirty of the cats and kittens are adopted. The adoption fee for cats and kittens is $50. Each adopting family is provided with a spay/neuter certificate, if applicable, that is honored by most local veterinarians. All potential adopters must complete an adoption application and are subject to the approval by Shelter staff. Many (but not all) of the adoptable cats or kittens can be seen on PetFinder or in the Adoptable Cats photo album on the Shelter's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/portercountyanimalshelter .
The Porter County Animal Shelter is located at 2056 Heavilin Road in Valparaiso. Shelter hours are Noon until 6:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Noon until 7:00pm on Thursday; and Noon until 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Shelter is closed to the public on Mondays.
The Independent Cat Society's November/December Adoption Promotion is still ongoing. We are offering the adoption of a cat 5 years or older and we will waive the adoption fee. This will include a spay or neuter, current vaccines, flea treatment, nail trim and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets. We have many wonderful over 5 cats available please stop out and check them out soon.
We also offer the adoption of a cat under 5 for $75 and a companion cat for no charge. This still includes the above mentioned spay or neuter, current vaccines, etc, etc.
November is 'Adopt a Senior Pet Month.' Help us to give our cats something to celebrate this holiday season, a home and family of their very own.
Any questions please contact the Independent Cat Society 219.785.4936.
Courtesy of the Independent Cat Society:
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we want to challenge you to look behind the fluffy cuteness of a new kitten and see the beauty that older pets have to offer! Here are our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat.
Top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat:
1. When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
3. You can teach an old cat new tricks: Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
4. A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night) anyway!
5. In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
6. A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting.
7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
8. Speaking of relaxing, senior cats make great napping buddies.
9. Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for––so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life.
Crown Point, IN—The Lake County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce that they are continuing their scholarship program for the 2014-15 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate college & university students who are residents of Lake County. In addition to the majors of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, majors of Forestry, Botany (Horticulture Equivalent), Plant Pathology, Agricultural Education, and Entomology are eligible as well. Other majors that benefit consumer gardening may be considered if the applicant provides a one paragraph description of how they will use their major to promote the objectives of the Master Gardeners. The application deadline is February 18, 2014. Application forms are available from university departmental offices or by calling the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Lake County Office at 755-3240 or at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/Documents/ANR/2014-15%20post_secon_scholarship%20app.pdf
The scholarships are funded by the proceeds of the Master Gardener annual plant sale, donations from the Illiana Garden Pond Society and other generous donors.
Source: Nikky Witkowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources/Horticulture
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Lake County, 880 E. 99th Ct., Suite A, Crown Point, IN 46307
219-755-3240, FAX 219-755-3251
Purdue Extension – Lake County Website: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/pages/default.aspx
Lake County Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Purdue-Extension-Lake-County/275041175876408
Winning entries from past Gardening Show photography contest (photo provided)
Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners invite the public to share their garden photography in a photo contest. Winning entries will be displayed at the 11th Annual Gardening Show on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso, Ind.
Photographs may be mailed to Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Suite 301, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso, Ind., 46383 or delivered on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All entries are due on or before Jan. 20, 2014.
Limit of three (3) photographs per person. Nine categories include pictures of gardens in all seasons, flowers alone, flowers with something else (e.g., trellis, statue), bugs and insects, butterflies, birds, wildlife, fungus, or fruits and vegetables in the garden.
Photographs will be judged on composition, use of color and aesthetic value. Decisions of the judges are final.
All photographs are to be 8 in. x 10 in. and mounted on a mounting board. No framed or matted photographs will be accepted, nor photographs with people in them. Name, address, telephone number, and entry category must be printed legibly on the back of each photograph submitted. Info: 219-465-3555 or http://www.pcgarden.info/Photo_Contest.html .
The Humane Society Calumet Area is seeking arts and crafts donations for their annual Holiday Bazaar. The arts and crafts will be sold at the bazaar to help raise funds for the shelter. The Bazaar is scheduled for December 12-15 and will coincide with pictures with Santa at the shelter. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Amanda at (219) 922-3811.
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