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.
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.
From Last Chance Rescue:
Krissy loves people and is very sweet. She enjoys playing with other dogs. Krissy is about 35 pounds, about 3 years old. She would thrive with a loving owner and a little basic obedience training. Krissy is looking for that special someone who will give her the chance she deserves. Could that be you? She is spayed and current on vaccinations. Call Last Chance Rescue at 219-677-2961.
Bibbs and Sukie are both three year old female black labs. Their owners died and out-of-state family members were unable to take them. They are very bonded and must be adopted together. They are very loving and good with other dogs and children. They are each about 65 pounds. They are spayed and current on all vaccinations. Please call Last Chance Rescue, 219-677-2961.
From Last Chance Rescue:
If you want a super-loveable companion, Bear's your boy. He's about 2 years old and gets along with other dogs. He's neutered and current on vaccinations. Call Last Chance Rescue to meet Bear, 219-677-2961.
Cute little Alfred loves people and loves to play with his toys! He would make a great pet for the right person or family. He's only 40 pounds, was born in 2006, and is housebroken. He is neutered and current on vaccinations. Give Last Chance Rescue a call to meet Alfred, (219) 677-2961.
Approximately 4 month old male kitten by the apartment building at 4th and Hayes street in Gary. He is near 5th Avenue which is a really busy street.
PAWS Resale Shoppe Moves to Kennedy Ave. – All proceeds from the store benefit the animals at Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster.
The move takes PAWS from its old location on Jewett Street in Downtown Highland. The smaller store lacked space for donated items and provided inadequate parking for customers and donors. The increase in space allows for more items on display and increased support to the humane society. The larger parking lot provides ample parking and the potential for on-site animal adoption events.
A small space located next to the resale shop will provide corporate office space for shelter administrators. The shelter’s staff has grown in recent years with the creation and expansion of services such as low-cost spay/neuter and behavior programs. This expansion has left staff and volunteers competing for less and less space. The new space will provide room for further development and growth.
Executive Director Rachel Delaney said, “We’re excited for the new opportunities in the community and to give back to the animals.” Several new community programs are in the works and will be announced in the coming months.
PAWS Resale Shoppe is located at 8149 Kennedy Ave. in Highland in the strip mall located next to Plaza Lanes. Call 219-838-PAWS (7297) for more information.
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