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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.


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Garden Programs at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm

Green Zone

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate spring and the return of the growing season on Saturday, May 17, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm. Two programs will be offered in the farm’s garden that can help you learn about maintaining your own organic home garden.

From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join a ranger and help get the Chellberg Farm’s garden off to a good start this season. This Stewardship Day program will help you get some hands-on experience with everything from pulling weeds to planting heirloom variety seeds. Wear comfortable work clothes. Work gloves and other equipment will be provided.

If you’re looking for something less strenuous, stop by the garden between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and enjoy Garden Days at Chellberg Farm. Learn all about organic gardening, heirloom seeds, and other aspects of maintaining your own environmentally-friendly garden while you tour the family garden and grounds of the historic Chellberg Farm.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact our information desk at 219-395-1882.
 

Local Union Carpenters Help LaPorte Co Small Animal Shelter

Animal Corner

Local union carpenters of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) recently lent a hand at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter. In early April, three IKORCC carpenters volunteered their skills to complete the Small Animal Shelter’s building addition and cat room renovation. In four days, the carpenters gutted and remodeled the cat room by installing new fiberglass-reinforced panels on the walls, new ceilings, lights, new cabinetry and trim and a new window. “It’s an honor for us to be able to help a great local organization. Serving the community is at the heart of IKORCC, and it truly shows in the volunteer service of each of the carpenters who helped out with this project,” said Scott Cooley, IKORCC Senior Representative. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 43 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee and is an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

“I cannot thank them enough,” said Jane Bernard, LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter Director. “They came to our rescue when funds ran short, and we would not have been able to complete the project if it wasn’t for their commitment to provide the labor and expertise to get the job done. The finished room is such an improved environment for our cats spending time at the shelter and also very welcoming for the public to view our cats. We truly appreciate the hard work that went into upgrading our cat room.” The LaPorte County Animal Shelter provides animal control services for all unincorporated areas of LaPorte County and also operates the county animal shelter. It is located at 2855 West State Road 2 in La Porte, Ind.
 

Photos: Coast Guard Crew Rescues Dog Stranded on Ice

Animal Corner

Michigan-based Coast Guard cutter crew rescues dog stranded on ice on Lake St. Clair.  

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Crew members assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay assist a dog they found stranded on the ice of Lake St. Clair March 4, 2014. The crew transported the dog to the ship and hoisted him aboard, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care.  //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay

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The dog was taken inside the ship, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care. //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Detroit.  The crew of the cutter rescued another dog who was stranded on the ice back in March 2011: http://greatlakes.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/03/big-dog-in-big-trouble-coast-guardsmen-rescue-great-dane-from-frozen-lake-huron/

 

Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo April 26-27

Green Zone

Crown Point, Ind. – Wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and yard art are just a few of the many exhibits that guests will encounter at the 13th Annual Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26-27, in the Industrial Arts Building at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St.

Sponsored by the Illiana Garden Pond Society, the Expo is an event set to inspire visitors to take backyards and landscaping to the next level and mesmerize others with incredible display showcased by water features, lighting and garden experts.

Vendors will also sell fish, equipment for the water gardeners, plants including aquatics, glass art décor, gourd décor, lighting and irrigation options, and anything related to gardens and outdoor living enhancements.

In addition to vendors, visitors can connect with many local not-for-profit organizations that will be exhibiting, including garden clubs that will be advertising their upcoming garden walks and rescue groups that will hold fundraisers.

 Lake County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Educational seminars and workshops will be available.

 Adult admission to the Expo is $5, and free for children under 15 years of age. Parking is free. More information is available at the club’s website, www.illianagardenpond.org, or contact Expo Chair Kathy Bartley at 219-789-6207.

 

Valpo, Boone Grove Compost Sites to Open March 31

Green Zone

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

 

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