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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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Independent Cat Society Awarded Grant

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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.  

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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/

 

NW Ind Pet Project and Kibble Kitchen Seeking Volunteers

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Volunteers needed! Come to the Meet & Greet Saturday January 25th!  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 25m, 2014, 2-4:30pm at the Portage Public Library 2665 Irving St For more information call 219-734-6936

 

Humane Society Northwest Indiana: Who They Are

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Humane Society Northwest Indiana is reaching out to Region residents to let you know who they are and what they do.  They need your help to continue their cause and want to say thanks for your support and contributions. You can also learn how you can help them. This is part one of a two part video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sDEVCdbRsXI
 
 
Humane Society Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Rd.
Gary, In.46443
1-219-938-3339
1-219-938-4294  (Fax)
 
HOURS
Monday - 11:00 - 3:00
Tuesday - 11:00 - 3:00
Wednesday - 11:00 - 3:00
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 11:00 - 4:00
Saturday - 11:00 - 5:00
Sunday - CLOSED

 

HSNI: Ben Looking for a Forever Home

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From Humane Society Northwest Indiana: Look at this little cutie!! His name is Ben and he is a 3 month old male Miniature Pot Belly Pig. He is friendly and affectionate, he loves to be scratched behind his ear and cuddling.

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He is really small now, but he will grow to be approximately 30 pounds. He is looking for a forever home that is experienced in pigs, as he is not a dog in pig clothing. He also is housebroken and neutered. Come in and MEET him or SHARE his photos.

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He'd love a forever home for the holidays. Any questions please call us at (219) 938-3339, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Humane Society Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Rd.
Gary, In.46443
1-219-938-3339
1-219-938-4294 (Fax)

HOURS
Monday - 11:00 - 3:00
Tuesday - 11:00 - 3:00
Wednesday - 11:00 - 3:00
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 11:00 - 4:00
Saturday - 11:00 - 5:00
Sunday - CLOSED

 

New Cat Rescue in Crown Point

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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

 

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