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.
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.
The Independent Cat Society's 2014 calendar will be at the shelter beginning Saturday, December 14th and will be available for sale for $15 each. Pick up one or two for holiday gifts. These calendars contain pictures of some of our supporters pets, both on the month and/or a specific day. They are great! Stop by our Holiday Open House this weekend, Saturday, the 14th, 10am - 4pm and Sunday, the 15th, 1pm to 4pm and check them out. For other arrangements please contact the ICS at 219.785.4936. While you are there, do some Christmas shopping for your pets or pet lover. We have many wonderful gifts for sale and all proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society.
For more information please call 219-785-4936.
We are also accepting donations of Friskies pate or Fancy Feast Classic canned food, scoopable cat litter, paper towels, paper plates, laundry soap, bleach, dishwashing soap, hand sanitizer, cat toys (for the cats Christmas) and fleece blankets. All donations are tax deductible.
Also check out our December Adoption Special while you are there. We have many wonderful cats and kittens to choose from. We are located at Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville, Indiana. Hope to see you there!!
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Puppy Obedience class will begin on January 15, 2014. This class is for puppies 2-6 months of age; cost for the class is $80.00 for the 7 week session. Owners must bring proof of their puppies current vaccinations on the first night; puppies should be wearing a flat, buckle-type collar attached to a 6ft leather leash. Experienced instructors teach owners how to train their puppies in very basic obedience, using positive reinforcement only in the form of food & treats. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035."
The Dunes Dog Training Club's next Beginner Obedience class will start on January 8, 2014. This class is for dogs 6 months of age & older; cost for the class is $90.00 for the 8 week session. Owners must bring proof of their dogs current vaccinations on the first night; dogs should be wearing a metal training collar, attached to a 6ft leather leash. Experienced instructors teach owners how to train their dogs using positive reinforcement only, in the form of food & praise. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035."
The Dunes Dog Training Club will offer a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class for owners & their dogs, in preparation for passing the CGC test & receiving the CGC title from the American Kennel Club (AKC). There will be 7 weeks of training, & the final week will be an actual CGC test; cost for this class is $90.00, including the fee for the CGC test itself. Owners must bring proof of their dogs current vaccinations on the first night. For further information please call 219-996-4770, 219-916-1594, 219-756-7035.
Tree Decorating Naturally will be held at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a free program but please call to register at 219-844-3188. Individual sign ups only (no groups)
Decorating the Gibson Woods holiday tree with “natural” ornaments has been a tradition for many years. Stop by the Environmental Awareness Center anytime between 1 and 3 to take part in this annual gathering. Many unique decorations can be made out of simple items found in nature. Acorns, pinecones, seedpods, and other dried materials will be available and you are welcome to bring your own to share. Make an ornament for the Gibson Woods tree and another to take home. Enjoy holiday music and stop by the “Bird Room” to see who’s visiting the feeders.
If you want to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, Purdue University has a program for you.
Beginning January 22, 2014, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered for residents of Lake County and surrounding areas. The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Training will be held on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or 5:45-8:45 p.m. CST. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape, and fruit plants.
Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $200.00 per participant. This expense fee covers such items as reference notebooks and supplies. These materials all become part of the Master Gardener's personal collection.
While the class will be encouraged to create new educational outreach programs, there are already plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Some of these projects include the staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hand-on demonstration gardens.
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