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.


Book Sale at Paws Resale Shoppe Jan 16-19

Animal Corner

Grab some great deals on gently used books, DVDs, CDs and tapes at the Humane Society Calumet Area's Book Sale January 16-19, 2014, daily from 10am to 6:30pm on Thursday and 4:30pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Visit our pre-sale on Weds., January 15 at 2pm for a $5 donation. Donations are appreciated and may be brought to the shelter during open hours. Call 219-922-3811 for more information.

Check out these events on our calendar...   www.hscalumet.org

Where Best Friends Meet - February 8

Girl's Night Out - March 8

Tag Days - March 29-31

Animal Baby Shower - April 8

Volunteer Appreciation Week - April 6-13


New Cat Rescue in Crown Point

Animal Corner

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


Recycle Your Living Christmas Tree at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in January

Green Zone

Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be recycling Christmas trees from January 2 through January 12, 2014. Taltree will be converting the trees into trail mulch to benefit guests.

“Utilizing Christmas trees as a renewable path material is a win-win for the environment and for our guests,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “This is just one of the many recycle-reuse-reduce programs that we offer.”

Donated trees must be free of all decorative materials, including ornaments, hooks, tinsel, nails, lights and stands. For the safety of the wildlife, removal of these non-organic items, especially tinsel, is extremely important.

Christmas tree drop-off is at Taltree’s construction entrance, located at 440 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. The drop-off area will be marked with a sign, and people are asked to place trees in the designated area only. Drop-off is available 24 hours a day from January 2 through January 12. This program is sponsored by Simko Signs in Valparaiso. For more information, visit Taltree.org or call 219-462-0025.


ABC News: Rabbits Save Family from Fire

Animal Corner

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.


Indep Cat Society 2014 Calendar Now Available

Animal Corner

RBR calendar

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!!


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