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.


Master Gardeners Photography Contest

Green Zone


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. In addition to ribbons, winners will receive $5 for first place, $4 for second place, and $3 for third place.  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 .


Borrow Recycling Containers for Your Event

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Porter County – Churches, schools, towns and anyone planning events in Porter County can encourage their guests to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles by using recycling event containers, provided free of charge by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

The district lends out ClearStream recycling collection containers that can be placed next to garbage cans in high traffic areas at events. The district even supplies the clear plastic bags that fit into the collection containers.

“When presented with the option to recycle their waste, most guests choose to do the right thing,” said Therese Davis, executive director of the district. “Organizations and individuals without a supply of recycling containers or the money to purchase them need only borrow ours.”

The containers are perfect to use at fundraisers, church functions, block parties, street fairs, picnics, baseball games and tournaments, open houses, and any gatherings that could potentially generate large amounts of waste. No event is too small to borrow containers. By allowing event guests to separate their waste, organizations can help prevent large amounts of waste from ending up in landfills. 

To borrow the containers, call the district, 219-465-3695, at least one week prior to the event to confirm the availability of the number of ClearStream containers necessary. Once reserved, renters can download a reservation agreement from the district’s website, www.ItMeansTheWorld.org , sign the form and return it into the district.  More information on the program is available on the district’s website, www. ItMeansTheWorld.org.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction programs. The district promotes environmental stewardship among individuals and businesses through education programs, waste reduction services and other outreach programs to meet the statutory waste reduction goals set by the State of Indiana.

Information from Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County



Join us at the Great Futures Bike Ride

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May is National Bike Month -- and Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is helping to spread the word about the benefits of riding a bike ...for yourself and for the environment !

Fun fact from NIRPC... Did you know the bicycle remains the most popular transportation mode in the world?

NIRPC has a bike map filled with information on Region bike trails... the Northwest Indiana Regional Greenways and Blueways Map !

On behalf of NIRPC, join Indiana 105 as the Great Futures Family Bike Ride hosted by Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County this Saturday gets ready to roll on the Prairie-Duneland Trail this Saturday morning, May 11th.

I'll be broadcasting from the check-in location at Countryside Park in Portage, from 7:30 to 8:30 am. It's a non-competitive bike ride, for families of all ages and riding abilities, featuring free bike safety helmet inspections and free helmet fittings, and free refreshments along the trail.

Note: Walk up registrations are welcome if you cannot register online by May 9th.

Proceeds benefit the nearly five-thousand youth served by Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County.



Buds and Blossoms to Help The Arc

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Tonight is a big night for The Arc Northwest Indiana, as the BRIDGES Development Foundation and ‘Friends of The Arc Northwest Indiana, Inc. are hosting the 10th annual “Buds and Blossoms© Evening” at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.  Beginning at 5:00 p.m, guests can browse a variety of specialty boutiques and afterwards enjoy a dinner. I'm honored to have been asked to speak at tonight's event, and you'll hear a little about the role of radio here in the Region. The evening will also include both silent and bidding auctions, and guests will be eligible for a variety of door prizes.   Thanks to everyone who'll be attending tonight, and thanks for asking me to be a part of it.




Earth Day Celebration April 20

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Join us for the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 20, at the Porter County Expo Center, Division Road and State Road 49, for a live remote broadcast, 9am to 12noon.

Free parking -- Free admission. Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District presents their 8th Annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration with lots of fun and entertaining ways to learn about living greener and becoming more environmentally aware. It's the largest Earth Day event in Northwest Indiana. Lots of exhibitors.

We'll be there with NIRPC, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, as they work to help protect Northwest Indiana's environment.

Just a few of the happenings...
Children can build their own birdhouse
Silent auction
Alternative fuel display
Free tree seedlings in exchange for completed event surveys
... and much much more

Here's a link to the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction website for more info: www.itmeanstheworld.org



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