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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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Presentation on the "Millennium Reserve Project" March 1

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Presentation on the Millennium Reserve Project:  Suellen Burns, Senior Advisor for the Millennium Reserve Project, Illinois Department of Natural Resources will presents the vision of the “Millennium Reserve Project” on Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. hosted by the Gibson Woods Wild Ones.

The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago east to the Indiana border and southwest to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. The immediate focus within this area is the Calumet Core region encompassing numerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, the southeast lakefront, and 35 south suburban municipalities. In aggregate, the Calumet Core includes a collection of over 15,000 acres of open space such as parks, trails, wetlands, and forest preserves. Nearly 6,000 of these acres are considered high-quality natural areas. More than 400,000 residents live in the Calumet Core.

The public is invited to attend the presentation about this most interesting project.  For information call 219-844-3188.

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is located at 6201 Parrish Avenue in Hammond, IN 46323.  From I/80-94 take Cline Avenue north to the169th exit then west to Parrish and north to the park.  GPS coordinates: 41.599352,-87.45186

 

Best Buddies Pet Food Distribution

Animal Corner

Best Buddies Pet Food Distribution:  Free Pet Food assistance every 3rd Monday of each month at Hebron Country Food Pantry. You must be a registered client of the Hebron Country Food Pantry and will need to fill out a short application with us to be eligible. Please bring ID. And recycle those plastic grocery bags for us to refill!

 

Independent Cat Society Now on Razoo Online-Giving Website

Animal Corner

In time for the Indiana and national Give Local America campaigns, you can now find the Independent Cat Society at Razoo.com, a new platform for giving online.
 
You can find them at http://www.razoo.com/story/Independent-Cat-Society .
 
You can also still find the Independent Cat Society, learn more, and donate through PayPal or by check at their website, http://www.catsociety.org/, "Annie's Blog," and Facebook page.
 
You can vote for your favorite Sweetheart, set aside funds for a specific purpose such as TNR or Building Fund, Sponsor a Cat, and much more, at your discretion. "Every little bit helps keep our kitties happy and healthy," says the Independent Cat Society, "and we couldn't do all we do for animals in the community without your support. Our volunteers and supporters are so wonderful and generous, we're all purring with gratitude!"
 
For more details please contact call 219-785-4936.

 

Lake County Shelter Raising Funds for Medical Costs

Animal Corner

The Lake County Animal and Adoption Center recently took in 2 dogs who were diagnosed with Heartworm.  The animals began treatment last week which is very costly and takes between two to three months to complete.  The Shelter is holding a raffle to help with the very expensive treatment costs.  The winning ticket holder will win a donated Insigna 8” tablet.  All proceeds from the raffle will be directed to the veterinarian costs.  Tickets can be purchased by stopping in at the Lake County Animal Control and Adoption Center at 3011 W. 93rd Avenue in Crown Point.  Their hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.  The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 1st, winner will be contacted by telephone.  For more information contact the staff at 219-769-7016.

 

Independent Cat Society Awarded Grant

Animal Corner

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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/

 

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