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.


New Info, Lots of Happenings

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Lots of animal adoption-related events coming up in Northwest Indiana, including a big festival in Lake County this Saturday.  Info at Animal Corner  http://www.indiana105.com/on-air/laura-waluszko/animal-corner.html 



760 Attend Pink Ribbon Tea

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Seven-hundred-sixty people attended the Pink Ribbon Society's 11th Annual Tea Sunday at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. It was an honor to be asked to emcee the event, which raises funds for breast cancer groups and programs in northwest Indiana.  Since the inception of the Pink Ribbon Society, the group says they have returned more than 122-thousand dollars to the communities of Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties.  The founder of the Pink Ribbon Society, Ann Peters, is a 35-year survivor of breast cancer. The current president of the group is Susan Griffin, Marketing Manager of the Post Tribune.


For more information on the Pink Ribbon Society, visit their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pink-Ribbon-Society/196728367038840 

The society puts together a calendar featuring twelve survivors, and the Pink Ribbon Society Breast Calendar Survivor Calendar Girls are recognized during the Tea. The event also features several community leaders serving as "Celebrity Servers" (their aprons are raffled off during the event). 



Weekend Events and More

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Events in the Region this weekend and next month... newly added items at Animal Corner and Green Zone --




Raw Umber... Retired, But Not Forgotten

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Here's some nostalgia for you on this Back to School week (for many, not all... lots of Region students went back last week).

[Photo -- Smithsonian]

Crayola Crayons were invented in 1903 by cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, founders of the Binney & Smith Co. of Easton, Pennsylvania.  They used paraffin wax and nontoxic pigments to produce a coloring stick that was safe, sturdy and affordable. "Crayola” was coined by Binney’s wife Alice, a former school teacher. The word was derived from "craie," French for "chalk," and "oleaginous" or "oily."

The Crayola set for "young artists" in this photo was one of the earliest produced, and the 28 colors it contained included celestial blue, golden ochre, rose pink and burnt sienna.

Colors that have since been retired include Orange Red, Orange Yellow, Violet Blue, and Raw Umber (sort of a dark brownish-reddish clayish earthy color).

This set is one of 137 million items in the Smithsonian Institute's collection and is currently on display in the National Museum of American History. To learn more about this item, you can visit the National Museum of American History website .

Also... new info at Animal Corner and Green Zone here at my Blog area of the website --lw


Garden Series in Schererville Sep-Apr

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From Lake County Master Gardeners Association, Inc.:

Open to the public and free of charge, the LCMGA Speaker’s Bureau begins a new garden series at Tri Town Safety Village meeting room in Schererville the second Tuesday each month from September to April at 3 pm to 4 pm on seasonal garden topics. Tri Town Safety Village is located at 1350 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN.  The series is offered in cooperation with Bill Jarvis, Executive Director of Tri Town. Check the schedule below, and plan to attend one or more of the meetings to increase gardening knowledge. Programs are subject to change. Check the Lake County Master Gardener Association website for updates at  http://lakenetnwi.org/member/lcmastergardeners/index.html.  For information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The LCMGA Speaker’s Bureau provides educational speakers free of charge to garden clubs, libraries and community groups. To obtain a list of speakers and topics, contact Purdue Cooperative Extension Office at (219) 755-3240

Tuesday, September 11:  Bulbs. Jennifer & Bill Tobin

Tuesday, October 9:  Putting Your Beds to Bed, Dolly Foster

Tuesday, November 13:  Houseplants 101, Linda Knoll

Tuesday, December 11:  Winter Sowing, Victoria Jostes

Tuesday, January 8:  Gardening Through the Ages, A History of Plants, Sherry Kubiak

Tuesday, February 12:  Roses: History and Symbolism, Susan Radovich

Tuesday, March 12:  Organic Vegetable Gardening, Bill Tobin

Tuesday, April 9:  Landscaping with Native Plants for Four Seasons of Color, Kathy Kick


MG Dian Fruth discusses hummingbird habits at the Lowell Public Library [photo provided]


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