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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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Book Donations Sought for HSCA Fundraiser

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (April 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area is seeking book donations for its spring book sale fundraiser. 

Donations of gently used adult and youth books, CDs and DVDs are appreciated and can be delivered to PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shop.

This book sale will be held May 15 to 18 at PAWS Resale Shoppe, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For a $5 donation, shoppers can attend the sneak preview of the sale on Wednesday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the book sale benefit the animals of Humane Society Calumet Area.

For additional information, please contact Ashley Boyer at (219) 513-8911 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org.

 

HSCA Hosting Coloring Contest

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (April 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area is hosting a coloring contest open to children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

Held as part of the organization’s humane education program, this coloring contest is designed to increase awareness among school-aged children about animal adoption.

One winner from each grade will be chosen and will receive a HSCA t-shirt. One grand prize winner will be selected and will have a chance to have their artwork featured on the cover of HSCA’s quarterly newsletter.

In addition, the school with the most entries will receive a signed copy of Shelter Us: The Tails of Max and Miles, written by a HSCA volunteer and retired Lake Central High School math teacher Randall Starewicz. The book features two shelter dogs who never give up on one another as the main characters.

Winners will be announced at noon on June 7 during HSCA’s Paws in the Park event at Main Square Park in Highland.

Teachers and parents can download the coloring sheets and humane education materials at www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp. Each entry must have the child’s name, grade and school written on the front of the page and a phone number on the back side.

Entries are due on May 31, 2014 and can be mailed or delivered to the shelter at: Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St, Munster, IN 46321.

The contest also will be held in conjunction with HSCA’s participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. This summer HSCA will compete for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.

The challenge takes place during the months of June through August and the HSCA has set a goal of placing 675 animals in forever homes during that time. Coloring contest entries will be on display in the shelter during these months so the children can view their entry.

For additional information, please contact Ashley Boyer at (219) 513-8911 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org.

 

Vendors Sought for Pet Walk-a-Thon and Vendor Fair

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (April 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area invites the community to participate in its 22nd annual Paws in the Park, a walk-a-thon and vendor fair. The event takes place on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a new location, Main Square Park in Highland, Ind. 

Walkers can participate individually or as a team to raise funds for the animals of HSCA. Leashed pets with a current rabies vaccine are welcome to participate in the walk and attend the event. The walk-a-thon begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m.

Walkers are asked to raise pledges and can earn pledge prizes including a magnet, t-shirt, tote, hoodie and $100 gift certificate at various pledge levels. Walkers and teams can raise funds online at www.firstgiving.com/hscalumet.

Additionally, vendors are invited to participate in the family- and pet-friendly fair, which has a carnival theme, complete with games, treats and more. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.

Proceeds from the event help provide medical care and basic necessities for the animals at HSCA.

Download pledge packets, vendor applications and sponsorship information at www.hscalumet.org/paws-in-the-park.asp.

Contact Ashley Boyer at 219.513.8911, ext. 103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on how to become a walker, vendor or sponsor. To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org.

 

 

Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited March 18

Animal Corner

If you are interested in being a volunteer for Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited in Hobart, join them Tuesday, March 18th at the Merrillville Public Library, Meeting Room C from 7:00-8:30 pm. A guest speaker from EEU will discuss the educational and therapeutic activities for those with special needs. Hosted by the GFWC Women in Action. RSVP to 219-384-6163

 

Photos: Coast Guard Crew Rescues Dog Stranded on Ice

Animal Corner

Michigan-based Coast Guard cutter crew rescues dog stranded on ice on Lake St. Clair.  

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Crew members assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay assist a dog they found stranded on the ice of Lake St. Clair March 4, 2014. The crew transported the dog to the ship and hoisted him aboard, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care.  //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay

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The dog was taken inside the ship, where he was provided food and first aid before being transferred to an area animal shelter for further care. //U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Cutter Bristol Bay The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay is a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Detroit.  The crew of the cutter rescued another dog who was stranded on the ice back in March 2011: http://greatlakes.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2011/03/big-dog-in-big-trouble-coast-guardsmen-rescue-great-dane-from-frozen-lake-huron/

 

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