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.


Time to Order Trees for Spring

Green Zone

It's time to pre-order quality trees from the Porter County Extension Board, while supplies last. Apple, Apricot, Plum, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry and Pear are priced from $12-$18. The Tree Sale and Workshop will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds from 8:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2012.

Fruit trees lend themselves to ornamental plantings as well as orchards. Many have beautiful blooms and striking fall color.

Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees come into bearing earlier than stand-sized trees, occupy less space, and can be more easily pruned and sprayed with equipment available to the average gardener. As a bonus, people can harvest varieties that are not easily available in stores. Budded trees grow no more than 15 to 20 feet tall. Also, available this year are Asparagus, Grapes, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.

We are also offering a variety of Evergreens like the beautiful American Arborvitae, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, and Hemlock. Also, on our list are a series of Hardwoods like Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut, Tulip Poplar, and White Oak. Both breeds range from 18-24 inches and are sold for $4.

Order forms and descriptions are online at: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/porter/pages/default.aspx or you may call the Porter County Extension Office at (219) 465-3555 for more information.


New Research in Floriculture Program Mar 13

Green Zone

Valparaiso, Ind. – Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Northwest Indiana Floriculture Association will co-sponsor an educational program for people in the plant nursery, greenhouse, and retail garden center businesses on Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT at County Line Greenhouse, 383 N. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana.

On March 13th, the program will begin with a short tour and refreshments provided by County Line Greenhouse. After the refreshments, W. Garrett Owen, floriculture Ph.D. student at Purdue University will discuss new research in floriculture.
Related Web sites:
Northwest Indiana Floriculture Association

Purdue Extension


Cedar Lake Earth Day Rain Barrel Pick-Up Event

Green Zone

Town of Cedar Lake Hosts a Rain Barrel Pick-up Event on Earth Day, April 22nd:
The Cedar Lake Town Hall is working with Upcycle Products to host a rain barrel pick-up event on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 from 9am- 5pm at the Town Hall, 7408 Constitution Avenue. Rain barrels can be pre-ordered for pick-up on the Town’s website: www.cedarlakein.org. All rain barrels must be pre-ordered on this day for pick-up only.


Last Chance Rescue: Buster

Animal Corner


From Last Chance Rescue: Buster’s person died and he is longing for a forever home. He is a white Maltese, 9 years old, very small pup – about 18 pounds. He is housebroken, good with other dogs, and should be fine with cats and older kids. He likes to run, so he needs a fenced yard to keep him safe and happy. He is neutered and current on vaccinations. Please call Last Chance Rescue if you are interested in Buster, 219-677-2961.


Free Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop March 3

Green Zone

A Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be conducted at Deep River County Park on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Meet the Lake County Parks horticulturist Bryan McKay in front of Wood’s Historic Grist Mill for this free program.  The group will walk to the orchard for a demonstration on the proper pruning techniques for fruit trees.  Learn about insect control, sprays and year-round-care for your trees.  Remember, the weather can be severe in March, so dress accordingly.  For more information call 219-947-7275.  

Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue.  From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park.  GPS coordinates: Deep River Grist Mill: 41.475944,-87.222285 and Deep River County Line Road: 41.483097,-87.22008


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