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.


HSNI: Ben Looking for a Forever Home

Animal Corner

From Humane Society Northwest Indiana: Look at this little cutie!! His name is Ben and he is a 3 month old male Miniature Pot Belly Pig. He is friendly and affectionate, he loves to be scratched behind his ear and cuddling.

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He is really small now, but he will grow to be approximately 30 pounds. He is looking for a forever home that is experienced in pigs, as he is not a dog in pig clothing. He also is housebroken and neutered. Come in and MEET him or SHARE his photos.

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He'd love a forever home for the holidays. Any questions please call us at (219) 938-3339, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Humane Society Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Rd.
Gary, In.46443
1-219-938-4294 (Fax)

Monday - 11:00 - 3:00
Tuesday - 11:00 - 3:00
Wednesday - 11:00 - 3:00
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 11:00 - 4:00
Saturday - 11:00 - 5:00
Sunday - CLOSED


New Cat Rescue in Crown Point

Animal Corner

In Crown Point, a new cat rescue group called Cats of St. Francis formed this past summer. For more info, check out this article by Chas Reilly in the Times. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville/crown-point-woman-organizes-cat-rescue-group/article_2aea5cc7-6378-5055-99c8-2f6da63202f6.html


ABC News: Rabbits Save Family from Fire

Animal Corner

When Nicole Ochotorene heard a loud noise coming from her kitchen in the middle of the night, she went to investigate. She found her two pet rabbits thumping their hind legs and running back and forth. That's when Occhotorene noticed the cord on a crockpot was on fire. The Tucson, Arizona woman says the bunnies are heroes and saved her life and that of her husband and four children." That's a miracle within itself. That's what I'm saying. It's a Christmas miracle," said Ochotorene.  "Ever watch like Bambi, Thumper - how he thumped with his back paw. That's what they kept doing. And Bun Bun and Promise they were just thumping, thumping and they were running back and forth, back and forth, back and forth."  Ochotorene said then she looked and saw smoke from the cord and smoke from underneath the crockpot.  " My bunnies are my lifesavers," she told ABC News. "They saved my life and they saved my kids."  Everyone's okay, reports say, including the bunnies.


Borrow Recycling Containers for Your Event

Green Zone

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

Laura's Blog

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.



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