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.
Schools, classes invited to compete in rain barrel design contest
Porter County –Schools in Porter County are invited to participate in the second annual Rain Barrel Design Competition, sponsored by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County in cooperation with Porter County MS4 communities.
Teachers interested in participating must register for the competition on www.ItMeansTheWorld.org by Jan. 31.
This year, the contest will feature a semi-final judging event at the Porter County Government Administration Building in Valparaiso. The finalists will move on to compete against barrels designed by classes and schools in Lake and LaPorte Counties at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 19!
Winners at the Earth Day Celebration will take home classroom cash scholarships.
“Thanks to the Lake County Solid Waste Management District and the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District for spearheading the barrel contests in their counties, we will truly have a tri-county contest at this year’s Earth Day event,” said Donna Stuckert, public education coordinator for the district.
Participants will receive a rain barrel that they can paint or decorate with environmentally-friendly materials to illustrate an environmental theme.
All schools, public and private, and all grades are invited to participate Limitations include one barrel per school.
For more information, contact Donna at the District, 219-465-3819.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens snowman building competition now through March 2, 2014
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a snowman building competition now through March 2, 2014.
On March 5, all entries will be posted to Taltree’s Facebook fan page – facebook.com/Taltree – for fans to vote for their favorite snowmen. Facebook fans will have 48 hours to vote. The entry with the most Likes will win a one-year family membership.
The winner will be announced on Friday, March 7. The free one-year family membership provides unlimited admittance into Taltree for two adults and all children under 17 years old, plus, four one-time complimentary passes. Membership benefits also include Taltree educational and event program discounts and reciprocal admission privileges to other North America arboretums and gardens.
“If it snows, this is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “This is just the beginning of the family fun activities we have planned for this year.”
During the winter months, the arboretum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Member entry is free. Non-member entry is $10 per vehicle for up to 5 people.
Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385. For competition rules and more information, visit Taltree.org or call 219-462-0025.
Recently voted Best of the Region, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. Taltree is open year round. All proceeds received power Taltree’s restoration, conservation and education initiatives.
Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in Northern Indiana, just south of U.S. 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit Taltree.org or follow Taltree on Twitter at @TaltreeArb and Facebook at facebook.com/Taltree.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says during a winter storm, it may be easy to forget the needs of pets. However, companion animals, especially those who are kept outdoors, should frequently be checked on to ensure their safety. If pets are kept outdoors, provide them with a form of shelter. Heated shelters, such as garages, are preferable.
Give pets fresh water frequently, and have a heat source, if possible, to prevent freezing. Monitor indoor pets when letting them outside. Pets can get cold quickly, so limit their exposure outdoors. Cover their paws and other exposed skin if possible.
Shovel a path for pets to go outside, especially small pets that may have difficulty in deep snow. State officials say if you come upon a cold dog, warm him or her up slowly then get the dog to a veterinarian, if possible, immediately.
For more information, go to www.GetPrepared.IN.gov.
Here is information from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html
Click here for a video from HSUS on keeping companion animals safe in the winter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CXFpPLwZUfg
The Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds pet owners to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside. Most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero. Be sure to provide a sheltered place for outdoor pets and make sure they have fresh water. Use a heater for water or change the supply frequently.
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