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.


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


Haz Waste, Gas Can Event in Portage

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We'll be at Portage High School this Saturday (August 11) from 9am to noon for a big collection event and gas can exchange for Porter County residents. The gas cans, courtesy of Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), are available one-per-vehicle, in exchange for an old one, while supplies last.  Lake Michigan District Household Waste Collection crews will be there from 9am to 2pm collecting household hazardous waste from Porter County residents -- the list of things to bring includes all sorts of things, from aerosols to expired/unused medications, cleaning fluids, nail polish, fluorescent tubes and bulbs (because they contain mercury), and lots more.


Gas Leak in Portage

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Portage Fire crews and NIPSCO responded to a major gas leak that shut down Willowcreek Road just south of US 6 around 11-o'clock this [Tuesday] morning.  It's in the area of the Porter County North County Government Annex and the Porter Portage Hospital campus.  Portage fire Chief Tom Fieffer had this update says the Porter County - North County Annex has been closed for the remainder of the day, but the Porter Portage Hospital campus is still open, but to access it, Chief Fieffer advises using 700-north to Willowcreek.

Rick Calinski with NIPSCO says a six-inch line was hit.  No information available at this hour on how. Crews got the call about 11 am.

The audio from my interviews with Chief Fieffer and Calinski is here at my blog  --lw

Local Hero to be Honored in Westville

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Ceremony is Saturday of Memorial Day weekend... hear the interview online here at my blog --Laura

In Westville, this weekend, Marines whose lives were saved by the actions of a fellow Marine from Michigan City will meet for the first time since a deadly explosion in a foxhole in South Vietnam more than forty years ago.

Steve “Swanney” Swanson says Danny Bruce and three fellow Marines were in a foxhole when Bruce caught an explosive device and gave his life to keep the others safe. Swanson also says Bruce's wife gave birth to their first child the very next day.  Swanson has put numerous hours into honoring Danny Bruce, who received the Medal of Honor for his act of courage.  Swanson tells us one of the Marines has since passed away, but the Marine's daughter is scheduled to come.  The ceremony honoring Danny Bruce is Saturday May 26th, 10 am at  Prairie Meadow Park in Westville, corner of US 6 and 421, in conjunction with the Birchfield Foundation Softball Tournament, which is named after local hero Josh Birchfield, who lost his life in Afghanistan fighting for our country.

There's much more from my interview with Swanson here at the audio player at my blog.

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