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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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Taltree Announces Snowman Building Competition

Green Zone

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. 

In order to participate, snowman entries must be built onsite at Taltree. Participants should take a picture and submit their entry via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the following information: name, phone, snowman title, date built and Taltree location description. All competition submissions must be received by Monday, March 3, 2014 to qualify.

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.

 

Humane Society Northwest Indiana: Who They Are

Animal Corner

Humane Society Northwest Indiana is reaching out to Region residents to let you know who they are and what they do.  They need your help to continue their cause and want to say thanks for your support and contributions. You can also learn how you can help them. This is part one of a two part video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sDEVCdbRsXI
 
 
Humane Society Northwest Indiana
6100 Melton Rd.
Gary, In.46443
1-219-938-3339
1-219-938-4294  (Fax)
 
HOURS
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

 

HSNI: Ben Looking for a Forever Home

Animal Corner

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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
1-219-938-3339
1-219-938-4294 (Fax)

HOURS
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

 

Recycle Your Living Christmas Tree at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in January

Green Zone

Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be recycling Christmas trees from January 2 through January 12, 2014. Taltree will be converting the trees into trail mulch to benefit guests.

“Utilizing Christmas trees as a renewable path material is a win-win for the environment and for our guests,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “This is just one of the many recycle-reuse-reduce programs that we offer.”

Donated trees must be free of all decorative materials, including ornaments, hooks, tinsel, nails, lights and stands. For the safety of the wildlife, removal of these non-organic items, especially tinsel, is extremely important.

Christmas tree drop-off is at Taltree’s construction entrance, located at 440 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. The drop-off area will be marked with a sign, and people are asked to place trees in the designated area only. Drop-off is available 24 hours a day from January 2 through January 12. This program is sponsored by Simko Signs in Valparaiso. For more information, visit Taltree.org or call 219-462-0025.

 

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