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.
On March 18th the ICS will hold its annual Pussycat Pizza Party at Aurelio's in LaPorte, 2330 N. Hwy 35 from 5pm to 9pm. Tickets for all the pizza you can eat and pop you can drink are only $15 at the door. There will also be delicious homemade desserts available. So come join us for great pizza, fun and good company. All proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society. For more information please contact the ICS 219-785-4936 or
Also, the ICS Sweetheart Contest is accepting votes/donations through March 1st either on Paypal on the ICS website, http://www.catsociety.org/ or come to the shelter on Saturday March 1 and meet the sweethearts and vote. The Sweethearts are waiting for your vote. All proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society.
The Independent Cat Society was founded in 1977 and a not for profit, no-kill cat shelter. Our mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, especially cats, by reducing pet overpopulation, educating the public, preventing cruelties to animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, and working for more humane legislation.
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.
The Porter County Animal Shelter is seeking vendors for its 16th Annual Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo. The event will be held from 10:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, April 26th at the Porter County Expo Center.
"Be Kind To Animals is one of the most well attended animal care events in northwest Indiana," said Shelter Director Jon Thomas. "Last year's event was packed all day long, so it is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, pet care businesses, rescues and non-profits to reach a large audience of pet-owning, pet-friendly consumers."
The number of vendors at the event continues to grow, so the Shelter has made some changes this year to serve the vendors better. A second, connected building has been reserved to allow for an expansion of vendor space. Because the Porter County Expo Center are experts at arranging these types of events, they have agreed to help the Shelter improve vendor service. Beginning this year, booth reservations and payments must be made directly through the Porter County Expo Center.
An 8' X 10' space, including one table and one chair, is available at $25 for rescues and non-profits, or $45.00 for veterinarians and businesses. Extra tables and chairs are available for an additional fee.
The Shelter is also asking vendors to consider donating a gift basket or gift certificate to be part of a raffle to raise funds for the Shelter. If you want to participate in the raffle, please bring your donation on the day of the event.
From Betty Clayton, Executive Director, Humane Society Northwest Indiana:
At this time we are asking for monetary donations for our March 29th. “PET ROCK 2014” Fundraiser. We would be grateful for whatever you could donate to us. We are asking you to become a Sponsor of this event. Sponsors will be given promotion at our event and all levels of sponsorship will be listed in our program. Silver, Gold and Platinum Sponsors will be announced from the stage at the event’s start and again on one of the bands breaks during announcements. There will also be a sponsor Poster by all entrances and exits listing all the various sponsors. The larger the donation, the bigger the font size on the posters. (Poster to be provided by the business)
Levels of Sponsor Donations
$100-249 - “Bronze Sponsors”
$250-499- “Silver Sponsors”
$500-999- “Gold Sponsors”
$1000 & up- “Platinum Sponsors”
We have to work very hard to raise funds. It is not easy but we do it for the animals. And for all of us working to save animals’ lives, it’s hard to fathom that so many animals are not wanted or are intentionally mistreated or are victims of violence. It is for those animals that we do what we do and I know that is why you help us. We work hard to see that all of the animals are well taken care of while they remain at our shelter and then we work as hard to find them responsible and loving forever homes. Our purpose is to do whatever we can to protect defenseless animals from humans who do not care for them and look upon them as disposable items, or who would cause them pain or suffering. That is our mission! You help us make a difference in our Humane Society. Thank you!! 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
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.
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