X-Rock 103.9 Biography: LAURA WALUSZKO
On the air: News during Bob & Tom and middays
High school: River Forest
Favorite bands and artists: The Firm, ELO,Foreigner, REO, Genesis, Def Leppard
Album I think you should hear: LPs from the K-Tel collection
Favorite guilty pleasure song: Anything Bee Geesfrom Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
Favorite retro TV shows: The Honeymooners, Star Trek
Favorite kids show: Game shows (remember when it was $10,000 Pyramid?)
Favorite retro movies: Airplane, Star Wars
First job: Fast food
Things I did as a kid: Watched game shows
Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 S. 400 W., will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 1, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Both sites will reopen Monday, Dec. 2, and hold regular season hours for the rest of the week through Saturday, Dec. 7, after which both sites will close for the season. Regular season hours for the Valpo site are 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Valparaiso site is owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso, and the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County helps to maintain it and staff the guard house.
Regular hours for the Boone Grove compost site, owned and operated by the district, are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The compost sites allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are available free for public use, as long as supplies last.
Porter County residents are advised to call the district, 465-3694, to determine material availability and site access, if inclement weather occurs. Residents should bring shovels and containers to load as much compost and mulch as they want.
Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Porter County residents are encouraged to bring their live fall decorations, such as pumpkins, gourds, corn and mums, to compost at the sites.
Other materials also accepted for recycling at these sites include: household batteries, old electronics (computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or powered by batteries!), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, old media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.), and cell phones and cell phone accessories.
Residents should remove plastic bags and other such containers upon dropping off materials. Grass is accepted at the Boone Grove site only. No treated wood or lumber of any kind are accepted at either site.
In 2014, the Valpo site will begin 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. off-season hours on Saturdays beginning Jan. 4, for residents to recycle their once live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic holiday waste. The Saturday hours will continue through April 2014, when both sites will open for the season. The Boone Grove site will remain closed after Dec. 7, until the regular season begins in April.
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.
For more information on the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 219-465-3694.
Hammond, IN (November 15, 2013) – The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will once again be holding Wag Your Tail Wednesdays in conjunction with the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit. On Wednesday Nov. 27, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., well-behaved cats and dogs will be able to have their picture taken with Santa.
This unique opportunity is offered for $5 per photo and will directly benefit a local animal rescue. Participants are encouraged to bring in donations for the organizations. Additionally, $1 from each pet photo will be donated to the rescue.
In addition to Wag Your Tail Wednesdays, Santa will begin visiting the Indiana Welcome Center on Friday, Nov. 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to get their photo taken atop Santa’s Mountain from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas. Before his yearly flight around the world, Santa will be at the Indiana Welcome Center on Dec. 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Dec. 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for photos. Each 4x6 photo costs $5.
The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond.
For more information on Wag Your Tail Wednesdays, photos with Santa, the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or special events, contact Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore CVA, at 219-554-2229 or visit www.achristmasstorycomeshome.com .
The Porter County Animal Shelter will kick-off their Homes For The Holidays feline adoption program on Black Friday, November 29th. The first thirty qualified adopters who will give a homeless cat or kitten a forever home will receive a $15 Pet Supplies Plus Gift Card! The gift card can help make your cat's new home ready with litter, litter trays and food! Every adoptable cat and kitten qualifies for the program, but hurry because only the first 30 qualified adopters will receive the gift card!
“Because we experienced a late kitten season, our cat room is overflowing with nearly 100 cats and kittens,” stated Shelter Director Jon Thomas. “With such a wide variety of ages, breeds and colors it is hard to imagine that cat lovers won't be able to find that very special cat or kitten that they are looking for.”
The Homes For The Holiday feline adoption program begins on Black Friday, November 29th and runs until thirty of the cats and kittens are adopted. The adoption fee for cats and kittens is $50. Each adopting family is provided with a spay/neuter certificate, if applicable, that is honored by most local veterinarians. All potential adopters must complete an adoption application and are subject to the approval by Shelter staff. Many (but not all) of the adoptable cats or kittens can be seen on PetFinder or in the Adoptable Cats photo album on the Shelter's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/portercountyanimalshelter .
The Porter County Animal Shelter is located at 2056 Heavilin Road in Valparaiso. Shelter hours are Noon until 6:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Noon until 7:00pm on Thursday; and Noon until 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Shelter is closed to the public on Mondays.
The Independent Cat Society's November/December Adoption Promotion is still ongoing. We are offering the adoption of a cat 5 years or older and we will waive the adoption fee. This will include a spay or neuter, current vaccines, flea treatment, nail trim and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets. We have many wonderful over 5 cats available please stop out and check them out soon.
We also offer the adoption of a cat under 5 for $75 and a companion cat for no charge. This still includes the above mentioned spay or neuter, current vaccines, etc, etc.
November is 'Adopt a Senior Pet Month.' Help us to give our cats something to celebrate this holiday season, a home and family of their very own.
Any questions please contact the Independent Cat Society 219.785.4936.
Courtesy of the Independent Cat Society:
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we want to challenge you to look behind the fluffy cuteness of a new kitten and see the beauty that older pets have to offer! Here are our top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat.
Top 10 reasons to adopt a senior cat:
1. When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
3. You can teach an old cat new tricks: Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
4. A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night) anyway!
5. In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
6. A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting.
7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
8. Speaking of relaxing, senior cats make great napping buddies.
9. Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for––so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life.
Crown Point, IN—The Lake County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce that they are continuing their scholarship program for the 2014-15 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate college & university students who are residents of Lake County. In addition to the majors of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, majors of Forestry, Botany (Horticulture Equivalent), Plant Pathology, Agricultural Education, and Entomology are eligible as well. Other majors that benefit consumer gardening may be considered if the applicant provides a one paragraph description of how they will use their major to promote the objectives of the Master Gardeners. The application deadline is February 18, 2014. Application forms are available from university departmental offices or by calling the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Lake County Office at 755-3240 or at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/Documents/ANR/2014-15%20post_secon_scholarship%20app.pdf
The scholarships are funded by the proceeds of the Master Gardener annual plant sale, donations from the Illiana Garden Pond Society and other generous donors.
Source: Nikky Witkowski, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources/Horticulture
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Lake County, 880 E. 99th Ct., Suite A, Crown Point, IN 46307
219-755-3240, FAX 219-755-3251
Purdue Extension – Lake County Website: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/pages/default.aspx
Lake County Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Purdue-Extension-Lake-County/275041175876408
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