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
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.
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
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.
When Nicole Ochotorene heard a loud noise coming from her kitchen in the middle of the night, she went to investigate. She found her two pet rabbits thumping their hind legs and running back and forth. That's when Occhotorene noticed the cord on a crockpot was on fire. The Tucson, Arizona woman says the bunnies are heroes and saved her life and that of her husband and four children." That's a miracle within itself. That's what I'm saying. It's a Christmas miracle," said Ochotorene. "Ever watch like Bambi, Thumper - how he thumped with his back paw. That's what they kept doing. And Bun Bun and Promise they were just thumping, thumping and they were running back and forth, back and forth, back and forth." Ochotorene said then she looked and saw smoke from the cord and smoke from underneath the crockpot. " My bunnies are my lifesavers," she told ABC News. "They saved my life and they saved my kids." Everyone's okay, reports say, including the bunnies.
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