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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

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Book Donations Sought for HSCA Fundraiser

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (April 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area is seeking book donations for its spring book sale fundraiser. 

Donations of gently used adult and youth books, CDs and DVDs are appreciated and can be delivered to PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shop.

This book sale will be held May 15 to 18 at PAWS Resale Shoppe, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For a $5 donation, shoppers can attend the sneak preview of the sale on Wednesday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the book sale benefit the animals of Humane Society Calumet Area.

For additional information, please contact Ashley Boyer at (219) 513-8911 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org.

 

HSCA Hosting a Coloring Contest

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (April 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area is hosting a coloring contest open to children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade.

Held as part of the organization’s humane education program, this coloring contest is designed to increase awareness among school-aged children about animal adoption.

One winner from each grade will be chosen and will receive a HSCA t-shirt. One grand prize winner will be selected and will have a chance to have their artwork featured on the cover of HSCA’s quarterly newsletter.

In addition, the school with the most entries will receive a signed copy of Shelter Us: The Tails of Max and Miles, written by a HSCA volunteer and retired Lake Central High School math teacher Randall Starewicz. The book features two shelter dogs who never give up on one another as the main characters.

Winners will be announced at noon on June 7 during HSCA’s Paws in the Park event at Main Square Park in Highland.

Teachers and parents can download the coloring sheets and humane education materials at www.hscalumet.org/aspca.asp. Each entry must have the child’s name, grade and school written on the front of the page and a phone number on the back side.

Entries are due on May 31, 2014 and can be mailed or delivered to the shelter at: Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St, Munster, IN 46321.

The contest also will be held in conjunction with HSCA’s participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. This summer HSCA will compete for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000.

The challenge takes place during the months of June through August and the HSCA has set a goal of placing 675 animals in forever homes during that time. Coloring contest entries will be on display in the shelter during these months so the children can view their entry.

For additional information, please contact Ashley Boyer at (219) 513-8911 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org.

 

Vendors Sought for "Paws in the Park" in Highland

Animal Corner

Highland, Ind. (April 18, 2014) — Humane Society Calumet Area invites the community to participate in its 22nd annual Paws in the Park, a walk-a-thon and vendor fair. The event takes place on Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a new location, Main Square Park in Highland, Ind. 

Walkers can participate individually or as a team to raise funds for the animals of HSCA. Leashed pets with a current rabies vaccine are welcome to participate in the walk and attend the event. The walk-a-thon begins at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m.

Walkers are asked to raise pledges and can earn pledge prizes including a magnet, t-shirt, tote, hoodie and $100 gift certificate at various pledge levels. Walkers and teams can raise funds online at www.firstgiving.com/hscalumet.

Additionally, vendors are invited to participate in the family- and pet-friendly fair, which has a carnival theme, complete with games, treats and more. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.

Proceeds from the event help provide medical care and basic necessities for the animals at HSCA.

Download pledge packets, vendor applications and sponsorship information at www.hscalumet.org/paws-in-the-park.asp.

Contact Ashley Boyer at 219.513.8911, ext. 103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on how to become a walker, vendor or sponsor. To learn more about HSCA, visit www.hscalumet.org.

 

9tb Annual Earth Day Celebration April 19

Animal Corner

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites residents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties and beyond to become inspired, educated and entertained at the ninth annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.

Admission and parking for the event are free. The Celebration features two live animal shows by Silly Safaris at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the return of the Recycle Cycle, a silly contraption made out of reused items.

Other programs taking the stage include “Renewable Energy Basics: How does it work?” presented by Midwest Wind and Solar, 9:30 a.m.; the National Lakeshore Fire Management Program with Smokey Bear, 10:30 a.m.; the return of the Recycle Cycle, 12:30 p.m., and the Lake County Solid Waste Management District’s award-winning Green Team, 1:30 p.m.

With dozens of exhibitors, many offering free children’s activities, the event provides something interesting for all attendees to learn about the planet and what they can do to help reduce their environmental impact. 

Highlights of the Celebration include Build Your Own Birdhouse by Porter County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, supplies limited; appearances by the district’s Glen the Garbologist, Splash the water drop, Porter County Wildlife’s Rocky Raccoon, Metro Recycling’s Scrappy the Turtle, and Hooper the Hobart Caterpillar; rides in NIPSCO’s electric car; free reusable bags to the first 300 families; shredding of confidential papers by Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred, 9 a.m. to noon; free tree saplings for completed event surveys; Great Cloth Diaper Change at 11 a.m.; family yoga class for parents and children of all ages, 12:30 p.m.; alternative fuel vehicle displays; silent auction to support environmental education; “bingo” game for a chance to win a bicycle; and much more.

Additionally, the second annual school/class rain barrel design contest will be judged at the Celebration. Twenty-five barrels from schools throughout Porter and LaPorte Counties will be on display, vying to win the grand prizes of classroom scholarships, sponsored by K’s Construction & Roofing, Inc.  All Earth Day attendees can vote on their favorite rain barrels.

Exhibitors and vendors include Green Housewives Bath Company; Imperfections, LLC; Metro Recycling; Midwest Wind and Solar; Mothering by Nature; Sierra Club Dunelands Group; South Shore Clean Cities; Porter County Animal Shelter; Working Bikes; Scented Seasons; and many more!

For a complete listing of programs and exhibitors, visit the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County’s website, www.ItMeanstheWorld.org or call 219-465-3819 for more information.

The 2014 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration is supported by the following generous sponsors: NIPSCO; Metro Recycling; Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission; Duneland 28; Lakeshore Public Television; and many others.

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 services.

 

Last Chance Rescue: Charlie

Animal Corner

Charlie is a 3 year old Great Dane mix who great with children and people. He is neutered, current on vaccines, potty trained, and weighs 75 pounds. If you're interested in Charlie, please call Last Chance Rescue at 219-677-2961.

Charlie

 

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