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2018 highlights—History, sports, and Millennials

2018 was a big year in Lansing, and The Lansing Journal recorded hundreds of stories. In these last days of 2018 and the opening days of 2019, we’ll share some highlights chosen by different members of The Lansing Journal writing team. Carrie Steinweg is a freelance writer, photographer, author, and food and travel blogger who has lived in Lansing for 27 years and contributes regularly to The Lansing Journal. Below, she shares a few of her personal favorites from the past year.

by Carrie Steinweg

Carrie Steinweg
The Lansing Journal covered quite a bit of the happenings in Lansing this past year—from school events to new businesses to Village Board meetings. I enjoyed having the opportunity to cover a variety of topics in 2018, and here are a few favorites I’ve chosen.



Carrie Steinweg’s story and a photo from the Lansing Historical Society gave the December front page a historic look. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

This story gave me the opportunity to interview members of the Lansing Historical Society and look back at some of the significant points in the village’s history as it marked 125 years of incorporation.

Lansing Little Leaguers

Sam Lawson, Manager of Group Sales Development with the Chicago White Sox, hands out official MLB baseballs to Lansing Little Leaguers to have autographed by players during the pre-game festivities at the July 28 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)

It was fun to get media credentials from the White Sox to cover the appearance of nine Lansing Little Leaguers on the field before a White Sox Game.

Good Neighbor Day Parade

Visible Music
Already within a year of coming to Lansing, Visible Music College was participating in the annual Good Neighbor Parade. (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)

The Good Neighbor Day Parade is a Lansing, Illinois, original. This story gave me the opportunity to delve into its origins.


Jenna Comer-Hill (center) and her family were included in Carrie Steinweg’s article about Millennials in Lansing. (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)

By interviewing some of the village’s younger families, I learned why millennials are choosing Lansing as their home.

Curtis Granderson

About 175 kids attended Curtis Granderson’s free baseball camp in Lynwood, Illinois, this past January. (Photo: Carrie Steinweg)

I appreciate Curtis Granderson and his visits back to the area. In January he returned to talk to a crowd at First United Methodist Church and to host a baseball camp for youths in Lynwood.

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Carrie Steinweg
Carrie Steinweg
Carrie Steinweg is a freelance writer, photographer, author, and food and travel blogger who has lived in Lansing for 27 years. She most enjoys writing about food, people, history, and baseball. Her favorite Lansing Journal articles that she has written are: "Lan Oak Lanes attracts film crew," "Why Millennials are choosing Lansing," "Curtis Granderson returns home to give back," "The Cubs, the World Series, fandom, and family," and "Lansing's One Trick Pony Brewery: a craft beer oasis."