Community support made 138 stories possible in September

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by Melanie Jongsma, Managing Editor

LANSING, Ill. (October 1, 2020) – This community newspaper published 138 articles in September, including 7 Arts and Entertainment stories, 17 posts about Business and Work, a couple of editorials, a couple of Local Voices pieces, 17 obituaries, 15 stories about our schools and school districts, 4 notices about property taxes, and various pieces of Community information. Our largest category of posts was, as is usual now, Health and Safety—44 entries—largely because of the daily updates we provided about COVID-19 cases, deaths, testing, and more.

About half of this month’s posts were news releases provided by other sources—state agencies, funeral homes, various local organizations. We publish them as a service to those organizations, but also as a service to our readers. With so much going on in our townships, county, region, and state, it’s important to stay informed.

The other half of this month’s news was gathered, researched, written, and published by our own team of local journalists. Sometimes they suggest story ideas they want to cover. Other times Josh or I will assign a story to them. Each reporter invests hours into each article—attending meetings, making phone calls, taking notes, taking photographs, wording and re-wording until they are confident the information is accurate and clear. The stipend we pay them does not nearly equal the value we receive in return.

Jennifer Yos wrote an article about Julian Sherman (left), a Lansing resident who refurbishes bikes and gives them away. (Photo: Mary Compton)

Community support is what makes this community newspaper possible. Each month we receive contributions from people who understand the importance of having a local, balanced, reliable source of information. This newspaper is free because we want everyone to have access to community news. We are able to keep it free because of these people.

Thank you, September supporters

  • Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  • Karen Adams
  • Farrah Ali
  • Judith Beezhold
  • Barry Bergstrom
  • Phyllis Bischof
  • Susan Bovino
  • Maryann Centracchio
  • Laurel Clausing
  • June and John Cole
  • Greg and Jane Compeau
  • Marlene Cook
  • Diane Costello
  • Denise Cox
  • Jeannine Cusson
  • Kerry Czarobski
  • Lauragene Davia
  • Christopher Deckinga
  • Dave and Deb DeJong
  • Debbie DeNardo
  • Deborah Dennis
  • Sandy DeVries
  • Barb Dust
  • Rich Dust
  • Roseann Dykstra
  • Frank Fetters
  • Marilyn Freeman
  • Jim and Judy Friesema
  • Tina Funchion
  • Jacob Gourley
  • Patty Grigutis
  • Lawrence Grzywinski
  • Joyce Haak
  • Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  • Marjorie Holme
  • Mark Hornung
  • Jim Janssen
  • Melanie Jongsma
  • Jean Klacik
  • Judith Koch
  • Pat Kremer
  • Pamela Lancy
  • LION Publishers
  • Jim and Suzanne Long
  • Kathy Maanum
  • Kathleen Maanum
  • Roberto Mendoza
  • Christine Merchat
  • Chuck Murach
  • Nauta Enterprises
  • Marilou Ooms
  • Donald Palka
  • Mary Beth Palka
  • Thomas Panichi
  • Vivian Payne
  • Moira Peterson
  • Richard Podgorski
  • Rosemarie Polgar
  • Jay and Chris Popp
  • Dave and Laura Price
  • Joanne Pritchard
  • Jean Qualls
  • Penelope Rellis
  • Jane Roseen
  • Jennifer Saia
  • Carol Schaap
  • Dave Schurman
  • Peter Schurman
  • Irene Sepiol
  • Slaughter & Associates
  • Michelle Smith
  • Kelsee Stallinga
  • Tara Stewart
  • Cindy Sulli
  • Linda Todd
  • Anonymous Friends
  • Virginia Ulaszek
  • Leo Valencia
  • Phyllis Warsen
  • Waters Edge Aquascaping
  • Robert Wood
  • Patricia Yos
  • Chris Zdanowski

Thank you all for your help this past month, as well as your commitment to continued support in the coming months. The Lansing Journal can continue to serve our community only because we have the support of our community.

Join your neighbors and friends

Our community of supporters is an open group—anyone is welcome to join! Making a financial contribution to The Lansing Journal is not tax-deductible, but it does help pay our reporters, maintain our website, and ensure the daily delivery of local news to our subscribers and social media networks. Please consider joining your friends and neighbors who are making this newspaper possible:

Thank you!