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Thanksgiving thoughts about the December print issue

by Melanie Jongsma, Managing Editor

LANSING, Ill. (November 25, 2020) – You are the reason The Lansing Journal will be in print next month. You are the heroes of the December print issue’s story. Thank you.

This spring I wasn’t sure The Lansing Journal would ever be in print again. COVID-19 had impacted our business model, and we spent the spring and summer trying to figure out new ways of serving our community.

But you kept asking for a print edition. Even though you understood the economic reasons we had to put a pause on printing, you let us know you missed it.

So we started thinking about how to make it happen.

Advertisers made it happen

In October I emailed local businesses, schools, churches, and organizations to find out who might be interested in advertising. The response was immediate and encouraging. We kept our advertising rates the same, even though we expanded circulation to include every home in Lansing. We know that times are still hard for many of our local businesses, and this was a way we could help them.

In fact, as coronavirus cases began to surge again, and Illinois began announcing new mitigations, some of our advertisers had to change their advertising plans. Sometimes it was a financial decision, and sometimes it was simply an inability to know what to advertise, as planned events were cancelled and even hours of operation became hard to predict. But they let us know as soon as possible, and this allowed us to make adjustments. We are grateful for our family of local advertisers.

Many of our readers offered financial support to make the print issue happen.

Readers made it happen

We let readers know about the upcoming print plans, and many of you responded with financial support. Those dollars help cover the reporting and writing that fill the pages of this newspaper—in print and online. Having a base of invested readers means we can continue to function even when advertising revenue shrinks. We are grateful for our community of supporting readers.

Industry professionals made it happen

COVID closed Park Press, our previous printer, and the new printer we were planning to use also went out of business. But the team at Blue Island Newspaper Printing was able to take us on as a client, and we met with them last week. After discussing, printer specs, PDF settings, and holiday timelines, we are increasingly confident that the December print issue of The Lansing Journal will look good. We are also working with Chicagoland Circulation Services to make sure the paper will arrive on your porch next week. We are grateful for new relationships with printing and delivery professionals who can help us.

Thank you, advertisers

Over 20 businesses, churches, and community organizations made a commitment to supporting the December print issue with their advertising dollars. And most of them submitted payment weeks in advance! We are asking our readers to notice those print ads and patronize these organizations, particularly during uncertain times:

  1. Apple Dentistry
  2. Buttermilk Pancake House
  3. Fine Tune Auto
  4. First United Methodist Church
  5. HVAC Masters
  6. Lansing Christian School
  7. Lansing Cleaners
  8. Legion Riders
  9. Mancino’s
  10. Maureen Grady-Perovich
  11. Ooowee Chicken & Ribs
  12. Schultz Insurance
  13. South Holland Master Chorale
  14. South Suburban Heating and Air Conditioning
  15. Thornton Township
  16. Thrivent
  17. Unlimited Service Auto
  18. Village of Lansing
  19. Village Voice Party
  20. Waters Edge
  21. We Are Lansing
  22. Window & Door Superstore

Thank you, readers

The Lansing Journal receives financial support from dozens of people who appreciate having a newspaper that is focused specifically on our community. Many are monthly supporters, while others give occasional gifts on their own schedule. And some gave money this month specifically to help cover the extra costs of a print issue. Thank you, readers. The list below comprises people who gave in November:

  1. Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  2. Karen Adams
  3. Jane and Joe Addison
  4. Anonymous Friend
  5. Anonymous Friends
  6. Jennifer Avenatti
  7. Lorraine Banasiak
  8. Judith Beezhold
  9. Barry Bergstrom
  10. Wes and Joy Blocker
  11. Dan and Kristy Bootsma
  12. Susan Bovino
  13. John Bush
  14. Maryann Centracchio
  15. Laurel Clausing
  16. Greg and Jane Compeau
  17. Marlene Cook
  18. Diane Costello
  19. Denise Cox
  20. Kerry Czarobski
  21. Lauragene Davia
  22. Christopher Deckinga
  23. Debbie DeNardo
  24. Sandy DeVries
  25. Phyllis Drewno
  26. Barb Dust
  27. Rich Dust
  28. Roseann Dykstra
  29. Frank Fetters
  30. Friends of The Lansing Journal
  31. Jim and Judy Friesema
  32. Tina Funchion
  33. Sharon Giles
  34. Jacob Gourley
  35. Tony and Maureen Grady-Perovich
  36. Patty Grigutis
  37. Lawrence Grzywinski
  38. Joyce Haak
  39. Marina Hallberg
  40. Ted Hnatusko
  41. Marjorie Holme
  42. Mark Hornung
  43. Jim Janssen
  44. Melanie Jongsma
  45. Jean Klacik
  46. Judith Koch
  47. Pat Kremer
  48. Cynthia Krusza
  49. Sue Lagestee
  50. Pamela Lancy
  51. Barb and Clem Lessner
  52. Jim and Suzanne Long
  53. Luci Lugowski
  54. Kathy Maanum
  55. Roberto Mendoza
  56. Christine Merchat
  57. Chuck Murach
  58. Nauta Enterprises
  59. Marilou Ooms
  60. Donald Palka
  61. Mary Beth Palka
  62. Thomas Panichi
  63. Robert Parrent
  64. Moira Peterson
  65. Richard Podgorski
  66. Rosemarie Polgar
  67. Jennifer Polley
  68. Jay and Chris Popp
  69. Joanne Pritchard
  70. Jean Qualls
  71. Penelope Rellis
  72. Jane Roseen
  73. Jennifer Saia
  74. Carol Schaap
  75. Rich and Jan Schaeffer
  76. Peter Schurman
  77. Dave Schurman
  78. Irene Sepiol
  79. Slaughter & Associates
  80. Michelle Smith
  81. Tom and Terri Stallinga
  82. Kelsee Stallinga
  83. Tara Stewart
  84. Carol Taylor
  85. Linda Todd
  86. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  87. Leo Valencia
  88. Sandy Vree
  89. Phyllis Warsen
  90. Waters Edge Aquascaping
  91. Paul West
  92. Robert Wood
  93. Patricia Yos
  94. Chris Zdanowski

You made it happen

Even in a year like 2020, there is much to be grateful for. This Thanksgiving, during this crazy year, and leading up to this December print issue, I want to personally, publicly thank you, all of you.

You made it happen.

Thank you.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. I am so proud of the Lansing Journal and our Lansing Community. L Town rallies when it counts the most. Continued success. I am thankful for all of you and your hard work.

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