Local news matters

Local News Matters

Thank you, February supporters

by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (March 2, 2022) – When our TVs and radios are broadcasting news of war, and Major League Baseball, and the State of the Union address, maybe small-town news doesn’t seem important.

Or maybe that’s when local news matters more than ever.

After all, the teachers and kids who created their own Olympics competition at Lansing Christian School learned good sportsmanship and mutual encouragement. That matters to all of us — because these elementary students are our future world citizens.

And TF South Senior Dutchess King learned that hard work and preparation can take you places you’ve never been before — in life and in wrestling. That matters to all of us, for her milestones can inspire our own.

Even the local obituaries posted this month are important. Those stories remind us that the community we enjoy today was built and shaped by regular people who worked hard and served well. Their example matters.

From weather-related school closures, to meetings of local governing bodies, to COVID updates, to proper recycling — The Lansing Journal published 139 locally relevant articles in February, the work of 6 local reporters. Each story was posted to keep our community informed and connected in one way or another. That connection matters when the world feels like it’s falling apart.

I am grateful for readers who understand that and are willing to invest in it. Local support matters to a local newspaper like ours.

Monthly giving matters

Monthly giving is especially important for this local newspaper. When people commit to a recurring gift of a set amount each month, we are able to focus on reporting, publishing, and delivering local news. We feel a special gratitude for these monthly sustainers who gave gifts in February:

  1. Anonymous Friend
  2. Anonymous Readers
  3. Anonymous Supporters
  4. Anonymous Giver
  5. Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  6. Karen Adams
  7. Anthony Arnold
  8. Donna Marshall Attinello
  9. Jennifer Avenatti
  10. Patrick Baker
  11. Jeanne Benson
  12. Dan Bergan
  13. Marlene Biesboer
  14. Wes and Joy Blocker
  15. Bob Boer
  16. Dan and Kristy Bootsma
  17. Debbie Boroviak
  18. Susan Bovino
  19. Theresa Bresnahan
  20. Joseph Bugajski
  21. Marsha Bultema
  22. John Bush
  23. Maryann Centracchio
  24. Christy Cheek
  25. Kathleen and William Clausing
  26. Laurel Clausing
  27. Greg and Jane Compeau
  28. Marlene Cook
  29. Ruth Cook
  30. Diane Costello
  31. Denise Cox
  32. Kerry Czarobski
  33. Tricia DeBlock
  34. Owen Deckinga
  35. Patricia Deckinga
  36. Antoinette DeLaurentis
  37. Debra DeNardo
  38. Debbie Dennis
  39. Rob and Sandy DeVries
  40. LouAnn Dommer
  41. Lisa Doorn
  42. Fran Duffy
  43. Barb Dust
  44. Rich Dust
  45. Don Dykstra
  46. Roseann Dykstra
  47. Pamela Edrington
  48. Alexa Edwards
  49. Edwin H. Lugowski, Jr., AIA, Architect
  50. Martina Eldsmoe
  51. Margaret Evans
  52. Frank Fetters
  53. Fine Tune Auto
  54. Bob Forner
  55. Marilyn Freeman
  56. Jim and Judy Friesema
  57. Tina Funchion
  58. Geraldine Giglio
  59. Edward Gonzalez
  60. Jacob Gourley
  61. Cynthia Griffiths
  62. Patty Grigutis
  63. Jerry Haan
  64. Carey Halsey
  65. Brian Hanigan
  66. Jan Hansen
  67. Brian and Kathy Hardy
  68. Cam and Megan Harvey
  69. Agatha Hason
  70. Julie Hiskes
  71. Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  72. Marjorie Holme
  73. Mark Hornung
  74. Donna Huizenga
  75. Smilja Ivancevic
  76. Stephanie Jansma
  77. Arlo and Brenda Kallemeyn
  78. Jean Klacik
  79. Nicole Kleidon
  80. Frank Knittle
  81. Judith Koch
  82. Anita and John Kowalisyn
  83. Pat Kremer
  84. Cynthia Krusza
  85. Mark and Missy Krygsheld
  86. Jill Laboy
  87. Cheryl LaMar
  88. Pamela Lancy
  89. Bruce Langman
  90. David Larsen
  91. Morris Lewis
  92. Judy Lohr-Safcik
  93. Jim and Suzanne Long
  94. John Long
  95. Luci Lugowski
  96. Rich and Diane Lund
  97. Kathleen Maanum
  98. Nick Maloni
  99. Chanta Manson
  100. Barbara McKinney
  101. Dehlia Mendoza
  102. Lynda Mendoza
  103. Roberto Mendoza
  104. Christine Merchat
  105. Martha Montiel
  106. Chuck Murach
  107. Marilou Ooms
  108. Grant Oppenhuis
  109. Gregory Ott
  110. Don and Mary Beth Palka
  111. Thomas Panichi
  112. Robert Parrent
  113. Moira Peterson
  114. Gabriel Pierce
  115. Susan Planer
  116. Rosemarie Polgar
  117. Jay and Chris Popp
  118. Joanne Pritchard
  119. Sherlena Puyol
  120. Jean Qualls
  121. Penelope Rellis
  122. Rose Rivas
  123. Jane Roseen
  124. Kristin Russell
  125. Jennifer Saia
  126. Ann Schenkel
  127. Roberta Schopp-Coe
  128. Sandy Schultz
  129. Dave and Janice Schurman
  130. Pete and Shirley Schurman
  131. Fred and Patti Seibel
  132. Irene Sepiol
  133. Connie Simon
  134. Todd Simon
  135. Mike and Denise Skrbina
  136. Slaughter & Associates
  137. Michelle Smith
  138. Frieda Smits
  139. Richard Smits
  140. Reba Spilis
  141. Kelsee Stallinga
  142. Dan Stamper
  143. John Stole
  144. Jim Sweeney
  145. Debbie Terpstra
  146. Linda Todd
  147. Karen and Gammon Trimuel
  148. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  149. Lionel Valencia
  150. Wendy Van Der Aa
  151. Jill Van Kuiken
  152. James Van Milligen
  153. Arlyn VanEk
  154. Ken Varnes
  155. Gerrit Veenstra
  156. Tim Vermeer
  157. Sandy Vree
  158. Sandra Wagner
  159. Scott Wagner
  160. Phyllis Warsen
  161. Waters Edge Aquascaping
  162. Dave Wilford
  163. Adrienne Winchester
  164. Nancy and Bob Wojcik
  165. Bob and Jean Wood
  166. Dana Wood
  167. Patricia Yos
  168. Chris Zdanowski
  169. Char Zralka

Impromptu giving matters too

The Lansing Journal also benefits from the generosity of people who give whenever they are able. We are grateful for the following supporters who gave in February:

  1. Anonymous Supporter
  2. Anonymous Friend
  3. Carla Bucci
  4. Donald Haavind
  5. Steve Kasper
  6. Jim and Joann Kijewski
  7. Joan Kostner
  8. Michele Marek
  9. Jennifer Polley
  10. Rev. Dave Price
  11. Robert and Gloria Sharer
  12. Carol Taylor
  13. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  14. Ron and Joan Wolford

Thank you for believing that the work we do is important. Thank you for understanding that local news matters.