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A Candidate Forum, a Common Ground meeting, a print issue, and more — thank you, February supporters

Above: At the February 28 Candidate Forum, your local newspaper — including, from left, Melanie Jongsma, Josh Bootsma, Jennifer Yos, and Paul Czapkowicz, plus Quinton Arthur behind the camera — worked to build community by providing information about Lansing’s voting options. (Photo: Quinton Arthur)

It was a short month with a long list of community-building opportunities

by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (March 1, 2023) – When you support this community newspaper, you get much more than local news delivered right to your inbox every day. February was proof of that.

Last night’s Candidate Forum was moderated by The Lansing Journal, and attendees told us it was helpful and informative.

Earlier this month, we met with people in The Lansing Journal’s Common Ground program, and they listed ways they have been building relationships with each other and the broader community.

And right at the beginning of February, we published our plans for a print edition of The Lansing Journal that will be delivered to every home in Lansing by mid-March, so that more people in our village can be informed and connected.

When you give to The Lansing Journal, you are helping to cover the costs of reporting, publishing, and delivering local news every day. But you’re doing much more than that.

You are investing in a newspaper that is invested in this community. We moderated the Candidate Forum because we want people to know the people they can choose to elect. We sponsor Common Ground because we believe our diverse community needs opportunities to ask each other questions. And we’re publishing a print edition because we know people miss having an actual paper delivered to their door, and we know print is a good way to reach every community member.

The people listed below are the people who make all that community-building possible. And during this short but incredibly busy month, we want to express our gratitude for their investment.

Thank you, February sustainers and supporters

  • Various friends of The Lansing Journal who prefer to remain ANONYMOUS
  • Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  • Karen Adams
  • William and Deborah Albrecht
  • Carl Anderson
  • Adam Anhalt
  • Jennifer Avenatti
  • Patrick Baker
  • Adam Barker
  • Jeanne Benson
  • Dan Bergan
  • Marlene Biesboer
  • Christine Billstrand
  • Wes and Joy Blocker
  • Gail Blom
  • Bob Boer
  • Dan and Kristy Bootsma
  • Debbie Boroviak
  • Susan and Daniel Bovino
  • Theresa Bresnahan
  • Joseph Bugajski
  • Marsha Bultema
  • John Bush
  • Nancy Caddick
  • Dan and Maryann Centracchio
  • Chicago’s Finest Ironworks
  • Kathleen and William Clausing
  • Laurel Clausing
  • Colonel II James N Pritzker Charitable
  • Greg and Jane Compeau
  • Larry Conley
  • Marlene Cook
  • Ruth Cook
  • Diane Costello
  • Denise Cox
  • Kerry Czarobski
  • Gia Davis
  • Tricia DeBlock
  • Patricia Deckinga
  • Jan Degraaf
  • Antoinette DeLaurentis
  • Debra DeNardo
  • Geary Depue
  • Rob and Sandy DeVries
  • Stefanie DeYoung
  • LouAnn Dommer
  • Lisa Doorn
  • Fran Duffy
  • Barb Dust
  • Richard Dust
  • Don Dykstra
  • Roseann Dykstra
  • Pamela Edrington
  • Alexa Edwards
  • Master El
  • Martina Eldsmoe
  • Jerome Ellis
  • Margaret Evans
  • Frank Fetters
  • Fine Tune Auto
  • Bob Forner
  • David Franklin
  • Pat Frederickson
  • Jim and Judy Friesema
  • Tina Funchion
  • Rebecca Furlong
  • Geraldine Giglio
  • Sharon Giles
  • Edward Gonzalez
  • Jacob Gourley
  • Patty Grigutis
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jasper Gulotta
  • Jerry and Judi Haan
  • Donald Haavind
  • Carey Halsey
  • Brian Hanigan
  • Jim and Debra Hanink
  • Jan and Peter Hansen
  • Brian and Kathy Hardy
  • Cam and Megan Harvey
  • Agatha Hason
  • Julie Hiskes
  • Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  • Marjorie Holme
  • Mark Hornung
  • Donna Huizenga
  • HVAC Masters
  • Stephanie Jansma
  • Kyle Johnson
  • Vinell Jones
  • Melanie Jongsma
  • Connie Jordan
  • Arlo and Brenda Kallemeyn
  • Jean Klacik
  • Nicole Kleidon
  • Robert Knight
  • Frank Knittle
  • Judy and Karl Koch
  • Joan Kostner
  • Anita and John Kowalisyn
  • Pat Kremer
  • Cynthia Krusza
  • Mark and Missy Krygsheld
  • Jill Laboy
  • Pamela Lancy
  • Bruce Langman
  • David and Sally Larsen
  • Marc Lehnerer
  • Clem and Barb Lessner
  • Morris Lewis
  • Marie Limback
  • Tom Lockton
  • Judy Lohr-Safcik
  • Jim and Suzanne Long
  • John Long
  • Luci Lugowski
  • Rich and Diane Lund
  • Caleb Lyzenga
  • Kathleen Maanum
  • Nadine Mack
  • Roger Majak
  • Nick Maloni
  • Chanta Manson
  • Denise Maravella
  • Valerie McDaniel
  • Carol McFarland
  • Barbara McKinney
  • Dehlia Mendoza
  • Lynda Mendoza
  • Roberto Mendoza
  • Molenaar Eyecare Specialists
  • Martha Montiel
  • Kerry Moore
  • Karen Moran
  • Robert Mueller
  • Joyce Mulder
  • Chuck Murach
  • Hollis Napoli
  • Fabian Newman
  • Marilou Ooms
  • Grant Oppenhuis
  • Bernadette Ott
  • Gregory Ott
  • Mary Beth Palka
  • Thomas Panichi
  • Robert Parrent
  • Moira Peterson
  • Gabriel Pierce
  • Susan Planer
  • Rosemarie Polgar
  • Jennifer Polley
  • Jay and Chris Popp
  • Mary Ann Pozen
  • Joanne Pritchard
  • Lorraine Przybyl
  • Jean Qualls
  • Penelope Rellis
  • Karen Rentfro
  • Carla Rispens
  • Rose Rivas
  • Chuck and Jane Roseen
  • Shirley Rucker
  • Kristin Russell
  • Jennifer Saia
  • Carol Schaap
  • Ann Schenkel
  • Roberta Schopp-Coe
  • Duane and Sandy Schultz
  • Paul Schultz
  • Dave and Janice Schurman
  • Pete and Shirley Schurman
  • Irene Sepiol
  • Freddie Simmons
  • Connie Simon
  • Todd Simon
  • Brenda Singleton
  • Mike and Denise Skrbina
  • Slaughter & Associates
  • Michelle Smith
  • Frieda Smits
  • Richard Smits
  • Reba Spilis
  • Kelsee Stallinga
  • Dan Stamper
  • Kirstin Stellfox
  • John and Anne Marie Stole
  • Ada Stovall
  • Raymond Sutorius
  • Jim Sweeney
  • Carol Taylor
  • Debbie Terpstra
  • Linda Todd
  • Virginia and John Ulaszek
  • Lionel Valencia
  • Wendy Van Der Aa
  • Jill Van Kuiken
  • Cornelius Van Milligen
  • James Van Milligen
  • Herman VanDerWoude
  • Arlyn VanEk
  • Ken Varnes
  • Gerrit Veenstra
  • Irma Vela
  • Tim Vermeer
  • Sandy Vree
  • Kenya Wafford
  • Sandra Wagner
  • Scott Wagner
  • Phyllis Warsen
  • Waters Edge Aquascaping
  • David Wilford
  • Beverly Wilhelm
  • Adrienne Winchester
  • Nancy and Bob Wojcik
  • Ron and Joan Wolford
  • Bob and Jean Wood
  • Michael and Dana Wood
  • Jennifer Yos
  • Patricia Yos
  • Chris Zdanowski
  • Char Zralka
  • Noel Zupancic

Whether you give monthly or occasionally, we are grateful for your investment. And if you attended the Candidate Forum or the Common Ground meeting, we are grateful for your participation. Thank you for building community with us.

We’ll see you in print soon!
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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.


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