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Thank you, June supporters

LANSING, Ill. (July 4, 2023) – You might have noticed the “TOP POSTS this week” on our website’s home page. Those three stories are the ones that had the most online views during the past week.

Because of you
A recent screenshot shows the top posts of the week of July 2, 2023.

Typically the stories that make it into that section are big, sometimes dramatic, news. Throughout June, our most-viewed articles included items of business, politics, education, and good causes — for example:

  • Construction begins on Torrence Taco Bell
  • Thornton Township Board declares Assessor ‘absent from duties’
  • Lansing to phase in water increase
  • Thursday pop-up pantry to include free tablets; ID required

These four stories totaled thousands of views in June.

On the other end of the popularity spectrum, two main article types rarely achieve more than 200 views: the Sunday crossword and the daily weather photo. And yet, if I measure popularity by face-to-face mentions rather than online views, these could easily be considered “top posts.” The weather posts in particular seem to generate a sense of community among the viewers and the photographers, and I love having a way to showcase some of the beautiful details of our town from a variety of shutterbugs.

Big news like political maneuverings and water rate increases — that’s important to our community. Because of you, this local newspaper is on the scene to report that news. Thank you.

But the smaller stories are important too. And because of you, we’re able to publish those daily photos, those unique ways of seeing our town, those weekly puzzles that give busy people a little break. Thank you for that too.

Thank you, June supporters, for supporting big news and little news

  • Various faithful friends who prefer to remain anonymous
  • Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  • Karen Adams
  • Donna Marshall Attinello
  • Jennifer Avenatti
  • Ruby Bailey
  • Patrick Baker
  • Evelyn Baldwin
  • Adam Barker
  • Jeanne Benson
  • Dan Bergan
  • Marlene Biesboer
  • 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 and Elizabeth Bush
  • Nancy Caddick
  • Dan and Maryann Centracchio
  • Laurel Clausing
  • Kathleen and William Clausing
  • Colonel II James N Pritzker Charitable
  • Jane Compeau
  • Marlene Cook
  • Ruth Cook
  • Diane Costello
  • Denise Cox
  • Art and Kerry Czarobski
  • Tricia DeBlock
  • Patricia Deckinga
  • Antoinette DeLaurentis
  • Debra DeNardo
  • 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
  • Geraldine Giglio
  • Sharon Giles
  • Thomas Golden
  • Edward Gonzalez
  • Jacob Gourley
  • Patty Grigutis
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jasper Gulotta
  • Jerry and Judi Haan
  • Brian Hanigan
  • 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
  • Vinell Jones
  • Melanie Jongsma
  • Connie Jordan
  • Arlo and Brenda Kallemeyn
  • Jean Klacik
  • Nicole Kleidon
  • Robert Knight
  • Frank Knittle
  • Judy and Karl Koch
  • Anita and John Kowalisyn
  • Pat Kremer
  • Cynthia Krusza
  • Mark and Missy Krygsheld
  • Jill Laboy
  • Pamela Lancy
  • David and Sally Larsen
  • Marc Lehnerer
  • Clem and Barb Lessner
  • Morris Lewis
  • Marie Limback
  • Living Word Church
  • Judy Lohr-Safcik
  • John Long
  • Jim and Suzanne Long
  • Luci Lugowski
  • Rich and Diane Lund
  • Caleb Lyzenga
  • Kate Maanum
  • Nadine Mack
  • Bob Malkas
  • Nicholas Maloni
  • Carol McFarland
  • Barbara McKinney
  • Tom and Krista McSwiggan
  • Terri Medendorp
  • Lynda Mendoza
  • Roberto Mendoza
  • Dehlia Mendoza
  • Dr. Wes Molenaar
  • Martha Montiel
  • Kerry Moore
  • Robert Mueller
  • Chuck Murach
  • Hollis Napoli
  • Marilou Ooms
  • Grant Oppenhuis
  • Gregory Ott
  • Thomas Panichi
  • Robert Parrent
  • Moira Peterson
  • Gabriel Pierce
  • Susan Planer
  • Rosemarie Polgar
  • Jay and Chris Popp
  • Mary Ann Pozen
  • Lorraine Przybyl
  • Jean Qualls
  • Penelope Rellis
  • Carla Rispens
  • Rose Rivas
  • Chuck and Jane Roseen
  • Shirley Rucker
  • Kristin Russell
  • Carol Schaap
  • Ann Schenkel
  • Roberta Schopp-Coe
  • Duane and Sandy Schultz
  • Pete and Shirley Schurman
  • Dave and Janice Schurman
  • Irene Sepiol
  • Freddie Simmons
  • Todd Simon
  • Connie Simon
  • Mike and Denise Skrbina
  • Slaughter & Associates
  • Michelle Smith
  • Richard Smits
  • Frieda Smits
  • Reba Spilis
  • Kelsee Stallinga
  • Dan Stamper
  • Kirstin Stellfox
  • Anne Marie Stole
  • John Stole
  • Raymond Sutorius
  • Jim Sweeney
  • Stefan and Victoria Szewczyk
  • Carol Taylor
  • Debbie Terpstra
  • Linda Todd
  • Stella Torres
  • Frank Trichak
  • Virginia and John Ulaszek
  • Lionel Valencia
  • Wendy Van Der Aa
  • Glenn and Bekki Van Deursen
  • Jill Van Kuiken
  • James Van Milligen
  • Arlyn VanEk
  • Gerrit Veenstra
  • Linda Verkaik
  • Tim Vermeer
  • Sandy Vree
  • Kenya Wafford
  • Scott Wagner
  • Sandra Wagner
  • Phyllis Warsen
  • Waters Edge Aquascaping
  • Mary Wegrzyn
  • Beverly Wilhelm
  • Adrienne Winchester
  • Nancy and Bob Wojcik
  • Ron and Joan Wolford
  • Michael and Dana Wood
  • Bob and Jean Wood
  • Mitchell Wood
  • Jennifer Yos
  • Patricia Yos
  • Chris Zdanowski
  • Char Zralka
  • Noel Zupancic

And thank you, local photographers, for sharing your views of the world

So many readers contribute photos for our daily weather posts. Listed below are people who submitted photos between January and June of this year. Because of you we get a fresh glimpse of the unique beauty in our community.

  • Jen Arnold
  • Patrick Baker
  • Josh Bootsma
  • Betty Burley
  • Dan Centracchio
  • Deb DeJong
  • David Franklin
  • Gina Franklin
  • Rebecca Furlong
  • Katie Metzcus
  • Nathan Schilling
  • Dave Schurman
  • Janice Schurman
  • Connie Simon
  • Wilma Straatman
  • Melissa Vander Woude
  • Karen Vrdolyak

I hope even more of you will click that weather post each morning — it’s usually the first headline in your Daily News, and it’s a nice way to start the day!
Because of 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.