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Thank you, July supporters

LANSING, Ill. (August 2, 2023) – When I started with The Lansing Journal in 2017, I thought I knew what a community newspaper was. A newspaper is news; a community is people; so it seemed fairly obvious that a community newspaper would be a newspaper serving a specific community of people.

That’s true, but it’s not complete.

Not only does The Lansing Journal provide news about the people of our community, we also publish opinions from these people (Local Voices) and photos by these people (Weather, Journal Journeys). We include people’s names, pictures, and stories because that’s a way we can help our community to get to know each other.

This is how the article appears in the print issue of E&P. Clicking the image will take you to the online version of the print issue.

 
Sidebar: Somehow this kind of journalism attracted the attention of Editor & Publisher magazine, which is “America’s Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry.” They wrote a nice article about The Lansing Journal and The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). You can see a digital copy of that issue (which is where the featured image above came from) by clicking the image at right. Or you can read just the article by using this link: How two local news publishers are creating a sense of community while proving their value
 


And underneath the people’s reporting, the people’s opinions, and the people’s photos, is the people’s support that makes it all possible.

Each person listed below is someone who has invested in this community newspaper so that it can continue to serve the people. Because of them, we can remain an independent source of news and information. We don’t have to be the government’s paper, or the billionaire’s paper, or even my paper. We can be the people’s paper.

I’m grateful for each supporter listed below — and I hope you are too. Their generosity and commitment makes it possible for all of us regular people to have our own newspaper.

Thank you, July supporters

  • Various friends, readers, and supporters who prefer to remain anonymous
  • Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  • Karen Adams
  • James and Kathleen Adduci
  • Tina Arteaga
  • Donna Marshall Attinello
  • Jennifer Avenatti
  • 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
  • Jane Bosma
  • Susan and Daniel Bovino
  • Theresa Bresnahan
  • Joseph Bugajski
  • Marsha Bultema
  • John and Elizabeth Bush
  • Nancy Caddick
  • Dan and Maryann Centracchio
  • Kathleen and William Clausing
  • Laurel Clausing
  • Jane Compeau
  • Marlene Cook
  • Ruth Cook
  • Diane Costello
  • Denise Cox
  • Carmella Czachorski
  • Art and Kerry Czarobski
  • Tricia DeBlock
  • Patricia Deckinga
  • Antoinette DeLaurentis
  • Debra DeNardo
  • Rob and Sandy DeVries
  • Stefanie DeYoung
  • LouAnn Dommer
  • Lisa Doorn
  • John Dortch
  • 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
  • Edward Gonzalez
  • Jacob Gourley
  • Tony and Maureen Grady-Perovich
  • 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
  • Beverly Jacobson
  • Lauren Jahn
  • Stephanie Jansma
  • Pastor Kyle Johnson
  • 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
  • Kay and Wayne Lane
  • David and Sally Larsen
  • Marc Lehnerer
  • Clem and Barb Lessner
  • Morris Lewis
  • Marie Limback
  • Living Word Church
  • Judy Lohr-Safcik
  • Jim and Suzanne Long
  • John Long
  • Luci Lugowski
  • Rich and Diane Lund
  • Caleb Lyzenga
  • Kate Maanum
  • Nadine Mack
  • Nicholas Maloni
  • Carol McFarland
  • Barbara McKinney
  • Tom and Krista McSwiggan
  • Dehlia Mendoza
  • Lynda Mendoza
  • Roberto Mendoza
  • Dr. Wes Molenaar
  • Martha Montiel
  • Kerry Moore
  • Chuck Murach
  • Hollis Napoli
  • Marilou and Kevin Ooms
  • Grant Oppenhuis
  • Gregory Ott
  • Thomas Panichi
  • Robert Parrent
  • Moira Peterson
  • Gabriel Pierce
  • Susan Planer
  • Rosemarie Polgar
  • Jay and Chris Popp
  • Mary Ann Pozen
  • Jean Qualls
  • Penelope Rellis
  • Carla Rispens
  • Rose Rivas
  • Chuck and Jane Roseen
  • Shirley Rucker
  • Kristin Russell
  • Carol Schaap
  • Rich and Jan Schaeffer
  • Ann Schenkel
  • Roberta Schopp-Coe
  • Duane and Sandy Schultz
  • Dave and Janice Schurman
  • Pete and Shirley Schurman
  • Irene Sepiol
  • Freddie Simmons
  • Connie Simon
  • Todd Simon
  • Mike and Denise Skrbina
  • Slaughter & Associates
  • Michelle Smith
  • Frieda Smits
  • Richard Smits
  • Reba Spilis
  • Kelsee Stallinga
  • Dan Stamper
  • Kirstin Stellfox
  • Anne Marie Stole
  • John Stole
  • Raymond Sutorius
  • Jim Sweeney
  • Carol Taylor
  • Debbie Terpstra
  • Linda Todd
  • Virginia and John Ulaszek
  • Lionel Valencia
  • Wendy Van Der Aa
  • Glenn and Bekki Van Deursen
  • Jill Van Kuiken
  • James Van Milligen
  • Carl and Janet Vandermolen
  • Arlyn VanEk
  • Gerrit Veenstra
  • Linda Verkaik
  • Tim Vermeer
  • Sandy Vree
  • Kenya Wafford
  • Sandra Wagner
  • Scott Wagner
  • Phyllis Warsen
  • Waters Edge Aquascaping
  • Mary Wegrzyn
  • Beverly Wilhelm
  • Adrienne Winchester
  • Nancy and Bob Wojcik
  • Ron and Joan Wolford
  • Bob and Jean Wood
  • Michael and Dana Wood
  • Mitchell Wood
  • Jennifer Yos
  • Patricia Yos
  • Chris Zdanowski
  • Char Zralka
  • Noel Zupancic

If you want to become one of the people who supports the people’s paper, we can always use your help. The people’s paper needs people like you —

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.