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LANSING, Ill. (November 24, 2023) – We are thankful for so many readers and supporters who tell us how thankful they are to have a local newspaper. That kind of affirmation assures us that the work we’re doing is worthwhile and The Lansing Journal is meeting a real need.

A few of those readers agreed to participate in this year’s Thanksgiving video. We hope it brings a smile to your weekend:

Thanksgiving video participants

In order of appearance:

  • Jason Brennan (Fine Tune Auto Service, 17546 Chicago Ave)
  • Martha Vargas and Miguel Gutierrez, and their children Angel, John, and Emily
  • Adrienne Winchester (Freedom Church, 2298 Ridge Road)
  • Judy Lohr-Safcik, retired TF South teacher
  • Master El (Universal Martial Arts, 3517 Ridge Road)
  • Eduardo Zepeda (Kdulche Cafe, Ridge Road)
  • Connie Simon (HVAC Masters, 17940 Chappel Avenue)
  • Gina and Dave Franklin, creative Neil Diamond fans

Thank you, all, for your readership, support, prayers, encouragement, ideas, photos, humor, leadership, and commitment to community. You are a Thanksgiving blessing to us throughout the year.

Melanie Jongsma, Publisher
Josh Bootsma, Managing Editor


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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