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Jennifer Yos

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Jennifer Yos grew up on Walter Street in Lansing with nine siblings. She attended St. Ann’s School and T.F. South, and she earned a BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a MS in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. For 34 years she taught English, as well as Creative Writing and Drama, at Lincoln-Way High School. She dabbled in freelance journalism for the Joliet Herald News Living section. Now retired, Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to write for The Lansing Journal and is uplifted by the variety of positive people she has already met who are making a difference in Lansing.

Happy trails – Lansing enjoys two bike paths as summer returns

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (May 27, 2022) – Summer days are here at last and Lansing bicycle riders are fortunate to have two separate trail options for their riding enjoyment — The Pennsy Greenway Rail Trail and the Thorn Creek Trail. Soon, the Village hopes to add another, as...

Four years in – Unity Christian Academy to celebrate first graduating class

School looks forward to moving into larger South Holland building By Jennifer Yos SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (May 27, 2022) – Unity Christian Academy (UCA) is celebrating its four-year milestone as a south suburban Christian high school. The academy provides open-enrollment Christian education for students from the south suburbs of Chicago and...

Onward and upward – Lansing firefighter finds more ladders to climb

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (May 16, 2022) – Firefighter and paramedic Jeremy Taylor is coming up on his 21st anniversary with the Lansing Fire Department. Within those years, he has served on the Technical Rescue, Hazmat, and Dive Teams, has been a CPR instructor, has taught at various fire...

Lansing author publishes book on struggle with bipolar disorder

Christian author Abigail Alleman's bipolar disorder is the focus of her new book, A Million Skies: Secure in God’s Strength When Your Mind Can’t Rest By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (March 26, 2022) – Living Word Church recently hosted a book-signing event for author Abigail Alleman, a Lansing resident and church...

Sand Ridge Nature Center hosts Underground Railroad walks

Center hosts self-guided Underground Railroad tour to close out Black History Month By Jennifer Yos SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (March 2, 2022) – In participation of Black History Month, the Sand Ridge Nature Center hosted its annual Underground Railroad Walks on Saturday, February 26. The free event was hosted at the Sand...

Re-released: ‘What’s open?’ – a guide to holiday dining in Lansing

Options for COVID-impacted families and others wary of gathering By Melanie Jongsma and Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (December 22, 2021) – As COVID forces last-minute changes in plans for family gatherings, The Lansing Journal is re-releasing this guide to Lansing restaurants and their hours for the upcoming holidays. The information below was...

‘What’s open?’ – a guide to holiday dining in Lansing

By Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (December 18, 2021) – Which local Lansing eateries will be open, closed, or have special holiday hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day? The Lansing Journal reached out to Lansing restaurants, carry-outs, pubs, bars, bakeries, and cafes to create...

Landon Ford starts internship at The Lansing Journal as part of Unity Christian Academy’s pilot program

by Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (October 14, 2021) – Unity Christian Academy of South Holland has launched a pilot program this year that is providing internships for their high school seniors. Seniors will serve as interns in a number of fields including academic research in psychology and astronomy, marketing and...

Lansing Public Library Director Debbie Albrecht to retire after 22 years

Albrecht made building, software, and community relations improvements over 15-year directorship by Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (October 13, 2021) – Library Director Debbie Albrecht will be retiring on October 29 after a combined 22-year service history with the Lansing Public Library. Albrecht began working at the library part-time as a circulation clerk...

Lansing Police and residents unite for National Night Out

by Jennifer Yos LANSING, Ill. (August 4, 2021) – The Lansing Police Department hosted a well-attended “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Lansing’s Fox Pointe. Lansing was one of 156 cities in Illinois to participate this year in the nationwide event traditionally held...