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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.

Calumet City man charged with attempted murder in machete attack near Lansing apartment

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 26, 2022) – Rashard Crosby of Calumet City has been charged with attempted first degree murder after attacking a 61-year-old man with a machete in the 18300 block of Torrence Avenue on Tuesday. According to a Lansing Police Department press release, the victim said...

Chicagoland Prison Outreach hosts annual banquet in Lansing

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 22, 2022) – Around 400 people gathered in the Serbian Social Center in Lansing on Tuesday to celebrate and support Chicagoland Prison Outreach, a Christian organization devoted to ministering to currently and previously incarcerated individuals and their families. The organization's annual banquet had taken two...

Video: Previewing print – A visit to Blue Island Newspaper Printing

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 20, 2022) – Melanie and Josh traveled to Blue Island Newspaper Printing Friday morning to give a check to the printer and get their first look at The Lansing Journal's first print issue since last spring. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnlScaEyyvY] Coming soon The print issue of The Lansing Journal...

Bike share program coming to Lansing

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 18, 2022) – Soon, not owning a bike will no longer keep local residents from enjoying Lansing's bike paths, as the Lan-Oak Park District is planning to bring a public bike share program to town. According to the park district's spring newsletter, bicycle docking stations...

Video: A quick update on the summer print issue

by Josh Bootsma and Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (May 13, 2022) – Josh and Melanie took a break from their computers to provide a quick update on the summer print issue. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CvJ9HI4jqA] Partnering with advertisers The following local advertisers not only signed up to be included in the print issue, but also...

Oak Glen staff wins first place in TeacherFit program

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 12, 2022) – In a nationwide contest, Oak Glen teachers and staff have won first place for their efforts toward living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The TeacherFit program encourages school staff to improve their health through a "mindfulness, fitness, yoga, and nutrition program designed specifically...

Red Wolves take first at boys track invitational, softball beats division rivals

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 11, 2022) — The Boys Track and Field team beat 10 other teams on Saturday to walk away with a first-place finish. Red Wolves softball also impressed, beating division rivals Bremen and TF North. TFS Boys Track and Field May 7 Meet: Carlin Nalley Invite in Lisle Result:...

Sunshine smiles on another successful Good Neighbor Day Parade

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 7, 2022) – After a week filled with gloomy weather, the sun smiled upon the 53rd Good Neighbor Day Parade on Saturday afternoon, which filled Ridge Road and Burnham Avenue with elaborate floats, lawn chairs, candy, and hundreds of good-neighborly smiles. This year's theme was...

TF South Badminton wins sectional, Girls Track wins conference again

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 6, 2022) – It was a big week for the TF South Red Wolves, as some teams' seasons near their end and conference and sectional tournaments begin. TF South Badminton and Girls Track are celebrating this weekend: TF South Badminton The most recent success of a...

Video: Ready for the Good Neighbor Day Parade

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 6, 2022) – Dressed to represent Common Ground, Melanie and Josh discuss the program's involvement in Saturday's Good Neighbor Day Parade, and review the history of the parade through the years: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykC9vjyS38k] History of the parade Carrie Steinweg's 2018 article details some of the parade's history: ...