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Josh Bootsma

Josh Bootsma
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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.

Lansing plans to use over $900k in Rebuild Illinois funds for street resurfacing next year

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 6, 2021) – The Village of Lansing has made preliminary plans to use over $900,000 in Rebuild Illinois money to fund its street resurfacing program next year.Rebuild Illinois is a capital development bill that was signed in June of 2019, and promised $45 billion...

St. Ann School community says goodbye after 70 years

Community reconnects and remembers as part of bittersweet event By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 5, 2021) – Hundreds attended St. Ann School for the final time Saturday as former and current students, teachers, parents, staff, and community members said goodbye to the longtime Lansing elementary and middle school.School-related chatter echoed...

TF South boys track rolls to fourth consecutive conference championship

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 4, 2021) — The TF South boys track team has once again raised the South Suburban Conference Championship trophy after a dominant performance at Thursday's conference meet. The team's fourth consecutive conference championship comes about a week after the TF South girls track team...

‘Lunch Bus’ promises free lunches to local children and teens all summer long

Bus stationed at Lansing Library M,W,F starting June 14 By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 3, 2021) – Lansing is one of a handful of south suburban communities that will host a "Lunch Bus" this summer. Operated by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the bus will offer free food to anyone...

St. Ann School to host ‘Final Farewell’ event June 5 ahead of closing

Open house, Mass, and outdoor party planned to celebrate 70 years of St. Ann School By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 1, 2021) – On January 21, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that St. Ann School would be closing at the end of its school year. That time has now arrived,...

Village Board to discuss resident cost-sharing for sewer improvements, liquor licenses for Rancho Grande—Agenda 5/18/21

LANSING, Ill. (May 29, 2021) – The June 1 Lansing Village Board meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with a regular Board meeting, which is directly followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting. Village Board meeting agenda (7:00 p.m.) Many of the items brought before the Village Board at this meeting...

Lansing celebrates Hometown Heroes in patriotic ceremony

Lansing Library hosts dozens of veterans amid crowd of nearly 200 By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 28, 2021) – The Lansing Public Library was full of veterans and their families and friends on Thursday as the Village of Lansing and the Lansing Library partnered to honor Lansing servicepeople as part...

Music Mines opens first location on Ridge, second planned for former Puzon’s Music

Franklin family to "mine for creativity" through variety of lesson options By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 27, 2021) – The thump of speakers, melody of piano keys, crack of a snare drum, and snipping of scissors were among the sounds emanating from 3238 Ridge Road on Wednesday as Music Mines,...

TF South girls track wins conference championship, advances to sectionals

Conference championship comes down to final race By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 27, 2021) – The TF South girls track team crossed its biggest finish line of the year on Tuesday as the squad took first place in the South Suburban Conference Championship, setting it up to compete in next...

Lansing Honor Guard to host Memorial Day service Sunday at Veterans Memorial

Outdoor ceremony to include two memorial dedications on eve of Memorial Day By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 26, 2021) – Continuing a nearly 30-year tradition, the Lansing Veterans Memorial Ceremonial Honor Guard will once again host a Memorial Day service at the Lansing Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will start at...