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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.

The Carriers: two men in two eras recall life as postal workers

by Josh Bootsma 1. The Men Paul Schultz squinted at the mail slot in the front door of the Lansing residence. He shifted his gaze to the coconut in his hand and re-read the address that had been carved into its round surface. Perhaps he’d just have to leave it on...

Unity Christian Academy starts second year of doing high school differently

High ropes courses, "crossing the line," and team-building activities mark first week of "redefined" high school By Josh Bootsma SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (August 29, 2019) – Just over a year ago, South Holland Mayor Don De Graff stood with a crowd of teachers, students, board members, and community stakeholders and cut...

South Holland Cruise Night features cars, food, and fun

By Josh BootsmaSOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (August 26, 2019) – The Village of South Holland held its second “Town Center Social and Cruise Night” of the summer on Saturday, August 24. Featuring cars, food, and activities for kids, the event stretched down South Park Avenue from the Little Calumet River...

One Trick Pony gives update on Ridge Road location

Owner Mark Kocol assures "sooner rather than later" By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 24, 2019) - Almost a year to date after One Trick Pony was approved for a Class 8 tax incentive for a new Ridge Road location, Mark Kocol, owner of the brewery, announced during Tuesday night’s Village...

Lansing Fire Department introduces Bill Stubitsch as Deputy Chief

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 21, 2019) – The Lansing Fire Department introduced its newest deputy chief Bill Stubitsch at the Tuesday night Village Board Meeting. Stubitsch served as an engineer at the department before being promoted to the position.Stubitsch will take over the position previously held by Deputy...

New parking lot planned north of Fox Pointe

71 spaces planned for “Green infrastructure parking lot” By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 2, 2019) – A new Fox Pointe parking lot is planned for completion before next summer’s slate of events, pending final approval by the Village Board of Trustees. Village Engineer Jeff Pintar gave a presentation during the...

Over the Tavern brings religion, family, and laughs to Theatre at the Center

Semi-autobiographical comedy considers the importance of asking questions By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 26, 2019) – On a corner property in Buffalo, New York lives a boy who's starting to doubt his faith. Despite being raised by Catholic parents alongside four siblings, young Rudy Pazinski can't quite get past this...

‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ scavenger hunt nears end in Lansing

Library's village-wide scavenger hunt offers unique experiences, great prizes By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 25, 2018) – Grace Rubio was following the Yellow Brick Road. She didn’t click her heels or talk to tin men, but as she opened the front door to one of Ridge Road’s many businesses and...

New Firefighters introduced to Village Board

Robert Karpiel and Jordan Moraga sworn in on July 16th By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 18, 2019) – The Lansing Fire Department introduced its two newest members at the Tuesday night Village Board Meeting—Robert Karpiel and Jordan Moraga. The men were sworn in by Lansing fire chief Chad Kooyenga and...

Lansing Police Officer Wilson Pierce commended by Department of Defense

Pierce's "professionalism and patience" aid DOD in Lansing home search by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 18, 2019) – Lansing Police Officer Wilson Pierce was commended by the U.S. Department of Defense via letter, which was read during the Village Board meeting on July 16. Officer Pierce had assisted the department...