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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.

Officer Adam Zieminski honored with funeral procession

Mourners and neighboring municipalities honor former Calumet City officer By Josh Bootsma and Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (December 13, 2020) – Burnham Avenue was travelled by a somber procession early Sunday evening as mourners and emergency vehicles honored fallen Calumet City Police Officer Adam Zieminski. Lights of emergency vehicles from many municipalities...

First step taken to bring Starbucks to Torrence Ave. in Lansing

Hoped to be finished by end of 2021 By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 11, 2020) – During last week's Village Board Meeting, the Board voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with a development company that plans to construct a Starbucks on the northeast corner of Torrence Avenue and Thornton-Lansing...

Village Board approves massage parlor special use permit

Healthy Foot Spa to continue providing massage services after answering licensure questions By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 9, 2020) – Last week the Village Board of Trustees voted in a 5-1 decision to approve a special use permit for Healthy Foot Spa—currently known as Health Foot Massage—to continue operation as...

Ridge Animal Clinic to host pet photos with Santa

COVID-friendly event to occur Dec. 12 from 1:30–4:00 by appointment By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 8, 2020) – Ridge Animal Clinic is not letting COVID keep pets away from Santa this Christmas season, and has taken steps to allow pet photos to happen while keeping owners, staff, and Santa safe. Pet...

Calumet City police officer dies while on duty

Highly-decorated department veteran Adam Zieminski served Calumet City for 22 years By Josh Bootsma CALUMET CITY, Ill. (December 7, 2020) – Calumet City Police announced Police Officer Adam Zieminski died due to a medical emergency while on duty on the morning of December 7. "Officer Adam Zieminski suffered a medical emergency while...

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations cancelled or altered for 2020

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 6, 2020) – Our Lady of Guadalupe Day will be one of many December holidays celebrated differently this year. The holiday occurs on December 12 and is a day of special importance for Catholics—Latino Catholics in particular. Declared to be a Liturgical Holy Day...

Lansing residents share COVID-19 experiences

Four residents reflect on symptoms, testing, quarantine, support By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 5, 2020) – There's not a person in Lansing who hasn't heard about COVID-19, but thankfully only 2,042 Lansing residents have contracted the virus, as of this writing. Tom and Krista McSwiggan, Jerry Zeldenrust, and Darvell Stinson...

Lansing businesses weigh options as property taxes spike

Some tax bills will quadruple, leaving businesses with tough choices By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 20, 2020) – High taxes are no surprise to Illinois residents—bemoaning the government's cut of income, sales, property, etc. is a regular part of life. But in a year full of unprecedented happenings, some Lansing...

Race relations program Common Ground launches, grows, and unites in 2020

Common Ground provides structure for healthy conversations about race By Josh Bootsma and Ashlee De Wit LANSING, Ill. (December 2, 2020) – Common Ground: Lansing Edition launched on a Thursday evening in August, with most of the participants gathering in-person to meet their partners, introduce themselves to the group, and learn...

Meet Beth Bozzo: Lansing Library’s new Head of Youth and Teen Services

A familiar face at the Lansing Library, Beth Bozzo is excited to take on the new role By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 1, 2020) – Beth Bozzo has been working at the Lansing Public Library for a total of five years. She's filled many roles throughout the building in her...