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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.

Lionel Valencia appointed to Village Board of Trustees

Former Human Relations Commission Chairman assumes role after Michael Manno's passing By Josh Bootsma, with information provided by the Village of Lansing The Lansing Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve Lionel Valencia's appointment to the Village Board of Trustees, filling a seat left vacant after Trustee Michael...

Race relations program Common Ground nears launch

Kick-off event on August 20 at 7 p.m. By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 18, 2020) – The Lansing Human Relations Commission (HRC) voted to approve the Common Ground program on August 13, the final step in a process elongated by COVID-19. The program is scheduled to launch on Thursday, August 20...

Writer Carrie Steinweg receives awards for articles and children’s book

Waffle Likes Falafel among the pieces awarded, with Lansing Journal article By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 15, 2020) – Author, reporter, blogger, and photographer Carrie Steinweg is now a multiple-award-winning writer, recently netting awards for her work in the Northwest Indiana Times, The Lansing Journal, and for her most recent...

South Holland community marches in “Unity Walk”

About 150 join in "time of lamenting and reflection" based on Micah 6 verse 8 By Josh Bootsma SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (June 30, 2020) – Roughly 150 people gathered at First Reformed Church in South Holland on Friday to participate in a “Unity Walk”—a demonstration focused on lament and mourning in...

“Unity Peace March” takes place on northbound Torrence

Protestors march for equality with police support By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 16, 2020) – The voice of Martin Luther King Jr. rang out along Torrence Avenue Saturday as about 40 protestors marched northwards accompanied by a police escort, which blocked traffic on that side of the road. As a...

Freedom Church’s remodeled Illiana campus nears completion

The church is nearly ready to host congregants—once COVID-19 allows by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 14, 2020) – In February, Pastor Thaddeus Searcy looked at an empty high school and said he hoped to have Easter services there. Nearly four months later, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced him and his...

Police Chief Murrin summarizes May 31 lootings for Village Board

June 2 Committee of the Whole meeting includes extensive report by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 6, 2020) - "Communities across the country are continuing to grieve and to protest following the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis,” said Lansing Village Administrator Dan Podgorski during Tuesday night’s Village Board...

A Lansing COVID-19 timeline

compiled by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 11, 2020) - The effects of the COVID-19 outbreak have been felt by everyone, especially the way time has passed under what are—for many citizens—entirely different living and working circumstances. The usual markers of life, like weekends, birthdays, and regular meetings—at work or...

COVID-19 and pets

Yes, local vets and pet stores are open, and no, there's no evidence that your pet can get coronavirus by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 25, 2020) – As Lansing citizens are learning how best to live in accordance with Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home order, many have been spending more time with...

John Denver’s greatest hits have new life at Theatre at the Center

Almost Heaven brings Denver's timeless folk music center stage by Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (February 28, 2020) – Heads are swaying at the Theatre at the Center as timeless folk music wavers its way out of guitars, a banjo, and harmonious voices and transports audiences to Colorado, West Virginia, and every...