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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.

Paul Schultz named Village Historian by mayor

Lifelong Lansing resident and annual "Walk on Ridge" guide acknowledged in official proclamation By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 21, 2019) – During the June 18 Village Board Meeting, Mayor Patty Eidam made an official proclamation naming lifelong Lansing resident Paul Schultz as Village Historian and declaring June 24 of this...

Flag burning ceremony held by American Legion

Old flags retired with ceremony and respect Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 15, 2019) – Over 60 people gathered outside the American Legion building on Flag Day, June 14, to witness and participate in a flag burning ceremony. The first ceremony in Lansing in at least 10 years, the event featured...

Flag burning on Flag Day

American Legion to demonstrate proper flag retirement at June 14 ceremony by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 23, 2019) - The American Legion plans to host a flag-retirement ceremony on June 14, the first such event in Lansing in the last 10 years. The ceremony, which takes place on Flag Day,...

Dames at Sea taps and sings its way into the hearts of audiences

Theatre at the Center offers a charming look at an extravagant era in entertainment history by Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (May 11, 2019) – In what world does a young girl from Centreville, Utah, arrive in New York to sing and tap dance her way into the starring role of a...

New Village Trustees sworn into office

Tuesday's Board meeting full of fond memories of the past and optimistic hopes for the future By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (May 8, 2019) – Saad Abbasy, Mike Fish, and Jerry Zeldenrust were sworn in as Village Trustees during Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting, replacing Anthony DeLaurentis and Mike Skrbina. Zeldenrust...

Village Board approves new Public Works wood chipper, communication system

Director Gary Richardson hopeful new equipment will benefit department and residents By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill (April 18, 2019) – The Village Board voted unanimously to adopt two resolutions during its April 16 meeting allowing Lansing Public Works to purchase a wood chipper and a digital communication system. Wood Chipper A new chipper...

Brighter future in store for many of Lansing’s streetlights

Lansing to save thousands with help from ComEd By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 5, 2019) – Two lighting improvement projects are scheduled to begin this year, replacing current light fixtures with LED fixtures both on Lansing streets and in parking lots. The first project will be done by ComEd, an...

Payne, DeFilippo win SSC Board

by Josh Bootsma SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (April 5, 2019) - Lansing resident and Village Clerk Vivian Payne took home a win in the race for Trustee of the South Suburban College Board on April 2, as did her running mate Anthony DeFilippo. Payne claimed a decisive win with 44.8% of...

Lansing’s 2019 election results

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (April 2, 2019) - JJ Kelley’s was abuzz with the sounds of victory on Election Night as the Village Voice Party, along with friends, family, and residents celebrated decisive victories in the race for Village Board Trustee. Concluding a campaign that started in late 2018, Village...

Unity Christian Academy Mock Trial finishes first season

New school's inaugural extracurricular celebrates "immense triumph" By Josh Bootsma SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (March 27, 2019) – “Objection!” exclaims Frances Boerman-Cornell, meeting the judge’s gaze. “Argumentative. Opposing counsel is not letting the witness finish her answer.” The judge ponders for a moment before ruling: “Sustained.” The trial continues—the prosecution and defense of...