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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.

Human Relations Commission meets at library for first time

Introductions, thoughtful discussion, and public comments mark promising start by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill (December 20, 2018) – Lansing’s Human Relations Commission met at the Lansing Public Library for the first time Thursday night, where they will be meeting every third Thursday of each month. Commissioner introductions, practical discussions, an Open Meetings Act...

Lansing’s Crosstown Classic—Memorial vs. Heritage

Middle school rivalry is alive and well By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 20, 2018) – The gym at Memorial Junior High School was rocking on Monday afternoon as the Memorial Mustangs faced off against the Heritage Middle School Nationals in their annual crosstown basketball match-up. The Background Despite being the only two middle schools...

Men of A-Chord present annual Christmas concert

Christian men's choir spreads joy through song By Josh Bootsma SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (December 16, 2018) – Over 200 people flocked to Thorn Creek Reformed Church in South Holland Saturday night to hear the Men of A-Chord present their annual Christmas concert. Formally titled "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for...

LNN: telling the stories of Lansing—and beyond

Local talent now also available to surrounding communities by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 3, 2018) - In today’s world, video is an effective way to spread ideas and information among communities. But many villages and towns across the country do not have the desire, expertise, and opportunity to create compelling...

Christmas tree lighting and Santa House opening—in photos

Annual holiday event warms hearts on cold evening by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 5, 2018) - The frigid temperatures made Wednesday evening feel more Christmas-y than the previous Saturday's rainstorms would have, and approximately 200 people showed up on the Santa House campus to participate in the festivities that had...

Human Relations Commission holds first meeting

As one long process ends, another begins by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 27, 2018) – The Lansing Human Relations Commission held its first meeting Tuesday night at the Lansing Police Department. The meeting included the reading of the commission’s mission and goals, planning the commission’s regular meeting schedule, and receiving a training...

Miracle on 34th Street warms hearts at Theatre at the Center

The musical version of the holiday classic doesn't disappoint by Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (November 25, 2018) – When December rolls around, most of us are more than willing to appreciate a pipe-wielding snowman that talks, a red-nosed reindeer that flies, and a rotund bearded man that sneaks down chimneys. During this...

Virtual Reality comes to Lansing

Nadeem and Nabbil Khan open doors to new worlds by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 18, 2018) - Lansing’s first virtual reality gaming lounge opened on November 9, featuring unique experiences and the latest in virtual reality technology. Located at 2416 176th Street, the lounge allows users to engage in a technology...

Lansing pitcher attends signing day at Guaranteed Rate Field

Nic Vitiritti's story is one of accomplishment—on and off the field by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 22, 2018) - Last week Wednesday, a starting pitcher walked into Guaranteed Rate Field, the home of the White Sox, and committed to playing baseball for the next four years. But the pitcher wasn’t...

Chicago agency offers $50 for daily travel info

by Josh Bootsma LANSING Ill. (November 19, 2018) - The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is offering $50 to anyone who takes a survey recounting their household’s travel on a specific day. The “My Daily Travel” survey can be taken by residents of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry,...