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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.

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...

Public hearing for village budget approval scheduled for July 16

Budget available for public review beginning Friday, July 5, at Village Hall by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (June 19, 2019) – Lansing’s Village Treasurer Arlette Frye gave a short presentation during the Village Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, June 18, to explain the process of passing a new...

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...