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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.

Ghost the Musical—acting, staging, lighting make audiences believe

Playing at Munster's Theatre at the Center through October 14 review by Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (September 18, 2018) - In 1990, movie-goers swarmed to theaters to see Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg star in a film about romance, greed,and life after death. Directed by Jerry Zucker, the Best...

Third annual 0.1K supports local causes

Running a short distance can sometimes go a long way by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 9, 2018) - About 60 people stood at the starting line near the Lansing clock tower Saturday morning to run a peculiar distance: 0.1 kilometers. Starting at 11:45am, the third annual “For God & Country...

‘Play ball!’—Lansing’s Jeff Schoettle umpires high-level Little League

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 28, 2018) - Jeff Schoettle spends his days determining if adults are safe. In the evenings, he puts on a different uniform and does the same for kids. Construction safety officer by day, the 50-year-old Lansing native spends many of his spring and summer...

Mexico en el Corazón gets standing ovation from Lansing crowd

"We go where we have friends," says NCFJ President Sergio Suárez by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. – (September 1, 2018) Crowds surged through the doors of TF South High School’s auditorium Saturday as Mexico en el Corazón took to the stage to entertain about 800 area residents with mariachi music and...

One Trick Pony to open location on Ridge Road

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 1, 2018) - One Trick Pony, a brewery and bar located at 17845–17851 Chappel Avenue in Lansing, is planning to open a full-service restaurant on the intersection of Ridge Road and Ada Street, in the space formerly occupied by the De Young Furniture Store....

New District 215 Superintendent sparks excitement, change

Teresa Lance welcomes District 215 staff and faculty by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 16, 2018) – The sharp crack of snare drums echoed in the TF South red gym Thursday morning as District 215 teachers and staff passed through a student drum line to their seats as part of the...