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Josh Bootsma

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.

Avila family needs $2,000 to bring ‘Super Teci’ for transplant

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 23, 2021) – Three weeks ago, the Avila family started a garage sale campaign to raise money for their disabled daughter Teresa, known by many as "Super Teci." This weekend's three-day sale marks the end of their fundraising campaign, and the family is hoping...

TF South hosts college and career fair for district students

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 23, 2021) – TF South hosted a college and career fair for all District 215 students on Wednesday, with over 100 organizations represented to offer themselves to local students.The fair took place in the Red and Gray gyms at TF South from 5-7 p.m....

TFS Sports round-up: Boys cross country takes first, Golf wins on ‘jersey day’

September 21-22, 2021 As part of The Lansing Journal's ongoing efforts to increase sports coverage at TF South, we have asked TFS coaches to provide us with information about their matches/games. The Lansing Journal will be posting these scores and summaries multiple times per week in a "TFS Sports round-up."LANSING,...

Dr. Cheryl Green becomes Governors State University’s sixth president

By Josh Bootsma UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (September 21, 2021) — Dr. Cheryl Green was recently invested as president of Governors State University, making her the institution’s sixth president. Hundreds attended her investiture at the university’s Center for Performing Arts.The ceremony included a message from Governor J.B. Pritzker before Board of...

TFS Sports round-up: Solid showing for cross country, losses for tennis and soccer

September 18-20, 2021 As part of The Lansing Journal's ongoing efforts to increase sports coverage at TF South, we have asked TFS coaches to provide us with information about their matches/games. The Lansing Journal will be posting these scores and summaries multiple times per week in a "TFS Sports round-up."LANSING,...

Lansing Police swear in four officers

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 20, 2021) – Four future police officers swore an oath to protect and serve the Lansing community on Monday afternoon, bringing the number of new officers sworn in during the last two months to 10.Following July's swearing-in of six new officers, family, friends, LPD...

Autumn Fest set to return to Lansing

2021 event combines traditions and updates By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 19, 2021) – The return of fall means the return of Autumn Fest in Lansing. Eager to bring the annual tradition back to life after a COVID-caused cancellation last year, LACE (Lansing Association for Community Events) has scheduled this...

Torrence Avenue property, LPD purchases—Village Board Agenda 9/21/21

LANSING, Ill. (September 19, 2021) – The September 21 Lansing Village Board meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with a regular Board meeting, which is directly followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting. Village Board meeting agenda (7 p.m.) Many of the items brought before the Village Board at this meeting...

Agenda: Lan-Oak Park District Board meeting – 9/20/21

Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eisenhower Center All residents are welcome to attend meetings of the Park District Board of Commissioners. The Board typically meets on the third Monday of each month, and per the Open Meetings Act they publish an agenda to notify the public of items...

9/11 survivor Joe Dittmar shares his story at Lansing Library event

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 17, 2021) – Lansing residents had the chance to hear a first-hand experience of 9/11 on Tuesday, as Joe Dittmar joined the Lansing Library via Zoom to tell his story of being in the south tower on that tragic day.Dittmar spoke to 10 residents...