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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.

TFS Sports round-up: First football loss; Volleyball wins two in a row

August 25–27, 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." By...

Phillips Chevrolet again certified as “Dealer of Excellence” by J.D. Power

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 26, 2021) – Phillips Chevrolet has been certified in the J.D. Power 2021 Dealer of Excellence Program for the third year in a row. With three locations in Illinois, including one in Lansing, Phillips was one of 12 car dealerships across the state to...

MVP Studio and Spa cuts ribbon on upscale salon on Ridge Road, filling old Chop Shop space

Owner Michaela Vaughan excited to bring hair, nails, skin, wax, and other services to high-profile location By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 25, 2021) – Lisa Vaughan paused for a moment to hold back tears while looking into her daughter's new studio and salon on Ridge Road."I'm very proud. Very proud...

TFS Sports round-up: Volleyball notches win in first match of the year

August 23-24, 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." By...

Eagle Academy Christian School students, parents, and staff enjoy first day fanfare

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 23, 2021) – Eagle Academy Christian School welcomed its students back in style for their first day on Monday, as teachers and administrators greeted them and their parents in the school's parking lot before parading in together.Eagle Academy is located on the south end...

Hundreds attend two-day ‘Blues, Brews, and BBQ Fest’ at Fox Pointe

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 22, 2021) – Seven bands, hundreds of people, and countless plates of barbecue made Friday and Saturday at Fox Pointe a delight for all ages as the second "Blues, Brews, and BBQ Fest" took center stage.Following 2019's fest which took place on a Saturday...

Excellence Counts Award, back to school updates, reciprocal crime agreements – District 215 Board Agenda 8/24/21

District 215 Board regular meeting – In person at TF Center for Academics and Technology LANSING, Ill. (August 22, 2021) – The August 24 regular meeting meeting of the District 215 School Board will take place at 6 p.m. in person at the Thornton Fractional Center for Academics and Technology....

VIDEO: D158 Superintendent Nathan Schilling shares district updates

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 20, 2021) – As school started on Wednesday, August 18, Managing Editor Josh Bootsma and Education Reporter Jim Masters got a chance to talk with District 158 Superintendent Dr. Nathan Schilling and ask him about the state of the D158 heading into a new...

TFS Sports round-up: TF South falls to Reavis HS in second golf match of season

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." By Josh Bootsma LANSING,...

Lansing veterans return from Honor Flight after delays

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 19, 2021) – Eager to carry on the tradition of escorting veterans and servicemembers home after flying back to Chicago, at least 20 people gathered at Sunrise Health Foods to wait for five Lansing veterans returning from Honor Flight.Honor Flight is a day-long trip...