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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.

A great resignation: Karen Abbott-Trimuel abandons corporate world to pursue writing and self-fulfillment

By Josh BootsmaLANSING, Ill. (July 14, 2021) – For Karen Abbott-Trimuel, writing was once just a hobby, something she did when she found the time away from her busy job and raising children. Now, the Lansing resident has devoted herself full time to sharing her experiences and stories with...

Lansing Police score more runs, but everybody wins in softball game between LPD and TF South

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 13, 2021) – Instead of settling in at home to watch baseball, Lansing Police officers and TF South baseball players alike suited up to play a friendly game of softball Tuesday night in an effort to benefit the Lansing community.The event was the first...

Supply Young Adult Ministry resumes in-person meetings, offers food, fellowship, and discussion

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 12, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Supply Young Adult Ministry to live up to its name and "supply" its participants with food and in-person fellowship. Recently, that has changed and the group is meeting together once again and inviting...

Fitness studio, church, and trucking company – Lansing Planning and Zoning Board Agenda 7/14/21

LANSING, Ill. (July 10, 2021) – All residents are welcome to attend Planning and Zoning Board meetings. The Planning and Zoning Board meets as needed, and per the Open Meetings Act they publish an agenda to notify the public of items that are up for discussion. Meetings typically begin...

Rain cancels Cruise Night and dampens Fox Pointe band showcase

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 10, 2021) – Although the forecast just a day before Saturday predicted pleasant weather, rain moved in more quickly than anticipated, changing what promised to be a lively summer Cruise Night along Ridge Road into a drizzly evening.Some cars came out ahead of 6...

Lansing Police vs. TF South Varsity Baseball – Charity softball game scheduled for July 13

Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Lansing Old Timers Sports Complex By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 10, 2021) – The spirits of competition and charity will be in the air at the Lansing Old Timers Sports Complex on Tuesday, July 13, as Lansing Police officers take on the TF South...

Pink and proud: Kdulche Café plans to bring gourmet food and drinks to Ridge Road

Mexican treats will be among variety of offerings at 3521 Ridge Road — the pink building across from Beggars Pizza By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 8, 2021) – Many a passerby has noticed the pink building at 3521 Ridge Road in Lansing, the planned future home of Kdulche Café. Months...

Lansing School District 158 Board seeks to fill vacant seat

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 7, 2021) – Lansing School District 158 is seeking to fill a vacant spot on its board after the resignation of Board member Dr. Sara Wallace, who resigned before moving out of state.The position will last until the next school board election in April...

Lansing Police investigating fatal Tuesday morning shooting on Grant Street

By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 6, 2021) – The Lansing Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 6.At around 2:20 a.m., officers responded to a call from the 17100 block of Grant Street where shots had been reported. On...

Freedom Church invites community to Freedom Fest on July 31

Games, food, music and more: 12 – 3 p.m. on July 31 By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (July 5, 2021) – Since Freedom Church moved into the old Illiana Christian School building in early 2020, it just started inviting the community indoors for Sunday worship in the spring. On July 31,...