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Lansing Autumn Fest a success

I, like many others, am in recovery mode this week after the conclusion of Lansing Autumn Fest. It’s been a long year of planning the 2014 fest and the last six to eight weeks have been pretty intense for the entire board of the Lansing Association for Community Events, but it all paid off n…

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

Final day of Lansing Autumn Fest honors our military

I’m typing this up just a few hours before the gates open for the third annual Autumn Fest. I’m excited. I’m relieved. I’m proud. I’m so proud of our community and so many people who come together to make this fun, family event happen — kids, adults, seniors, organizations, school groups and…

October 12, 2014 12:00 am
New music college now open in downtown Lansing

New music college now open in downtown Lansing

An aging building in Lansing has been given new life. The old village hall was state-of-the-art when it was built near the turn of the 20th century. Over the years it served the village as a police station and jail, a courthouse, a fire station, headquarters for the building department and a…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Longtime Lansing family businesses continue to thrive

Longtime Lansing family businesses continue to thrive

As we become more accustomed to big box stores and national chains, there will always be a place for the “little guy” who runs the independent business, often with the help of family, even though it can be hard to survive these days.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Dinner will recognize dozens of local volunteers

Dinner will recognize dozens of local volunteers

Every community has those quiet, unassuming people who do a lot for others expecting nothing in return. Lansing is no exception. With that thought in mind, a group formed eight years ago to highlight the contributions of some of the dedicated volunteers that make such a difference in the sch…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am
L.A.C.E. brings community events to Lansing

L.A.C.E. brings community events to Lansing

In 2012, following the first Lansing Autumn Fest, the Lansing Association for Community Events was formed to continue to bring fun activities to the community and to bring the community together. Since that time L.A.C.E. has grown to a 12-member board that hosts not only Lansing Autumn Fest,…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am
Super Walmart to have upgraded look

Super Walmart to have upgraded look

Next spring the long-awaited opening of the new Super Walmart will take place on Torrence Ave bringing an upgraded look and nearly twice the number of jobs as the previous location.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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LARC has served community for nearly six decades

LARC has served community for nearly six decades

In 1956, parents of some Lansing children with developmental disabilities met in the basement of a church and formed as the Lansing School of Special Education. That small school has now grown to become LARC, a private not-for-profit organization that serves approximately 100 adults from the…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Improving communication through Code Red

Improving communication through Code Red

The Lansing Police Department has been hard at work initiating a new communication system with residents that will help get out information on everything from upcoming events in the village to tornado warnings. The new Code Red system has the capability of making phone calls to the entire vi…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am
Introducing a new brand

Introducing a new brand

When Fabian Newman came on board as the director of communications for the Village of Lansing, one of his first goals was to create a logo for Lansing. “When I started here, we didn’t have a logo. That was one of the first things I did was work on an image and branding,” says Newman. “Now wh…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing craft brewery expands

Lansing craft brewery expands

When One Trick Pony Brewery opened up in a small spot in an industrial strip on the west end of Lansing in May 2012, they were an instant hit. In fact there’s been such a demand for their brews that they’ve just set up shop in a bigger location a few doors down.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lansing Autumn Fest returns to Fox Pointe

Lansing Autumn Fest returns to Fox Pointe

Lansing is gearing up for its biggest event of the year, the three-day Lansing Autumn Fest, running from October 10 through 12. This third annual event is brought to you by the Lansing Association for Community Events and the Village of Lansing. In 2013, unseasonably warm temperatures helped…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cadet program offers hands-on law enforcement training

Cadet program offers hands-on law enforcement training

The Lansing Police Department offers a cadet program to youths age 15 and older under the direction of Commander Pet Grutzius as a way of introducing them to the profession of law enforcement.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am

What to watch during the spooky season

October is full of scary and gory things on the big and small screen that are enough to make a grown-up shiver in his boots and scream like a toddler. However, there are oodles of more family-friendly Halloween movies with tamer themes and scenes if you are looking for some entertainment tha…

October 04, 2014 12:30 pm
Funds raised for treatment of Munster girl

Funds raised for treatment of Munster girl

MUNSTER | Kyla Melnyczenko of Munster just turned a year old. She's been down a rough road in her short life. After suffering from a lack of oxygen at birth, Kyla's brain was damaged and she has faced a number of challenges, including being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Her parents, Eric an…

October 02, 2014 6:27 pm
Perusing the pumpkin patch

Perusing the pumpkin patch

For many families, autumn is not complete until there has been an excursion to a pumpkin patch to search for that perfect symbolic piece of Halloween decor. Within the region there are several farms offering not just pumpkin picking, but a variety of other activities to extend your visit.

October 02, 2014 1:16 pm Photos

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LBWA seeks ATHENA nominations

LANSING | Nominations are being sought by the Lansing Business Women’s Association for the annual ATHENA Award. The award is part of a national and international program that recognizes individuals for professional excellence, community service and playing a part in aiding women in their pro…

September 11, 2014 4:59 pm

Many lasting memories were made this summer

Summer is winding down. We have just a couple of weeks of "official" summer left and it’s now been nearly three weeks since my kids have returned to school. It always seems to go too quickly, but it was an incredibly wonderful season. I’ve been looking back at pictures and recalling all the …

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

Those who have lost family to suicide aim to help others

The nation was stunned last month by the news that one of the funniest guys in the entertainment industry who appeared always jovial and happy took his own life.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Amusement parks transform for fall fun

Amusement parks transform for fall fun

The trend in recent years is to take full advantage of those pleasant fall weekends for some festive fun as the decor changes and some of the rides and shows get a makeover.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Former preschoolers meet for reunion

Former preschoolers meet for reunion

LANSING | A reunion was held recently at Community Park in Munster for students who had been in Carol Joza's preschool class at St. John School in Lansing. Joza taught preschool for 17 years and retired from St. John in 2013.

September 06, 2014 12:21 am
Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

FRANKFORT, Ill. | Camp Manitoqua looks like your typical summer camp this week. Kids are diving into the pool, playing basketball and doing crafts. And for the most part, it is a typical summer camp. The big difference is the campers are a group of extraordinary kids who have one thing in co…

August 07, 2014 3:20 pm Photos

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Memorial Opera House actors perform at Shakespeare Festival

Memorial Opera House actors perform at Shakespeare Festival

VALPARAISO | Notre Dame's annual Shakespeare Festival took place in July, which included Shakescenes. The Shakescenes performances took place on stage in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with youth theatre groups throughout Northwest Indiana, including Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House.

July 31, 2014 4:38 pm
Lansing teacher led active life

Lansing teacher led active life

Milt Van Drunen, 63, spent 36 years teaching social studies to 7th and 8th graders at Lansing Christian School where he was well-liked and where his wife also worked as a teacher. He spent his summers working as a roofer. He had retired from his teaching job last year.

July 27, 2014 11:17 pm
Event commemorates life of fallen Marine

Event commemorates life of fallen Marine

LANSING | On July 10, Philip Martini should have been celebrating his 33rd birthday, but his life was cut short by sniper fire while he served in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing family holds fundraiser for SADS Foundation in son’s memory

LANSING | The owners of Jack’s Sports Bar in Lansing are hoping to bring some good out of a heartbreaking loss.

July 21, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing man remembered as fisherman, poet

Lansing man remembered as fisherman, poet

Wendell Smith, 96, was born and raised in Chicago where his family owned South Chicago Auto Wreckers. He worked in the family business for several years and after his parents sold the business, he worked as a truck driver and warehouse worker for auto parts businesses in Chicago. In later ye…

July 20, 2014 12:21 am

Local libraries cater to growing Latino population

As the Latino population in the country has increased in recent years, some of Chicago’s south suburbs have seen significant increases in the number of Latino families.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
Community rallies around Lansing boy injured in bicycle accident

Community rallies around Lansing boy injured in bicycle accident

Last month, 8-year-old Cody Ziemkowski, of Lansing, was taking a bike ride with his father, Kevin. As they passed the skate park on Chicago Avenue, Cody asked to stop and was taking it slow going down a small ramp when he went off the edge of the ramp and fell off his bike. He wasn’t wearing…

July 04, 2014 12:00 am

Visible Music College to offer community classes

LANSING | Visible Music College will be opening for full-time students in August, but the campus has already started offering community classes with a new session of evening classes beginning Monday.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing grilling enthusiast to appear on WGN Thursday

Lansing grilling enthusiast to appear on WGN Thursday

LANSING | J.P. Roe, of Lansing, has been grilling and cooking since he was 16.

July 02, 2014 1:13 pm
Griffith man was loving father, good role model

Griffith man was loving father, good role model

Philip Witvliet has many memories of a loving, involved father who put his heart into anything his boys were involved in. “He did a lot of things with us,” said his son. “He went to all my baseball games growing up. He was really involved. Our dad taught us to ride a bike and throw a ball.”

July 01, 2014 12:00 am
Eating your way through Indy with the kids

Eating your way through Indy with the kids

When you head out of town with the family, your thoughts may be on sticking with a familiar and reliable fast food chain, but if a visit to Indianapolis is in your future, there's no need to settle for the same old #4 value meal.

June 18, 2014 1:00 am
WWII vet was 'honest, hardworking'

WWII vet was 'honest, hardworking'

John Dekker, 91, was born and raised in Lansing on a farm at the south end of town, the oldest of seven kids. He remained in Lansing throughout his life and raised his own family there, as well.

June 07, 2014 5:08 pm
From the Windy City to the Indy City: Indianapolis is top spot for family fun, cultural adventures

From the Windy City to the Indy City: Indianapolis is top spot for family fun, cultural adventures

It's road trip season and one of the best family road trips in the Midwest isn't too far from home.

June 05, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Amusing Adventures: Tame and thrilling, old and new rides await visitors at amusement parks

Amusing Adventures: Tame and thrilling, old and new rides await visitors at amusement parks

One of the summer season’s most popular destinations is the amusement park. Visitors travel far and wide to visit parks across the country and we are lucky to have some great amusement parks with thrilling roller coasters, exciting family rides and water parks that we can easily visit on a s…

May 31, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Lansing woman had long career at Dist. 171

Lansing woman had long career at Dist. 171

For 39 years, Viola Jonkman worked as a lunch and playground supervisor in Lansing Sunnybrook School District 171, affectionately known to students and staff as “Sarge.” In her later years, there she was, supervising a second generation as children of past students were enrolled.

May 30, 2014 12:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing to celebrate 150 years

LANSING | In 1864, the pocket of land south of the city of Chicago reaching over to the Indiana border was transitioning from wilderness to small communities and farms. While forging into the unknown to make a new life for their families, many of the new settlers relied on strongly on their faith.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am
Local historian recalls playing on U-505 as young boy

Local historian recalls playing on U-505 as young boy

On June 4, 1944, the U-505 German submarine was captured off the coast of West Africa in a dangerous mission by the U.S. Navy.

May 23, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Cadets hold fundraiser

Cadets hold fundraiser

LANSING | The Lansing Police Cadets held a fundraiser on April 26 at the Lansing Municipal Airport where families could get a close look at a variety of different emergency and heavy equipment vehicles along with a K-9 demonstration. Proceeds from the event go toward the cadet's participatio…

May 23, 2014 2:40 pm Photos

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Youth group serves elegant dinner

Youth group serves elegant dinner

LANSING | Teens from the youth group of Grace Church in Lansing served up an elegant dinner recently at Illiana Christian High School for hundreds of guests. The refuge dinner was a fundraiser for the group's summer youth trip to Colorado.

May 14, 2014 3:17 pm
Gourmet Bargains: Creative culinary teams offer discount dining

Gourmet Bargains: Creative culinary teams offer discount dining

Dining through a program at one of the area's culinary or hospitality programs means getting the experience of a fine dining, downtown-caliber restaurant without paying the price tag of one.

May 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:34 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:36 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:37 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:33 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:33 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:28 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:29 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:31 pm
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