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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

50 things you’ll love about Lansing Autumn Fest

In Lansing Autumn Fest’s first year in 2012, I was there all three days and I had a blast. Over those days I worked at the T-shirt booth, helped at the Lansing Juniors' scarecrow booth, attended the Pilars of Honor Ceremony, donated blood, took a ton of pictures and judged the chili cook-off…

October 05, 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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LARC to hold annual fish fry fundraiser

This past week at the Lansing Historical Society September meeting, I got the chance to learn more about a great organization in Lansing that many residents are unfamiliar with. LARC is a nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities through providing work opportu…

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing Autumn Fest

Lansing Autumn Fest

September 26, 2014 9:49 am
Lansing Fest Military Day

Lansing Fest Military Day

September 25, 2014 12:12 pm
Lansing Autumn Fest

Lansing Autumn Fest

September 25, 2014 12:02 pm
Volunteer Dinner

Volunteer Dinner

Lansing honors dozens of volunteers at 2013's Evening of Thanks Dinner.

September 23, 2014 4:52 pm
Improving communication through Code Red

Improving communication through Code Red

A Lansing Police Officer registers residents for the Code Red program at a library block party in June.

September 23, 2014 3:22 pm

Historical Society covers the history of LARC

LARC, which originally began as the Lansing School of Special Education, has been in existence in the 1980s and continues to serve the community as a facility for adults with developmental disabilities. The Lansing Historical Society’s new season begins Monday with a program on the history o…

September 21, 2014 12:00 am

Golden K Club has served Lansing for 33 years

Over the years I’ve written in my column a few times about a wonderful nonprofit organization that serves Lansing called the Golden-K Club. It’s a branch of the Kiwanis Club for senior volunteers and I’ve known several of the members for a long time. My kids have been recipients of some of t…

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

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
Former preschoolers meet for reunion

Former preschoolers meet for reunion

Those pictured were in Carol Joza's class from 2004 to 2013.

September 06, 2014 12:22 am

New market debuts Sept. 5 and 6 at Lansing Municipal Airport

Next weekend a new event is coming to Lansing that will highlight antiques and vintage wares in our own historic landmark, the Ford Hangar.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing mailman will be missed

In this day and age where we’re more connected than ever via social media, texting, Skype, email and a variety of other electronic outlets, we seem to become less personally connected and the face-to-face interaction is more uncommon, yet more precious than ever. While relationships through …

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Fundraisers in honor of 2 Lansing men are successful

I recently wrote about a couple of fundraisers in Lansing both being held in memory of men from Lansing who died very young. The fundraisers were done in their honor to raise funds for two worthy foundations.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing Autumn Fest to return in October

I’m a little giddy as I’m typing up this column because I’m in Lansing Autumn Fest mode. I’m a member of the board of the Lansing Association for Community Events, the nonprofit volunteer group that organizes the Lansing Autumn Fest that is brought to the community with the cooperation of th…

August 10, 2014 12:00 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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Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

Kevin Titsworth, 17, of Lansing, attended Camp Quality Illinois for the fourth time this week. He is pictured with Pat Beilfuss, of Lansing, who is a retired school nurse from T.F. South High School and camp volunteer.

August 07, 2014 1:00 pm
Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

John Boss, 18, left, of Lansing, camp companion to 7-year-old Tristan Grace, of Lansing, works with him on a drawing during a workshop by Josh Elder, professional comic book creator and illustrator, Wednesday at Camp Quality Illinois.

August 07, 2014 11:14 am
CAP promotes cadets

CAP promotes cadets

Mia Pettigrew

August 06, 2014 4:48 pm
CAP promotes cadets

CAP promotes cadets

Isamel Gomez

August 06, 2014 4:50 pm
CAP promotes cadets

CAP promotes cadets

The Civil Air Patrol meets at Heritage Middle School weekly and is an auxiliary program of the U.S. Air Force. The squadron has three missions: search and rescue, cadet program and community service. It is open to those age 12 or older.

August 06, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Help local family get stem cell therapy for daughter

Over the 10 years that I’ve had kids in the public schools in Lansing, they’ve had some absolutely amazing teachers and administrators. One of the them was Eric Melnyczenko, an assistant principal who really had a positive impact on the kids in the school. My kids talked about him often and …

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
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

Lions Club to host golf outing Aug. 23

In Lansing we are fortunate to have many involved volunteers who do so much good for our community. One of the oldest and biggest volunteer groups in the village is the Lansing Lions Club. It’s a group so close to my heart. I know many of the members personally who care so deeply about helpi…

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing man enjoyed family, farming

Lansing man enjoyed family, farming

Ralph Douma, 83, of Lansing was the youngest of seven children who were all involved in farming at one time.

July 25, 2014 10:41 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
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