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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

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

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

Fun for golfers, cyclists coming up

Summer is a time to get out and enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways. If you’re an avid golfer, there are two fundraisers next month that may interest you.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
Pieces of family history are priceless

Pieces of family history are priceless

One thing I have been so thankful for as I’ve been raising children is that my kids have had an opportunity to know their grandparents.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Whirlwind of activities in June

Whirlwind of activities in June

Another month has been checked off the calendar that was full of activity. It started off with my boys’ last few soccer games as part of the Lansing Soccer Club. The club is very well organized with dedicated coaches. I love that it also takes us throughout Northwest Indiana to different tow…

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
Lifetime resident says goodbye to Lansing

Lifetime resident says goodbye to Lansing

In 1928, George Dommer was born in a house at 17849 Torrence Ave. He’s lived all his life in Lansing, but this week he has been packing up what he’s accumulated in his 85 1/2 years here and is heading for Arizona to live with his daughter.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am

Golden K’s continue reading and reward programs

For many years the Golden K Kiwanis members have been visiting classrooms in Lansing to read to students. This year, they visited Coolidge and Trinity Lutheran schools twice. On their visits with the kindergarten classes, they read stories and then also donated a copy of the book to those st…

June 22, 2014 12:00 am

What’s on your summer bucket list?

At the start of each summer, I make a list of some of the activities I want to do with the family while the kids are home on summer vacation. Some involve hitting the road, but most of the activities are close to home and I realize more and more how much there is to do in our own backyards. …

June 15, 2014 12:00 am

Have breakfast today in Lansing's historic landmark

Here in Lansing there’s a gem in our backyard that a lot of residents may not know much about and have rarely (maybe never) been to, yet it’s a place that many residents drive past on a regular basis — the Lansing Municipal Airport. It is an asset to our community that not many villages or s…

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

May oozing with community spirit and good deeds

Last month was full of great examples of the impact people can make in small gestures and how community pride and involvement can make much such a difference.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am

New exhibits draw visitors to Indianapolis

I live in Illinois, but I spend quite a bit of time in Indiana. I can literally drive to the border in three minutes. My parents live there.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am
Remembering the sacrifice

Remembering the sacrifice

LANSING | It was in 1919, just following the end of World War I, when the American Legion was founded. The following year, volunteers from American Legions around the country started a tradition that lives on 94 years later — they place small American flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day.

May 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A belated Mother's Day wish for my Mom

Mom taught me to always see the good

May 18, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing parade is great example of community pride

Last weekend, one of my favorite events of the year took place — the Good Neighbor Day Parade. In my 23 years living in Lansing, I have never missed a parade. Nearly every year I have had an opportunity to be in the parade with an organization or one of the kids’ schools or activities, but I…

May 11, 2014 12:00 am

Wrigley Field turns 100

Spring is here, although it doesn’t really feel like it yet. It means the return of cooking on the backyard grill, blooming flowers and it also means that baseball season has returned. Anyone who knows me or who has followed this column for sometime knows that I’m a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing retiree made a difference

Over the nearly 23 years I have lived in Lansing, I have loved learning about Lansing’s past. On my nights as a docent at the Lansing Historical Society, I’ve sat thumbing through old newspapers reading about happenings in the area and scanning the sales ads indicating you could buy a bag of…

April 27, 2014 12:00 am

Take opportunities to hear history firsthand

I love history. I love to read about history, I love to write about history and, most of all, I love to hear about history. And for a history buff, there’s nothing better than hearing about historic events from those who lived through them.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

Tuesday is Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day

At last week’s Village Board meeting, Village President Norm Abbott presented a proclamation declaring April 8 as Lansing Fallen Heroes Memorial Day. By designating that day, it helps bring awareness to the sacrifices made by our public servants and specifically to Officer Kenneth Novak Jr. …

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Thanks to those who attended fest kickoff

The Lansing Association for Community Events recently held a kickoff meeting for Lansing Autumn Fest 2014. I’m a member of the board of directors of LACE, the nonprofit that organizes the festival. Our board was happy to get a great response from the community.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Santa headed to a new home

An era will be coming to an end this year as the beloved Santa House in downtown Lansing will be coming down to make way for additional parking. The house is operated by the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, but sits on village property.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am

Fundraiser to help aid families of military, emergency workers

Mike Sanow is a Lansing resident who is active duty with the Illinois Army National Guard. I remember going out to the Lansing Municipal Airport last year to take pictures when he returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, followed by a nice welcoming reception for him back at the American L…

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing Juniors thank veterans with dinner

If there’s any group in our country that is overworked, underpaid and under appreciated, it is those serving in the military. It’s not a 9-to-5, 40-hour-a -week job. It involves long stretches away from family and friends. If you end up being deployed to another part of the world, you may be…

March 02, 2014 12:00 am

Learn to write your history

The Lansing Historical Society is now filled with exhibits again after the huge task of setting up trees for the annual Festival of Lights exhibit and then taking them all down. And after the two-month break of general meetings, the society is kicking off 2014 with a program on writing a mem…

February 23, 2014 12:00 am

Winter fun in the Midwest

Well, we have had a doozie of a winter. It’s been pretty lousy if you have had to drive in it or walk in it or shovel it. But, it is beautiful to look out your window and see falling snow and if you enjoy winter sports, it’s been a great season for it. I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking …

February 16, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing Roundball Classic returns

Starting on Thursday, the fifth annual Lansing Roundball Classic will take place at Memorial Junior High, 2721 Ridge Road in Lansing. It’s an event that has been helping to raise funds for local organizations and highlights the athletic ability of our village’s fifth-grade boys basketball teams.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am

Fallen officer’s memory kept alive 10 years later

What might Wally Rolniak be doing today in 2014 as compared to 2004? He might have a few gray hairs on his head from aging and raising teenage girls. He may be starting to think about retiring in the next decade from a long career as a police officer. Perhaps he’d be taking selfies with his …

February 02, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing Junior Woman’s Club to hold vendor fair

The Lansing Junior Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, has been busy lately. In December, the club collected new toy donations that members delivered just before Christmas to patients in the pediatric ward at Community Hospital to help brighten the day for some sick kids.

January 26, 2014 12:00 am

Happy birthday to the man who has taught me so much

As I’m sitting at my computer to type this week’s column, I have some background music playing. It’s not instrumental elevator music or today’s hits or smooth jazz.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing library offers concert series

Over the past couple of years, the Lansing Library has offered a nice service in their Friday night free concerts. The Friends of the Lansing Library’s fundraising efforts make the concerts possible.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am

Continue the kind acts in 2014

The past couple of years I have followed Facebook pages and blogs dedicated to doing random acts of kindness each day. I enjoy reading what these people are doing to brighten the days of others and how they’ve helped in ways both big and small to do good things.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am

Two organizations help feed Lansing residents

While many of us spent our holiday feasting on an abundance of food, the sad reality is that many individuals and families have trouble putting food on the table throughout the year. Those in Lansing are fortunate to have two organizations that are run and operated entirely by volunteers to …

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

Goodbye to a popular Lansing restaurant

I was disappointed this week to hear about the closing of Popolano’s Restaurant in Lansing. The longtime restaurant will close it’s doors after Jan. 1. Ever since word got out they would soon close, the parking lot seems to be packed and I am seeing posts from friends on Facebook that they’v…

December 22, 2013 12:00 am

Lansing home tour a success

Last Sunday, I helped out with the Lansing Association for Community Events' first Christmas home tour. My first stop was the Lansing Country Club, where I stopped for brunch before heading to my post. The LCC was also one of the seven stops on the tour and is decorated beautifully and brunc…

December 15, 2013 12:00 am

Out with the old traditions, in with the new

The Christmas season is in full swing now. I think our late Thanksgiving threw things off a little because we usually don’t do any decorating on Thanksgiving weekend and it’s normally the first Saturday in December that we go and pick out a real tree. I’m big on holiday traditions and our ro…

December 08, 2013 12:00 am

Spread the goodness, share acts of kindness

The holiday season is here and I’m typing up my column in the midst of turkey and stuffing and pie and much good spirit surrounded by family. Thanksgiving is a once a year deal where the world seems to slow and the most important thing is gathering around the table with those you love. Every…

December 01, 2013 12:00 am

Enjoy the sights of the holidays in Lansing

Monday is one of the highlights of the year at the Lansing Historical Museum. The museum will open its annual Festival of Lights exhibit following the Lansing Historical Society’s November meeting at 6 p.m. and a holiday performance by the Wolffgang Choir from Hobart High School. The event i…

November 24, 2013 12:00 am
Lansing honors its volunteers

Lansing honors its volunteers

Last weekend, I attended the seventh annual Evening of Thanks dinner at the Serbian Social Center in Lansing. The event is organized by the Lansing Volunteer Recognition Committee, made up of eight individuals who make contact with the many churches, schools and civic organizations in Lansin…

November 17, 2013 12:00 am

Veterans are the focus this week

The American Legion Auxiliary Edward Schultz Unit 697 will host its pancake breakfast on Nov. 9 at the Post, 18255 Grant St. in Lansing. The breakfast will include pancakes prepared by the Lansing Copper Muggers, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cocktail and choice of coffee, milk, or juice.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am
T.F. South drama students hold food drive

T.F. South drama students hold food drive

For the past several years, the International Thespian Society has held a food drive in late October called Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat. This service project is done by chapters throughout the country and each year students from Thornton Fractional South High School’s drama department tak…

October 27, 2013 12:00 am

Lansing Autumn Fest’s second year is a success

Well, things have cooled down and it’s been a little gloomy the past few days, but we were lucky enough to have beautiful weather for the three-day Lansing Autumn Fest that took place last weekend.

October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Lansing Autumn Fest is a community effort

As I’m typing this column, Lansing Autumn Fest is a few hours away. By the time you read this, two days of the fest will be past us. The event has definitely met the goal of bringing the community together. It’s a huge effort that takes an entire community.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Fourteen years ago when I was pregnant with my second son, I took one of the routine tests that is supposed to screen for potential birth defects. I expected that it would be another routine test and there was no cause for worry.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am

Lansing Autumn Fest will feature bands, baseball, chili cook-off

Lansing’s biggest event of the year is coming quickly. In less than two weeks, the Fox Pointe and Park Plaza will be bustling with activity as the second annual Lansing Autumn Fest gets underway.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am

Lansing Historical Society announces programs

I’m really excited about the 2013-2014 year for the Lansing Historical Society. I am again serving as the society’s vice president, which means that one of my duties is arranging programming for the upcoming year.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am

LARC to hold fish fry fundraiser

LARC will be holding its 21st annual fish fry from 4 p.m. to midnight Sept. 27* at the LARC workshop, 19043 Wentworth Ave. in Lansing.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am

Lansing club seeking nominations for ATHENA Award

The Lansing Business Women’s Association is seeking nominations for the annual ATHENA Award, which will be awarded at the  seventh annual Lansing Volunteer Recognition Evening of Thanks Dinner on Nov. 8 at the Serbian Social Center.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis makes fun outing for families

This past week I had a fun opportunity to take a media trip to Indianapolis and get acquainted with some of the outgoing exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and some fascinating ones that will soon open or that will debut in the spring.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am
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