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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

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

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

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

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
Community rallies around Lansing boy injured in bicycle accident

Community rallies around Lansing boy injured in bicycle accident

Cody Ziemkowski, right, of Lansing, plays Minecraft on a tablet with Jack Williams at a Minecraft Party Fundraiser. The event raised money for Ziemkowski's medical bills after he fractured his skull and neck in a bicycle injury.

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
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
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

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
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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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
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

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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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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A belated Mother's Day wish for my Mom

Mom taught me to always see the good

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
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
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