Judy Putnam, Lansing StateJournal

Judy Putnam

Lansing StateJournal

East Lansing, MI, United States

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Past articles by Judy:

Sharon Emery, longtime Lansing communicator, pens memoir about loss, limits and finding happiness

What started of reflections for her children has become "It's Hard Being You: A Primer on Being Happy Anyway." → Read More

Wesley Bintz designed pools around the country. We should save his pool at Moores Park.

The Moores Park Pool is egg shaped and above-ground with the locker rooms underneath. It’s the oldest remaining Bintz pool still in operation. → Read More

Peanut Shop owner: Killing Mr. Peanut after 104 years is like offing Mickey Mouse

The planned death of Mr. Peanut during a tongue-in-cheek Super Bowl commercial has been postponed after the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. → Read More

How you can help keep cats and dogs engaged at the Ingham County Animal Shelter

The shelter needs pantry goods and empty containers to help keep animals active and engaged. → Read More

Thank you, readers, for a thrilling ride as I end my stint as the LSJ's news columnist

Five years ago, I couldn't foresee the rich material I would find in my own backyard and the occasional delight in making a positive difference. → Read More

Isn't it ironic? How the Methodist opposition to same-sex marriage caused a gay man to join the church

The bitter division in the Methodist church came to a head at an international conference in St. Louis last February. → Read More

75 years ago, a state senator was shot in the head along M-99. His murder was never solved.

The Jan. 11, 1945, assassination along a cold, lonely stretch of M-99 remains unsolved to this day. → Read More

Late 1800s letter found in Lansing home becomes a community research project on Facebook

The pen-and-ink correspondence could easily have been pitched in the cleanup. Instead, it has launched a community research project of sorts. → Read More

Squirrel pot pie aside, living with an outdoor sportsman has its pluses

We’re headed to our 40th anniversary this year, and I've come to recognize that his love of hunting and fishing makes my home life, well, different. → Read More

Ex-boyfriend lies about Michigan restaurant closing

A call to Capital City BBQ’s longtime phone number leads to a recording that says the restaurant is closed until spring. It's a lie. → Read More

Diners show up in droves to support Lansing restaurant sabotaged by owner's ex-boyfriend

The restaurant closed early on Saturday after running out of food. Monday’s lunch crowd was more than triple the usual number. → Read More

Satanists display Yule goat on the Capitol lawn during holidays

The goat looks creepy and weird but it serves a useful purpose. → Read More

Original Biggby's, housed in a 1966 Arby's building, will close Friday, move to modern digs

The café known as Biggby’s No. 1 – housed in a distinctive 1966 Arby’s building with a curved roof and ceiling – will close for good at midnight. → Read More

Message to those struggling with opioid addiction: 'This doesn't define you"

Powell volunteered to tell her story as part of new campaign by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to fight opioid addiction. → Read More

9 lives? Feral cats near Home Depot get another chance in Meridian Township

If all goes well, the colony will live in peace. The cats will be spayed or neutered and returned. They’ll be fed quietly and live out their days. → Read More

Lansing Bike Co-op refurbishes 49 bikes for 49 kids, just in time for Christmas

The Lansing Bike Co-op gave away the bikes just in time for Christmas. Volunteers made sure they were spiffed up and repaired. → Read More

Volunteer creates 'angel gowns' for parents grieving the loss of a baby

They are tiny works of art made from silks and satins, beads, pearls, lace, tulle and embroidery. → Read More

How a small group of guys sang for the supper of 19,000 hungry people

Since the group of eight or so fellows started putting their harmonies together in 2009, they’ve raised $37,000 to feed people in our community. → Read More

After a decade of serving free community meals in Williamston, a church says it needs help

Williamston United Methodist Church serves free meals every Wednesday, but it's struggling to accommodate the crowd in one key area: bathroom access → Read More

Racism in Charlotte? Two sides agree to work together to make life better for kids

Both sides have agreed to work together rather than point fingers. Talking about race is tricky and uncomfortable. Moving to this point is a big step → Read More