The Firecracker Foundation is using "Soulfire" to help sex assault victims

By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and it’s called Soulfire. The Old Town-based Firecracker Foundation is a nonprofit organization to help children who survived sexual trauma, by building a community invested in healing them. The foundation was founded on July 31, 2013. The organization is run by president Amanda Dubey-Zerka who holds the annual community event called Soulfire. Soulfire 2016: The Firecracker Foundation Gallery Reveal on Nov.

Food trucks are making a mark in Lansing

By Sheryl Levitt
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Local food trucks are putting a whole new spin on to-go style food in Lansing. For consumers, the appeal is obvious. “It’s the ease of access, people can leave their office or workplace and go get some food,” said Andy Northrop, an extension educator at Michigan State University. Northrop also spoke to the specialization of menus on food trucks. He suggested that these pop-up restaurants offer specific foods made very well.

Old Town figures out ways to survive

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

Old Town, located in the northern region of Lansing, is only a 5-minute drive from the capital building in downtown Lansing. Many workers from the Lansing area are taking advantage of that and enjoying Old Town’s lunchtime and nightlife environment. During the day, Old Town struggles to keep the same amount of attraction as weekends. Around lunch time during the week in Old Town, there is an increase in the flow of people, but few restaurants and businesses are open to anyone passing through the small community. Lambs’ Gate Antiques worker Gail Mackenzie said, “Lunchtime is heavy traffic, then it slows down in the afternoon and then later on it picks back up.