In wake of Flint water crisis, Lansing Board of Water and Light says residents have no reason to be concerned here

By Anna Shafffer
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

After lead-tainted drinking water coming from old pipes in Flint exploded into a public health emergency last year, people across the nation grew concerned about the quality of the water coming from their own homes. This epidemic, which was the topic of most news stories for the past few months, shed light on a problem that is taking place all over the nation. However, the Lansing Board of Water and Light has had a program in place for over a decade to make sure its customers in Holt and its surrounding areas never experience something like this. “Our process began in 2004 and we’ve taken out over 13,500 pipes so far,” said Amy Adamy, communications coordinator for the BWL. The BWL serves over 55,000 customers in the mid-Michigan area, and has implemented a two-part strategy to protect its 55,000 residential and commercial customers from exposure to lead leaching into drinking water, according to information from their water resource center webpage.

Nonprofit organizations serve purpose in every community, including Holt

By Roya Burton
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

HOLT — Rainbow Homes which is located off of Adelpha Avenue is a Christian nonprofit housing corporation that supports living for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. It is currently one of many nonprofit organizations in Holt.

The Christian nonprofit was originally opened up to people who wanted a place for their children, and didn’t want them living independently. Danielle Miller who is currently employed by Rainbow Homes expressed how she has always been passionate about working with people with disabilities. “I lived in a place similar to Rainbow Homes before I started working here, the fact that it was a nonprofit meant a lot,” said Miller. The function of a community would not be possible without its nonprofit sector.

Delhi Township steadily grows thanks to stable home values

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Delhi Township’s home values and population continue to rise thanks to the reputation of Holt’s Public Schools and the great recreation options that are available in the area. According to U.S. Census data, Delhi Township increased its house occupancy by 19 percent from 2000 to 2010. That was the biggest change of any township in Ingham County during that time span. Not only does the population continue to go up, but the median value of owner-occupied housing units is higher in Holt than the state as a whole, according to Census data from 2010 to 2014. “Its location, schools and then the amenities like trails are a big draw,” said C.J. Davis, Delhi Township Supervisor.

Delhi Parks and Recreation made for children of all income

By Roya Burton
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Delhi Parks and Recreation programs continues offer not only various seasonal sports and activities to children of all skill levels, but opportunities for children of different household incomes. Recreation Coordinator Tim Tilma knows just how important it is for any child to be able to participate in local recreation programs.

“We welcome children and families of all incomes a waived fee. We want everyone to get the opportunity to get out there and experience different sports and activities; the affordable prices benefit everyone,” said Tilma. The recreational fee is just $25 per child, however families with multiple children or families who may not be able to afford it, the fee is waived. While in the age of iPads and iPhones, parks and recreation programs are more crucial than ever. According to The State of Obesity 14.7 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds and 13.2 percent of two- to four-year-olds from low-income families are obese in the state of Michigan.

"The Kite Runner" novel stirring up controversy among some Holt High School parents

By Anna Shaffer
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Remember all those books you had to read in high school? Some you liked, some you didn’t, but did your parents ever not approve of any? Some Holt High School parents are upset about a book choice in the curriculum of 10th grade students, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. According to Wikipedia, “The Kite Runner” tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

Delhi Township board approves groundwater analysis study

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Water quality has been brought to the forefront of issues in Michigan as a result of the Flint water crisis. Delhi Township is looking to better understand the water chemistry of its local wells to maintain a high quality of water. At the Delhi Township Board meeting on April 5, the proposal for a groundwater analysis program headed by the United States Geological Survey was approved by the board. “All of the water in Delhi Township, and throughout most of our region, comes from the Saginaw Aquifer, which is a groundwater source. It is important to monitor the quality of that water source overtime to ensure that it is being protected,” said Tracy Miller, Director of Community Development for Delhi Township.

Holt Road reconstruction project OKd by township, scheduled for this fall

By Roya Burton and Jalen Smith
Holt Journal Staff Reporters

In order to improve traffic circulation on Holt Road between Grovenburg Road and Aurelius Road, Delhi Township officials have approved plans to resurface and repave that 3.1 mile stretch of road this fall. Throughout Holt Road west of Eifert Road to Aurelius Road, and Grovenburg Road four-lane segments will soon be converted to three lanes, with a lane going each direction, and the middle designated as a left-turn lane. The proposed project will also stretch down to Holt High School on the intersections of Washington and Eifert. They will replace the three light traffic signal with a traffic light that includes a left hand arrow. At the beginning or end of a school day turning left or right out of the high school is difficult when the when the traffic is the most congested.

Curriculum educates youth on decision-making and drug abuse

By Roya Burton
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Ingham County has seen a gradual increase in drug arrests since 2014. According to statistics collected by the Michigan State Police, 67 percent of all drug arrest in Ingham County were marijuana-related. And the illicit drug is most commonly seen around young age groups. In a 2015 survey, statistics revealed that 15 percent of all eighth-graders and 44 percent of 12th-graders have been exposed to the drug at least once in their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Hope Middle School has taken a different approach to educate their students.

Volunteers and local organizations are key in helping the Holt Community Food Bank

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

The Holt Community Food Bank has been helping families in need for over 20 years now, with the help of local volunteers and organizations leading the way. The local food bank relies heavily on grants, food and cash donations year -ound, but also holds fundraisers. Other local organizations donate food or money as well. The Holt Kroger is extremely supportive of the food bank giving bread, baked goods, produce and frozen meats. Bonnie Mahieu, Holt Community Food Bank Coordinator, estimates that Kroger donates hundreds of pounds of food every week.

Smear, don't swerve: Holt residents should be cautious of deer while driving

By Anna Shaffer
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

If you’ve ever driven in Michigan, you have probably come across a deer or two. In Holt, like cities all across the state, drivers need to be mindful of deer crossing the street while driving. According to the 2014 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts Report released by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, there were 45,690 vehicle-deer crashes in 2014. As a result of those collisions, 1,072 people were injured and six people were killed. Holt resident Robert Sandoval said his next-door neighbor’s son was killed trying to avoid a deer while driving, and just last week a high-school aged student hit a power line near his home while swerving to avoid a deer.