At the Sam Corey Senior Center in Holt, seniors come to exercise, stretch and have a good time. “I believe that government assistance is a great thing, it supports a lot of seniors, like me, in many ways,” Mary Atkinson, Sam Corey senior visitor said. “I am retired now and can’t afford all of the things that are needed for my health. I am on Medicare and it is very helpful knowing that the government is helping me in any way possible. I appreciate the things that are being done for me like covering my hospitals visit and medication for my blood pressure.”
Senior health has been a major concern in the United States, with inventions like Life Alert, advantages like American Association of Retired Persons or assistance with Medicare.
The board of trustees at Delhi awarded long-term resident Rex Simmons with a certificate of appreciation for his dedication to the community during its meeting on Oct.4. Simmons has worked in plumbing, aided the fire department, was a mechanical inspector and went above and beyond for the township. Evan Hope, Delhi Charter Township Clerk, delivered the award and talked about Simmons’ dedication and passion for the community. “Delhi township was a great place for me, It’s been a great 19 years, and I really mean it,” said Simmons after receiving the award. After the award ceremony, the board discussed the postponement of construction for a required sidewalk, a grant application to the Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage Program, and an issuance purchase agreement between Delhi Township and Honeywell International, Inc. Energy Savings Project.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality introduced Janet Michaluk as their new coordinator during the Downtown Development Authority meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Michaluk will act as a resource to the authority and the community, providing information and environmental developments within the Delhi township. The regions that Michaluk has been assigned to are Gratiot County, Lapeer County, Genesse County, Shiawassee County, South Central Prosperity Region and Livingston County.
“I’m here to get out to the community and be a resource,” said Michaluk during the meeting.
Holt Public Schools have received eight bomb threats this school year. “All of the threats were handwritten on a wall, mostly in bathrooms,” said Superintendent David Hornak. The threats were not specific and listed no date or time. “Things like this tend to be copycats,” said Dr. Tod Burke, the Associate Dean of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University. Burke is a criminal justice professor and former Maryland police officer.
HOLT — Funding and staffing are two of the biggest challenges for Holt Public Schools in their special education programs.
“Funding and staffing are a challenge for all of the schools,” said Superintendent David Hornak. “We have to be strategic and have to offer efficient programs.” “Special education takes up a lot more of the budget than general education does,” said Michael Willard, principal of Holt High School. “Special education teachers are assigned to students, so we have to pay for them and teachers teaching the general education students. This puts an extra burden on the district,” he said.
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.
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’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 Township has been known to have a high tax rate, however with data and reasoning, taxes does not seem to be as high as what it’s perceived to be. Compared to other townships, school districts and cities Delhi township appears to be lower than those of Lansing Township and even East Lansing, who is ranked number one. That’s not how taxes make some Delhi-area residents feel, however. “The taxes are really high in the city and it’s got me thinking of making a change and move out of the city,” said Holt resident Lamar Nox. “Taxes are a bit higher than other cities, but I will say that it’s not as bad as other cities.
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.