Journalism at Michigan State University

After Nassar: A community responds to a local face shrouded in national scandal

Ex-Michigan State University doctor and former Holt resident Larry Nassar is facing over 80 sexual abuse allegations, and that number seems to grow every week. Holt, a small and tight-knit community of just under 24,000 people watched as the headlines of court cases and accusations piled up. Nassar was a long-time resident and, at one point, an active member of the community. The reports began last summer, when allegations began to surface through the news media. One victim, Rachael Denhollander, alleged that Nassar — ungloved and without proper explanation — digitally penetrated her vagina during what was then explained to her as a “medical treatment.”

Denhollander learned later, as many of Nassar’s other patients, this was not a legitimate medical procedure—at the very least, not a commonly used and unexplained one.

Children playing after school at Delhi Manor housing complex.
Photo Taken by:Denise Patterson

Scofflaws dumping trash in Delhi Manor

Sarah Pete has lived in the Delhi Manor community with her family for over two years and says that about every day people will come by and throw their trash on the curbs and keep going without thinking about what they have done. “Most of the trash cans stay full because there are lots of people in one household so sometimes their trash may pile over on the ground because it cannot fit into the trash cans.I think that when outsiders come to the neighborhood they think that the trash looks that way it does because we do not care so they just add to it,” said Pete. Jeff McKinney, Delhi Manor leasing office manager, says that this has been an ongoing issue and that he and his staff have taken action to prevent people from throwing their trash on their ground but people just do not care now days. “About a month back, my staff and I posted flyers in the neighborhood about making sure that trash goes into the trash cans and we did not have an issue for some time then all of a sudden it started again,” said McKinney. Roger Jackson, a Delhi Manor staffer, says that the trash does not come from those in the community.

Local children line up in wait for their turn to seek Easter Eggs at Valhalla Park in Holt. The Holt Easter Egg Hunt draws hundreds of children to the town every year.

Free for all, the annual Holt Easter Egg Hunt has built community for 50 years

Easter Sunday is always a busy day for the Easter Bunny. But for the past 50 years, he’s made an appearance in Holt every Saturday before his biggest day of the year. The special occasion? The annual Holt Easter Egg Hunt, held at Valhalla Park. Attracting hundreds of kids up to 10 years old from the Lansing area, the hunt is a happy chaos of children celebrating one of America’s most beloved holidays.

Pure Options, listed as a Cannabis Clinic, is located in Lansing

As state regulates medical marijuana, Delhi Township weighs the options

Patricia Parter had long been against the use of medical marijuana, mainly because she never did drugs in her life. It wasn’t until an accident caused her not only pain but consumed 13 years of her life with opioid and alcohol addiction. Now recently clean, she wants to dull the lingering pain with medical marijuana. “Medical marijuana is a better alternative,” the Delhi Township/Holt resident said. “I’m trying to get that right now myself.

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Littering a problem in Holt? It depends who you ask

Holt resident Joni Kosloski has a two-mile route that she often walks her dogs through near Holt Middle School. It’s also become her litter pick-up route. “I find litter very disgusting and I found myself suddenly unwilling to keep looking at it and walking past it,” Kosloski said to a community group on Facebook. “I started picking it up every day on my walk.”

Kosloski shared photos of her clean-up experiences after being away from her route of pick up litter in a couple weeks. Show in the photos are cigarette boxes, empty plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and more–and fellow members of her community chimed in once she spoke out against the trash.

Map of #8 bus schedule taken fromhttps://www.cata.org/Routes-Schedules/Find-Bus-by-Schedule/08/04-06-2017/0

Where’s CATA in Holt?

An ongoing concern in Holt for residents is the lack of public transportation dependability in the community.The Capital Area Transportation Authority also known as the CATA is the public transit system that operates through Holt. Residents say that they spend hundreds of dollars a month on Ubers, Lyfts, and other forms of transportation. Residents are having several continuing issues with the CATA from there not being enough buses that run through Holt; buses are not getting to the stops on time; and there have been cases where the bus allegedly simply does not show up. Douglas Lecato, CATA Board of Directors Vice Chair for Delhi Township says that he is aware of these issues and that the CATA executive staff along with the board are working to fix these problems as soon as possible by hiring more drivers. According to Jasmine Roy, there is only one bus that comes to Holt which is the #8 Pennsylvania-Holt bus. Roy says that the #8 CATA only goes down some streets and she has had to get off at on stop and almost walk a mile to her destination.

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Holt’s affordability, safe distance from urban madness making it a popular home base for many

Christopher Robbins, a music professor at Lansing Community College, says that he never considered living in East Lansing because he did not want to be neighbors with his students. “East Lansing is too close to LCC and MSU,” he said. “I have younger children that has to be in bed at a certain time to get up without crying in the morning so having a bunch of teens and young adults living next door or a fraternity across the street will interrupt their sleep making it difficult for me and my wife to wake them up in the morning.”

So he chose Holt, a place growing in popularity with first-time and experienced home owners because of its low property taxes plus its low crimes rates and peacefulness from all the nearby Michigan State University madness. Holt is located just a few miles southeast of Lansing and has a homeownership rate of 74.5 percent and homeownership costs at 31.5 percent of median monthly household income. Holt’s location in Delhi Charter Township means more peace and quiet for educational pursuits at MSU, Lansing Community College and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.