Is a facelift in store for Cedar Street?

Map Of Delhi Charter Township Downtown Triangle

By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer

Reduced speed limits, roundabouts and changes to the street landscape are just a few of the rumors surrounding the changes that will be coming to Cedar Street in Delhi Charter Township.

The question on most community members’ minds is “What is really happening to Cedar Street?”

According to Director of Community Development Tracy L.C. Miller, the township is working on updating and improving what is called the downtown triangle.

“It has been in the community’s master plan to sort of create this downtown, for a community that doesn’t really have a downtown,” said Miller.

The downtown triangle is the area between the intersections of Holt Road and Aurelius Road, Cedar Street and Holt Road, and Cedar Street and Aurelius Road.

Miller said that the township has already changed the street on Holt Road. It has also updated some infrastructure on Aurelius Road. The senior center, the township office and library are just a few buildings that have been updated recently.
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Family-run restaurant has home feel for locals

By Jordan Goltz
Holt Journal staff writer

A local Holt café is more than just a restaurant. It’s a home away from home for some in the community <Listen to story>

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Expanding Green Initiative Projects

Ronald Ginther, a mason resident, recycles cardboard, bottles and plastic at the Delhi-Holt Recycling Center.  "I am so glad that they have this complex because others have shut down," Ginther said.

Ronald Ginther, a mason resident, recycles cardboard, bottles and plastic at the Delhi-Holt Recycling Center.
“I am so glad that they have this complex because others have shut down,” Ginther said.

Delhi-Holt Sheep as an alternative to modern landscaping.

Delhi-Holt Sheep as an alternative to modern landscaping.

Sarah Waldrop
Holt Journal staff writer

Delhi Township set the standard last fall by winning Gold at the Michigan Green Communities conference in natural resource conservation, green economic development and energy efficiency. A year later, Delhi is continuing to maintain this status by implementing new green initiative projects and continuing past ones.

From the implementation of the new Scrappy program to the annual Reuse Rally, the Department of Public Services and the Township Board members are constantly working on green initiative projects, Department of Public Services Administrative Secretary Eva Walacavage said.

“Sandra Diorka [Public Services Director] is very committed and spearheads many of the green initiative projects including the Scrappy pilot program,” Walacavage said.

Although the sheep are the face of green initiative projects in Delhi, the latest project to launch is the piloted Scrappy program. This program allows students to not only recycle cans and bottles, but their food waste as well into bins called Scrappy. From there the bins are taken to the wastewater treatment plant and poured into the digesters to form electricity.

“Many National Honors Students volunteer as a part of their program to recycle paper and plastics along with the food bins,” said counseling office secretary Pam Livingston.

The current Scrappy program remains solely in schools, but may include commercial partners in the future, Sandra Diorka said in an email.

Sheep, gardens and other initiatives

Other programs that have evolved are the Delhi sheep, the community gardens and the Reuse Rally.

The flock was purchased in 2008 to act as an alternative to landscape maintenance of the native grass around the waste-treatment site. The sheep have now taken on the role of producing wool product.

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Holt schools work through a transformative year

By Marina Petz
Holt Journal staff writer

Transformation, progress, renovation and reinventing are just some of the words to describe the events taking place in the Holt School District.The district found itself having to cut back $2-3 million for the upcoming school year. District officials came up with The Plan which involves the transformation of Midway Elementary into an early childhood center, the renovation of the Holt High School’s north ninth grade center and the integration of a year-round calendar for Sycamore Elementary.

Holt Chart numer0 2The renovation of the ninth grade center resulted in more publicity then the school board and first-year Holt High School Principal, Michael Willard were expecting. After rumors continued to spread about the seniors moving from main campus to north campus, the junior class of 2015 responded by holding a sit-in.

“One of my aha moments was at 6:30 a.m. on my way to work when I got a call that students of Holt High School were having a sit-in,” said Superintendent Dr. Johnny Scott. “They said you guys are having all these adult conversations but you haven’t talked to us, we want to talk to you.”
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Area farmers still optimistic about summer crops

By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer

After one of the most persistent winters that anybody can recall, farmers in the Holt area are not curtailing expectations for their summer crops just yet.

Farmers are hoping for a wet summer to help make up for lost time.

Farmers are hoping for a wet summer to help make up for valuable time lost.

The middle of April typically marks the time of year for farmers to begin planting corn in Michigan. However, the unusually cold weather of the past few months is delaying those plans.

“Some crops are definitely going to be harvested later than the past few years,” said Farm Bureau agent Dennis Greenman. “Corn and soybean harvests are going to be late if the ground doesn’t warm up soon. ”

Another person familiar with the farming scene agreed.

“For seeds to germinate, the soil temperature must be 50 degrees Fahrenheit, at least one inch deep,” said Jake Wamhoff, a retired Michigan State University agriculture professor.

“I’ll be worried if we’re not there after April 25.”

Wamhoff says corn crops in Michigan are typically planted around April 15. He admits that planting will be late, but remains confident about nature’s ability to compensate.

Common crop dates in Michigan

Common crop dates in Michigan

“Mother Nature is an amazing thing,” said Wamhoff. “I’ve spent a lot of years fretting—and nature always works out.”

One reason Wamhoff has faith in this year’s crop is because of the improvement in seed quality. Genetic research has allowed scientists to create a seed that is much more resistant to cold weather.

“Fifty years ago, the seeds would have disintegrated during a frost,” said Wamhoff. “Now, we have a more hardy seed that can survive some of those conditions.”
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Holt Education Foundation holds 20th Annual Recognition Dinner

By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer

The Holt Education Foundation holds a recognition dinner every year to honor outstanding members of the community and the schools. The focus of the event, as it should be, is normally on the honorees and what they do for the schools.

This year, in light of the 20th Annual Recognition Dinner, it is time to shift the attention to the details of the event itself and the work of the Holt Education Foundation.

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Is the Public Service Department Delhi’s green thumb?

By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer

While most people associate the public service department with basic township building maintenance, the Delhi Charter Township Public Services department does much more.

Director of Public Services Sandra Diorka said that the department does take care of the usual public maintenance such as maintaining cemetery grounds, putting up holiday decorations and maintaining streetscapes.

Diorka said that the department runs some more unusual programs such as the recycling center and taking care of the community gardens owned by the township.

The department also sponsors programs that benefit the community like the 50/50 tree program. Diorka says this program was started to get more street trees in the township. Continue reading

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Trustee Jon Harmon creates public safety scholarship

By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer

Among the normal township business at the March meeting of the Delhi Township Board of Trustees, Trustee Jon Harmon gave a report on a scholarship fund he is planning to start. The scholarship is geared toward higher education for public safety workers.

Delhi Charter Township Board of Trustee Members Jon Harmon and DiAnne Warfield

Delhi Charter Township Board of Trustee Members Jon Harmon and DiAnne Warfield

Harmon said that when he was elected as a township trustee he had no idea the position was paid, so when a raise for trustees was voted through he decided to give back to the community.

Harmon said he wanted to do something constructive with the raise and thought that a scholarship would be a good idea.

“How do I create something that will benefit people long after I have been voted out of office,” Harmon asked.

Talking with Trustee John Hayhoe and Fire Chief Brian Ball, Harmon decided that a scholarship for students interested in public safety would be the way to go.

Currently Trustee, Harmon is the only one contributing to this endowment, but he said that he hopes to work with local businesses who have connections to public safety to keep funding the scholarship.

“How do you attract good quality people to public safety, and devoting their lives to public safety? Besides teaching, to me, that is one of the most noble professions there is. Someone who is willing to run into a building when everyone else is running out,” said Harmon.

Ball said, “Any scholarship absolutely helps because academy classes are so expensive.”
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Rising food and shelter prices could hurt pockets in Holt

photo-13By Kaylonni Hunter
Holt Journal staff writer

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Food prices rose in the past year. So, did what is cost you to house yourself. That’s according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics that says retail pricing for food increased 2.3 percent while the cost of shelter and housing rose 3 percent in the Midwest.

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Most Holt businesses thriving despite fluctuating consumer price index

By Jordan Goltz
Holt Journal staff writer

Local Holt businesses are adjusting to constant changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as well as the state of economy in order to keep their businesses up and running. <Listen to Story> (click image to enlarge)

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Family Video off Aurelius Road across from Township Hall

Family Video off Aurelius Road across from Township Hall

Ram's Corner Store at the corner of Aurelius and East Willoughby

Ram’s Corner Store at the corner of Aurelius and East Willoughby

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