The redesigned and refurbished Veterans Memorial Garden and Park in Holt is drawing rave reviews from area residents who say the new park is an honor to the memory of those who gave their life for freedom. <Listen to the story.>
For over 150 years, the burial grounds of the Pioneer cemetery have been in existence. This historical landmark is the resting place to over 200 of Delhi Township’s pioneer residents. The burial site stretches just over an acre of land. <Listen to story>
At Tuesday’s School Board meeting, a list of retiring teachers was announced. One Ramona Berkey. Berkey has been teaching in Holt for 43 years. Holding numerous positions ranging from a resource teacher to a principal.
Ramona Berkey sitting at her table in her classroom
Berkey said she began her career at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she studied special education. When nearing the time of her student teaching, Berkey had a strong desire to work in an inner city setting. She ended up being one of the first students from the college to student teach in the inner city of Pittsburgh. She later moved on to work for two years at PS180 in Harlem.
In 1971, she began working in one of the Educationally Mentally Impaired (EMI) classrooms at Holt Jr. High. This was the start of her long career with Holt Public Schools. Berkey said she moved to Michigan when her husband decided to do graduate research at Michigan State.
Between 1984 and 1995 Berkey was principal of Elliott Elementary. Berkey said as an educator she has a strong belief in continual education. Berkey was frustrated with colleagues who were content to know what they did, and not learn anything new. “I was constantly trying to be the educational leader in a building where half the people wanted to grow and half of them didn’t,” said Berkey.
Holt’s family owned and operated Rick Anthony’s Flower Shoppe is preparing for what Carole Anthony calls the busiest time of the season.
“The 13th and 14th are the busiest days for us,” said Anthony’s wife, Carole, who is co-owner of the shop. “Valentines Day is very last minute so people are coming in those last two days of the week to order.”
While the shop offers an assortment of various types of flowers and arrangements for pickup or delivery, buyers stick with the usual, roses.
A close up of the roses available for Valentine’s Day.
“Roses are by far the most popular,” said Carole Anthony, who runs the Holt location while her husband runs the main store in Lansing. “We sell thousands of them, I can’t really even give you an exact number.”
Although Carole Anthony says most orders are for the standard dozen roses, the store still receives speciality orders that they have never had before.
“Earlier we had a man come in to our Lansing store with a list of the roses and what each color meant,” said Carole Anthony. “He was going to give his wife a different colored rose for every hour.” Continue reading →
The Delhi Charter Township Park Commission approved a motion 6-0 on Wednesday, Feb. 12, to hold a public hearing on March 12, regarding the proposed Kiwanis Park restroom overhaul.
Delhi Township Parks & Recreation Director Mark Jenks spoke to the board for around 40 minutes about the need for a new restroom in Kiwanis Park, and his desire to increase public support for the upcoming hearing.
“This is a needed project, and one that is long overdue,” said Jenks. “The current restrooms are existing under less than desirable conditions.”
The estimated cost of the new facility, according to Jenks, will fall between $250,000-370,000. Jenks also wanted it to be clear to members of the community that the project would not all be paid by tax dollars. Continue reading →
Library page Caleb Hayhoe takes a picture of Ally the puppy while the Jolee Hamlin the head librarian who coordinated the event cleans up the craft table.
Ally the puppy poses for a picture while playing with an activity cube.
Library Page Rachel William sets up a few of the stuffed animals for a picture under the rainbow canopy.
Rachel helps some of the stuffed animals choose which books they will be reading in their next photo.
Cake the giraffe, Lotso the bear, and Love Puppy pose for a chummy picture while reading a few books.
Rachel decided it was time to get all the stuffed animals lined up to brush their teeth before teddy bear bedtime.
The whole group poses for a picture before settling down to enjoy a bedtime snack and watch The Little Mermaid.
Love Puppy’s owner gives her an excited squeeze when picking her up the next morning.
Cake the Giraffe’s owner smiles when finds him perched on top of a bookshelf.
Cherry’s owner gives her a sassy look after seeing the pictures of what she did the night before.
Hello Kitty’s owner is elated to pick up her equally pink friend after a long night apart.
Knowing that their furry friends are safe and sound, a couple of kids kick back to enjoy some juice and donuts.
By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer
As children, we all believed that our favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal was as real as could be. They protected us from monsters, the listened when we were sad, and they were our first glimpse at true friendship. The Delhi-Holt Library sponsored a Teddy Bear Sleepover event that began the evening of Friday, Jan. 31. Children ages 3-5 were encouraged to bring in their favorite stuffed animal to enjoy snacks, storytime and crafts. The teddy bears and stuffed animals were then left to spend the night having adventures in the library. The next morning children filed in eagerly looking for their furry friends. Each child was given a few photos of their animals adventures in the library as a keepsake. The morning ended with juice, donuts and smiling faces.
If you missed this fun event, don’t fret. Head Librarian Jolee Hamlin, who coordinated the Teddy Bear Sleepover, said that the library sponsors many events like this throughout the year. Events include weekly story times that take place on Tuesday mornings, when the weather warms up the library will have outdoor events that relate to the summer reading program, and the library also sponsors family oriented P.J. Story times. Hamlin said that the library has been fortunate in the community’s support for the children’s programming.
The 2013-2014 school year has brought many changes to the Holt School District that have kept it in the local headlines. One of the biggest changes is the plan to move seniors from the main campus building to soon to be renovated the north campus, where ninth grade classes are held. Continue reading →
John and Alice Sklar round dance to the calls of cuer.
By Sophie Smith Holt Journal staff writer
May I have this square dance?
The Grand Paraders, a square dancing club in Holt, meets to dance every Wednesday night September through May at the Holt High School 9th Grade Campus.
The club consists of 30 official members and is put on by the Community Education program through Holt Public Schools, said Alice Sklar, club president of five years.
Sklar presides over each weekly meeting accompanied by her husband, John Sklar. The group dances 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the cost for members is $4, and $5 for guests.
The club participants vary in age, from 16 to 93.
The Grand Paraders also hold dance lessons on Tuesday nights for those looking to learn the steps and who may be interested in joining the club. The lessons are once a week for 18 weeks. Continue reading →