Renting movies in Holt can help the community, too

Customer Shopping for movie rental

Customer Shopping for movie rental

By Jalen Smith
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

The Family Video store in Holt, located right across from the Delhi Charter Township building gives more to the community than just movies, and games to rent, but rather donate much time, and money into the city.

One way that Family Video gives to the community is during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Family Video works with the church to give away food to those in need.

“We work with the church next door and donate 20 turkeys during Thanksgiving, and during Christmas we give 20 hams to the church to then distribute for the people,” said store manager Melody Routhier-Laskosky.

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“Dangerous pranks” in the form of bomb threats not unusual at Holt schools

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

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.

Schools located in Holt. Map by Google.

Schools located in Holt. Map by Google.

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.

“The main purpose is to disrupt the school day,” he said. “The number of threats isn’t as important as what’s in the threat, the more specific a threat is the more credible it is.”

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Special education funding challenges Holt schools

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

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.”

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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.

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Nonprofit organizations serve purpose in every community, including Holt

By Roya Burton
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

HOLTRainbow 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. Nonprofit organizations each have their own mission, and all are designed to solve a different issue or function in the community, while being a constant reminder that giving back is not limited to one time of the year.

“When you’re on an airplane and you see the magazines in front of your seat, they talk about different cities and their parks, museums, they are referring to the nonprofit sector. They give life to the communities, and add to the economic development. It’s an integral part of the economy and it enhances the quality of life,” said Stephanie Krick a Ph.D. in Public Administration who is currently an Associate Lecturer as well as the as the Nonprofit Management Program Director at her alma mater, the University of Central Florida.

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Delhi Township steadily grows thanks to stable home values

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

A house available on Holt Road sits near the middle of downtown. Photo credit: Austin Short

A house available on Holt Road sits near the middle of downtown.
Photo credit: Austin Short

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.

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Are taxes too high? Depends upon whom you ask

By Jalen Smith
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

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.

The next grouping is when you add all the millage levies for the School Districts, County, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Capital Area Library District, etc. These millages are beyond our control at the local level. These millages are decided by the County, School Boards or the controlling Authority.

“The grouping is when you add all the millage levies for the School Districts, County, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Capital Area Library District, etc. These millages are beyond our control at the local level. These millages are decided by the County, School Boards or the controlling Authority,” said Hope.

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. It could be worse is what I’m saying,” said Holt resident Brandon McClain.

Residents in Holt when stating that taxes are too high mostly refers to property tax.

“In my role as Township Treasurer, I hear people talk about property taxes because that is the only tax we collect,” said Roy Sweet, the treasurer.

According to Sweet, Delhi township only keeps 12 percent of the total property taxes collected from the average resident. The rest of the property taxes goes to other tax entities such as state education, county operating, Holt school debt, county voted mileage, Capital Regional Airport Authority, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Capital Area District Library, Ingham Intermediate School District and Lansing Community College.

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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.

Photo Source: The State of Obesity.org

Photo Source: The State of Obesity.orgMichigan.

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.

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“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.

"The Kite Runner" cover, courtesy of Khaled Hosseini's website.

“The Kite Runner” cover, courtesy of Khaled Hosseini’s website.

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.

The book has stirred up some controversy among Holt High School parents due to some graphic content, including the same-sex rape of the main character, Amir, detailed in the book.

The book is a required read for 10th grade students at Holt High School. However, some parents feel that it is not appropriate for their students of that age.

“I don’t feel this book is appropriate discussing rape of one boy by three other boys. Its disgusting having children that are influenced and going through puberty reading this as a way to teach them about good qualities. I am sure I can find other ways to teach them about the society and culture from another country,” said Jason Worden, a parent of a Holt High School 10th grade student.

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Delhi Township board approves groundwater analysis study

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Information on when Delhi Township meetings are held. Photo courtesy of Austin Short

Information on when Delhi Township meetings are held.
Photo courtesy of Austin Short

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.

The inspiration for the study comes from a county-wide plan that was started in 1983, where 20 wells from Delhi Township were tested. The purpose of the analysis was to set a baseline for well water quality and then to re-sample the wells every 10-20 years, but the plan was abandoned after the initial testing.

“Obviously it’s been longer than ten years since the ’80s so there were a couple of us, including some people at the U.S. Geological Survey who thought, you know it’s about time we went back and tried to review this,” said Garry Rowe, who serves on the Ingham County Board of Health and is a volunteer representative for this project with the USGS.

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