A Holt Rams JV baseball player waits to bat at their game against Dewitt April 24. Four of the coaching staff—between JV and Varsity—have left the team mid-season.

Holt baseball lets go of four coaches mid-season — but why? Answers are elusive

A recent spring break trip has resulted in the exit of four varsity and junior variety baseball coaches at Holt High School. “Effective immediately, the Varsity and JV coaches and our assistant volunteer coaches have been placed on administrative leave,” superintendent David Hornak said in the announcement of investigation sent to parents April 12. The investigation lasted until April 18, when Hornak sent out another letter to parents. “As a result of our investigation, for various reasons, three of the four coaches are leaving the program, effective immediately,” Hornak said. “Assistant volunteer coach Mark Roche was invited to return but declined.”

Head varsity coach Nathan Potts, junior varsity coach Joe Murphy and volunteer pitching coach Bob McHenry were the coaches asked to leave the program, Hornak said.

A display case inside the Holt Community Center.

In Holt, John Hayhoe is a community superstar

John Hayhoe is everywhere when it comes to Holt.

From morning coffee shops to new business’ ribbon-cuttings, Hayhoe’s got a reputation for being a community man — and he’s not just in it for the title. He’s a member of the Holt Business Alliance, The Holt Kiwanis Club, and the Holt Lions Club. “John Hayhoe will always have my vote,” owner of local business The Coffee Barrel Shawn Brenner said. “He stops in once and awhile and he’s always friendly. I will always appreciate what he does for this community because he really invests in the businesses here in the township.”

Hayhoe’s a father and grandparent, and for a long time, he served on the Holt Board of Trustees.

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Summer movies will help build stronger family units in Lansing Township

With summer just around the corner, Lansing Charter Township is wasting no time in planning activities to bring residents and the community together. Leading the main event, which is a series of summer movies being shown in two parks is Lansing Township Supervisor Dion’trae Hayes. “So two movies shown for two different Fridays, and they are consecutive Fridays,” Hayes said. “The idea is to make it a family, friendly and affordable event for all the residents in our community.”

According to Hayes, she has secured donations for a concession stand that will consist of water, popcorn and other amenities. In order to make the movie affordable, all residents will need to do is show up with a blanket or chair, there is no admission fee.

Photo taken by Zachary Sgro

Lansing aiming to be “vibrant, walkable”

Lansing is best known for being the capital of Michigan, but, it’s also the location for numerous businesses and companies. But for many it seems as though the city is not their home, opting for longer commutes to work as opposed to living in the city. A majority of the restaurants and bars in the area close before dinner time only offering regular hours for late night food and drink during the weekend. Smaller niche businesses pepper the city and keep consistent crowds and regular customers at night while the Lansing Lugnuts provide mid to late day entertainment, but neither has been enough to revitalize the city. “We need a vibrant, walkable urban area that is cool and attractive to all walks of life,” said Scott Gillespie, president of Gillespie Company.

A large mural painted on the side of a building is one of the first things visitors to Old Town see. Photo by Kaley Fech.

The arts help drive Old Town’s revitalization

One of the first things visitors to Old Town may notice are the large letters reading “Art District” along the fence at the end of Turner Street. Old Town Lansing is known as the Art District, and for good reason. There are several art galleries located here, including Absolute Gallery, Great Lakes Artworks, Katalyst Gallery, and the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art Gallery. These galleries feature a variety of artists. Great Lakes Artworks, located at 306 E. Grand River Ave., features artwork created exclusively by artists in the Lansing area.