Delhi Township uses local sheep to provide wool products to residents

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By Anthony Serafino
Holt Journal staff writer

Two years ago, Delhi Township started using local sheep for reasons other than efficient way to cut grassy areas. To maximize the use of the sheep, Sandra Diorka came up with the idea to manufacture. Diorka, director of public services in Delhi Township, said this is a great program to provide affordable winter apparel and yarn to residents.

“We started this program to get the most of our sheep, and by doing this we feel like we’re giving back to the local communities in the most efficient way as possible,” Diorka said.

The wool is produced and spun at Zeilinger Wool in Frankenmuth, Mich., then knitted at Newberry Knitting in Schenectady, N.Y.

“Not only are we supporting the local communities but we’re providing jobs for Michiganders and New Yorkers, as well. I couldn’t be happier in the direction of the program,” Diorka said.

Delhi Township Public Services Secretary Sue Wardell said she has the same enthusiasm.

“The program has really taken off in the last couple of months. What started off as a harmless attempt to experiment with wool has blossomed into something special,” Wardell said.

Wardell said residents will continue to purchase and use the wool because many residents love supporting the community.

“We’ve gotten many calls saying how much they love the hats and gloves, especially from mothers. The department couldn’t be happier, and we look forward to acquiring more sheep to give back to the community even more,”

-Sue Wardell

The wool products range from $12 for a beanie to $24 for a pair of thick hunter socks.

All items are available at the Delhi Department of Public Services, 1492 Aurelius Road, in Holt. Questions about the products can be answered by calling 517-699-3874.

“So far, we’ve sold more products than the previous years. So I could only imagine what the winter will bring,” Wardell said.

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