Vivian BarrettEsthetician Alyssa Misner applies eyelash extensions to a client. At Skin Studio 211, Misner specializes as a lash tech. Local business owner Lorin Cumberbatch founded Skin Studio 226 in Long Island, New York. Today, she works in her hometown of Delta Township at her second location: Skin Studio 211, named in honor of her late grandmother. After moving back to Delta to support her son through surgery in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic kept Cumberbatch in Michigan for longer than she planned.
Delta Township held its second annual Restaurant week this month. The goal is to help local businesses in the community. Around 81 restaurants participated in the event this year. Restaurant week took place from March 14-21, with each day representing a different type of dining option. They included Middle Eastern, Mexican, BBQ/steakhouse, Asian, Seafood, Italian, fast-food and breakfast dining. Residents could also receive special discounts from restaurants for mentioning restaurant week.
Vivian BarrettDelta firefighter paramedics leave in response to a call. A nation-wide shortage of firefighter paramedics is hampering the Delta Township Fire Department, leaving it eight people short. Several times, two of the township’s three fire stations have closed due to staffing issues. Delta has been struggling with the shortage since 2019. EMS/Training Capt. Brian Hatfield said the ongoing issue is a lack of people interested in the occupation.
“The general amount of people going into this profession overall is much lower than it has been in the past,” Hatfield said.
Delta Township Engineer Ernest West gave a briefing on the projects that the township engineers have accomplished through 2021. West gave his presentation at the Delta Township Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting on Feb. 21. The year was filled with a wide range of projects including sewage, water, non-motorized projects, roads, sidewalks and private development. West said, “2021 for our department was a very busy year … primarily driven by utility projects and private development.”
He explained that it could have been even busier, but the engineers had a hard time with bidding on certain projects, which led to some projects being delayed, like new baseball diamonds in Mount Hope Park and new sidewalk construction.
Delta Township just welcomed BJ’s Wholesale Club to the community as part of the new $200 million land project at I-96 Highway and West Saginaw Highway. Phase one of the Delta Crossing project opened in September 2021 and includes Texas Roadhouse, Sierra, Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx, and Bob’s Discount Furniture. BJ’s Wholesale Club was a part of phase two and recently had its grand opening on Jan. 28.
Last June, after nearly 25 years at its main campus in Mason, Origami Rehabilitation opened the doors to its new campus, Origami West, in Delta Township.
The nonprofit helps children and adults with neurological, developmental, mental health and orthopedic conditions through inpatient and outpatient programs. By expanding to a second campus, Origami President and CEO Tammy Hannah said the company hoped to increase the volume and accessibility of its services in the area.
No dog ears in the books! Hobbes and Stephanie Woinowsk get ready to read. A perfect Saturday morning for 8-year-old Hobbes starts on the couch of the children’s section at the Delta Township District Library. Basking in the sunlight, Hobbes relaxes as kids read their favorite books to him. Even better, he gets pets from all of his guests.
Father-and-son-run food truck Atomic Tacos is getting a business boost from its location at Horrocks Farm Market. The truck, owned by Jeffery and Joel McGuire, opened in October 2020 and has been parked at Horrocks since August 2021.
The Eaton County Board of Commissioners Public Safety Committee is exploring a county ordinance that could allow off-road vehicles to operate on county roads. County Commissioner Tim Barnes, R-Mulliken, who chairs public safety committee, reached out to Delta Township and other local governments for feedback.