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37th annual Applefest to ring in the fall during first weekend in October

Applefest Grand Marshall Apple Annie waves to the crowd during the 2014 parade. Photo by Scott Bolthouse.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

The community’s small-town charm and friendly spirit will be on display during the first weekend in October as Applefest fills the streets of downtown New Boston for the 37th straight year.

The festival’s hours are set for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located at 37283 Huron River Drive.

A staple in the Huron community that draws thousands of residents from all over the region each fall, Applefest provides two days of fun for the whole family.

During the festival, a  a community-themed parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday of the event, starting at the entrance of Huron Metropark on Waltz Road, and will continue over the bridge into downtown New Boston, straight up Huron River Drive where it ends.

A stage in the heart of the festival will offer multiple musical performances and dancing throughout the entire festival.

Other notable festivities include an apple pie eating contest, a street fair where crafts, food and other items are sold, and a carnival with rides and bounce houses for children.

Free parking for the festival is offered along Waltz Road just south of the festival. Paid parking will be offered at St. Stephens Church, 18858 Huron River Drive and Liberty Baptist Church, 18858 Huron River Drive.

For a parking map and more information, visit the Applefest website.

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View the agendas for this week’s special and regular board meetings


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

There will be a special board meeting Tuesday morning at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive, at 9:30 a.m.

Here is the special meeting’s agenda. Tap to enlarge the document:


A regular board meeting will take place Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall. Visit the online civic web portal for more information about each item. Here is the agenda for that meeting. Tap to enlarge:

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Supervisor Glaab launches ‘Blue Lives Matter’ campaign in Huron Township


The decal, shown here, can be purchased for $10 at township hall, 2950 Huron River Drive.

At the Sept. 14, 2016 township board meeting, Supervisor David Glaab launched the Blue Lives Matter Initiative. He unveiled the “I support Huron Township Police” decal that he hopes many residents will display on their car or residence. When asked why he introduced this initiative, Glaab answered: “I wanted to give the residents of Huron Township a way to show their support for their local police officers who risk their lives every day to protect our families and property.” He added “nationwide, our police officers have become targets of thugs and assassins and maligned in the media. We have an outstanding police department under the leadership of Chief Everette Robbins and I think it is important our officers know they are valued and appreciated, hence ‘Blue Lives Matter.'”

Glaab added that each member of the township board has demonstrated great responsibility and solidarity in making sure our police officers have the equipment they need to perform their jobs safely. This includes the recent purchase of body cameras that will be assigned to each officer as well as the addition of a K-9 unit and the upgrading of the arsenal.

“I support Huron Township Police” decals can be purchased for $10.00 at the township hall. The proceeds will help fund the Police Explorer Program designed to expose the youth of the community to the positive virtues of a career in law enforcement and public safety.

Source: Huron Township Supervisor David Glaab’s office


Help support the Penny Russell breast cancer fund

Penny Russell was named Honorary Bat Girl for the Detroit Tigers last Mother's Day during a game at Comerica Park. Photo--Go Fund Me

Penny Russell was named Honorary Bat Girl for the Detroit Tigers last Mother’s Day during a game at Comerica Park. Photo–Go Fund Me

By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub

New Boston mother Penny Russell has been battling breast cancer since November 2015. 

And it has been a costly and emotional journey for the Russell family. 

Below is an excerpt from a GoFundMe page that was recently launched to help support a family that is reaching out to the community during this trying time. To read the full details of the Russell family’s battle with cancer and to donate, visit this link: https://www.gofundme.com/2q82a4dg 

“Her name is Penny and she was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015. It came as quite the shock to her and her family. Things progressed quickly to discover she had stage 2, Nottingham grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma that is poorly differentiated. They began chemo soon after and she is currently receiving 6, she has been going approximately every 3 weeks for chemo. However, after her first round she became extremely ill and was in and out of the hospital numerous times. Come to find out her gallbladder was failing and she ended up going in for surgery. Round 2 and 3 had slight improvements but she was still in and out of the hospital repeatedly to help with the aftermath of the chemo; basically she would feel terrible for 2 weeks then have a week of feeling better to turn around and start all over again.”




Construction of new businesses making progress in New Boston

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Two new businesses currently under construction in New Boston are making headway, and hopefully residents will see an open sign lit in their windows in the near future.

Harry’s Corned Beef & Ham, a restaurant currently operating a location on Fort Street in Lincoln Park, is revamping the former Mary Ann’s Drive-Inn in downtown New Boston and opening a restaurant that will specialize in corned beef, ham, and many other coney island-type favorites.

The exact date that the restaurant will open is not yet known. Phone calls made to the owners of the Lincoln Park restaurant have not been returned.

The building sat vacant in the heart of New Boston for years since the old diner closed.

The new restaurant will be an obvious upgrade to the area, and will lend residents another option to eat in the community.

Heading north of downtown on Huron River Drive, a brand new building just south of Pennsylvania Road will house a Dollar General store.

The store was approved in February by the planning commission, and officials with the township hope that the area could be looked at for future developments.

“We want to make sure that this first commercial project along this route is something that we can point to for future projects in terms of landscaping, brick facade and nice architectural detail,” said John Enos, community development director, back in January.

According to their website, Dollar General, which has multiple locations in southeast Michigan, has more than 12,000 stores in 43 states and is America’s largest small-box discount retailer by sales.

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Huron High School, Renton Junior High release students due to power outage


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

The Huron School District released students that attend Huron High School and Renton Junior High Monday afternoon due to a power outage that occurred on the east side of the township, affecting both schools.

Brown Elementary is also affected by the same power outage, but students who attend that school will stay until regular dismissal.

A voicemail was sent to parents at about 12:45 p.m. Monday afternoon from Huron School Superintendent Richard Naughton. It said:

“The east side of the township has a power failure. There is no power at Huron High School, Renton Junior High or Brown Elementary. If power is not restored by 1 p.m., Juniors and Seniors will be release at 1 p.m. Busses will be available for Junior High and High School students at 1:15 p.m,” he said.

“Brown Elementary is still in session. All students have been fed, all classrooms have window light, we are not dismissing them. We are dismissing the High School and the Junior High.”

Listen to the full voicemail sent to parents and staff here.

Check back with the Huron Hub for updates if they become available. 



Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area to host the first annual Sondra Robin Memorial Road Rally October 8

Photo courtesy

Sondra Robin. Photo courtesy Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area

Sondra Robin was not only a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend; she was a fighter. She fought to her last breath and that was just how Sandy conducted life. By profession, Sandy was a registered nurse and worked doing what she loved until she was first diagnosed with HER-2 breast cancer in 2002. After her first mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, Sandy found that she needed to direct her nursing skills in a different direction to help women like herself; women that had their world’s turned upside down.  So, she opened Always A Women, which was a shop where women could get wigs, breast prosthetics, and more importantly, support in the Downriver community.  Unfortunately in 2004, Sandy’s breast cancer returned to her lungs. She underwent a stem cell transplant, which gave her 7 healthy years of life. In 2011, her cancer returned. She had so much more fight left.  Once again, Sandy had another mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation.  By 2014, Sandy was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer that had spread to her brain. With not many options left, she underwent more radiation and In May of 2015 at the age of 58, her battle was over.

Through her journey, Sandy was involved in her community, she was active with the Huron High School and their outdoor challenge club.  She also assisted the Huron Township Rotary, her husband was a member. Sandy was an active member of Soroptimist of Flat Rock  for 12 years, she served as Treasurer, Vice President, and then President.  Soroptimist International is an organization for business and professional women that work to improve the lives of women and girls. Locally, the Soroptimist of Flat Rock gives educational grants to young women pursuing further education. They donate to a multitude of other local causes.  Sandy truly believed in giving back to her community and helping women in whatever battles they were personally fighting. On October 8th, 2016, in memory of Sandy, Soroptimist International of Flat Rock Area will host an Annual Sondra Robin Memorial Road Rally.  Proceeds will be distributed by Women Celebrating Life-Downriver, which is a local non-profit organization that helps individual women in their battle with breast cancer.

For more information about the road rally contact Lynn Uveges at 734-770-2094.

For more information about membership contact Diane Flynn at 248-719-3977.

More info: 

Race packets will be available upon check in at the Flat Rock Warming Building (behind Flat Rock Library) at 3:00pm. Cost is $30.00 per person.

The follow-up party will begin at 5:30 at Salute Banquet Hall 26123 E. Huron River Dr. Flat Rock, Michigan.

Tickets include pizza, salad, bread, and soft drinks. Prizes awarded for best dressed Team/Car. 50/50 Raffle and Basket Raffles will also be available at the event.

Road rally application

Source: Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area