Huron Historical Commission hosting Christmas open house Dec. 16

From the Huron Township Historical Commission:

Stop in to see the museum beautifully decorated in a Victorian-style, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, check out the new pump organ, take some pictures by the tree, learn some history, write a letter to Santa, or just stop in to say hello!

Our Christmas event on Dec. 2 was a fabulous and very busy event. We had some visitors ask if we would be open again because they wanted to come take pictures by our tree – so we will be there.

Stop in and visit!

Christmas open house hours: Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 to 4 p.m.

The Historical Museum is located at 37236 Huron River Drive in New Boston.



New Boston woman appointed CEO of Detroit Institute for Children

Roxanne Brinkerhoff

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor —

Roxanne Brinkerhoff of New Boston was recently appointed CEO of the Detroit Institute for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides more than 45,000 hours of services to children with special needs every year.

Brinkerhoff has nearly two decades of experience providing leadership in the field of child and family services, according to DIC.

Before being appointed as CEO, Brinkerhoff served as chief operating officer at Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and as senior director with The Guidance Center, a human services agency serving nearly 25,000 children and adults annually at 23 Downriver locations.

DIC says their therapeutic programs, run by a staff of over 70 people, include speech language pathology, occupational and physical therapies, social work, psychological services, and special education consulting.

Brinkerhoff is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Leadership Detroit XXXVII.

She also serves in a volunteer capacity as vice chair of the Wayne County Great Start Collaborative, an organization that provides support to children in Wayne County.

Brinkerhoff and her husband live in New Boston with their two children.

For more information about DIC and their programs, visit


Dearborn Police arrest New Boston residents involved in major retail fraud investigation

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor —

Dearborn Police said Monday that they recently arrested three New Boston residents for operating of a major retail fraud ring that committed crimes in the metro Detroit area for several years.

Beverly Jo Sassin, 70, Amanda Lynn Mosed, 38, and Christopher Bucannion, 45, — all of New Boston — were charged with eight felony counts by the Wayne County prosecutor.

Dearborn Police say the crime ring paid heroin addicts to steal items of all kinds from major department stores in the Detroit area.

The items were then allegedly sold out of Cas Bar on Michigan Avenue in Detroit near the Dearborn border, a business which is owned by Sassin.

Police say evidence recovered from the business in Detroit included guns, cash, liquor, Red Bull energy drinks, and video gambling machines, among other items.

A house related to the investigation on Rust Road in Huron Township was raided Nov. 26 by Dearborn Police.

A 49-year-old Lincoln Park woman was also arrested and faces the same charges in relation to the fraud activity.

Sassin and Mosed are being held on a $100,000 bond, and Bucannion, who is also being charged with two firearms felonies, is being held on a $250,000 bond.

They are due back in court for a probable cause conference on Dec. 7 and a preliminary examination on Jan. 14.

This article has been updated

Huron Township Police conduct school bus safety operation

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor —

Huron Township Police conducted a proactive school bus safety operation on Wednesday and Thursday.

The special detail included several plain clothed officers on multiple buses, unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders who illegally passed school busses.

High School, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced on both days.

The detail was organized and directed by Officer Vincent Price of the Huron Township Police Department Traffic Services Unit. 

Throughout the two-day detail, one driver was observed passing a bus illegally and was cited.

“This is a safety issue for our students that we have seen end up in tragic results nationally. This proactive detail has been planned for some time now and our department will continue to find creative ways to keep our children safe,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“This is not the first time we have done this proactive detail and it certainly won’t be the last. We want our residents to know that just because you don’t see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”

Throughout the two-day proactive detail, Robbins said police developed the following tips from watching some potentially dangerous situations:

-Parents and kids should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the red lights to be engaged before approaching the bus.

-Many drivers were observed to stop for the yellow lights, but not all.

-Many kids began to cross the street while the yellow yield lights were flashing, which could cause them to get struck by a vehicle.

-Multiple bus stops on busy roads had elementary age children at the stop without an adult present. This was especially dangerous with icy road conditions and kids too close to the road.

-Multiple parents were observed at the stop with their hands full. This included cell phones, coffee, etc. This could make it difficult for a parent to pull their child to safety in the event of an emergency.

“I do think it is important for residents to know that the Huron School District has terrific school bus drivers who put the student’s safety first. The drivers did a fantastic job of taking necessary safety precautions to keep the kids safe. I thank them for the great work that they do,” Robbins said.

Here is a list of December events at Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Check-out some upcoming events scheduled at the local Huron-Clinton Metroparks:

Saturday, December 1st at 10 a.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Tadpoles is a nature series for children ages 2-5.
Each month features a different nature-related theme.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956. $4 per child.

Explorer’s Club
Saturday, December 1st at 10 a.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Explorer’s Club is a nature series for children ages 6 and up.
Each month features a different nature-related theme.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956. $4 per child.

Nature Holiday Ornament Workshop
Saturday, December 1st at 2 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
“Tis the season…..for crafting! Join us for some nature-inspired holiday crafting.
We will be making ornaments you can use for decorating OR for a creative gift idea for the Holidays.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $8 per person

Evening Owl Prowl
Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Learn about the habits and habitats of these extraordinary birds.
After an indoor presentation we’ll head out on the trails and see
if we can lure in a Screech Owl or two with recorded calls!
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $6

Grand Tuesday
Tuesday, December 4th at 10 a.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Join us on the first Tuesday of each month as GRANDparents and their GRANDkids are invited to share a special time together exploring a new topic each month. Through hands-on activities discover something new from nature, science, or history.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. $3 per child

Coffee Club
Saturday, December 8th at 8 a.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Donuts, coffee, and a nature walk. That a great way to start your weekend! Join us!
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. Donation.

Natural Ornaments
Saturday, December 8th at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Make some unique Christmas ornaments from natural materials.
Bring along a glue gun and some pruning shears if you have them available.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 $6

10 Gauge to 10 Power
Sunday, December 9th at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Weather can impact our lives in big ways. In fact, the world as we know it has been shaped
by the weather in more ways than one. Join us for a look at the weather and its influence on nature
and history.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 $5 per adult; $3 per child

What’s That Track?
Saturday, December 15th at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Discover the information that tracks reveal about the animals that live in the park.
Learn how to identify and interpret these signs of wildlife. Explore the benefits
of tracking and the ways you can develop your skills at home. Come track with us!
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 $5 per adult; $3 per child

Knitting in Nature: Sharing Stitches
Saturday, December 15th at 10 a.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
From beginner to expert, let’s get together, relax, knit, crochet, teach and learn.
Have a cup of coffee and a treat or two and make some new friends! This is not
a class on knitting or crocheting. This is a monthly gathering of people who love
to knit and crochet and want to “share stitches.”.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956. Donation

Natural History of Christmas
Sunday, December 16th at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Clicking tendons, not-so-poisonous flowers and the number six are all part of Christmas, believe it or not.
Join an Interpreter as we look deeper into the often unknown of the Holiday season.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. $5 per adult; $3 per child

Bittersweet Wreaths
Saturday, December 15th at 1 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Join us as we turn an invasive plant into a beautiful decorative wreath to hang on your door just in time for the holidays.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $8

Homeschool Thursday
Thursday, December 20th at 1 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Join our Interpretive staff as we explore the wonders of nature through hands-on activities.
Ecology, Biology, and other “ologies” are covered.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $4

Animal ID: White-tailed Deer
Saturday, December 22nd at 10 a.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Bring the family out for an in-depth look at some of our local wildlife.
Each month we will focus on a different critter.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $5 per adult, $3 per child

Full Cold Moon Hike & Bonfire
Saturday, December 22nd at 6 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
December is the month of the Full Cold Moon. Discover why it was known as the Full Cold Moon
as we hike the woods and end the evening around the bonfire.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $6

Owl Pellet Dissecting Day
Saturday, December 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and learn about owls, owl pellets,
and get your very own owl pellet dissection kit. Our staff will help you work through the pellet
to discover what the owl had for lunch, and we will attempt to put the skeleton of the animal back together.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 $5 per pellet

Winter Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday, December 29th at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Join us as we search for some of the wild creatures that call the winter wonderland known as Lake Erie Metropark “home”.
Furred or feathered, big or small, we will be in search of them all!
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 $5 per adult; $3 per child

Museum Miscellaneous
Sunday, December 30th at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
The Marshlands Museum has over 2,000 items in its collection. Guided by an Interpreter, this program series gives visitors a chance to investigate in detail some of the rarely seen items from the backroom. If you have ever wondered what we have, now is your chance!
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. $5 per adult; $3 per child

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Source: Huron-Clinton Metroparks