Christmas event to be held Sunday at schoolhouse in Waltz

Huron Hub file photo

Posted Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021

A Christmas event is being hosted Sunday at the schoolhouse in Waltz on Mineral Springs near the fire station.

Here is more information from the Huron Township Historical Commission:

Take a step back in time and join us at the Willow One-Room Schoolhouse as we create an old fashioned Christmas for all to enjoy. Learn about some toys of Christmas’ past through our exhibit, popcorn, sweets and hot cocoa will be served, the children’s tree will be filled with ornaments and horse drawn carriage rides will be offered.

The surrounding area of the schoolhouse will feature live music, holiday vendors, a children’s craft, live reindeer and more!
The carriage rides will be offered 5:00-7:00pm
Children will be able to take home an ornament from the children’s tree.
Activities will also include the annual tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at the schoolhouse.
Warming tent sponsored by the Huron Township Rotary!
There is not a cost for this event, however, donations to the historical commission are always welcome!!
Please check back for any changes and/or additional activities that are added on! 28255 Mineral Springs Rd, New Boston, MI 48164
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ADDRESS GIVEN IS FOR THE FIRE STATION (which shares a parking lot with the schoolhouse) – THE SCHOOLHOUSE DOES NOT HAVE AN ACTUAL ADDRESS


Threat written on bathroom wall causes lockdown at Renton Jr High; police conducting investigation

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

Huron Township police are investigating a threat that was found written on a bathroom wall inside Renton Junior High School in New Boston on Friday.

Police responded to the school at 9:11 a.m. on Friday. Already at the school was the department’s school resource officer assigned to the Huron School District.

Police say the threat did not contain any specific time frame or specific target.

Multiple students were identified from school surveillance footage having entered the bathroom from the beginning of the school day until the time the threat was discovered and reported.

All students who entered the bathroom during the specific time were identified and removed from their classrooms, their lockers and belongings searched, and an initial interview was conducted in an attempt to determine if any immediate threat was present.

“We have always and will continue to always take every threat seriously. Unfortunately, in light of recent events, every parent is a bit on edge as we send our children off to school, me included. I have had and currently have kids within the district, and I am very fortunate to see first-hand the measures that are taken to keep our kids safe during incidents such as these. We appreciate not only the relationship we have with the school administration when things like this occur, but also the confidence parents have in us knowing we will do all that we can to keep our kids safe,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

No weapons or anything else that presented an immediate danger to students or staff was located during the investigation.

During the investigation, the school was placed in a lockdown to contain any threat that may exist while the investigation continued.

Students were allowed bathroom breaks on request, and were escorted by school and law enforcement staff to ensure their safety.

Parents who requested to remove their student from the school were allowed to. Students were safely escorted to their parent.

Robbins said it was a challenge conducting the investigation during Friday’s scheduled half-day at the school.

“The challenge today was the fact that it was a half day and we only had less than two hours before dismissal. It was important that before we allowed kids to exit the school and onto buses, we needed to identify every student that entered the bathroom where the threat occurred. This was no quick or easy task. The staff at Renton Junior High deserves a lot of credit for helping us make that happen. It is important that parents know that prior to allowing students to leave classrooms, all kids entering the bathroom were identified and, in our presence, and that was by design. Renton students and staff safety was first and foremost at all times, period,” Robbins said.

Robbins said he has no reason to believe anyone inside the school was in danger during the school day.

“At this point we have no reason to believe that students were in danger or that any imminent threat was present. No weapons were located, and we have nothing to lend credibility to the threat other than the words written. Every parent of every student who entered the bathroom where the threat occurred is cooperating and with that said, we will continue to investigate. I know that every parent will make the decision they feel comfortable regarding their child’s attendance at school in upcoming days, but at this point we have no reason to believe that it is not safe for students to return to school next week.”

During the police response to the school, several units within Huron Township police responded, including the Detective Bureau, Evidence Technician Team, Traffic Services Unit, command staff, community policing officers, and on-duty patrol staff.


Winter weather advisory issued: widespread snow expected through Sunday morning


Posted by The Huron Hub | Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021

Get ready for the first widespread snow of the season.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for much of southeast Michigan.

Here are the details from the National Weather Service:

Winter Weather Advisory
for Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service
Detroit, MI
3:21 AM EST Sat, Nov 27, 2021

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT…

  • WHAT…First widespread accumulationg snow expected. Total snow accumulations of two to three inches.
  • WHERE…Most of southeast Michigan, generally along and south of I-69.
  • WHEN…From 3 PM this afternoon to midnight EST tonight.
  • IMPACTS…Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Slow down and use caution while traveling.


Detroit Metro Airport expects larger crowds this holiday season; offers tips to travelers

A Delta jet departs Detroit Metro Airport. Photo by Scott Bolthouse – The Huron Hub.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 23, 2021

Detroit Metro Airport expects over 3.5 million travelers this holiday season, more than double the number of passengers from last year and approximately 15 percent lower than 2019. During the Thanksgiving travel period (Nov. 19 – 28), nearly 400,000 additional passengers are expected this year compared to 2020. During the Christmas and New Year’s travel period (Dec. 18 – Jan. 2), more than 600,000 additional passengers are expected compared to the same time a year ago.

“We’re cautiously optimistic about the travel forecast this holiday season,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “Only time will tell if this increase in passenger traffic is a sign our economy and our industry are rebounding. Regardless, our Detroit Metropolitan Airport team will continue working hard to deliver an excellent customer experience, while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in our terminals.”

Earlier this year, DTW received the Airports Council International (ACI) 2020 Airport Service Quality Award for Best Airport by Size and Region (25 to 40 million passengers per year in North America). This customer service award is one of the highest honors in the aviation industry. Also, DTW recently earned the ACI Airport Health Accreditation, which demonstrates the staff is taking steps aligned with industry best practices to reduce health risks. Since the start of the pandemic, DTW has increased cleaning in high touchpoint areas and stationed customer service agents and volunteers throughout the airport to remind everyone to wear a face covering. Dispensers with free face coverings are available for those who forget their masks at home.

In addition to the mask reminder, DTW has a few more holiday travel tips to share.
Apply for the DTW Destination Pass to spend more time with your loved ones.
Non-ticketed visitors can enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals by participating in the DTW Destination Pass program. Anyone wishing to greet family and friends at their gate or wait with them until their flight departs can apply for a pass the day before the planned visit to DTW at http://www.metroairport.com/about-dtw/dtw-destination-pass.

-Arrive early! Everything is easier when you’re not rushing. During the holidays, the airport welcomes a higher percentage of infrequent travelers who may need extra time. It is important to arrive early to avoid the stress of rushing to your flight. As a general rule of thumb, the airport recommends arriving two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Allowing extra time will enable you to park, check baggage, proceed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening and reach your departure gate.

-Active loading & unloading at the terminal curb fronts will be strictly enforced.
Never leave your vehicle on the arrivals or departures curb unattended. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

-The curb fronts at both terminals are reserved for active loading and unloading only and can become extremely congested during peak times. Airport Police will be doing their best to move motorists along to prevent traffic backups. Take advantage of the airport’s short term parking at both terminals – $4 for 30 minutes or less, and $6 for up to an hour.

-Pre-arrange a meeting location with the traveler you are picking up. In addition to short term parking lots, two complimentary cell phone lots are available at the north and south ends of the airport. Please visit the following link for a map: http://www.metroairport.com/terminals/maps/campus-map.

-Don’t wrap gifts before traveling. Packages that are wrapped may need to be opened by TSA, causing disappointment and delays at the screening checkpoints.

-Check your bags for prohibited items BEFORE arriving at the airport. Attempting to proceed through TSA screening with prohibited items in your bag will delay the screening process for you and other passengers. To find out what is considered a prohibited item, visit tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips, and remember prohibited items are more than just weapons. All liquids and gels over 3.4 ounces are prohibited in carry-on baggage.

-Arrange for assistance in advance. The Airport Authority and its partners are committed to providing a welcoming and convenient travel experience for all passengers. Travelers who may require additional assistance should advise their airline or TSA ahead of time. More information can be found at metroairport.com/Accessibility.aspx or by calling TSA Cares: 855-787-2227.

-Expedited screening programs are available. The Airport Authority encourages travelers concerned about the possibility of longer TSA or Customs screening lines to sign up for a trusted traveler program offered by TSA or U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The company, CLEAR, also has a program that saves travelers time. See the links below for more information:
http://www.tsa.gov/precheck
http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry
http://www.clearme.com


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Local stores checked for alcohol, tobacco sales to minors in Huron Township

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2021

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Huron Township Police Department conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco operation within Huron Township.

All establishments within the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for the sale of liquor and tobacco to a minor.

“We are pleased to say that every establishment passed the test. We commend our business owners for their continuing attention in this matter,” a statement from the police department said.

“Routine proactive operations targeting the sales of liquor and/or tobacco will be initiated by the Huron Township Police Department. Protecting the youth of our Township is a priority of our department and illegal sales to minors will not be tolerated.”


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I-275 update: median crossovers being built, I-94 ramps reopened, other ramps closing


Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 9, 2021

I-275 construction update:

Crews are working in the I-275 median between Eureka Road and 5 Mile Road to build up the current northbound left shoulder and build crossovers for ramp access during next year’s rebuilding of southbound I-275. In 2022, a traffic shift will put both directions of I-275 traffic on the current northbound side using the newly rebuilt shoulder; the crossovers will allow drivers to cross over the work area to access the entrance and exit ramps.

The 5 Mile Road bridge over I-275 is expected to reopen sometime in early December. The roadwork on I-275 from Will Carleton Road to 6 Mile Road should wrap up in early December for this first year of the project. Crews expect to return in late winter.

Airport access is available at the I-94/Merriman Road and I-275/Eureka Road interchanges.

I-275 OPEN RAMPS:

  • 6 Mile Road
  • I-96/M-14 interchange
  • Ann Arbor Road
  • M-153 (Ford Road)
  • US-12 (Michigan Avenue)
  • Ecorse Road
  • I-94 interchange
  • Sibley Road
  • Eureka Road (except this weekend’s ramp closures noted below)

CLOSED RAMPS:

  • Westbound Eureka Road ramp to southbound I-275 – 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily through November.
  • Eastbound Eureka Road ramp to northbound I-275 – 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily through November
  • Northbound I-275 ramp to S. Huron Road – through November
  • S. Huron Road ramp to northbound I-275 – through November
  • Northbound I-275 ramp to Will Carleton Road – 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.
  • Will Carleton Road ramp to northbound I-275 – 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

I-275 PROJECT DETAILS:

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing and rebuilding 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carleton Road and 6 Mile Road in Wayne County in six phases over four years. The project includes 10 miles of concrete pavement repairs, 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges, rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of six interchanges, improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements. Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. For mor project details and updates, go to http://www.Revive275.org.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

This project will result in a smoother driving surface, extending the lifespan of the roadway and increasing safety. Drainage will also be improved by this work.


Obituary: Barbara Gibbs, 1932-2021

Obituary: Barbara Gibbs, 1932-2021

Obituary posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 9, 2021

Barbara Mary Gibbs passed peacefully November 4th 2021 in Greenville, North Carolina.

Born December 18th 1932, In Detroit, Michigan.

Proceeded in death by her parents Anna & Bruno Okarski, her Brother Jerry Okasrki (Edna), and her Husband Louis Gibbs.

Survived by her children Susan Gibbs and Brian Gibbs, her daughter in law- Alice, and her grandchildren, Brittany & Brian Kinder, Sarah Gibson & Christopher Pinter.

Barbara and her husband Louis owned and operated an Ice Cream Shop that was a local favorite; Gibbs Sweet Station in New Boston, Michigan where they resided for the majority of their life. During that time, Barbara served as a boss, mentor and comedian while scooping cones for the residents of the town. She retired in 2019 and moved to Greenville, North Carolina. A true beacon of love and laughter she will be missed by all who had the chance to meet her.

To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral or viewing arrangements. Donations can be made in her memory to The Potter’s Wheel Ministry Men’s Alumni, PO Box 8, Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Rouse Mortuary Service & Crematory.


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Another day, another careless driver illegally passes school bus in Huron Township

At about 6:40 a.m., a driver in Huron Township illegally passed a school bus Wednesday morning. The driver was caught during a police patrol of the local bus routes.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Nov. 3, 2021

Police caught another careless driver passing a school bus Wednesday morning in Huron Township.

Drivers illegally passing stopped school buses has been an ongoing issue in the community since school started in the fall.

And police are doing what they can to catch drivers in the act.

In the video, you can see the bus was stopped and had its red lights engaged as it was picking up a young child Wednesday morning.

Here is the police dash cam video of the incident:

Police were conducting a patrol of the bus routes Wednesday morning.

“We continue to receive complaints about careless drivers passing the school buses while emergency lighting is activated. We continue to be proactive and issue citations to violators,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Please take a moment to share this and educate those in your inner circle about the danger this poses to our school children.”


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Huron School District operating millage passes: unofficial results

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 3, 2021

Huron School District operating millage passes: unofficial results.

From Huron Township clerk Facebook page: Unoffical Results for the Huron School District Bond question from 11-2-2021 election. These are only Huron precincts.

Yes- 1442
No- 640

Sumpter Twp and Ash Twp each have a precinct that reports to the county. There (sic) results are not included in the above numbers.

Bond language:


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Romulus announces completion of Hannan and Northline intersection

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held October 19 to celebrate project, partnership with Wayne County. Photo courtesy City of Romulus.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 1, 2021

The City of Romulus announced recently the completion of the intersection at Northline and Hannan Road during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Construction for the project launched April 15 to improve road safety and reduce vehicle crashes.

For decades, the Hannan and Northline intersection has been an area of concern for local residents, who have often cited its high accident rate.

When taking office in 2014, Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff began organizing meetings with Wayne County officials to bring attention to hazardous road conditions at the Northline and Hannan intersection.

“We’re pleased to announce yet another critical infrastructure improvement in the City of Romulus, one that we are confident will help reduce accidents at a historically dangerous and well-trafficked intersection,” Burcroff said. “Residents voiced their concerns, and in partnership with Wayne County, we were able to create a comprehensive plan to resolve a long-standing issue in our community.”

Over the course of the last seven years, Mayor Burcroff and Wayne County officials have had frequent conversations about the need to repair the interchange.

County officials even participated in a city-wide ride along with Burcroff, exploring areas in need of improvement that are shared by both jurisdictions.

Recognizing the need to make safety repairs, Wayne County and the City of Romulus developed a plan to turn the boulevard intersection into a necked-down standard intersection with a traffic light.

Committed to the restoration and preservation of city infrastructure, the City of Romulus has completed several road and sidewalk projects in recent years.

Most recently, the city unveiled the Huron River Drive Pathway, a 10-foot-wide shared pathway running from the I-275 Metro Trail into downtown Romulus.

The pathway was constructed in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and supported through a $297,600 federal grant.

Recognizing the need for a safer path for bikers and pedestrians, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also provided $100,000 toward the project.

“It’s important that our residents have access to a safe route to downtown businesses and residential districts,” said Director of the Romulus Department of Public Works Roberto Scappaticci. “It’s also important that our residents feel heard. If they come to the city with an infrastructural need, we do our best to address the issue at hand.”