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Huron Township Applefest set for first weekend in October; parade cancelled for second year in a row

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Applefest 2018 in Huron Township is set for the first weekend in October.

The festival, held Oct. 6 and 7 this year right in downtown New Boston, is the most popular event held annually in the township.

This year’s Applefest hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday of the festival, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Those seeking the Applefest parade this year will likely be disappointed.

For the second year in a row, the parade will be cancelled due to the Waltz Road bridge construction.

This year the bridge will likely be closed to foot traffic, unlike last year. This is because crews have started the process of building a new bridge over the Huron River.

Related: Waltz Road Bridge construction contract awarded to Toebe Construction, LLC of Wixom

Parking for the festival will be available in areas near downtown on the north side of the bridge.

The following detour to Applefest is suggested:

Southbound: Huron River Drive to Sibley Road, proceed eastbound on Sibley
Road to South I-275 to South Huron Road heading west, then take South Huron
Road to Waltz Road.

Northbound: Take Waltz Road to South Huron Road, proceed east to I-275 North,
then take I-275 North to Sibley Road, and follow Sibley Road to Huron River Drive.

For more information about Applefest, visit huronapplefest.com or call 734-753-3378.


Belleville man dies in car accident near Waltz and Judd Roads on Sept. 16

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 75-year-old Belleville man died in a car accident that occurred near Waltz and Judd Roads on Sept. 16.

Huron Township emergency personnel were called to the area at 2:21 p.m. on a call of an accident.

Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel on scene found Thomas Mucker pinned inside the vehicle.

Mucker had reportedly clipped another car and then drove into a culvert near the area.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it’s available, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not initially appear to be a factor in the crash, he said.

No one else was injured and the next of kin has been informed.

“Our sincere condolences go out the family of Mr. Mucker. Hopefully the investigation will ultimately give them some answers and closure,” Robbins said.



Residents warned to avoid swallowing foam on Huron River

The Huron River in Huron Township. (Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

It’s been a rough month for the Huron River.

After the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services warned residents at the beginning of September that fish from the river are not safe to eat, they are now issuing another warning advising those on the river not to swallow foam that might be floating on the surface of the water.

Related: Michigan says fish in Huron River are unsafe to eat due to high PFAS levels

The foam, according to the department, contains the same chemicals that are causing fish from the river to be deemed inedible.

“MDHHS is advising residents to avoid swallowing foam on the Huron River as it may contain high amounts of PFAS. This advisory is being issued as a precaution because of high amounts of PFAS in Huron River surface water and fish, and based on foam test PFAS results from other Michigan waterbodies,” the department said in a statement.

“It is recommended that visitors to the Huron River avoid swallowing foam on the water during recreational activities, though an accidental swallow of water is not considered a health concern. Residents are also encouraged to wash their hands after touching foam to avoid swallowing PFAS that might be on your hands. Skin contact with the foam or water is not considered a health concern because current science indicates that PFAS do not move easily through the skin.

Additionally, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recommends that people not allow their pets – especially dogs – to come into contact with or swallow the foam. Dogs can potentially swallow foam collected in their fur when grooming themselves. Dogs should be thoroughly rinsed off with fresh water after contact with foamy water.”

More information about test results from the Huron River can be found at www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse. For more information about the Eat Safe Fish guidelines, visit www.michigan.gov/eatsafefish.

Residents with health-related questions can call the MDHHS at 800-648-6742. For questions about the environmental investigation, contact the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at 800-662-9278.


Shout out: Huron Historical Commission, Parks and Recreations

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

There’s a new column here at the Huron Hub that will feature local residents, students, organizations, businesses, and more.

The “shout out” column will shine a spotlight on Huron Township locals who are doing amazing things.

Your job is to spread the word! If you know someone who deserves a shout out, share this article with them. Shout outs can be sent to Editor@HuronHub.com or by visiting the website’s contact page.

When sending a shout out, please include all information about the person(s) or business, as well as a photo that can be published with it.

This week’s shout outs were written by Jeremy Cady, Huron Township Clerk:

The Huron Township Historical Commission is doing fantastic work for the residents of the Township. They are a volunteer group, appointed by the Township Board of Trustees. They receive no pay or benefits.They dedicated upwards of 20+ hours each a week researching the Township history, acquiring artifacts, putting together events, displaying various exhibits and maintaining two pieces of historical property with buildings.

The Huron Township Parks and Recreation Commission, like Historical are a volunteer group as well, dedicating 20+ hours a week each. They are responsible for maintaining the Township parks and hosting various events for the children of our Township. The have worked extremely hard to re-beautify Lajko and Berlin Parks.

These groups work together and are responsible for bringing the Halloween and Christmas events to downtown New Boston. They provided a horse drawn carriage ride for Christmas, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a community “trunk-or-treat” event and several others. These groups, because of the dedication of the members who comprise them have sacrificed so much of their personal time to our community and are directly responsible for creating events in our community to allow our residents to enjoy their Township and not have to travel elsewhere to participate in family events.

They are constantly coming up with different ideas to bring the community together. Both groups are building great relationships with other community and private organizations to enhance the quality of family events. Without these individuals in these Commissions, our Township would not be the family friendly place that it is. I am very proud to know and work with these outstanding residents of Huron Township.

The Commission are comprised of the following individuals.

Historical Commission:

Candace Myshock Chairperson
Louis Wuesthoff Auditor
Stacey Reynolds Curator
Melanie Shepler
Jessica Millerwise

Recreation Commission:

Maeghan Lyons
Terri Riopelle
Michael Anetzberger
William Hilliker
Pam Stano
Heather Hebert


Monday check of the forecast: Warm weather to stick around for another week

Monday morning sunrise in Huron Township — Scott Bolthouse, The Huron Hub.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Good Monday morning, Huron Township!

Let’s get the week off to a great start with a big cup of coffee and a check of the forecast for the week ahead:

The forecast doesn’t look too bad for the next few days. It will be a nice week for outdoor activities, with just a small chance of rain possible a few times.

The weekend still looks up in the air (for those thinking ahead). Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

The forecast for New Boston through Sunday isn’t looking too bad. Courtesy of WeatherUnderground.com.


Check out these October events at Huron-Clinton Metroparks

(Photo courtesy Huron-Clinton Metroparks)

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

Grand Tuesday
Tuesday, October 2nd 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

Saturday, October 6th 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.

Coffee Club
Saturday, October 6th at 7 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.

Explorer’s Club
Saturday, October 6th 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.

Sandhill Crane Adventure Tour
Saturday, October 13th at 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
We will be hopping in the van and heading to the Pleasant Lake, MI area
to patrol some farm fields and back roads for Sandhill Cranes before heading
to the Haehnle Nature Preserve to watch as potentially thousands of cranes
come in for the evening. We will stop at a local restaurant for dinner (not included)
before heading back to Lake Erie. Space is limited to 12 individuals.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. $25

Knitting in Nature: Sharing Stitches
Saturday, October 13th 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

Animal ID: Michigan Bats
Saturday, October 13th at 2 p.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

Stories from the Passed: Cemetery Tales
Saturday, October 13th at 7 p.m
Willow Metropark, Huron Township
Join us for an evening of history and folklore as we explore the Huron Township Cemetery,
located in Willow Metropark. Begin the evening with an Interpreter-led hayride to the cemetery,
where the stories of some of those buried there will come-to-life! This is not a haunted attraction;
but an exciting way to learn about some local history.
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 $8 per person

Halloween History Part 1: Critters & Crawlers
Sunday, October 14th at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Bats and spiders are just some of the things we associate with Halloween.
Join us as we take a closer look at the natural history of this fabled holiday’s world.
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 $5 per adult; $3 per child

Evening Lantern Tours
Thursday & Friday, October 19th & 20th 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, October 26th & 27th 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
After a hayride, a lantern-bearing guide will lead you through the dark, pumpkin-lit woods
to encounter various characters and uncanny situations. This tour showcases Michigan’s
legends and local history. THIS IS NOT A HAUNTED ATTRACTION. Ages 8 & older.
Advanced ticket purchase only, $12 per person 734-782-3956

Owl Pellet Dissecting Day
Saturday, October 20th at 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
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 0pellet 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

Halloween History Part 2: People & Origins
Sunday, October 21st at 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Potatoes, plastic, and a pope are just some of the factors that led to Halloween as we know it today.
Let’s investigate All Hallow’s Eve through the centuries. Who was that Jack fellow, anyway?
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. $5 per adult; $3 per child

Homeschool Thursday
Thursday, October 25th 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

Kids, Candy & Characters
Saturday, October 27th at 1 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Enjoy an indoor program on Halloween history, followed by an Interpreter-led hike
through the woods to meet some interesting characters and get a head start on your
Halloween candy collection. Kids (and adults) are encouraged to wear their costumes!
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956. $5 per child

Pesky Critters
Saturday, October 27th at 10 a.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Have you ever been a victim of an animal who dug up your yard, smelled up your house,
or went through your trash? While all of these things are annoying, each and every pesky
critter has its place in our ecosystem. Join us to learn what makes these annoying animals
so important to you!
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020. $5per adult; $3 per child

Museum Miscellaneous
Sunday, October 28th 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
The Marshlands Museum has over two thousand 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

Check out more about the parks by visiting www.metroparks.com.

Source: Huron-Clinton Metroparks