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State police to increase patrols during Thanksgiving holiday

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By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Michigan State Police will be increasing their patrols during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Increased drunk driving enforcement patrols will be out in every county across Michigan between Nov. 22 and Dec. 10, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

In 2016, 416 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes.

During the same year, 2,986 of drivers in alcohol-involved crashes were between the ages of 25-34 and 2,279 were 24 or younger.

Of the 980 fatal crashes during 2016 in Michigan, 254 were alcohol-related, involving at least one drinking operator, bicyclist or pedestrian.

On average, more than 10,000 people died nationwide every year in drunk-driving crashes from 2006-2015. One person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 51 minutes in the United States.

“We’re encouraging everyone to pause and do a 360-degree assessment of how they plan to get home safely–before they begin to drink,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the OHSP. “Before you leave for a night out, consider these questions: How will you get there? How will you get home? Who is coming along?”

Visit for more information on how you can plan ahead before you travel this holiday season.


Swift Transportation hosting third annual Christmas dinner for veterans Dec. 17

Swift Transportation and Swift Charities will be hosting our 3rd Annual Swift Christmas Dinner for Our Veterans and we need your help to make this the biggest and best dinner we have held. Please gather your family and friends and come out to enjoy a great afternoon visiting with our veterans and enjoy a relaxing dinner with them and their families.

View full details about the dinner here

I would like to thank everyone who has supported our event and who have had a direct hand in making these dinners possible and a huge success. Your generosity has made a difference to many of our veterans and their families. You are appreciated.

Thank you to each Swift Transportation employee who has contributed to Swift Charities. Swift Charities is 100% employee funded and our employees helped make this event possible, as well. Not only do they contribute to Swift Charities but they volunteer and make monetary contributions to this event. We have many veterans employed with us and we have to have many more join our team. We have one member of our Swift New Boston team who has made this event their standing Christmas dinner with their whole family. Thank you Julie Baughman and family for the support you show our veterans.

There are so many people to thank for making this event possible but I have three great people in Huron Township I want to personally thank. The first two being, Angie Ferguson Green and her daughter, Katie Green. The Green family has been supporting this event yearly and has done a stellar job. They not only volunteer their time the day of the event but they both work tirelessly on gathering auction items and getting tickets out to the community but they bring their whole family to the dinner. They have make this a family affair. Their contribution is felt is so many ways. A big thank you to the Green Family of Huron Township.

We know there are many mothers of veterans in the area and one I want to thank is Mary Ann Baryliski-Rowland of Huron Township. Mrs. Baryliski-Rowland called me and with heart-felt emotion volunteered her time to help at our event. Not only did she volunteer to help the day of the event, she has went beyond that and has gathered auction items and has help spread the word for our Christmas Dinner for Our Veterans. Mrs. Baryliski-Rowland thank you for what you are doing and know your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Please come out Dec. 17 and spend the afternoon with our veterans and meet some of the people who make this great day possible. With your support, we can make this day the biggest and best Christmas dinner for our veterans.

On behalf of Swift Transportation New Boston and Swift Charities, I would like to thank all of our veterans and active military men and women for their service. Without you, there would be no US.

Source: Denise Adkins, Swift Transportation 

Help support Huron Township Police’s ‘Shop with a Cop’

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By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The Huron Township Police Department is hosting its fourth annual “Shop with a Cop,” and they are taking donations from the public to help support the event.

Here is a message from the GoFundMe page what was launched by the department.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for five Huron Township children. It was truly the best day of the year. Huron Township Police Officers, Township Board Members, Huron School District staff and their families volunteered their time to make this happen. Our goal is to make this the best Christmas for children that other wise may not have one.

After seeing our event the last couple years, many residents asked us how they could donate to this wonderful cause. We decided to ask our community partners once again for help in this project. Anything will help. We can assure you that every dollar will go towards Huron Township Children and receipts will be publicly published.

To donate, visit

Check out some upcoming events in Huron Township

Here is a list of events in and around Huron Township in the near future, in chronological order:

    • Nov. 18 and 19 — “Over the River and Through the Woods” craft walk through Huron Township — More info here.
    • Willow Church free community dinners — view dates here
    • Dec. 3 — Christmas at the Samuel Adams House and Historical Museum. More info here. 

Events compiled by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub. This list will be updated. Check back with the Huron Hub for future local event postings. 

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U of M-Dearborn ‘eCities’ study recognizes Huron Township for developing positive entrepreneurial climate

Huron Township has been recognized for its successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s entrepreneurial growth and economic development in the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. Huron Township was honored as a five star community along with 183 other communities across the state.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to economic growth and job creation. Our ability to attract development that benefits from our unique infrastructure and transportation resources has produced tremendous opportunities for our region,” said Supervisor David A. Glaab

The eCities study analyzed publicly available data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period, these communities increased their capital assets by an average of 2 percent per year by purchasing public safety equipment and improving sidewalks and other infrastructure.

“While accounting for only about 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, the 277 communities analyzed are home to nearly 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the state’s commercial property,” Davis said. “By analyzing these high-performing communities, our goal is to showcase what cities and townships are doing to spur growth and how we can continue to support their efforts in developing business and encouraging entrepreneurs.”

Huron Township will be recognized Tuesday, Nov. 14, during the eCities Panel Discussion, which will discuss how talent, business policy and access to capital have impacted community growth in Michigan. The panel, moderated by DBusiness Magazine and DBusiness Daily News editor R.J. King, will feature Beth Ardisana, CEO, ASG Renaissance; Antonio Luck, managing director, Endeavor Detroit; Anthony Tomczak, chief procurement officer, DTE Energy; and Amelia Zamir, co-founder and principal of acquisitions, Method Development. The event is free, but registration through the UM-Dearborn College of Business website ( is required.

The annual eCities research project, which began in 2007, previously used data supplied by the participants. This year’s shift to reviewing publicly available data was implemented to simplify the process for communities.

Source: University of Michigan-Dearborn

Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s board meeting

Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

Here is the agenda for the Nov. 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

For more information about agenda items, visit the township’s civic portal, where you can view an attachment file linked to each item.

The board meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston.