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Huron Little League parade set for Saturday; volunteers needed to participate in parade

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Posted by The Huron Hub | April 27, 2022

Huron Little League’s opening day parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

The league says they need participants, including cool cars, bike clubs, and anything that will make the parade special for the kids.

Hay wagons, tractors and clowns are all welcome. Please reach out to Huron Little League Facebook group if you are interested.

At 9:15 a.m. staging will begin at Huron Soccer Fields on Huron River Drive.

At 10 a.m. the parade will travel south down Huron River Drive to Renton Junior High.

Families in the community are encouraged to line up on the route and watch the parade.

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DNR recommends temporarily removing birdfeeders due to spread of avian flu

A female (left) and male rose-breasted grosbeak at an outdoor feeder last summer. (Huron Hub file photo by Scott Bolthouse)

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 21, 2022

As Michigan continues to respond to detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza – commonly referred to as “bird flu” – some residents are asking questions about how best to keep themselves, their poultry flocks and wild bird populations safe. This is of greater interest now, as popular passerines (including many songbird species) make the spring migration back to Michigan and seek out food sources such as backyard bird feeders.

With HPAI confirmed in wild birds and domestic flocks in several counties throughout Michigan, wildlife and animal health experts in the state’s departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development have been fielding increased calls about the HPAI virus. Follow the current status of HPAI in Michigan counties at

Megan Moriarty, the state wildlife veterinarian with the DNR, said it is important to note that while all birds are potentially susceptible to HPAI, some are more likely than others to become infected and die. Domestic birds and some wild birds, like waterfowl, raptors and scavengers, are highly susceptible and have been particularly affected by this disease.

“Current research suggests songbirds are less susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza and are unlikely to play a significant role in spreading the virus,” Moriarty said. “However, much remains unknown, and surveillance and testing for HPAI in this group of birds is less common, resulting in a knowledge gap.”

One easy way the public can help reduce the potential spread of HPAI is to remove outdoor bird feeders. Though there isn’t yet any widespread recommendation from state agencies to do so, temporary removal of these food sources could be helpful, especially for anyone who has highly susceptible species – domestic poultry, raptors or waterfowl – living nearby. Similarly, removal could be a wise choice for those who observe high-risk species like blue jays, crows or ravens hanging around backyard bird feeders. This temporary removal of bird feeders and baths may only last for the next couple months, or until the rate of HPAI spread in wild and domestic birds decreases.

“If you’re concerned about this virus and want to act from a place of abundant caution, removing your bird feeders for now makes sense, but it isn’t yet a critical step,” Moriarty said. “With warmer springtime weather on the way, too, birds will have more natural food sources readily available to them, so chances are many people will be taking down feeders in a few weeks anyway.”

If people choose to continue using their bird feeders, please keep this guidance in mind:

  • Thoroughly clean bird feeders with a diluted bleach solution (and rinse well) once per week. Regularly cleaning helps protect birds against other infections, including salmonella.
  • Clean up birdseed that has fallen below the feeders to discourage large numbers of birds and other wildlife from congregating in a concentrated area.
  • Don’t feed wild birds, especially waterfowl, near domestic flocks.

Reporting wild bird deaths

Anyone who notices what appear to be unusual or unexplained deaths among wild bird populations is asked to report the information either by:

HPAI in domestic flocks

Highly pathogenic avian influenza is highly contagious and can be spread to domestic flocks by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Make sure domestic poultry (e.g., chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks raised for the production of meat or eggs) is separate from and has no contact with wild birds.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these HPAI detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of this strain of HPAI virus have been detected in the United States. Also, no birds or bird products infected with HPAI will enter the food chain. As a reminder, all poultry and eggs should be handled and cooked properly, with a safe cooking temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It is vital for poultry owners to take every step possible to keep wild birds away from their flocks and follow other biosecurity measures,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland. “Simple, yet effective mitigation strategies help protect not only your flock but others around the state. We have to work together to keep Michigan’s domestic and wild bird populations safe and healthy.”

Domestic bird owners and caretakers should watch for unusual deaths, a drop in egg production, a significant decrease in water consumption or an increase in sick birds. If avian influenza is suspected, immediately contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (after hours). For more information, visit

Pavement repair prompts I-275 closure this weekend in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 21, 2022

Extensive pavement repair will require crews to close northbound I-275 this weekend in Wayne County.

Starting at 9 p.m. Friday, April 22, northbound I-275 will be closed from I-94 to I-96.

During the closure, the following entrance ramps to northbound I-275 will be closed starting at 7 p.m.:

  •  Eastbound and westbound I-94, 
  •  Ecorse Road,
  •  Michigan Avenue,
  •  Ford Road,
  •  Ann Arbor Road, and
  •  Eastbound M-14.

The posted detour follows eastbound I-94 to northbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway), then westbound I-96 back to northbound I-275.

Two lanes of northbound I-275, including the entrance ramps, will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 25.

During the closure, local traffic will be able to enter northbound I-275 at 6 Mile, 7 Mile and 8 Mile roads.

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34th District Court invites public to community day at the court on May 6

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Posted by The Huron Hub | April 18, 2022

The 34th District Court is inviting the public to a new event called “Community Day at the Court” on Friday, May 6, 2022 from noon to 5 p.m.

Community Day is open to the public, though is targeted at residents of the five communities serviced by the 34th District Court: Belleville, Huron Township, Romulus, Sumpter Township and Van Buren Township.

Chief Judge Brian A. Oakley says, “We are thrilled to showcase our new facility and be able to host a day of fun for the community.”

The newly completed 34th District Court Building (located at 11129 Wayne Road, in the City of Romulus Municipal Complex) opened to the public last year. It is a state of the art facility, comprised of two stories, four court rooms, and 50,000 square feet.

In addition to tours of the facility, attendees at Community Day can enjoy a car show, food trucks, public safety demonstrations, pet adoptions and more. Several community agencies are partnering on the event including the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, Growth Works, Romulus Christian Ministerial Alliance, Sentech Services and Hegira Health, Inc.

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Wind advisory issued for Thursday; 50 mph gusts possible

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 13, 2022

A wind advisory has been issued for southeast Michigan on Thursday.

The advisory is listed from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph are expected.

The strongest winds are expected mainly between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Renton Junior High student taken into police custody Monday for alleged shooting threat

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted April 11, 2022

A 12-year-old student at Renton Junior High School in New Boston was taken into custody Monday for an alleged school shooting threat.

According to a statement from Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, at 10:15 a.m. Monday, a student reported to a teacher that he received a prank call while at home at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night.

The student reported that the caller made a comment about “shooting up the school” while on the phone.

The student also stated that the person called back shortly after, saying that the previous call was all a prank.

Rowe said as soon as this was reported, school officials notified the school resource officer, and the alleged caller was immediately brought to the office, her locker was searched, and her belongings were searched.

The alleged caller admitted to making the call, and she stated that it was a joke.

Police say the student’s parents were notified, and the investigation is ongoing.

The case will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecutorial review and the possibility of charges. The juvenile will be held in custody pending that review.

“Unfortunately, the statement and quotes we make are the same as always. I am honestly unsure how the message has not gotten out to all students that this behavior and threats of this type are unacceptable and is not funny under any circumstance,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“We have worked hard to have a strong visible presence in and around our schools in an effort to make parents and students feel safe. We will continue that presence. This investigation resulted in a quick resolution due to the staff at Huron High School and we thank them for their quick response and assistance. We will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding threats of any kind to our schools and our students, period. Once again, we ask parents to have this discussion with your children at home tonight. We all want the same thing for our children, a safe and comfortable learning environment within our great school districts,” he said.

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National Work Zone Awareness Week is this week

Posted by The Huron Hub | April. 11, 2022

Fast facts:

  • National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is April 11-15.
  • Three workers were killed in Michigan work zones in 2021.
  • Slow down through work zones and stay focused at all times.

In 2021, three people lost their lives while working to improve Michigan roads: Lawrence “Larry” Leonarduzzi from the Iron County Road Commission, Reason Tillman-Morgan from Anlaan Corp., and Shawn Kelley from STARS Ready Labor. These tragedies could have been avoided by drivers adhering to basic rules of the road. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state are working hard to rebuild Michigan’s roads and bridges, so stay alert and be vigilant when you’re behind the wheel. In 2021, preliminary work zone crash information shows that there were:

19 fatalities,
65 serious injuries, and
5,047 total crashes.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand they play a key role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe. This year’s theme, “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down,” emphasizes the importance of driving safely and workers making safety a priority to ensure that we all work together to save lives in work zones.

A media event will be held next Monday, April 11, featuring transportation, safety, and government officials from across the country. The event will be available to view on MDOT’s YouTube channel at

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program underway, there are numerous projects all throughout the state. Some are big, some are small, but they all require your undivided attention.

“We can fix our roads and bridges safely if we all work together,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Our road agencies work diligently to create safe work zones, and motorists need to be responsible and cautious when driving through them.”

“We understand that rebuilding our infrastructure can be an inconvenience to drivers, but there’s more at stake here than time and money,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “A few seconds of inattention can equate to a lifetime of grief and regret.”

There are more than just road and bridge crews that need safe work zones. All kinds of infrastructure are in need of repair, including fiberoptic, water, sanitation, natural gas, and electricity.

“I implore drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions, and remain alert when driving through a work zone each and every time,” said LeeRoy Wells Jr., senior vice president of operations at Consumers Energy. “Despite working with electricity and natural gas, some days vehicles present the biggest threats we face, and we rely on you, the drivers, to operate your vehicles safely to allow us to go home to our families unharmed.”

To create awareness and show your support for brave work zone crews, MDOT encourages everyone to wear orange on Wednesday, April 13. We can all make it home safely if we work together, so “Go Orange” at home or in the field and share a photo on social media of you or your team wearing orange using hashtags #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, and #NWZAW.

MDOT reminds everyone to know before you go. Check for active work zones on state roads (I, M and US routes) before heading out.

Since 2000, NWZAW is part of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) national safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads.

Man allegedly beaten by biker group at Carleton bar after accidentally bumping into member

Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph. Photo courtesy of Carlton Police.

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 4, 2022

Updated: Carleton Police say they have identified all of the suspects in the photo, according to a social media post made by the department.

On April 2, Carleton Police were called to the Wolf’s Den Bar located in the 1400 block of Monroe in downtown Carleton on a report of several men assaulting one victim.

According to witnesses, the victim was exiting the bar through the front door and accidentally bumped into another customer who was a biker wearing Iron Coffins colors and multiple bikers started yelling at him.

The victim decided to leave through a side door and began walking away from several members of the Iron Coffins M.C, who came after the victim.

The victim was able to fend off the first attacker and attempted to fend off the second attacker when several more club members joined in.

The victim is a 35-year-old Carleton man that suffers from seizures as well as receiving 28 staples to close the head wound received from the assault.

Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph.

If you have any information about this incident or can identify anyone in the picture, please call Carleton Police at 734-654-6717.