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Winter weather advisory issued for Monday; 3 to 5 inches of snow forecasted

3 to 5 inches of snow is forecasted for Monday, Nov 11, 2019. (Photo: Huron Hub archive)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 — 3:30 p.m.

It’s not yet officially winter on the calendar, but that’s not stopping Mother Nature.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Wayne County from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

3 to 5 inches of snow is expected across the Metro area on Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit.

Snow will begin early Monday morning and persist through much of the afternoon, according to forecasters.

Temperatures will hold steady in the upper 20s and low 30 in the morning before gradually dropping during the afternoon.

Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions that likely will impact the morning and evening commutes.


 

Veterans to be honored during events in downtown New Boston on Sunday

The Veterans Memorial in downtown New Boston. (Huron Hub archive photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Veterans will be honored in downtown New Boston on Sunday.

The Huron Historical Commission, American Legion Post 231, and American Legion Auxiliary are hosting combined Veterans Day events, and the public is invited.

Events will begin at the Historical Museum at 1 p.m.

A wreath will be placed at the museum during a ceremony with local veterans in attendance.

The event will then move to the Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Huron River Drive and Violet whee a wreath will be placed.

The event will conclude at the American Legion Post 231 right near the memorial for refreshments.

View full information about the event at this link


 

Forecasters: winter weather pattern is not going away anytime soon

Here’s the NWS temperature outlook starting Thursday November 14 through Wednesday Nov. 20.


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Next week will begin a winter pattern that is forecasted to stick around through mid-November.

Take a look at the National Weather Service temperature outlook for the U.S. posted above.

After milder temperatures arrive just in time for the weekend, cold begins the workweek on Monday with temps in the 30s and a chance of snow forecasted at the time this article was published.

By Tuesday, temps plummet and likely stay that way for about two weeks.


 

PFAS confirmed at former Chrysler facility along Huron River in Dexter

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


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

Posted Nov. 7, 2019

PFAS chemicals have been confirmed in potentially dangerous levels at former Chrysler Scio Introl Division located at 2880 Zeeb Road in Dexter, according to the State of Michigan.

The site is an active hazardous waste cleanup site that was already under scrutiny, according to the Huron River Watershed Council.

Additional testing conducted since last spring revealed high PFAS levels in the groundwater at the site.

One test indicated very high levels—1700 parts per trillion (ppt).

Groundwater from the plant flows to the south/southeast, toward the Huron River.

The former Chrysler manufacturer site near Huron River Drive and Zeeb Road in Scio Township is contaminated with PFAS chemicals.

PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.

In March 2019, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended a warning first issued in August 2018 regarding unsafe PFAS levels in the Huron River.

Related: Michigan extends PFAS chemical warnings for Huron River

During that time, MDHHS said fish from the Huron River were not safe to eat due to high PFAS levels.

Officials at the time said touching the fish or water and swimming in the water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin.

However, those on the Huron River were warned in September 2018 not to swallow foam that might be floating on the surface of the water.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy says it will continue to investigate by reviewing the information and working with the facility’s consultants to determine the next steps.

A timeline of recent developments:

  • On March 12, 2019, the facility’s consultant collected groundwater samples.
  • On April 30, 2019, EGLE received the results of the March sampling event.  The highest PFOS+PFOA groundwater result was 1,700 ppt.
  • In the summer of 2019, additional plume delineation and source investigation were conducted.  EGLE received the initial draft report of this work on October 22, 2019, and is in the process of reviewing and verifying the data.

The former auto pant location is classified as a “Part 111” hazardous waste site, which gives the state greater enforcement authority compared to other contaminated locations.

This facility formerly conducted several manufacturing operations related to the automobile industry, including plating.

Officials say all public drinking water in the Huron River watershed has tested within EPA health advisory levels.

Private wells, however, have not been tested in most cases. Concerned residents on private wells should contact their county health departments.

For more information on PFAS in the Huron River watershed, visit hrwc.org/pfas.


 

Camilleri, Chang announce opening of new Downriver Community Workspace


Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) invite residents to attend a special open house to celebrate the opening of a new Downriver Constituent Office and Community Workspace inside Gibraltar City Hall.

The office is the first of its kind Downriver, and will allow residents to get help with state issues face-to-face. After the office formally opens, staff will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during normal business hours.

Free coffee and pie from local Downriver businesses will be available during the open house celebration.

The open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m.

Gibraltar City Hall is located at 29450 Munro Street.

Residents with questions, or those looking for more information about the event or the new workspace, can reach Rep. Camilleri by phone at (517) 373-0555 or by email at DarrinCamilleri@house.mi.gov.


 

Locally owned The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery to celebrate grand opening Saturday

Owners Duane and Lisa Mendenhall are opening The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery on Friday, with their grand opening event hosted on Saturday. The business will offer several different soft serve ice cream options and a full menu of food. (Photo courtesy Lisa Mendenhall)


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

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The Huron area will have a new option for ice cream and food starting this weekend.

The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery, a locally owned establishment, will offer soft serve ice cream and several different food options at the corner of Waltz and South Huron Roads.

The business, located at 22984 Waltz Road, is owned by Huron residents Duane and Lisa Mendenhall, and is in the former American Dairy Treats building.

The business’s first day open will be Friday, but on Saturday, they will celebrate their grand opening by offering free baby cones for kids under 10, and gift card raffles.

Business hours are 11:30 a.m. — 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. — 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. — 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out their full menu below:

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Donate to Huron Township Department of Public Safety’s ‘Shop with a Hero’ event

(Image courtesy of Huron Public Safety)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety launched a GoFundMe page Monday in support of their annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe page

Related: Police to sport beards for charity during No-Shave November; residents can grow beards to support fire department

Below is a message from the department about the event:

The Huron Township Police Department would like to once again work with deserving children this holiday season with our 6th annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for six Huron Township children and multiple other well-deserving families. It was and is truly the best day of the year. Huron Township First Responders, members of the community, 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 five 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 maintained.

In 2016, the Huron Township Fire Department joined in this great event, essentially making this a night to “shop with a hero.” We are proud that they will be joining this effort once again.

The goal is to make this happen, not just from the Police and Fire Departments, but from this great community! If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal, the Huron Township Police Department will gladly use extra money help other families in other ways in our community. In that instance as well, all expenditures will be publicly revealed.

Based on the generosity of our residents, we were able to help many more people last year during the holiday season than ever before.

Video from last year’s event: