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Ribbon cutting scheduled for Thursday to mark completion of downtown construction project

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

Posted Sept. 28, 2022

A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. to mark the completion of phase two of the Huron River Drive Road Improvement Project in New Boston.

“While the street will remain closed through the weekend to accommodate the annual Huron Township Applefest, it will re-open on schedule to the general public on Monday, Oct. 3,” said David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor.

The improvements to this stretch of Huron River Drive from the intersection at Waltz and Hannan Roads east through downtown New Boston to Kass Street include a total rebuild of Huron River Drive and its sidewalks, as well as the installation of new street lights.

Also included in the project was the removal of the utility poles and wires that clogged the downtown skyline.

The utilities were relocated underground.

“We continue to work toward enhancing walkability and pedestrian safety throughout downtown New Boston while facilitating connectivity with the Metro Parks. Additionally, a much more inviting environment has been created to strengthen existing business and to attract future economic development,” Glaab said.

Phase one of the project was completed last fall and consisted of similar improvements to Huron River Drive from the same intersection north to Huron Dental.


The Huron Hub rides along with police during bus route patrol operation

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

Posted Sept. 21, 2022


11 seconds.

That’s how long it takes for a child to board a school bus.

I know because I personally timed it on my stopwatch when I did a ride along with Huron Township police on Monday morning.

Since school started, there have been a rash of drivers passing schools buses that are stopped on area roads.

11 seconds is what these impatient drivers are saving during their commutes, when they pass a bus that’s stopped with red flashing lights.

To these drivers, saving 11 seconds is more important to them than the safety of our children, and local police are doing what they can to crack down on the issue.

On Monday morning, police conducted a bus operation by following all of the bus routes in the township.

My ride along began at about 5:45 a.m. on Monday with a briefing at the police station.

A group of officers gathered to discuss the bus routes and make their plan of action for the morning, and then it was off to patrol the roads.

Not only were there extra patrol units following each bus route in the township, but multiple buses also had an officer on board to relay information to the officers in the police cars.

Once the briefing was finished, I got into an unmarked Huron police SUV with Police Chief Everette Robbins in the driver’s seat.

When we hit the roads, it only took a matter of a few bus stops until I witnessed the first violator drive right past a school bus stopped on Middle Belt Road.

The egregious thing about this driver is that they didn’t even slow down for the bus.

They blew right past the bus going 45 mph. It was shocking and sad to see.

The driver, who was a resident from a local community, blamed their actions on the wet roads when an officer approached their vehicle.

They actually claimed they were scared to stop for the bus.

It was raining on this morning, but that’s no excuse for not stopping.

It makes no sense.

In instances like these, police can write reckless driving tickets due to the manner in which a driver passes the bus.

Fair warning to drivers: if you fly past a bus, you are likely going to get a reckless driving offense in Huron Township.

During the remainder of the morning, police nabbed a second driver for passing another stopped bus.

That’s two drivers on Monday morning who disregarded a bus stop.

Police say that this has happened just about every morning since school has started, and if you read this publication regularly, you’ve probably seen the multiple reports we’ve published on the issue.

Seeing this happen makes me mad and I want to do what I can to make people aware of what’s happening.

Parents have some power over this.

By standing with their children and helping them get onto the bus safely, we can make sure our children are safe.

Unfortunately during my ride along, I witnessed a young boy, maybe in first grade, who was out by the busy road all by himself waiting for the bus.

I watched as the young school student had to make the choice for himself, to cross the road to get onto the bus.

No parents were anywhere in sight, no adults even outside at the time. No one was there to pull him back, in case a driver made a bad decision at that very moment.

I was stunned.

Adults should be out at the bus stop with their children, especially with younger school students.

To me, that’s an obvious thing to do. It’s a parent’s duty.

A few positive things I gathered during my ride along: most stops did have adults standing with their students.

Additionally, many drivers were extremely cautious as they approached bus stops.

Some drivers stopped well before the red lights were even flashing.

Well done, to them.

Also, according to police, not one Huron Township resident has been caught passing a school bus this year.

That says a lot about the families that live in the township.

We care about the kids in our community, and so does our law enforcement.

By bringing more attention to this issue, maybe we’ll be able to solve it.

Thanks to the Huron Township police for letting me ride with them this week.


Submit your questions to Huron’s public safety director on upcoming fire millage renewal

Do you have questions about the upcoming fire department millage renewal? Send them to ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com and they’ll be forwarded to the public safety director.

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

Posted Sept. 15, 2022

The Huron Hub is hosting a question and answer session regarding the upcoming millage renewal for the fire department that will appear on the ballot in November.

Related: Fire department millage renewal to be decided on during November general election

Answering the questions from the community will be Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

You can submit your questions to The Huron Hub, and we will forward them to Robbins to answer. The answers will then be posted in a follow-up article.

Submit your questions via email to: ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com.

Please use the sentence“millage renewal question” in the subject line of the email, and sign the email with your first and last name.


Huron Township Fire Department can install free smoke detectors for local residents

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 2, 2022

The Huron Township Fire Department is participating in a grant-funded initiative through MI Prevention that provides free smoke detectors to any owner/occupants (no rental properties) in Huron Township.

Huron Township Firefighters must do the installation and provide a free fire safety inspection for every resident.

Residents are encouraged to contact any of the staff members listed below to schedule an installation.

“We are always looking for opportunities to get our first responders into the community as a way to have direct interaction with our residents. In this case, we get to work hand in hand with homeowners to make sure homes within our community are a safer place for families. We have limited supplies, so I would encourage interested residents to make their appointment as soon as possible,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Requirements:
Must be an owner-occupied residence, not rental
Must be installed by Fire Department personnel
Must document installation with State of Michigan
Must discuss Home Fire Safety Checklist with residents

Procedure: Meet the above requirements set by MI Prevention
Contact Huron Township Fire Department to schedule
Allow Fire Department personnel access to install equipment
Feel comfortable knowing that you have protected your family

Contact Information:
Deputy Fire Chief Bill Metzger: bmetzger@hurontwpfd.us

Fire/Medic Willow Smith: wsmith@hurontwpfd.us


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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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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Local walking group invites residents to join them during their weekly treks around Huron Township

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

Posted March 29, 2022

A recently formed walking group plans to trek their way around Huron Township, and all local residents are welcome to participate in their regular meet-ups.

The Huron Twp Area Walkers was launched by a group of local residents who wanted to form a safe waking group for anyone looking to get out, get active, and connect with their neighbors.

The group is open to anyone in the general Huron Township area and plans to start walking to a regular schedule in April.

For more information, announcements, and walking schedules, consider joining the group’s Facebook page.


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New Boston Coney and Grill opens in downtown


(Photo courtesy New Boston Coney and Grill Facebook page)

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

Posted Feb. 24, 2022

A new restaurant opened last week in downtown New Boston.

New Boston Coney and Grill opened recently for business at 37005 Huron River Drive.

Check out their most updated menu via Facebook:

Stay up to date with menu specials and updated hours by following the businesses Facebook page.


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Christmas event to be held Sunday at schoolhouse in Waltz

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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


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

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

Posted Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

If you notice a Huron Township police officer sporting a beard within the next two months, it’s not because they are breaking department policy.

The police department decided to participate in “No-Shave November” to support their annual Shop with a Hero Program.

Each officer will donate money to the event to have the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season.

Officers will be allowed to begin wearing beards on Oct. 22.

Department policy does not allow officers, reserve officers, or dispatch staff to wear beards while in uniform.

Last year, No-Shave November raised more than $1800 toward the Shop with a Hero Program.

Residents will be able to join the fun by judging the beards this year.

On the evening of the Shop with a Hero event, the department will have a best beard contest.

The best beard contest will be judged by residents on the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

The winning officer will be awarded with a night off to be worked, instead, by Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, Huron firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair.

Instead, residents can “adopt a firefighter” for the cause.

For a donation of $50 toward the Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department.

At the shopping event, a separate beard contest will be held for those that adopted a firefighter.

The contest will be judged by members of the fire department.

The winner of the contest will receive their choice of a ride to work, as local as possible, or their child to be taken to school in a fire truck.

Those interested in adopting a firefighter can donate in November the Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program.

Be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that your donation is towards the “adopt a firefighter” program.

“I think this is a fun way for our departments and the residents to come together for a great cause. Our Shop with a Hero Program is special because it is funded by the big hearts in our community. What better reason to come together than making the Christmas season special for some deserving children? No kid should ever wake up without a Christmas,” Robbins said.

“Our public safety staff approach me on a regular basis and ask how they can get more involved with and help our community. This is a great way to bring everyone together. They have a tough job some days and it is fun to see them come together and have a little fun for a good cause.”


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