Category Archives: Community

New Boston resident builds little pantry in his front yard for anyone in need

Tim Cook of New Boston, Mich. stands in front of The Little Pantry he built in front of his house on Schultz Street. Cook said others in the community helped him build and have helped him keep the pantry stocked, and that anyone is welcome to stop by and take what they need. (Photos courtesy of Tim Cook)


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

Posted May 29, 2020

There’s a phrase “it’s the little things in life that matter the most.”

The Little Pantry located on Schultz Street in New Boston is certainly one of those things.

In the midst of what seems like daily uncertainty due to the current pandemic, people in this community are stepping up and doing what they can to spread hope.

Tim Cook of New Boston said he believes in helping each other, and he is doing his part by keeping a small pantry stocked in front of his house for anyone who needs an item.

“It is filled with non-perishable food as well as toilet paper, diaper wipes, hand sanitizer and paper towels,” Cook said.

It’s located at 19050 Schultz Street.

The Little Pantry is located at 19050 Schultz Street.

Cook said his friend, Jeff Niemen, also of New Boston, helped him construct the pantry.

Cook and his son, Cameron, are keeping it stocked daily.

The pantry, though, is a true community effort that is supplied both from neighbors and a friend of Cook’s that lives well outside of the Huron Township area.

“We have had help from our next-door neighbors Tony and Beth Mullins as well as my friend Dick Norman of Petoskey as he sends stuff as well by UPS,” Cook said.

Cook said anyone is welcome to stop by and take that they need.

“I truly believe we are here to help one another,” he said. “This is a lesson that my late father and my amazing mother taught me.”


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Display honors Huron High School class of 2020

The front lawn of Huron High School in New Boston was transformed into a tribute featuring a wall of photos to honor this year’s graduates. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


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

Posted May 17, 2020

The staff at Huron High School in New Boston are making sure this year’s graduating class does not go unnoticed.

The class of 2020 will begin their final week of school on Monday as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

To honor this year’s graduating class, staff at the high school placed a wall of photos on the school’s front lawn featuring each senior.

Principal Steven Hudock said in a social media post that the tribute will be up for about two weeks before the lawn signs are disturbed to families.

Grads and the community are welcome to stop by and check out the tribute.

“HHS Class of 2020, congrats on your last week! This is a tribute to all of you! Feel free to drive by and take pictures. Please practice social distancing. I’d like to leave these up for 2 weeks,” Hudock said.

Photos: Huron High School honors 2020 graduates 
Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub


 

Romulus boy collects cash donations, buys truckload of supplies for local animal shelter

Dylan Lowrey of Romulus recently collected cash donations from members of his community, which he used to purchase a truckload of supplies for the Romulus Animal Shelter. (Photos courtesy of Dylan Lowrey/Romulus Animal Shelter)


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

Posted May 15, 2020

Dylan Lowrey of Romulus is making sure local animals are getting what they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lowrey, 9, who loves animals of all kinds, recently collected cash donations from members of his community, which he used to purchase a truckload of supplies for the Romulus Animal Shelter.

Some of the purchased supplies Included materials for 30 hand-sewn dog beds, pet food, litter, and pizza for the shelter’s staff.

Lowrey has always had a passion for helping his community in creative ways.

Two years ago, he raised $900 by playing his guitar at a local businesses for donations, using the cash to help a single mother of three have a Christmas meal and presents that year.

He hopes to be a veterinarian or fire fighter when he grows up.

Dylan Lowrey with employees outside the Romulus Animal Shelter, where he donated a truck full of supplies for the animals.


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St. Stephen Festival cancelled this year


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

Published May 8, 2020 

A realization is being felt across the country: spring and summer just aren’t going to be the same this year due to the coronavirus.

Festivals, celebrations, and just about anything involving large groups of people are being cancelled everywhere to slow the spread of the virus.

Every May for decades, the St. Stephen Polish Festival has been a popular spring tradition in New Boston.

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival, which was scheduled for May 15-17, is cancelled.

(Photo courtesy ststephennewboston.org)

For fun, we’re sharing some past photos of the festival from The Huron Hub’s archive. Enjoy:

Slideshow: Past festival fun. 
Huron Hub archive photos 

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Drake Lambert of Huron Township sells signs to support local business during pandemic

Drake Lambert, 10, lives in Huron Township and has been a fan of Schwartz’s Greenhouse his whole life. He is selling signs locally, to support the business. Proceeds from the sales will buy Schwatz’s Greenhouse employees a catered meal once all the signs are sold. (Photo courtesy of Monica Sharf)


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

Published May 4, 2020

Drake Lambert of Huron Township wanted to give back to his community during the uncertain times and even encourage a few smiles along the way.

Drake, 10, has always been a big fan of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, said his mom, Monica Sharf.

To show and build support for a local business during the pandemic, Drake had signs printed to show support for Schwartz’s and has sold them to anyone locally who wants to display one in their yard.

“If you know Drake then you know he tells everyone his first job will be at Schwartz’s Greenhouse, so it was a no brainer when he picked their business to give back too,” Sharf said in a social media post. “Schwartz’s Greenhouse has been a staple in our community for over 60 years. They do countless fundraisers to help support our sports teams and schools. Drake has decided to sprinkle our community with these awesome signs to show Schwartz’s Greenhouse just how much our community loves them.”

Anyone who wants to purchase a sign from Drake can message Monica Sharf on Facebook.

The signs are $20 and they will deliver the signs locally.

“50% pays for the sign and the other 50% Drake will be used to do something special for Schwartz’s Greenhouse and all of their amazing staff,” Sharf said.

She said Drake has decided to use the funds to buy a catered lunch for all the staff at the greenhouse.


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Procession through Huron Township will honor local father, son who drowned during fishing trip

Authorities say Justin and Jaxon Oaks were last seen near the area of the Downriver Marina boat launch on March 29. After launching their boat and going fishing on the Huron River, they did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it. Both of their remains were found in April.

Posted by The Huron Hub
Saturday, May 2, 2020

A celebration of life procession will take place Saturday evening through Huron Township to honor the lives of Justin and Jaxon Oaks.

The father and son went missing during a fishing trip on the Huron River in late March.

Huron Township Public Safety will be escorting the procession.

The procession will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday and will head this route:

Waltz southbound to Willow Road from Lower Huron Metropark Entrance

Willow Road to Huron River Drive

Huron River Drive to Vining Road

Vining to Sibley Road

Sibley to Huron River Drive

Huron River Drive through town past Tiffany’s and the Oaks farm

King Road to Middle Belt Road

Middle Belt to Van Horn Road

Van horn to Huron High School (driving behind the building and ending near the baseball diamonds).

Justin Oaks grew up in Huron Township and graduated from Huron High School.

Here is an archive of news stories about Justin and Jaxon Oaks 


 

Former Huron Township fire lieutenant, paramedic passes away due to COVID-19

Paul Novicki, 51, served the Huron Township community for 26 years as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2018 to spend more time with his family. He passed away last Thursday from COVID-19 complications.


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

Published April 14, 2020 

Paul Novicki, a paramedic and former Huron Township fire lieutenant, died last Thursday from complications due to COVID-19.

Novicki, 51, served the Huron Township community for 26 years as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2018 to spend more time with his family.

He currently worked with Rapid Response EMS as a paramedic, and lived with his wife, Kristi, in Huron Township.

A small memorial service was held for family members following his death, but family says a larger celebration of Paul’s life will be planned for the future.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety honored Novicki in a Facebook post, and said it plans to host a public parade in the future to further honor him.

A final radio call for Novicki was made Saturday night and shared on Facebook Live.

EMS services and other first responders held a parade outside of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital last week in honor of Novicki.