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Superintendent of Huron Schools appointed to LDFA

Huron Schools Supt. Donovan Rowe

Editor’s note: Donovan Rowe was recently named the new superintendent of Huron Schools following the Huron Schools Board’s several months of searching and interviewing candidates. Rowe was recently appointed to the Local Development Finance Authority as the representative for Huron Schools. 

The Huron Township LDFA is run by the efforts of a board of directors who care about the community and business that goes on in the community. The Local Development Finance Authority of Huron Township exists to provide public improvements necessary or desirable to facilitate, promote and sustain industrial development within the established district.

New trustee this past year, Donovan Rowe, became a member of the LDFA as one of the appointments permitted by the Huron School District Board of Education. “I think some important aspects of the group are to help businesses create jobs in the area,” said Rowe, “while creating win-win scenarios for the township. In addition, the expansion of area businesses is good for the township and provides the schools with opportunities to partner with those businesses.”

One recent key initiative is the expansion of the Brose Plant in New Boston. The expansion will lead to new jobs as well as increased partnerships with the local schools.

Rowe believes he can bring a unique perspective to the LDFA. As the Superintendent of the Huron School District, “I am able to bring some insight to the group from the educational community.” Said Rowe, “For example, The Huron School District is completing a strategic planning process. This process has involved the facilitation of 28 focus groups, including community groups in the area. After reviewing all of the feedback, we are boiling the information down into the mission, beliefs, initiatives, and vision of the Huron School District. This vision will drive our work for the next 5 years.”

This type of understanding of the community helps to bring a different perspective on the LDFA board. Rowe said, “I am hopeful that I will be able to add to the collective effectiveness of the group.”

The Local Development Financing Act (LDFA), allows eligible entities to establish area boundaries, create and implement a development plan, acquire and dispose of interest in real and personal property, issue bonds and use tax increment financing to fund public infrastructure improvements for eligible property. The tool is designed to promote economic growth and job creation. The board has used these tools to support companies in manufacturing, agricultural processing, and high technology operations.

The Huron Township LDFA is home to many other successful manufacturing businesses with space to grow new companies. Recently the group has developed a new LDFA2 district with many opportunities for new business. Contact a board member at 734-753-4466 ext. 115

Source: Huron Township LDFA


YWCA Huron is looking for a part-time caregiver for before, after school programs

YWCA Huron Kids Zone is looking for a motivated individual to join their staff as a before and after school caregiver.

Candidates should have experience working with children and must pass state and federal background checks.

To apply or for more info, contact Nancy Anger at 734-782-2442 ext. 616 or

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Swift Transportation, Huron Rotary hosting Red Cross blood drive Jan. 26

Huron Hub file photo

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Giving blood only takes about an hour, and one donor could potentially save up to three lives by visiting a blood drive.

With the demand for blood never ending, donors are always needed.

Swift Transportation and the Huron Township Rotary are hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Jan. 26.

The drive will be at Swift Transportation, 24200 Bell Road from 1–6:45 p.m.

Visit and use the code “newbostondonates” to schedule an appointment at the blood drive.

Daddy-daughter dance set for Feb. 24

Steven and Molly Johnston show off their best moves during the daddy-daughter dance at Huron High School on April 11, 2014. File photo courtesy of Kerry Brodbeck Bellman.

The annual daddy-daughter dance for is set for Feb. 24 at Huron High School.

The dance costs $20 per couple ($5 for each additional daughter) and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Included is pizza, refreshments, a photo booth session and, of course, dancing.

Daughters must be kindergarten through 5th-grade in age.

The event is sponsored by the Huron Township Rotary and proceeds will benefit local projects organized by the group.

For more information or to inquire about buying tickets, please call Melanie Shepler at 734-625-0514 or Terri Riopelle at 734-624-4911.

–Posted by Scott Bolthouse

Huron Township Department of Public Safety makes the holiday season bright for area children, families

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Photos courtesy of the Huron Township Department of Public Safety

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety made the holiday season much more bright for several local children during their Shop with a Hero event held Dec. 20.

Seven children were paired with a police officer or firefighter and were driven to Meijer in Flat Rock where they were given the opportunity to go on a shopping spree.

The children were given a private ride to the store in a police car or fire truck, and each child also received a brand new winter coat courtesy of the Huron Township Goodfellows.

“The staff of both departments really came together to make this a special night for these kids. There is no doubt that we are all one team working towards a common goal for this community,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

In addition to the Shop with a Hero event, the department of public safety was able to do the following other random acts of kindness this season thanks to the generous contributions from the Huron community:

-A 7th Grade Renton Jr. High student was taken on a shopping spree by Director Robbins, Huron School Resource Officer Keith Nappo and Renton Teacher Karla Nash. She bought herself new clothes to wear to school and a Lego set that she said was the only thing she really wanted for Christmas.

-A Huron High School student was provided a brand-new Xbox One Video Game system by Bernie Yoscovits, his family, and XG Security Services. The student was then taken to GameStop where the community’s donations allowed him to purchase games for his new video game system. The student said that this was the first video game system that he had every had for himself and was now able to play with his friends in school.

-A Miller Family down on their luck was adopted by the Miller Elementary Secretarial Staff along with the Huron Township Dispatch Staff. They will receive all the fixings for a Christmas dinner, along with a visit from Santa with gifts on Christmas Morning.

-Huron Township Public Safety employees have been out delivering new bikes and toys to kids throughout the area and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the holiday season.

“The event just keeps getting bigger and better each year with more and more volunteers, many who have been here since the first year. The best part is that I don’t have to ask most of them each year, they call me to make sure I don’t forget them. I am not sure who enjoys this more, the kids or the adults,” Robbins said.

“I want to personally thank this community for making this program a possibility for these children. In many similar programs throughout the country, it is funded by corporations. What makes our program so special is that it is 100 percent funded by the great and giving people of our community. There is no better reason for a community to come together than to give a Christmas to kids who may not have had one otherwise.”

The department of public safety thanked dozens of community members for supporting their holiday giving in a special Facebook post.

Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area collects over $600 for charity


Diane Flynn (left), membership chair; Tangie Meyers; Cynthia Wylonis; and Sandy Kozma, new members; and Valerie Rader, president. Photo courtesy of Nancy Newman.

By Nancy Newman — Guest Writer

At their annual Christmas party held this year at Bridgewater Del Webb’s Landmark Lodge, Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area (SIFRA) enjoyed a catered dinner. Members contributed gifts, which were raffled off, donating more than $600 to a local charity.

The club welcomed and inducted three new members to their fold: Sandy Kozma of Trenton, Tangie Meyers of Brownstown and Cynthia Wylonis of Dearborn Heights.

Earlier this month, SIFRA partnered with Flat Rock Rotary in the Adopt-A-Child program through Head Start, in purchasing basic clothing, especially winter coats, for four kids in the downriver area. Seven individual Soroptomists also “adopted” children through this program.

The next meeting of SIFRA will be Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Big Bear Lodge in Brownstown at 6 p.m. with a meeting at 7 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Lt. Tressa Duffin, an 18-year veteran of the Monroe State Police. She is the chair of the Monroe County Anti- Human Trafficking Coalition and will examine the issue of human trafficking.

For more information about Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock area visit

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Volunteer with Huron Township Goodfellows this weekend during their Christmas packaging event

A giant group of volunteers gather for a photo before they start packaging toys and food for hundreds of Huron families during the Dec. 21, 2015 event. Photos by Scott Bolthouse, The Huron Hub.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The Huron Township Goodfellows need your help this weekend.

They are seeking volunteers to give them a hand them while they put together Christmas care packages that will be distributed to local families.

They are meeting Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Huron High School’s media center, 32044 Huron River Drive.

Setup is planned for Saturday, and the actual packaging and distribution of the care pacakges is on Sunday.

The group plans to help make the holiday season more bright for over 100 local families this year.

From The Huron Hub archivesGoodfellows distribute hundreds of gift and food packages to area families