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Swift Transportation hosting third annual Christmas dinner for veterans Dec. 17

Swift Transportation and Swift Charities will be hosting our 3rd Annual Swift Christmas Dinner for Our Veterans and we need your help to make this the biggest and best dinner we have held. Please gather your family and friends and come out to enjoy a great afternoon visiting with our veterans and enjoy a relaxing dinner with them and their families.

View full details about the dinner here

I would like to thank everyone who has supported our event and who have had a direct hand in making these dinners possible and a huge success. Your generosity has made a difference to many of our veterans and their families. You are appreciated.

Thank you to each Swift Transportation employee who has contributed to Swift Charities. Swift Charities is 100% employee funded and our employees helped make this event possible, as well. Not only do they contribute to Swift Charities but they volunteer and make monetary contributions to this event. We have many veterans employed with us and we have to have many more join our team. We have one member of our Swift New Boston team who has made this event their standing Christmas dinner with their whole family. Thank you Julie Baughman and family for the support you show our veterans.

There are so many people to thank for making this event possible but I have three great people in Huron Township I want to personally thank. The first two being, Angie Ferguson Green and her daughter, Katie Green. The Green family has been supporting this event yearly and has done a stellar job. They not only volunteer their time the day of the event but they both work tirelessly on gathering auction items and getting tickets out to the community but they bring their whole family to the dinner. They have make this a family affair. Their contribution is felt is so many ways. A big thank you to the Green Family of Huron Township.

We know there are many mothers of veterans in the area and one I want to thank is Mary Ann Baryliski-Rowland of Huron Township. Mrs. Baryliski-Rowland called me and with heart-felt emotion volunteered her time to help at our event. Not only did she volunteer to help the day of the event, she has went beyond that and has gathered auction items and has help spread the word for our Christmas Dinner for Our Veterans. Mrs. Baryliski-Rowland thank you for what you are doing and know your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Please come out Dec. 17 and spend the afternoon with our veterans and meet some of the people who make this great day possible. With your support, we can make this day the biggest and best Christmas dinner for our veterans.

On behalf of Swift Transportation New Boston and Swift Charities, I would like to thank all of our veterans and active military men and women for their service. Without you, there would be no US.

Source: Denise Adkins, Swift Transportation 


Help support Huron Township Police’s ‘Shop with a Cop’

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By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The Huron Township Police Department is hosting its fourth annual “Shop with a Cop,” and they are taking donations from the public to help support the event.

Here is a message from the GoFundMe page what was launched by the department.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for five Huron Township children. It was truly the best day of the year. Huron Township Police Officers, Township Board Members, 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 couple 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 publicly published.

To donate, visit

Submit your business profile to be featured on the Huron Hub

Open for Business sign

Any business that operates in Huron Township is welcome to submit information to be featured in a special article on the Huron Hub.

An outline, written by the owner, should include the following information:

  • information about the owner(s)
  • history of store/business
  • what services/products are offered
  • what makes your store unique to competitors
  • location/description of store/business
  • hours of operation
  • contact information including phone number, website and/or social media pages
  • two photos: one showing the outside storefront and a photo of the inside of the business.
  • any other information about your business that’s relevant to potential customers

Business owners might also want to consider running a special advertisement, unique to Huron Hub readers, that they can use in your store.

Once all of the information and photos are gathered, email it to

The article will also be archived in a special business section on our website and promoted through our social media channels.

The Huron Hub supports all Huron Township businesses. Let us help grow your customer base.

Community groups planet 18 new trees at Berlinn Park

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

18 new trees were planted at Berlinn Park over the weekend.

The planting was sponsored by the Huron Township Rotary, the Huron Recreation Department, and Outdoor Challenge.

“The tree planting is the first in several steps to revitalize the park,” said Terri Riopelle, event organizer.

Melanie Shepler, another organizer, thanked Schoedel’s Nursery for supplying the trees.

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham

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State rep asks MDOT to review railroad crossings

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri sent Michigan Department of Transportation an official request Tuesday asking for a study to be conducted on railroad crossings in Huron Township and Woodhaven.

Camilleri announced in a statement on his Facebook page that a Diagnostic Study Team Review should be done at railroad crossings located in both communities.

“These teams, made up of individuals from the Department, road authorities, railroads, and others, assist MDOT in determining crossing safety needs, including the coordination of roadway improvement projects,” Camilleri said.

Camilleri said that a diagnostic review of the Huron Township crossings has not been done since the 1980s.

Local officials have been unable to make progress on the crossing issues because the railroad is labeled as interstate commerce, which is regulated within a state only by the Federal Government according to Constitutional powers.

Motorists that travel over crossings in Huron Township are often left stranded at the safety gates and sometimes have to wait well over an hour for the crossing to eventually clear.

In August, a private company collaborated with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety to make available a camera system to the public that shows live video of each crossing in the township.

Read more: Camera system shows live feed of railroad crossings in Huron Township

Here is Camilleri’s statement in full:

Today, I sent two letters to the Michigan Department of Transportation requesting Diagnostic Study Team Reviews on two Downriver railroad crossings. These teams, made up of individuals from the Department, road authorities, railroads, and others, assist MDOT in determining crossing safety needs, including the coordination of roadway improvement projects.

While these reviews are usually done by the Department at the request of railroad corporations, I think it is time that we also put these state agencies to work for Downriver residents. In the case of the Huron Township crossing, one of these reviews has not been conducted since the early 1980s.

Given increases in traffic and business activity in our community, and the unacceptable number and length of road blockages, I have asked MDOT to conduct these safety reviews as part of a broader effort to work on this issue that rightfully causes so many in our community so much frustration.

Camilleri is representative for House District 23, which includes the communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, and Woodhaven.

Here is the letter Camilleri sent to MDOT regarding to the Huron Township crossings:

Image: Darrin Camilleri on Facebook

Committee seeking donations to renovate Miller Elementary’s playground


This year, Miller Elementary has formed a Playground Restoration Committee, recognizing the importance of physical activity, fun, and safety at school. In alignment with our motto, “Completely Committed to Kids!”, we have a strong need to renovate the existing playground equipment and create a playscape that is of adequate size, age appropriate, safe, and of course, fun for our students. The new playground will comply with current playground safety standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will be manufactured in the USA.

At this time, we are reaching out to our families and community businesses and asking for your financial support. The goal is to charitably raise $50,000. Our school district has generously offered to match each donation to help complete the construction of this project! Any unused or additional funds collected will be applied to a playground maintenance fund.

Ideally, the MPRC hopes to bring the new playground to Miller in time for the 2018-2019 school year, and we ask for your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal of providing a new playground for all the children of our community and their families.

To donate to the playground fund, please send a check payable to Miller Elementary with “playground” noted on the memo line, attn: Meghan McPherson. Donations can be dropped off at Miller or mailed to: Miller Elementary, 18955 Hannan Road, New Boston, MI 48164. Upon the receipt of your donation, we will happily provide you with a receipt for tax purposes. Thank you in advance for your support!

To show appreciation for your support, all donors will be recognized in the monthly Pony Express newsletter and on various Miller Facebook pages. Donations will be leveled as follows: bronze ($150 – $499), silver ($500 – $999), gold ($1,000 – $2,499), platinum ($2,500 – $4,999), and diamond ($5,000 or more). Bronze and silver level donations will receive a brick paver on the playground. Gold, platinum, and diamond donors will receive signage along the fence surrounding the area.

If you have any questions regarding the playground, would like to help, or are interested in donating, please contact Meghan McPherson at

Source: Meghan McPherson, Miller PTO co-treasurer

Applefest forecast calls for mostly warm, rain-free weather

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—


Let’s be honest — every year, Applefest weekend can serve-up some unpredictable weather.

Friday–Applefest eve–will be gloomy and rainy, but this year’s festival looks like it will be dealt a good hand from Mother Nature.

Remember, the festival runs Saturday and Sunday in downtown New Boston.

Visit this link for more information about the festival

Check out this link for other events happening during Applefest weekend

Most of the weekend looks to be warm and dry, with the only chance of rain (as of Friday morning’s forecast) starting at about 9 p.m. Saturday evening and lasting only a few hours.

Saturday will also be windy at times, so hold onto your hats.

Sunday looks to be an absolute beautiful day for the festival.

Here’s the weekend forecast for New Boston, courtesy of

The weekend forecast as of Friday morning, Oct. 6. Image courtesy