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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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Huron Township public safety department announces chaplain program


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 22, 2021

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety announced the launch of their chaplain program this week.

The public safety chaplain program offers a number of unique ministries and services to the Huron Township community.

The program will provide services related to serious injury, sudden illness or death of a police officer or firefighter (including their families), the counseling of police officers, dispatchers, or firefighters with personal or family related problems and the vital ministry of caring about the job that the professional public safety employee is asked to perform.

“Chaplains are looked upon with great respect as they represent their place of worship within our community. They will be there for the Huron Township community in times of great need or disaster while assisting our public safety department in carrying back the Department’s mission of service to the community,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Many times, they will be asked to help promote a more positive relationship between the public safety department and the Huron Township community. They will also be of great benefit to our staff who see things daily that could rightfully affect their mental health and personal well-being.”

Some of the duties of a chaplain are:

-Fostering familiarity with the role of law enforcement in the community.

-Providing an additional link between the community, other chaplain coordinators and the Agency.

-Providing a liaison with various civic, business, and religious organizations.

-Assisting the community when they request representatives or leaders of various denominations.

-Assisting the community in any other function, as needed, or requested.

-Making referrals in cases where specialized attention is needed or in cases that are beyond the chaplain’s ability to assist.

-Responding to any significant incident (e.g., natural, and accidental deaths, suicides and attempted suicides, family disturbances) in which the Patrol Sergeant or supervisor believes the chaplain could assist in accomplishing the mission of the Agency.

-Responding to all major disasters, such as natural disasters, bombings, and similar critical incidents

“I want our residents, business owners, and anyone who travels through our community to know this service is available to them anytime they may need it. It is an optional service that’s only intent is to help those that need it the most to get through a difficult time,” Robbins said.

“Without doubt, we have chosen two men who very much invested in this community, a place where they both call home. They both possess the integrity and ethics consistent with our organization’s core values. I am personally very proud to have Jim and John as part of our public safety family.”

Chaplain John Schwartz Bio:
Chaplain Schwartz grew up in Taylor, Michigan and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1973. He worked 24 years in the automotive industry before hearing God’s call to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Chaplain Schwartz graduated from CTS with a Master of Divinity degree and received his first parish call to St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Shelby, Michigan. In 2007, God called him to Peace Lutheran Church and School in Warren, Michigan where he served 9 years. Chaplain Schwartz currently serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Boston. He pursued Chaplain training and is honored to serve First responders and the community of Huron Township in this role.

Chaplain James DuFour:
Chaplain James (Jim) DuFour is the founding pastor of Christian Bible Church, which initially started meeting in Huron High School back in August of 2008. CBC is a non-denominational, Bible Church that has since relocated to a permanent site located in Trenton, at 647 Sibley Road.

Jim has also been serving the community as the commander of the Huron Township Police Reserve Unit for 20 years. Jim is a fourth-generation resident of the Township and graduated from Huron High School in 1978. He and his wife, Marie DuFour (Moran), have lived in Huron for 39 of their nearly 40 years of marriage. Together they have raised four children and currently have one granddaughter.


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American Cancer Society announces fourth annual ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign

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Local leaders will raise awareness and funds in the fight to end breast cancer

In the sixth year in Detroit, over 50 men will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Throughout October, Real Men Wear Pink participants will encourage community members to take action in the fight against breast cancer.

“In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer,” said Amy Howard, Senior Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised help us save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”

Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among his peers by the end of the campaign.

“No one should have to face a breast cancer diagnosis alone,” said Brendan Russow, VP of Chapp Oil, New Boston, MI . “That’s why I joined the American Cancer Society in support of their lifesaving work by participating in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign for my fifth year. This is a cause I personally believe in as my mother, Justine, is breast cancer survivor, and I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society’s efforts.” We are in our fifth year, so we know how to do it! We make it fun and get the community involved. We start early by fundraising on online and selling pink ribbons in our gas station in New Boston, but this year we have a new design for our t-shirts that will be sold at our event on October 16. We serve the community and we are making a difference with every dollar raised. We are also hosting our 5th annual breast cancer fundraiser at Iron Mikes Tavern (22900 Waltz Rd, New Boston) on October 16 from 1-6pm, check us out and come join us. We are doing this in a covid-friendly environment but also keeping it fun, thanks to my campaign manager Rebecca Chapp (cousin-n-law to Brendan).

According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2021, an estimated 284,200 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 44,130 will die from the disease this year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer.

“Our community can make a huge impact in the breast cancer cause,” said Amy Howard, Senior Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. “We are grateful to our Real Men Wear Pink participants for lending their voices to this cause and fighting for everyone affected by breast cancer, especially during this time with Covid-19.

For more information about breast cancer or the Real Men Wear Pink campaign in Southeast MI-Detroit call 1-800-227-2345.


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Boil water alert lifted in Huron Township

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 14, 2021 | 10:55 a.m. EDT | Updated 11:30 a.m.

The boil water alert in Huron Township has been officially lifted as of Thursday morning.

A massive water main break occurred last Sunday that required repair and caused a significant drop in water pressure for some residents.

Local schools also closed while the township awaited water quality tests as a precaution.

As of Thursday morning, water in the township was deemed safe by the Great Lakes Water Authority.

“Thank you to the entire community for understanding the reasoning behind our decision. Our resident’s safety is our number one priority and this action was taken to ensure that we maintain that level of service that is promised to every resident within our community,” said Jim Lancaster, director of Huron Township DPW.

According to the Great Lakes Water Authority, after a boil water advisory is lifted, certain steps are recommended before the regular use of water.

Those steps are listed at this website, under “what to do after a boil water advisory is lifted” tab in the water treatment Q & A.

“The safety of our residents is our top priority. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we took the necessary steps to restore our water service responsibly,” said David Glaab, supervisor of Huron Township.

Glaab credits DPW Director Jim Lancaster and his crew with quickly and responsibly addressing the water main break and returning normal and safe water service to township residents.

Glaab said he is also is grateful to Blue Triton Brands, producers of Ice Mountain, for donating a semi- truck load of bottled water along with Kathy Carlton-Beh who organized our police, fire and DPW teams to assist in its distribution to the public.

“Ice Mountain was pleased to provide water to help the residents of New Boston impacted by the water main break. This donation kept with the company’s long history of donating water to those impacted by emergencies and disasters.” Said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, CPG natural resource manager.

Background on the incident:

A boil water alert was issued as a result of a water main break that occurred early Sunday morning on Oct. 10.

At around 6 a.m., the police dispatch alerted the on-call water employee of a number of calls regarding a lack of water pressure within the Township.

The on-call person mobilized all available employees to attempt to locate the large water main break within the Township.

The break was located at approximately 8 a.m. due to a call from a concerned citizen about an excessive amount of water in their backyard.

Due to the number of poor water pressure calls and consulting with the Township engineers, the decision was made to issue a precautionary low pressure boil water alert for the entire Township.

The DPW department enabled their emergency Response Plan which includes public notification through all the available channels such as Nixle, Facebook, news outlets, newspapers and radio stations.

Once located, the break was isolated and normal pressure restored to a majority of the Township and the repairs on the broken main began. Due to the extent of the break the repairs were not concluded until approximately 3:45 a.m. on Monday.

Once the entire township had regained their water service the DPW department had to conduct extensive flushing of the water mains surrounding the break area and then umbrella out to ensure any stagnant water was clear from the system. This process occurred on Monday.

After the flushing had concluded the Great Lakes Water Authority came in and took 11 samples from our routine sampling site all over the Township. These samples are taken back to the lab and incubated for 18-24 hours to allow for any bacteria to grow.

The first round of samples all came back negative for any bacteria. The second round of samples that are required to be taken 24 hours after the first were then taken from the same 11 locations on Wednesday. These samples must undergo the same 18–24-hour incubation period.

On Oct. 14 at approximately 10 a.m., GLWA contacted the township with the results of the second set of water tests. These tests were also negative for any bacteria. With this second test the township has satisfied all of the requirement to lift the boil water advisory effective immediately.


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First round of water tests come back negative for contaminates in Huron Township

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 13, 2021 | 12:45 p.m. EDT

Good news for the Huron Township water situation.

The first round of water tests in the township have come back negative for contaminates, according to Huron Township DPW.

“We have just at received word from GLWA that all 11 of our tests from Tuesday came back negative. The second round has been collected and we should recieve word tomorrow on the second set so we can lift the boil water alert,” a statement from DPW said.

Related articles:

Great Lakes Water Authority testing township water; boil water alert remains in effect

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

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Bottled water distribution today at Lajko Park

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 13, 2021 | 9:45 a.m. EDT

There will be a bottled water distribution today at Lajko Park, located on Huron River Drive next to Huron Township Hall.

Related articles:

Great Lakes Water Authority testing township water; boil water alert remains in effect

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

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Great Lakes Water Authority testing township water; boil water alert remains in effect


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 12, 2021 | 10:40 a.m.

The Great Lakes Water Authority is in the area today testing the water around the township following a massive water main break last weekend.

The water main break has caused a boil water alert in the township, and has also closed local schools through Thursday as a precaution.

Below is the most current statement from Huron Township DPW Director Jim Lancaster.

“Spoke with the Great Lakes Water Authority this morning. They should be in town testing our location as this message is being sent. The process is they will take these samples to the lab and incubate them for 18-24 hours to see if there is any bacteria present in the system. They will come back tomorrow and do the same thing and as long as those samples are clear after that 2nd 24 hour window we will be lifting the boil water alert. I will update as more information comes along.”

Related articles:

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

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Huron Schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as township awaits water tests

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 4:20 p.m.

The Huron School District will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week while the township awaits water tests following a massive water main break that occurred Sunday.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, sent a communication Monday afternoon explaining the situation.

Rowe said he hopes the situation will be resolved so that classes can resume on Friday.

“I have been in contact with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety today, and we are working closely with the Huron Township DPW. Officials have notified the schools that they cannot guarantee that water is safe to drink or use for hand washing at this time. We are being told that definitive test results will not be available until late on Thursday, and the boil water advisory will be in effect until the results are in. Student and staff safety is our primary concern, and this situation poses a potential risk to our drinking and washing water in the district. Unfortunately, this means that the Huron School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14, 2021. We hope that we will be able to safely return to regular operation on Friday. As always, we will communicate any updates or changes if and when we are made aware. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe out there,” Rowe said.

Related articles:

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

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4th annual Southeast Michigan Beer Festival set for Oct. 9 in Huron Township

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 20, 2021

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting the 4th annual Southeast Michigan Beer Festival At Lajko Park on Oct. 9.

The 21 and over event features a large variety of craft beers to choose from for sampling along with select wines.

Iron Mike’s will be on site as a food vendor, along with New Boston’s own DJ Scott for music. There will also be fun games, raffles and more.

The event takes place rain or shine.

To sign up or for more information, visit this link.


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