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Town hall meeting on Waltz Road bridge replacement set for Wednesday evening

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Wayne County Commissioner Al Haidous, along with township officials, will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston, to discuss the replacement of the Waltz Road bridge.

Representatives from Wayne County Department of Public Services also plan to also attend the meeting.

Wayne County announced in August that the bridge will undergo a full replacement which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The county closed the nearly 100-year-old bridge on June 1 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

Further inspection also revealed that the bridge deck and steel supports were also in need of repair.

The county said that it reviewed both repair and replacement options and decided replacement offers the longest life for the bridge while being the most cost effective.

The county estimates that replacement gives the bridge a 60-year life span at an estimated cost of $5.4 million.

Repairing the bridge would have cost an estimated $3.9 million, according to county officials.

The Roads Division will be issuing requests for proposals for the replacement design and construction.

The county said they will work with Huron Township officials during the design phase so that it will fit their downtown revitalization planning.

Once construction begins, it is estimated that replacement will take approximately six months.

Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access to the current bridge until construction of the new bridge begins.


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Applefest set for Oct. 7 and 8 in New Boston

Festival-goers visit a past Applefest in downtown New Boston. Photo–Scott Bolthouse, The Huron Hub.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Even though the Waltz Road Bridge is closed for repair and the parade is cancelled, Applefest will soldier-on in downtown New Boston for its 38th year on the weekend of Oct. 7 and 8.

A staple in the Huron Township community that draws thousands of residents and visitors from all over the area each fall, Applefest provides two days of fun for the whole family.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday of the festival, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Click here to check out photos from past Applefests

A stage in the heart of the festival will offer multiple musical performances and dancing throughout the entire festival.

Also during the festival is the 31st annual Michigan State championship old-time fiddlers contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the stage.

Other notable festivities include a street fair where crafts, food and other items are sold, and a carnival with rides and bounce houses for children.

Due to the Waltz Bridge closure, the following detour is suggested for Applefest visitors:

Southbound: Huron River Drive to Sibley Road, proceed eastbound on Sibley to south I-275 to South Huron Road heading west, then take South Huron to Waltz Road.

Northbound: Take Waltz Road to South Huron, proceed east to I-275 north,
then take I-275 North to Sibley, and follow Sibley Road to Huron River Drive.

Pedestrian traffic will still be able to access the bridge, and free parking will be available on the south side grassy area.

For a parking map and other relevant information, visit the Applefest website.

This article has been updated

Photo gallery: Back-to-school in Huron Township

It’s back-to-school in Huron Township!

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Hub readers shared over 100 back-to-school photos Tuesday on our Facebook page.

The response was overwhelming!

Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, family, and staff members in the Huron district, who shared their special moments with us.

There is so much school pride in this community — it’s amazing.

Have a great school year!

 

Back-to-school photo gallery. Photos submitted by readers, everywhere. 

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Huron Township resident seeking donations for hurricane Harvey relief

Huron Township resident Jay McCumber will be loading a semi-trailer with supplies for hurricane Harvey relief. McCumber and his family own Hollywood Equipment Transport. Photos courtesy Jay McCumber.

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Thousands of Texas residents are still in need of basic items following the aftermath of hurricane Harvey.

A local man that owns an equipment transport business is asking for donations to fill a semi-trailer that will be driven down to the Houston-area and distributed to those in need.

“Our goal is to fill a 53-foot trailer to send down to Houston. They are looking for just about anything,” said Jay McCumber, Huron Township resident and owner of Hollywood Equipment Transport.

“Whatever somebody wants to donate, we will make sure that it gets there. Our address is 19320 Middlebelt Road, which is four houses south of Sibley Road.”

McCumber said that all types of items are welcome to be donated, including mattresses, non-perishable food, water, blankets, pet food, and toiletries.

McCumber said that he and his family are looking to send the supplies in about 10 to 15 days, but he wants to get them as soon as possible for loading.

Drop-offs can be left in front of his large red building on the property if no-one is there to accept them personally.

“It does not matter what time of the day or night it is, they can donate in front of the big door in front of the red barn.”

He added that he will be working with the Red Cross to distribute the donations, and that he also has a connection with two FEMA officials on the ground near Houston.

McCumber can be reached at 734-320-7050 if there are any questions regarding donations.

This article has been updated


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St. Paul’s Church seeking crafters for Applefest show

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 19109 Craig Street, New Boston.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Boston is seeking crafters for its annual Applefest craft show.

The show will run Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — during Applefest.

For more information or application call Pat at 734-753-9158.

Applefest parade cancelled due to bridge closure

A group of boy scouts marches in the 2014 Applefest parade. This year’s festival will be missing the popular attraction due to the Waltz Bridge closure in downtown New Boston. (Photo: Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub)

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

This year’s Applefest will have to carry-on without one of its most popular attractions.

The Applefest parade, which for decades has crossed over the Waltz Bridge and passed through downtown New Boston right near the heart of the festival, will be canceled due to the bridge closure.

The cancellation was confirmed Friday by Tina Brooks Green, who has been parade chair for 25 years and is also vice chair of the festival.

Green said that after thinking it through, the decision made by the Applefest Board came down to public safety.

“We were going to try and do a limited parade, but we have to be very sensitive to public safety,” she said.

“Our concern is having visitors from out of town coming in, who might not know the bridge is closed, coming off Sibley Road and creating a bottleneck of congestion near the festival area.”

The intersection near the Waltz Bridge is already heavily congested during the festival, but the bridge closure is likely to have a more obvious impact during the 2017 festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8.

“It was a hard call, but we were not comfortable with having the parade this year,” Green said. “All options were considered.”

Kaye Bird, spokesperson for Wayne County, said Tuesday that there are no substantial updates on the progress of the bridge repair, and that a report will be released in the coming weeks.

The festival will still run as scheduled with just a few minor adjustments made, organizers say.


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Huron Schools invites public to open forum for superintendent search

By Scott Bolthouse — Hub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Following the announcement that current Huron Schools Superintendent Richard Naughton plans to step down January 31, an open forum for public input regarding the search for his replacement has been scheduled.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the library inside of Huron High School, 32044 Huron River Drive.

The district says that the Huron Schools Board of Education recently requested the Michigan Association of School Boards to help with conducting their search for the new superintendent.

The forum will be hosted by Dr. Rod Green, MASB consultant.

During the forum, Green will provide an overview of the search process and receive input from community members regarding the criteria used in evaluating candidates.

The district asks residents to visit  www.huronschools.com and click on the special link on the homepage to complete an online survey regarding the search for the next superintendent.