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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

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

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.


Huron School District explains continued learning plan for students

Posted by The Huron Hub
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Huron School District laid out a plan for continued learning for students in the district.

Superintendent Donovan Rowe said in a letter that Gov. Whitmer’s executive order that closed all school buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic also mandated that instruction take place using “remote learning” options for the remainder of the school year.

Here is a portion of the letter that Rowe sent out on Monday:

As a result, the Huron School District has completed a “Continuity of Learning Plan” that outlines the District’s efforts to provide remote learning options to students. The plan follows a model that is consistent with the Huron School District’s strategic plan, providing instruction that stresses rigor, relevance, and relationships for all students. This plan is being submitted to Wayne County RESA for approval, in accordance with guidance from the Michigan Department of Education. Once approved, this document will be posted on the Huron School District website.

In an effort to offer purposeful learning to all students, the Huron School District is launching a new web site called the Huron Learning Hub. This site is intended to help our students and parents as they transition to remote learning during the school closure. Parents will find information and resources on the site that will help keep them informed and equipped during this time. Students will find ways to connect with teachers, log-in to Google Classroom sites for instruction, and explore content and resources. We are working to develop the final details of the site now, and we will be launching our remote learning instructional program, along with the Huron Learning Hub site, on April 20, 2020.

View the entire letter here


Huron High School National Honors Society donates over $1,000 to Beaumont Health Foundation

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 13, 2020

The Huron Township community continues to step-up and help healthcare workers get the essentials they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Huron High School National Honors Society recently donated $1,030 to Beaumont Health Foundation to help purchase personal protection equipment for healthcare workers.

The honors society raised the funds through a GoFundMe page started by Jennifer Sowers, and all proceeds were sent directly to Beaumont Health Foundation once the fundraiser was finished.

For more information on how to donate to Beaumont Health Foundation or ways to donate your own personal protection equipment, visit their website at

Related articles: 

Huron STEM teacher uses 3D printer to make face shield components for healthcare workers

Huron School District donates boxes of medical supplies to local healthcare providers


Instagram account honors Huron High School class of 2020

Seen here is a screen shot of the Instagram account named “huronhighschoolseniors.” Type the username into the search bar on Instagram to find the page.

Posted by The Huron Hub
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Article updated

The community is finding creative ways to honor the class of 2020 in this unprecedented time.

First, Huron parents decorated their doors to celebrate high school seniors.

Now, an Instagram account was created to honor Huron High School’s class of 2020.

The account, named “huronhighschoolseniors,” was created by Huron senior Hannah Petroski.

Petroski uses the account to share her classmate’s senior photos, where they going to school in the fall, and their major.

If you’re not familiar with Instagram, it’s a photo sharing application owned by Facebook, and you can download the app for your smartphone.

Type the username into Instagram’s search bar to find the account.

A screen shot of the account’s homepage

Visit our photo-sharing page on Instagram


New Boston family’s ‘Project Pinwheel Pandemic’ spreads cheer and happiness during difficult times

Ryan and Reese Marvaso of New Boston started Project Pinwheel Pandemic by passing out pinwheels to friends, family and community members in Huron Township. They are placing pinwheels in front yards to spread cheer and happiness during the difficult COVID-19 pandemic. (Photos courtesy of Jill Marvaso)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 7, 2020

A little cheer and happiness is something we can all use these days.

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing in the US and with southeast Michigan being a hotspot for the virus, residents everywhere are feeling anxious and even depressed with the situation.

One local family is doing their part to spread good vibes by delivering pinwheel decorations to houses in the area.

Project Pinwheel Pandemic, launched by the Marvaso family, is adding color to front yards around the township. You can request your free pinwheel by visiting the project’s Facebook page.

“I wanted to share with you a community service project my two children, Ryan and Reese Marvaso are doing in Huron Township. Ryan and Reese have started Project Pinwheel Pandemic and are passing out pinwheels to friends, family and community members. They are placing pinwheels in peoples’ front yards to spread cheer and happiness during these difficult times,” said Jill Marvaso, who along with her husband, have been lifelong Huron Township residents.

Marvaso said they have over 500 pinwheels to pass out and have just reached their 200th delivery last week.

You can follow the family’s project and even request a pinwheel be delivered to your Huron Township house by visiting their Facebook page at


Charter offers free internet access for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published April 3, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, those adhering to the stay home order are relying on internet more than ever to work, continue schooling, and for general entertainment.

Charter says the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

The offer is for any service level up to 100 Mbps and installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

Additionally, Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees, according to the company.

As the country works collaboratively to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.

Charter’s says their advanced communications network ensures more than 29 million customers–including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses–maintain the connectivity they rely on.

The company says their network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage.

Charter says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity.

Charter added that they have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.


Metroparks offering free admission on certain days through April 2

A park visitor walks a trail at Lower Huron Metropark. (Huron Hub file photo)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis by offering free admission to all parks on certain days through April 2.

Admission to the Metroparks is free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

“If you’re looking for things you and your family can do over the next few weeks, your Metroparks have some options for you to consider. Across the 13 Metroparks properties, you can walk, bike or hike a variety of trails, paddle our rivers or just sit back and enjoy the nature around you as spring returns to Southeast Michigan,” the parks said in a statement.

Currently, all parks programming is canceled and the interpretive centers are temporarily closed.

Ideas for your park visit

The Metroparks said they are adding a page to their website where anyone can find resources to use while practicing social distancing and visiting the parks.

“Over the next few days, we’ll be adding downloadable scavenger hunts that can be completed either from your car or from a trail,” the parks said.

For parents looking to keep young minds engaged, the parks are launching a new video series featuring their interpretive staff sharing stories covering things Metroparks-related, including science, art, nature, and history.

Visit for more information.


Learning resources to be sent to students in the district

Posted by The Huron Hub, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Huron School District released a letter Monday laying out the district’s plans for student learning during the mandatory state-wide school closure.

“Our teachers are preparing a list of resources and enrichment opportunities that will help support students as they attempt to stay engaged and maintain skills during this time. You should receive communication from your student’s classroom teacher(s) by the end of the day March 17 with information regarding these resources and enrichment opportunities,” said Superintendent Donovan Rowe.

Elementary schools are opening their buildings in order to provide parents with an opportunity to pick up classroom materials and items from their student’s locker.

In order to limit the amount of people in the buildings, the district is asking that only one adult from each family come to the school.

Times are posted for parents to arrive based on their student’s grade levels.

Parents with students in multiple grade levels are asked to choose one of the windows to pick up all necessary items for your children.

The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten through Grade 2:

9:00 – 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Grade 3 through Grade 5:

1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please view the entire letter for full information. Click here to view the entire letter from the district.