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Huron students participate in Arbor Day event at Crosswinds Marsh

Middle schoolers from Renton Junior High in New Boston and Romulus Middle School visited Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Preserve in Sumpter Township on April 26 to learn about sustainability, the important role of bees, trees and insects in the ecosystem, and the value of wetlands. (Photo courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—
Published Monday, April 30, 2019 — 11:00 a.m. EST

Nearly 300 students, many from Huron Schools, learned about the environment and gave back to the community during an Arbor Day event at Crosswinds Marsh Wetlands Interpretive Preserve on April 26.

The event held was themed “trees, bees and me” and was hosted by Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Wayne County Parks, and their partners.

While visiting the marsh, sixth graders from Renton Junior High School in New Boston and Romulus Middle School learned about sustainability, the important role of bees, trees and insects in the ecosystem, and the value of wetlands.

Throughout the event, students participated in discussions about the importance of bees to the food system and how the food supply will be impacted by the decline in bee populations.

Students had the chance to watch bees in an observation hive and take honey from local beehives.

Several Michigan native trees were also be planted at the park, and students left with their own saplings to plant at home in honor of Arbor Day.

“The Wayne County Airport Authority is committed to giving back to the community,” said WCAA CEO Chad Newton. “There is no better way to do that than by educating a child and leaving an imprint on their minds. Arbor Day is an event that we look forward to every year. And – this marks our largest year ever. We are truly honored to be a sponsor of such a wonderful experience for children.”

Students rotated between six learning stations hosted by United Lawnscape, Green Toe Gardens, Wayne County Conservation District and Wayne County Parks.

Huron High School students assisted the younger children at the stations.

“Wayne County is happy to again partner with the Airport for the annual Arbor Day event,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. “Year after year, this experience continues to create lasting memories for our participants with engaging activities and lessons in the great outdoors. We hope this year’s event will inspire our youth to be lifelong stewards of our natural resources.”

Crosswinds Marsh is one of the largest and most successful wetland mitigation projects in the country, according to Wayne County.

The 1000-acre nature preserve is maintained by Wayne County Parks under an agreement with the Wayne County Airport Authority—which operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Willow Run Airport.

Photos: 2019 Arbor Day event at Crosswinds Marsh. Photos courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority. 

Related: Crosswinds Marsh, other Wayne County parks to receive upgrades worth $2.5 million


YWCA-Huron hosts summer enrichment programs for area children

Posted April 22, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. EST 

YWCA-Huron hosts summer enrichment camps for children.

The weekly enrichment programs are for children ages 5-12 years (must be 57 months by June 19, 2019).

The camp offers weekly themed activities of all kinds.

For complete information about the camp, please visit this link.


Huron Little League opening day parade set for April 27; parade volunteers needed

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published April 18, 2019

12:30 p.m. EST

Huron Little League’s opening day parade is set for April 27 and the community is invited to join in the fun.

The parade will travel from the soccer fields on Huron River Drive south to Renton Junior High.

It will start at 10 a.m. with the route closing to traffic at 9:45.

Residents can set up anywhere along the route and watch the parade.

The organization is also seeking volunteers who want to participate and help make the parade more fun for the players and community.

They are looking for local companies or community members with cool and amusing rides, classic cars, and interesting bikes to join in walking/driving in the parade.

Contact Charley Hendley at if you are interested in participating.

Here is a flyer with parade information


Video: police escort honors fallen Army Sergeant Amanda West

A riderless horse leads the family and friends escort of fallen Army Sergeant Amanda West on Friday in Huron Township. A riderless horse symbolizes a fallen soldier. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published April 12, 2019 — 3 p.m. EST

The Huron Township community came together today to honor a local hero.

Below is video and photos showing the family and friends escort to the memorial service of Master Sgt. Amanda West, a Huron Township resident who passed away March 17 after battling cancer and serving almost 20 years in the Army.

The escort route on Friday started at Michigan Memorial Park and winded along Huron River Drive past Huron High School and Renton Junior High.

Students from both schools stood along the route, some holding American flags, to honor the fallen Army sergeant.

The escort then passed by Brown Elementary, where school students stood outside to witness the procession.

The escort traveled through other Downriver communities before it ended at a memorial service in Riverview.

More here: Family of Army Sergeant, Huron resident who died of cancer will be escorted to funeral by public safety department

Video and photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub


Photos: Waltz Road Bridge construction

In this April 11, 2019 photo, you can see the progress of the Waltz Road Bridge project. The New Boston/Huron community is anxious for this main route to open again. The bridge was closed June 1, 2017. (Photos courtesy of Heather Sypula)

Posted April 12, 2019 — 10:45 a.m. EST 


Here are photos submitted to the Huron Hub that show the progress of the Waltz Road Bridge project in New Boston.

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Family of Army sergeant, Huron resident who died of cancer will be escorted to funeral by public safety department

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published April 10, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. EST
Updated April 11, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. EST

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will be escorting the family and friends to the funeral service of Master Sgt. Amanda West — an Army veteran and Huron Township resident who passed away March 17 after battling breast cancer.

The escort will begin Friday at the soccer fields located on Huron River Drive at 2 p.m.

The department will then travel with West’s family and friends to her memorial service in Riverview.

“The story and accomplishments of Master Sergeant West are incredible. Her story is one that should be heard. We see this as an opportunity to show our appreciation to her family for their sacrifice,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

West attended Huron School District from elementary through high school.

Residents are encouraged to show their appreciation by viewing the escort anywhere along the route.

“Instead of a funeral procession, we decided to begin the celebration of her life by escorting her family to the church while passing by the schools she attended as a child as well as her home here in Huron Township. We are hoping that witnessing this escort will be an inspiration to our students and build on many of the patriotic events that are currently held within the school district,” Robbins said.

Escort route (updated): Southbound Huron River Drive beginning at the soccer fields north of the High School, to eastbound Huron River Drive in front of Huron High School and Renton Junior High, to northbound Middle Belt passing Brown Elementary. Then to eastbound Pennsylvania Road, south on Racho Road, then eastbound Sibley, north on Grange Road, back on eastbound Pennsylvania and ending at 17760 Fort Street (Metro City Church in Riverview).

“In preparation for this event, we located Amanda’s 6th grade report card. It was clear even then that she was destined for success at a very young age. Her 6th grade teacher wrote that Amanda had run a great campaign for 6th grade president and that she looked forward to voting for her in a real election. How impressive is that? I hope the young ladies in our community can learn from Amanda’s story that they can achieve anything they set their minds to,” Robbins said.

(Images courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

The escort will include the Huron Township Police Department Mounted Unit who will symbolize the fallen soldier through a riderless horse.

A riderless horse is a single horse, without a rider, and with boots reversed in stirrups. The riderless horse symbolizes a warrior that will ride no more and is used in military parades to symbolize fallen soldiers.

The riderless horse will be on display in front of Renton and Huron High School and in front of Brown Elementary (weather permitting).

During the holiday season, the public safety department collected items for West while she was in the hospital receiving treatment.

As part of the department’s “Shop with a Hero” program during Christmas 2019, the public safety dispatch staff adopted West while she was receiving treatment at the Walter Reid Military Hospital in Maryland.

The dispatch staff sent a care package to West which included a heated blanket, pajamas, slippers, crafts, various snacks, and a book.

Read a biography of Amanda West by visiting the links below.

Biography page one

Biography page two


Gibbs Sweet Station in New Boston announces closure

Gibbs Sweet Station, 37337 Huron River Drive, has closed its doors for business as of April 5. The owner has decided to retire, and it has not been publicly announced what will open at the location in the future. (Photo: Facebook)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published April 7, 2019 — 4:00 p.m. EST

A New Boston staple announced Friday that they will no longer be in business.

Gibbs Sweet Station located in downtown New Boston told customers on Facebook that they will no longer be slinging their favorite sweet treats.

“Spring is here, and usually that means counting down the days until the air smells sweet with fresh cones but now that means something new. We will not be opening this year,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“Mrs. Gibbs will be starting a new season in her life and is ready to enjoy retirement. We want to thank you for the loyalty, love and laughter over the years. It’s been an amazing experience, one that our family will cherish forever and remember fondly.”

The post received hundreds of responses — some sad, some hopeful and congratulatory, towards the owner, Mrs. Gibbs.

“Thank you. I’ve been a customer literally my whole life,” one commenter said.

Another said: “Congratulations on your retirement. Will sure miss you and the delicious ice cream & the waffle cone.”

View the Facebook post here

According to the owner, the building has been sold, but it’s not certain whether another ice cream shop will open to serve the community, or what type of business will open in the location.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates to this story