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Robbins appointed to governor’s task force on juvenile justice reform

Everette Robbins is the chief of police and director of public safety for Huron Township. 

By Scott Bolthouse||July 23, 2021

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the state’s new task force on juvenile justice reform.

In June, Whitmer created the task force on juvenile justice with a focus on analyzing the juvenile justice system and recommending “proven practices and strategies for reform grounded in data, research, and fundamental constitutional principles,” a statement from the governor’s office said.

Robbins is the chief of police and director of public safety for Huron Township, and has lead the department since May 2014 when he was appointed.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights University and earned his MCOLES certification from Washtenaw County Community College. 

Robbins is appointed to represent a police chief nominated by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Robbins said it is a privilege to be appointed to the position.

“I am very honored to be chosen to represent Huron Township on this very important task force. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something that can make a great impact on many young lives,” Robbins said. “When my career is over, I hope my legacy will be the things we have been able to do for the youth within our community.”

Since 2012, Robbins has worked with juveniles on the FBI’s southeast Michigan crimes against children task force as a task force officer and board member. The task force focuses on combating human trafficking, and also includes Leo Girard, a detective lieutenant with Huron Township police.

Robbins also was assigned to the juvenile and gang intelligence division with the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department.

The governor’s task force includes members of the executive branch, legislature, judiciary, and juvenile justice community. 

Appointees will serve for two-year terms expiring July 22, 2023.

The task force is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist.

“To fully change our criminal justice system into a system that will position young Michiganders for success, we need the best minds from a wide variety of backgrounds to lead the Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform,” Gilchrist said. “I am very confident that these appointees are going to do everything in their power to ensure that we focus on building and delivering reforms that will make our communities safer while improving outcomes for individuals who come into contact with our criminal justice system. When we allow everyone to have a seat at the table, we make sure that these policies will be inclusive and equitable for all.” 

Lake Erie Metropark pool will not open this season due to damage to pool

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 22, 2021

Metroparks had previously sent out an alert that the pool at Lake Erie Metropark was set to open this week. During final pre-opening operations and tests, a section of marcite (the cement-like finish in the inside of the pool walls) unexpectedly failed leaving sharp edges and causing conditions unsafe for swimming.

“The safety of our visitors is our highest priority, so the pool will not be able to open tomorrow,” the Metroparks said in a press release.

The repair requires staff to drain the pool and repair the surface. Because of the time it will take to complete the repair, the pool will unfortunately not re-open this year.

Visitors can still cool off in other pools at Willow and Lake St. Clair Metroparks and can enjoy Turtle Cover Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark or splash pads at Kensington, Indian Springs or Lake St. Clair Metroparks.

The Lone Oak sunflower farm to open to public this summer in Huron Township

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 22, 2021

A local family is making preparations to open their sunflower farm to the public.

The Lone Oak sunflower farm is a 16 acre sunflower field that will offer cut-your-own sunflowers, as well as scenic views for photographers and visitors.

The farm, located at 38575 Ash Road, is owned and operated by Matt and April Bobby.

In 2014, Matt and April purchased the farm located in New Boston.

Since owning the farm, soybeans were grown and harvested by an outside farmer.

Opening day for visitors has not yet been officially announced.

To keep up-to-date on the farm, you can visit their Facebook page at this link.

Below is a Facebook post that tells the couple’s full story:

Lake Erie Metropark pool to open July 23; waves will be off this season

Photo courtesy

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 21, 2021

UPDATE: Lake Erie Metropark pool will not open this season due to damage to pool

After being closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool at Lake Erie Metropark is set to open on Friday, July 23.

“The Metroparks are still experiencing a shortage of lifeguards, so the pool will welcome visitors this season with some limited capacities and operational changes,” a statement from the Metroparks said.

• The pool will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 7 p.m.
• Pool entry will be $4.00 per person.
• The pool will operate as a flat pool and there will be no waves.
• The spray features on the deck will be in operation.
• Flotation tubes and life jackets will be available for use.
• The food bar will not be open.
• The pool capacity will be limited to the first 500 swimmers each day.
• Pricing and more details can be found at this link.

In addition to the Lake Erie Metropark pool, visitors can cool off in five other constructed water facilities throughout Southeast Michigan (Willow Metropark pool, Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center, Lake St. Clair Metropark pool, Kensington Metropark Splash ‘N’ Blast, Indian Springs Metropark Spray ‘N’ Play).

For visitors looking for a natural water experience, they can visit beaches at three Metroparks, hop on the Huron or Clinton rivers in multiple locations or enjoy boating, fishing and paddling on inland lakes.

Applefest 2021 in Huron Township canceled due to downtown road construction project

Applefest file photo — The Huron Hub

Posted by The Huron Hub – July 20, 2021

It’s been a rough go for Huron Township Applefest the last few years.

After having to cancel the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like 2021 will also be a dud.

The cause: road construction.

According to the official Applefest website, the 2021 festival will be canceled due to an upcoming road construction project that will repair portions of road in downtown New Boston.

The decision to cancel the festival was unanimously decided on by the Applefest committee.

“Dear Applefest Patrons, It is with deep regret that Applefest 2021 must be cancelled,” a message on the Applefest website states.

“A long awaited road improvement project in the downtown area is expected to begin before October. This would make it impossible to go through with the Applefest this year. Refunds are in process for those who have already submitted their applications.”

In the years prior to the pandemic, the festival was impacted by the Waltz Road bridge that was closed at the time. The bridge closure caused a headache for festival goers, and also caused the cancellation of the popular Applefest parade.

It looks like we will have our sights set now on 2022, with hopes that it will be a better year for Applefest.

A message on the official Applefest website explains the reason for the cancellation of the 2021 festival.

Detroit Institute of Arts ‘Inside|Out’ program displays famous artwork in Huron Township

Photo courtesy DIA

Posted by The Huron Hub | July 19, 2021

Local residents need not travel all the way to Detroit to check out some world famous artwork.

Instead, the Detroit Institute of Arts is bringing it to Huron Township.

The Huron Parks and Recreation Commission applied to the DIA’s Inside|Out program and was awarded the displays for the 2021 year.

The annual program brings high-quality reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues in communities throughout the state of Michigan.

Seven full-size, high quality reproductions have been installed throughout the township, encouraging residents to get out and enjoy these many masterpieces in our own community.

The artwork will be on display until November.

The locations are: Township Hall, Berlinn Park, Historical Building, Riverside Park, vacant lot in town, Lajko Park, and the Senior Park.

‘Excessive rainfall’ forecasted for the next three days

Basically: expect a lot of rain Friday and Saturday.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Thursday, July 15, 2021

The wet weather continues late this week and into the weekend.

Forecasters are calling for what they say is possible “excessive rainfall” through Saturday.

A risk for excessive rainfall exists south of a line from Ann Arbor to Detroit Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac.

Total rainfall of 1 to 2 inches will be possible through Saturday with some potential for rainfall amounts to reach or exceed 3 inches in spots.


Huron Rotary hosting community picnic on July 17

Posted by The Huron Hub | Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting a free community picnic on Saturday, July 17 at Lajko Park. More info:

Lajko Park’s location

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Severe weather alert: strong thunderstorms possible Wednesday afternoon

(Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub – Wednesday, July 7, 2021 – 1:44 p.m. EDT

All of southeast Michigan is currently under a severe thunderstorm watch through 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Scattered severe storms are possible this afternoon/evening particularly for areas south of M-59 down to the Ohio border.

Damaging winds gusts remain the primary threat with heavy rainfall/flooding also being possible.

First responders rescue distressed kayaker on river without life jacket in Huron Township

Photos courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Posted by The Huron Hub – Monday, July 6, 2021

Huron Township public safety staff helped save a kayaker in distress last week who was on the Huron River without a life jacket on.

Huron Township public safety staff helped save a kayaker in distress last week who was on the Huron River without a life jacket on.

On June 27, 2021 at 7:02 p.m., The Huron Township Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the 22000 block of Bell Road for a kayaker in distress on the river.

The kayaker was described as holding on to a tree with no life jacket.

The Huron Township Fire Department responded with a rescue boat.

At 7:40 p.m., firefighters reported that the person was rescued and was safely in the rescue boat.

An initial investigation indicated that the person had a life jacket on the boat but lost it when the boat capsized.

Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Woodhaven, and Rockwood fire departments also responded as part of mutual aid.

“Our 16-foot Rescue Boat was put into active service in January of this year. This is our second successful rescue this season. We have trained several of our firefighters to operate the boat so we could quickly respond in the event that a life-saving effort is needed,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Although the river may not look very intimidating at times, it is important that those on the water wear a personal flotation device at all times. If we have learned anything, it is that these incidents occur quickly and without notice. We are thankful we were able to get the victim to shore safely. I don’t think I can say enough how thankful I am for our first responders who without thought put themselves in harm’s way. With that being said, we also feel extremely fortunate to have a community that supports its public safety department. This support allows us to purchase and maintain the tools we need to do the job safely, which in turn saves lives.”