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Veterans to be honored during events in downtown New Boston on Sunday

The Veterans Memorial in downtown New Boston. (Huron Hub archive photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Veterans will be honored in downtown New Boston on Sunday.

The Huron Historical Commission, American Legion Post 231, and American Legion Auxiliary are hosting combined Veterans Day events, and the public is invited.

Events will begin at the Historical Museum at 1 p.m.

A wreath will be placed at the museum during a ceremony with local veterans in attendance.

The event will then move to the Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Huron River Drive and Violet whee a wreath will be placed.

The event will conclude at the American Legion Post 231 right near the memorial for refreshments.

View full information about the event at this link



PFAS confirmed at former Chrysler facility along Huron River in Dexter

The Huron River in Huron Township. (Archive photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Nov. 7, 2019

PFAS chemicals have been confirmed in potentially dangerous levels at former Chrysler Scio Introl Division located at 2880 Zeeb Road in Dexter, according to the State of Michigan.

The site is an active hazardous waste cleanup site that was already under scrutiny, according to the Huron River Watershed Council.

Additional testing conducted since last spring revealed high PFAS levels in the groundwater at the site.

One test indicated very high levels—1700 parts per trillion (ppt).

Groundwater from the plant flows to the south/southeast, toward the Huron River.

The former Chrysler manufacturer site near Huron River Drive and Zeeb Road in Scio Township is contaminated with PFAS chemicals.

PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.

In March 2019, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended a warning first issued in August 2018 regarding unsafe PFAS levels in the Huron River.

Related: Michigan extends PFAS chemical warnings for Huron River

During that time, MDHHS said fish from the Huron River were not safe to eat due to high PFAS levels.

Officials at the time said touching the fish or water and swimming in the water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin.

However, those on the Huron River were warned in September 2018 not to swallow foam that might be floating on the surface of the water.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy says it will continue to investigate by reviewing the information and working with the facility’s consultants to determine the next steps.

A timeline of recent developments:

  • On March 12, 2019, the facility’s consultant collected groundwater samples.
  • On April 30, 2019, EGLE received the results of the March sampling event.  The highest PFOS+PFOA groundwater result was 1,700 ppt.
  • In the summer of 2019, additional plume delineation and source investigation were conducted.  EGLE received the initial draft report of this work on October 22, 2019, and is in the process of reviewing and verifying the data.

The former auto pant location is classified as a “Part 111” hazardous waste site, which gives the state greater enforcement authority compared to other contaminated locations.

This facility formerly conducted several manufacturing operations related to the automobile industry, including plating.

Officials say all public drinking water in the Huron River watershed has tested within EPA health advisory levels.

Private wells, however, have not been tested in most cases. Concerned residents on private wells should contact their county health departments.

For more information on PFAS in the Huron River watershed, visit


Locally owned The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery to celebrate grand opening Saturday

Owners Duane and Lisa Mendenhall are opening The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery on Friday, with their grand opening event hosted on Saturday. The business will offer several different soft serve ice cream options and a full menu of food. (Photo courtesy Lisa Mendenhall)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The Huron area will have a new option for ice cream and food starting this weekend.

The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery, a locally owned establishment, will offer soft serve ice cream and several different food options at the corner of Waltz and South Huron Roads.

The business, located at 22984 Waltz Road, is owned by Huron residents Duane and Lisa Mendenhall, and is in the former American Dairy Treats building.

The business’s first day open will be Friday, but on Saturday, they will celebrate their grand opening by offering free baby cones for kids under 10, and gift card raffles.

Business hours are 11:30 a.m. — 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. — 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. — 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out their full menu below:

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Donate to Huron Township Department of Public Safety’s ‘Shop with a Hero’ event

(Image courtesy of Huron Public Safety)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety launched a GoFundMe page Monday in support of their annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe page

Related: Police to sport beards for charity during No-Shave November; residents can grow beards to support fire department

Below is a message from the department about the event:

The Huron Township Police Department would like to once again work with deserving children this holiday season with our 6th annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for six Huron Township children and multiple other well-deserving families. It was and is truly the best day of the year. Huron Township First Responders, members of the community, Huron School District staff and their families volunteered their time to make this happen. Our goal is to make this the best Christmas for children that other wise may not have one.

After seeing our event the last five years, many residents asked us how they could donate to this wonderful cause. We decided to ask our community partners once again for help in this project. Anything will help. We can assure you that every dollar will go towards Huron Township Children and receipts will be maintained.

In 2016, the Huron Township Fire Department joined in this great event, essentially making this a night to “shop with a hero.” We are proud that they will be joining this effort once again.

The goal is to make this happen, not just from the Police and Fire Departments, but from this great community! If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal, the Huron Township Police Department will gladly use extra money help other families in other ways in our community. In that instance as well, all expenditures will be publicly revealed.

Based on the generosity of our residents, we were able to help many more people last year during the holiday season than ever before.

Video from last year’s event:


Temperatures forecasted to plummet just in time for Michigan Winter Hazards Awareness Week

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

Enjoy the fall-like temperatures while they last.

By Thursday morning, everything changes.

Temperatures are forecasted to plummet, with highs in the 30s starting Thursday and lasting for well into mid-November.

Check out the full forecast by visiting this link

Just in time for the cold weather is Michigan Winter Hazards Awareness Week, which began on Nov. 3.

Each year, Michigan residents encounter winter hazards that include icy roads, cold weather injuries, and over-exertion from snow removal.

Severe winter weather requires Michigan drivers to take extra precautions to ensure traveling safely, such as weatherizing their vehicles in late fall, which includes checking the tire treads, windshield washing solution, a proper mix of anti-freeze and water in the cooling system, and having an automotive professional check the belts, hoses, tires, battery, and coolant.

Residents can prepare for severe winter weather by building an emergency preparedness kit, which includes extra blankets and clothes, enough nonperishable food items and water to last three days per person, a first aid kit, medications, pet supplies, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, a portable radio, and a flashlight with extra batteries.

For a complete list of preparation tools to ensure you are ready for the upcoming winter months, visit


Huron Soccer team finishes second in Huron League; several players earn accolades for their performance

A group shot of the 2019 Huron Soccer boys team. From left: Braden Damiani; MacKennon Dolencic; Travis Russell; Cody Brenner; Sam Hughes; Matisse Dornier-Duff; Alex Davenport; Brendan Robbins; Owen Barnes; Ricky Emelian; Brendan Pasut; Nick Clark; Ashton Messina; Salvatore Marchionda. (All photos courtesy of Huron Soccer)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

It was a special season for the Huron Soccer boys team.

The team, led by fourth-year head coach Matt Lividini, finished the season with a 13-5-2 record and a second-place finish in the Huron League.

The team made it all the way to the district championship game where they lost to Tecumseh by a score of 3-1.

The team had two players that achieved the All-State category for their play in the 2019 season.

Senior captain Brendan Robbins, a 4-year varsity player, received several post season awards for the 2019 Season.

Robbins was awarded with: First Team All-Huron League; First Team All-District, ranked #5 player in the district; MHSAA First Team All-Region; All-State honorable mention; Huron Soccer 2019 most valuable player; Monroe News All-Region Team.

Robbins scored 16 Goals and 10 assists for a total of 42 points, and played every game this season despite breaking his arm mid-season in a matchup against St. Mary Catholic Central.

Senior captain Salvatore Marchionda, also a 4-year varsity player, received multiple post season awards for the 2019 Season.

Marchionda was awarded: First Team All-Huron League; First Team All-District, ranked #2 player in the district; MHSAA First Team All-Region; All-State honorable mention; Monroe News All-Region Team.

Marchionda scored 17 Goals and 5 assists for a total of 39 points. Marchionda also excelled as the kicker for the High School football team.

Senior Captains Salvatore Marchionda (left) and Brendan Robbins.

Many other players on the team received accolades for their performances during the season.

Junior Captain Ricky Emelian, a 3-year varsity player, received First Team All-Huron League; First Team All-District, ranked #8 player in the district; Monroe News All-Region Team; Huron Soccer 2019 Coaches Award.

Other honorable mentions include:

Huron League Second Team:
Sam Hughes (senior)
Alex Davenport (junior)
MacKennon Dolencic (senior)

Huron League honorable mention:
Jacob O’Neil (senior)
Owen Barnes (junior)

All-District First Team goalies
Braden Damiani – Ranked #1 goalie in the district (senior)
Cody Brenner – Ranked #2 goalie in the District (junior)

All-District at large (honorable mention):
Sam Hughes (senior)
MacKennon Dolencic (senior)
Alex Davenport (sophomore)
Jacob O’Neil (senior)
Owen Barnes (junior)

Huron Soccer 2019 most improved player:
Brendan Pasut

2019 Huron Soccer senior class during a team banquet on Oct. 24, 2019. Bottom from left: Nick Clark; Sam Hughes; Jacob O’Neil; Salvatore Marchionda; Travis Russell; Braden Damiani. Top from left: Matisse Dornier-Duff; Brendan Robbins; MacKennon Dolencic; Jordan Comilla.


Time change: motorists should be prepared, says MDOT


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

At midnight, we fall back; time-wise, of course.

Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time, and the shift back to standard time.

That means we all have to adjust for the darker weather, especially in the evening.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists on the evening drives.

Research from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute says that pedestrians are more at risk of serious injury from a motor vehicle crash in the weeks following a return to standard time.

The most dangerous time is the first hour of darkness.

“Drivers need to realize that, after the time change on Nov. 3, it may be more challenging to see people walking, running, or bicycling during late afternoons and early evenings as they will be much less noticeable,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “To ensure visibility, pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists are encouraged to wear brighter colored clothing with reflective material. Drivers need to eliminate distractions and focus fully on the task of driving.”

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study says there were 6,283 pedestrian deaths and 857 bicyclist deaths due to traffic crashes in 2018.

What’s equally scary is that these incidents were 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent increases from the previous year.

NHTSA’s data shows that most of the pedestrian fatalities (76 percent) and bicyclist fatalities (50 percent) occurred during dark conditions between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.

Last year in Michigan, there were 145 pedestrian fatalities and 21 bicyclist fatalities in traffic crashes, with 78 percent pedestrian fatalities and 57 percent bicyclist fatalities involved in traffic crashes that occurred during dark conditions.