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The Huron Hub rides along with police during bus route patrol operation

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Sept. 21, 2022


11 seconds.

That’s how long it takes for a child to board a school bus.

I know because I personally timed it on my stopwatch when I did a ride along with Huron Township police on Monday morning.

Since school started, there have been a rash of drivers passing schools buses that are stopped on area roads.

11 seconds is what these impatient drivers are saving during their commutes, when they pass a bus that’s stopped with red flashing lights.

To these drivers, saving 11 seconds is more important to them than the safety of our children, and local police are doing what they can to crack down on the issue.

On Monday morning, police conducted a bus operation by following all of the bus routes in the township.

My ride along began at about 5:45 a.m. on Monday with a briefing at the police station.

A group of officers gathered to discuss the bus routes and make their plan of action for the morning, and then it was off to patrol the roads.

Not only were there extra patrol units following each bus route in the township, but multiple buses also had an officer on board to relay information to the officers in the police cars.

Once the briefing was finished, I got into an unmarked Huron police SUV with Police Chief Everette Robbins in the driver’s seat.

When we hit the roads, it only took a matter of a few bus stops until I witnessed the first violator drive right past a school bus stopped on Middle Belt Road.

The egregious thing about this driver is that they didn’t even slow down for the bus.

They blew right past the bus going 45 mph. It was shocking and sad to see.

The driver, who was a resident from a local community, blamed their actions on the wet roads when an officer approached their vehicle.

They actually claimed they were scared to stop for the bus.

It was raining on this morning, but that’s no excuse for not stopping.

It makes no sense.

In instances like these, police can write reckless driving tickets due to the manner in which a driver passes the bus.

Fair warning to drivers: if you fly past a bus, you are likely going to get a reckless driving offense in Huron Township.

During the remainder of the morning, police nabbed a second driver for passing another stopped bus.

That’s two drivers on Monday morning who disregarded a bus stop.

Police say that this has happened just about every morning since school has started, and if you read this publication regularly, you’ve probably seen the multiple reports we’ve published on the issue.

Seeing this happen makes me mad and I want to do what I can to make people aware of what’s happening.

Parents have some power over this.

By standing with their children and helping them get onto the bus safely, we can make sure our children are safe.

Unfortunately during my ride along, I witnessed a young boy, maybe in first grade, who was out by the busy road all by himself waiting for the bus.

I watched as the young school student had to make the choice for himself, to cross the road to get onto the bus.

No parents were anywhere in sight, no adults even outside at the time. No one was there to pull him back, in case a driver made a bad decision at that very moment.

I was stunned.

Adults should be out at the bus stop with their children, especially with younger school students.

To me, that’s an obvious thing to do. It’s a parent’s duty.

A few positive things I gathered during my ride along: most stops did have adults standing with their students.

Additionally, many drivers were extremely cautious as they approached bus stops.

Some drivers stopped well before the red lights were even flashing.

Well done, to them.

Also, according to police, not one Huron Township resident has been caught passing a school bus this year.

That says a lot about the families that live in the township.

We care about the kids in our community, and so does our law enforcement.

By bringing more attention to this issue, maybe we’ll be able to solve it.

Thanks to the Huron Township police for letting me ride with them this week.


Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection in Flat Rock is hiring

Image courtesy of Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection

Letter to editor posted Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection is now hiring

Come join our team! We are now hiring front and back of house employees.

If you are not familiar with us, we are in downtown Flat Rock. We were established in 1975 and offer several traditions including delicious food and great service. The original Fiorelli’s building has grown to include three different types of venues to create lasting memories.  

Salute Special Events – A catering and banquet room, open 7 days a week 

The ROC Restaurant and Wine Bar – Offers an intimate, fine dining experience

Wize Guys Bistro – Our sports bar and patio welcomes guests with a full bar, 16 draft beers, and a casual menu that includes our famous, homemade pizza. Live music on the weekends.

We are interested in hiring energetic and reliable employees to fill the following full and part time positions:

Front of House ​​​​Back of House

Servers – Banquet / Restaurant ​​Pizza / Grill / Prep Cook

Bartender ​​​​​Banquet Chef 

Host​​​​​​Sandwich / Salad Maker

Food Runner​​​​​Dishwasher

​​​​​​Prep Work

If you are 16 years or older and are interested in one of the positions listed above, please send your resume to banquets@fiorellis.com. You can also visit us at 26123 E Huron River Drive, Flat Rock, to complete an application on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, between 10 am and 5pm.

We look forward to meeting you soon.  

Salute!

Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection


Obituary: Patrick Sheridan, 1947-2021

Photo courtesy of http://www.mimemorial.com

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 1, 2020

SHERIDAN, Patrick J., age 74, of Rockwood, March 24, 2021. Beloved husband of Wanda. Loving father of Adrian. Dearest uncle to many nieces and nephews, a brother-in-law to Nancy Sheridan, Beverly Shamus and Suzanne Mudge, and to Murl Waldron. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick Sheridan and Isabelle Koch, and siblings Jimmy, Dave, Annabelle, and Alice. His cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. A celebration of Pat’s life will be announced for a later date.

Obituary courtesy of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.

Patrick Sheridan was a longtime educator in the Huron School District. A GoFundMe page has been launched to help create the The Pat Sheridan Memorial Scholarship. Those interested in donating to the scholarship can visit this link.



Camilleri announces creation of Downriver Youth Advisory Council

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

Posted by The Huron Hub—Thursday, March 4, 2021

Citing the need for government to be more accessible to young people, State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton) announced the creation of a new Downriver Youth Advisory Council to provide young leaders with the opportunity to work directly with the Representative and other local leaders about the issues that matter most to them.

“Too often, I think getting involved in government feels inaccessible to young people, and I want to help change that in our community,” said Camilleri. “With this new Youth Advisory Council, we’re hoping to create an environment where young leaders can discuss issues directly with elected officials and their peers while developing leadership skills and finding ways to improve our Downriver community now and into the future.”

The Council will meet virtually once per month with the goal of encouraging young leaders to develop leadership skills, make connections, and present and discuss new ideas with Rep. Camilleri. 

All young people ages 16-24 living or attending school in the Downriver communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Township, Woodhaven and Trenton are encouraged to apply, and applications will be accepted until March 16. The application can be completed online at http://youthcouncil.repcamilleri.com.


Job openings currently available at Huron-Clinton Metroparks


Posted Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021
Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Looking to make a career change, or maybe just a new environment? The Huron-Clinton Metroparks might be just the place you’re looking for.  The Metroparks currently have full-time, and part-time positions open in a variety of fields.  Join a team environment where you can be valued for who you are and help serve southeast Michigan in a unique working environment you won’t find anywhere else. Every day is different and exciting, and all team members get the opportunity to help make visitors smile.

Current open positions include part-time positions in the Metroparks Administrative Office and at specific Metroparks:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Assistant will support the efforts of the Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, including organizing trainings, participating in special projects, general clerical and record taking, and research.
  • Document Scanning Technician will properly handle archive materials, prepare materials for scanning, scan materials, and maintain records of project.
  • Purchasing Specialist will support purchasing policies and procedures including organizing bids and requests for proposals, providing payments and invoices for good or services, working across the park system and preparing reports.
  • Golf Course Maintenance Worker will maintain the park golf course by mowing, weed whipping, grooming flower beds and trimming trees.

In addition, there is one full-time position available at your Metroparks.

  • At Lower Huron Metropark, we have an open position for an Equipment Maintenance Worker, who would be responsible for complete maintenance, repair and overhaul of automotive and heavy equipment.

All positions come with competitive salaries and benefit packages.

As Metroparks Director Amy McMillan notes: “the men and women who serve the Metroparks provide an invaluable service to not only our park visitors, but to our communities and region. It’s critical we cast a wide net looking for the best and brightest to fill these open spots on our team, ensuring we’re representative of our diverse Southeast Michigan communities and that we’re providing the safest, most inclusive, welcoming outdoor recreation experience for all who visit.”

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks understands that their internal landscape currently lacks diversity. They are looking to cast a wider net and draw a diverse pool of highly qualified applicants for full-time and part-time positions that are currently open.

“While we are proud of the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and skills of our entire Metroparks family, we are also aware that we are not as representative of our service region as we should be. To address this and ensure we are providing the most welcoming outdoor recreation experience and opportunities across our 13 parks, we have launched a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.” Says Artina Sadler, the Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Metroparks. “Our goal is to be the best stewards of not only our parks system, but the public trust. A critical part of earning and keeping that trust is becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. This important work must first begin internally and will be reflected in the care we take with each of our valued patrons.”

Interested candidates can explore open positions and apply at www.metroparks.com/hiring.


 

American Legion Post 231 updates community on recent rental hall upgrades, COVID restrictions

American Legion Post 231 in New Boston, MI


Posted Nov. 17, 2020

We at the American Legion Post 231 New Boston, MI. like other businesses and nonprofits have had our share of revenue reduction due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

We have relied on the community along with corporate donations and fundraisers to raise revenue in the past. We admit we had to do some belt tightening this year and assess our annual budget, overhead and hall rental income/reductions.

We had to look at which regular rental contracts which would be renewed for 2021 and which ones would not. All this based on the latest State of Michigan COVID-19 restriction guidelines and the American Legion core value programs which we support.

While the American Legion supports the community it also supports its youth programs. We at the American Legion are guided by the four pillars of our foundation: National Security, Americanism, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, and Children & Youth.

National security: The candidates need to know that The American Legion opposes illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens, but fully supports opportunities for legal immigration.

Americanism: This organization promotes obedience to law and order, and respect for the U.S. Flag.

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation: Misusing substances such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can increase your risk for injuries, accidents, and physical and mental health problems. To change your substance use, you do not have to do it alone.

Children & youth: The American Legion builds enthusiasm for public service among young people through such programs as Boys Nation, Little league and the National Oratorical Contest.

It is these four pillars in which guide us when choosing where we put our manpower and resources. The membership has chosen to support the Junior Shooting Sports and has welcomed them to our post. We have already made a material investment in the program and then it was stalled when COVID-19 hit. In addition, we will support the Bellville High School Junior ROTC students and their program.

Community:
The American Legion has many well established community programs to include: Fire fighter of the year, or Law Officer of the year, Teacher of the year, Family Support Network, Veterans Homeless Task Force, Temporary Financial Assistance and Volunteering.
Some people like our seniors hate change while the younger generation of veterans welcome it. However, change is necessary in order to grow our post and achieve our recruiting and retention goals set by the American Legion Department of Michigan. This year our post has already achieved 108% renewal/retention rate due to the hard work of a few members who understand the department goals and incentives.

One, we now offer an American Legion Motorcycle Rider chapter. Two, we have grown the SAL (Son’s of the American Legion) Squadron membership. We keep recruiting new American Legion members to meet the needs of the next generation of veterans.

Family & Youth:
Baseball, Boys State, Junior Shooting Sports, Oratorical, Scholarships, Scouting, Student Trooper Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program.

While the American Legion is making room for new programs at the Post 231, we have taken an interest in the “Junior Shooting Sports” air rifle program. One member has already made and investment in this program by procuring two air rifles for students to train with and learn the fundamentals of required safety. Two of our members are CPL (concealed permit license) certified instructors.

The Department of Michigan has scheduled a meeting/or phone call in regards to the junior shooting sports program November, 17, 2020 3:00pm. Here the program will be discussed at length with membership, questions and answers given, fundament training and membership background checks for team leaders discussed.

POST UPGRADES: 1. We have again partnered with the LOWE’s hero’s program and received 30 feet of new cabinets and counter tops. 2. We have added all new branches of the military photos on the walls. 3. We have painted the front of the building. 4. We have added a new American Legion Post 231 sign above the windows. 5. Improved the parking lot and made many outside improvements all by volunteers. See attachment! All these volunteer hours go on our annual CPR (Consolidated Post Report) to Washington DC.

Finally, we at AL231 plan to send one student each to both Boys State & Girls State in 2021.
In summary, we are sorry to have made so many operating changes to keep up with the changing times. While some may not accept these changes, it is for the better of the American Legion core values, our Post membership that we stay focused on our dedication our programs as it for the good of the order and our youth development.

For God and Country
Kind Regards,
Jim LaCasse
Commander
Bob Longlois
Adjutant
American Legion Post 231 734-238-2342

Article and photos submitted by Bob Longlois


 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks offering discounted rates on annual passes through new year

Willow Metropark seen on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Meeker/Meeker Photography)


Posted by The Huron Hub
Nov. 9, 2020

What’s the best time to get the 2021 Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual park pass? Right now. That’s because the parks system is providing a special discounted offer of just $35 for annual passes purchased by Dec. 31, 2020. That one pass can be used to access each of the 13 Metroparks across Southeast Michigan all year long.

Starting January 1, the 2021 Metroparks annual pass will cost $40 for residents ($29 for Seniors 62+) of the five counties served – Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne – or $45 for non-residents ($34 for Seniors 62+). But now through the end of the year, everyone can purchase their 2021 pass for just $35, or $24 for Seniors 62 and older.

Additionally, any 2021 passes can be used immediately, even before the new year. That’s up to seven weeks of extra value with the same pass.

“Purchasing an annual pass is the best way to experience everything our diverse Metroparks have to offer,” said Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “Plus, it’s a great value. Nothing else matches it in terms of what you get and how affordable it can be to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, which the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced just how important that can be. It truly is an investment that keeps on giving all year long.”

McMillan also noted the new and improved online shopping experience, designed to offer a more streamlined customer experience. Those purchasing an annual pass online this year will be asked to create an account. They can then use that same login information when registering for programs, purchasing gift cards, reserving picnic shelters, and more.

Passes be purchased at www.metroparks.com/shop or at any Metroparks toll booth. The park offices remain closed to the public at this time until further notice.

The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks include Delhi, Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Kensington, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lower Huron, Oakwoods, Stony Creek, Willow and Wolcott Mill Metroparks.

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks 


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Message from Huron Township Clerk regarding weapons at polling locations

Huron Hub file photo

Posted Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Message from Huron Township Clerk Jeremy Cady regarding weapons at polling locations:

Here are the rules/laws for Huron Township regarding firearms in polling locations.

No firearms in Precincts 1,3,4,5,& 6. They are either schools or places of worship, and those entities have “no weapon” policies on their properties.

Precinct number 2 will permit open carry or licensed concealed carry because THAT IS THE LAW. It is a Township (public) owned building.

Clerk Jeremy Cady

HOWEVER, it is the RESPONSIBILITY of the person carrying the firearm to know Michigan’s Firearm Law. DO NOT ARGUE WITH VOLUNTEER POLL WORKERS ON FIREARM LAWS. Call my office if you have a problem. 

Protect your own gun rights by being educated and not looking to make a point. Carry wisely, legally and safely. I support the 2nd Amendment wholeheartedly, but I also believe in personal responsibility. 

Police will be in each precinct. 

This is your community too…VOTE SAFE.

Jeremy R. Cady

Clerk
Huron Charter Township


Girl Scout troop builds and installs ‘little free library’ at local playground

Girl Scout Troop #75915


Posted by The Huron Hub
Oct. 23, 2020

Check out the new “Little Free Library” located in Huron Township by the playground at Willow Methodist Church Spread the word to Huron residents to take a book and share a book Thank you to Robert Lenz (grandfather to three of the girls) and Michelle Simon (mom and troop leader) for building it and Girl Scout Troop #75915 for painting and stocking it. Our troop is multi-level ages Kindergarten to 6th grade. We are so happy to be a part of such a fun project that the community can enjoy for years.

We wanted to do an outdoor activity that others could benefit from. Our girls will continue to keep the library stocked while also relying on others in the community to leave books too. We officially opened the library on Oct. 10, 2020.

We have registered our library with the Little Free Library Non-Profit Organization.

Article and photos submitted by Leslie Masciovecchio 


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