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Letter to editor: Huron Education Association makes statement on fall return to school


Letter to the editor submitted Aug. 3, 2020

By Huron Education Association

As teachers, we want to be face to face with our students. We would LOVE to be able to go back to school, with a normal experience, if that were a possibility at this time. Unfortunately, so far, we do not know what school is going to look like in the fall, if we end up being physically back in the buildings. The one thing that we do know for sure is that it will look VERY different from a typical school day.

Many teachers have been approached by parents during the past few weeks about what school will look like in the fall. Parents want to make informed decisions, and many parents have told us that they feel that the information provided by the district was not specific enough or detailed enough to help them make the decision as to whether their child should go online or attend face to face.

A lot of parents have referenced the letter from the district, which says “It is clear that the majority of our parents and staff prefer some sort of face-to-face, in-person learning model.” Although it is true that our teachers all want to get back to normal, we did not have a majority of teachers who felt, based on the information provided by the district, that we could do it safely.

Many parents have questions about what the physical layout of classrooms will be in the coming year, how much time students would spend in each subject, how much students would be confined to their desks, and how much students will be allowed to interact with each other (group work, elementary stations, etc.).

For elementary students, what will recess look like, will they be able to have the group work, stations, and carpet time, or will they be asked to remain still and separated from one another?

For junior high and high school, how long will classes be, and how will passing time be managed, with students moving through the halls? What about vocational classes, which involve students not just moving between classes, but back and forth to other schools?

Just as we are all asked to socially distance in our everyday, adult interactions, students will be asked to maintain distance, in a way that they have not traditionally had to do.

Others have expressed concerns about the cleaning routines in the buildings, passing times, what lunch will look like, what bus runs will be like, and what will happen if a student has symptoms of COVID at any point during school.

If your child has special needs, how will those needs be met?

We suggest that you reach out to the district and school board for the information that has not yet been provided, so that you can make the best decision for your children. You have the right to specific details, in order to make the best decision for your children’s future.

If you have questions, we suggest asking direct, specific questions. The following contact information is directly from the Huron School District website:

Donovan Rowe, Superintendent:
Email: rowed@huronschools.org
Phone: (734) 782-2441 ext. 1120

Huron High School
Stephen Hudock, Principal
Email: hudocks@huronschools.org
Megan O’Brien, Assistant Principal
Email: obrienm@huronschools.org

Renton Jr. High School
Kurt Mrocko, Principal
Email: mrockok@huronschools.org
Jason Gomez, Assistant Principal
Email: gomezj@huronschools.org

Brown Elementary
Carrie Fisher, Principal
Email: fisherc@huronschools.org

Miller Elementary
Jean Gilbert, Principal
Email: gilbertj@huronschools.org

School Board
President: Jack Richert
Email: jackrichert@specialtree.com
Vice President: Trena Szawara
Email: szawarat@huronschools.org
Treasurer: Alice Whited
Email: whiteda@huronschools.org
Secretary: Scott Ferguson
Email: fergusons@huronschools.org
Trustee: Dana Town
Email: townd@huronschools.org
Trustee: Nathan Cornwall
Email: cornwalln@huronschools.org
Trustee: Cory Roupe
Email: roupec@huronschools.org


The Huron Hub accepts letters to the editor from all points of view. Submit your letter to ScottBolthouse@huronhub.com or through the contact page at HuronHub.com

Dreamstreet Realty opens in downtown New Boston

Dreamstreet Realty opened recently at 36974 Huron River Drive in downtown New Boston. Photo courtesy Brandy Sayger.


Posted Friday, June 12, 2020

Dreamstreet Realty is beyond excited about opening up in downtown New Boston!

We are a family brokerage that serves all of southeast Michigan. We come from five generations and a century of real estate experience and wisdom dating back to 1922.

It is our dream to continue the tradition of trust and excellence before us while continuing to grow and stay on the modern edge of real estate.

We would love to assist you when buying or selling your home. We make realty dreams a reality!

Brandy Sayger, Broker
Dreamstreet Realty

Dreamstreet Realty is located at 36974 Huron River Drive. You can contact their office at 734-606-5333.


 

Treasurer’s office makes adjustments due to COVID-19 pandemic

Huron Township Municipal Offices (Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 15, 2020 

Dear Residents,

Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe’” order, the Huron Township Treasurer’s Office has adjusted its practices in order to keep everyone safe.

The Township office still remains closed; however, the Treasurer’s office will have a staff member in on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm to answer any of your questions by phone. You may also leave a message (ext. 115) on the other days and someone will get back to you.

Cat and dog licenses are available by mailing a copy of your pet’s rabies vaccination along with a check for $10.00. The Township will mail you back a receipt and tag. You may also use the drop box next to the front door of the Township Hall. If you would like to wait until the Township is back open full time, the Township will waive the late fee.

Payments for water bills can be made by sending a check in the mail or by using the drop box next to front door. You may also pay on-line at the Township’s website. Click on “View Utility Billing Info” on the bottom left of the screen. Go to the “Utility Billing Payment” on the left. Enter information. Remember, there is a 3% convenience fee that will be added to your credit card.

Thank you for your patience,

Colleen Lazere
Township Treasurer


 

If you spot a fawn alone, don’t touch it, DNR says

It is not uncommon for deer to leave their young unattended so as not to draw attention to where it is hidden. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


By: Michigan Department of Natural Resources 
Posted May 13, 2020

Fawns will start showing up in May and June. Remember, if you spot a fawn alone, do not touch it! There is a good chance it is supposed to be there. It is not uncommon for deer to leave their young unattended so as not to draw attention to where it is hidden. Young fawns have excellent camouflage and lay very still which makes it harder for predators to find them. The mother will return periodically to nurse her fawn when she feels it is safe.

The best thing you can do to help is leave the fawn alone and enjoy it from a distance. Leaving baby animals in the wild ensures they have the best chance for survival.

Remember, only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless a person is licensed, it is unlawful to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan.

We all share the responsibility of keeping Michigan’s wildlife wild. Additional tips and information on what to do if you find a baby animal, are available at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.


 

Don’t delay calling 911 during a health emergency, EMS providers say

Image/Michigan Association of Ambulance Services


Posted Saturday, May 9, 2020

Michigan residents should not risk their lives in a health emergency by avoiding calling 911 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan’s ambulance providers said recently.

The Michigan Association of Ambulance Services, and its member EMS agencies who serve 67 percent of Michigan counties, are seeing a troubling trend of people fearing to call 911 for heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies.

“We don’t want to see people develop a permanent medical disability or die needlessly due to fear of COVID or burdening the medical system,” said Jack Fisher, MAAS president and executive director of Medic 1 Ambulance in Berrien County. “Every minute counts in a medical emergency and people should still call for help, even during this pandemic.”

Michigan is not alone in this dangerous trend. Modern Healthcare reported that an American College of Emergency Physicians poll at the end of April found that 29 percent of those surveyed said they avoided medical care due to COVID-19 concerns. In another survey by Morning Consult, 75 percent of Americans surveyed said they avoided healthcare because they were concerned about stressing the system.

Michigan’s ambulance providers are prepared to safely care for patients with medical emergencies with protective gear and disinfecting protocols in place. EMS professionals are urging residents not jeopardize their health by avoiding calling for assistance.

“Individuals did not stop having heart attacks and strokes with the coronavirus appeared,” said Ron Slagell, president and CEO of Huron Valley Ambulance and past-president of MAAS. “While it’s important to take the pandemic seriously, signs of serious health problems should not be ignored or pushed off.”

The Michigan Association of Ambulance Services is a statewide trade association representing and advocating for ambulance services. Last year, MAAS members were responsible for more than 700,000 or 56 percent of ambulance transports in 2018. MAAS members also provide community paramedicine, ER diversion and 911.
services in several areas of Michigan.

For more information, visit miambulance.org.

Source: Michigan Association of Ambulance Services


 

A new opportunity for an old business: microgreens at Grass Roots Nursery

Seen here is a flat of earthy garnet amaranth surrounded by speckled peas microgreens that have a sweet taste and a nice crunch. Grass Roots Nursery in New Boston is entering their 47th year in business by launching a new gardening venture: growing microgreens. (Photos courtesy of Sam Bates)


Business profile submitted by Sam Bates of Grass Roots Nursery

Grass Roots is a name that has been in Huron Township for almost half a century. Starting off a
new decade has really put some things into perspective, and we would really like to share these
thoughts with whoever may be reading. We have survived off almost all word of mouth advertising since conception in 1973 and we are truly blessed to have such a loyal and passionate customer base and community. 2020 will be our 47th year in business and we have never been this excited and grateful. Thank you to anyone and everyone from the past, present and future who has kept this small family business alive. It quite literally means the world to us.

Starting as a tree and shrub nursery, we evolved into something else entirely over the years.
Our focus, as I am sure some of you may know, is waterfalls, koi ponds, landscaping, etc. Don’t worry, none of that is changing or going away. However, the seasonality of the current business doesn’t leave enough room for growth for our 2nd and now 3rd generation, so we are starting a new endeavor and would like to make our community and current customer base aware of this micro evolution to our company.

What’s new?

We are now growing microgreens! For those of you who may be familiar, these are different
than sprouts. As you read this, we have delicious, nutritious and beautiful microgreens growing
hydroponically. Our goal with growing these is to educate and supply as many people as we can with these tiny wonders of the world. Most are exponentially more dense in nutrition than their adult counterparts and have an insane amount of vitamins comparatively to most other foods in general.

Speckled peas microgreens seen here as they reach for sunlight. The yellow colors on the tiny foliage turn green as the plants get closer to harvest.

What kinds are there and how are they used?

Just like other veggies, there seems to be an infinite amount of microgreen varieties as well.
We are currently growing sunflower and pea shoots along with broccoli, radishes, tatsoi, kale and our own blends that we call spring mix and spicy mix. Just like each of the greens having their own nutrient and vitamin profile, they each have very distinct tastes that make them different. The versatility of microgreens is incredible, however I will share how we use them on a daily basis.

No need for hot sauce on your eggs in the morning when you have daikon or red Rambo
radish greens to add a bit of spice to kick off your morning. Broccoli and sunflower are both great additions to smoothies to add flavor and bunches of vitamins and minerals. Tatsoi has a mild taste with a bit of a peppery finish and makes for a great green crunch to sandwiches. Many people use these as garnishes to dishes for a bit of flavor, but our favorite way to use them is in higher quantities so we can obtain more benefits from the nutrition as well as their lovely flavors.

Broccoli and Radish microgreens (seen here) contain an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals, but what’s even better is their taste. These versatile greens can be added into an endless amount of dishes.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?

Like we said earlier, we appreciate our community, customers and everyone in between. The
least we can do for you, is answer anything you feel is left unsaid here.

Here is a link to the Grass Roots microgreens website.

Also visit the Grass Roots Pond & Garden website here, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

You can also call 734-753-9200 or email us at info@grassrootspondandgarden.com. We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you a great start to the new year.

Grass Roots Nursery is located at 24765 Bell Road in New Boston.

Article posted Jan. 6, 2020


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The Huron Hub’s year in review: 2019’s top stories


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

Posted Dec. 30, 2019

So long, 2019 — your days are numbered.

With the new year just around the corner, it’s a good time to look back on some of the top stories to make headlines in Huron Township this past year.

Over 160,000 readers visited HuronHub.com in 2019, and we thank each of you for allowing The Huron Hub to serve you with Huron’s news and events.

See you in 2020.

Happy New Year!

The Huron Hub’s year in review — The top ten stories out of Huron Township this year: 

– Waltz Road Bridge reopens

– Wayne County closes deal worth $4.9 million on Pinnacle Aeropark Property

– Army Sergeant Amanda West honored in Huron Township

– Huron Township homeowner sets fire to house, barricades doors before taking own life

– 4 arrested during undercover human trafficking operation in Huron Township

– Gibbs Sweet Station in New Boston announces closure

– Southgate teen charged with making terroristic threat against Huron High School student

-Community pulls together to get new roof installed on Huron resident’s house

– ATM stolen during smash-and-grab at Huron Township gas station; police believe incident part of larger operation

– Huron, Sumpter officers commended for saving suicidal man’s life

– Busch’s Market in Carleton to close, location will reopen under new ownership


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What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Answer this important question in our poll

Everybody loves turkey, right?


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

Posted Nov. 26, 2019

Thanksgiving is upon us, and it has us asking — what is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

We created a poll for this pressing question. Already added are some Thanksgiving staples, but feel free to add your own favorite. You can vote for more than one option, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 


 

Fall puts on a show in Michigan, but what’s the purpose?

Fall colors seen in Huron Township. (Archive photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Causes, common misconceptions, and opportunities to enjoy the annual fall show

Submitted by: Huron-Clinton Metroparks

As the leaves begin their annual autumn color change, there’s no better time to get out and explore the beautiful natural scenery in Michigan. Typically, peak season to experience fall colors in southeast Michigan is around mid-October. But the reason behind nature’s annual show is a mystery to many.

“There’s nothing like the vibrant colors of autumn in Michigan,” said Amy McMillan, Director at the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. “Everywhere you look is a one-of-a-kind color palette. While it’s beautiful to witness, it’s also an essential process to protect our trees. It helps ensure that trees are prepared to survive the upcoming winter.”

The simple answer behind the color change is declining daylight, which signals to trees that winter is coming. Leaves get their green color from chlorophyll that is produced through photosynthesis. When the days shorten, the process slows. Veins that connect leaves to the tree to share nutrients and water are eventually closed off and no new chlorophyll is produced. Other sugars like carotenoid can then shine through to show off the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows associated with autumn.

“The colors are there the whole time,” said Kevin Arnold, Southern District Interpretive Supervisor at the Metroparks. “As the days shorten, they finally get the opportunity to shine through as chlorophyll production slows and eventually stops. It’s a common misconception that cold weather is the key factor for the color change. Shorter days actually have the greatest influence. It’s also a safety mechanism for trees. Trees store nutrients to ensure growth in spring. By sealing off the leaves, trees are able to retain the needed nutrients in their roots.”

After they are sealed off, leaves eventually are shed from the tree. Many people think the show ends there as the leaves should then be raked and bagged. However, this is another common misconception. It’s not actually necessary to rake leaves. In fact, fallen leaves are good for the soil. They form a protective layer on the ground that helps release and retain nutrients, which supports a strong ecosystem.

While a variety of factors make it hard to pinpoint when exactly peak color season will occur, there are many reports that work to predict when it will hit. Visitors looking to experience peak fall colors can learn more here.

As that time quickly approaches here in southeast Michigan, it’s also important to be aware of the best places to get out and see the brilliant colors. The Metroparks have opportunities for individuals and families to explore on their own or take part in group activities. With 13 Metroparks across five counties in southeast Michigan, there are many chances to enjoy the show.

“The colors of autumn make it one of the best seasons to get out and explore your local parks. And there’s plenty of chances to do so across the Metroparks, whether you’re a photographer looking to capture the scenes or a family who wants to spend a Saturday enjoying the colors,” said McMillan.

To learn more about the fall experience at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, please visit Metroparks.com/FallFun.