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4th annual Swift Transportation Christmas dinner for veterans to be held Dec. 16; Michigan Memorial Funeral Home joins to accept donations for veterans

Swift family volunteers pictured with Huron Township volunteers and Santa Claus during last year’s event. (Photos courtesy of Swift Transportation)

This will be our fourth year hosting this wonderful event and with each passing year it grows. It is hard to find the right words to express just how much this dinner means to us, to the awesome people who support it and for the ones who attend. This event is open to the public; if you have never attended please try to come this year.

Each year we are able to do a little bit more to help our veterans and their families. This is all due to the support of our communities, families and our veterans. And this year is no different and we have a lot of help making it all happen. I like to recognize some of the wonderful people from Huron Township. Their support, hard work and giving hearts have made a difference in many lives.

Thank you to Amy Niemann and each of her students from Brown and Miller Elementary Schools. Amy and her students have been making a positive difference in the lives of our veterans and our deployed troops from the very start of this event. For the last four years, thousands of cards Amy and her students have made were given to our veterans and sent to our deployed troops. Their support has been shown worldwide. To each student over the last four years and to Amy, I say to you, thank you for caring. Your thoughtfulness has and will continue to shine brightly to each person your cards have touched. You do make a difference.
Angie and Katie Greene have been supporters from the start, too. Not only did Katie take part in all the wonderful cards that were made but she helps with the dinner each year. She cleans tables, helps restock the buffet, and she is one of Santa’s helpers. Ms. Katie also helps her mother, Mrs. Angie Greene organize the raffle table. Mrs. Angie Greene collects raffle items, helps with the tickets and she helps with one of the hardest tasks, food shopping for the dinner. The Greene family has been supportive and very involved in this event from day one. Thank you for making a difference.

Mary Ann Rowland, thank you for joining us last year. From the time you called me last year stating, “I want to help. What do you want me to do?” you have not stopped with your support. Not only does Mary Ann help with raffle items, donations, preparations for the dinner, she has the inside scoop on Santa! I am about to share a secret with all the kids… Mary Ann is Mrs. Claus! Thank you very much for everything you do and for making a difference.

From the individuals to corporate supporters, you all have made a difference. I would particularly like to thank two of our corporate supporters Huron Township.

Chapp and Bushey Oil Co. You have always been a huge supporter of the community and willingly make a positive difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for supporting our wonderful event over the years.

Photos: Last year’s Christmas dinner for veterans

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This year one company made a very generous donation toward this event that will make a huge impact and we hope that you will be at the event to share this with us. Their generosity made it possible for us to transport homeless veterans to attend the dinner in their honor; with their generous support the transportation costs were covered.  Thank you Michigan Memorial Funeral Home for make this possible and making a difference.

Not only did Michigan Memorial Funeral Home make a generous donation, they also offered to be the collection site for the homeless veterans care backpacks. With the help of Mary Ann Rowland and the point person for the Eternal Knights Masonic Riding Association from Southgate, Debbie Taylor, this awesome group will ensure that our veterans will have some of the basic items they need. When we call do a little we accomplish a lot. Donations will be accepted at Michigan Memorial through Nov. 10.

It takes a lot of volunteers to help with this event and the Eternal Knights Masonic Riding Association jumped right in and has been giving 110% to make this another great day for our veterans. Not only are they heading up the veterans care backpacks they support this event until the last table is cleaned after the dinner. This is an awesome group of people who can inspire you to get involved and do more. Thank you, Debbie Taylor and the Eternal Knights Masonic Riding Association.

For more information about Michigan Memorial’s donation drive, please click here

There are a lot of people who make this day possible for our veterans but the one thing that really stands out is the food. Succulent turkey, mouthwatering ham, creamy hot gravy, fluffy buttery potatoes, sweet and savory sweet potatoes, tender green bean casserole, warm fragrant dressing and hot fresh rolls. This excellent food is prepared by the students of the Riverview High School Culinary Program. These future chefs come from many different school districts and put so much love and time into preparing this excellent dinner… it shows in their end result. Thank you to each and every student who has been involved over the last few years; you all have made a positive difference.

To all the employees of Swift Transportation who donate to Swift Charities, thank you for helping to make this day possible. When we all do a little, we accomplish a lot. And this extends to our employment opportunities to our veterans with our Military Apprenticeship Program.
Military Apprenticeship Program is through the Department of Labor and the Veteran Administration. Swift is the only carrier with a National Approval under the Valor Act. This means more help for our veterans and this includes the National Guard. Our wonderful recruiter, Scott Hanly here in New Boston, can give you all the details for this program. You can reach Scott at 248-980-1074 or

Swift Transportation and Swift Charities



Huron Hub celebrates its fourth year serving the community with news and events

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Today marks the fourth year that The Huron Hub has been an independent and free news source for the Huron Township community.

Since March 2014, “The Hub” has reached nearly 800,000 people, posted almost 800 news and event articles, and has reached thousands on social media.

I’d say that’s not bad for a small, humble, one-man-show news operation serving a community of over 15,000 residents.

Every click, share, and mention means a lot to me.

Thanks to all of the residents who have spread the word, and to the handful of advertisers that have decided to give my website a try in getting the word out about their business or organization.

I hope this is viewed as an asset to the community. Non-biased, straightforward information can be hard to come by these days, especially on the internet.

My promise to readers is that this is how The Huron Hub will always be– free of nonsense and rumor.

This operation will never be prefect, and every single thing that happens around here may not make it to the website. I try my hardest to stay informed and keep my readers informed in a timely matter.

This is where you can help.

I encourage community engagement and would love to have residents and community members submit more information to me, including letters to the editor, guest articles, and photo submissions.

These can be sent by emailing, or through the website’s contact page.

In addition, if you would rather donate monetarily to this cause, you can visit the donate page.

Every bit helps.

Thank you, Huron-area readers!

Submit events, photos, announcements, articles for publication, and letters to the editor via email at

Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area collects over $600 for charity


Diane Flynn (left), membership chair; Tangie Meyers; Cynthia Wylonis; and Sandy Kozma, new members; and Valerie Rader, president. Photo courtesy of Nancy Newman.

By Nancy Newman — Guest Writer

At their annual Christmas party held this year at Bridgewater Del Webb’s Landmark Lodge, Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area (SIFRA) enjoyed a catered dinner. Members contributed gifts, which were raffled off, donating more than $600 to a local charity.

The club welcomed and inducted three new members to their fold: Sandy Kozma of Trenton, Tangie Meyers of Brownstown and Cynthia Wylonis of Dearborn Heights.

Earlier this month, SIFRA partnered with Flat Rock Rotary in the Adopt-A-Child program through Head Start, in purchasing basic clothing, especially winter coats, for four kids in the downriver area. Seven individual Soroptomists also “adopted” children through this program.

The next meeting of SIFRA will be Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Big Bear Lodge in Brownstown at 6 p.m. with a meeting at 7 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Lt. Tressa Duffin, an 18-year veteran of the Monroe State Police. She is the chair of the Monroe County Anti- Human Trafficking Coalition and will examine the issue of human trafficking.

For more information about Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock area visit

Interested in contributing to the Huron Hub? We always welcome guest writers and contributors. For more information, email

New Boston Knights of Columbus thank the community for donations during recent drive

Dear Editor:

The Knights of Columbus of New Boston would like to thank the public for all their help during our recent Tootsie Roll drive. The children of the New Boston area that are mentally impaired can receive all the help they need at three well-known facilities: Helping Hands of Monroe, St. Francis Camp on the Lake, and the St. Louis Center.

If any person needs help, please contact me at my email account.

Thank you again, for your generous donations to our drive.

William Short
Program Director
Council 6549

Job opening: Huron Township is looking for a senior citizen program manager

Township hall

Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

Below is a job opening for a senior program manager position submitted by Huron Township. To view the job opening on the township’s website, visit this link. Applications are due to the township clerk’s office no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 17.




Year in review: The Huron Hub’s most popular stories in 2016

Est. March 2014

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

As we turn the page on yet another year and welcome 2017, it’s time to take a look back at the most popular stories that came out of Huron Township in 2016.

First and foremost, I’d like to send a personal “thank you” to those who have visited my webpage and social media pages, and have read and shared the articles that I post on a weekly basis. A second round of thanks goes out to the select few who have advertised on The Huron Hub — I appreciate your support. Last, and of course, not least, are the people in the community who send news tips and press releases to the website, email, and social media pages. Your input is critical in keeping the community informed about news and events in Huron Township.


The most popular article published this year by the Huron Hub gained over 15,000 views alone, and featured the demolition of the former Pinnacle Race Course on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

In 2016, The Huron Hub website continued to grow when compared to the previous two years of its operation. The website reached nearly 140,000 unique visitors this year, according to the website’s statistics. Those 140,000 visitors created almost 285,000 page views during the year.

That’s a considerable amount, especially when you take into account that Huron Township’s population, according to the 2010 census, is just over 15,800 residents. The Huron Hub reaches people all over the world, including transplanted Huron Township natives living in other states.

Our most popular stories are broken down by month, and include the articles that received the most views during that time.

Happy New Year!

Year in review: our most popular articles in 2016

Demolition under way at abandoned Pinnacle Race Course (PHOTOS)

15-year-old Huron High student arrested after making bomb threat on social media

Car enthusiast hopes to bring motorplex, car condo development to former Pinnacle Race Course site

Huron Township teens arrested for breaking into home, stealing electronics

Man attempts to enter West Road home while resident is home

Watch New Boston native perform on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Brown Elementary principal camps overnight on school’s front lawn after students nearly double reading challenge minutes

New Boston man buys $52,500 winning lottery ticket from Huron Market

Police officers, firemen commended for preventing possible murder-suicide at Michigan Memorial Cemetery

Two eighth graders arrested after admitting to bomb threat at Renton Junior High School

Wiley’s Coyote Grill in New Boston announces closure on Facebook

Four juveniles arrested for breaking into Miller Elementary School in New Boston

Homeowner holds robber at gunpoint during home invasion in Huron Township

Harry’s Corned Beef & Ham restaurant to open in downtown New Boston

Trixie’s Diner opens in downtown New Boston

Search Huron Township police officers commended for talking suicidal man down from freeway overpass

Student arrested after making threat against Summit Academy High School

Missing woman found safe

Huron Township Police swear in new officer

Monroe man, 19, dies in fog related head-on crash in Huron Township

Election 2016: Huron Township election results

Township board appoints new fire chief in Huron Township

Check it out: New Boston resident’s light display is synced with radio Christmas music

In rare move, citizen thanks Huron Township police officer who arrested them

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