Category Archives: Opinion — Letters to the Editor

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

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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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Meet the candidates: Colleen Lazere running for treasurer in Huron Township

Editor’s note: As the election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Back in April, I invited every person running in Huron the chance to use the Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters were written personally by the candidates themselves, and were left unedited.

Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE. Make sure to scroll down to view all submissions.

Colleen Lazere

Colleen Lazere

My name is Colleen Lazere and I am running for Huron Township Treasurer. For those I have not had the pleasure in meeting I want to give you a chance to get to know who I am and why I am running.

It started twenty-one years ago when I moved into Huron Township. I had attended a Huron School Board meeting after hearing community members say that the district is hopeless, in financial ruin and that things would never change. The Huron School District was falling apart and the 1.2 million dollar debt wasn’t being addressed. I wanted a better district for my family and for my community.

A few months later I ran for the Huron School Board and was elected. From day one I reviewed the budgets line by line, analyzing all income, questioning all expenses and keeping the focus on the education of our children. It took many battles but we were able to diminish all the debt and are now one of the top-rated school districts in Wayne County. This was not by luck. This was not from a growing economy with a higher tax base. In fact, funding is lower now than it has ever been for Michigan schools. This was from forward thinking, dedication and listening to the community members.

However, now my attention is focused on Huron Township where I am beginning to hear the same worries about hopelessness, financial struggles and that things would never change.

We deserve leaders who are willing to put in the full effort with creative and resourceful solutions to our issues. With budgets always being a top priority, we have to be able to ensure that our core services remain intact no matter what the economy throws at us. We need strategic planning where we define our short-term and long-term visions and accomplish them with bold initiatives that move Huron forward.

Here is what you can expect from me, if elected.

Financial Stability

The issue with most municipalities is that they do not plan accordingly for when property taxes begin to diminish, resulting in a lower revenue stream. I have proven, with my time on the school board, that future planning and maintaining financial stability is one of my strengths. When a struggling economy strikes again we should be able to maintain our core services, such as public safety, without any cutbacks.

We need to ensure short term and long term financial goals are not only met, but that the budget priorities reflect the objectives of the board for the best interest of the community.  Addressing our unfunded liabilities, planning for the future and building relationships with the county and state will enhance opportunities for the entire township.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

One of the key factors to surviving a medical emergency is speed.  I understand that every minute is crucial and that timely treatments drastically improve the outcome of many critical conditions.  Our residents should not have to wait for medical services to come from outside our township’s borders.  We deserve in-house response teams.  The current board elected to hire a private company to cover our emergency medical services because of poor financial planning.  This has posed a major safety concern within our community.  If elected, I will work diligently in reviewing and securing all funds.

Accessible & Transparent

I will be in the office. I will answer your emails and phone calls. I will make certain that all bids, contracts, agendas, minutes and budgets are posted  in a timely manner. I will remain focused on the needs of the community by building relationships and gaining your trust.

The Pinnacle Property

Every day we continue to drive by the overgrown weeds and bitterness of allowing such a bad decision to plague our township.  The land is owned by Wayne County but that does not mean we do not have a voice. We need to be building strong and assertive relationships with Wayne County to figure out what avenues can be taken to bring beauty back to Sibley Road.

Listed below are a little more details about me and some additional qualifications

  • Resident of Huron Township for over twenty years
  • Married and have four children and seven grandchildren
  • Huron School Board Member for over twenty years
  • Huron School Board President for seven years
  • Huron School Finance Committee for twenty years
  • Associate of Science in Laboratory Technology
  • Actively pursuing accounting degree
  • Member of St. Stephen Parish
  • Member of the Local Development Finance Authority
  • Member of the Michigan School Board Association
  • Member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologist
  • Former Parks and Recreation Chairperson
  • Former Huron Schools Band Booster
  • Former religious education teacher

You may contact me with questions or concerns at 734-753-3827.


Meet the candidates: David Patterson running for trustee in Huron Township

Editor’s note: As the election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Back in April, I invited every person running in Huron the chance to use the Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters were written personally by the candidates themselves, and were left unedited.

Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE. Make sure to scroll down to view all submissions.

James Patterson

David Patterson

Hello, my name is David Patterson, and I have lived in Huron Township for 45 years; having been born and raised in Wayne County. I graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Science degree. I also earned credits towards Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. I am a United States Air Force veteran from the Vietnam era, with an honorable discharge as an E-5 Staff Sergeant. My career in law enforcement began in 1971 with the Huron Township Police Department. I graduated from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Academy, ranking Fourth out of 29 students. During my career in the Township, I was instrumental in forming Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programs in the Huron School District. I served as an interview panelist for Wayne County Sheriff deputies and Van Buren Township police officers positions. I coordinated security detail for the Presidential train caravan through Huron Township; worked on Cop’s Universal Hiring Program scheduling; conducted background investigations of new employees, and maintained the 911 emergency system. I retired as a Lieutenant in 2001.

As a Huron Township Trustee, I will focus on conscientious economics and sustainable community development throughout the Township. My platform to make Huron Township more efficient and effective includes my being accessible, accountable, and a passionate advocate for Huron Township.

I support the Township’s right to clean water, access to recreation, and responsible economics for the Township. I am committed to providing innovative leadership for Huron Township residents. As a trustworthy member of a service-oriented government, I will strive to promote the strong pride we all have in our community through investment in cost-effective, economic development. Partnering with adjoining municipalities for greater access to state and federal resources is a must in today’s environment.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please vote on November 8, 2016.

David Patterson


Meet the candidates: John Chont running for trustee in Huron Township

Editor’s note: As the election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Back in April, I invited every person running in Huron the chance to use the Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters were written personally by the candidates themselves, and were never edited by me.

Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE. Make sure to scroll down to view all submissions.

John Chont

John Chont

Thank you for this opportunity to address you the residents of Huron Township.

My Name is John Chont, I am 66 years old and am seeking a chair on the Township Board as a Trustee.  I am running as a republican but don’t think that party affiliation means anything in small town politics. I have two children, one son Kevin 35 who resides in Chicago as a financial bank counselor,  recently, he  graduated from Northwestern University with his MBA. I also have a daughter McKayla 19, who everyone knows and loves. I have had two employers my entire life. My mother and current one.  My main employment for the last 32 years has been with Northfield Mfg. where I hold the position of Maintenance Supervisor. I am their main problem solving guy for all aspects of keeping the shop running, whether it be in the office or on the shop floor. I am their Go Too Guy for everything. No day is ever the same in my line of work. I deal with all situations/problems that come up during the day and projects that are planned down the road.  It is stressful and challenging but it keeps my mind working and young. I am a member of the Huron Township Rotary and have recently served two consecutive one year terms as its President and am currently the secretary. I sit on the Township LDFA keeping an eye on future development in the township hoping to in entice industrial growth without creating another problem that already exists with the railroad. I am active in charities and enjoy doing so.  I have studied both Civil and Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University and Wayne State leaving with a senior status. I left school to help save a fledging business due to the sickness and passing of our Father in 1970. Dad”s passing, left my mother with six children, me being the oldest at 19 and the youngest was 4. The business had been going downhill due to dad’s illness with 2 years of back taxes being owed and the third coming due. Slowly we made payments and are going strong once again.

The Chont Family has had roots here in this township for over 75 years. Many of the new residents aren’t familiar with the Chont name but everyone knows the Waltz Green Acres Sod Farms.  It has been in the sod business since 1958 being here for the last 58 years as a sod farm. Previously my dad was a dairy farmer giving up the factory life of a graduate with a  Mechanical Engineering degree.  The only thing that has changed in the sod business is the distance of the sod deliveries, which are getting closer than where it was 50 years ago. It used to take a full tank of gas to make a delivery. Not anymore, now, some are as close as across the street.  As a family we have control of over 15 million square feet of property here in Huron Township. We are one of the largest independently family owned properties left the township. For this reason alone I feel that I should be on the board representing all the other larger property owners. It is this rural community that has attracted all you new residents here. Put me on the board to keep it this way by giving me this opportunity to serve.  I will serve the full term baring any catastrophic health issues. I will try my best to serve the community in this position. I know that the worst I can do is only please at least 51% of you. Hopefully that percentage can be higher in my voting record. I will not be politically correct when dealing with issues by pleasing the minority but will please the majority, even though the minority always seems to be the loudest.  I will not be anyone’s puppet. I will not be intimidated by anyone’s aggressive actions and I will vote the way I tell you that I am going to vote on all upcoming issues.  I will not be wishy washy on my stance or in my voting. I will not be afraid to go against the majority board members and vote NO, when I feel I should.  I have been known to have ruffled a few feathers by questioning some of the actions taken by this current board and have no intention of stopping. As far as advertising my name on every street corner, I will only have one sign up in the township and that will be on the farm homestead. I refuse to litter up the township with all the signs that are currently being displayed throughout the area. Look at Romulus, it is nothing like you see here. I will not handle situations to be politically correct but will call a spade a spade, a heart a heart and a diamond a diamond. My bluntness might be my downfall, sorry but I don’t plan on changing. Some look at my bluntness as an asset, saying, at least you know where I stand.

Back in the late 60’s my dad was asked to run for treasure by John Brandes with him running for supervisor. He accepted his invitation and put his name on the ballot but had a rough partnership breakup and his first heart attack forcing him withdraw. Maybe this is me following in his footsteps of his intended dream.  Therefore I ask for your vote this coming election to give me a chance to represent you. Thank you for this opportunity to address you in asking for your support.


John Chont