Huron Township Municipal Offices (Huron Hub file photo)
Posted by The Huron Hub | May 15, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 canlearn 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.