My name is Keirstin Timpko and I am the co chair Family Relations for RockeTHON this year. I have been coming to RockeTHON since 2003, I was about 2 years old. I have been a Miracle Child all my life and without Children’s Miracle Network or RockeTHON, I would not be here today. I was born with 4 heart defects and a smaller right leg. I have survived 3 open heart surgeries and 4 heart catherizations. RockeTHON is not just about raising money, it is about giving another child at a chance at life like I have received. My goal is to raise $1000, but I still have to work towards that goal. So if I raise $1000, I will cut off a foot of my hair and donate it so a child can receive a wig from it. I will continue to advocate and strive to do my best while helping Children’s Miracle Network. This is for the kids.
Timpko was born with four serious heart defects and had three open heart surgeries and four heart catheterizations.
Timpko was born with four serious heart defects and had three open heart surgeries and four heart catheterizations.
More than 10 million kids enter a children’s hospital across North America every year.
To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care.
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns.
Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
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.
“We are New Boston residents, locally owned and operated.”
Posted by The Huron Hub — March 31, 2021
Locally owned Roehm’s Tent Rentals & More announced they are open for business.
The business offers tent rentals, tables, chairs, and more.
“We serve the communities within a 20 mile radius of New Boston. I am here to accommodate the best I can so if you do not see a package that fits your event please feel free to call,” said owner Paula Roehm. “I do offer some discount programs to help you save on your rental. Military discount, First Responder, Senior Discount.”
Starting March 16, the Michigan Secretary of State will offer new online services for customers and expand the capability of self-service stations to include many driver’s license and state ID transactions.
In addition to the many services already offered online, new online services at Michigan.gov/SOS will include:
Renew or replace an enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo is required
View the status of the requested driver’s license or state ID
Request and obtain a driving record
Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license
Detroit Metro Airport has been named best airport in North America for customer experience amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Detroit Metro Airport has earned Airports Council International’s 2020 Airport Service Quality Award for Best Airport by Size and Region (25 to 40 million passengers per year in North America).
This customer service award is one of the highest honors in the aviation industry, an airport spokesperson said.
DTW shares this recognition with Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The annual ASQ Awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world according to ACI’s surveys, which are based on live research gathered from travelers at the airport.
The surveys are conducted at nearly 400 airports worldwide. The ASQ program delivers an in-depth assessment of the quality of the customer service experience, including airport cleanliness, wayfinding and the courtesy and helpfulness of airport staff.
“It is a great honor for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to be named one of the best airports in the world for the second time in three years,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “To earn the ASQ Award during a global pandemic—a time that has proven challenging for everyone—is an even bigger accomplishment. Our airport team will continue to maintain a safe environment while we work to restore confidence in air travel.”
According to the survey results, DTW showed growth in several key performance areas over the last year. The most significant improvements noticed by DTW customers in 2020 include the cleanliness of restrooms and terminals, wait times, passport inspection, and the feeling of being safe and secure. Additionally, the surveyed travelers noted the efficiency and courtesy of airport staff.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport has always been committed to delivering an excellent customer experience with an emphasis on safety. This goal took on a new meaning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the Airport Authority implemented measures to protect customers, visitors, and staff from the virus ranging from installing acrylic barriers, face covering dispensers and hand sanitizing stations to displaying signage promoting healthy habits. The janitorial staff increased the frequency of cleaning in high touch point areas as well.
“I congratulate Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on their success in the Airport Service Quality Awards which represent the highest possible recognition for airport operators around the world and recognize excellence in customer experience,” said Airports Council International Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira. “Customers have spoken and recognized the successful efforts of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport team in providing a superior customer experience under very trying circumstances during the pandemic.”
Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been a proud participant of the Airport Service Quality benchmarking process since 2006.
Prior to 2020, DTW received other ACI honors, such as being named one of the best airports by size and category (25-40 million passengers) in North America for customer service in 2018.
Airports Council International is the trade association of the world’s airports.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks provided an update on the park’s early 2021 plans for managing deer health and the herd population across the system.
Recently, a scheduled cull at Kensington Metropark was canceled due to timing constraints, and a cull on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Oakwoods/Willow Metroparks (the two parks are connected) was completed.
The plan at Kensington had been paused while law enforcement authorities investigated credible threats of violence, ultimately leading to recent misdemeanor charges against an Oakland County man for malicious use of telecommunications services.
No Place for Violent Threats, But Respectful Dialogue Encouraged
Metroparks Director Amy McMillan noted that the park system is committed to both transparency and respectful dialogue, but violent threats cross a key line.
“We respect that some have strong feelings about this wildlife management decision and always encourage feedback and two-way dialogue, but we can’t stand by when threats of violence endanger park staff, visitors or community. An in-depth investigation was why we could not share a more specific and transparent update until now. We thank the Royal Oak Police Department and Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office for their diligent work on this matter.”
Sharing Specific Deer Management Updates and a Commitment to Science
Winter 2021 Deer Management Details:
A February 2021 cull did not and will not take place at Kensington Metropark due to timing constraints of the investigation into threats of violence. Though Kensington’s deer population has grown beyond the recommended carrying capacity of the 4,500-acre natural area, the Metroparks will not request a permit extension beyond the current Feb. 28 end date due to deer gestation cycles.
The deer management program was completed as planned at the adjoined Oakwoods/ Willow Metroparks with a final winter 2021 cull that took place Feb. 25 between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight.
“The Metroparks team understands and appreciates the wide range of passionate viewpoints this issue evokes,” Director McMillan added. “We also wanted to help clear up inaccurate information that’s been circulating and let people know we weighed all options and available data carefully as we take our responsibility to the parks and our stewardship of them extremely seriously. The science will always guide and drive our decisions on the most effective, most humane way to protect the long-term health and welfare of the deer population as well as the ecosystem which sustains them.”
Additional Study Ordered to Ensure Latest, Best Practices
McMillan also directed the Metroparks Natural Resources Division to conduct a comprehensive review of best practices and alternative methods across the state and country. This additional study will be completed by the end of 2021 and made publicly available. Similar reviews will also take place about every three years to ensure the latest, updated science is always considered.
“We want to regularly assess and continually ensure the Metroparks is doing everything possible to humanely address overpopulation and ensure a healthy, thriving deer population that also sustains our diverse flora and fauna that play a role in sustaining the entire ecosystem,” McMillan said.
History and Rationale for Deer Management Program
Tyler Mitchell, Chief of Natural Resources for the Metroparks, explained that the deer management program at the Metroparks began in 1999 in response to an observed decline in the overall health of the deer herd and the loss of more than 70 species of native plants.
Third-party wildlife biology experts completed health studies on the park deer populations and concluded that, “data indicates herd stress due to lack of nutrition.” Maintaining a healthy balance between herbivores and native plants means achieving the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)-recommended deer population density of 15-20 deer per square mile.
Regular aerial surveys are used across the Metroparks system to help determine herd sizes and if any deer culls may be needed in a specific year at a specific park. This information led to the determination that the current estimated herd of 210 in the 5.1 square land miles of the adjoined Oakwoods and Willow Metroparks and the current herd of at least 120 across Kensington’s 5.1 square land miles needed to be reduced. Metroparks intended to reduce the herd at Oakwoods and Willow by 58 deer and harvested a total of 51 deer. Metroparks intended to reduce the herd at Kensington by 43 deer and the cull did not take place. Deer tend to proliferate at these parks due to multiple factors, including a lack of natural predators, surrounding agricultural settings and reduced hunting activity in the immediate area.
Mitchell noted that all harvested deer will be processed for meat and donated to local food banks to help feed hungry families across Southeast Michigan.
Posted by The Huron Hub – Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021
The Romulus Athletic Center has moved into Phase Two of its reopening plan, adhering to health and safety guidelines set by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Wayne County Health Department and the CDC.
“After careful consideration and closely following the safety recommendations of health experts, we are pleased to announce the Romulus Athletic Center has moved forward with its reopening plan,” said Romulus Athletic Center Manager Andy Mackay. “We know the athletic center plays a role in supporting the health and wellness of residents, so safely reopening and offering the services our members rely on has been a priority since the start of the pandemic.”
As of February 15, the following athletic center offerings are now open to members:
The lazy river, lap pool and hot tub, which have reopened at 25% capacity to members only from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Masks will be required at all times while on the pool deck and in the hot tub and lazy river, except for when swimming.
The basketball courts, which have reopened at 25% capacity to members only for small groups or practice play. Courts can also be reserved per party to further maximize safe social distancing and avoid in-person interaction.
The men’s and women’s locker rooms have reopened and will undergo routine cleanings, including after each individual use of the family locker room, a light cleaning every 15 minutes, a deep cleaning every two hours and a nightly power wash.
At this time, select workout equipment will remain off the gym floor and dance classes will remain in the gym and banquet areas. Day passes are not permitted but the athletic center is accepting new memberships.
“I want to thank the Romulus Athletic Center team for their hard work in preparing for the safe second phase of reopening, as well as residents for their patience throughout the process,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “Like many cities, Romulus has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, but together we have stayed resilient and Romulus Strong. I’m eager to see our community work together as we continue to push through the pandemic and maintain our momentum in the years to come.”
Metroparks intend to leverage grant funding to improve accessibility and recreation opportunities.
The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is seeking public input on three projects being submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Grants program. The Metroparks are home to 13 parks in southeast Michigan and staff is looking to improve their impact on the community by leveraging grantfunding that will complement the Metroparks’ annual budget. The Metroparks are committed to removing barriers, creating and improving access, and increasing recreation opportunities for all, and if awarded, these grant funds will allow the parks to improve accessibility to water and trail recreation.
Public support and input help guide the final design of park improvements and result in stronger applications, so the Metroparks want to hear from the community.
One proposed project will be located at Delhi Metropark, located five miles outside of Ann Arbor. This park is home to 52acres of mature oak trees and open, grassy lawns along the Huron River. The proposed project would make improvements for accessibility along the Huron River by renovating the site to add a new floating dock system and an expanded sandy launch/take-out area using universal design principals, including: Expansion of sandy take-out area, new accessible floating kayak launch/take-out with solar edge lights, two accessible picnic tables and a bench with easy accessto the adjacent trails, dog waste station, relocation of water spigot for accessible use, improved concrete walkway to Huron River, native tree and other native vegetative buffer plantings.
The second proposed project would be located at Lake Erie Metropark. This 1,607-acre park is in the southeastern corner of Wayne County, at the junction of the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Lake Erie Metropark is part of the Downriver Linked Greenways North South Trail (part of the Iron Belle Trail) and the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail. The proposed project for Lake Erie Metropark would improve the Cherry Island NatureTrail and associated amenities for accessibility using universal design principles, including:
• Accessible concrete parking area with 3 van spaces• New 8’ wide aggregate trail from parking lot to new trailhead
• 6’ wide accessible aggregate path at Lake Erie viewing area• 2 accessible picnic tables, 2 bike hoops, and viewing scopes
• Removal and replacement of a land bridge trail with 10’ wide, 630’ long boardwalk
• New split rail fence for trail safety• Relocation of benches to accessible areas• Accessibility improvements to existing boardwalk
• Elevation and modification to existing trail for accessible slopes and cross-slopes• 5 native trees near parking lot
The third project is proposed for Stony Creek Metropark. This park extends across Oakland and Macomb counties with 4,435acres used for year-round recreation and education. The project at Stony Creek Metropark would improve accessibility of the Reflection Nature Trail and associated amenities using universal design principles, including:
• Replacement of three bridges• Replacement of the existing dock with shoreline viewing platform
• Accessible push button doors at the Nature Center main entrance
• Relocation of benches to accessible areas
• Various landscaping features including new native plantings and accessible prairie development
• Modification to existing trail for accessible slopes and cross-slopes
The public can review the projects, including conceptual plans,through the Metroparks website at http://www.metroparks.com/DNRgrants. Metroparks staff are offering multiple opportunities to provide feedback. Three virtual public meetings are scheduled, where each of the projects will be discussed along with opportunities for feedback. The zoom meetings are scheduled for:
• Thursday, February 18 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
• Thursday, February 18 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
• Saturday, February 20 from 11 a.m. – Noon
Additionally, feedback can be given through an online survey if you are unable to attend one of the virtual events. Lastly, there will be a virtual public hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9.a.m. prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting.