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Romulus mayor to tout accomplishments, outline 2020 goals and plans during state of city address

Romulus Mayor Leroy Burcroff


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

Published Jan. 20, 2020

Romulus Mayor Leroy Burcroff will give the annual state of the city address on Jan. 23.

The address will highlight the city’s business development accomplishments as well as outline goals and plans for the 2020 year, which include upgrades for public safety operations, infrastructure and more, a statement from the mayor’s office said.

The event is $20 for the public to attend, with proceeds going toward Romulus summer programming, including the Sounds in Downtown and Movies in the Park events.

The address will be held at Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road.

Registration is at 3:30 p.m. and the address is 4:30-5:30 p.m.


 

Busch Beer says the more snow we get, the cheaper their beer is

During Busch Snow Day, every inch of snow in select cities in the Midwest and Great Lakes equals $1 off of Busch. (Image courtesy Busch Beer)


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

Posted Jan. 16, 2020

Snow haters, this might change your mind.

Busch Beer announced that residents of certain snowy states can get a special rebate on their beer depending on the amount of snow that falls there.

“During Busch Snow Day, every inch of snow in select cities in the Midwest and Great Lakes equals $1 off of Busch,” a statement from the company said. “The more snow falls, so does the price of Busch.”

In Michigan, Busch Beer drinkers looking for that rebate should keep an eye on Grand Rapids’ snow totals.

Rebates can be entered at any time until March 21, and you’ll receive money back shortly after that date, according to the company.

The most in rebates a Busch drinker can get is $30, and you must save your receipts to prove purchase.

Of course, you must be 21 to participate in the promotion.

Rebates can be entered at this link.

For a full list of the Busch Snow Day rules, visit this link.

Related: National Weather Service forecasting 4-7 inches of snow by Saturday morning


 

Advocates push for using ‘crash’ instead of ‘accident’ when referring to roadway incidents

(HURON HUB FILE PHOTO)


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

Posted Jan. 13, 2020

Is it a traffic “accident” or “crash?”

That question, according to officials, is no longer up for debate.

Safety advocates say the language we use to refer to roadway incidents is outdated.

Recently, a push by officials across the country is asking transportation partners, law enforcement, emergency response, and the media to make an effort to describe traffic situations as crashes, incidents or collisions instead of accidents.

Locally, the Michigan Department of Transportation says it is working to change the language used when discussing traffic crashes.

“We realize it may seem like a small matter but using the word ‘accident’ reinforces the erroneous view that traffic crashes are something that occur outside of a person’s control,” said Jeffrey D. Cranson, MDOT director of communications.

MDOT says that even though the word “accident” is a deeply ingrained habit for many, it is important to make the change to a non-biased term.

“Using the words ‘crash’ or ‘collision’ does not attribute blame but also does not remove responsibility from those involved,” Cranson said.

Almost all crashes stem from driver behavior like drinking, distracted driving and other risky activity, according to safety officials.

Additionally, about six percent are caused by vehicle malfunctions, weather, and other factors.

Preliminary estimates by the nonprofit National Safety Council show deadly crashes rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015 over the previous year, killing about 38,000 people.


 

Officials urge preparedness ahead of storm


January 10, 2020 — 3:30 PM EST

With a severe winter storm expected to bring a mix of rain, snow and freezing rain to the Lower Peninsula this weekend the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to be prepared for possible flooding, power outages and dangerous travel.

“Keeping Michiganders safe during severe weather is one of my top priorities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “My office, along with state departments, will be closely monitoring weather conditions and proactively coordinating with emergency management to support local response efforts as appropriate.  We are also encouraging residents to be safe and take precautions during these extreme weather conditions that are predicted this weekend.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting 2 to 4 inches of rain across the Lower Peninsula beginning Friday with a slow transition to a wintry mix, including freezing rain and sleet, before changing to snow by late Saturday. Flooding is possible along and south of I-94, while the area south of the U.S. 10 corridor and north of I-94 is most at risk for ice accumulations.

Related: Flood watch issued through Saturday night; 2 to 4 inches of rain forecasted

“Both flooding and freezing rain have the ability to be life-threatening,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Michigan residents should take steps to prepare now. Keeping supplies like a flashlight, a portable radio and a working cell phone with a backup power source on-hand can help keep you and your family safe during an emergency.”

Precipitation forecast (rain and melted snow/ice) for the 3-day period from 7 a.m. EST Friday, Jan. 10, to Monday, Jan. 13. Image credit: National Weather Service

During a power outage

  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to police and the utility company.
  • Use battery powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power.
  • Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide:
    • Do not use a grill indoors.
    • Do not use an unvented gas or kerosene heater.
    • Do not use a generator inside a home or garage. Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
    • Do not use an oven or stove to heat your home.
  • Use extreme caution when driving, especially if traffic signals are out.

Safe winter driving tips:

  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip, if possible.
  • DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
  • Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
  • Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary.
  • Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plate before driving.

To stay safe during a winter storm:

  • Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens, gloves, scarf and a warm coat.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in your kit in case you become stranded.

Preparing for a flood

  • Create an emergency preparedness kit with a 72-hour supply of water, including three gallons per person. Include extra water if you have pets.
  • Put important documents and valuables in a water-proof container on the top floor of your home.
  • Create an inventory of your household items and take photos of the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Double-check sump pumps to ensure they are working properly. If possible, have a battery backup system.
  • Make sure your neighborhood storm drains are clear of debris. Clogged storm drains contribute to flooded roadways.

Driving in a flood

  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts, they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of year, but especially during the winter months. If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

Motorists are encouraged to check travel conditions and weather reports before driving at www.michigan.gov/roadconditions. Major road closures can be found at www.michigan.gov/drive.  The MSP/EMHSD asks that you tune into local news and/or view these websites rather than calling your local MSP post or 911 for travel conditions.

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready or follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

Source: Michigan State Police 


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BIGGBY COFFEE offering up free cup of joe to all law enforcement officers today


Posted by The Huron Hub on Jan. 9, 2020

On Jan. 9, BIGGBY® COFFEE is brewing up something special for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Across the nation, law enforcement officers, retired and active, will get a free 16oz beverage of their choice on us.

BIGGBY® COFFEE believes everyone deserves to build a life they love. Through community service, friendly coffee shops, and encouraging fundraising in their coffee shops, BIGGBY® COFFEE knows that building lives we love would not be possible without the sacrifices of our men and women in law enforcement.

That’s why this National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, BIGGBY® COFFEE is brewing up a special “thank you” for all law enforcement. As a way to say thank you for serving us, BIGGBY® COFFEE is serving all active and retired law enforcement one free 16oz beverage on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Thursday, January 9, at all participating BIGGBY® COFFEE across the nation. All you need to do is show a valid ID, and your drink is on us.

While it may be a small token of thanks, we hope that our nation’s active and retired law enforcement officers feel a little bit of love from BIGGYB® COFFEE as we strive to brew love into each cup we hand out.

Raise your lattes with BIGGBY® COFFEE on Jan. 9 as we say thank you to the unsung heroes of all of our communities.

Source: Biggby Coffee


 

Detroit Metro Airport extends ‘Destination Pass’ program


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

Posted Jan. 6, 2020

A recently launched program at Detroit Metro Airport that allows visitors without air travel tickets the ability to enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals has been extended.

Called “DTW Destination Pass,” the program lets those who are not flying enjoy amenities of the airport, surprise an arriving traveler, or spend extra time with a loved one who is departing.

Airport officials say there is no end date set for the program at this time.

“We’ve received a tremendous response to the DTW Destination Pass program,” said WCAA CEO Chad Newton. “We understand that our facility is more than just an airport—it is a place where memories are made. One participant of the program shared with us that she was able to bring her 3-year-old nephew to the airport to greet his parents and see airplanes for the first time. He loved it! It is a pleasure to offer everyone a chance to experience DTW and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Those wishing to participate in the DTW Destination Pass program must still apply for a pass through the airport’s website the day before their planned visit.

Applicants will receive an email notification advising of their approval status.

If approved, applicants will receive detailed instructions electronically.

All participants must submit to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft.

“The DTW Destination Pass program is averaging more than 60 applicants a day,” said WCAA Security Chief Debra Sieg. “The information we’ve received from participant surveys indicates that most approved applicants utilized the program to meet someone who was arriving at or departing from the airport. However, some wanted to watch planes or visit one of our dining or retail options.”

The DTW Destination Pass program is limited to 75 visitor passes per day. Passes can be used from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Additional information on the program, application process and requirements can be found at metroairport.com/about-us/dtw-destination-pass.


 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks to raise price of 2020 annual passes


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

Posted Dec. 31, 2019

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are raising the cost of their annual vehicle passes in 2020.

The 2020 pass will cost $40, up from $35.

For seniors, a 2020 annual pass will cost $29. ID verification is required, and all senior passes must be purchased in person.

The annual standard pass fee was last increased in 2016 when it was raised from $30 to $35.

The annual passes allow residents to visit 13 Metroparks in the system that cover 25,000 acres across southeast Michigan and are located along the Huron and Clinton rivers.

Metroparks are open 365 days per year and offer visitors variety of outdoor recreation and aquatics.

Locally, the Metroparks are a major attraction for Huron Township residents since three of the system’s parks — Willow, Oakwoods, and Lower Huron — are located within township borders.

The fee increase will help cover the cost of upgrades throughout the aging trail system and is expected to generate between $800,000 to $900,000, according to this report in The Detroit News.

The funding will also aid the park system’s plans for capital improvements.

Metropark officials said the parks began marketing an early purchase discount program via email, mailings and on social media in November, when season passes go on sale.

Those in the know were able to purchase the 2020 passes at the current 2019 rate.

Metropark passes can be purchased online at this link.