Category Archives: Other News

I-94 near Metro Airport down to one lane in both directions this weekend


Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 — 3:00 PM EST


I-94 near Detroit Metro Airport will be down to one lane over the weekend, according to MDOT.

Eastbound and westbound I-94 will have only one lane open between I-275 and US-24 (Telegraph Road), from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

The closures are due to roadwork projects on the freeway.

“With fall weather settling in, crews are getting in as much work as possible during favorable weather conditions,” MDOT said.


 

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Verizon Wireless customers experiencing service disruptions in Metro Detroit


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

Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
Posted11:00 AM EST — Updated 11:15 AM EST 

Some Verizon Wireless customers in Metro Detroit are reporting service disruptions with their  phone calls and internet data.

According to Down Detector, Verizon customers in the Detroit area, as well as customers in other major cities in the region, are experiencing the network issues.

Here is the Down Detector outage map for Verizon Wireless

Verizon customer service representatives are not sure when the issue will be resolved.

“We are aware of the issue in your area and are working to restore service as soon as possible,” an automated Verizon Wireless message said when a call was placed to the company Thursday afternoon.

Customers have been experiencing the issues for over 24 hours in some parts of the metro area and in other parts of the country.

It appears both phone calls and data services are impacted by the outage.


 

Michigan judge issues preliminary injunction blocking ban on flavored e-cigarettes


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

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

A Michigan judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

Related: Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products

According to David Eggert, Michigan government/politics correspondent for the Associated Press, the judge said there is evidence that if flavored vaping products are banned in Michigan, adults will return to using more harmful combustible tobacco products.

The decision temporarily stops the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products.

Gov. Whitmer responded to the injunction and promised to seek an immediate stay and request a final ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, The Detroit News reported.


 

New Boston men confess to killing bald eagle in Manistee

(Photo courtesy Pixabay)

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

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Updated


Two men from New Boston admitted to shooting and killing a 2-year-old female bald eagle in a wooded area near the Bear Creek access site on the Manistee River in Brown Township on Saturday.

DNR conservation officers found the eagle after it had been shot and transported to Wings of Wonder, a raptor education, rehabilitation and research facility in Leelanau County.

Staff there evaluated the eagle, determined it would not be able to survive surgery, and euthanized it Monday afternoon.

“The pellets caused multiple fractures in both of her wings, some of which had completely shattered some of the bones,” said Rebecca Lessard, Wings of Wonder executive director. “There was just too much damage; she was not a surgical candidate.”

(Photo: Wings of Wonder)

Local fishing guides witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to the DNR Report All Poaching hotline around 8:40 a.m. Saturday.

“I commend the tipsters who reported this crime immediately,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “They did the right thing.”

According to the DNR, the two guides said that they saw the eagle flying, heard a gunshot and then saw the eagle fall from the sky.

The guides reported seeing the two men, ages 53 and 24, who shot the eagle, about 100 yards away, picking up decoys from the ground. One of the guides approached one of the suspects and was able to get his identification. The suspect reportedly said they knew they had “messed up.”

Sheriff’s deputies and conservation officers arrived at the access site and were able to contact the two suspects as they were attempting to leave.

DNR says they have obtained full confessions from the men.

“They said they saw the bird coming across the sun and thought it was a goose,” Conservation Officers Steve Converse said. “After they shot it, they realized it wasn’t a goose. When they walked away, they knew it was still alive but claimed they had no phone service so they couldn’t call to report the eagle.”

One of the river guides escorted officers about 1.5 miles downriver from the access site to where the guides believed the eagle went down.

The officers hiked about 150 yards up a hill, where they found the eagle crawling on the ground just east of the intersection of Kettner and River roads. One of the sheriff’s deputies provided a dog crate to transport the eagle to Wings of Wonder.

The DNR said it will submit its report to the Manistee County prosecutor’s office to determine if charges will be authorized.

If you witness or suspect a natural resource violation, call or text the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. Dispatchers are available 24/7. Learn more about Michigan’s conservation officers at Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.


 

Fall puts on a show in Michigan, but what’s the purpose?

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 can learn 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.

To learn more about the fall experience at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, please visit Metroparks.com/FallFun.


 

MDOT to invest $50 million in bridge, road work on I-275


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

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

Expect orange barrels and lane closures in early 2020 on a stretch of I-275 north of Huron Township.

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Monday a planned I-275 repair project that will stretch from Canton to Livonia.

MDOT says they are investing $50 million in early 2020 to perform bridge and road work on I-275 between M-153 (Ford Road) and 6 Mile Road.

During construction, I-275 will have two lanes open in each direction during the entire project and will include ramp closures. ​

MDOT is hosting a public meeting for residents who want more information about the project and want to give their feedback.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton.

There will be exhibits displaying project locations, types of work, and traffic details.

Those interested will have the opportunity to meet the design team and learn details
about the project.

Accommodations for the meeting can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability by calling 517-335-4381.


 

News roundup: recent headlines you may have missed

Posted By The Huron Hub on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019


Miss any news out of the Huron Township area recently? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s a roundup of some recent articles and stories published here on The Huron Hub:

Huron Township Applefest set for Oct. 5–6

American Legion Post in New Boston receives upgrades sponsored by Lowe’s Heroes program

Detroit Metro ranked no. 1 mega airport in North America by J.D. Power

Trick or treat in downtown New Boston on Halloween

34th District Court in Romulus reaches agreement to serve neighboring communities

Golf carts are now legal on the streets of Huron, but know the rules before you drive

Romulus urges state to host public hearing on deep injection well license transfer

Camilleri, Cady hosting coffee hour at Tony’s Coney Island on Oct. 25