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Photos: Air Force One flies over Huron Township, lands at Detroit Metro Airport

Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub


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

Posted May 21, 2020

Air Force One’s flight path to Michigan took it directly over Huron Township Thursday afternoon.

President Donald Trump is in Michigan to tour Ford’s Ypsilanti plant. (read more about Trump’s visit here)

Here are photos as the plane approached Detroit Metro Airport:
Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub


 

HVA paramedic receives Star of Life Award for going beyond call of duty

HVA paramdeic Shane Flynn was honored with The Star of Life Award. (Photo courtesy HVA)


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

Posted May 19, 2020

Shane Flynn, a paramedic employed by Huron Vally Ambulance, was recently announced as the 2020 EMS Star of Life Award recipient.

Flynn, a resident of Van Buren Township, joined Huron Valley Ambulance in 2014 and has since been promoted to senior paramedic.

Flynn serves as a field training officer responsible for mentoring and training new employees.

According to HVA, the award is a national honor given to EMS providers across the country, and is presented to EMTs and paramedics who go above and beyond the call of duty and who provide exemplary frontline care.

“Shane is a strong leader, one who teaches by example. His mentality is ‘service above self,’ he is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. Shane is a knowledgeable paramedic with excellent patient care skills. He is able to balance expertise with a compassionate bedside manner, allowing him to put patient needs at the forefront of all he does. When caring for a patient Shane also considers the needs of their family, making an extra effort to explain the procedures he’s performing and why they’re needed,” said Paul Hood, vice president of Huron Valley Ambulance.

In addition to his years working at HVA, he served for six years at Berlin Township Fire Department and four years at Concord EMS.

Outside of work, Flynn likes to spend time with his son, Liam, and his wife Whitney, and enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and fishing.

Huron Valley Ambulance is the EMS provider for Huron Township, Washtenaw County, southwestern Oakland County, and parts of western Wayne County.


 

Treasurer’s office makes adjustments due to COVID-19 pandemic

Huron Township Municipal Offices (Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 15, 2020 

Dear Residents,

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.

Thank you for your patience,

Colleen Lazere
Township Treasurer


 

Photos: Redbud trees blooming at Lower Huron Metropark

Redbud trees are in full bloom at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville. May 13, 2020 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.


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

Posted May 14, 2020

The eastern redbud trees at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville are on full display right now.

The blooming trees contrast perfectly with the surrounding green landscape and blue skies.

If you want to see them for yourself you better visit the park soon because the colors will be gone before long.

Photo gallery: Redbud trees at Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville, Mich. Photos by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub. 


 

If you spot a fawn alone, don’t touch it, DNR says

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.


 

Metroparks gearing up for summer visitors; important changes announced for pools, large events

(Photo/Huron-Clinton Metroparks)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 13, 2020

The weather is changing for the better and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks are getting ready for an influx of summer visitors at their 13 parks across southeast Michigan.

“We’re already making adjustments to our summer schedule and policies in light of the COVID-19 emergency. These changes are necessary to help everyone stay safe and healthy while providing the broadest possible access to Metroparks facilities” says Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Beginning May 15, the Metroparks will resume normal admission fees and will begin collecting admission seven days a week. The parks were allowing free admission on certain days during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Park admission fees are an important source of revenue for the parks that help us continue to maintain the park properties, provide programming and keep them operational all year long,” McMillan said.

Visitors can still take advantage of the last free days at the Metroparks Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Daily admission to the Metroparks is $10 or an annual pass costs $40 for access to all 13 parks all year long.

Some other recent changes for summer via the Metroparks include:

  • To avoid overcrowding, Metroparks staff will be monitoring parking lot capacities. Parks will be limiting attendance to 60% of normal parking capacity.
  • Access to lakes and rivers will remain open. You’re free to use watercraft normally permitted on these waters (such as canoes, kayaks, motorboats and sailboats). However, boat rental areas will remain closed at this time.
  • Pools, splash pads and the Turtle Cove Aquatic Center are planned to open later this summer. This delayed opening will accommodate repair projects that couldn’t be made during the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive orders, as well as necessary safety training for lifeguards.  Metroparks hope to open most pools by mid-June and Turtle Cove in early July, but this is subject to change. Future updates will be provided as those dates get closer.
  • Bathrooms in the parks are being slowly reopened, but the ability to keep bathrooms open will rely on the ability to restock toilet paper, soap and disinfecting supplies. It is recommended that you wear a face mask in public restrooms, where keeping six feet of space may be difficult. Always follow CDC guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Interpretive programming is scheduled to restart on June 16. However, the Metroparks are cancelling the annual fireworks shows as well as all summer concerts through July 4 at Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek Metroparks. These events traditionally draw very large crowds, making social distancing impossible.

Interpretive centers and park offices remain closed, but plan to open in the future.

The Metroparks are also changing programming after June 16 to support social distancing.

To stay connected while staying at home, check out some online videos, programs and resources at metroparks.com/virtual. 


 

USDA confirms detection of destructive plant pathogen in Michigan greenhouse geraniums

(Geraniums photo/Pixabay)


Posted by The Huron Hub
May 12, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (RS r3b2) in a symptomatic geranium plant in a commercial greenhouse in Michigan. RS r3b2 is a bacterial pathogen causing a wilt disease in geraniums and several important food crops, including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. It can be transmitted through contaminated soil, irrigation water, or equipment. Once an infection is present, there is no effective chemical control to manage the disease in the plants.

This incident was first identified by a vigilant Michigan grower who noticed unusual wilt symptoms on his geraniums and sent them for testing.

“Ensuring this issue is dealt with quickly and safely is crucial to protecting the state’s agriculture economy,” said Gary McDowell, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Thanks to the grower’s alertness, combined with MDARD’s and USDA’s collaborative response, we have helped avert the establishment of this devastating disease into U.S. agricultural production systems.”

“This is the first introduction of the pathogen in the U.S. since 2004, when this disease was detected and eradicated in 27 states, including 14 facilities in Michigan,” said Mike Philip, Director of MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. “It’s important to note the bacterium does not pose a threat to public or animal health or to food safety.” MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, oversees the department’s plant health programs and will lead Michigan’s efforts to rid the state of this disease.

The geranium that tested positive was a Fantasia ‘Pink Flare’ variety imported from a production facility in Guatemala. The USDA determined an additional 288 plant growers in 39 states received affected shipments from the Guatemalan facility, including 41 growers in Michigan. The impacted businesses are being notified and will be working with state and federal officials to identify and safely dispose of infected plants.

“This incident is a serious threat to our industry,” said Geoff Hansen, Executive Director of the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council. “The affected facilities must work aggressively with MDARD to contain and eliminate this disease.”

In 2018, the wholesale value of Michigan’s floriculture industry totaled $467 million, the third largest in the United States. Potatoes are Michigan’s second leading produce commodity, generating $182 million in farm gate sales each year while Michigan-grown tomatoes are valued at $35 million annually.