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US government launches website to order free at home COVID test kits


Posted by The Huron Hub | Jan. 18, 2022

A new website was launched by the federal government Tuesday offering four free COVID test kits to each household in the US.

To order your free at home COVID tests, visit this website: www.covidtests.gov

ABOUT THE AT-⁠HOME COVID-⁠19 TESTS

The tests available for order:

-Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
-Can be taken anywhere
-Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
-Work whether or not you have COVID-⁠19 symptoms
-Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-⁠19 vaccines
-Are also referred to self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests

Take an at-⁠home test:

-If you begin having COVID-⁠19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, or
-At least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-⁠19, or
-When you’re going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID-⁠19 vaccines.

More information available at www.covidtests.gov


Huron-Clinton Metroparks looking to fill 25 full and part-time, year-round jobs

The Metroparks say they offer a diverse array of job opportunities across its 13 properties in Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Jan. 18, 2022

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Workers across the country are continuing to navigate the ripple effects of the pandemic with many workers choosing to resign from high demand, high stress jobs – including those leaving mid-career positions and boomers taking early retirements. During the on-going pandemic visitors continue flocking to parks and outdoor spaces seeking recreational opportunities and the health and wellness benefits that accompany them. With a diverse array of more than 25 full- and part-time year-round job positions currently open, and more being posted regularly, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks can offer the flexibility and rewarding work experience job seekers are now opting for in some of those memorable outdoor spaces everyone is spending more time in.

The Metroparks provides employment for around 200 full-time employees and around 1,000 additional part-time and summer workers each year. Jobs with the Metroparks offer a unique opportunity for professionals, students, and retirees to work flexible hours while earning good wages with great benefits and perks. Full-time positions include paid time off, comprehensive health plans and tuition reimbursement and all positions, including seasonal jobs, offer career advancement opportunities,an employee assistance program, free or discounted facility use (golf, water facilities, food service, etc.) and many other perks.

The Metroparks is currently searching for administrative team members in accounting, marketing, and planning as well as a new Chief of Planning and Development, a Community Outreach Interpretive Supervisor, Senior Buyer, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Support Specialist.

“The people who serve the Metroparks provide an invaluable service to not only our park visitors, but to our local communities and region,” said Metroparks Director Amy McMillan. “We welcome individuals who want to make a difference and share their unique skills to advance the work we do while ensuring the Metroparks are here for generations to come.”

A sample of current job opportunities within the parks include a part-time Golf Manager position at Hudson Mills Metropark near Ann Arbor; a full-time park maintenance worker and a variety of part-time Golf Manager, Maintenance and Gift Shop positions at Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown; a part-time lifeguard supervisor and water safety manager at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township; and other openings for Golf Course Mechanics and booth attendants. The Metroparks also has vacancies in its own police department as well as openings within its robust interpretive services educational programming department, perfect for former teachers or naturalists.

New entry-level and year-round positions are always being added with seasonal spring and summer positions to be posted beginning in February. Summer staff are integral in providing exceptional summertime activities and programs, keeping the Metroparks locations maintained, and helping wildlife and ecosystems thrive. Without the lifeguards, maintenance crews, food service workers, equipment rental attendants, other support staff and volunteers, the Metroparks would not be able to deliver amazing experiences to the millions of visitors who turn to the parks as a primary form of recreation. As an additional way to attract the best team members, seasonal employees also receive an end-of-summer bonus based on the number of hours worked throughout the summer.

The Metroparks are open 365 days a year and encompass 25,000 acres of nature and recreational facilities. Each year more than 1.5 million people engage with the Metroparks to enjoy amenities such as picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, nature study, biking, golf, disc golf, cross country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and a diversity of outdoor programs and special events.

Learn more about job opportunities with the Metroparks by visiting www.metroparks.com/job-opportunities. Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job posting. Applications can be submitted online, or applicants may also apply by visiting a Metropark office for a printed job application. Completed applications may be returned to the Metropark office by mail or in person.


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Winter weather advisory issued for southeast Michigan

(HURON HUB FILE PHOTO BY SCOTT BOLTHOUSE)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Jan. 1, 2022

Mother Nature is making her New Years Day arrival in style.

Southeast Michigan is under a winter weather advisory until Sunday morning.

2 to 5 inches of snow is forecasted for much of the state.

Here is an infographic from the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac with more information:


Train derailment in Romulus causes power outages in surrounding areas; no injuries reported

Train derailment occurs between Eureka Road and North Line Road in Romulus early on New Years Day. No injuries were reported. Numerous power outages have occurred in the area due to the derailment.
(Photo courtesy of Romulus Firefighters)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Jan. 1, 2022

Train derailment in Romulus causes power outages in surrounding areas; no injuries reported.

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I-275 project update: Lanes and 5 Mile Road bridge reopening

Posted by The Huron Hub | Dec. 20, 2021

Crews have reopened all lanes of northbound and southbound I-275 from Will Carleton Road to 6 Mile Road. The work on the 5 Mile Road bridge is expected to be completed and reopened Dec. 17.

Over the next couple of months, there will be shoulder work on southbound I-275 from 5 Mile Road to Northline Road, along with signal work at the ramp interchanges at Ecorse Road, Michigan Avenue, and Ann Arbor Road.

Work on I-275 is expected to resume in late February 2022.

County:

Wayne

Highways:

I-275

5 Mile Road

Lanes reopening:

Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

Project resumes:

Late February 2022 Overall project completion date: 2024

Project details:

This Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project on 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carleton Road and 6 Mile Road in Wayne County is being performed in four phases through 2025.

The first phase of concrete pavement repairs along 10 miles from Will Carleton Road to Northline Road has been completed, along with asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges. This year’s work included preparation for 2022 rebuilding; shoulders were widened for future temporary lane use and 27 crossovers were built in the median for entrance and exit ramps, along with other prep work.

The additional work that will be performed in phases over the next few years includes: 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of four interchanges, improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements. Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. For more project details and updates, go to http://www.Revive275.org or http://www.twitter.com/Revive275.

Safety benefits:

This project will result in a smoother driving surface, extending the lifespan of the roadway and increasing safety. Drainage will also be improved by this work.

Detroit Metro Airport expects larger crowds this holiday season; offers tips to travelers

A Delta jet departs Detroit Metro Airport. Photo by Scott Bolthouse – The Huron Hub.

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 23, 2021

Detroit Metro Airport expects over 3.5 million travelers this holiday season, more than double the number of passengers from last year and approximately 15 percent lower than 2019. During the Thanksgiving travel period (Nov. 19 – 28), nearly 400,000 additional passengers are expected this year compared to 2020. During the Christmas and New Year’s travel period (Dec. 18 – Jan. 2), more than 600,000 additional passengers are expected compared to the same time a year ago.

“We’re cautiously optimistic about the travel forecast this holiday season,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “Only time will tell if this increase in passenger traffic is a sign our economy and our industry are rebounding. Regardless, our Detroit Metropolitan Airport team will continue working hard to deliver an excellent customer experience, while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in our terminals.”

Earlier this year, DTW received the Airports Council International (ACI) 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. Also, DTW recently earned the ACI Airport Health Accreditation, which demonstrates the staff is taking steps aligned with industry best practices to reduce health risks. Since the start of the pandemic, DTW has increased cleaning in high touchpoint areas and stationed customer service agents and volunteers throughout the airport to remind everyone to wear a face covering. Dispensers with free face coverings are available for those who forget their masks at home.

In addition to the mask reminder, DTW has a few more holiday travel tips to share.
Apply for the DTW Destination Pass to spend more time with your loved ones.
Non-ticketed visitors can enter the post-security side of the McNamara and North terminals by participating in the DTW Destination Pass program. Anyone wishing to greet family and friends at their gate or wait with them until their flight departs can apply for a pass the day before the planned visit to DTW at http://www.metroairport.com/about-dtw/dtw-destination-pass.

-Arrive early! Everything is easier when you’re not rushing. During the holidays, the airport welcomes a higher percentage of infrequent travelers who may need extra time. It is important to arrive early to avoid the stress of rushing to your flight. As a general rule of thumb, the airport recommends arriving two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Allowing extra time will enable you to park, check baggage, proceed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening and reach your departure gate.

-Active loading & unloading at the terminal curb fronts will be strictly enforced.
Never leave your vehicle on the arrivals or departures curb unattended. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

-The curb fronts at both terminals are reserved for active loading and unloading only and can become extremely congested during peak times. Airport Police will be doing their best to move motorists along to prevent traffic backups. Take advantage of the airport’s short term parking at both terminals – $4 for 30 minutes or less, and $6 for up to an hour.

-Pre-arrange a meeting location with the traveler you are picking up. In addition to short term parking lots, two complimentary cell phone lots are available at the north and south ends of the airport. Please visit the following link for a map: http://www.metroairport.com/terminals/maps/campus-map.

-Don’t wrap gifts before traveling. Packages that are wrapped may need to be opened by TSA, causing disappointment and delays at the screening checkpoints.

-Check your bags for prohibited items BEFORE arriving at the airport. Attempting to proceed through TSA screening with prohibited items in your bag will delay the screening process for you and other passengers. To find out what is considered a prohibited item, visit tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips, and remember prohibited items are more than just weapons. All liquids and gels over 3.4 ounces are prohibited in carry-on baggage.

-Arrange for assistance in advance. The Airport Authority and its partners are committed to providing a welcoming and convenient travel experience for all passengers. Travelers who may require additional assistance should advise their airline or TSA ahead of time. More information can be found at metroairport.com/Accessibility.aspx or by calling TSA Cares: 855-787-2227.

-Expedited screening programs are available. The Airport Authority encourages travelers concerned about the possibility of longer TSA or Customs screening lines to sign up for a trusted traveler program offered by TSA or U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The company, CLEAR, also has a program that saves travelers time. See the links below for more information:
http://www.tsa.gov/precheck
http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry
http://www.clearme.com


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Local stores checked for alcohol, tobacco sales to minors in Huron Township

Huron Hub file photo

Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2021

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Huron Township Police Department conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco operation within Huron Township.

All establishments within the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for the sale of liquor and tobacco to a minor.

“We are pleased to say that every establishment passed the test. We commend our business owners for their continuing attention in this matter,” a statement from the police department said.

“Routine proactive operations targeting the sales of liquor and/or tobacco will be initiated by the Huron Township Police Department. Protecting the youth of our Township is a priority of our department and illegal sales to minors will not be tolerated.”


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I-275 update: median crossovers being built, I-94 ramps reopened, other ramps closing


Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 9, 2021

I-275 construction update:

Crews are working in the I-275 median between Eureka Road and 5 Mile Road to build up the current northbound left shoulder and build crossovers for ramp access during next year’s rebuilding of southbound I-275. In 2022, a traffic shift will put both directions of I-275 traffic on the current northbound side using the newly rebuilt shoulder; the crossovers will allow drivers to cross over the work area to access the entrance and exit ramps.

The 5 Mile Road bridge over I-275 is expected to reopen sometime in early December. The roadwork on I-275 from Will Carleton Road to 6 Mile Road should wrap up in early December for this first year of the project. Crews expect to return in late winter.

Airport access is available at the I-94/Merriman Road and I-275/Eureka Road interchanges.

I-275 OPEN RAMPS:

  • 6 Mile Road
  • I-96/M-14 interchange
  • Ann Arbor Road
  • M-153 (Ford Road)
  • US-12 (Michigan Avenue)
  • Ecorse Road
  • I-94 interchange
  • Sibley Road
  • Eureka Road (except this weekend’s ramp closures noted below)

CLOSED RAMPS:

  • Westbound Eureka Road ramp to southbound I-275 – 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily through November.
  • Eastbound Eureka Road ramp to northbound I-275 – 9 a.m.-3p.m. daily through November
  • Northbound I-275 ramp to S. Huron Road – through November
  • S. Huron Road ramp to northbound I-275 – through November
  • Northbound I-275 ramp to Will Carleton Road – 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.
  • Will Carleton Road ramp to northbound I-275 – 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

I-275 PROJECT DETAILS:

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repairing and rebuilding 24 miles of I-275 between Will Carleton Road and 6 Mile Road in Wayne County in six phases over four years. The project includes 10 miles of concrete pavement repairs, 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges, rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of six interchanges, improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements. Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state’s economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state’s infrastructure.

During this major multi-year project, work will be occurring in multiple areas at different times. For mor project details and updates, go to http://www.Revive275.org.

SAFETY BENEFITS:

This project will result in a smoother driving surface, extending the lifespan of the roadway and increasing safety. Drainage will also be improved by this work.


Obituary: Barbara Gibbs, 1932-2021

Obituary: Barbara Gibbs, 1932-2021

Obituary posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 9, 2021

Barbara Mary Gibbs passed peacefully November 4th 2021 in Greenville, North Carolina.

Born December 18th 1932, In Detroit, Michigan.

Proceeded in death by her parents Anna & Bruno Okarski, her Brother Jerry Okasrki (Edna), and her Husband Louis Gibbs.

Survived by her children Susan Gibbs and Brian Gibbs, her daughter in law- Alice, and her grandchildren, Brittany & Brian Kinder, Sarah Gibson & Christopher Pinter.

Barbara and her husband Louis owned and operated an Ice Cream Shop that was a local favorite; Gibbs Sweet Station in New Boston, Michigan where they resided for the majority of their life. During that time, Barbara served as a boss, mentor and comedian while scooping cones for the residents of the town. She retired in 2019 and moved to Greenville, North Carolina. A true beacon of love and laughter she will be missed by all who had the chance to meet her.

To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral or viewing arrangements. Donations can be made in her memory to The Potter’s Wheel Ministry Men’s Alumni, PO Box 8, Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Rouse Mortuary Service & Crematory.


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Another day, another careless driver illegally passes school bus in Huron Township

At about 6:40 a.m., a driver in Huron Township illegally passed a school bus Wednesday morning. The driver was caught during a police patrol of the local bus routes.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Nov. 3, 2021

Police caught another careless driver passing a school bus Wednesday morning in Huron Township.

Drivers illegally passing stopped school buses has been an ongoing issue in the community since school started in the fall.

And police are doing what they can to catch drivers in the act.

In the video, you can see the bus was stopped and had its red lights engaged as it was picking up a young child Wednesday morning.

Here is the police dash cam video of the incident:

Police were conducting a patrol of the bus routes Wednesday morning.

“We continue to receive complaints about careless drivers passing the school buses while emergency lighting is activated. We continue to be proactive and issue citations to violators,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Please take a moment to share this and educate those in your inner circle about the danger this poses to our school children.”


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