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Photos: stunning sunset over Huron Township on Thursday

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020

The sunset on Thursday night was so amazing it needed to be shared.

In fact, sunsets have been particularly vivid all week. I’ve been outside at sundown snapping photos almost nightly.

Here is what the scene looked like Thursday near Sibley and Vining Roads.

Photos by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

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Romulus Fire Department donates 1,500 cloth masks to churches

The Romulus Fire Department, with support from the Romulus Ministerial Alliance, delivered 1,500 cloth masks to four churches in the city of Romulus over the weekend. (Photos courtesy city of Romulus)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Nov. 23, 2020

The Romulus Fire Department, with support from the Romulus Ministerial Alliance, delivered 1,500 cloth masks to four churches in the city of Romulus over the weekend.

In addition, the fire department plans to distribute 2,500 masks to Romulus’ ministerial community, for a total of 4,000 masks.

The Romulus Fire Department participates in the “Mask Up, Michigan” campaign as a community action agent, allowing the department the opportunity to provide free masks to the community.

In August, the fire department acquired 3,000 cloth masks and delivered throughout the community to senior centers, the Romulus Public Library and City Hall.


Metroparks offering free admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays through Dec. 8

A trail in Oakwoods Metropark in New Boston seen here on Oct. 29, 2020. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are offering free admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through Dec. 8. (Photo by Kyle Meeker)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Nov. 19, 2020

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are offering free admission on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through Dec. 8.

“As we continue to face uncertain times, your Metroparks are committed to staying a place you can count on to connect with nature, enjoy the fresh air, learn something new, exercise and more – all with plenty of space to practice social distancing,” a statement from the Metroparks said.

Toll booths will remain staffed to answer questions, provide direction, and allow visitors the chance to purchase a discounted 20201 annual pass.

Covid-19 precautions and requirements remain in place throughout the entire parks system.

Visit for more information about the parks.


Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Metroparks announce multi-year partnership at Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Huron-Clinton Metroparks announced Nov. 12 a multi-year partnership that focuses on widening access to new programs and recreation for city and suburban families. Seen here is a rendering of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park along the Detroit Riverfront, which is slated for 2023. (Image courtesy of

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Nov. 18, 2020

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Huron-Clinton Metroparks announced Nov. 12 a multi-year partnership that focuses on widening access to new programs and recreation for city and suburban families, and leverages the world-class parks, greenways and public spaces managed by the two organizations.

Through the partnership, Metroparks will establish a physical presence in Detroit and contribute $6 million over seven years to the Conservancy for expanded programs and operations at the future Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park on the West Riverfront.

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks Board of Commissioners approved the partnership agreement which will begin immediately with two years of combined robust programming and joint outreach efforts leading up to the opening of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park along the Detroit Riverfront, which is slated for 2023. Once the park is open, the agreement includes another five full years of partnership that leverages the strengths of each organization.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to expand our collaboration with such a great organization like the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, build more relationships within the city and with all those who call it home, and have the opportunity to contribute in one small way to the dynamic energy and spirit that are the essence of Detroit,” said Amy McMillan, Director of Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “This partnership will allow us to build upon our commitment of providing exceptional recreation and educational opportunities and better, more equitably serve the city, its neighborhoods and surrounding communities, all while complementing the world-class ring of 13 regional parks in southeast Michigan.”

“We are excited by the opportunities of growing our partnership with Huron-Clinton Metroparks,” said Mark Wallace, President and CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “The ecosystem of parks and public space becomes stronger when we work together in partnerships like this one. We can do more and serve more people by embracing a truly regional perspective and leveraging our shared commitment to equity and diversity in recreation.”

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park is one of the most significant projects on the horizon for the Conservancy and a major step forward in completing its goal of developing 5.5 miles of revitalized riverfront. It will dramatically change the landscape along the downtown riverfront, and it is expected to significantly boost economic benefit in the area as well. The 22-acre park will feature a water component, Sport House with basketball courts, the Delta Dental Play Garden with an array of animal structures for kids to climb in and around and a large lawn that will be used for special events and programming.

The organizations first began working together in 2015 with programs at special events along the riverfront that educated thousands of Detroiters on wildlife and the outdoors. Teams for each organization are working to finalize details on future programs starting as early as 2021. One of the most ambitious goals is to develop a swimming program to teach Detroiters how to swim. Currently, 70 percent of Detroit children do not know how to swim.

Metroparks and the Conservancy are both reporting significant increases of visitors during 2020. The Detroit Riverfront attracts 3.5 million visitors annually and has remained open every day during the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, use of the Detroit Riverwalk has increased 20 percent and Dequindre Cut usage has increased by 40 percent. During the first decade of the riverfront revitalization project, more than $1 billion in public and private investment has occurred. To date, the Conservancy has invested more than $169 million in the revitalization of the Detroit Riverfront.

Metroparks attracts 5.6 million visitors to its 13 parks comprising 25,000 acres annually and a recent study by the Trust for Public Land found the Metroparks generate more than $90 million in direct visitor spending as well as millions more in other economic, environmental and health benefits each year across the five counties and hundreds of communities it serves – even before the pandemic hit. Since COVID-19 first hit, the Metroparks has reported a 28 percent increase in attendance and remained open, but with precautions and capacity monitoring in place. Both organizations have found that during the pandemic access to nature and public spaces are more important than ever for the physical and mental health of our communities.

The partnership also aims to spur better outcomes for health and wellness through expanded exposure to the outdoors both in the city and the surrounding five counties.


American Legion Post 231 updates community on recent rental hall upgrades, COVID restrictions

American Legion Post 231 in New Boston, MI

Posted Nov. 17, 2020

We at the American Legion Post 231 New Boston, MI. like other businesses and nonprofits have had our share of revenue reduction due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.

We have relied on the community along with corporate donations and fundraisers to raise revenue in the past. We admit we had to do some belt tightening this year and assess our annual budget, overhead and hall rental income/reductions.

We had to look at which regular rental contracts which would be renewed for 2021 and which ones would not. All this based on the latest State of Michigan COVID-19 restriction guidelines and the American Legion core value programs which we support.

While the American Legion supports the community it also supports its youth programs. We at the American Legion are guided by the four pillars of our foundation: National Security, Americanism, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, and Children & Youth.

National security: The candidates need to know that The American Legion opposes illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens, but fully supports opportunities for legal immigration.

Americanism: This organization promotes obedience to law and order, and respect for the U.S. Flag.

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation: Misusing substances such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can increase your risk for injuries, accidents, and physical and mental health problems. To change your substance use, you do not have to do it alone.

Children & youth: The American Legion builds enthusiasm for public service among young people through such programs as Boys Nation, Little league and the National Oratorical Contest.

It is these four pillars in which guide us when choosing where we put our manpower and resources. The membership has chosen to support the Junior Shooting Sports and has welcomed them to our post. We have already made a material investment in the program and then it was stalled when COVID-19 hit. In addition, we will support the Bellville High School Junior ROTC students and their program.

The American Legion has many well established community programs to include: Fire fighter of the year, or Law Officer of the year, Teacher of the year, Family Support Network, Veterans Homeless Task Force, Temporary Financial Assistance and Volunteering.
Some people like our seniors hate change while the younger generation of veterans welcome it. However, change is necessary in order to grow our post and achieve our recruiting and retention goals set by the American Legion Department of Michigan. This year our post has already achieved 108% renewal/retention rate due to the hard work of a few members who understand the department goals and incentives.

One, we now offer an American Legion Motorcycle Rider chapter. Two, we have grown the SAL (Son’s of the American Legion) Squadron membership. We keep recruiting new American Legion members to meet the needs of the next generation of veterans.

Family & Youth:
Baseball, Boys State, Junior Shooting Sports, Oratorical, Scholarships, Scouting, Student Trooper Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program.

While the American Legion is making room for new programs at the Post 231, we have taken an interest in the “Junior Shooting Sports” air rifle program. One member has already made and investment in this program by procuring two air rifles for students to train with and learn the fundamentals of required safety. Two of our members are CPL (concealed permit license) certified instructors.

The Department of Michigan has scheduled a meeting/or phone call in regards to the junior shooting sports program November, 17, 2020 3:00pm. Here the program will be discussed at length with membership, questions and answers given, fundament training and membership background checks for team leaders discussed.

POST UPGRADES: 1. We have again partnered with the LOWE’s hero’s program and received 30 feet of new cabinets and counter tops. 2. We have added all new branches of the military photos on the walls. 3. We have painted the front of the building. 4. We have added a new American Legion Post 231 sign above the windows. 5. Improved the parking lot and made many outside improvements all by volunteers. See attachment! All these volunteer hours go on our annual CPR (Consolidated Post Report) to Washington DC.

Finally, we at AL231 plan to send one student each to both Boys State & Girls State in 2021.
In summary, we are sorry to have made so many operating changes to keep up with the changing times. While some may not accept these changes, it is for the better of the American Legion core values, our Post membership that we stay focused on our dedication our programs as it for the good of the order and our youth development.

For God and Country
Kind Regards,
Jim LaCasse
Bob Longlois
American Legion Post 231 734-238-2342

Article and photos submitted by Bob Longlois


Huron-Clinton Metroparks offering discounted rates on annual passes through new year

Willow Metropark seen on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Photo by Kyle Meeker/Meeker Photography)

Posted by The Huron Hub
Nov. 9, 2020

What’s the best time to get the 2021 Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual park pass? Right now. That’s because the parks system is providing a special discounted offer of just $35 for annual passes purchased by Dec. 31, 2020. That one pass can be used to access each of the 13 Metroparks across Southeast Michigan all year long.

Starting January 1, the 2021 Metroparks annual pass will cost $40 for residents ($29 for Seniors 62+) of the five counties served – Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne – or $45 for non-residents ($34 for Seniors 62+). But now through the end of the year, everyone can purchase their 2021 pass for just $35, or $24 for Seniors 62 and older.

Additionally, any 2021 passes can be used immediately, even before the new year. That’s up to seven weeks of extra value with the same pass.

“Purchasing an annual pass is the best way to experience everything our diverse Metroparks have to offer,” said Amy McMillan, director of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. “Plus, it’s a great value. Nothing else matches it in terms of what you get and how affordable it can be to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, which the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced just how important that can be. It truly is an investment that keeps on giving all year long.”

McMillan also noted the new and improved online shopping experience, designed to offer a more streamlined customer experience. Those purchasing an annual pass online this year will be asked to create an account. They can then use that same login information when registering for programs, purchasing gift cards, reserving picnic shelters, and more.

Passes be purchased at or at any Metroparks toll booth. The park offices remain closed to the public at this time until further notice.

The 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks include Delhi, Dexter-Huron, Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Indian Springs, Kensington, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lower Huron, Oakwoods, Stony Creek, Willow and Wolcott Mill Metroparks.

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks 



Pedestrians more at risk of serious injury from motor vehicle crash in weeks following return to standard time

MDOT reminds motorists to be alert as clocks “fall back” on Sunday 

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Published Oct. 30, 2020

Sunday marks the return to standard time, or known popularly as “falling back” an hour on the clock.

While many will enjoy an extra hour of sleep, MDOT is reminding drivers that it can be a dangerous time on the roadways.

Research from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute says that pedestrians are more at risk of serious injury from a motor vehicle crash in the weeks following a return to standard time.

The most dangerous time is the first hour of darkness.

“Drivers need to realize that after the time change it may be more challenging to see people walking, running, or bicycling as they will be much less noticeable,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “To ensure visibility, pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists are encouraged to wear brighter-colored clothing with reflective material. Drivers need to eliminate distractions, slow down, and focus fully on the task of driving.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes in 2018 resulted in the deaths of 6,283 pedestrians and 857 pedalcyclists (bicyclists and riders of two-wheel, nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals). Unfortunately, these incidents increased by 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, from the previous year.

Most pedestrian fatalities (76 percent) and pedalcyclist fatalities (50 percent) occurred during dark conditions between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.

Obituary: Alice Sheats | Locally known as ‘Apple Annie’

Alice Sheats, seen here in this October 2014 photo, was “Apple Annie” of the Huron Township Applefest for several years in a row. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse – The Huron Hub)

Posted by The Huron Hub
Oct. 28, 2020

Alice V. Sheats, age 94, of New Boston, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in the comfort of her home.

Born on October 16, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Czajka) Poyle. On September 13, 1947 she married Earl E. Sheats in St. Alfred Catholic Church, Taylor, MI.

Alice was “Apple Annie” of the Huron Township Applefest and a member of the Huron Township Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings Delores Greenawalt, John Poyle and Sandy Elwartowski.

She is survived by her children, Mickey (Joyce) Sheats, Mark (Peggy Farrugia) Sheats, Melvin (Debbie) Sheats, Michael (Marti) Sheats, Jane Sautner, Janet (Mark Philbrick) Nagy; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary Giese, Joanne Manders, Margaret Gamble and Donnie Poyle.

Services were held at Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock Chapel on Tuesday, October 27. A graveside service was held at Huron Valley Cemetery on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Father John Hedges officiated the service. Burial will be in Huron Valley Cemetery, Flat Rock, Michigan.

Obituary courtesy of Bobcean Funeral Home. View the full obituary here. 


Study says Huron-Clinton Metroparks generates more than $90 million in visitor spending annually

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Redbud trees in full bloom at Lower Huron Metropark in this May 14, 2020 photo. A recent study shows that the Metroparks system plays a critical role in generating significant economic, health and environmental benefits and enhancing quality of life before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 14, 2020

The 13 parks in the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system in Southeast Michigan generate more than $90 million in direct visitor spending each year, a new study by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) says.

In addition, millions more in other economic, environmental and health benefits are felt each year across the five counties and hundreds of communities the parks system serves.

The TPL study is the first study the organization has completed in Michigan.

TPL emphasized the value that the public lands and outdoor recreation activities hold during times like the coronavirus pandemic that crippled the state in Spring and early summer.

“We’ve seen people flock to outdoor spaces during the pandemic and we can all agree the substantial benefit that has provided just this year alone. This report helped us understand and quantify just how much these amenities, and access to them, benefit and matter to our communities and residents, now more than ever. The parks have incredible power to help improve our health and wellbeing and safely connect us with nature and each other, as well as bolster our local and regional economies,” said Amy McMillan, Director of the Metroparks, which commissioned the study. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to protect, preserve and enhance this regional treasure.”

TPL researchers and economists found that the Metroparks provides seven categories of major economic benefit throughout Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. All were calculated using the most recent data and conservative methods available to ensure the most reliable report. These categories are:

  • Generating substantial recreational value
  • Enhancing property values
  • Boosting economic development
  • Providing healthcare cost savings
  • Attracting and retaining visitors/tourists and talent
  • Reducing stormwater management costs
  • Improving air quality

According to Jennifer Plowden, a senior conservation economist at The Trust for Public Land and the report’s lead author: “Our research unequivocally shows that the Huron-Clinton Metroparks are strong, smart investments, which provide significant returns to local residents, communities and businesses throughout the region. We hope that this demonstration of the enormous value of parks will encourage health advocates, business leaders and policy makers to continue to support their parks.”

Plowden pointed to the following key economic impact findings of the Metroparks study:

  • $92.4 million. The amount of annual direct spending by visitors to Metroparks in local communities and the tourism economy. Beyond being home to the parks, trails, facilities and programming that attracts visitors, the system hosts a variety of events, including fireworks shows, national fishing tournaments, marathons, farm festivals, outdoor concerts, and more.
  • $68 million. The overall amount nearby residential property values are raised, providing value to local homeowners.
  • $62.3 million. The Metroparks value of recreation ($32 million) and health benefits ($30.3 million) to residents annually. Popular activities include picnicking, visiting with family and friends, visiting playgrounds and beaches, walking, hiking, biking, paddling, taking photos, and observing wildlife.
  • $1,250. The health care savings each year of an average adult by being physically active in the park system. Those savings are doubled for those 65 and older.
  • $30.3 million. The amount of savings to the community due to Metroparks reducing storm water and contaminated runoff.
  • $2.25 million. The amount air pollution costs are lowered annually due to trees and vegetation in Metroparks.
  • $678 million. The total sales generated by 272 sporting goods stores in the region. This spending on recreation equipment, which is supported by but not exclusive to Metroparks, helps provide industry specific jobs (3,180 employees) and propel economic impact and development.

The Trust for Public Land has measured the economic benefits of parks and trails across the country, from Los Angeles, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado to the Metroparks Toledo, Ohio most recently.

The report as well as an infographic summary can be downloaded at or

Frost likely Friday, Saturday morning — you better pick what’s left in your garden ASAP


Huron Hub file photo

Posted by The Huron Hub 
Oct. 1, 2020

If you grew a garden this year, you better pick whatever is left as soon as possible.

Forecasters are calling for growing season-ending frost to occur as early as Friday morning, as well as Saturday morning.

“The perfect set-up for frost is coming, possibly tonight, and especially Friday night and Saturday morning,” said Mark Torregrossa, chief meteorologist.

Check out Torregrossa’s full article here

The coldest temperatures will actually be near sunrise Friday morning and near sunrise Saturday morning.