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Huron-Clinton Metroparks looking to attract summer employees by offering bonuses, benefits, free lifeguard training


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 16, 2022

Workers across the country are continuing to navigate the ripple effects of the pandemic and job vacancies can be found in every corner of the country and region while organizations struggle to fill open spots. 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. That means park agencies,including the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, are looking to fill out their summer teams so they can deliver great experiences and memories for all those visitors, all summer (and all year) long. The 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 1,000 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. Summer staff are integral in providing exceptional summertime activities and programs. 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. 

This year the Metroaprks have added a package of additional benefits for seasonal and part-time staff as a way to be more competitive in the job market. The hope is that these benefits will entice job seekers to consider joining their team and spend their summer in some of the most beautiful work environments you could imagine.

“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.”

Those new benefits for seasonal and part-time staff include:

• Paid time off (Seasonal employees earn up to 16 hours per year and part-time employees earn up to 40 hours per year)

• A summer bonus with the opportunity to earn up to an additional $1200 paid out at the end of the summer (details included below)

• Paid medical leave

• AFLAC supplemental insurance

• Deferred compensation retirement plan voluntary option

Those new benefits are on top of existing benefits that were already offered:

• Training and development

• Flexible schedules

• Wellbeing program

• Employee Assistance Program

• Free or discounted facility use (golf, water facilities, food service, etc.)

The Metroparks are also looking to fill open part-time Police positions and have added new benefits to make those positions more competitive as well. Part-time police officers could expect to receive:

• $1.00 per hour retention bonus for all hours worked from Memorial Day through Labor Day

• 457 deferred compensation retirement plan

• Eligible part-time employees will receive comprehensive health plans

• Wellbeing program incentives 

• Flexible work schedules 

• Free or discounted facility use (golf, water facilities, food service, etc.)    

• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Probably one of the most anticipated summer park activities is swimming. There’s nothing quite like jumping into a pool, floating a lazy river and rushing down a water slide. To make that happen it takes a team of lifeguards keeping everyone safe, and the past few years, lifeguards have been in short supply. To address that struggle at Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark and Willow Metropark pool, the Metroaprks are offering FREE lifeguard training courses this year to encourage applicants to join the team and spend their summer by the pool with them. Additionally, they would be certified lifeguards which is something that will carry with them after summer and potentially provide them opportunities in other places as well.

These free lifeguard courses are limited to first 20 participants to sign up per session. Applicants must be 15 years old by last day of class and for individuals that are interested in a job this summer at Turtle Cove or Willow Pool. Courses will be offered:

•May 21, 22 | 8 am – 4 pm

•​June 4, 5, 11   | 8 am – 4 pm

Interested applicants can call 734-697-9181 for questions or email Amanda Strimple at Amanda.strimpel@metroparks.com for the registration form.

It’s not too late to apply for a fun summer job. Positions are open in multiple parks throughout the region. 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.

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks


Temps near 80 degrees expected next week

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 4, 2022

A big warmup is in store for Michigan next week.

Summer-like temperatures are in the forecast with little precipitation expected, according to forecasters.

Forecasters say models show the extended timeframe with 80s starting next Tuesday and continuing for another seven to ten days beyond next Tuesday.

There will likely be some weather system that forms and keeps temps cooler than 80 some day in that 10 day period, but the main forecast says mid-70s to mid-80s are going to be common next week and possibly the following week.

Get the shorts out!


Crash on I-275 closes freeway Wednesday morning

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 4, 2022 — 9:30 AM EST

A crash on northbound I-275 near Ford Road has traffic backed up for miles in Canton Township on Wednesday morning.

MDOT says the freeway closed around 8:45 a.m.

No other information is available about the crash.


DNR recommends temporarily removing birdfeeders due to spread of avian flu

A female (left) and male rose-breasted grosbeak at an outdoor feeder last summer. (Huron Hub file photo by Scott Bolthouse)

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 21, 2022

As Michigan continues to respond to detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza – commonly referred to as “bird flu” – some residents are asking questions about how best to keep themselves, their poultry flocks and wild bird populations safe. This is of greater interest now, as popular passerines (including many songbird species) make the spring migration back to Michigan and seek out food sources such as backyard bird feeders.

With HPAI confirmed in wild birds and domestic flocks in several counties throughout Michigan, wildlife and animal health experts in the state’s departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development have been fielding increased calls about the HPAI virus. Follow the current status of HPAI in Michigan counties at Michigan.gov/BirdFlu.

Megan Moriarty, the state wildlife veterinarian with the DNR, said it is important to note that while all birds are potentially susceptible to HPAI, some are more likely than others to become infected and die. Domestic birds and some wild birds, like waterfowl, raptors and scavengers, are highly susceptible and have been particularly affected by this disease.

“Current research suggests songbirds are less susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza and are unlikely to play a significant role in spreading the virus,” Moriarty said. “However, much remains unknown, and surveillance and testing for HPAI in this group of birds is less common, resulting in a knowledge gap.”

One easy way the public can help reduce the potential spread of HPAI is to remove outdoor bird feeders. Though there isn’t yet any widespread recommendation from state agencies to do so, temporary removal of these food sources could be helpful, especially for anyone who has highly susceptible species – domestic poultry, raptors or waterfowl – living nearby. Similarly, removal could be a wise choice for those who observe high-risk species like blue jays, crows or ravens hanging around backyard bird feeders. This temporary removal of bird feeders and baths may only last for the next couple months, or until the rate of HPAI spread in wild and domestic birds decreases.

“If you’re concerned about this virus and want to act from a place of abundant caution, removing your bird feeders for now makes sense, but it isn’t yet a critical step,” Moriarty said. “With warmer springtime weather on the way, too, birds will have more natural food sources readily available to them, so chances are many people will be taking down feeders in a few weeks anyway.”

If people choose to continue using their bird feeders, please keep this guidance in mind:

  • Thoroughly clean bird feeders with a diluted bleach solution (and rinse well) once per week. Regularly cleaning helps protect birds against other infections, including salmonella.
  • Clean up birdseed that has fallen below the feeders to discourage large numbers of birds and other wildlife from congregating in a concentrated area.
  • Don’t feed wild birds, especially waterfowl, near domestic flocks.

Reporting wild bird deaths

Anyone who notices what appear to be unusual or unexplained deaths among wild bird populations is asked to report the information either by:

HPAI in domestic flocks

Highly pathogenic avian influenza is highly contagious and can be spread to domestic flocks by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Make sure domestic poultry (e.g., chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks raised for the production of meat or eggs) is separate from and has no contact with wild birds.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these HPAI detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of this strain of HPAI virus have been detected in the United States. Also, no birds or bird products infected with HPAI will enter the food chain. As a reminder, all poultry and eggs should be handled and cooked properly, with a safe cooking temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It is vital for poultry owners to take every step possible to keep wild birds away from their flocks and follow other biosecurity measures,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland. “Simple, yet effective mitigation strategies help protect not only your flock but others around the state. We have to work together to keep Michigan’s domestic and wild bird populations safe and healthy.”

Domestic bird owners and caretakers should watch for unusual deaths, a drop in egg production, a significant decrease in water consumption or an increase in sick birds. If avian influenza is suspected, immediately contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (after hours). For more information, visit Michigan.gov/BirdFlu.


Pavement repair prompts I-275 closure this weekend in Wayne County

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 21, 2022

Extensive pavement repair will require crews to close northbound I-275 this weekend in Wayne County.

Starting at 9 p.m. Friday, April 22, northbound I-275 will be closed from I-94 to I-96.

During the closure, the following entrance ramps to northbound I-275 will be closed starting at 7 p.m.:

  •  Eastbound and westbound I-94, 
  •  Ecorse Road,
  •  Michigan Avenue,
  •  Ford Road,
  •  Ann Arbor Road, and
  •  Eastbound M-14.

The posted detour follows eastbound I-94 to northbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway), then westbound I-96 back to northbound I-275.

Two lanes of northbound I-275, including the entrance ramps, will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 25.

During the closure, local traffic will be able to enter northbound I-275 at 6 Mile, 7 Mile and 8 Mile roads.


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34th District Court invites public to community day at the court on May 6

Courtesy photo

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 18, 2022

The 34th District Court is inviting the public to a new event called “Community Day at the Court” on Friday, May 6, 2022 from noon to 5 p.m.

Community Day is open to the public, though is targeted at residents of the five communities serviced by the 34th District Court: Belleville, Huron Township, Romulus, Sumpter Township and Van Buren Township.

Chief Judge Brian A. Oakley says, “We are thrilled to showcase our new facility and be able to host a day of fun for the community.”

The newly completed 34th District Court Building (located at 11129 Wayne Road, in the City of Romulus Municipal Complex) opened to the public last year. It is a state of the art facility, comprised of two stories, four court rooms, and 50,000 square feet.

In addition to tours of the facility, attendees at Community Day can enjoy a car show, food trucks, public safety demonstrations, pet adoptions and more. Several community agencies are partnering on the event including the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, Growth Works, Romulus Christian Ministerial Alliance, Sentech Services and Hegira Health, Inc.


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Wind advisory issued for Thursday; 50 mph gusts possible

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 13, 2022

A wind advisory has been issued for southeast Michigan on Thursday.

The advisory is listed from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph are expected.

The strongest winds are expected mainly between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.


National Work Zone Awareness Week is this week

Posted by The Huron Hub | April. 11, 2022

Fast facts:

  • National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is April 11-15.
  • Three workers were killed in Michigan work zones in 2021.
  • Slow down through work zones and stay focused at all times.

In 2021, three people lost their lives while working to improve Michigan roads: Lawrence “Larry” Leonarduzzi from the Iron County Road Commission, Reason Tillman-Morgan from Anlaan Corp., and Shawn Kelley from STARS Ready Labor. These tragedies could have been avoided by drivers adhering to basic rules of the road. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state are working hard to rebuild Michigan’s roads and bridges, so stay alert and be vigilant when you’re behind the wheel. In 2021, preliminary work zone crash information shows that there were:

19 fatalities,
65 serious injuries, and
5,047 total crashes.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand they play a key role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe. This year’s theme, “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down,” emphasizes the importance of driving safely and workers making safety a priority to ensure that we all work together to save lives in work zones.

A media event will be held next Monday, April 11, featuring transportation, safety, and government officials from across the country. The event will be available to view on MDOT’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MichiganDOT.

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program underway, there are numerous projects all throughout the state. Some are big, some are small, but they all require your undivided attention.

“We can fix our roads and bridges safely if we all work together,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Our road agencies work diligently to create safe work zones, and motorists need to be responsible and cautious when driving through them.”

“We understand that rebuilding our infrastructure can be an inconvenience to drivers, but there’s more at stake here than time and money,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “A few seconds of inattention can equate to a lifetime of grief and regret.”

There are more than just road and bridge crews that need safe work zones. All kinds of infrastructure are in need of repair, including fiberoptic, water, sanitation, natural gas, and electricity.

“I implore drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions, and remain alert when driving through a work zone each and every time,” said LeeRoy Wells Jr., senior vice president of operations at Consumers Energy. “Despite working with electricity and natural gas, some days vehicles present the biggest threats we face, and we rely on you, the drivers, to operate your vehicles safely to allow us to go home to our families unharmed.”

To create awareness and show your support for brave work zone crews, MDOT encourages everyone to wear orange on Wednesday, April 13. We can all make it home safely if we work together, so “Go Orange” at home or in the field and share a photo on social media of you or your team wearing orange using hashtags #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, and #NWZAW.

MDOT reminds everyone to know before you go. Check http://www.Michigan.gov/Drive for active work zones on state roads (I, M and US routes) before heading out.

Since 2000, NWZAW is part of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) national safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads.