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.


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First measurable snowfall forecasted for Sunday


Posted Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020

The first measurable snowfall of the season in southeast Michigan is forecasted for Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Detroit says mixed precipitation, along with snowfall accumulations, are likely Sunday morning, with amounts up to 1-3″ possible.

Higher snowfall amounts look to be west and north of the Detroit area.


From race course to warehouses: Photos of current construction at Pinnacle Aeropark site

Warehouse structures can be seen being constructed at the Pinnacle Aeropark property on Nov. 12, 2020. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


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

Development is moving along at the Pinnacle Aeropark site off Vining Road in the township’s north end.

Two warehouse structures can be seen being constructed while heavy truck traffic is consistently moving materials to and from the property.

In December 2019, Wayne County announced the sale of the Pinnacle Aeropark Property to HS Commerce 275 LLC — a joint venture between Hillwood Enterprise, L.P. and Sterling Group.

The 650-acre property was sold then for nearly for $4.9 million.

Initial site plans called for two storage or warehouse type buildings totaling more than 600,000 square feet.

Photos: Development at Pinnacle Aeropark in Huron Township on Nov. 19, 2020.

Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub. 

Under the sale terms approved by the Wayne County Commission in October 2019, the purchasers agreed to invest $40 million into the property within five years.

The site, which is bordered by Pennsylvania, Wayne, Sibley and Vining roads, includes 350 acres of County-owned land and the 300-acre Pinnacle Race Course site, which was acquired after foreclosure in 2019 via the right of refusal process.

In 2016, structures and debris from the defunct Pinnacle Race Course were removed following an agreement between the County and the property’s then-owner to clear the site.

Photos: Pinnacle Race Course demolition

To view The Huron Hub’s complete coverage of the Pinnacle property, including the defunct race track through the recently announced proposed development, please visit this archive on HuronHub.com.


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 metroparks.com for more information about the parks.


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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 detroitriverfront.org)


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.


 

Gracie Brinkerhoff signs letter of intent with Purdue University Fort Wayne softball

Gracie Brinkerhoff, senior at Huron High School in New Boston, signed a letter of intent Nov. 11 to play softball for Purdue University Fort Wayne. (Photos courtesy of Roxanne Brinkerhoff)


By Scott Bolthouse

The Huron Hub – Nov. 18, 2020

ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Gracie Brinkerhoff, senior at Huron High School in New Boston, signed a letter of intent Nov. 11 to play softball for Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Brinkerhoff will pitch for the Mastodons in the fall of 2021 following a season off due to the current pandemic.

She has played with Huron’s varsity team since her freshman year under Coach Tedi Belsile.


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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.

Community:
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
Commander
Bob Longlois
Adjutant
American Legion Post 231 734-238-2342

Article and photos submitted by Bob Longlois


 

Huron Schools to pause face-to-face learning for all grade levels through December

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By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub – Nov. 16, 2020
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Schools are pausing all face-to-face learning due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Supt. Donovan Rowe sent a letter to parents in the district Monday afternoon laying out the details.

Here is a summary:

-MDHHS order requires the Huron School District to pause face-to-face instruction in grades 9-12 for the next 3 weeks.

-The restrictions are in place starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and will run through Tuesday, December 8 (3 weeks).

-This means that the last day of in-person instruction for Huron High School students will be Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

-In addition, the Huron School District is pausing in-person instruction for grades K- 8 for 2 weeks, starting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and running through Wednesday, December 2. This means that the last day of in-person instruction for students in grades K-8 will be Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

-The number of positive cases and quarantined staff and students has pushed staffing and classroom coverage to the limit, making it difficult to sustain face-to-face instructional model with available staff.

-This rapid increase in positive cases has been correlated with increased activity outside of schools (For example: parties, travel sports, and other activities) and increased prevalence of the COVID-19 virus within our community (positive parents, grandparents, and siblings.)

To view the entire letter from Supt. Donovan Rowe, visit this link.


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Here is a breakdown of the new coronavirus restrictions announced Sunday

Here is a breakdown of the new coronavirus restrictions announced Sunday:

Posted by The Huron Hub

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.Under this order, indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time. However, MDHHS strongly urges families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks, consistent with new guidance released by the department. The order is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly. Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery only. Gyms will remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Casinos, movie theaters and group exercise classes will be closed. Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators, however all other organized sports must stop. Colleges and high schools may proceed with remote learning, but must end in-person classes.

Today’s order, which takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, is not a blanket stay-home action like in the spring. The order leaves open work that cannot be performed from home, including for manufacturing, construction and health occupations. Outdoor gatherings, outdoor dining and parks remain open. Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal-care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines

Posted Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 — 6:15 p.m.


Whitmer to host 6 p.m. press conference on Michigan coronavirus response

Posted by The Huron Hub 

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 — 2:40 p.m. EST

Governor Whitmer, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Robert Gordon will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and make an announcement regarding “the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus” a statement said.

The press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will likely be aired by all major news networks as well as streamed on the governor’s Facebook page.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Whitmer is expected to announce new coronavirus restrictions.