Metroparks seeks public input on grant project to improve areas of Oakwoods

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 19, 2019 — 11 a.m. EST

Huron-Clinton Metroparks is seeking public input on a grant project that will help bring improvements to areas of Oakwoods Metropark.

A Michigan Natural Resources Recreation Grants program will allow the parks to improve accessibility to amenities surrounding the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center.

The proposed project involves the development of an accessible trail and an update to the surrounding amenities.

This includes parking lot improvements with eight, barrier free space additions in two locations, building entry and restroom modifications, and existing surface removal and new aggregate surface added on the Split Log Trail.

Also in the plan is a redesign and replacement of the observation deck and improvements to picnic tables, drinking station, benches and dog waste station, as well as area signage.

The project will help meet several goals that were laid out in the Willow and Oakwoods Metropark Master Plan, according to Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

The master plan was adopted by the Metroparks Board of Commissioners in June 2018.

You can view the full site plan by visiting this link to the Metroparks website.

Written comments will be accepted until April 1 via email to 



Pollinator event at Historical House in New Boston will highlight bees, birds, bats and butterflies

Event published March 18, 2019 — 3 p.m.

The Huron Historical Commission is hosting an event in May that will educate attendees on pollinators.

Featured will be birds, bees, bats, and butterflies.

The event will be held May 19 at the Historical House/Museum in downtown New Boston.

View this link for full info about the event

Need a ride on St. Patrick’s Day? We’ve got you covered

Cheers on St. Patrick’s Day! Need a ride? We’ve got you covered. (file photo)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 16, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. EST

Did you (or maybe a friend) indulge a little too much on St. Patrick’s Day?

Make sure you don’t drink and drive.

Ride-share service Lyft is offering a discount to everyone on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Those in need of a ride home in Metro Detroit on Saturday and Sunday can use promo code PROHIBITIONDTW to get 50 percent off one ride, up to $8 maximum credit, sponsored by Budweiser.

Here’s some useful information in finding a ride today:

Related: Michigan State Police will be on lookout for impaired drivers during St. Patrick’s Day


MDOT announces I-94 project in western Wayne County; public meeting on project to be held March 21

(Huron Hub construction file photo by Scott Bolthouse)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 15, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. EST

The Michigan Department of Transportation will host a public meeting March 21 on a planned I-94 road project that will affect motorists who commute through the Romulus and Taylor portions of the freeway.

According to MDOT, the $12 million project will perform bridge work on piers, railings, and decks (driving surface) along with some road resurfacing and joint and crack resealing on I-94 between I-275 and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

There will also be ramp repairs at Merriman Road and Middle Belt roads.

Work is expected to begin in late June and be completed by late fall.

There will be two lanes open in each direction during most of the construction, according to MDOT.

Here’s a map of the project area: 

Airport access will be maintained during the project, although MDOT recommends that drivers use the airport’s south entrance on Eureka Road, east of I-275.

During the public meeting, there will be exhibits displaying project locations, types of work, and lane closures.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the design and construction team and learn details about the project.

The meeting will be held Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. inside the city council room at Romulus City Hall, 11111 Wayne Road.

This will be one of six different projects on I-94 in Wayne County this construction season.

MDOT says it will work to coordinate the various projects and closures as much as possible to minimize the inconvenience to drivers while also maintaining safe work zones to ensure that everyone goes home every night.

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Here is kindergarten roundup information for Huron Schools

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 15, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. EST

Kindergarten roundup is coming up at both elementary schools in the Huron School District.

Miller Elementary’s roundup will be on Tuesday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Brown Elementary’s roundup will be on on Wednesday, April 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Due to recent legislation, entry age has changed for Kindergarten — children must be 5-years-old by Sept. 1, 2019 to qualify for Kindergarten.

Please bring your child’s original birth certificate (with seal), updated immunization record, driver’s license of parent/legal guardian, and three proofs of residency to the registration.

There will be a bus ride and tour of both schools during roundup.

If you have any further questions, please contact Heather Esquibel in the Brown Elementary School office at 734-782-2716, or Ms. Denise in the Miller School office at 734-753-4421.

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Michigan State Police will be on lookout for impaired drivers during St. Patrick’s Day

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 15, 2019 — 10:45 a.m. EST 

A few extra drinks will probably be flowing this weekend as St. Patrick’s Day will be on Sunday.

Michigan State Police are warning all who plan to partake in the fun that authorities will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

Their advice to drivers: plan before you party.

On Sunday, troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative called Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts).

“Don’t rely on luck. If you plan on celebrating, plan ahead by designating a sober driver or scheduling a ride on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “We want the roads safe for everyone using them. Troopers will be out looking for impaired drivers.”

Authorities suggest downloading a ride sharing app or programming a taxi service’s number into your phone before the festivities begin.

The enforcement period begins at 12:01 a.m., on Sunday, March 17, and will end at 11:59 p.m.

Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the MSP and the Indiana State Police, and is one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives. It focuses on deterring the three main causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

March 17 has become one of the nation’s deadliest holidays.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, more than a quarter of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

The early hours of March 18 were even worse that year.

Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

Additionally, from 2010 to 2014, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities during the holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol contents well above the .08 legal limit, with 266 drunk-driving fatalities total.

Drivers need to also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink.

Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention and coordination puts drunk pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.