Flea market set for April 23-25 at St. Paul Church

Event posted Jan. 16, 2020

Flea market set for April 23-25 at St. Paul Church.

More info here

National Weather Service forecasting 4-7 inches of snow by Saturday morning

(Huron Hub photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

It looks as though the first significant snowfall of the new year will come this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Detroit is forecasting 4 to 7 inches of snow for late Friday night into Saturday morning in southeast Michigan.

The weather service is saying the snowfall could be moderate to heavy at times, especially between 4 and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures will rise to the 30s, causing the snow to turn into drizzle, possibly melting some of the fresh snow.


Michigan attorney general files lawsuit against firms over PFAS contamination

Toxic PFAS foam, seen here, can be bright white and tends to pile up like shaving cream on a river or lakeshore. The substance is usually lightweight and can be sticky. (Photo credit: Michigan.gov)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 15, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court against 17 defendants—including 3M and DuPont—for damages and injury to the State of Michigan caused by contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS.

The lawsuit, according to the attorney general’s office, is the first legal action taken by the state against PFAS manufacturers.

The state’s lawsuit alleges the 17 defendants deliberately concealed the dangers of PFAS and withheld scientific evidence, and intentionally, knowingly and recklessly sold, distributed, released, transported, supplied, arranged for disposal or treatment, and handled and used PFAS and PFAS-containing materials in Michigan in a way that they knew would contaminate natural resources and expose Michigan residents to harm.

The defendants are:

  • Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co. – a/k/a 3M;
  • DuPont, including its historic corporate self/identity/entity, as well as its post-merger-and-spinoff self – DuPont de Nemours Inc., a/k/a “New DuPont”;
  • The Chemours Co., a spinoff of DuPont, and its subsidiary (The Chemours Co. FC LLX);
  • Corteva Inc., another DuPont spinoff which was part of Defendant Dow DuPont;
  • Dyneon LLC;
  • Archroma entities;
  • Arkema entities;
  • AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.;
  • Daikin Industries entities;
  • Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA LLC; and
  • Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc.

“We bring this action today on behalf of the people of Michigan,” said Nessel.  “It is our responsibility to protect our residents and our state’s natural resources and property by preventing and abating hazards to public health, safety, welfare and the environment – and by placing the responsibility for this massive undertaking with those responsible for creating the problem.”

The complaint alleges the defendants knew or should have known that:

  • PFAS persist in the environment and do not degrade;
  • PFAS would accumulate and build up in animals and humans exposed to PFAS;
  • PFAS are potential or confirmed carcinogens; and
  • continued manufacture and use of PFAS would inevitably result in continued and increased levels of PFAS getting into the environment and into people’s bodies.

The state also alleges the defendants knew PFAS are toxic and pose substantial health and environmental risks but hid this information from the state and its residents.

Specifically, the state says companies neglected to tell people what was in the products, suppressed the scientific evidence that the chemicals were hazardous, discharged the chemicals into the environment and distributed the chemicals all over the world, including into Michigan, knowing that PFAS would contaminate natural resources and threaten public health.

PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.

In March 2019, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended a warning first issued in August 2018 regarding unsafe PFAS levels in the Huron River.

Related: Michigan extends PFAS chemical warnings for Huron River

During that time, MDHHS said fish from the Huron River were not safe to eat due to high PFAS levels.

Officials at the time said touching the fish or water and swimming in the water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin.

However, those on the Huron River were warned in September 2018 not to swallow foam that might be floating on the surface of the water.

Exposure to PFAS is correlated with several harmful and serious health effects including decreased fertility, pregnancy induced hypertension and/or preeclampsia, liver damage, thyroid disease, problems with cholesterol levels, immune system problems, and increased likelihood of cancer, especially kidney and testicular cancers.

“Without widespread action to investigate, remediate and restore the resources in Michigan impacted by PFAS contamination, the presence and migration of PFAS in our state’s natural resources and property will continue unchecked and indefinitely, threatening natural resources, property and our residents,” Nessel said.  “We are committed to ensuring that the companies responsible for unleashing PFAS on our state will stand up to their legal obligations and responsibilities.  Their reprehensible conduct demands Gov. Whitmer and I take every legal and regulatory action necessary to protect the people and natural resources of our state.”

A copy of the lawsuit is available here


Runaway teen found safe (update)

Caden Ritter

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 13, 2020 — 4:45 PM EST

Updated Jan. 17, 2020: Huron Township police confirmed they have located Caden Ritter and that he is safe.

Original posting:

Huron Township police are seeking the location of a teen who was reported as running away from his house.

Police say Caden Ritter, 15, left his house in the 19200 block of Schultz Road in Huron Township.

Ritter is 6-feet-tall and weighs 250 pounds with dark hair that is possibly worn in a bun.

He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black hoodie, and was possibly not wearing shoes when he left his house.

Ritter might be riding on a grey mountain bike and could possibly be with an older man in the Wyandotte area.

“We are asking the public for help in locating this individual. Our only goal is to return him safely to his family. Any information would be greatly appreciated,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Anyone with information on Ritter’s whereabouts should call the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.


Weekend rain results in major flooding on Huron River at Willow Metropark in New Boston

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

The Huron River is well over capacity following a weekend storm that dropped nearly three inches of rain in southeast Michigan.

Below are photos and videos submitted by Huron Hub reader Mary Horbianski that show a flooded river at Willow Metropark in the Big Bend area on Jan. 12.

Related: Flood warning issued for Huron River and several other areas in southeast Michigan

(Photos courtesy of Mary Horbianski)

Advocates push for using ‘crash’ instead of ‘accident’ when referring to roadway incidents


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 13, 2020

Is it a traffic “accident” or “crash?”

That question, according to officials, is no longer up for debate.

Safety advocates say the language we use to refer to roadway incidents is outdated.

Recently, a push by officials across the country is asking transportation partners, law enforcement, emergency response, and the media to make an effort to describe traffic situations as crashes, incidents or collisions instead of accidents.

Locally, the Michigan Department of Transportation says it is working to change the language used when discussing traffic crashes.

“We realize it may seem like a small matter but using the word ‘accident’ reinforces the erroneous view that traffic crashes are something that occur outside of a person’s control,” said Jeffrey D. Cranson, MDOT director of communications.

MDOT says that even though the word “accident” is a deeply ingrained habit for many, it is important to make the change to a non-biased term.

“Using the words ‘crash’ or ‘collision’ does not attribute blame but also does not remove responsibility from those involved,” Cranson said.

Almost all crashes stem from driver behavior like drinking, distracted driving and other risky activity, according to safety officials.

Additionally, about six percent are caused by vehicle malfunctions, weather, and other factors.

Preliminary estimates by the nonprofit National Safety Council show deadly crashes rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015 over the previous year, killing about 38,000 people.


Huron Rotary hosting daddy-daughter dance Feb. 29

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting their annual daddy-daughter dance Feb. 29 at Huron High School (HURON HUB FILE PHOTO)

By Scott Bolthouse |The Huron Hub | ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Attention dads and daughters: get your dance shoes ready.

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting their annual daddy-daughter dance Feb. 29 at Huron High School.

The dance costs $25 per couple ($5 for each additional daughter) and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Included is pizza, refreshments, a photo booth session and — of course — dancing.

Daughters must be in kindergarten through 5th grade.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary and proceeds will benefit local projects organized by the group.

For more information or to inquire about buying tickets, please call Melanie Shepler at 734-625-0514 or Terri Riopelle at 734-624-4911.

Here is a printable flyer for the event