Shout outs: New Boston resident voted top realtor; Huron grad’s academic success

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

There’s a new column here at the Huron Hub that will feature local residents, students, businesses, and more.

The “shout out” column will shine a spotlight on Huron Township locals who are doing amazing things.

Your job is to spread the word! If you know someone who deserves a shout out, share this article with them. Shout outs can be sent to Editor@HuronHub.com or by visiting the website’s contact page.

When sending a shout out, please include all information about the person(s) or business, as well as a photo that can be published with it.

Now, on to our first shout outs…

Millerwise Group

(Image courtesy Jessica Millerwise)

New Boston residents Dave and Jessica Millerwise were recently voted top realtors in Monroe County.

Jessica was top realtor, and Millerwise Group — Mi Choice Realty, was third place for top company.

“Dave and I live local in New Boston and serve the local community. Millerwise Group took third in Monroe and we wanted to say thank you for the support from everyone that voted!” said Jessica Millerwise.

“We love our community and would love the opportunity to help buyers or sellers in our own back yard!”

Learn more about Millerwise Group by visiting millerwisegroup.michoicerealty.com

Taylor Callockio

Taylor Callockio. (Photo courtesy Christy Martin)

Taylor Callockio is a 2015 Huron High graduate who was recently inducted in the Phi Sigma Theta – National Honor Society at Michigan State University.

Phi Sigma Theta is a society dedicated in recognizing and rewarding academic achievements at colleges and institutes of higher learning.

Taylor plans on getting her master’s degree in human resources after she graduates.

Last semester, Callockio achieved a 4.0 grade point average and was on the Dean’s List.

Her family expressed how proud they are of all her success post high school.


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Public safety director asks residents to be aware of proper parking at Huron School District buildings

Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins

Over the past several months, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety has worked with the Huron School District to clearly post and mark legal parking areas within the school parking lots. This includes clearly marked Handicap Parking as and fire lane restricted areas required by law.

On Friday night, Aug. 31, the Huron Township Police Department issued multiple Parking and Fire Lane citations to vehicles parked in restricted areas. These parking violations create significant safety hazards for everyone attending the event.

“We do not want to have to issue parking violations to our residents or anyone attending one of our school events. However, our first priority must to be the safety of our student athletes along with those who attend any school event. If the fire lanes are not clear, we may be unable to get a Fire Truck or Ambulance to an athlete injured on the field or even a spectator in the stands when their life depends on it. Parking in unauthorized areas can also cause obstructed views which can lead to someone being struck with a vehicle while walking in the parking lot. Our only goal is to provide a safe environment for all involved.” Said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Today, Sept. 4, 2018, our department received numerous complaints about parking violations at both Miller Elementary and Brown Elementary. Citizens reported numerous vehicles parked illegally not only inside the parking lots, but also on Hannan and Middlebelt Roads.

“We understand that things are hectic on the first day and that a higher number of parents than normal take their child to school. This is just a reminder to parents dropping their children off at school that they must park in designated areas. It is important that we save the handicap parking spaces available for those that need them. Again, we are urging residents to park only in legally designated parking spots.”

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Speeding driver with warrants arrested for having credit card scanner in his possession

After being pulled over for speeding in Huron Township, Mark Hobson, 20, of Inkster, was arrested for having a credit card scanner on him as well as a whole slew of other fraudulent financial paperwork. Booking photo courtesy Huron Township Police Department.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 20-year-old Inkster man was arrested Aug. 25 in Huron Township after police pulled him over and found a credit card scanner in his possession as well as several other fraudulent financial documents.

At 3:44 p.m., Huron Township police pulled over Mark Hobson as he drove 105 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-275 near Huron River Drive.

A background check revealed Hobson had several felony warrants for his arrest out of Allegheny County, Genesee County and Detroit for fraudulent activity.

When officers searched his car, they found a credit card scanner, fraudulent checks worth more than $20,000, multiple bank and gift cards belonging to random people, hundreds of blank checks addressed to random people, mail and credit cards belonging to other people, and a check printing machine along with camera stabilization equipment.

Hobson is charged with ten counts of possessing a fraudulent transaction device and could face 40 years in prison.

He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail.

An 18-year-old Troy man who also resides in Georgia who was a passenger in the car was also arrested on a felony warrant out of West Bloomfield for identity theft.

“This is a great example of the great work our officers are doing on the freeway that does not involve issuing traffic citations. One can only imagine that amount of criminal activity that this officer prevented through his outstanding police work and the number of people he saved from being victimized by fraud,” said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.


Share your back to school photos with us!

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Today’s the big day for all of the students and staff in Huron School District.

A long summer is over and it’s back to school!

Huron Schools start today (kindergartners later this week).

Share your back to school photos with The Huron Hub. We’ll feature them in a special gallery.

To share your photos, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, or email your back to school photos to Editor@HuronHub.com.

Good luck to all of the students and staff today! Here’s to starting the year off right.


Michigan says fish in Huron River are unsafe to eat due to high PFAS levels

The Huron River in Huron Township.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Fish from the Huron River are not safe to eat due to high PFAS levels, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

On Friday, the department issued an expanded “Do Not Eat” fish advisory for all fish in the Huron River in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Monroe Counties.

The original advisory was issued on Aug. 4 and has been expanded.

The Do Not Eat advisory for the Huron River starts where N. Wixom Road crosses in Oakland County and extends downstream to the mouth of the Huron River as it enters Lake Erie in Wayne County. This includes:

Norton Creek (Oakland County)
Hubbell Pond, also known as Mill Pond (Oakland County)
Kent Lake (Oakland County)
Ore Lake (Livingston County)
Strawberry & Zukey Lake (Livingston County)
Gallagher Lake (Livingston County)
Loon Lake (Livingston County)
Whitewood Lakes (Livingston County)
Base Line & Portage Lakes (Livingston/Washtenaw County line)
Barton Pond (Washtenaw County)
Geddes Pond (Washtenaw County)
Argo Pond (Washtenaw County)
Ford Lake (Washtenaw County)
Bellville Lake (Wayne County)

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. They have been used in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

MDHHS says the warning is a result of new perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) fish data from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Base Line Lake and Argo Pond fish fillet data, downsteam from Kent Lake, were found to have high PFOS levels. Additionally, high PFOS surface water levels were found upstream of Kent Lake.

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

An occasional swallow of river or lake water is also not considered a health concern.

For current guidelines relating to PFAS fish contamination, visit Michigan.gov/pfasresponse. For more information about the Eat Safe Fish guidelines, visit Michigan.gov/eatsafefish.


Michigan State Police remind motorists to drive safe around school buses

(Images: MSP)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

It’s back to school time for many districts in Michigan, which means the big yellow school buses will be all over the roads soon (FYI: Huron School District starts next Tuesday)

Michigan State Police are reminding motorists to drive responsibly and safely around buses.

MSP is reminding drivers to treat school buses like traffic signals.

Here is a big list of tips for drivers as they share the roads with thousands of schools buses daily:

School Bus Safety

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles.

Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are protected in large school buses by compartmentalization, a passive occupant protection system. This provides a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing padded seat backs that help to distribute and reduce crash forces. Compartmentalization is most effective when occupants are fully seated within the bus seat. Seating should be provided that will allow each occupant to sit on a school bus seat without any part of his or her body extending into the aisle.

The majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians-mostly children-who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and other objects

School buses are like traffic signals

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow: Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red: Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing: Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don’t hurry off the bus; check traffic first
  • Don’t go back to the bus after exiting