Huron School District closed Tuesday


Posted Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 – 5:36 AM

Huron School District is closed Tuesday, Nov. 12.


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Huron High School honor student nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston

Emma Downer has been named delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA in June 2020. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. Downer is a junior at Huron High School in New Boston. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Downer)


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

Posted Nov. 11, 2019

Emma Downer, a junior at Huron High School in New Boston, has been named delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

The Congress will meet in Lowell, Mass. on June 24-26, and Downer has been chosen to represent Michigan.

Only high school honors students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields are allowed into the program.

The event in June is held to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal, the National Academy of Future Physicians said in a statement

Downer’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

She was chosen to represent Michigan based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine, the Academy said.

During the three-day Congress, Downer will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research, be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school and witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles.

The Congress will also learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology, and learn from other teenage prodigies in the medial field.

It is a crucial time in America, according to the Academy. 

“We need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially. Focused, bright and determined students like Emma Downer are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her,” the Academy said in a statement.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to become physicians or go into medical science.

Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate, opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students, and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, and career guidance.

“The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career,” the Academy said.

Based in Washington, D.C. with offices in Boston, Mass., the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.


 

Winter weather advisory issued for Monday; 3 to 5 inches of snow forecasted

3 to 5 inches of snow is forecasted for Monday, Nov 11, 2019. (Photo: Huron Hub archive)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 — 3:30 p.m.

It’s not yet officially winter on the calendar, but that’s not stopping Mother Nature.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Wayne County from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

3 to 5 inches of snow is expected across the Metro area on Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit.

Snow will begin early Monday morning and persist through much of the afternoon, according to forecasters.

Temperatures will hold steady in the upper 20s and low 30 in the morning before gradually dropping during the afternoon.

Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions that likely will impact the morning and evening commutes.


 

Veterans to be honored during events in downtown New Boston on Sunday

The Veterans Memorial in downtown New Boston. (Huron Hub archive photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Veterans will be honored in downtown New Boston on Sunday.

The Huron Historical Commission, American Legion Post 231, and American Legion Auxiliary are hosting combined Veterans Day events, and the public is invited.

Events will begin at the Historical Museum at 1 p.m.

A wreath will be placed at the museum during a ceremony with local veterans in attendance.

The event will then move to the Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Huron River Drive and Violet whee a wreath will be placed.

The event will conclude at the American Legion Post 231 right near the memorial for refreshments.

View full information about the event at this link


 

Forecasters: winter weather pattern is not going away anytime soon

Here’s the NWS temperature outlook starting Thursday November 14 through Wednesday Nov. 20.


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Next week will begin a winter pattern that is forecasted to stick around through mid-November.

Take a look at the National Weather Service temperature outlook for the U.S. posted above.

After milder temperatures arrive just in time for the weekend, cold begins the workweek on Monday with temps in the 30s and a chance of snow forecasted at the time this article was published.

By Tuesday, temps plummet and likely stay that way for about two weeks.


 

PFAS confirmed at former Chrysler facility along Huron River in Dexter

The Huron River in Huron Township. (Archive photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


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

Posted Nov. 7, 2019

PFAS chemicals have been confirmed in potentially dangerous levels at former Chrysler Scio Introl Division located at 2880 Zeeb Road in Dexter, according to the State of Michigan.

The site is an active hazardous waste cleanup site that was already under scrutiny, according to the Huron River Watershed Council.

Additional testing conducted since last spring revealed high PFAS levels in the groundwater at the site.

One test indicated very high levels—1700 parts per trillion (ppt).

Groundwater from the plant flows to the south/southeast, toward the Huron River.

The former Chrysler manufacturer site near Huron River Drive and Zeeb Road in Scio Township is contaminated with PFAS chemicals.

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.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy says it will continue to investigate by reviewing the information and working with the facility’s consultants to determine the next steps.

A timeline of recent developments:

  • On March 12, 2019, the facility’s consultant collected groundwater samples.
  • On April 30, 2019, EGLE received the results of the March sampling event.  The highest PFOS+PFOA groundwater result was 1,700 ppt.
  • In the summer of 2019, additional plume delineation and source investigation were conducted.  EGLE received the initial draft report of this work on October 22, 2019, and is in the process of reviewing and verifying the data.

The former auto pant location is classified as a “Part 111” hazardous waste site, which gives the state greater enforcement authority compared to other contaminated locations.

This facility formerly conducted several manufacturing operations related to the automobile industry, including plating.

Officials say all public drinking water in the Huron River watershed has tested within EPA health advisory levels.

Private wells, however, have not been tested in most cases. Concerned residents on private wells should contact their county health departments.

For more information on PFAS in the Huron River watershed, visit hrwc.org/pfas.


 

Camilleri, Chang announce opening of new Downriver Community Workspace


Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) invite residents to attend a special open house to celebrate the opening of a new Downriver Constituent Office and Community Workspace inside Gibraltar City Hall.

The office is the first of its kind Downriver, and will allow residents to get help with state issues face-to-face. After the office formally opens, staff will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during normal business hours.

Free coffee and pie from local Downriver businesses will be available during the open house celebration.

The open house will be Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4-6 p.m.

Gibraltar City Hall is located at 29450 Munro Street.

Residents with questions, or those looking for more information about the event or the new workspace, can reach Rep. Camilleri by phone at (517) 373-0555 or by email at DarrinCamilleri@house.mi.gov.