Here’s a list of January events at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Check-out some upcoming events scheduled at the local Huron-Clinton Metroparks:

Mug for the Birds
Saturday, January 12th 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Do you ever look into your yard and wonder how you can attract more birds,
or maybe just help them through the winter? This family-friendly craft, up-cycles
some of your old coffee or tea cups into feeders for your back yard. Join us and learn
how to make a healthy, natural food source for your backyard birds! This is a B.Y.O.M.
(Bring Your Own Mug) program. $3 child, $5 adult
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 or email

Drop-in Owl Pellet Dissecting Day
Sunday, January 13th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and learn about owls, owl pellets,
and get your very own owl pellet dissection kit. Our staff will help you work through
the pellet to discover what the owl had for lunch, and we will attempt to put the skeleton
of the animal back together. $5 per pellet
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 or email

Knitting in Nature: Sharing Stitches
Saturday, January 12th at 10 a.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
From beginner to expert, let’s get together, relax, knit, crochet, teach and learn.
Have a cup of coffee and a treat or two and make some new friends! This is not
a class on knitting or crocheting. This is a monthly gathering of people who love
to knit and crochet and want to “share stitches.”. Donation appreciated
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956.

Afternoon Bonfire and S’mores
Saturday, January 12th at 2 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Join us around the bonfire for some S’mores as we tell some tales about animals,
people and places from the area. We will also enjoy the tasty bonfire treat, S’mores!
$5 adult, $3 child
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 or email

Erie Ice Daze
Saturday, January 19th & Sunday, January 20th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Join us for a two-day celebration of winter fun, combining traditional outdoor activities such as
snowsnake and atlatl throwing, with some comfortable indoor crafting, fly-tying, flint-knapping
and live dulcimer music performed by the Silver Strings Dulcimer Society. Don’t forget the bonfire
on Saturday night! It’s just the thing to keep the winter chill away. $2
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 or email

Ice Daze Hoot Hike & Bonfire
Sunday, January 20th at 6 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
After enjoying the day’s activities at Ice Daze, join us for a quick program on some of the owl species
found in Michigan at various times of year; then we will hit the trail in search of some owls.
After the hike, relax around the bonfire and enjoy some hot cocoa and s’mores. $2
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 or email

Outdoor Survival Camp for Kids
Saturday, January 19th at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Shelter building, fire starting, and many more topics will be covered during this fun, hands-on camp.
Test your skills against whatever Mother Nature throws at us this day! Dress for the weather,
we will spend time both inside and out. Don’t forget to bring a lunch! $30 Ages 8-14
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 or email

Crafty Critters Workshop: “Cones and Corns in Nature”
Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Like the squirrels in the woods, we have been busy hoarding too….crafting supplies that is.
Come out and relax at our pinecone and acorn themed craft workshop. Get inspired by nature
and join us to get crafty. $5
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 or email

Tooth, Fang & Claw: A Predator’s Life
Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
Join us to learn the incredible features that predators must have to survive.
From the powerful jaws of the canines, to the piercing talons of the owls, discover the everyday
Challenges predators face. $3 child, $5 adult
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 or email

Sunday, January 27th 2 p.m.
Lake Erie Marshlands Museum, Brownstown
Join us for a photo exploration of the Metroparks and beyond through images that have been submitted
by photographers just like you. You submit them and we’ll make sense of them! For details on how
to participate, contact the Marshlands Museum. Everybody is welcome, even if you didn’t submit anything!
Please pre-register at 734-379-5020 Email:
Donation greatly appreciated

Homeschool Thursday
Thursday, January 31st at 1 p.m.
Oakwoods Nature Center, Flat Rock
In this month’s homeschool program, we will learn about animals and their homes.
Join us to search for animal-made homes and structures.
Dress for the weather! $4
Please pre-register at 734-782-3956 or email



Camilleri appointed as House Democratic whip; announces assistant whips

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri speaking on the House floor. (Photo courtesy of Michigan House Democrats.)

By Scott Bolthouse |The Huron Hub |

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) was appointed as Democratic Whip by House Democrat leadership on Dec. 28.

Camilleri, who is entering his second term representing the 23rd District, will serve in the position for 2019-2020.

During his first term, Camilleri served as assistant Democratic leader and sat on the Education Reform and Energy Policy committees. He was also the minority vice chair for Commerce and Trade.

“I’m excited to take on this new leadership role in the State House because I can bring an even stronger voice to the table for Downriver and our issues,” Camilleri said in a statement.

“The people of Michigan made their voices heard on Election Day, and they want a government that works for them and puts their needs ahead of corporate profits. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues to make Lansing work for working families and to provide real solutions to the challenges Michiganders face every day. Together, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and finally fix our roads and bridges, protect our water and air, and ensure Michiganders have the strong paychecks and good benefits they need to take care of themselves and their families.”

On Thursday, Camilleri announced his assistant whips. They are Reps. John Cherry (D-Flint Township); Kevin Coleman (D-Westland); Padma Kuppa (D-Troy); Mari Manoogian (D-Bloomfield Township).

“This leadership team reflects the new face and energy of the House Democrats, who remain committed to fighting for the wages and benefits of working families across the state, a world-class education for every Michigander, and the safe roads we need to drive on,” Rep. Camilleri said. “I’m looking forward to working with this team to ensure that the priorities of everyday Michiganders are the focus of the work that’s done in the House,” Camilleri said.

The 23rd House District includes the communities of Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven.


Police seeking woman last seen in Huron Township

(Photo courtesy Huron Township Police)

By Scott Bolthouse – The Huron Hub

Update: Authorities say Kathleen Sorter has been in contact with family since this article was published. 

Huron police are seeking a woman who was last seen in the township on Jan. 2.

Kathleen Sorter, 55, was last seen at about 10 p.m. in the area of Willow and Rust Roads in Huron Township.

She was last seen driving her 2008 White Ford Edge with Michigan plate CFB2051.

Anyone who has seen her or knows her whereabouts should contact the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.

Michigan State Police to boost patrols during ‘lifesaver weekend’

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor —

Michigan State Police announced this week that they will be beefing up patrols during the last weekend before Christmas.

MSP will join other state police and highway patrol agencies from across the United States in an effort to make travel safer by participating in the annual operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts).

The wekeend has been dubbed by MSP as “lifesaver weekend.”

The purpose of the initiative, according to MSP, is to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes caused by dangerous driving behaviors.

“The holidays are a busy time for us all. This weekend, and always, buckle up and put your phone down,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Troopers will be on the roads to help make sure you get to your destination safely. Distracted, impaired and drugged driving will not be tolerated.”

The operation begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Last year, four fatal traffic crashes resulted in four deaths over the Lifesaver Weekend.

Operation C.A.R.E. is one of the nation’s longest running traffic safety initiatives and includes state and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states.

Public safety heroes treat local children to shopping spree

(Image courtesy of Huron Public Safety)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor —

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety made the holidays much brighter for six children Tuesday by taking them on a shopping spree during the department’s “shop with a hero” event.

The children were also provided with winter gear and clothing, all thanks to the many donations of community members and the public safety team.

Before shopping, the children were driven in parade-style to Meijer in Flat Rock in police and fire vehicles with lights flashing and sirens sounding.

The children were then paired with police, firefighters, and other public safety members and their families, and taken on a shopping spree throughout the store.

(Images courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

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The department also engaged in several random acts of kindness throughout the holiday season.

They provided shopping sprees to other local children and teens, and sent a care package to a Huron resident who is a master sergeant in the United States Army and is currently battling cancer at Walter Reid Military Hospital in Maryland.

The department posted a very touching video and detailed post on their Facebook page Thursday, which included a “thank you” to dozens of people that helped the event be successful this year.

Click here to watch the video

“I couldn’t be prouder of how Huron Township came together for these children and families,” said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“As for the Shop with a Hero Event, it was a special sight to see more than 50 volunteers focusing on six special children and making them Kings and Queens for a day. We saw a community come together to not only provide funding, but to be there on the parade route to wave to the kids and show them that an entire community cares about them and their families. They may not realize how special this night was right now, but they will someday. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving our organization the opportunity to be a small part of this great community team in the place we all call home.”


Department of Public Safety hosting annual ‘Shop with a Hero’ event Tuesday evening

From the Huron Township Department of Public Safety:

This evening, The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will host it’s annual Shop With a Hero Christmas event. Primarily funded on community donations, six children will ride to the Flat Rock Meijer Store for a shopping spree. Each child will get a personal ride to the event in either a fire truck or police car.

The police and fire vehicles will be travelling with lights and sirens activated to and from the event. Last year, we received a couple complaints about the fact that we traveled in this fashion and cars had to pull over for a non-emergency. The intent of this is to provide the children with a night they will never forget and what better way to do that than lights and sirens. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

In the event that you would like to see our emergency vehicle parade, the following is our routing starting at approximately 6:00p.m. from the Huron Township Police Department:

South Huron to Waltz to Willow to Huron River Dr. (Past the High School) to Van Horn to Arsenal to Vreeland (Ending at Meijer). Reverse route returning.

All police, dispatch, and fire personnel working the event are volunteering their time.

We appreciate all of the support from the community to support some wonderful children. Any questions or concerns, please contact Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins at 734-753-4400.

Happy Holidays,

Director Robbins