News & Notes - 11/8/23 Shelby-Utica News

Shelby-Utica News | Published November 8, 2023

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Celia Martin


Shelby Township native serves in Marshall Islands
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — According to a U.S. Navy press release, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Eric Alter, left, from Shelby Township, Michigan, checks the temperature of a Marshallese local for pre-surgery screening Oct. 31, 2023, at the Majuro Hospital in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands, during Pacific Partnership 2024-1.

Pacific Partnership, now in its 19th iteration, is the largest multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Its goals are to improve regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, to increase stability in the region, and to foster new friendships.


Turkey Fest to take place this Saturday
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive, will have Turkey Fest from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11. The free event will share facts about wild turkeys and “explore the cultural and natural history of these amazing birds.” There will be activities, stories and crafts, and children ages 5-17 will be able to practice archery at the Burgess Youth Archery Range. Organizers prefer that participants preregister for the event. Preregister at


Shop Shelby and find gifts
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will hold “Shop Shelby” from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Shelby Township Activities Center, 14975 21 Mile Road. Local businesses, artists and more will be selling their products a few days before Black Friday. Entry will cost $1 at the door.

Information and registration fees for vendors can be found through the calendar at


Bill to add Macomb County Probate Court judge passes Senate committee
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Doug Wozniak, R-Shelby Township, put out a press release to announce that his bill to add a Probate Court judge in Macomb County had been passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Wozniak issued the statement Nov. 1 after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved his plan, House Bill 4823. His legislation would add an additional probate judge in Macomb County, bringing the total number allowed to three.

“Probate Court handles some of the most sensitive cases which cannot be put off for months or even weeks in many cases,” he stated. “While we appreciate the assistance of visiting judges to help with this caseload, we should not be reliant on them. That’s why it’s good to see the Senate so quickly considering the crucial need addressed by my bill. Macomb County should’ve had an additional probate judge years ago. Both the Macomb County Probate Court and the Michigan Supreme Court have testified in support of this legislation given its importance to some of the most vulnerable residents of Macomb County. With our legislative year winding down, it’s heartening to see the Senate act so swiftly to consider my plan. I’m hopeful the pace continues as the bill moves to the full Senate, where I am cautiously optimistic it will receive the same favorable consideration that it did in the House of Representatives.”


Utica to dedicate Purple Heart Trail
UTICA — The public is invited to attend the dedication of the Utica segment of the Purple Heart Trail at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the American Legion Post 351, 46146 Cass Ave. Some of Utica’s Purple Heart recipients and their families will be present.

The Purple Heart Trail is a nationwide effort to pay tribute to those who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal with sections of roads dedicated to them. Signs are placed along the roads where elected leaders have designated part of the trail. Find more information at