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“There’s Something Happening Here”<br />

this winter, young people across the nation, including in the Blue Water area, began<br />

speaking their minds following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.<br />

The five young women on the cover of this issue – students from Port Huron High<br />

School and Port huron northern high School -- were instrumental in organizing both a<br />

student walk-out honoring the victims of Parkland and a community-wide march for gun<br />

control. and they were not, by any means, the only local young people who were involved.<br />

other high schools and school districts in the<br />

Blue Water area also participated in those<br />

events and i commend every single young<br />

person in our community who stepped up,<br />

got involved and helped create a number of<br />

very successful and inspiring events.<br />

When I sat down with the five young<br />

women on the cover – a group of 16-, 17-<br />

and 18-year-old political activists – my faith<br />

in the future, in particular my faith in the<br />

young women of the future – was not only<br />

renewed, but it was rejuvenated.<br />

i am in absolute awe of them.<br />

this generation of young women is so alert,<br />

so in-tune, so aware of everything going on<br />

in the world – Lily Hurtubise cracked me<br />

up when, in the middle of the interview, she<br />

ranted about something she had read the day<br />

before on twitter: “canada! We pissed off<br />

CANADA! How do you do that?” – they put<br />

my high school-self to shame.<br />

crap, i got i excited when i planned a<br />

fundraising dance for the drama club.<br />

this group of students organized a<br />

community march that drew between 500<br />

and 1,000 people. that’s one. thousand. People.<br />

lucy WicKingS SPeaKS to the croWD<br />

at the gun control march<br />

in Port huron in march<br />

not only did they organize it with their peers and elders in order to make sure all of the<br />

many details were addressed, but they also gave rousing speeches. i know, because i was<br />

at the gun control march and even though, at that point in time, i didn’t know any of the<br />

young people there, tears rolled down my face. i was so proud of them.<br />

their parents, teachers and other adults who raised them should be so very proud of<br />

them, too.<br />

But my tears were also for them. Back in 1981, when i was planning that high school<br />

dance, it never in a million years would have crossed my mind that i would need to worry<br />

about getting shot at school.<br />

Though the five of them were kind of thrown together by the circumstance of planning<br />

these events, they were not previously close friends and four of them are headed off to<br />

college in various states this fall. our community is richer for having had them here, but i<br />

am sad to lose them.<br />

“i want you guys to keep in touch,” i told them at the end of our interview. “i mean,<br />

you don’t have to be BFFs or anything, but keep in touch. i want you all to get together<br />

someday five or 10 years from now and look back at this and say, “We really, really did<br />

something special. We were the sh--.”<br />

Because they really are.<br />

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hear them roar<br />

They are women; hear them roar.<br />

I recently asked five local high school students – four members of<br />

the class of <strong>2018</strong> and one entering her junior year – to give me an<br />

hour of their time on a Saturday morning, to chat about their recent<br />

involvement in organizing a school walkout in early March in honor<br />

of the victims of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, and then later in<br />

March a community-wide gun control march that attracted between<br />

500 and 1,000 people to downtown Port Huron.<br />

Three hours after our conversation began, they were still hanging<br />

out in my office. I don’t think any of us really wanted to leave.<br />

For them, I hope it was an opportunity to reflect, a few months<br />

after the fact, on what they had achieved in terms of learning how to<br />

organize a community event successfully and also the importance of<br />

speaking out and making sure your voice is heard.<br />

For me, it was an opportunity to sit,<br />

in awe, of five amazing young women.<br />

They couldn’t be more different; they<br />

come from all walks of life. Two of them<br />

attended Port Huron High School and<br />

three attended Port Huron Northern High<br />

School.<br />

When I asked them, at one point in the<br />

conversation, what each of them hoped to<br />

accomplish over the next five or 10 years<br />

or even in their lifetime, Paige Cronce, at<br />

16, the youngest member of the group,<br />

answered very succinctly: “I think that<br />

all of our careers are going to change lives,<br />

somehow.”<br />

Paige, I’ve got news for you: You already<br />

have…you already have.<br />

Below is a condensed Q&A of our<br />

discussion. It was, for me, enlightening<br />

and encouraging. It helped me believe that<br />

there is, indeed, hope for the future.<br />

BWW: So, how did all of you end up<br />

being involved in organizing these two<br />

events following the tragedy in Parkland?<br />

Lily Hurtubise, PHH: “I remember<br />

hearing about the school in Parkland and<br />

it occurred to me that if that happened<br />

here, someone sitting next to me wouldn’t<br />

be able to graduate from high school. You<br />

hear all the news about it, but I just felt<br />

like, ‘Let’s do something about it. If the<br />

Parkland kids can do it, we can do it.’”<br />

Whitney Wilson, PHN: “Both my<br />

parents and aunts are teachers in the district and just thinking I<br />

could lose any of my family members at any time motivated me.”<br />

Lucy Wickings, PHH: “I’m super into mental health and people<br />

were saying, ‘It’s not guns, it’s mental health’…but it’s both.”<br />

Katie Miller, PHN: “I helped organize the walk out, but the school<br />

district was very clear it had to be about ‘honoring the victims’ and it<br />

couldn’t be political…but our principal was very supportive.”<br />

Paige Cronce, PHN: “I was angry that something like this was<br />

becoming normal. It really motivated me to do something because no<br />

one else was.”<br />

Though two of the young women from the different schools knew<br />

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by Patti Samar<br />

from left to right: Katie miller;<br />

paige cronce; lily hurtubise;<br />

lucy wickings; and whitney wilson<br />

each other previously – they played soccer together as kids – once<br />

they individually approached their principals about organizing<br />

some kind of supportive event, their principals directed them to one<br />

another within their own schools and then, through social media,<br />

they reached out to one another.<br />

BWW: So, what is your take on the politicians who are now in office<br />

and are empowered to take a look at these issues and enact change?<br />

Are they inspiring to you or disappointing or do you think more could<br />

be done? Do you see yourself as continuing to be politically involved<br />

or possibly running for office one day?<br />

Miller: “Just because they are in office, doesn’t mean they are<br />

smarter than us. We are waiting to hear a voice and wanting someone<br />

to tell us change is coming. We are obligated to go to school. To turn it<br />

around on (politicians): You are just as obligated to make sure we are<br />

safe in school. And the NRA (National<br />

Rifle Association): You are the villain<br />

because you won’t make sure people are<br />

safe around guns.”<br />

Wilson, who served as class president:<br />

“I could see myself running for office<br />

someday. But I have friends who literally<br />

say they would not vote for a female<br />

president.”<br />

Cronce: “I’m definitely going to be<br />

going to rallies and doing what I can to<br />

create change.<br />

Hurtubise: “By getting involved now,<br />

we’re all putting ourselves in the perfect<br />

position to be in leadership roles.”<br />

But what about their male<br />

counterparts? Though a couple of<br />

the young women were able to name<br />

one or two male classmates or males<br />

at other local high schools who got<br />

involved in organizing the events in<br />

March, Hurtubise summed it up: “The<br />

guys didn’t want to be in leadership<br />

positions.”<br />

Each young <strong>woman</strong> has vastly<br />

different plans for her future, with careers<br />

ranging from law school and teaching<br />

to the business world of corporate<br />

America. As they look forward, do they<br />

see themselves and their counterparts in<br />

a position of power? Do they have the<br />

ability to make change?<br />

Wilson: “Our generation is definitely<br />

more liberal.”<br />

Cronce: “Our generation is going to be the one with people in those<br />

positions of power.”<br />

And what about all of them? Do they realize what a Really Big<br />

Deal impact they’ve had on their community? And, though most of<br />

them are all more friendly acquaintances who share a common belief<br />

system than BFFs, will they remain in touch as they leave the Blue<br />

Water Area to pursue school and career dreams?<br />

Wickings: “I like that I can say, ‘I knew her when…’ We are going<br />

to be the start of something.”<br />

I’d say they already are.

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keeping the faith<br />

by PATTI SAMAR<br />

Isaiah 41:10<br />

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.<br />

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”<br />

A <strong>woman</strong> of strong faith, Jozlyn Boyd of Port Huron is<br />

counting on God to see her through the tough times ahead of<br />

her.<br />

She knows that He is there for her, because He has answered<br />

her prayers in the past.<br />

Life has not been easy by any stretch of the word for the single<br />

mother who is a recent survivor of sexual assault following a life<br />

filled with years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of<br />

almost every man she has ever loved, beginning with her father.<br />

Recently diagnosed with uterine cancer, Boyd is praying and<br />

mentally preparing herself for what will certainly be the one of<br />

her most difficult challenges so far, and quite possibly the fight of<br />

her life.<br />

The 34-year-old single mother was pregnant with her third<br />

child and living in Metro Detroit when she knew that her life and<br />

the lives of her children depended on<br />

leaving an abusive situation.<br />

So, she packed up her children,<br />

called an Uber and asked to be taken<br />

to the Blue Water Safe Horizons<br />

shelter in Port Huron. Why here?<br />

“I came here to flee,” she said<br />

solemnly. Prior to ordering the Uber,<br />

she had looked online and found a<br />

shelter far enough away from an<br />

abusive relationship that she couldn’t<br />

be found.<br />

“I’m a <strong>woman</strong> of God and it was<br />

meant to be,” she said. “Coming here<br />

was a real blessing for me to be able to<br />

get away from the bad circumstances<br />

and to also find peace within myself<br />

and peace for my children.”<br />

Boyd took shelter at Carolyn’s<br />

Place, owned and operated by<br />

BWSH, and they helped her enroll<br />

in the STEPS Affordable Housing program coordinated by the<br />

Michigan State Housing Authority. BWSH serves as landlord<br />

for four MISHA homes in the Blue Water Area and recommends<br />

tenants, such as Boyd.<br />

After receiving help locating this safe and affordable housing,<br />

Boyd got a job; she now works at a fast food restaurant.<br />

“I’m an independent person and it was hard to reach out and<br />

get help from Safe Horizons,” she said. “It would be different if<br />

it was just me, but having my children, I needed to get on my<br />

knees and say, ‘I need help…’ And if there are resources to assist<br />

you, it’s okay to ask.”<br />

Settling into her Port Huron neighborhood has been a real<br />

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jozlyn boyd<br />

God-send to Boyd. “I have great neighbors who welcomed us,”<br />

she said. “My neighbors are amazing.”<br />

Feeling safe and secure in her home is something new for Boyd,<br />

who lost her mother when she was just 10 years old. She and<br />

a sister were then raised by their father, but it was not an easy<br />

childhood.<br />

“My father was my caregiver, but he was my first abuser,”<br />

she said. “He was very controlling and he was physically and<br />

emotionally abusive.<br />

“I think that is why I made excuses for other men as I got<br />

older. I thought that was the way you showed someone love.”<br />

A mother of three, her two older children, ages 14 and 8, share<br />

a father.<br />

“I was with him since I was 17 years old,” she said. “But he<br />

was abusive and I moved to Texas to flee him years ago…but<br />

he found me and he’s in prison there<br />

now. But he came from a long line of<br />

abusers; his parents were murdered<br />

when he was a child and he was in<br />

the house when it happened.”<br />

Before the pair permanently parted<br />

ways, Boyd received a serious eye<br />

injury as a result of being hit by him.<br />

“I have advanced keratoconus<br />

due to an injury in my eye,” she<br />

said. “It’s when the cornea is<br />

disfigured.” Though there are, in<br />

fact, medical treatments that can fix<br />

the keratoconus, Boyd does not have<br />

insurance that will cover the medical<br />

expenses that would be incurred and<br />

she cannot afford to pay for it out-ofpocket.<br />

When searching for a shelter where<br />

she could go to escape from another<br />

abuser, she selected Blue Water Safe<br />

Horizons for a number of reasons, among them the thought that<br />

she was interested in enrolling in culinary school and the fact<br />

that there was such an opportunity in Port Huron caught her<br />

attention.<br />

“I did graduate from high school and I do have some culinary<br />

arts schooling under my belt,” said Boyd, who noted that she<br />

cooks for her church and loves creating in the kitchen.<br />

Now, with her recent cancer diagnosis, Boyd is putting the<br />

thought of culinary school on hold in order to focus on getting<br />

healthy first.<br />

“You know, it’s peaceful here,” she said. “I was brought here<br />

for a reason and for a purpose. I’m hoping that telling my story<br />

might help somebody else. It’s all in God’s plan.”

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year of the<br />

<strong>woman</strong><br />

by dale hemmila<br />

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Kathy hayman<br />

While <strong>2018</strong> is being touted as “The Year of the Woman” in reference<br />

to the vast number of women running for elected office, residents of the<br />

Blue Water Area don’t have to look very far to find women serving as<br />

local elected officials.<br />

And while she is not a part of this <strong>2018</strong> political trend, Marysville City<br />

Council<strong>woman</strong> Kathy Hayman is an advocate.<br />

“I absolutely believe women have a lot of good ideas and we think<br />

differently than men,” she said recently while reflecting on her three<br />

years on the city council. “We deserve to be at the table and to help move<br />

things forward.”<br />

Hayman, a Marysville native and resident of the city for 51 of her 58<br />

years, was elected to the council in 2015 and this year was selected by<br />

her fellow council members to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Hayman’s 2015<br />

campaign was her first attempt to run for elected office, but it was not her<br />

first bid to join the city council. She applied to fill a vacant seat in 2013<br />

but wasn’t selected. That loss motivated her to get on the ballot.<br />

Her thought at the time: “I wasn’t picked, so I’ll run.”<br />

She ran and she won. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise for those<br />

in Marysville aware of her family history. Her father, Joseph Johns,<br />

served on the city council almost continually from 1951 to 2013. In fact,<br />

Marysville City Council Chambers are named after him.<br />

“I’ve grown up with (that service),” she said. “I watched and always<br />

admired my dad; he was a very good role model. I wanted to be a part of<br />

it just to help move (the city) forward.”<br />

One of her hopes is to help transform Marysville, currently a city<br />

spread out with strip malls, standalone businesses and residences.<br />

“There are a lot of cool things going on in this city but I want to create<br />

a downtown,” she said. “We don’t know where it will be, perhaps the<br />

old DTE site depending on what happens there, but some place that’s<br />

walkable with shops and restaurants.”<br />

Whether that’s a realistic goal only time will tell. Certainly there would<br />

be costs involved, but Hayman, who has been the controller for 18 years<br />

for Harrison Township-based Electrex Industrial Solutions, has a good<br />

feel for how budgeting works. Calling herself middle of the road when it<br />

comes to politics, she is not afraid to look ahead financially.<br />

“There’s only so much money to go around,” she said. “But we have to<br />

be progressive and move forward.”<br />

As in many small towns, that means a council that is working in sync<br />

and Hayman believes Marysville leadership is in good hands.<br />

“We try to work together and complement each other,” she said,<br />

referring to the council. “We try to be transparent and that’s very<br />

important to all of us.”<br />

That includes continuing to apply her controller skills to Marysville<br />

budgeting while acknowledging, however, that the city budget “has a<br />

couple of more zeros” to try to manage. She says managing the different<br />

department budgets while protecting funding for legacy items such as<br />

city pensions is an important goal.<br />

Hayman encourages other women to run for elected office.<br />

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb,” she said. “Take a deep breath<br />

and do it. Don’t be afraid of the guys; give back to the community when<br />

it’s your time. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake; it’s how we learn.”<br />

As for her own political future, she plans to stay active.<br />

“If our current mayor doesn’t run again, I will run for mayor,” she said.<br />

That would certainly be a nod to her family’s history of service and<br />

perhaps a look to the future with three-year-old granddaughter Zola<br />

looking on.<br />

“I hope I can be a role model for my granddaughter,” Hayman said.<br />

“We (women) need to be heard.”

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