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Seminar tackles housing, hunger

Nine local organizations are holding a summit from 7:30 a.m.-noon May 21, at Bethel Highlands Church, 504 Frontage Road, to explore hunger and homelessness, both on the rise in St. Croix and Pierce counties. Speaking at the event are Dr. Julie Keown-Bomar of UW-Extension plus a Habitat homeowner and former resident of Grace Place in Somerset. Breakout sessions on hunger and housing follow, along with discussion and action planning. Registration is $15, which includes a continental breakfast during the 30-minute registration - RSVP to (715) 273-6781.

Food drive was success

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service held their nationwide food drive May 9, and local officials said the event locally was very successful. Grace Guldan of the Hudson food shelf said the food donated was more than double what was collected last year. All items collected locally stayed in the Hudson area to help families here. Last year 2,500 pounds were collected.

Beach opens this Saturday

The beach and bath house at Lakefront Park will open for the season May 23. Lifeguards will staff the beach seven days a week from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call the city Parks Department at (715) 386-4774. The Giggle Factory is operating the concession stand at the bathhouse from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, weather permitting, and during concerts in the park. The Giggle Factory is also operating an ice cream (and cold soda) cart along the dike road and in Lakefront Park - look for the red umbrella.

Pro-life annual meeting set May 26

St. Croix Valley Christians for Life will hold an annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at St. Croix Valley Cabinetry on 476 County A. The public is invited. The newly formed ministry focuses on education about the sanctity of life. For more information, call Jodi Waldschmidt at (651) 271-7063 or go to

Sierra Club discusses biking at May 26 meeting

The next meeting of The Sierra Club's St. Croix Valley Interstate Group is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the second-floor Community Room of the Hudson Municipal Building, 911 Fourth St. The program will be about preserving and protecting open space and the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley region - in anticipation of the Tour de St. Croix bicycle ride through the valley Saturday, Sept. 19. Joshua Houdek of the Sierra Club's North Star chapter will discuss the bike tours and saving open space. A brief business meeting will follow. For over a decade the North Star Club has sponsored the bike ride, a leisurely tour that highlights growth and development. The event combines a scenic ride with educational rest stops to learn from guest speakers about the communities the riders are visiting from the seats of their bicycles. The group's meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. For more information, contact Carol Hardin at (715) 386-7032 or

Day care honors Donna Burt May 29

Hudson Community Children's Center is planning a retirement celebration for Donna Burt from 7:30-10:30 Friday, May 29. Parents, alumni and friends are invited to come and have coffee with Burt, who has worked for the center since 1981. Her connections to the center have been many. Her children attended the day care, where she began as a substitute and then became a teacher. According to director Linda Groom, Burt has a wealth of songs, finger plays and stories that she has shared with many children and with her peers. Burt has always been willing to work additional hours if the program needed her and to elicit the support of her husband, Rod, if something needed to be repaired. Groom said Donna Burt will be missed by all.

Lions screen kids' vision May 30

The Hudson Lions Clubs are conducting a vision screening of 4- and 5-year-olds from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30, in the lower level of WESTconsin Credit Union, 1601 Maxwell Drive. The event is provided by the clubs along with Prevent Blindness of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Inc. For information on the local event, contact Connie at (715) 386-5951 or gonitzke@sbcglobal. net.

Hot dog fund-raiser May 30-31

The Relay for Life team established in memory of longtime Hudson resident and Packer fan Rollie Becker is hosting a hot dog stand from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at County Market in Hudson. Raffle tickets will be available for a 2008 team/staff autographed Packer football at $2 each, $5 for three chances. To make just a donation, contact Renee, (715) 386-2597, or Mary (715) 386-1277.

Lakeland club sells plants May 30

The Lakeland Garden Club plant sale is from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30, in the Lakeland Plaza parking lot, located a mile south of I-94 on County 18. For more information, call Jenny, (651) 436-3646.

Genealogists meet June 3

The final meeting of the St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society (until next September) is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. Tim Ericson, one of the original organizers of the group, will speak, marking the 30 anniversary of the group. He is a former archivist at the Area Research Center at UW-River Falls, former archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, retired professor of archival studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and past president of the Society of American Archivists. He will present the Prescott Project, the research he has conducted on a large group of Blacks living in Prescott prior to the Civil War. For more information, call Darcy at (715) 425-9978.

Octagon plant sale is June 6

The St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners are hosting their annual plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Octagon House, located at Third and Myrtle streets in downtown Hudson. For sale are perennials, heirloom tomatoes and other plants from the gardens and homes of local master gardeners, who will also be available to answer questions. Compost bins and soil test kits will also be available. All proceeds go toward the Master Gardener Community Grant program, which each year awards up to $300 per application to public beatification and educational programs in St. Croix and Pierce counties.

Bartlett honored

Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, will recognize two secondary school teachers at commencement May 24. One of them is Stacy Bartlett of Hudson, a Wartburg grad who teaches at the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, Minn. Bartlett helped develop the academy, where she teaches life science, biology, forensic science, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, cinema science and independent research. Before joining the staff there in 1999, she taught science at the junior and senior high schools in Shakopee, Minn., and in the Upward Bound Program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.