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Fireworks safety TO THE EDITOR Phantom Fireworks hopes everyone enjoys a wonderful family Independence Day holiday, and if you use consumer fireworks, please use them safely. There is no good consumer fireworks experience if it does not emphasize safety first. Phantom advises everyone to follow the safety rules, obey the fireworks laws where you are using them and have the products used by a sober adult who conforms to the rules.
Since 2014, Faith Community Church has partnered with Tutapona Trauma Rehabilitation, based in Uganda and the Middle East. Tutapona, meaning "we will heal" in Swahili, provides trauma rehabilitation programs to the most vulnerable people in the world — the forgotten millions — the ones living in refugee camps, fleeing war zones and fighting for their lives. Tutapona's founders, Carl and Julie Gaede, will be at Faith Community's 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday, June 25, to share an update.
How many lost to abortion? TO THE EDITOR Most readers know the name Tim Tebow—Heisman trophy winner, among other things. But did you know that when he was just a 1-inch long "fetus," he contracted an amoebic infection in his mother's womb and she was advised to abort him? She refused, dad agreed and you know the rest!
Just in time for summer reading, the Friends of the Hudson Library is launching the "Quick Picks" shelf at the bookstore. Friend's volunteers found some members' favorite books among the donations and tagged them with comments on specially designed bookmarks. The "Quick Picks" shelf is located directly outside of the bookstore, on the second floor of the library, just past the teen reading alcove.
Above: Participants in the front row (from left to right): Lily Jacobsen, Elise Donharl, Joey Arnevik, Duncan Bourdaux, Liam Jones, Savannah Samaraka and Cale Larson. Middle row: Andrew Stein, Benny Brinks, Zane Engle, Macy Zimmer, Madelyn Robinson, Clara Carranza, Briton Paradowski, Jylian White, Sydnee Pytleski, Melanie Susa, Makena Maddigan, Addison Schultz, Jacob Arnevik and Hunter Schurtz.
The Hudson Women's Club will host the 19th annual Artful Garden Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Tickets are available for $12 at all gardens on the tour, which traditionally starts at the Octagon House's Victorian gardens. This year the club is being assisted by the Hudson Home and Garden Club and all proceeds go to sponsor the hanging baskets on Second Street. The gardens on the tour are: • Octagon House, 1004 Third St. • Hans Friese/Ceranda gardens, 221 Vine St. • Tom Zeuli gardens, 927 10th St.
HUDSON -- On Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30–7:30 p.m., HealthPartners Clinic – Hudson will be hosting a Cardiology Meet & Greet open house event featuring several new providers added to the cardiology clinic staff including Andrea Olson, MD; Mary McLaurin, MD and Kimberly Northwick, NP-F. The event will be held in the lobby of the specialty clinic medical office building (adjacent to the hospital). There will be refreshments, appetizers, giveaways and prize drawings. No registration necessary.
Young people are at greater risk for risky behaviors during the summer, when they spend long stretches of time unsupervised. Decades of statistics demonstrate that violence, drinking and drug use rates go up during the warm summer months. The free Get Summer program at Hudson YMCA responds to parents’ worries and young peoples’ by providing a local, flexible alternative for high schoolers in a safe and fun environment.
Seventy-five Willow River Elementary fifth-graders planted pollinator habitat from 9 a.m. to noon May 16 at Willow River State Park Nature Center. Students rotated through several stations learning about pollinators and prairies. Students were able to spread prairie seeds to create pollinator habitat and were assisted by The Prairie Enthusiasts in identifying prairie plants. Funding for the event was provided by a grant from Pheasants Forever. Photos by Missy Sparrow-Lien
Jadon Thompson is 11 years old. He has autism. In order to raise awareness about autism, he wrote a poem called "Fly Away To The Big Blue Sky." According to his mother, Candace Caswell-Thompson, he wrote the poem to help his class understand what it's like to have autism and "how noises hurt his ears." The class and teacher were touched by his words. Fly Away To The Big Blue Sky In a world where your ears never get a break from noise. I wish I could cry out for the noise to go far, far, far away but I can't, nobody can.