Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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0704.A.HSO.Skydivinggranny 'Fran Abbott of Hudson rejoices after completing her first skydive, part of her 80th birthday celebration. (Submitted photos) 0711.A.HSO.FamilyDiving13 Fran Abbott did not make her first skydive alone. She was accompanied by her family including, from left, Sarah Bird, Suzy Abbott, Joe Abbott, Beth McRae, Laurel Bird, Chelsea Doriott, Dana Vanderbosch, Greg Larson, Naomi Doriott, Fran Abbott, Jay Abbott, Chantal Doriott and Tom Syfko. 0711.A.HSO.FamilyinAir
Apparently a lot of us, especially our young people. I have covered a lot of stories in our community over the past 23 years as a reporter with the Star-Observer but I never thought I would be writing about heroin and the devastation it brings.
It's no secret that urban, suburban and rural communities across the nation are being indelibly scarred from a resurgence of heroin abuse. To fight back, families and friends of individuals who lost their lives by heroin overdose will speak out on the growing use of the drug and the tragic consequences at a public forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson. The forum is sponsored by the Hudson Community Foundation.
The Drewiske name is a familiar one in Hudson so it takes a special kind of courage for Roger and Judy Drewiske to come forward and tell their story. Their son Phil, 22, is a recovering heroin addict. The family, which also includes his brother Matt, has been through a nine year ordeal that ultimately led to a prison sentence. But today Phil is back living with his family, parenting his young son, free of drugs and working full-time as a carpenter. His recovery and that of his parents is a day at a time but now they all have something that almost eluded them -- hope.
"The Producers," an outrageous musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, and the book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, will be performed July 12 through Aug. 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
A fight that included racial slurs and the threat of a gun ended in the arrest of three men at the end of the dike road in Lakefront Park Sunday night. According to Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen, police responded to a call around 7 p.m. involving a group of Caucasian men who were harassing a group of African American men, using the "n" word among other things. Jensen said according to witnesses one or more of the white men threw the first punches and also threatened that they had a gun in one of their coolers.
Public forum scheduled for July 18 The growing use of heroin in Hudson and the tragic consequences that go along with that will be the subject of a public forum...
0620.A.HSO.SweetRetires.jpg Nancy Sweet's leadership in the district was acknowledged in this gift presented to her at a recent gathering to honor her work in Hudson. For an introvert, Nancy Sweet has had a pretty high profile in the Hudson School District for three decades.
Claudia Kell may be retiring this month but she isn't leaving education and probably never will. "I am just choosing to change the atmosphere a little." Kell has been a fifth-grade teacher at Hudson Prairie Elementary since it opened 15 years ago. Prior to that she worked in the learning disabilities program at Hudson Middle School for two years. She taught kindergarten and first grade for a short time after college but when she and husband Dave began their family, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom.
I had thought the day when I found myself in a cloud, I would be dead, resting in peace somewhere. Instead here I am working in one every day -- just wishing I was. It happened a couple of months back. The Star-Observer is being created in "the cloud," or at least I think it is. I am just old enough to be skeptical of all this stuff and actually catch myself picturing some guy in the middle of North Dakota, hiding behind a curtain, pulling levers like crazy to make believers out of us -- something like the great and powerful Google wizard. It's not that I dislike technology.