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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According to Cindy Redmon, facilitator of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, there are a lot of Hudson area residents among the estimated 86 million Americans currently living with prediabetes. That's nearly one of every three people and only about 10 percent are aware they are at risk of developing the disease within 10 years. But Redmon says the YMCA's program can help people take steps that not only prevent the disease but can have a positive impact on life in general.
This marks the fifth year of the Hudson School District Women in STEM event at the Hudson Middle School. The event, which is from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2, is designed to provide an opportunity to engage and inspire youth, especially young girls from throughout the area about careers and workplace opportunities.
The phrase “family friendly” seems a perfect way to describe an organization like the YMCA in Hudson. But recently it took on even more meaning. The YMCA in Hudson recently received a gold certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley’s Success by 6 initiative. The Family Friendly Workplace certification recognizes organizations that actively invest in programs and practices that support employees and their families.
One of my all-time favorite Phipps productions was also one of the first I ever reviewed — “Noises Off.” It was a hilarious farce full of manic moves and great characters, but it was also fun because it featured what goes on backstage, just slightly exaggerated. And it’s backstage that influenced the creation of the new Phipps Black Box show, “In Stitches.” Director Kasey Jean Tunnell said it was an afternoon in the costume shop with “theater kids” that inspired the musical revue.
At a time when the news is full of retail business giants closing their doors, the time has come to recognize the success of many small businesses in the community. And very few have the longevity and loyal customer base that the Hudson Flower Shop located at 222 Locust St. has had for 70 years. Shelli Erck and her mother Linda are marking their own milestone as well. They bought the business 20 years ago and couldn’t be prouder of the long history of service it has provided the community.
Last week's bitter cold did not slow down construction of the addition to the Hudson Middle School. The project is scheduled to be completed by the fall and will add much needed classroom space at all three grade levels.
The Hudson Police Department wants to remind the public that all residents are responsible to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes of snow and ice. The department has received some complaints about sidewalks that have not been shoveled and with ice that is dangerous.
There will be three candidates for two seats on the Hudson Board of Education in the April election. They are incumbent Carrie Whitacre, 431 Wren Lane, and candidates Marion Shaw, 493 Countryview Lane, and Heather Logelin, 715 Woodcrest Drive N. A school board member since 2008, Lynn Robson is not seeking re-election. Since there are only three candidates for the two seats, a primary is not necessary. The election is scheduled for April 4.
This year’s Pepper Fest saw some familiar faces take the lead in the annual parade. The grand marshals were part of one of North Hudson's first families — the Zezzas. The plan was to have Jack and Bobby Zezza, along with their aunt, Barb Zezza Smrdel, serve as the parade leaders. Unfortunately, both Bobby and Barb died just recently. But Jack and Bobby's grandson, Dan Zezza, was there to represent.
With the blessing of the Hudson City Council Feb. 8, the golf course is no more, to be replaced by 145 single-family homes and a new hotel complex. The plan for the homes on the former Hudson Golf Club property is from M/I Homes. Community Development Dennis Darnold presented the plan for about 110 acres of the former golf course, including 25 acres of open space on the north side. He explained that the street and utility work will be completed in two phases — the first in 2016 and the second in 2017.