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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Things just won't be the same without her. It's an overused cliché, but sometimes it just fits, especially when it comes to Rita Horne. Horne has been synonymous with the town of Hudson for more than 25 years. She will retire as clerk of the town on Nov. 20. It brings to a close one of the longest running careers in local government in recent history. When Horne and her husband, Einar, moved their family to the town in 1968, there were only about 400 people living there.
The thought of more than 45 teenagers in one place singing and dancing could be intimidating if it were in someone's basement, but it should be pure pleasure when it happens tomorrow night with the opening of "Crazy for You" onstage at the Hudson High School auditorium. The musical has a large cast singing and dancing to many familiar Gershwin songs. The story takes place in the small town of Deadrock, Nev., but also has a connection with New York City. The play is being directed by HHS choral instructor Kari Heisler who has returned from maternity leave to direct the show.
I think we might have a shot at locating Osama bin Laden if we threaten to play nonstop campaign ads for high-placed terrorists we have in custody until they can't take it anymore and rat the bum out. For a while there, I didn't think I was going to make it. By Halloween I was ready to promise anything -- do anything -- to not hear one more attack ad, no matter where it came from. I almost considered going to "Saw III." Over the weekend, I found myself smiling as Jessica Simpson told me all about the heartbreak of her acne in an infomercial.
While this year's evil political advertising has provided plenty to boo and hiss about, there's a much more fun outlet for it at The Phipps revival of "The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux" playing weekends now through Nov. 26. The cast is a who's who of The Phipps favorite actors, many of whom are back to recreate their roles in the theater's original performance of the play a while back in the Black Box.
The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Tour of Homes is Nov. 18-19. This year's tour includes three homes in Hudson's historic downtown neighborhoods, two more contemporary houses and the Octagon House. Participating this year are Patt Colten, 405 Locust St.; Ben and Mary Morgan, 1029 Fourth St.; Jeffrey and JoAnn Bemoras, 1028 Sixth St.; Serina and George Bentley, 1101 Juniper Way; Laura and Todd Franck, 423 Jack Pine Drive. The tour also includes the Black Tie Affair on Friday, Nov.
It was a sea of purple, according to the local women who attended the second Celebration on the Hill, an American Cancer Society event staged to get support from Congress to make cancer issues a national priority. More than 10,000 "ambassadors" from around the country, all in purple "hope" shirts, attended the event on the national mall in September. Among them from the Hudson area and the Hudson Relay For Life were Karen Humphrey, Connie Fisk and Sheridith Yonash.
The discussion is lively these days in Matt Friedl's American government classes at Hudson High School. The students, many of them seniors, are discussing the election, the first many of them can vote in, and some of the controversial measures on the ballot. It's the way Friedl likes it. His passion for teaching led Friedl to become a national board certified teacher in 2000. The distinction comes only after completion of a rigorous process of professional review and testing.
The final calculations are in for this year's Hudson School District budget, and the news is slightly better than what was anticipated at the annual meeting in September. While the levy is voted upon at the annual meeting, the final calculations are based on official enrollment numbers taken on the third Friday of September -- those numbers determine state and other aids to the district. The final budget and tax levy were certified at a special Board of Education meeting on Oct. 26.
The Milwaukee County corporation counsel said the Hudson Board of Education did not violate the state's open meeting law when members attended the annual Wisconsin Association of School Boards meeting in Milwaukee last January. The decision was in response to a complaint filed by Curt Weese of North Hudson and Marion Shaw of the town of Hudson who alleged that the attendance of all seven board members at the convention violated the open meeting law.
The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously last week to hold a bond referendum Dec. 12 in the amount of $12,040,000 for the construction of a new elementary school. The move came at a special board meeting held on Oct. 26. The cost of the school, which would be built on property already owned by the district on Coulee Trail, south of Interstate 94, is estimated to be between $15-16 million, depending on whether the property is annexed by the city of Hudson as requested by the district.