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 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.
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 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.
In Oct. 26 issue of the Star Observer story on page 2A about the "Friends of Public Education" committee, it was incorrectly reported that a bond referendum of $15 million would go before the voters on Dec. 12. The school board will not vote officially on the resolution calling for a referendum until their meeting this Thursday night at Hudson High School.
Hudson may be one of the fastest growing small towns in the state, but there are some things that will forever define it -- like the Hudson Flower Shop. The Hudson Flower Shop has been in business 60 years and will celebrate that anniversary this weekend. Owner Shelli Erck has invited former owners, employees, customers and friends to drop by this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the milestone. The shop has been in the same location for all 60 years although the name, the building and even the address have changed when the city renumbered the block.
More than 40 people have joined the effort to get a new elementary school built in the Hudson School District. The group, Friends of Hudson Public Education, supports the estimated $15 million referendum that will go before voters on Dec. 12. The plan calls for the construction of a 588-student K-5 elementary school to be located on property the district owns on Coulee Trail, south of I-94.
The subject of chain mail doesn't come up often these days, and if it does, it probably conjures up images of medieval knights charging one another wearing what was then the equivalent of a bulletproof vest. But the art of chain mail is a whole lot more, especially at the hands of Michelle Baranick. A banker by day, Baranick has been creating Norwegian chain mail jewelry for the past two and a half years. Norwegian herself, Baranick was immediately interested in how the jewelry was made and with some help from a contact in Norway taught herself the art of chain mail.