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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With the city of Hudson's refusal to rezone the dog track for a secondary school site, the Hudson Board of Education gave its official approval to move ahead on a multi-phase plan that looks to find both short-term and longer term solutions to space needs at Hudson Middle School and Hudson High School. The plan was presented by Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten at last week's school board meeting. Calling it an internal process, Phase 1 of the short-term plan is something that the district has already been working on.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of women being admitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The late Robin Ahrens, HHS Class of 1970, was among those early women agents. She died in the line of duty in 1985. FBI agents came to Hudson High School last week to honor Ahrens and to present a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a female senior who is pursuing a career in criminal justice. The $1,500 scholarship was made possible through donations by fellow FBI agents around the country. After spending a few years as a teacher, Ahrens joined the FBI in 1984. On Oct.
Freed after 11 years in prison The name Glasbrenner is a familiar one to many in Hudson. The late John Glasbrenner was a teacher. The Glasbrenner children, Fred, Wayne, Gary and Audrey all attended school here. Audrey was the 1977 Pepper Fest queen. But it is what happened to Audrey almost 20 years later that seems like something out of a movie and very far from her Hudson roots. Audrey Glasbrenner Edmunds was tried and convicted of the reckless homicide of an infant in her care in 1997 in Dane County where she was living with her husband and three daughters.
When I first heard about the idea of a "bucket list," I figured it would take more like an old-fashioned steamer trunk to fit in all the things I wanted to do before I left all this behind. I mean I haven't really had a very adventurous life and there are things I would have liked to do before I die. But as I get older, I realize most of the stuff on that list weren't things I'd like to do as Meg, but things I'd like to do if I was anyone but Meg. For example, there was a time when I thought about becoming a nun. Sr.
Anyone who knows Jacci Zappa will probably not be surprised by her decision to devote the next two years serving others as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, Africa. The 24-year-old graduated from Hudson High School in 2006. She was a member of the HHS Peer Helpers and one of the "popular kids" who had a reputation for being nice to everyone. After high school, Zappa attended Oregon State University in Corvallis where she earned a degree in fisheries and wildlife in 2010. While there she worked for a month at an elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka.
While The Phipps Center in Hudson is recognized throughout the region for its theater productions, gallery exhibits, and concerts and performances, that isn't what it got noticed for in the September issue of "Stage Directions," a trade magazine about the art and technology of theater. The article was entitled "The Care and Feeding of Volunteers," and The Phipps Center's hundreds of volunteers were among those featured. The article noted that volunteers are an important part of bringing people into whatever is going on in theater and arts centers around the country.
A Dane County Circuit Court judge may have overturned several of the provisions in Wisconsin's Act 10/31 that prohibits most collective bargaining rights of public employees, but the long-term impact of the decision is unclear to those on all sides of the issue. According to Hudson School District Director of Personnel Nancy Sweet, the lower court decision found five provisions in the law unconstitutional including: --the prohibition of the contribution of "fair share (union) dues"; --the prohibition of voluntarily withholding or deducting union dues from an employee's paycheck; --prohibit
Profoundly disappointed is how Hudson Board of Education President Tom Holland described himself following the decision by the Hudson City Council not to rezone St. Croix Meadows for use as a school. The voters, including those in the city of Hudson, approved a referendum to purchase the former St. Croix Meadows dogtrack last April. A contingency of the sale was that the property be rezoned from commercial use to public use. The track closed 12 years ago and has been on the market ever since. The city collects around $20,000 annually in property taxes from the owners.
The County Marking parking lot was reopened to vehicles shortly after 6 p.m.
What started five years ago at Rock Elementary School has expanded into the Hudson Backpack Program that now serves students and their families from all Hudson's elementary schools, both public and private. Some 108 families were served last year with 1,836 backpacks delivered during the school year. The idea of the program is to provide backpacks filled with food twice a month on Fridays so children and their families who need it have food over the weekend.