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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Two Hudson High School graduates are well on to new careers after being part of an award-winning team of video game designers. Grace Zwiefelhofer and Reese Blaiser are majoring in video game design and development at UW-Stout. Together with other game design majors, they developed "Flash Frozen," a year-long class project that was six months in production. The game centers around surviving a whole host of horrors that befall passengers on a cruise ship. The game came long before the recent cruise ship disasters in the news, according to Zwiefelhofer.
It is an unofficial title but you might call Roger Evenson "Hudson's plumber." In 1958 Evenson took over Evenson Plumbing following the death of his father Palmer, who started the business ten years earlier. He was 22 years old but had been working for his dad since he was 16. While he turned over the management of the business to his son Rick in 2001, Evenson has remained on the job but said the time is right to retire. Now 77, Evenson said the physical demands of the job, especially on his knees and hips, figured in his decision but he said he is ready to hang it up.
Lock your car - especially if it is parked in your driveway with a garage door opener inside. That’s the advice from Hudson and North Hudson police following a rash...
0718.A.HSO.Vaughtfamily The Vaught family first time skydivers included, from left, Cindy McGuire, Michael McMahon, Everett Vaught, Justin McGuire and Kristin McGuire. 0718.A.HSO.Vaughtturns80 Turning 80 demanded a special present like this tandem parachute jump for Everett Vaught of Hudson. 0718.A.HSO.Vaughtskydive The sky was literally the limit for Everett Vaught's 80th birthday. He was accompanied on his first skydive by his daughter and three grandchildren. Photos submitted.
A member of the Shriners' go-cart team lost control of his vehicle during the Hudson Booster Days parade on Saturday. The cart went into the crowd in the 300 block of Second Street, striking three children. None were seriously injured. The accident took place around 11:30 a.m. outside of Pudge's Bar. According to HPD Det. Sgt. Geoff Willems, the driver was conducting of an "oval maneuver" with the team when he felt his cart start to flip. He straightened the vehicle out to avoid the flip but ended up going into the crowd.
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.