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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It would be easy to dismiss the plight of the heroine in "The Rainmaker" as dated and not politically correct. I did -- well at first. I admit to cringing a little when her brothers referred to low prospects for marriage, her description as "plain," and the necessity to "settle" for whatever man came her way in order to be happy. But it occurred to me that the situation of the Curry family, ranchers in a western state during a drought, isn't all that different than that of the Crawley's of "Downton Abbey" -- they're just a lot better dressed with cool accents.
The Hideaway Smoke Shop on Coulee Road received 52 separate citations Monday from the Hudson Police Department for allegedly having drug paraphernalia among their inventory . The fines total more than $12,400 and were issued to store owner Wael Sakallah. The items that generated the citations are glass pipes and "one-hitters," according to HPD Chief Marty Jensen. Since the shop opened late last year, the police have been checking in to see if the pipes or what what they consider drug paraphernalia were for sale at the store.
When the new season of "The Biggest Loser" television series debuted Sunday night, Lisa Rambo of Houlton was among the contestants on the popular weight loss show. Rambo, 37, lives with her husband Tony, pastor of River Community Church, and they are the parents of four active and athletic children. Rambo, who started the show at 246 pounds, said she wants to lose weight in order to be a good role model for her children. She hopes the program will give her a "toolbox" to radically change her lifestyle. She has already lost 16 pounds according to the show's website.
There are no incumbents among the five candidates who are running for two seats on Hudson School Board in this spring's election. The candidates are Bruce Hanson, Jamie Johnson, Matthew G. Kari, Jeanette Kunz and Jim Schrock. Incumbents Mark Kaisersatt and Patricia German are not seeking re-election. Because of the number of candidates, there will be a primary on Feb. 19. The election will be held in early April. Look for more details on the school board election in next week's Star-Observer.
I'm thinking 2013 might just turn out to be lucky. We REALLY get to start fresh. I mean according to the Mayans we shouldn't even be here. But if you don't take that all so literally, it might just mean we get to leave all the garbage behind and start again with a completely new calendar. To start, on my new calendar I think I would change the number of months. Go from 12 to nine. Let's dump February (too cold and gray), April (not winter, not spring, just five long weeks long) and August (too hot and no holidays).
Linda Groom sat down for an interview about her retirement on a difficult day for all teachers -- the afternoon of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Groom was sickened by the news but said she and the other teachers at Hudson Community Children's Center would be prepared to deal with any effect the shooting would have on their children. "As teachers we need to give our students the social and emotional competence to see them through things like this and the everyday issues that come up for them.
Hudson Police are looking for the person who threw a rock through a window at the Verizon store, 1027 Pearson Drive, stealing an undetermined amount of inventory. The incident happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday. HPD Chief Marty Jensen said the canine unit officer was in the Menard's parking lot where he was filling out paperwork from an earlier call and reached the store within minutes. Jensen said the police dog with his handler, along with other officers, searched the area but did not find the suspect. "We suspect that they had a vehicle waiting.
The Hudson Board of Education voted Tuesday night to do more study on three options to address the need for secondary school space. They are: --Construction of a 4-year high school with the current high school converted to grades 7-8 and the current middle school converted to grades 5-6. --Construction of a 3-year high school for grades 10-12 with the current high school converted to grades 8-9 and the current middle school converted to grades 6-7. --Construction of a 6-12 STEM school with an emphasis on science, math and technology for 700 students; the current high school remains 9-12
Operation HELP's Campaign for Kids could use a little more support. As of Monday, the campaign has 15 families that are still in need of sponsors. The campaign is a cooperative effort between the organization and sponsors from throughout the community to provide gifts for children, from infants and toddlers through high school. The only requirement is that the family live in the Hudson School District. Families register to participate and give information about their children including sizes and a wish list.
Santa and his reindeer will make their annual visit to Hudson from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.1 in Lakefront Park. The event is presented by Family Fresh Market and Rock and Tait Exteriors, LLC and other Hudson area businesses. Children can bring their letters to share with Santa, who will be sitting in his sleigh at the band shell amid brightly colored packages and a giant Christmas card. In addition to Santa, children can learn about nature programs, history and take home free ornaments and treats.