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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The annual Hot Air Affair parade lit the way down Vine Street Friday night with participating balloon crews bringing their own flare to the event. See more coverage on the annual Hudson Hot Air Affair here .
Cally Ahlin was one of the estimated 500,000 people who turned out for the Women's March Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. The 20-year-old Hudson High School graduate made the journey on her own, but found friends all along the 22-hour journey and even more at the event. She boarded a bus in Madison, and at every rest stop there were more buses headed for the same destination.
I used to tell some whoppers when I was a kid and don't really know why. My mom was a champion at it so I think I got it from her.
(Liftout) "Women in STEM+ was designed to help inspire creativity and curiosity in females through engaging hands-on activities that demonstrate and integrate science, technology, engineering, math and or art skills. Through demonstrations, conversations and engaging activities young students cultivate confidence, grit, and the belief that everything is possible in life and in the world." — Women in STEM+ design team
Tom Holland is a familiar face to many around Hudson. He first came on the scene in 1992 to begin the work of opening a YMCA in Hudson. He was also a member of the Hudson Board of Education for nine years. But he has a new role these days, one he is very excited about.
The Hudson Board of Education approved recommendations by district administrators to allow open enrollment at Hudson Middle School and at the elementary level. Enrollment numbers at Hudson High School are still over capacity and no open enrollment will be available for the upcoming school year. That may change upon completion of the remodel and addition to HHS scheduled to be completed by the start of school in fall 2018.
According to Cindy Redmon, facilitator of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, there are a lot of Hudson area residents among the estimated 86 million Americans currently living with prediabetes. That's nearly one of every three people and only about 10 percent are aware they are at risk of developing the disease within 10 years. But Redmon says the YMCA's program can help people take steps that not only prevent the disease but can have a positive impact on life in general.
This marks the fifth year of the Hudson School District Women in STEM event at the Hudson Middle School. The event, which is from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2, is designed to provide an opportunity to engage and inspire youth, especially young girls from throughout the area about careers and workplace opportunities.
The phrase “family friendly” seems a perfect way to describe an organization like the YMCA in Hudson. But recently it took on even more meaning. The YMCA in Hudson recently received a gold certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley’s Success by 6 initiative. The Family Friendly Workplace certification recognizes organizations that actively invest in programs and practices that support employees and their families.
One of my all-time favorite Phipps productions was also one of the first I ever reviewed — “Noises Off.” It was a hilarious farce full of manic moves and great characters, but it was also fun because it featured what goes on backstage, just slightly exaggerated. And it’s backstage that influenced the creation of the new Phipps Black Box show, “In Stitches.” Director Kasey Jean Tunnell said it was an afternoon in the costume shop with “theater kids” that inspired the musical revue.