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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At a time when the news is full of retail business giants closing their doors, the time has come to recognize the success of many small businesses in the community. And very few have the longevity and loyal customer base that the Hudson Flower Shop located at 222 Locust St. has had for 70 years. Shelli Erck and her mother Linda are marking their own milestone as well. They bought the business 20 years ago and couldn’t be prouder of the long history of service it has provided the community.
Last week's bitter cold did not slow down construction of the addition to the Hudson Middle School. The project is scheduled to be completed by the fall and will add much needed classroom space at all three grade levels.
The Hudson Police Department wants to remind the public that all residents are responsible to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes of snow and ice. The department has received some complaints about sidewalks that have not been shoveled and with ice that is dangerous.
There will be three candidates for two seats on the Hudson Board of Education in the April election. They are incumbent Carrie Whitacre, 431 Wren Lane, and candidates Marion Shaw, 493 Countryview Lane, and Heather Logelin, 715 Woodcrest Drive N. A school board member since 2008, Lynn Robson is not seeking re-election. Since there are only three candidates for the two seats, a primary is not necessary. The election is scheduled for April 4.
This year’s Pepper Fest saw some familiar faces take the lead in the annual parade. The grand marshals were part of one of North Hudson's first families — the Zezzas. The plan was to have Jack and Bobby Zezza, along with their aunt, Barb Zezza Smrdel, serve as the parade leaders. Unfortunately, both Bobby and Barb died just recently. But Jack and Bobby's grandson, Dan Zezza, was there to represent.
With the blessing of the Hudson City Council Feb. 8, the golf course is no more, to be replaced by 145 single-family homes and a new hotel complex. The plan for the homes on the former Hudson Golf Club property is from M/I Homes. Community Development Dennis Darnold presented the plan for about 110 acres of the former golf course, including 25 acres of open space on the north side. He explained that the street and utility work will be completed in two phases — the first in 2016 and the second in 2017.
Satisfied Wisconsin is pointed in the right direction, Rep. Dean Knudson said the time has come for someone else to take his seat in the Legislature. The Hudson resident, first elected to the Assembly in 2010, announced that he is not seeking re-election in fall 2016.
Firefighters from throughout the St. Croix Valley gathered with family and friends at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church to say farewell to fellow fireman Randy St. Ores who died last week at the age of 61. St. Ores lived in North Hudson most of his life, graduated from Hudson High School and married another local, Brenda Richie. The couple had two children, BreAnn and Patrick and four grandchildren.
Hudson High School students were among 50,000 recognized across the country for their academic achievements.
A small group of HHS alumni showed up for the first advanced placement breakfast last week. The students, who now attend colleges and universities across the country, shared their first semester experiences as freshman. All said the rigor of their advanced placement courses at HHS better prepared them for college study. They cited better study habits, the chance to get into their major classes earlier and better time management skills including not putting off a paper until the night before it is due.