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Lavender Thymes, a retail anchor in downtown Hudson for the last 23 years was sold recently to a long time Hudson resident, Michele Lindemann. Lindemann moved to Hudson 26 years ago, from her native Iowa, when her husband Steve took a job in this region. "I absolutely love this town," said Lindemann, who has two children, Anna, age 12 and Ashley, 18 who is a HHS graduate in her freshman year at the University of Minnesota. It was during Ashley's graduation that the seed to purchase Lavender Thymes sprouted.
OMG(Oh My God) has a month gone by already. It is time to write a new column. Friday afternoon, I said good bye to some old friends. The soap opera As the World Turns aired its final episode after 54 years. It was never perhaps a paragon of great writing and the last episode was a bit sugary, but nearly all of the cast members were brought back in the weeks leading up to the end, and of course all of the plot lines were essentially resolved. I don't often admit to most of my friends that I have enjoyed watching it off and on for most of those years.
Monday night, dogs, four to be exact, along with their families, showed up at the Phipps Center for the Arts to audition for the part of Sandy in the upcoming musical Annie. The only prerequisite was that the dog be sandy colored and medium sized. The show's director Randy Winkler, who owns four dogs himself, knew what he was looking for. Each prospective canine star, was giving an earful of singing in close quarters as well as clapping. Winkler, observed how each reacted to children and for that matter to each other.
Energy is the life force and it is everywhere. Bayday, a woman who prefers to be called by her taken spiritual name, has worked with electrical energy for 25 years as an electrical technician. For the last several years, she branched out to her own business which serves the niche market of wiring specialized machinery in commercial and industrial settings. About three years ago, Bayday started to recognize her gift -- a sensitivity to energy flow or the lack of it in people around her.
A trio of businessmen, all Hudson High School graduates, purchased the Hudson location of Erbert and Gerbert's as of Sept. 1. "We were looking for something to do together," said Chris Swanson, HHS '83. "Most of all we wanted to do business together and offer great service." Swanson, his brother Rick, a HHS '77 grad, and John Nickleby, a HHS '76 grad, have been friends for as long as any of them can remember. Each of them played on the golf team at Hudson High School.
Enthusiasm is not in short supply if you have a chance to chat with English gardener Andrew Sankey, who is back in Hudson, for the first time since 2008. He is the house guest of Hudson residents Wayne and Jean Haut. I caught up with him on Monday shortly after he had arrived from the airport -- a journey which started at 2:30 a.m. in England.
For Shari Stensland, her life changed when her father, Rick Waldschmidt was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. "My dad was told to eat fewer carbohydrates, limit sugar, exercise more and take medication," said Stensland. "He was also told you will have this the rest of your life." Stensland and her mother started a journey of research, which two years ago resulted in the founding of Life's 5. "We discovered that what we found out not only helped dad but was good for any health-conscious person," said Stensland.
Anyone who has met Layton "Skip" James knows his passion for music runs high. James showed talent early in his life. "My dad, born in 1910, wanted to be a pianist," said James. "But my grandfather encouraged him to become an engineer." James' grandmother was a professor of music so he was exposed to music from birth. "When I showed some talent, my father knew enough to encourage me," said James, who went off to the Summit School of Music, four bus stops away from his childhood New Jersey home. During this time he also took private piano lessons.
Almost all of the 50 drivers gathered at Safeway Bus Company's ready room between the high school and elementary school portions of their routes. Once again the gigantic jigsaw puzzle which provides transportation to the students of Hudson School District, Trinity Lutheran Academy and St. Patrick School came together on Sept. 1. On the first couple of days, minor adjustments to timing and routes are made, but on the first day, generally all goes well. Lori Finnegan started her 17th year as a driver and it was clear the families on her route greeted her with joy.
What do persons of Polish, Swedish, German and Irish descent have in common? They all gather the Wednesday before Pepper Fest to make the centuries' old Italian dessert pizzelles. This year, five ladies including Maria Jensen, Carol McConaughey, Shirley Rehder and Inge Bleier made 420 pizzelles. Normally they each make a batch of batter at home and join forces in the basement of the Bethel Lutheran Church, using electric pizzelle irons to create the delicate wafers. Some claim that pizzelles are the oldest known cookie dating back to 700 A.D.