Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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If anybody can show high school kids what it takes to make their futures soar, it's Gerry Uchytil. That's not just his job at Hudson High School, where he's been...
A new Hudson wellness-education center adds neuroscience, learning research and body mechanics to the mind-body-spirit equation to help people unlock the healing power that's already deep inside them. "I do something no one else does -- basically, it's the scientific integration of mind, body and spirit," notes Teri Leigh, whose TeriLeigh Wellness Education Center specializes in ailments ranging from chronic pain and injuries to stress, anxiety and depression.
Garage sale fans know the inspiration well: spotting that perfect vintage item that cries out for a brighter new life. Luckily, downtown Hudson has a passionate kindred spirit in Mag Ryan, whose Salvaged With Style home decor, vintage and furniture store opened April 1 at 419 Second St.
Since opening in 2011, Hudson's Healing Waters Health Center has evolved into a multifaceted holistic focal point, and its free five-year anniversary celebration May 21 will give visitors a great chance to find out why. "We're the only place in the world that has this combination of different modalities, and they all blend together really well," Healing Waters owner Denise Gunderson says in an interview last week.
No one knows better than Rachel DeNicola that fashion goes far deeper than style, fit and fabric. What's most important is how a woman's clothes and accessories make her feel about herself. And that's job one at DeNicola's unique new Hudson Mainstream Boutique, which opened April 13 at 2250 Badger Drive, just off Crestview Drive near the Carmichael Road Interstate 94 interchange.
Some 300-400 people supported the St. Joseph Fire Department at an April 29 fundraiser, bringing the department a step closer to one of its top warm-weather priorities: replacing its 28-year-old brush-fire truck. Fire Chief Ron Burton said in a telephone interview three days after the event that the final donation total was not yet available from the fundraiser at Big Guys BBQ Road House on Highway 35.
The St. Joseph Plan Commission appears close to the home stretch of its year-plus-long process of updating the town's comprehensive plan. Stantec associate Phil Carlson, whose is firm is guiding the update process, said in an interview after the commission's April 20 working session that a proposed comprehensive plan update could be released for public input as early as "August or September." "First, we would put it out for community review, so look for a community meeting or meetings around that time to get people's comments," Carlson said.
Seriously, I know about a dozen guys who won't call their moms this Sunday. Not only that, some of them seem to wear it on their sleeves. A Mother's Day...
A lot of tour companies show you the sites -- but when you get home, will you also know how the local folks there REALLY live? Will you learn their defining tastes and customs -- not from a tour guide, but from the people themselves? Will you engage them at their markets, festivals, shops, watering holes and gathering spots -- not as a tourist, but as an insider? Maybe even as a new friend?
Everybody knew Duane Swanson as "Dewey" as he climbed the ladder from stock boy to store manager for Hudson's Erickson Grocery regional chain in the '70s and '80s. After all, it was a family-owned, people-focused business with a vital day-to-day mission, so familiarity and close personal connections with customers were important.