The year in review: 2010 was a big year in Hudson

December 29, 2010 —


• A proposal from the city of Bryan, Ohio to have the regional aquifer protected by the US Environmental Protection Agency was heard in a presentation to more than 80 people at the Hudson Area High School Cafeteria.

• The 10th Annual Pasty Project was held in the last weekend of January to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County.

• City Council decided to pursue grant funding that could lead to badly needed repairs for Pleasant St from Church Street to US-127, and the parking lots at the Hudson Community Center and across from the City Office (all failed later in the year.)

• Hudson Kiwanis presented a check to the Salvation Army for $3139.68, which represents the Red Kettle collection at the Market House for the 2009 holiday season.

• Hudson Girl Scouts presented an American flag and the Girl Scout Colors at the opening of the January 19 City Council Meeting. Brian Gerig was named the new Fire Chief at the same meeting.


• A new club, the School Ecology Club, was formed at Hudson Area Schools brought new environmental awareness to students in the district. It was formed during the 2008-2009 school year with the intent of studying and working on the improvement of the environment. A Hudson Educational Foundation Mini-Grant was awarded to help the school seek status as a “Green School.”

• A benefit auction was held on the behalf of Emily Hepker, a resident of Jonesville, who has been diagnosed with Lymphoma during her senior year of high school three years prior.

• Our Saviour Lutheran Church Youth Group babysat Valentine’s weekend at the church to help raise funds to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering, being held in New Orleans at the Superdome.

• The Hudson Library board and staff held a Patron Appreciation Day on February 16 to say thank you to the community members who visit the library.

• The winter weather has been especially gentle on snow days at the school this year. The school had six days remaining as of February 16, having had only two snow days and two two-hour delays for the year, though the school closed for a snow day only the following week when a snow storm blanketed the area with six inches of snow.

• A memorial service was held for Adam Chastain, who lost his battle to cancer in January.

• The Toledo War was the topic of conversation at the County Historical Society, with Don Faber, author of a new history about the Ohio-Michigan conflict, the guest speaker.


• Hudson and Morenci Area Schools explored the option of having Hudson Area Schools superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne share the duties at both schools. The schools signed a cooperative service agreement at their respective meetings to explore the idea.

• Former School Superintendent Kathy Malnarattended the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and shared her story and photographs with the community via the newspaper.

• An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “Willy Wonka” was the school play on March 25-27.

• Clayton Summer-Fest 2010 Committee Officers were elected on March 16 with the following results: President, Robert Smith, 1st Vice President, Paul Burcroff, 2nd Vice President, Kip Smith, Secretary, Lois McNeil, and Treasurer, Wilma Baker.

• The Hudson Tiger Middle School Science Olympiad Team earned their 11th straight trip to the State Finals by capturing their 2nd straight Regional Title at a tournament held at Hillsdale College and attended by fifteen schools from southern Michigan. The team won a record 17 medals in 23 events.


• The Hudson Foundation awarded their first grants. Lincoln Elementary received $100 for emergency winter clothing; and one boy and one girl each were sponsored for Boys State and Girls State for a total of $610.

• Eight people were arrested over the weekend in a raid near Cadmus, and a ninth was arrested Monday near North Adams. The group, known as the “Hutaree” was suspected of plotting to kill a law enforcement officer and then attack the funeral procession. The attack was allegedly planned for April.

• Three major road projects were planned for the summer, including resurfacing and drainage improvements on US-127 from Hudson to the Ohio border; M-34 between the east city limits and M-156 in Clayton were scheduled to get a micro-surface application of a three-quarter inch layer of asphalt to preserve the surface, and the resurfacing and rebuilding of sidewalk ramps on Main Street throughout the city. Also on the docket is reconstruction of Munson Highway south from M-34 to the city limits to accommodate truck traffic in and out of the Industrial Park, which will include a redesign and rebuilding of the storm water drainage system. These projects were mostly paid out for by state grants and Local Development Finance Authority funds.

• North Rome Baptist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary on April 25.

• Hudson and Morenci School Boards each approved the plan to share a superintendant, and the plan went into effect.

• The Hudson Girl Scouts planted flower seeds at the Bean Creek Garden Center. The girls created their seed plugs, which were planted around town later in the year.

• A mock disaster drill was held at Thompson Field in cooperation with Hudson emergency services.

• Alpine Manufacturing purchased the old M&S Plant 12 in preparation to relocate to Hudson from Morenci.


• Yours, Mine and Ours consignment Shop moved to the former Square Deals store at 313 W. Main on May 1.

• Hudson High School drama students held a production of M*A*S*H May 7 and 8.

• The Hudson Tiger Science Olympiad team captured their 2nd consecutive Class C State Title, taking 13th place overall in all divisions. Over 450 schools in Michigan competed this year, and only 48 advanced to the state tournament.

• Hudson lost its leading activist and believer in the community when Jim Findlay passed away at his home Saturday, May 8. He continues to be deeply missed.

• Remains found at the intersection of US-127 and Nelson Rd during roadwork are believed to be historic, and no crime is apparently involved.

• Lincoln students raised over $220 to help buy new books for the Lincoln Elementary library by holding a used book sale. Lincoln students also dedicated a “Reading Corner Garden” to retired teacher, Miss Cindy Corner, on May 20.

• Hudson Area School Board of Education approved the possibility of layoffs of eight teachers at a meeting that also approved the retirement of Steve Garr and Linda Morse.

• Heavy rains of a record 3.05 inches caused heavy flooding and washed out parts of Packard and Lowe Roads, and caused the worst flooding in years at CR Motors.


• Hudson High School graduated 87 seniors. The Valedictorian was Josh Merillat, and the Salutatorian was Maria Miller.

• Sacred Heart Parish held its annual Spring N-2 Summer Festival June 4th and 5th.

• A line of severe storms swept across the area in early June, spawning tornados that caused damage in surrounding areas, but fortunately caused little damage in the local area besides a couple of trees down and some power outages.

• Plans to pave Main Street later in June were postponed in the first of many delays because of the severe storms.

• The Hudson National Honor Society students cooperated with the University of Michigan to survey what young people ages 14-18 thought about Hudson with interesting results.

• Hudson Boy Scout Troop 602 Eagle Scout candidates Jake Enerson and Tom High organized some friends to paint the buildings in Webster Park for their Eagle Scout projects. The workers painted both the picnic shelter and the restroom building.

• Hudson Area Schools finances show signs of stabilization.

• H.I.S. Home for Children bike riders rode into town June 23, stopped at MIS, Rollin Township Hall, and stayed the night at the First United Methodist Church. They were biking 300 miles from Rockford, Michigan to Harrod, Ohio to benefit children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

• Pastor Fred Neumann was appointed to serve the Hudson First United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2010.

• The Hudson Post-Gazette had two new owners as of July 1, as Wes and Amanda Boyd purchased the business from Ed Potter, whose family owned the business for 102 years. Wes continued as editor and took over as publisher; Amanda became the business manager and associate editor.


• Over $3300 was raised for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the annual “Run Posey” four-mile run around the lake. 262 runners and walkers were signed up to participate.

• A federal judge in Port Huron overturned an $800,000 jury verdict against Hudson Area Schools and dismissed a student’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the school. The verdict had been appealed after a trial in mid-March.

• NAPA Auto Parts held their annual car show to benefit the Hudson Fire Department.

• The tenth annual David Clark Memorial Youth Baseball Tournament went out with a bang when the tournament ended not with a third out but a bolt of lightning during the championship game, causing it to be halted early but called a completed game. The tournament was a resounding success.

• The 5th annual Library Dinner Theatre production “Death in the Ring” was held in the Community Center and raised $1900 for the library.

• July 31st was a special day, starting with the 15th Annual Hudson Athletic Boosters 5k run, continuing with the Firefighters Field Day, with a Water Ball tournament, and completed with the Battle of the Bands, held at the fire department.

• A storm caused a thirty-foot square section of the roof of the Market House to collapse when an immense amount of water over a short period of time dumped itself on Hudson. The store reopened less than a day after the storm struck, although cleanup work continued for some time afterward.


• All God’s Gifts held their grand opening August 2 with a ribbon cutting in front of the new store located in downtown Hudson.

• Clayton Summer-Fest was held to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the village.

• Lost Arts came to the front porch of the Thompson House Museum.

• Large crowds descended upon Hudson for the City-Wide Garage Sale.

• A rash of thefts from cars around the city led Police Chief Charles Wier to call for residents to lock their car doors.

• Hudson City Planning Commission rejected a proposed ordinance that would have allowed city residents to raise chickens in their homes following the presentation of a 54-signature petition by 12-year-old Matthew Eichenberg asking Hudson City council to revise the current city ordinance so he could raise chickens for a 4-H project and share the resulting eggs with his family and neighbors.


• The Addison Senior Center Kitchen moved to Hudson September 7. The kitchen is used to prepare meals for seniors and the move to Hudson will centralize food service in the western part of the county.

• School resumed September 7 with a full day of classes.

• New improvements got underway at Sukhi’s 127 Party Store as a new tank for truck diesel was installed and the parking lot was expanded for truck parking, with more developments reportedly in the works.

• New plans for a major rebuilding of Hudson’s electrical substation were reported for possibly the second half of next year. While the station is nowhere near capacity, it is elderly and its reliability is becoming an issue. The rebuild will update it with current technology.

• Progress was made on the Findlay Trail, the non-motorized path between Maple Grove Ave. and the Industrial Park, as the city received a grant from Consumer’s Energy to plant trees on the east end of the trail.

• Clayton Summerfest 2010 Committee sponsored the 14th Annual “Music in the Park” on September 9th at Clayton Memorial Park.


• Sacred Heart Church held their Annual Roast Beef Dinner October 3 and wound up selling over 700 dinners.

• Volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club and the Hudson Chamber of Commerce worked together to decorate downtown for Halloween.

• The Lenawee County Road Commission closed Beecher Road between Hutchison and Whaley Highways about a mile and a half east of Morey Highway due to a recent inspection that showed the deteriorated conditions of the abutments of a small bridge. A spokesperson for the Road Commission said that the closure could be for “quite a while” and that it certainly would not be repaired this year. It might be several years before it’s repaired or replaced. Whether the bridge is repaired next year will depend on budgets. Since Beecher is a county primary road, the financially strapped Lenawee County Road Commission will responsible for the repair and replacement.

• The Red Cross will again hold a blood drive in Hudson on Thursday, October 28 — but it in a new location. The blood drives have mostly been held at the Hudson Community Center for the last several years, but with the moving of the Senior Citizen Center Kitchen from Addison to Hudson last month, it was decided that closing the kitchen for a day to host the blood drive would impact more people than necessary. Therefore, the blood drives will be moved to the Hudson American Legion Hannon-Colvin Post 180 on Cadmus Road.

• The Hudson Powderpuff Football Team won 6-0 in overtime at a game vs. Addison held to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The game and other activities help to raise over $2500. In addition, students from both schools planned and carried out a number of other activities, including a coin war seeking spare change, a cross-country run between Addison and Thompson Field, and selling a record number of t-shirts. In addition, cheerleaders from both teams showed up to volunteer at the spaghetti dinner benefit held for Beth Gibson held before Friday night’s Addison vs. Hudson football game.

• Robert Haley and Betty Walker died in a crash at the corner of US-127 and M-34.

• The annual downtown Trick or Treat brought a lot of Halloween to Hudson, and there were all sorts of interesting costumes to be seen. The final count of kids was 523, the largest ever recorded for this Chamber of Commerce event.


• The Hudson Educational Foundation announced the recipients of the fall 2010 mini-grants. This year’s awards went to Paths to Scholarship, a career, college and scholarship planning guide that empowers students with organizational tools; microscopes for the middle and high school science departments; DK Hands on Math for Lincoln Elementary that provides sensory materials for kids to manipulate to increase shape/pattern awareness; 8 GB MP3 players to second grade classrooms to improve reading fluency; decals for the transportation departments to help young students identify their busses; and document cameras for Lincoln Elementary that goes hand-in-hand with the Smart Boards the school received earlier in the year.

• 613 voters returned incumbents Lee Daugherty and Dennis Smoke to seats on the Hudson City Council in elections on November 2.

• Seventeen new trees were planted on Findlay Trail through the Consumer’s Energy Grant awarded in September.

• City Council approved the sale of the city owned lots at 214 and 216 W. Main Street to Dennis and Pam Smoke at the most heavily attended meeting of Hudson City Council in years. The Smokes intend to open a new restaurant at the location called Rumors, Inc.

• Attorney Beth Wolf returned to the area in Pittsford, opening a practice at the office of Dr. Leland Wolf at 9078 Rail Street.

• The annual Christmas parade was held to great success, with a good turnout and lots of colorful floats.

• Disagreements about the purchase of a new fire truck led to fire chief Brian Gerig being removed from his post as the cost of blocking a new fire truck he felt was inadequate for the city. Hudson City Council voted not to purchase the truck proposed by Hudson City Manager Steve Hartsel.

• Hudson Tigers won the State Championship in an age-old rematch against rival Ishpeming, and returned home to a spontaneous block party to celebrate their victory. (More on the Tigers next week!)

• Three Morenci boys, Andrew, Tanner and Alexander Skelton, went missing over the Thanksgiving weekend. The community drew together to search for the three boys who remain missing at this time. Searches and investigations are ongoing.


• The Hudson Community Choir and Orchestra held their annual Christmas cantata, “A World of Christmas,” on December 10, 11, and 12. Singers and musicians represented a record 41 different churches from as far away as Pennsylvania.

• The Hudson Wesleyan Church held a youth and children’s production of Wenceslas!, with a cast and crew of over 25 on the evening of the 19th.

• After considerable debate about the procedures involved, Hudson City Council approved the purchase of a new $360,000 fire truck. Mayor Pro Tem Corey Borck presented Football Coach Chris Luma with a proclamation recognizing the coach and football team for their 2010 state championship title at the same meeting. In other business, the council voted to approve a contract with Fleis and Vanderbrink Engineers for $30,600 development of the Jim Findlay Trail bridge over the Garrison Drain. Work should begin on the project next summer.

NEXT WEEK: Bill Mullaly looks back at the momentous year for sports in Hudson. It was, like Sinatra sang, a very good year!