Teen pleads guilty, HABA re-born, Players' Club's Queen Milli, palliative care centre and the town's long term plans
The sixteen year old Hudson teen responsible for selling the drug ecstasy to Stevie Reilly, the thirteen year old who died of a drug overdose on February 6, has pleaded guilty to sexual offenses, drug dealing and breaking probation. He is being held without bail for sentencing.
The thirteen year old girl was on a sleep-over with a fourteen year old friend when they visited the sixteen year old boy to take ecstasy and have sexual relations. It was apparently not the first time the teens met for similar parties. While her friend took one of the pills supplied by the boy, Stevie Reilly took one and one half and then another half. After the girls returned to the home of the fourteen year old, Stevie Reilly started having difficulty breathing. When the fourteen year old's mother arrived back home at 3:00 am, she was close to death. The mother called 911 and had her taken to hospital where she died. The funeral of February 12 was attended by many friends and teens from her school. Many hope that lessons will be learned from this tragedy.
The Hudson Oka ice bridge is once again open. With warm temperatures and a lot of rain in January, opening of the road across the ice of the lake of two Mountains had to be delayed. The ice has to be around 50 centimetres thick for cars to cross safely but once the snow plow can make it across, lighter cars won't have any problem. The ice bridge will likely stay open until mid March but the number to check the status of the bridge is (450) 458-2228. It costs $5.00 to cross.
The Hudson Area Business Association , HABA, has a new executive and new plans. While HABA years ago introduced such new business activities as the street fair and a promotional map, it became less and less active and relevant more recently. The new executive wants to change that according to new President Jeffrey Quenneville. High on the list of priorities are parking, signage and parks with a focus on working with the town and promoting Hudson businesses.
The Hudson Players' Club is presenting "Queen Milli of Galt" by Gary Kirkham at the Village Theatre on February 24, 25 and 26. The premise of the story is that King Edward VIII, before meeting Wallis Simpson and abdicating his throne, had an affair with Millicent Milroy of Galt, Ontario. The playwright was inspired to research the story and write the play by an article about a tombstone which reportedly was marked, "Millicent Milroy, Wife of King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor". Fact or fiction, it promises to be an entertaining evening out.
The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Health Care Foundation would like to build the proposed regional palliative care centre in Hudson. The centre requires about an acre and a half of land and would consist of twelve beds in an 8000 square foot bungalow. Construction is due to start in 2009 so planning has to start immediately. Hudson is an ideal location because of a large base of bilingual volunteers and community support for this kind of project. The town is looking into possible locations.
Hudson has recently taken on a lot of additional debt with the re-doing of Main Road and the sewers, development of parks and purchasing of land. The town now intends to consolidate about $7 million of debt into one single bond issue at 4.42% interest. Long term plans also include the improvement of the water supply, the re-construction of Cote St. Charles and the addition of the path along side.