Hudson Scaglione: Groton’s young entrepreneur

The Scaglione family. Left to right: Hudson, Stephanie (mom) and Matthew (dad), with younger sister Caroline in the foreground.
The Scaglione family. Left to right: Hudson, Stephanie (mom) and Matthew (dad), with younger sister Caroline in the foreground.
Photo by Linda Competillo

Ten-year-old Hudson Scaglione is no stranger to the Groton Central School Board of Education. Scaglione was invited to its meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 to be recognized as the board formally accepted his personal donation of $25 to help fund the building of a trout tank at Groton Elementary School.

Principal Kent Maslin explained that Scaglione had approached him with the donation in September and Maslin asked him what he wanted the money to go toward. Scaglione, in turn, asked what sorts of things it could go toward.

Maslin, knowing that Scaglione is also an avid fisherman, suggested his donation could help with the “Trout in the Classroom” initiative that will kick off this November.

The school has taken on a project through “Trout Unlimited” whereby students will monitor and care for brook trout eggs in a school trout tank from then until the spring of 2020, at which time the hatched trout will be released into local water sources. The idea resonated with Scaglione in a major way.

Scaglione did not just save up a weekly allowance, cut into his birthday gift money or any other source of funds typical of a 10-year-old fifth-grader. He operates his own business, “Hudson’s Sauces and Goodies,” and this donation represented 20% of his profits.

This was not Scaglione’s first appearance at a GCS BOE meeting. When he had just finished second grade, the board recognized and celebrated him when he took first place for his grade level in the PBS Young Writers Competition 2017 for the Upstate/Southern Tier region.

Scaglione had spent three months researching, writing and illustrating his prize-winning book, which he titled, “The Beautiful Great Barrier Reef.”

He presented a PowerPoint slideshow with only slight assistance from elementary school principal, Kent Maslin, to the BOE and the administrators of the district, explaining the plight of the sea life in the Great Barrier Reef due to pollution and other factors that threaten its ability to thrive.

At the conclusion of his presentation, Scaglione also fielded questions the audience had for him, making his passion and concern for the creatures of the sea quite evident as he did so.

Scaglione was a very impressive young man who clearly deserved such an award for work well done back then, and he has most certainly grown leaps and bounds in his endeavors since. If one visits Facebook and searches for “Hudson’s Sauces and Goodies,” it is there that Scaglione’s business page may be found.

As it happens, Scaglione’s talent is not limited to writing prize-winning books. He loves to cook and bake and the resulting products from his time spent in the kitchen doing either or both are the heart of his business.

Scaglione not only creates delectable foodstuffs and treats – he also grows many, if not most, of the fruits and vegetables he uses in his recipes himself. He does get some assistance from his mom, Stephanie Scaglione, and sometimes his sister, Caroline, but for the most part, he pretty much runs things single-handedly.

Stephanie does not permit Hudson to work his business during school time, so summer is by and large his “business season,” but that does not stop him from continuing to feed his passion. He cooks dinner for his family at least once per week, in addition to just cooking, baking and creating things because he wants to.

Hudson has also won baking contests for his recipes, such as his mint Oreo chocolate chip cookies. He also utilizes resources that he finds around him, as evidenced by the wild grapes he uses in his oatmeal cranberry and wild grape cookies.

Not only does a visit to Hudson’s Facebook page reward the visitor with photos of these and many more of his creations, but there are also helpful videos he had made and posted there such as “How to Roast Garlic” and “How to Make Slippery Pot Pie.”

Hudson’s videos are artistic creations all on their own and definitely worth viewing even if you have no intention whatsoever of cooking yourself! This fifth-grade wonder even makes his own pasta – from scratch.

Hudson’s passion for cooking can be summed up by one of the lines in his video, “Having Fun Cooking.” He says, “Cooking can be fun, and you can eat the fun.”

Groton on the Inside appears weekly. Submit news ideas to Linda Competillo, or 607-227-4922.

In brief:

May the turkey begin!

The McLean Firefighters will host their 72nd annual turkey dinner from noon until the food is gone Sunday, Nov. 3 at the McLean Fire Hall.
The meal includes all-you-can-eat turkey with all the trimmings and features homemade pie for dessert! Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $7 for children age 6-12. Children five and under may eat for free. Take-out meals will be available.

An Evening at the Planetarium

Groton Rotary Club is sponsoring a free event called “An Evening at the Planetarium” at Bowers Hall on the SUNY Cortland campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 p.m. To reserve a spot for this event, please contact Mona Forney at

Election Day voting and food!

If you are a registered voter in Groton, you have an opportunity to get out and vote Tuesday, Nov. 5 to have a voice in our government. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As you head to your designated polling place, you may want to visit West Groton Bible Church, 854 Cobb St., before or after you cast your vote to partake of some great food.

The church will be serving up its famous chicken and biscuit lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Election Day and the renowned roast beef dinner from 4:45 to 7 p.m.

There is no formal charge for either meal, but donations are gratefully accepted. Take-out meals are also available by calling (607) 898-3916.

Chicken & Biscuits

Casper’s Diner, 118 Main St., will open with special evening hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 to host an all-you-can-eat chicken and biscuit dinner with salad and beverage included for $9 per person.

All proceeds will benefit the athletes at Ultimate Cheer & Tumble in their journey to get to Dallas for the NCA Nationals.


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