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  • Honoring those lost in effort to keep all free

    Updated May 24, 2024

    In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not...

  • History of crashes at Fuller's reviewed

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 22, 2024

    Following residents’ comments at recent Hinsdale Village Board meetings regarding serious accidents at Fuller’s Car Wash, Village President Tom Cauley decided to do some research of his own. “There were a couple of residents who stood up and talked about previous accidents at the site, and it just didn’t ring a bell with me at all,” Cauley told The Hinsdalean Wednesday morning. “After that, I went back and had the police pull the reports and go through it. “It just didn’t jibe with what residents were saying had happened as...

  • Owners utilize preservation incentives

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 22, 2024

    Andrew O'Connor and Katie Lambert were thrilled to move from Chicago into an 1883 Gothic Revival home at 136 N. Washington St. in November 2021. They were not as thrilled with the staircase leading to the second floor. "When we moved in, we couldn't bring furniture upstairs. We slept on the first floor, on the mattress on the floor, for a few days. Then we decided we need to renovate," Katie said. Eventually they were able to get a bed upstairs, but they knew a construction...

  • Mission accomplished

    Updated May 22, 2024

    James Bruckner was focused on his role in dousing walkers in the 18th annual Walk the Walk for Mental Health Sunday morning on the corner of Sixth and Thurlow streets. With more than 700 participating in the walk to benefit The Community House Counseling Center, Bruckner didn't miss an opportunity to splash them with colorful powder. Please turn to Page 32 for more pictures. (Jim Slonoff photo)...

  • Student athlete profile - Annie Mayer

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Annie Mayer Hinsdale How old were you when you started playing softball? I was 9. I started playing softball because some of my friends did and my dad is a really big baseball fan and has always loved baseball. I started on multiple travel teams around the area. What do you love most about the sport? I just love the friendships that you make through softball and all the memories, whether that's in the dugout or at practices or at dinners. What is most challenging part of...

  • Summer camps

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Summer Day Camp June 3-Aug. 9 The Community House 415 W. Eighth St. www.thecommunityhouse.org (630) 323-7500 Kids entering first through eighth grade will create memories and enjoy a variety of creative learning experiences including sports, drama and environmental awareness, to name a few. The field trip, activities and projects relate to each week’s theme.. Before (7 to 9 a.m.) and after (3 to 6 p.m.) care is offered at an additional cost. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $375 a week, $80 a day. RR, MD Animal Advocates June 3...

  • Walking the Walk with a colorful tint

    Updated May 22, 2024

    The 18th annual Walk the Walk for Mental Health, which benefits The Counseling Center at The Community House, was held Sunday morning. Under blue skies and bright sunshine, the colors of the rainbow were thrown about at several color stations set up along the one mile route. More than 700 walkers raised more than $70,000 to support the center. The Hinsdale Central's boys track team was recognized for being the highest fundraising team, and Madison School won the "Big Blue...

  • Pet pic of the week

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Meet Joy, a 4-year-old husky mix who is always just happy to be around you. She is wonderful on a leash, loves to go for walks and will play with her soft toys for hours before coming to you for a cuddle. Joy is an easygoing and polite dog who would be a joy for anyone to adopt. Joy is spayed, fully vaccinated and microchipped. She is approved for children 5 and older and her adoption fee is $350. For more information, stop by the Hinsdale Humane Society Tuthill Family Pet...

  • Head to library for this summer's hottest reads

    John Kokoris|Updated May 22, 2024

    With this week's glorious weather, I think it is fair to say summer has arrived. To some, that means trips to the beach or the lake, baseball games and barbecues, maybe even summer hours at the office. For librarians, summer has some less relaxing connotations: Summer reading season will soon be here. Parents will prod their kids to keep their mind sharp over summer vacation. Wayward former readers will wander back, seeking recommendations as they cautiously dip their toe in...

  • Village, post ready to observe holiday

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdaleans have a variety of ways to honor those who made the greatest sacrifice during Memorial Day commemorations Monday, May 27. Residents can start the day at a 7 a.m. service at Bronswood Cemetery at 3805 Madison St. in Oak Brook. American Legion Post 250 will host this special service honoring members of the Armed Forces who have been lost. Post 520 Adjutant Joseph Craig will read the poem "Flanders Field" and the names of the honored dead. Then annual Memorial Day proc...

  • Ask an expert - WILL KUSAK, CENTRAL STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 22, 2024

    What does commencement mean to you? Hinsdale Central student body President Will Kusak will perform his final duty in that role - and as a Red Devil - serving as an emcee of tonight's commencement ceremony. The roughly 600-strong class of 2024 had no in-person eighth-grade graduation due to COVID, and embarked on its high school journey split in halves to promote social distancing on campus. "We were labeled as an 'A day' kid or a 'B day' kid, and that just caused such a stir...

  • Elizabeth "Bettie" Graham

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Elizabeth "Bettie" J. Graham, 91, of Bentonville, Ark., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away on May 4, 2024, in her home with her daughter by her side. She was boElizabeth "Bettie" J. Graham, 91, of Bentonville, Ark., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away on May 4, 2024, in her home with her daughter by her side. She was born in 1932, in Westmont, the daughter of Edward William and Evelyn Elizabeth McAllister Powers. After retiring as an echocardiologist, Bettie worked in sales a loc...

  • Billy "Bun" Robertson

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Billy "Bun" Robertson, 66, of Hinsdale passed away May 10, 2024, at his home. He was born in Chicago in 1957. Those who lived in Hinsdale in the 1960s to 1980s probably knew Billy "Bun" in some way. Growing up, from the age of 2 on, across from Burns Field was such a gift to him. It allowed him to run across the street every day after school and play football, ice hockey or baseball. He helped start the Burns Field Turkey Bowl, which he participated in for more than 40 years....

  • Eva Evenhouse

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Eva Evenhouse, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away at her home in Western Springs May 11, 2024. Eva played tennis at the Salt Creek Racquet Club and belonged to three bridge groups. Back in the day she excelled at pottery and at quite a young age she was a talented oil painter. She loved to go to Mr. Kelly's with Donald to see her favorite jazz artists, like Oscar Peterson and The Modern Jazz Quartet. In later years Eva became an avid sports enthusiast, developing a fondness...

  • Katherine Patricia Riihimaki

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Katherine Patricia Riihimaki, 84, of Golfview Hills passed away May 13, 2024. Kathy was born in 1940 and spent her childhood in Riverside, where her parents owned an FTD florist shop at the corner of Herbert and Herrick. Kathy met her future husband, Richard Riihimaki, at a summer camp in Lake Villa. They were married in November 1962 and later had a daughter. Kathy has lived in unincorporated Hinsdale (Golfview Hills) since 1963, where she was known as a caring/giving person...

  • Charlene Mae Edith Hassel

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Charlene "Char" Mae Edith Hassel, nee Saxer, passed away peacefully May 2, 2024, just shy of her 94th birthday. Born in Hinsdale, Charlene lived a long, fulfilling life surrounded by loving family and friends. Growing up in Hinsdale, Charlene developed a range of talents supported by her mother Frieda, nee Wendt, father William Saxer and older sister Mayme (nee Saxer) Andrews. She learned to cook, bake, sew, and acquired a passion for the arts, playing both the flute and...

  • Nancy Cracknell Clough

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Nancy Cracknell Clough, 81, a former 40-year resident of Clarendon Hills, passed away April 30, 2024. She was born in 1943 in Kenore, N.Y., to Cyril and Ann Cracknell. At the heart of Nancy's world were her cherished relationships. She shared a remarkable bond with her late husband, Fred, that was nothing short of extraordinary. Together, they painted a canvas of love and companionship that inspired all who knew them. As a devoted mother to Casey (Mark) Downer and Kelly...

  • Callie Anne Clark

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Callie Anne Clark, nee Coughlin, 91, of Burr Ridge, formerly of Hinsdale, died at home peacefully May 10, 2024, with her family nearby. Callie Anne grew up in Big Stone Gap, Va., during the area's boom time. As a child, she developed a passion for music, learning to play the clarinet and the piano. She was active in marching band, choir and several school clubs. As a teen, Callie Anne loved to test drive any new Harley Davidson motorcycle that arrived at her parents' Jeep and...

  • A long awaited puppy love

    Kelly Abate|Updated May 22, 2024

    "What's his name?" we asked the young man at KLM park, some dozen years ago. At the end of the leash he held in his hand was an English bulldog, adorably plump and wrinkly. My daughter and I petted the dog, whose tail wagged furiously at us. "Juice Box," the man said. My daughter and I replied with delight, "Juice Box?! What an awesome name for a dog." The man laughed and said, "No, not Juice Box. Maddox." Or Randolph or Tree Tops or some other name that was not, in fact, Juic...

  • Zion's retiring pastor blessed by time in Hinsdale

    Pamela Lannom|Updated May 22, 2024

    Jay Klein grew up Jewish, which made his conversion to Christianity at age 32 unexpected and "electrifying," in his words. "It's life-changing. My God is not distant and far away. He is close at hand. He has given me his Holy Spirit to live and dwell in me," he said. Klein said he felt he needed to do something, but was uncertain of his next step. At the urging of his pastor, he agreed to spend a week on a mission trip doing street evangelism in New York City. "I saw the rejec...

  • Holiday enforcement campaign

    Updated May 22, 2024

    The Hinsdale Police Depart-ment’s Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through May 30 and reminds motorists to buckle up for safety. “Seat belts have proven to be life-saving in the event of a crash,” said Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie. “Unfortunately, many still don’t buckle up. Worse yet, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that can be passed on to younger generations who follow the example set by their elders.” Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. While Illinois currently has a...

  • Police beat

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale police distributed the following reports May 22. Arrest for scooter theft James M. Meyer, 38, 434 S. Lincoln St., Hinsdale, was arrested for theft and criminal damage to property at 3:12 p.m. May 18 at his home after he was observed on surveillance video taking an unattended electric scooter at 6:30 a.m. May 17 on the sidewalk outside Einstein’s Bagels in the 10 block of South Washington Street. The scooter was later observed outside the suspect’s house. He was charged and released to appear in court. Motorist arr...

  • Community leans on governmental branch

    Ken Knutson|Updated May 22, 2024

    Hinsdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church wants to improve access for the disabled and the elderly to its building at 201. N. Oak St. by creating a new drive area. But a mature tree occupies the parkway where the driveway would go, a healthy and structurally sound tree that village staff has determined does not meet the criteria to grant the church’s application for removal. Enter the Tree Board. Consisting of Hinsdale Trustees Alexis Braden, Michelle Fisher, Matt Posthuma and Scott Banke, who serves as board chair, the body a...

  • Once upon a time

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Places from the past - Hinsdale's building services supervisor, Jim Piontkowski, took this photo in 1979. This photo is of Hinsdale Rexall, Dr. Gorden Taylor and Heir and Heiress clothing store, which were located at 18 and 16 E. Hinsdale Ave. Several years ago the buildings were combined to create the Zazu Spa & Day Salon. Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to...

  • Bicycles built for 71

    Updated May 22, 2024

    The Hinsdale Rotary along with the USO sponsored their annual Bikes for Military Kids program on Saturday morning at The Community House. Funds raised from the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic helped purchase 71 bikes and helmets for service members' children. (Jim Slonoff photos)...

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