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Ask an expert - Kimberly Paul, end of life planning advocate

How do we live like we're dying? "There's a lot more things scarier than death," remarked author, speaker and podcaster Kimberly Paul. Like suffering, for instance. Paul thinks people often conflate...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    September 19, 2019 

Summer was sweet for Caroline

What constitutes an memorable summer? If you're a professional tennis player like Hinsdale's Caroline Dolehide, the season couldn't have served up a much better sequence of thrills and delights than...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    September 19, 2019 

Dist. 86 favors 10-lane pool at Central

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board has given the green light for a 10-lane pool at Hinsdale Central, following administrators’ recommendation but departing from a pre-referendum pledge to build a six-lane swimming facility to match the one...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    September 19, 2019 

Cannabis shops not welcome in town

Hinsdale trustees Tuesday signaled unified support for prohibiting recreational cannabis-related businesses within the village. During a first read discussion of an ordinance to ban such establishments, trustees said the village should opt out of...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    September 19, 2019 

Hinsdale teammates catch NFL dreams

The National Football League is back in action, and Hinsdale is well-represented. Among the local products competing are former Hinsdale Central standouts and teammates Ian Bunting and Thomas Ives....

 

Hinsdale woman never tires of giving back

Hinsdale's' Maureen Hegarty just returned from the National Assistance League Conference in Las Vegas. As a longtime member of the village's Assistance League Chicagoland West chapter, she enjoyed the...

 

A thought for food

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 31 percent of the country's food supply is thrown away. While the majority of that waste is from homes, one-third is from the retail sector....

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    September 12, 2019

Tollway work to rebuild BNSF bridge underway

Advance work began last week on work to rebuild the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Bridge over Interstate 294 as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway widening project. The Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the bridge, which carries the...

 

Student athlete profile

Chinmay Amin Year: senior Hometown: Westmont What do you remember about your first cross country running experience? I started running when I was in sixth grade. I played tennis, too, but I found that...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    September 5, 2019

KLM, Brooks Park welcome new amusements

Hinsdale's Katherine Legge Memorial Park is serene on a midweek afternoon. Falling chestnuts can be heard periodically thudding onto the damp ground, wet from morning rains. Overhead a large hawk...

 

Business profile - The French Seam

Jeanne Walsh said unveiling her own alterations shop in 1987 as a 24-year-old woman was quite avante-garde for the time. "There was a lot of talk of how young I was," Walsh recalled of the decision to...

 

Autumn athletes are on the move

This is the third and final installment in our series previewing Hinsdale Central High School's fall sports teams. The boys and girls golf teams and football squad and were featured in the Aug. 22...

 

Collegian gets an education in Oxford's hallowed halls

If nothing else, Hinsdale's Peter Marcus' overseas study experience this summer taught him one thing: It's a small world. "I was in Rome and we went to this bar on the Fourth of July. I ran into a...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    August 29, 2019

Make room for Labor Day leisure

Labor Day Weekend is here, to the disgruntlement of many. Summer is packing up, pools will soon be drained and all those fun, enriching activities planned for the season will have to wait another...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    August 29, 2019

Lauren Ridgway

Name: Lauren Ridgway Year: senior Hometown: Burr Ridge What are you most excited about this volleyball season? Probably being a captain of varsity because I get to have such a big impact on the...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    August 22, 2019

Veterans have loyal friend in Auxiliary

When the American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 to support those returning from the World War I battlefields, many felt "the Great War" veterans organization needed an equally great mate....

 

Ask an expert - John Deppe, Financial planner

What Social Security considerations should people keep in mind? With about 70 percent of Americans opting to collect their Social Security benefits early, many likely are not making the most of that...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    August 22, 2019

Fall heats up with Devil-ish play

No Illinois high school golf program has won eight straight state titles. Now the Hinsdale Central boys team has its sights set on making history after capturing its seventh last fall. Meanwhile, the...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    August 15, 2019

Pieces in place for new school year in Dist. 181

With the first day of school in Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 set for Friday, Aug. 23, district board members got reports from administrators on readiness for the 2019-20 school year. John Munch, assistant superintendent of human...

 

Longtime village cop reflects on a career impacting others

Hinsdale police officer Mike Coughlin could have handed in his badge in January after 30 years of service. But duty kept him on a few more months. "I wanted to finish out the school year," said the...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    August 8, 2019

Revord was 'the ultimate half-full guy'

Super Bowl LIII was fast approaching, and Chris Revord was determined to be in his Hinsdale home, not a Hinsdale hospital bed. His battle with multiple myeloma was taking a heavy physical toll, but...

 

Ask an expert - Mark Zilis, hosta authority

What's the story on hosta? Homeowners looking to brighten up a shady garden spot or set off their front walkway might want to stop by The Community House Sunday for the Northern Illinois Hosta Society...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    August 8, 2019

Devils ascend to campus arenas

In the second half of our annual round-up of recent Hinsdale Central student-athlete graduates advancing to college sports programs, we continue sharing the new undergrads' thoughts about their...

 

Actress brings mind, humor to 'Matilda' lead

Hinsdale's Ella Russell has spent her summer honing her supernatural powers, theatrically speaking. Russell, 11, is one of two young actors portraying the titular character in BAMtheatre's production...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    August 1, 2019

Double IPAs? Sours? The new brews

The final installment of our series on Hinsdale-area microbreweries ventures eastward to explore what's on tap at Blue Nose Brewery, BuckleDown Brewing and Imperial Oak Brewing. And don't forget -...

 

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