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 By Ken Knutson    News    November 21, 2019 

Pool revenue rises while expenses sink

Hinsdale Community Pool visitors next season may be greeted with an earlier open swim time but reduced back-to-school hours. Those were a couple of the potential changes discussed during the Nov. 12...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    November 21, 2019 

Residents, dealership at odds over fence

The new Bill Jacobs Jaguar and Land Rover dealership on Ogden Avenue is ready to open for business next month, but residential neighbors oppose the village issuing a certificate of occupancy until a permanent concrete barrier fence is in place. At...

 

Teen dreams of better life for Ugandans

During the summer of 2016, Molly Schnieders and her dad, Rob, set off to serve with Fields of Dreams Uganda, helping at-risk children through soccer and education. To put it mildly, the journey didn't...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    November 21, 2019 

The inclusive world of Oz

The yellow brick road is passing through Western Springs this month, and a number of Hinsdale residents are following it to make their stage dreams come true. The Actors with Special Needs theater...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    November 14, 2019

5G arriving with faster speed, increased concerns

Americans like their high-speed wireless, and the faster the better. To meet that demand, telecommunications companies are readying to roll out 5G technology. As its name suggests, 5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, created to increase...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    November 14, 2019

CHMS students prepped for adulthood

The boys and girls pored over their monthly income and expenses. Nice digs were desirable, but the rent/mortgage payments had to fit within a first-year employee's salary. Real estate broker Mike...

 

Ask an expert - Dr. Arati Reddy, endocrinologist

What should we know about diabetes? November is National Diabetes Month, heightening awareness of a health condition faced by 30.3 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control....

 

Team effort powers girls trophy trot

Hinsdale Central seniors McKenna Revord and Emma Watcke were a dynamic duo for the girls cross country team all season, leading a Devils squad that otherwise featured a number of underclassmen. True...

 

Army veteran counts Honor Flight among life's highs

Hinsdale's Florian Dziedzic saw the photos hanging at Midway Airport Aug. 7 as he and his older brother Sylvester walked through security. "Did you notice on the wall?" Dziedzic asked his sibling as...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    November 7, 2019

Hinsdale church undergoes conversion

Versatile, open floor plan. Sleek, fresh bathrooms. Tech-friendly upgrades. They could be attributes of someone's forever home. Or, in this case, of a community's place of gathering en route to an...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    November 7, 2019

How Peter Pan took flight

Origin stories are currently ripe Hollywood fruit - think "Captain Marvel" and "Joker" - revealing the core humanity within the costumed, fantastical heroes/villains fans know. In that popular vein...

 

Ask an expert - Bromleigh McCleneghan, pastor

Should parents address tough topics with kids? Kids can be more astute at sussing out truth than adults give them credit for. But when discussing sensitive matters like gender identity, divorce or dea...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    October 31, 2019

State newbies play like veterans

Last year, the Hinsdale Central girls tennis team brought home the IHSA state championship - the program's 18th overall - with 23 points earned. At this weekend's state tournament in Buffalo Grove,...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    October 31, 2019

Dist. 181 report cards show progress overall

Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 officials are pleased with the assessment of student learning reflected in this year’s Illinois Report Cards, with six of the district’s nine schools earning the top performance designation. The...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    October 24, 2019

HMS goes to school on new technology

The lighting at the 10-month-old Hinsdale Middle School is state of the art — and controlled from out of state. “There’s a guy in Texas who’s controlling it. It’s pretty wild,” remarked...

 

Pastor brings spirit of intentionality to new pulpit

Life on Purpose. That's the title of Pastor Jason Salyers first sermon series at Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church since arriving from Minnesota in early September. Having an anchored purpose in...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    October 24, 2019

Take the good with the gourd

What? Halloween is next week?! Fret not, jack-o-latecomers. Pumpkin hunting sites are still open throughout the area, most of them through Oct. 31, and they have lots of other amusements to offer to...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    October 24, 2019

Student athlete profile - Phillip Mathew

Name: Phillip Mathew Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale What's your earliest memory of playing soccer? It all started in Hinsdale with AYSO. I think back to all those many weekend mornings, and my dad...

 

Ask an expert - Phyllis Kozlowski, art historian

What can we learn from global art history? Phyllis Kozlowski had been enlightening art history students about the Byzantine-era marvel Hagia Sophia in Turkey for years before finally seeing the former...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    October 17, 2019

Residents worried about arrival of 5G

The imminent proliferation of small cell towers in Hinsdale to support new 5G cellular technology has raised fears among village residents over potential health and aesthetic detriments. But with...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Sports    October 17, 2019

Freshmen making varsity waves

On Friday, the Hinsdale Central varsity girls swim team vanquished conference rival Lyons Township by an impressive margin of 108-78. Even more notable is the fact that a primary source of those...

 
 By Ken Knutson    Pulse    October 10, 2019

Get fired up - for safety

Fire Prevention Week is the longest running annual public health observance in this country. Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Association has sponsored week, which is timed to commemorate of...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    October 10, 2019

D181 teachers working without a contract

Teachers packed the Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board meeting Monday in a show of unity. Negotiations between the teachers union and the board continue more than three months after the last teachers contract expired. According to...

 
 By Ken Knutson    News    October 10, 2019

Construction has continued into autumn

Summer's high season of infrastructure upgrades may be over, but several projects continue around the village. On the north side of town, the work to alleviate flooding is progressing, according to...

 

Village's newest firefighter is happy to be 'one of the gang'

Nicole Hladik wasn't sure of her career path after earning a degree in business management in 2016. She just knew the 9-to-5 office life was not her destination. "I had no idea what I wanted to do,"...

 

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