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 By Pamela Lannom    News 

D86 awards final referendum bids

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board awarded more than $5 million in bids last week for the final phase of the $140 million renovation project voters approved in an April 2019 referendum. The bids include most of the work to... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse 

Pizza is in the eye of the beholder

Pizza is pizza. It's not nearly as complicated as the chocolate mousse cake chef Mick Weisz had to make for the final of his baking class in culinary school. Or many of the other... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Hinsdalean Thanksgiving menus a bit incestuous

My cell phone rang at 4:50 p.m. Saturday. It was Slonoff. “It’s a little early,” I thought to myself. “But this has gotta be a call about Thanksgiving.” I was right. Jim... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News 

Village preparing for sesquicentennial

Hinsdale’s 150th anniversary is coming up and a group of village staffers and community members have some big ideas on how to celebrate it. The village was incorporated on April 1, 1873, and members of the 150th Anniversary... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

D181 MAP: students achieving, growing

Fall MAP scores show students in Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 are high-achievers and, in almost all cases, showing more growth than their peers. “Some school districts only focus on achievement,... — Updated 11/17/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Two state champs, team comes in second

The Hinsdale Central girls swim and dive team earned two individual state championships and eight top-10 finishes en route to second place at the IHSA state finals Friday and... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Just another manic - I mean mindful - Monday

Monday mornings can be tough. This past one, I lost my credit card before I even got in the shower. I had planned to combine my morning walk with a quick errand to pick up some cold... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Police looking to hire two new officers

Hinsdale police are looking for a few good men — and women — to apply for one of two open officer positions with starting pay of $75,885. “We’re aggressively recruiting because the market is so slim,” Chief Brian King... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse

HHS working to connect vets and pets

Sometimes the best therapy comes from a four-legged friend. "Whether we realize it or not, they are good therapy. Animals have a calming effect and that's one of the benefits of a... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Vets Day time to ask birth dad about Vietnam

I never asked my dad, who's been gone 20 years, about the time he spent in the Army in Korea. He served there between 1958 and 1960, a good five years after the war ended. I found... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Capital costs key part of spending plan

As staffers finalize the fiscal year 2023 budget for the village of Hinsdale, one important component is the capital improvement plan. The five-year CIP identifies $12.5 million worth of expenses slated for 2023-27. Next year’s... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Good news for D181 on School Report Cards

Community Consolidated School District 181 continues to be among the highest-performing districts in the state, according to the 2022 Illinois School Report Cards. All seven of the... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

11U Silver Falcons will vie for title

Of the six Hinsdale Falcon football teams that made it to the second round of playoffs, only one will head to the Bill George Youth Football League Super Bowl Saturday - the... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

To everything, there is a season

I’ve been thinking a lot about the seasons of life. Perhaps it’s the sign of a mid-life crisis (arriving late!) or a symptom of the pandemic’s extended unwind. Maybe it’s... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

D86 report card tells part of the story

Declining SAT scores might be the headline when looking at the 2022 Illinois Report Card, but the picture of how high school students are faring academically is more complicated,... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Beauty isn't really in the eye of the beholder

I never saw Christina Aguilera's original "Beautiful" video when it came out 20 years ago. I'm not sure I would have appreciated it if I had. But as the mother of a soon-to-be... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Student athlete profile

Greg Theotikos Senior Hinsdale When did you first start playing soccer? My first time ever playing soccer I was like 3 or 4 during AYSO. I started club soccer probably when I was... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse

A spooktacular Sunday drive

Americans are expected to spend more than $3 billion on Halloween decorations this year, the highest amount in the past four years. A quick drive through town demonstrates... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

PTOs, D181 partner on new playgrounds

When classes resumed in August, students at Monroe and Elm schools all had the same idea during recess. "The first couple of weeks there were lines of 30 kids deep waiting to get... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Boys soccer marks 50th anniversary

Mike Wiggins' first introduction to the Hinsdale Central soccer program was at an Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Banquet at the Starlight Inn off Interstate 294... — Updated 10/19/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

That frown will just bring everybody down

"Don't worry, be happy." You can still hear it, can't you? "Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh, don't worry Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh, be happy." Ah, Bobby McFerrin, so... — Updated 10/19/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Homeowners object to new landscape plan

Hinsdale trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to approve changes to the landscape and site plan for a two-story medical office building at 110 E. Ogden Ave., despite objections from adjacent homeowners. The plan calls for 21 15-foot... — Updated 10/19/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Enjoy choosing costumes now - while you can

If you’re lucky, you have a great pic of your kids in their Halloween costumes taken by Jim Slonoff at one of Hinsdale’s Fall Family Fests. My favorite one of Ainsley is from 20... — Updated 10/12/2022


PTO leaders enjoy supporting teachers, kids

When Becky Schreiber left a career in accounting to stay home with her young twins, she wanted to find a way to give back to the community. She decided to support education, first b... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

D86 board looks at new program of study, new classes

Pending board approval later this month, Hinsdale High School District 86 will have its first unified program of studies for both high schools for the 2023-24 school year. “This is not Central’s. This is not South’s. This is... — Updated 10/12/2022


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