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 By Pamela Lannom    News 

Equity consultant says no thanks to job

Hinsdale High School District 86 is not an environment in which Valda Valbrun of Valbrun Consulting wants to work. Superintendent Tammy Prentiss read a letter at the Jan. 13 school board meeting from Valbrun, indicating she was... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports 

New lax program roams into town

Growing up in New Jersey, Jay Moody started playing lacrosse before he was in kindergarten. "I was always an East Coast guy before I was transferred out here to Chicago," the... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

To my Gen Z teenager, I'll always be a Boomer

While editing Lisa Seplak's column (facing page) and checking whether "Gen Zers" requires any punctuation (it does not), I stumbled upon some interesting facts about Generation Z.... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Braxton Bokos Year: senior Hometown: Oak Brook When did you first start swimming? Competitively I started swimming around 6 or 7 at the Oak Brook Stars. My parents come from... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse

Young traveler shares her cancer journey

At first, 8-year-old Elise Allison noticed she was feeling tired and getting bruises on her legs. When she turned very pale after running in the Madison School Dash & Bash at... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Observations on a look back at our pages in 2021

I've spent a lot of time thinking about 2021 lately. It's not because I'm stuck in the past. Like many of you, I was ready for a new year (and the hope that it would be our last wit... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

D86 teachers contract extended one year

Teachers in Hinsdale High School District 86 now have a contract through June 30, 2023. The current contract was set to expire June 30, 2022. The extension was ratified by Hinsdale High School Teachers Association members the week... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Grizzlies roar onto girls hockey scene

For high school girls interested in playing hockey, there's a new game in town. The Burlington West Grizzlies offers girls at Hinsdale Central and five other high schools the... — Updated 1/12/2022

 

Nonprofit leaders share thoughts on 2021

The Hinsdalean continues this week with its conversations with leaders of local nonprofit agencies reflecting on the challenges and opportunities 2021 presented. Community Memorial Foundation, Hinsdale Humane Society and Wellness... — Updated 1/12/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Hinsdale not immune from Omicron surge

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is evident everywhere you look in town, from the hospital to the schools to the central business district. Saying Amita Adventist Hinsdale... — Updated 1/12/2022

 

Nonprofits share highlights of past year

Every January, The Hinsdalean checks in with the leaders of the seven nonprofit agencies in the village, inviting them to share highlights of the previous year and a wish for the new one. This is the first of two installments. A... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Max Pohlenz Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale When did you first start wrestling? Freshman year I tried out for the Mock Trial team and I got cut from that. I was looking for... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse

Five friends become Eagle Scouts together

Five young men who have been friends since kindergarten were able to celebrate a significant accomplishment last month. The five members of Boy Scout Troop 52 - Sal Aguilar,... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Nonresolutions' no easier to achieve in 2021

I blame my timing. I didn't finish my list of "21 for '21" nonresolutions until February of last year. Had I had the month of January to work on them ... Of course, when I wrote... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Supply chain issues affect plow purchase

Village officials had expected to buy a new snowplow for $190,000 and have it delivered this year. Now, the Peterbilt Model 578 will cost $220,134 — 16 percent more — and not be available until the second quarter of 2023. “Th... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

A letter to Ainsley on her 13th birthday

In three days I will be the mother of a teenage girl. While I’ve had 13 years to prepare for this moment, I still find it taking me by surprise. Each December as Ainsley has... — Updated 12/29/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Sports

Student athlete profile

Name: Luke Speziale Year: senior Hometown: Hinsdale How did you get interested in bowling? I really enjoyed bowling growing up. I just saw one of the posters for the sign up (at... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse

Chicago beckons with winter break fun

It's the most wonderful time of the year - with kids off school for two weeks and hours of time that most likely will be spent on electronics, unless something more interesting is... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Referendum bids 20 percent over budget

Supply chain issues and labor shortages have caused prices to go up for Phase 3 facilities improvement projects at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools, to the tune of $4.8 million. Hinsdale High School District 86... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Pulse

Gift ideas for bibliotechs and babies

This Christmas, forget sending an Amazon gift card via text. Think about celebrating the old-fashioned way by giving a book - an actual book with a cover and pages that turn (and... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Struggling to let go of Christmases past

My Christmas card this year is an homage to Christmases past, with a collage of my favorite shots of Ainsley visiting Santa over the years. I’ve been thinking a lot about... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Understanding state's property tax cycle

The property tax is largest single tax in Illinois and is the major source of revenue for Community Consolidated District 181 and Hinsdale High School District 86. It also is a... — Updated 12/15/2021

 

December time for fa-la-la-la-la levies

December is a month for caroling, baking cookies — and approving tax levies. This week, Hinsdale’s village and school boards are approving their tax levies, or annual requests for property tax revenue. These levy requests will... — Updated 12/15/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Smith remembered as more than a CEO

Joanne Smith, president and CEO of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, was a noted physician and the driving force behind the transformation of care delivery in the field of physical medicine... — Updated 12/8/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

HMS sixth-grader takes over for Garcia for a day

After covering Hinsdale school districts for almost 30 years, I didn't realize how exciting the job of superintendent is until last week. "It is really, really, really, really fun... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

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