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When Mark Pelkowski began his career with the Hinsdale water and sewer department, he knew nothing about the village and not much more about water and sewer. But 20 years later,... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Sandy Illian Bosch    News 

Birders enjoy hobby with eye to the sky

The sparks that flew during Christian Goers' honeymoon to South Africa weren't all for his new wife. As the couple celebrated their new marriage in 2008, Goers discovered a... — Updated 7/28/2021


Desire to help draws Renehan to public service

Running for office wasn't always part of Julie Renehan's plan, but doing what she could to help her community was. In 2017, she determined the best way to do that was to pursue a... — Updated 7/21/2021


Power of Jesus drives lessons at VBS

It's called vacation Bible school, but there's nothing restful about the fast-paced schedule kept by the 120 children attending this summer's weeklong event at Hinsdale United Metho... — Updated 7/21/2021


Low and slow key to smoking tasty meats

Married to a professional chef, David Schwalb wasn't about to compete with his wife's kitchen skills, so he took his cooking game outdoors. "If it's something to be barbecued, it's... — Updated 7/21/2021


Pair paddles to second-place finish

Hinsdale has no river running through it - or even a large body of water within its village limits. Yet the suburb is home not only to its own rowing club, but to the 2021 Midwest R... — Updated 7/14/2021


Time on the course good for body, soul

Golf is to Ron Christoph as the mail is to the U.S. Postal Service. No matter the weather or the time of year, Christoph likely can be found on a golf course. A member at Cog Hill... — Updated 7/14/2021


Phase 2 construction on track at Central

If summer is a time for leisure and soaking in the sun, no one told the folks working on the renovations at Hinsdale Central High School. The improvements now underway are part of... — Updated 7/7/2021


Sailing offers escape from everyday life

No matter how much time John and Karen Ochoa find to spend on their sailboat, it never seems like enough, John Ochoa said. He purchased his first boat with his brother-in-law in... — Updated 7/7/2021


Hinsdale woman's book helps travelers capture memories

Looking back on her adventures is one of the many things that Barbara Riegger loves about travel. But sometimes, photos and videos just don't tell the story. "I wanted a journal... — Updated 7/7/2021


TransUnion executive joins board of American Red Cross

Everyone is just one storm, one fire or one accident away from needing the services of the American Red Cross. That's why Hinsdale resident Hilary Chidi makes membership on the... — Updated 6/30/2021


The pool is the place to be in summer

There are few days between May and September that don't include at least one trek to the Hinsdale pool for Karl and Jean Meyer. "We go there for a lot of different reasons," said... — Updated 6/30/2021


Gardening adds color to lives and lawns

With flowers as the palette and her yard as the canvas, Janet Roxworthy thinks of her garden as a painting in progress. "I'm always tweaking. There's always something to do, always... — Updated 6/24/2021


Hinsdale hikers find adventure near, far

A long walk can be a great way to sort out one's thoughts and make plans for the future. During his gap year between high school and college, William Seppanen of Hinsdale did just t... — Updated 6/24/2021



Andrea Lamberg remembers the exact moment that set her on the path toward her new job as Hinsdale's finance director. Lamberg said she was about 10 years old when she became... — Updated 6/24/2021


Uniquely Thursdays return for 18th season

Thursday is about to resume its place as everyone's favorite night of the week in Hinsdale. The concert series Uniquely Thursdays is back, offering, in addition to live music,... — Updated 6/23/2021



When you're working for nearly 18,000 people, it's difficult to know what any given day might bring. Whether it's filling a pothole, trimming a parkway tree or clearing an icy... — Updated 6/23/2021


Teen recognized for women's wellness outreach

Volunteering and community service are important parts of Shriya Mehta's life. Period. The Hinsdale Central High School rising senior recently received the National Community... — Updated 6/23/2021


Farmers Market returns for 45th year

The unofficial start of summer 2021 coincided with the official opening of the 45th season of the Hinsdale Farmers Market. Launched on Memorial Day, the outdoor market will host mor... — Updated 6/10/2021



Years before she would earn the title of doctor, Kristin Tvrdik found the career she was looking for at the Hinsdale Humane Society. While working at the shelter as a summer... — Updated 5/19/2021


Volunteering a second career for Hofmann

When Cathy Coyne Hofmann discovered that Southern Illinois University offered a degree in communications, she knew she had found a path for her education and a channel for her love... — Updated 5/12/2021



What does it mean to be recognized by Forbes? When Carrie French entered the world of wealth management, she was in a field dominated by men. "When I started, I didn't even know... — Updated 5/5/2021


Ask an expert - ISABEL PENA, POET

What about poetry inspires you? Ellie Pena's lifelong love of poetry began with a gift from her grandmother. "My mom would read it to me before bed," Pena said of Caroline... — Updated 4/21/2021


Hinsdale resident helps deliver 'Annie's' message of hope

The musical "Annie" is a story of hope and the country's recovery from a dark time - a fitting theme for Nazareth Academy's 2021 spring musical, said Hinsdale resident and cast... — Updated 4/14/2021



Why is that dinosaur in your front lawn? Whether it's referred to as the big purple dinosaur, Madame Butterfly or the beastie, the whimsical sculpture that adorns the front lawn of... — Updated 4/7/2021


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