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California native finds joy preserving Hinsdale's history

To Kristen Laakso, rooms are filled with much more than furniture and buildings are made of more than wood and steel. For this lifelong student of art and architecture, rooms are... — Updated 11/24/2020

 

Ask an expert - ERIK NEIDY, DIRECTOR OF NATURAL RESOURCES

How do controlled burns help Mother Nature? To some, the days leading up to Thanksgiving are for hunting. For others, it's a time to prepare for the holidays ahead. For Erik Neidy,... — Updated 11/18/2020

 

Central club helps create a safe place for all

George Floyd, the man whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers sparked demonstrations across the country, didn't identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. He... — Updated 11/11/2020

 

Ask an expert - MEREDYTH WILLITS, PSYCHIC MEDIUM

What does a psychic medium do? A reminder to see the dentist wasn't what Meredyth Willits' client was looking for in requesting the medium to reach out to her deceased mother. But... — Updated 11/4/2020

 

Arts enrich life for Curran, community

Julie Curran has never considered herself an artist. But she knows and appreciates the important role that art in all forms has on people, families and communities. That's why... — Updated 10/28/2020

 

Former opera singer finds harmony in role of mom

Music was an important part of Lisa Pomeroy's life throughout her years at Hinsdale Central High School. She was a member of the madrigal singers, concert choir and musical casts,... — Updated 10/14/2020

 

Ask an expert - NICK MCDONOUGH, FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

What is the best recipe for kitchen safety? The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. It's the place where family recipes are prepared, celebrations are created and... — Updated 10/7/2020

 

Nazareth takes a stroll back in time

A power button will replace the stage curtain and the rewind button will take the place of a curtain call in this year's fall theater production at Nazareth Academy. Like so many... — Updated 10/7/2020

 

Ask an expert - agent profile

Hinsdale has always been home to Ann Reidy Smith. As a real estate broker, she's made a career of helping others make the village their home, too. "I love the community and I've... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Hinsdale teen takes steps to reduce plastic waste

Anton Riegger loves just about everything about being outdoors. Everything, that is, except for the plastic waste that litters the forests, lakes and oceans that he so loves to... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Ask an expert - JENNA FLINK, TUTORING DIRECTOR AND COACH

How can students succeed in the virtual classroom? School looks different for just about everyone this year. And as with any sort of change, the transition this year from in-person... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

Man honored for work in Chicago neighborhood

A Friday morning get-together with a group of fellow Christian men changed Charles Lewis' life for years to come and the lives of thousands of Chicago residents forever. It was at... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Ask an expert - Business profile - CHERIE JACKSON, CEO

Wander into any Trader Joe's store in the United States and you'll find a product with ties firmly rooted right here in Hinsdale. Alongside big-name brands like Cliff and Kind bars,... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

HJWC faces its own happy epidemic

COVID-19 has gotten in the way of so many things this summer. But Kayla Weiss isn't letting it or anything else get in the way of her joy of becoming a mother. "Everyone I've talked... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

City offers Pilsen, other neighborhoods

My mid-summer, after several months of quarantine, the Konieska family of Hinsdale was ready for a change of scenery. With travel out of the question, Stephanie Konieska turned to... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

Ask an expert - Alexandra Rimmele, yoga instructor

What are the key benefits of yoga? Alexandra Rimmele's relationship with yoga wasn't love at first sight. A marathon runner who wasn't afraid of a tough workout, Rimmele acted on... — Updated 8/12/2020

 

Adaptability keeps business thriving

The world's greatest inventions are born of necessity. For Hinsdale Central High School alum Sophia Karbowski, that need was for a quick and healthy snack. Karbowski was studying... — Updated 8/12/2020

 

Ask an expert - Business profile

Even with her requisite 200 hours of training behind her, Piyorose Narakol felt ill equipped on her first day as an au pair. Placed with a host family in Virginia, the young woman... — Updated 8/7/2020

 

Doctor dedicates career to caring for the underserved

Suja Mathew's first encounter with Cook County Hospital, now known as John H. Stroger Hospital, wasn't as a physician or even as a medical student. It was as the daughter of a... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

National parks inspire family road trip

There are many lessons to be learned from seeing new places and welcoming new experiences. For the Kapcar family of Hinsdale, the first lesson of their epic 2016 journey to visit... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Fine Arts Festival returns

Sandra Holt didn't intend to become an artist. Although she had enjoyed a career teaching art to others, the purses she began making in retirement were supposed to be nothing more t... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

Ask an expert - MIKE OETTING, ADULT SERVICES LIBRARIAN

How can folks explore the world without leaving home? Those who enjoy Hinsdale Public Library's travel presentations share a certain wanderlust. But these days, the Voyager's... — Updated 7/29/2020

 

Teen discovers new skill during pandemic

Like most people, Isabella Xu was finding it hard to escape the constant flow of news, headlines and updates regarding the spread of COVID-19. But despite the 24-7 onslaught of... — Updated 7/29/2020

 

Move to Hinsdale is a return home for Potempa

As associate vice president of facilities at Governors State University, Hinsdale resident John Potempa has a lot on his plate, not the least of which is the construction of a... — Updated 7/23/2020

 

Family wedding prompts amazing trip

The Hines-Shah family of Hinsdale had been to India before. They had even attended an Indian wedding before. But they had never experienced anything quite like the four-day... — Updated 7/22/2020

 

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