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Central drama veteran takes turn in director's chair

Hinsdale Central junior Teagan Dunn has long been a devotee of the Chicago theater scene, taking in numerous productions over the years with her mom. During her time with the Centra... — Updated 1/25/2023


Church job calls Hinsdale native back home

Whether as a student in its classrooms, a worshiper in its pews or an employee in its offices, St. Isaac Jogues Church has always been part of Lara Krupicka's life. Now a resident... — Updated 1/18/2023

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PTO co-presidents prize link between families and staff

Mary Osanloo and her family moved to Hinsdale from Chicago right before the new school year, and their fifth-grade daughter knew no one. A touching "Welcome to Oak School" sign... — Updated 1/11/2023


Promoting student learning still goal for assistant principal

As assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Hinsdale Central High School, Jessica Hurt knows every day will include a few surprises. A particularly happy surprise came... — Updated 1/4/2023

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Hinsdale roots solid ground for next generation

It took Alyssa Harris a few months to come to terms with settling down in the town of her upbringing, now with offspring of her own. "I felt a bit of impostor syndrome," she... — Updated 12/28/2022


Minister's calling is working with young people

Like many teenagers, Grant Glowiak didn't consider himself the smartest, most athletic or most talented of his peers at Lyons Township High School. But at his church's youth group,... — Updated 12/21/2022

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Hinsdale senior celebrates title, team fellowship

In early October, Nazareth Academy's football team had a unusually scheduled Thursday night game. Hinsdale's Brady Linn, a reserve senior linebacker/wide receiver, recalled his... — Updated 12/14/2022


Mom of four is no stranger to PTO presidency

Kristin Sweis discovered her knack for fundraising as a member, treasurer and eventually president of the Elm School Parent Teacher Organization. It didn't take long for others in... — Updated 12/7/2022

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Woman's spirit nourished by delivering food

On the cusp of becoming an empty nester last spring, Terri Sasnau was intent on giving back through volunteerism. "It had been on my list of things to do for a very long time,"... — Updated 11/30/2022


Helping others one of joys of holiday season

Jaclyn McNamara rose to the ranks of president of the Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club quickly. She said that's partially due to her inability to say no, but mostly because of her... — Updated 11/22/2022


Hinsdale native on a mission to help others

Briana Brandt Murray said Christmas Day for her family is a usually a low-key day at home. Christmas Eve? Not so much. "We usually go to my sister-in-law's house nearby. My husband... — Updated 11/16/2022


Hinsdale man wouldn't trade time in Marines

When Chris Black finished high school at age 17, the Carbondale resident said he didn't think twice about what would come next. "It was natural for me to go on to SIU (Southern... — Updated 11/9/2022


New parks and rec leader excited for opportunity

Mike Hayes was 15 when he got his first taste of the rigors of recreation management. "I oversaw the adult softball leagues ­- turning on the lights, setting up the bases and... — Updated 11/2/2022


Life's curves lead man right where he wants to be

Tom Kloster's life hasn't always followed his intended path. But despite some unexpected curves in the road, Kloster isn't complaining about where the detours have taken him.... — Updated 10/26/2022

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HMS principal is embracing her intro to Hinsdale

New Hinsdale Middle School principal Cory Burke got an assist from a veteran District 181 school leader when the post became available. "(The Lane principal) Brandon Todd was someon... — Updated 10/19/2022


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

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Standout athlete shows leadership on, off the field

Two years ago, Hinsdale's Zach Hayes and his Nazareth Academy classmates were enduring the disruptive distancing wrought by the pandemic. A Student Council member, Hayes and his... — Updated 10/5/2022


Career, volunteer jobs equip woman to open business

Kathleen Hanley's transition from working professional to mom also marked the start of her journey into a brand new career. "After my third child, I worked part time," said Hanley,... — Updated 9/28/2022


American Girl doll model hopes to inspire others

The American Girl website describes their newest doll, Claudie Wells, as "most likely to have five college majors." That's just one thing that Claudie has in common with Rio Lewis,... — Updated 9/21/2022


Career change gives Rotarian time to give back

A sermon delivered in church one Sunday stuck with Mark Wanless for years. The message was about the importance of volunteering one's time, when and if that time becomes available.... — Updated 9/14/2022

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Show has right mix of acting for Central thespian

Preparing for the Hinsdale Central Drama's upcoming production of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" has been a departure for theater veteran Julianna Wittrock. "It's 30 plays... — Updated 9/7/2022


Dad helps kids, families of of Navy SEALS

There's hardly a football field, baseball diamond or basketball court in or around Hinsdale where Craig Cassell hasn't coached a game. Supporting kids is important to Cassell, and... — Updated 8/31/2022

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Collegian makes Capitol gains during D.C. stint

This summer, Mr. Gust went to Washington. Hinsdale native and Duke University junior David Gust cut his policy-shaping teeth in the Beltway as one of nine college students selected... — Updated 8/24/2022


Local teen proves volunteering can be delicious

The benefits of serving one's community are many, said Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Junior Board President Maddie Molis, and some of them are delicious. Molis and others on the... — Updated 8/17/2022


Rally helps teen engineer her plans for future

Long before she took her first engineering class at Hinsdale Central High School, Grace Deane knew a thing or two about using science to make life easier. Tasked with keeping her... — Updated 8/10/2022


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