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Singer relishes last high school holiday season

Hinsdale Central senior Lauren Doppke will give her vocal chords a workout over the next couple weeks. A member of the school's Chamber Choir, she and her fellow vocalists are... — Updated 11/29/2023


Best friend makes volunteer work more rewarding

As an elementary school teacher, Cathy Daly helped hundreds of children become better readers. It wasn't until retirement that she began doing it with the help of a dog. Daly's dog... — Updated 11/21/2023

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Resident finds his voice through Hinsdale Chorale

JR Tomkinson was a new Hinsdale homeowner in 2020 when he noticed a window poster for the Hinsdale Chorale while visiting neighboring Western Springs. "I had sung with choirs... — Updated 11/15/2023


Honor Flight brings back memories for vet

When John Zick decided to apply for the Navy's Holloway Plan - similar to the ROTC - he had no way of knowing what his assignment would be after he finished his schooling. Soon afte... — Updated 11/8/2023

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Artist returns to hometown to showcase work

Don't try to pigeonhole Hinsdale native Stephanie Lenchard-Warren into one creative category. She believes an interdisciplinary portfolio that incorporates visuals, words and sound... — Updated 11/1/2023


Historical society manager enjoys her many roles

Katharine Andrew was in Hinsdale just once before accepting the position of manager at the Hinsdale Historical Society. During the "one horrible semester" that she spent on the... — Updated 10/25/2023

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New Monroe principal is right in her element

The box of British biscuits and wall-mounted “BELIEVE” sign in Erin Eder’s office leaves little doubt as to her favorite fictional soccer coach. The “Ted Lasso” tribute is... — Updated 10/18/2023


Hinsdale resident still enchanted by his hometown

Some things are meant to be, Steve Cashman believes. Like his decision to quit football at Hinsdale Central to join an elementary school friend on the gymnastics team. "I just... — Updated 10/11/2023


Teen thespian takes on role of assistant director

Hinsdale's Haven Marginean finds fulfillment in theater work whether on stage or backstage. "As an actor you're more in charge of your character, and as a director you're more in... — Updated 10/4/2023


Central English teacher publishes her first novel

Like many who grew up surrounded by books, Angelique Burrell dreamed of writing her own one day. "I wanted to, but it seemed so far out of reach of anything," she said. "It took a... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Theater plays special role for Hinsdale dad

Amateur actor Art Andersen's first foray onto the stage was a bit, well, multi-faceted. "I was a servant. I was a dogcatcher. I was a cabinet member," the Hinsdale resident related... — Updated 9/20/2023


Helping kids a lifelong mission for Hinsdalean

Jay Alfirevic was still a child himself when he began helping his parents in their support of an orphanage in Mexico. At nearly 66 years old, he's still helping children as a... — Updated 9/13/2023

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Teen breaks barriers to crack up audiences

Hinsdale teen Ronin Joshi's stand-up comedy chops are no joke. The 14-year-old has been earning laughs at open mic nights since he was 12. Last month he tested his routine against... — Updated 9/6/2023


Central social worker receives volunteer award

Jennifer Cave could barely hear the voice on the other end of the line when she got the call that she had been named the 2023 Volunteer of the Year at The Community House. "When... — Updated 8/30/2023


Central PTO board's only dad enters final year

When Sujit Menon and his wife decided to move their family out of Chicago in 2014, it was Hinsdale's schools that helped the couple to finally choose the village as their new home.... — Updated 8/16/2023


Young duo put talents on display to boost research

Hinsdale friends Abby Sun and Maya Ural first bonded through painting. "Our first play date was about art," Abby recounted. Now they are inviting others on a date to invest in their... — Updated 8/9/2023


Internship offers teen a look behind the scenes

Like most kids growing up in Hinsdale, Ella Horstman spent part of each summer at the village's parks, the community pool, and of course, attending the Fourth of July parade. It... — Updated 8/2/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen helps keep TWS 'Mean Girls' cast in step

There wasn't enough room for Reagan Scott and the stacks of unpacked boxes as her family transitioned to their Hinsdale home in the summer of 2021. The Theatre of Western Springs's... — Updated 7/26/2023


Hinsdale a key thread in tapestry of woman's life

Sharon Taylor knew little about Hinsdale before she and her late husband, Ira, settled into the village 36 years ago. But on Princeton Road, the Taylors found the place they would... — Updated 7/19/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen explores today's tech to protect the future

Hinsdale's Dylan Singla wanted to produce a podcast to explore the intersection of sustainable practices and artificial intelligence. He set up a website and had a couple contacts.... — Updated 7/12/2023


Teen's business makes summer a little tastier

Tyler Hamman has learned a lot as owner and founder of Ty's Treats, including the fact that his young customers prefer their SpongeBob ice cream treats with gumball eyes rather... — Updated 7/5/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Little League leader helps kids shine on diamond

"I go to Peirce Park everyday," remarked Garett Skiba. The local dad's not on a mission get his steps in, but rather ensuring the integrity of the town's baseball program in his capacity as Hinsdale Little League president. "If... — Updated 6/28/2023


Technology helps Central teen merge passions

Both of Samiksha Gupta's parents work in computer science. But it wasn't until she took a class in the subject that Gupta discovered her own fascination with the field and its... — Updated 6/21/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Golfer driven to succeed at sport and beyond

Josh Lundmark has learned to be resilient in the face of adversity. The recent Cornell University graduate and standout golfer said his last four years has stretched both his... — Updated 6/14/2023


Hinsdale native shares love of dance at StageDoor

There was a time when dance was nowhere near Tricia Fishbein's list of favorite activities. As a child, she said, she hated dance class. "Sometimes you find your passions later in... — Updated 6/7/2023


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