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 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds 

Woman celebrates her century of living

Hinsdale's Helen Johnson may be on the verge of turning 100, but don't rush her. "I'm not there yet," quipped Johnson, who will reach the milestone Saturday. For her, one's level... — 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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale mom works to bring help to struggling families

The Willowbrook Corner program, run by The Community House, provides life-impacting academic and social support to youth and families in an underserved community about 10 minutes so... — Updated 7/15/2020


Cultural bonds form community of support for Patel

When Dina Patel's parents moved to the United States from western India in 1970, there was no cultural center or organization to help them connect with people who shared their cultu... — Updated 7/8/2020

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For McGonagle, TCH job 'part of who I've always been'

Several years ago a recent immigrant from China who had settled in the Hinsdale area with her family stopped into The Community House, looking for a way to connect with her new... — Updated 7/1/2020


Hinsdale teen turns love of fashion into business venture

New Hinsdale Central High School graduate Vivian Eck wants to turn her love of fashion into a career, and she's not waiting until after college to get started. "I realized I didn't... — Updated 6/24/2020

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Longtime resident muses on being a dad

Fatherhood arrived decades ago for Hinsdale's Bob Hinkle, 89. Dad to son Rob and daughter Kristin, Hinkle said the experience has been joyful - and fast. "One thing I've learned is... — Updated 6/17/2020


Hinsdale man takes deep dive in volunteer post

Growing up in South Carolina, Brian Kenney loved visiting the ocean and admiring its creatures. And while Chicago doesn't offer much of an ocean view, Kenney has found a way to... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Law student champions the vulnerable

Aspiring lawyer Allison Lantero of Hinsdale cites her grandfather, a former judge in DuPage County, as her inspiration for pursuing a legal career. "My dream is to one day be a... — Updated 6/3/2020


Unexpected final chapter to teacher's career

Donna Vorreyer never wanted to be anything but a teacher. "I was one of those kids who loved school," she said. "There was never a doubt in my mind that this is what I wanted to... — Updated 5/27/2020

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Seniors say class transcends COVID-19 setbacks

At the close of tonight's Hinsdale Central virtual graduation ceremony, members of the class of 2020 will move their tassels across their caps to symbolize their transition.... — Updated 5/21/2020


Program strengthens Hinsdale student's commitment to service

Volunteer work has always been part of Dot McCarthy's life. From preparing breakfast for guests at the PADS homeless shelter to raking leaves for senior neighbors, McCarthy said... — Updated 5/13/2020

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New mom embraces the joys and struggles of parenting

Before returning to her native Hinsdale last October, Sarah London became a Manhattan mom with the July birth of son James Wyatt. Determined to be parents on the move, she and... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Woman helps newlyweds in tough time

When the mid-March wedding of a Trinity Presbyterian Church couple had to be postponed due to COVID-19, fellow congregant and Hinsdale resident Tyra Bone felt the planned bridal... — Updated 4/29/2020

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Hinsdale man embraces Ramadan to feed his soul

Today, Hinsdale’s Aris Musabji and his family will join with Muslims around the world in observance of Ramadan, a month-long celebration marked by fasting, prayer and community.... — Updated 4/22/2020


Desire to help others blossoms in Hinsdale gardener

For Carol Burck, spring cleaning doesn't just mean washing windows and cleaning out closets. As a master gardener, the promise of warmer weather takes her outdoors. Burck has spent... — Updated 4/15/2020

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Mom makes family time, others' needs her top priorities

This week the Rombergers were expecting to be sharing stories about their spring trip to Rome with friends, coworkers and Hinsdale neighbors. The trip, of course, didn't happen, tha... — Updated 4/8/2020


Author, consultant is grateful for her hometown

A single sentence changed Colleen Bordeaux's view of the world and her own future. The lifelong Hinsdalean was a student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when she... — Updated 4/1/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central senior makes best of odd high school home stretch

Talk about an ending with a twist. E-learning without classmates is certainly not the way Hinsdale Central senior Lillian Niemeyer saw her final semester in high school unfolding.... — Updated 3/25/2020


Central junior plays role in education across the state

Faith Drescher had only been in school a couple of years when she decided that's where she wanted to be for the rest of her life. Since second grade, Drescher has known that her... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Resident dedicated to serving families in need

Six years ago Hinsdale's Laura Alter was invited to Hinsdale Infant Welfare Society's Tablescapes, an annual benefit for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center in Chicago's Logan... — Updated 3/11/2020


Staffer devotes four decades to village

When Jim Piontowski started his new job with the village of Hinsdale, Jimmy Carter was president. Sports fans were discovering a new source of sports information called ESPN, and... — Updated 3/4/2020


Teen pirouttes to face new opportunities

When Elliana Teuscher auditioned for a summer intensive with the Joffrey Ballet two years ago, she knew the experience could change her life. She had no idea to what extent. In... — Updated 2/26/2020


Central seniors add directing to their repertoire

Hinsdale Central seniors Sarah Lotsoff of Hinsdale and Brody Melia of Westmont are no strangers to the stage, having acted in plays since middle school. The two will make their dire... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

'Coach D' spurs girls to shoot for new heights

ave to guess how they're performing. This coach doesn't sugarcoat it. "I'm definitely not a passive coach. Everybody's going to work hard," Pacioni said of her Jodie Harrison youth... — Updated 2/12/2020


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