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Graduation speaker eager to be part of finale

Hinsdale Central senior Maurice Tobiano's transition to high school was complicated by transition to a new home in a new community. "I only knew like a couple people from... — Updated 5/18/2022


Central teen enjoys roles in, in front of orchestra

It takes a number of skills and talents to conduct an orchestra. The most important quality, according to Hinsdale Central High School junior Alex Olguin, is focus. There's no... — Updated 5/11/2022

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Garden Study Club member helps sale grow its impact

Keen to acclimatize to her new Golfview Hills surroundings after moving from Chicago, Eleanor Nadbielny signed up for a local garden tour. "It seemed like almost all the ladies on... — Updated 5/4/2022


Volunteer excited for walk's bright, colorful new look

May flowers aren't the only things adding a splash of color to the Hinsdale landscape in the coming weeks. The Community House's annual Walk the Walk event will become a color walk... — Updated 4/27/2022

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Teen hopes to see Red Devil Nation a little greener

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, the annual celebration of our planet. At Hinsdale Central, sophomore Ritvi Khurana is helping light the way toward a healthier globe as... — Updated 4/20/2022


Central junior promises fun at spring musical

Annie Koziel describes her character in Hinsdale Central High School's spring musical as melodramatic, narcissistic, insecure and oddly endearing. "She's so ridiculous, but also rel... — Updated 4/13/2022

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Manager enjoyed leading store with special mission

Marna Slawson was driving into her job as manager of The Courtyard a little over two years ago when she got a call. "We're going to have to shut it down," said voice on the other... — Updated 4/6/2022


Library retiree will take time for books and grandchildren

What started as a part-time job at the Hinsdale Public Library became a career for Ellen Smith - a career that will end with her retirement on March 31, exactly 25 years after the... — Updated 3/30/2022

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Retiree finds new undertaking with Assistance League

Sue Boutin was ready to enter a more philanthropic phase of her life after her retirement three years ago. She wanted a role that would help serve the needs of others and give her a... — Updated 3/23/2022


Teen promotes heart health with junior board post

Extracurricular activities can help students make new friends, explore their creativity or hone their athletic skills. They also can save lives. Hinsdale resident Emma Gerhard is a... — Updated 3/16/2022


Community House hires director of social impact

Loren Williams joined The Community House as director of social impact late last year, but her work toward the organization's mission began more than a decade before. As a... — Updated 3/2/2022

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Local man of faith steps up to the pastoral plate

Paul Jepsen answered a lot of calls during his decades with the Oak Park Police Department. Now the retired sergeant is responding to a different calling that connects him with... — Updated 2/23/2022

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Humane society work a labor of love for Rossi

In the early part of the pandemic, the Hinsdale Humane Society and its then-business development director Jacki Rossi took extreme measures to meet the spiking demand for rescue... — Updated 2/16/2022


Central senior wins nation's top science prize

Jui Khankari was used to people mispronouncing her name. But when her mother's phone followed suit, she decided to do something about it. After just a few tweaks, Khankari had... — Updated 2/2/2022

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Teen contributes vocal, acting talents to SDFA musicals

In 2019, Sarah Prisby had a small part in Stage Door Fine Arts' production of "Newsies." The experience left a big impression. "Even though it was just a tiny little role, everyone... — Updated 1/26/2022


Geography champ gearing up for next national competition

John Augustyn is running out of places to display his collection of trophies, plaques and medals, but that's not stopping the three-time national geography champion from pursuing... — Updated 1/19/2022


Central senior lends her talent to compose Solstice

Solstice Magazine has long served as the repository of Hinsdale Central's cultural arts. For the last four years, senior Lauren Peters has helped curate the annual literary and... — Updated 1/12/2022


Giving back to the place generations have called home

As co-president of the Hinsdale Middle School Parent Teacher Organization, Kristin McDaniel wants the organization's bi-monthly meetings to go beyond business updates and budget dis... — Updated 1/6/2022

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Happy baby is central to happy Hinsdale home

Hinsdale's Conor Real was at a friend's gathering this fall with some longtime pals. Taking in the scene, he was struck by life's unfolding phases. "Five years ago we're going out i... — Updated 12/29/2021


Retirement gives Grube more time to give back

It's been 11 years since John Grube of Hinsdale retired from his 25-year career with Northern Trust financial services company in Chicago. Since then, he's made volunteering his... — Updated 12/22/2021

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Hinsdale youths ready to take on nativity roles

Few 2,000-year-old stories get an annual retelling, let alone theatrically depicted in cities and towns across the country. For many churchgoers, the Christmas Pageant is a... — Updated 12/15/2021


School project makes student a better recycler

Sofia Giannini has always been one to toss her cans, bottles and papers in the recycling bin. But like most people, she knew little about what happened to those items once they... — Updated 12/8/2021

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Seventh-grader displays command of U.S. heritage

Pop quiz: Where was the Declaration of Independence adopted? What amendment to the U.S. Constitution instituted the national income tax? What number president was Calvin Coolidge?... — Updated 12/1/2021


Seniors prepare for their finale of 'The Nutcracker'

For some, the holiday season begins with the first snowfall, the radio's transition to songs about Santa or the first spotting of an evergreen tree tied to the top of a minivan. For... — Updated 11/23/2021


Book chronicles experience of Vietnam veteran

Immigrant, veteran, architect and author are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Hinsdale resident John Gachich. Another, Gachich said, is lucky. "I was lucky... — Updated 11/10/2021


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