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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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale returnee espouses cooperation over conflict

"The best beloved of all things in my sight is Justice." These are the words of Bahá'u'lláh, the 19th-century founder of the Bahá'í Faith, which emphasizes the value of all reli... — 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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

'Flying Bat' flew 242 missions in service to country

On a rookie mission at the start of his combat tour in Vietnam, U.S. Marine pilot Bill Trader was jolted in his cockpit by bright tracers of anti-aircraft fire in the skies ahead. H... — 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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Helping the homeless is where Hinsdale woman's heart is

A virtual networking tool brought to Jacqui Wooldridge's attention a very real need earlier this year. The Hinsdale resident saw a call for helpers to join a group of Downers Grove... — Updated 10/21/2020


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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

30th anniversary personal for Wellness House board chair

Wellness House Board of Directors Chair Lauren Haarlow has had a front-row seat to the Hinsdale-based nonprofit's evolution since its early years helping those with cancer live and... — Updated 10/7/2020


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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Mayslake volunteer helps bring life to the landscape

Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook is overlooked by locals as a destination for decompressing, according to volunteer Anne Cahill. She's been reminded of that recently amidst the... — 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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale teen empowered in face of community threat

Hinsdale's Alexandra Collins was quite familiar with the Sterigenics industrial sterilization facility in Willowbrook when she learned about its decades of emitting ethylene oxide,... — Updated 9/9/2020


New hospital chief learned meaning of service from dad

Adam Maycock said the decisions his parents made about raising children have shaped his life in more ways than one. His mom stayed home for years with him and his two siblings,... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

College access motivates Hinsdale mom

A low-income background should not dissuade a young person from aiming for a high-level college education, Sally Guglielmo asserts. That belief inspired the Hinsdale resident two... — Updated 8/26/2020


Writer enjoys connecting pieces of history

Author and historian John Horn compared his recounting of the Jerusalem Plank Road Operation of June 1964 to reconstructing a shattered piece of glass. The result of this long,... — Updated 8/19/2020


Teen promotes local heritage among her peers

Exploring antiquity has been a passion for Hinsdale's Sarah Jane Nicholson since not long after her own timeline began. Her American Girl dolls were more than just play props -... — Updated 8/12/2020


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

 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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

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


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