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Volunteering a second career for Hofmann

When Cathy Coyne Hofmann discovered that Southern Illinois University offered a degree in communications, she knew she had found a path for her education and a channel for her love... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale mom finds artful blessings in being a parent

For Allison Peters, motherhood has been an evolution, with each stage having its joys and struggles. "I don't know that it gets better. It gets different," remarked the mom of... — Updated 5/5/2021


Group helps make Hinsdale feel like home

Patti Kolewe discovered Newcomers and Neighbors of the Greater Hinsdale Area not long after becoming a newcomer herself. Just months after she and husband Ort moved to Hinsdale from... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale was love at first sight for Seman

Stewart Seman was stuck in rush hour traffic on Route 83 one day while driving from the northern suburbs back to his Calumet City home. That's when he got his first view of... — Updated 4/21/2021


Hinsdale resident helps deliver 'Annie's' message of hope

The musical "Annie" is a story of hope and the country's recovery from a dark time - a fitting theme for Nazareth Academy's 2021 spring musical, said Hinsdale resident and cast... — Updated 4/14/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Those grieving invited by resident to step into healing

Several years ago Hinsdale's Christine Marzullo was at Robbins Park, taking pictures of her then-2-year-old son as he spun with delight as only a toddler can. A close look at her... — Updated 4/7/2021


Loss propels Hinsdale woman into helping others overcome

The death of Molly Haunty's friend and sister-in-law in 2015 launched her into a group to which no one wants to belong. Like so many others, Haunty's life had been touched by... — Updated 3/31/2021


The Lane fifth-grader qualifies for National Spelling Bee

Srinidhi Rao's lifelong love of language began when she was still eating from a high chair. Even as a toddler, she loved spelling words. Now a fifth grader at The Lane School,... — Updated 3/24/2021


Central senior named to IHSA All-State Academic Team

Hinsdale Central senior Katrina Geiersbach isn't just an athlete, an award-winning speaker, an accomplished student and a musician. Geiersbach also is one of 26 high school seniors... — Updated 3/17/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale woman right at home in outreach effort

Last Friday was shaping up to be a big day for the Fussaro family. "We're actually getting a puppy today," mom Tracy Fussaro revealed during a conversation with The Hinsdalean that... — Updated 3/10/2021


Card party will help woman celebrate century of life

She could have been secretary to the president of a major company, the young bride of a military leader or even a professional musician. But Mary Ellen "Ditty" Reck didn't let any... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central student prepares lesson in economics

Among its many sobering revelations, the pandemic has shone a light on the importance - and vulnerability ­- of the nation's economy. Hinsdale Central junior Paton Mehrhoff wants... — Updated 2/24/2021


Dad says coaching his kids nets many benefits

Scott Altemose's search for his family's new home ended when he discovered Robbins Park. Here was a place where his children could kick a ball or swing a bat. And right across the... — Updated 2/17/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Resident makes it her mission to serve

Laurie McMahon never had a dog growing up. Neither had her husband, Bob. But they decided in 2007 that their Hinsdale household was ready for a four-legged addition. "Bob did the... — Updated 2/10/2021


Nod to moms is reaching far beyond Hinsdale

With a full-time job, three children, a husband, a house and a dog, Walker Rediehs was busy enough already. In the weeks following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she and... — Updated 2/3/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central teacher helps Diablo crew chronicle unusual times

Compiling a high school yearbook against a backdrop of limited in-person instruction and extracurricular activities thanks to a pandemic takes some artfulness, to say the least.... — Updated 1/27/2021


Central senior overcomes change in plans

When it comes time to apply to colleges later this year, Hinsdale Central junior Shivani Rao's list of accomplishments will include presenting her own medical research study at the... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdalean leads nonprofit in meeting surging need

As a longtime Hinsdalean, Bob Lassandrello knew little about the food pantry operating out of the village's Memorial Building, Then five years ago his neighbor, an HCS Family... — Updated 1/13/2021


Central student promotes importance of civics education

Doctors go to medical school, police officers attend the police academy and chefs go to culinary school. But for most people, being a citizen of their community requires no training... — Updated 1/6/2021


Lily, her family happy to be in Hinsdale

Sarah Blatchford submitted the entry for her daughter, Lily, to be on the cover as Hinsdale's happiest baby at 12:08 a.m., after she finished her shift at Loyola University Medical... — Updated 12/29/2020


Assembly chair anxiously awaits 2021

December 23 is a date that holds a place in Hinsdale's culture and history. For generations the evening has been reserved for the Hinsdale Assembly's annual ball - the culmination... — Updated 12/22/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale woman uplifts lives one makeover at a time

Hinsdale's Jackelyn Kastanis spent a year helping care for childhood best friend Brooke Bolley in their native Detroit area until Bolley succumbed to cancer in 2011 at the age of... — Updated 12/16/2020


Graham building stronger women through Girl Scouts

Kathy Graham was never a Girl Scout herself. But the Campfire Girls played a big part in the life of this Minnesota native. She became a Bluebird in third grade and worked her way... — Updated 12/9/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale gardener helps hang holiday cheer

The season of the wreath has come around again, that symbol of continuous life with no beginning or end woven of enduring evergreen boughs. Every year a sizable one adorns the... — Updated 12/2/2020


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


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