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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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Wright enthusiast ready to take on Bagley House

Safina Uberoi was visiting Los Angeles this summer when she got an alert from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy that an important early work from the famed architect's... — Updated 11/3/2021


Halloween a family affair for Haralampopouloses

For the Haralampopoulos family of Hinsdale, Halloween is much more than a holiday. It's a whole season filled with planning, preparation and pageantry. The Haralampopouloses start... — Updated 10/27/2021


Phillip sees divine design in life as she joins Ian's Place

Martha Phillip doesn't know what it's like to lose a child. But she has witnessed people close to her mourn that loss. "I lost my brother two weeks before his 16th birthday, suddenl... — Updated 10/13/2021

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Central senior raises Hispanic heritage profile

Hinsdale Central senior Bella Insignares was grateful to return to the class this year to finish out her high school tenure. As a member of the Hispanic Student Association, she... — Updated 10/6/2021


Years of service recognized with home dedication

Don Bartecki is part accountant, part entrepreneur and 100 percent advocate for the work of UCP Seguin, a nonprofit agency serving people with disabilities across the Chicago area.... — Updated 9/29/2021

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Mom calls attention to soldiers' ultimate sacrifice

Hinsdale's Roseann Coyner was driving her daughter to her new job in Seattle in mid-August when they passed through North Ogden, Utah. In 2018, North Ogden's mayor Brent Taylor was... — Updated 9/22/2021


Software CEO loves to learn, help others

Employers aren't only concerned with what they can get from their employees. Good employers also want to ensure their employees are getting all they can from their workplace.... — Updated 9/15/2021

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Local resident brings his passion to the playhouse

British ex-pat John Baderman operated lighting and sound for community theaters back in his native London, including for his uncle's troupe, which performed shows in a synagogue. Af... — Updated 9/8/2021


Wett brings decades of experience to The Community House

Alana Wett's 32-year career is driven by one simple fact. "I just really like to help people," said Wett, the new director of philanthropy at The Community House. Wett, who joined... — Updated 9/1/2021

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Resident's volunteer work gives community a boost

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time. They just have the heart." That quote hangs in the mudroom of the Anderson family's Hinsdale home. The words resonate keenly with mom... — Updated 8/25/2021


Vocalists don't let COVID stop the music

Grace Richards and Vyktoria Saulis have always found ways to share their love of song with the world around them. A pandemic wasn’t going to change that. Richards and Saulis are... — Updated 8/18/2021

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Longtime resident has seen town grow up

The north end of Hinsdale felt more rural than suburban when Virginia Feller and her husband, Bernie, moved there in the 1950s. "This was like a country town then," said the... — Updated 8/11/2021


Stories keep family close through pandemic

Living across the ocean from your family is hard enough. Add a global pandemic, and keeping in touch becomes a real challenge, especially for those who aren't yet old enough to... — Updated 8/4/2021

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After amplified career, vocalist coaches others' voices

Singer Patricia Hurd had just returned to Chicago from a multi-year working tour of Europe in the late 1980s. She needed to earn some money before pursuing a new opportunity across... — Updated 7/28/2021


Desire to help draws Renehan to public service

Running for office wasn't always part of Julie Renehan's plan, but doing what she could to help her community was. In 2017, she determined the best way to do that was to pursue a... — Updated 7/21/2021

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Hinsdale woman meets youth in the midst of pain

Nancy Parkinson has learned that helping children heal from the loss of a loved one is less about leading and more about listening. "Really what you're there for is to just... — Updated 7/14/2021


Hinsdale woman's book helps travelers capture memories

Looking back on her adventures is one of the many things that Barbara Riegger loves about travel. But sometimes, photos and videos just don't tell the story. "I wanted a journal... — Updated 7/7/2021


TransUnion executive joins board of American Red Cross

Everyone is just one storm, one fire or one accident away from needing the services of the American Red Cross. That's why Hinsdale resident Hilary Chidi makes membership on the... — Updated 6/30/2021


Teen recognized for women's wellness outreach

Volunteering and community service are important parts of Shriya Mehta's life. Period. The Hinsdale Central High School rising senior recently received the National Community... — Updated 6/23/2021

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Local dad relishes rewards of parenting

Nick Newlin had a rather strenuous introduction to fatherhood 19 years ago with the birth of his daughter, Emmanuelle. "She didn't sleep outside of our arms for the first two, if... — Updated 6/16/2021


Hinsdale teen quite happy to be back on stage

Julianna Waters is eager to play the Cat this weekend in Stage Door Fine Arts' "Honk" at The Community House. She got a taste of being in front of a live audience last week as a mem... — Updated 6/9/2021

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Woman keeps watch over village's prairie parcel

Bison aren't roaming through Hinsdale these days, but a vestige of the landscape they once inhabited survives on the western edge of the village: the Hinsdale Prairie. "That's not... — Updated 6/2/2021


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