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American Girl doll model hopes to inspire others

The American Girl website describes their newest doll, Claudie Wells, as "most likely to have five college majors." That's just one thing that Claudie has in common with Rio Lewis,... — Updated 9/21/2022


Career change gives Rotarian time to give back

A sermon delivered in church one Sunday stuck with Mark Wanless for years. The message was about the importance of volunteering one's time, when and if that time becomes available.... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Show has right mix of acting for Central thespian

Preparing for the Hinsdale Central Drama's upcoming production of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" has been a departure for theater veteran Julianna Wittrock. "It's 30 plays... — Updated 9/7/2022


Dad helps kids, families of of Navy SEALS

There's hardly a football field, baseball diamond or basketball court in or around Hinsdale where Craig Cassell hasn't coached a game. Supporting kids is important to Cassell, and... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Collegian makes Capitol gains during D.C. stint

This summer, Mr. Gust went to Washington. Hinsdale native and Duke University junior David Gust cut his policy-shaping teeth in the Beltway as one of nine college students selected... — Updated 8/24/2022


Local teen proves volunteering can be delicious

The benefits of serving one's community are many, said Hinsdale Hospital Foundation Junior Board President Maddie Molis, and some of them are delicious. Molis and others on the... — Updated 8/17/2022


Rally helps teen engineer her plans for future

Long before she took her first engineering class at Hinsdale Central High School, Grace Deane knew a thing or two about using science to make life easier. Tasked with keeping her... — Updated 8/10/2022


Summer intern learns more than finance skills

Each summer the Bank of America Student Leaders program chooses 300 high school juniors and seniors from across the country to gain leadership experience and develop skills while... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale woman lends voice to gun control fight

Hinsdale's Alison Kozlow is a busy working mom of two preschoolers. Activism was not on her to-do list. But when seven people were gunned down and dozens more injured while watching... — Updated 7/27/2022


Boruff creates a friendlier place for butterflies

Creatures large and small have always found a welcome place in the home of Julie Boruff. Over the years she has raised dogs, nurtured an ant farm, offered shelter to a guinea pig... — Updated 7/20/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale resident tells story of his Army friendship

The sedate suburbs couldn't compare with the daily unpredictability that U.S. Army Reservists and inseparable buddies Bob Allen and Brad Drake had faced on a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. Despite their exhausting,... — Updated 7/13/2022


Sister's spirit, desire to empower others, lives on

Julie Jordan Laux said her younger sister, Jodi Allen, was good at just about everything she did. Even after her death from pancreatic cancer, Laux said her sister is still making h... — Updated 7/6/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale man volunteers time to lift up others

Nathan Obryon said his outreach work with those trying to start afresh after prison or life on the streets has revealed yearnings we all share. "At the end of the day, we all have t... — Updated 6/29/2022


Science, history, art merge into job and career

As an expert in artifact conservation, Anna Weiss-Pfau of Hinsdale is entrusted with some of the world's oldest, rarest and most valuable objects. "My husband thinks it's funny the... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Resident has learned value of close community

Soon after returning to Hinsdale with his family from a six-year overseas work assignment, Bob Hooks went to pick up some groceries. "Paper or plastic?" the cashier inquired. "I'll... — Updated 6/15/2022


Mom finds niche preparing kids for kindergarten

After spending months with a classroom full of 3-year-olds, summer is a particularly quiet time for Kathy Behrens, teaching assistant at Hinsdale Covenant Preschool. Behrens was a... — Updated 6/8/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Friendship at the heart of musical - and of its cast

For recent Hinsdale Central graduates and Stage Door Fine Arts veterans Sam Romberger and Hannah Turek, exhaustive research was not required for their upcoming roles - as high... — Updated 6/1/2022


State award puts school volunteer in the spotlight

Denys Kang of Hinsdale said she was shocked and humbled to learn that her volunteer work at Oak School was being recognized with an Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel... — Updated 5/25/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

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

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

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


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