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Aspiring filmmaker hopes to flourish in China's scene

Living in southern California the last several years for college, and now for work, has left Hinsdale's Gabrielle Roberts ill-equipped for winter visits to her hometown.... — Updated 1/15/2020


Eagle project continues teen's fight against local hunger

Becoming an Eagle Scout was never really part of Jack Otten's plan. "I never gave it much thought," Otten said. "I was just enjoying being a Scout." But as he approached his final... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Kolavennu ready to take reins at Wellness House

It was about 14 years ago when Lisa Kolavennu's father was diagnosed with cancer. In walking that journey with him, she discovered Wellness House and, along with it, her vocational... — Updated 12/30/2019


Family celebrates first holiday season in Hinsdale

The Korza family started 2019 living 4,700 miles away. Then in June, Kasia and Andrzej packed up baby Adam and his two older siblings (Alexandra has just finished eighth grade and... — Updated 12/23/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Nourishing the hungry feeds Hinsdale woman's soul

Breaking bread with loved ones is perhaps the most cherished ingredient of the holiday season - for adults anyway - as millions will take to the roadways or skies this coming week t... — Updated 12/18/2019


Work is play for businessman, philanthropist

Dick Burridge Sr. lives life as an adventure. The former Hinsdalean, who will turn 91 in March, has a zest for life lacking in many half his age. He still enjoys going into the... — Updated 12/11/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Student spreads wings through D86 TC

Hinsdale's Maddie Maturino held up the birthday card she had just printed out at the Hinsdale High School District 86 Transition Center. The balloon-emblazoned card will be among nu... — Updated 12/4/2019


Rotary offers teen look at life in America

Seventeen-year-old Akane Rincon said she's always wanted to be exposed to life outside of her hometown of Chiapas, Mexico. And so she's thrilled to be spending this school year... — Updated 11/26/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Teen dreams of better life for Ugandans

During the summer of 2016, Molly Schnieders and her dad, Rob, set off to serve with Fields of Dreams Uganda, helping at-risk children through soccer and education. To put it mildly,... — Updated 11/21/2019


Passion for cars, helping others drives Hinsdale man

When Alex Levesque approaches a group of young men in his 1967 Mustang, they tend to pay attention. Levesque knows that young men love cars, and for 12 years he's used that knowledg... — Updated 11/18/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Army veteran counts Honor Flight among life's highs

Hinsdale's Florian Dziedzic saw the photos hanging at Midway Airport Aug. 7 as he and his older brother Sylvester walked through security. "Did you notice on the wall?" Dziedzic... — Updated 11/8/2019


Sunday funday to benefit local families in need

Nancy Nyheim thought she knew her community pretty well when she was introduced to HCS Family Services as a volunteer four years ago. Like many Hinsdaleans, she was surprised to... — Updated 10/30/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Pastor brings spirit of intentionality to new pulpit

Life on Purpose. That's the title of Pastor Jason Salyers first sermon series at Hinsdale Seventh-day Adventist Church since arriving from Minnesota in early September. Having an... — Updated 10/23/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Woman deploys four-legged therapists for healing

The young lady in a wheelchair, unable to speak, seemed indifferent as the volunteer handler approached her with the pet therapy dog. The handler left a card with information about... — Updated 10/16/2019


Job as HUMC pastor part of God's plan

The Rev. Young-Mee Park spent the past six years as a district superintendent, telling new pastors not to change anything for six months after being assigned to a new church. Then... — Updated 10/16/2019

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Village's newest firefighter is happy to be 'one of the gang'

Nicole Hladik wasn't sure of her career path after earning a degree in business management in 2016. She just knew the 9-to-5 office life was not her destination. "I had no idea... — Updated 10/9/2019


Volunteer brings library to homebound patrons' doorsteps

Any reader will tell you that books can make the world a bigger place. For those who find it difficult to leave their homes, a book or a movie can provide a much-needed glimpse at... — Updated 10/2/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale woman never tires of giving back

Hinsdale's' Maureen Hegarty just returned from the National Assistance League Conference in Las Vegas. As a longtime member of the village's Assistance League Chicagoland West chapt... — Updated 9/11/2019


New theater group happy result of referendum's success

Kari Galassi has spent far more time on a soccer field than a stage. Yet somehow she has found herself at the helm of YES! Productions, a new theater program for young people in... — Updated 9/4/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Collegian gets an education in Oxford's hallowed halls

If nothing else, Hinsdale's Peter Marcus' overseas study experience this summer taught him one thing: It's a small world. "I was in Rome and we went to this bar on the Fourth of... — Updated 8/28/2019


Huth enters final season as football mom

Football has never been just a game for Corey Huth. It's an experience that brings a whole community together. All three of Huth's children have been involved in the Hinsdale... — Updated 8/21/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Longtime village cop reflects on a career impacting others

Hinsdale police officer Mike Coughlin could have handed in his badge in January after 30 years of service. But duty kept him on a few more months. "I wanted to finish out the... — Updated 8/19/2019


Love of Porsche brings admirers together for good

"Time is money" is more than a cliché for Hinsdale resident Tim Olsen. It's the basis on which he built his business. After retiring from a career in the racing industry, Olsen... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Actress brings mind, humor to 'Matilda' lead

Hinsdale's Ella Russell has spent her summer honing her supernatural powers, theatrically speaking. Russell, 11, is one of two young actors portraying the titular character in BAMth... — Updated 8/1/2019


Indiana native feels at home at Hinsdale Park and Rec

She’s completed her classes and even donned her cap and gown, but Jilian Boger has one last thing to do before she officially graduates from Indiana University, and she’s doing... — Updated 7/26/2019


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