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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

 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


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