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Familiar face to lead Community House programs

Kelci Bednar relishes the scenes around The Community House that accompany summer's arrival. "It's great to see the building so full," she said, noting the many activities also are... — Updated 3/22/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hoops star helps Roadrunners race to state title

Hinsdale's Grace Carstensen and the Nazareth Academy girls basketball team had an IHSA 3A state title in their sights, and winning their first five games by an average margin of... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale teen earns spot on prestigious team

Hinsdale Central senior Shannon Stover is in no rush to leave the scholastic world. "I wouldn't know what to do without school. It gives me structure," she said. Her studiousness... — Updated 3/8/2023


Attorney shares skills to better her community

Long before she ever set foot in the village, Shilpa Upadhye knew she would one day live in Hinsdale. While studying at the University of Michigan, she became friends with a fellow... — Updated 3/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Young journalist renders stories for next generation

TIME for Kids reporter Celsey O'Hare was about to conduct her first big interview, a Q&A by Zoom with Ugandan climate activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Nakate. The... — Updated 2/22/2023


Mom, volunteer finds new ways to keep her art alive

If you ever gazed into the window displays at the State Street Marshall Field's store back in the early 2000s, chances are good you were admiring the work of Hinsdale resident Molly... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Former teacher still helping kids, community grow

Grace Shin said her ethnic heritage was a subject of curiosity among her elementary classmates in suburban Detroit. "I was asked often, 'Are you Chinese or Japanese?' And I would... — Updated 2/8/2023


New HCC chair hopes businesses will get involved

As someone who spent her childhood in Hinsdale and returned after college to live and work in the area, Laura Liss has watched her hometown grow and change. Now, she's helping to ke... — Updated 2/1/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Central drama veteran takes turn in director's chair

Hinsdale Central junior Teagan Dunn has long been a devotee of the Chicago theater scene, taking in numerous productions over the years with her mom. During her time with the Centra... — Updated 1/25/2023


Church job calls Hinsdale native back home

Whether as a student in its classrooms, a worshiper in its pews or an employee in its offices, St. Isaac Jogues Church has always been part of Lara Krupicka's life. Now a resident... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

PTO co-presidents prize link between families and staff

Mary Osanloo and her family moved to Hinsdale from Chicago right before the new school year, and their fifth-grade daughter knew no one. A touching "Welcome to Oak School" sign... — Updated 1/11/2023


Promoting student learning still goal for assistant principal

As assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Hinsdale Central High School, Jessica Hurt knows every day will include a few surprises. A particularly happy surprise came... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale roots solid ground for next generation

It took Alyssa Harris a few months to come to terms with settling down in the town of her upbringing, now with offspring of her own. "I felt a bit of impostor syndrome," she... — Updated 12/28/2022


Minister's calling is working with young people

Like many teenagers, Grant Glowiak didn't consider himself the smartest, most athletic or most talented of his peers at Lyons Township High School. But at his church's youth group,... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Hinsdale senior celebrates title, team fellowship

In early October, Nazareth Academy's football team had a unusually scheduled Thursday night game. Hinsdale's Brady Linn, a reserve senior linebacker/wide receiver, recalled his... — Updated 12/14/2022


Mom of four is no stranger to PTO presidency

Kristin Sweis discovered her knack for fundraising as a member, treasurer and eventually president of the Elm School Parent Teacher Organization. It didn't take long for others in... — Updated 12/7/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Woman's spirit nourished by delivering food

On the cusp of becoming an empty nester last spring, Terri Sasnau was intent on giving back through volunteerism. "It had been on my list of things to do for a very long time,"... — Updated 11/30/2022


Helping others one of joys of holiday season

Jaclyn McNamara rose to the ranks of president of the Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club quickly. She said that's partially due to her inability to say no, but mostly because of her... — Updated 11/22/2022


Hinsdale native on a mission to help others

Briana Brandt Murray said Christmas Day for her family is a usually a low-key day at home. Christmas Eve? Not so much. "We usually go to my sister-in-law's house nearby. My husband... — Updated 11/16/2022


Hinsdale man wouldn't trade time in Marines

When Chris Black finished high school at age 17, the Carbondale resident said he didn't think twice about what would come next. "It was natural for me to go on to SIU (Southern... — Updated 11/9/2022


New parks and rec leader excited for opportunity

Mike Hayes was 15 when he got his first taste of the rigors of recreation management. "I oversaw the adult softball leagues ­- turning on the lights, setting up the bases and... — Updated 11/2/2022


Life's curves lead man right where he wants to be

Tom Kloster's life hasn't always followed his intended path. But despite some unexpected curves in the road, Kloster isn't complaining about where the detours have taken him.... — Updated 10/26/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

HMS principal is embracing her intro to Hinsdale

New Hinsdale Middle School principal Cory Burke got an assist from a veteran District 181 school leader when the post became available. "(The Lane principal) Brandon Todd was someon... — Updated 10/19/2022


PTO leaders enjoy supporting teachers, kids

When Becky Schreiber left a career in accounting to stay home with her young twins, she wanted to find a way to give back to the community. She decided to support education, first b... — Updated 10/12/2022

 By Ken Knutson    60 Seconds

Standout athlete shows leadership on, off the field

Two years ago, Hinsdale's Zach Hayes and his Nazareth Academy classmates were enduring the disruptive distancing wrought by the pandemic. A Student Council member, Hayes and his... — Updated 10/5/2022


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