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Ask an expert - LIZ HEINECKE, AUTHOR

What should we know about Loie Fuller? Loie Fuller was born before Hinsdale was, on a chilly January night in 1862 at the Castle Inn near what is now the village intersection of... — Updated 6/22/2022

 

Ask an expert DEBORAH KRAUS, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

How does the pet walk benefit the humane society? A decades-old Hinsdale tradition continues Saturday, June 25, as the Hinsdale Humane Society presents its annual Pet Walk... — Updated 6/15/2022

 
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Ask an expert - WANDA SWIK, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

What does the athletics administrative assistant do? The thrilling action of high school sports has nothing on the Hinsdale Central athletic department. Just ask the department's... — Updated 6/8/2022

 

Ask an expert - AMY SMETANA, JEWELRY ARTIST

How did you start making jewelry? Amy Smetana admits she didn't know much about jewelry when a neighbor asked her to repair a broken bracelet years ago. But rather than say no,... — Updated 6/1/2022

 
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Ask an expert - BOB BARR, PHILANTHROPY FOUNDER

How can people help the Ukrainian people? When COVID-19 forced Americans to embrace home entertainment like never before, U.S. soldiers serving overseas didn't have the luxury of... — Updated 5/25/2022

 

Ask an expert - Agent profile - TRACY ANDERSON, COMPASS REAL ESTATE

As a real estate broker, Tracy Anderson's job isn't only to help clients buy and sell their houses. She's also an emotional navigator, creating a clear and steady path for buyers... — Updated 5/18/2022

 

Ask an expert - SUSAN MEYER, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER

What is teaching first grade like? First grade is a time of immense learning and growth for most children - a fact that has been both the greatest joy and the biggest challenge of... — Updated 5/4/2022

 

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What inspired you to launch Vitaminis? Much was lost during the pandemic that began in March 2020, including Leslie Danford's job in the hospitality field. Laid off early in the... — Updated 4/20/2022

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an Expert - Business Profile - Nourished

Much is made of the search for work/life balance. But what about body balance? Hinsdale's Nourished wants to be your guide. "That's what we're about - trying to get people to a... — Updated 4/13/2022

 

Ask an expert - KATIE GALLAGHER, EDUCATION DIRECTOR, CANDOR HEALTH EDUCATION

How does a video game help protect kids? As a former middle school teacher and principal, Katie Gallagher is familiar with the challenges faced by teens and pre-teens. As education... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

Ask an expert - KAREN SCHULTZ, SOCIAL WORKER AND AUTHOR

Why did you write your latest book? Karen Schultz is a licensed clinical social worker, spiritual teacher, medium and healer with almost four decades of experience specializing in p... — Updated 3/30/2022

 

Ask an expert - CHRISTOPHER FREILER, HISTORY TEACHER

What is your teaching philosophy? In a press release announcing the third edition of Christopher Freiler's AP European history exam prep guide, publisher Sherpa Learning calls the... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - ALEX KENNEDY AND SAM BELL, ATHLETIC TRAINERS

What do athletic trainers do? The state runner-up trophy was on the line for Hinsdale Central's boys swim and dive program late last month. But injuries threatened to undermine a ke... — Updated 3/16/2022

 

Business Profile - Anecdote

A fondness for your great grandmother's crystal candlesticks doesn't mean your entire room has to resemble a 1920s parlor. Treasured family heirlooms, one-of-a-kind antiques and... — Updated 3/9/2022

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - SHARON SOBOTKA, ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

What does an assistant stage manager do? Theater was Sharon Sobotka's passion from a young age, as she longed for moments in the limelight. But a lack of roles while pursuing a... — Updated 3/2/2022

 

Ask an expert - SHARON HAND, TRAVEL AGENT

Is it too late to plan a spring break trip? The mention of spring break often conjures images of rowdy, hard-partying college students. But the annual weeklong hiatus from school... — Updated 2/23/2022

 

Ask an expert - Sara and Brendan Whelton

How has cancer changed holiday celebrations? Like most things in Sara and Brendan Whelton's lives, Valentine's Day looked a little different this year. "We never really celebrated... — Updated 2/16/2022

 

Ask an expert - DR. NEIL THOMAS, CARDIOLOGIST

Why did you invent the Rheoxygenator? Too much of anything can be a bad thing. That fact is what drove cardiac surgeon and entrepreneur Neil Thomas of Hinsdale to pursue a safer... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
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What have you learned about performing improv? Improv actors have to be quick on their feet and possess at least a working knowledge across a broad range of topics. But... — Updated 2/2/2022

 

Ask and expert - Agent profile - Kerry Turgeon, Baird & Warner

Kerry Turgeon's real estate clients tend to fall into one of two categories. And whether they're young adults planning a move from the city or empty-nesters looking for a warm... — Updated 1/26/2022

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - RON LIEBER, FINANCIAL COLUMNIST

How should families approach the college search? New York Times financial columnist Ron Lieber and his wife had set aside money for their daughters' college education, and he'd... — Updated 1/19/2022

 

It takes a village - HILARY POSHEK, SALES AND EVENTS MANAGER AT THE LODGE

You won't find any cubicles or stuffy conference rooms at Hilary Poshek's place of work. Tucked inside a nearly 100-year-old home designed by a famous local architect, Poshek's offi... — Updated 1/13/2022

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - JAMIE NOVAK, PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER

How should people approach home organization? 2022 is the year, right? The year to get organized, declutter and find peace through purging. Nice dream, but slow that reduction... — Updated 1/5/2022

 

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When and where are Christmas worship services? Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services are back in person for 2021 after many went virtual last year because of COVID-19 saf... — Updated 12/22/2021

 

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