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Ask an expert - Agent profile - SARAH AND MIKE SWANSON, COMPASS REAL ESTATE

The Swanson Group of Compass Real Estate was a team long before they sold their first house. "We started dating in high school," said Sarah, who along with husband Michael make up... — Updated 8/23/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - BOB BOUTIN, PILOT AND FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

What does aviation mean to you? As a boy, Hinsdale's Bob Boutin went on fishing excursions with his father, flying in sea planes to remote sites around the world. Their trip mates... — Updated 8/16/2023

 

Ask an expert - SARAH STUKAS, PSYCHOTHERAPIST

How can parents help kids get ready for school? The items on a child's classroom supply list often aren't the only things they're carrying back to school. Worries and... — Updated 8/12/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Experts

Ask an expert - LINNEA WILSON, RETIRED PASTOR

How can people support those who are grieving? Supporting someone who has suffered the loss of a loved one doesn't require grand gestures or eloquent words of condolence. Simply... — Updated 8/2/2023

 

Ask an expert - TONY SOMONE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

What does a harness horsemen's association do? For 40 years Hinsdale has been home to a nonprofit organization that supports an activity enjoyed around the world - harness racing.... — Updated 7/26/2023

 

MICHAEL PRIETO, HIGH JUMPER

What are the keys to high jumping? Failing to qualify for the high jump finals in May's IHSA state track and field meet left Hinsdale Central's Michael Prieto understandably low.... — Updated 7/19/2023

 

Ask an expert - Agent profile - Jestine Lenckus, Better Homes & Garden County Line

Before Jestine Lenckus became a Realtor, she was a homeowner. While navigating the sale and purchase of several homes, Lenckus said she was left wanting to know more about the... — Updated 7/12/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - MAJA BOSEN, ARTIST

How do you create encaustic art? Maja Bosen's paintings look taken right out of nature - probably because most of the materials have been. Bosen blends pigment and organic elements... — Updated 7/5/2023

 

Ask the experts – LAUREN KNUEPFER AND MELISSA ABRAHAM, ENTREPRENEURS

Why did you start LoMo Juice Co.? As high school students at Hinsdale Central, Lauren (Kneupfer) Rozum and Melissa (Gamauf) Abraham had big dreams, one of which was to one day be... — Updated 6/28/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - MIETTE MORRIS, TEEN STAGE ACTRESS

What's rewarding about performing in 'Footloose'? A year ago Miette Morris was recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. Tonight she'll "kick off the Sunday shoes" as she cuts... — Updated 6/21/2023

 

Ask an expert - STEPHEN EDWARDS, MUSIC DIRECTOR & RECORDING ARTIST

What was your journey to become a recording artist? Since he began leading his first choir as a middle schooler, Stephen Edwards has curated a long musical resume. But it wasn't... — Updated 6/14/2023

 

Ask an expert- BILL ZAKAVEC, MUSICIAN

Who are the Senior Jammers? Superstar songstress Taylor Swift regularly tops today's Billboard charts. Her hit-making predecessors a century ago had names like Hoagy Carmichael,... — Updated 6/7/2023

 

Ask an expert - Agent profiles - GARY LEE, @ PROPERTIES

Families who choose to live in Hinsdale stay because of the schools, the walkability and what @ Properties real estate agent Gary Lee calls "an almost 1950s charm." But there's some... — Updated 5/31/2023

 

Ask an expert - ROSE MANNINA, REGISTERED NURSE

What does being a nurse mean to you? Rose Mannina worked one year as a certified nursing assistant at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale Hospital before her first day as... — Updated 5/24/2023

 

Ask an expert - GAIL VESCOVI, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

How has your job changed over the past 30 years? The school day at Hinsdale Middle School begins at 8:25 a.m., but Gail Vescovi typically arrives hours earlier to walk the halls,... — Updated 5/17/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - BARBARA DAWES, FIRST-GRADE TEACHER

What has your teaching career taught you? Growing up in Willowbrook, Barbara Dawes was familiar with many of the schools in neighboring Hinsdale. But her childhood bike rides never... — Updated 5/10/2023

 

Ask an expert - MEGAN CANNON, LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

How does the need to achieve affect teens? Being a teenager can be tough. Being a teenager in Hinsdale can be especially challenging, said Megan Cannon, licensed clinical social... — Updated 5/3/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask an expert - JAMES FLANAGAN, FINANCIAL PLANNER

How should people plan for retirement? James Flanagan, owner of Bentron Financial Group in Downers Grove, identifies three main categories when it comes to retirement readiness.... — Updated 4/26/2023

 

Ask an expert - GRACE MCGOWAN, STUDENT ACTOR

What is the musical 'Urinetown' about? The plot of Hinsdale Central High School's spring musical isn't easy to explain, but junior Grace McGowan summed it up in a single sentence.... — Updated 4/19/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    Experts

Ask and expert - MIKE ZANILLO, CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATOR

What should we know about climate change? When Mike Zanillo began giving climate change presentations as community outreach coordinator for Citizens' Climate Education seven years ago, skepticism and even hostility from listeners... — Updated 4/12/2023

 

Ask an expert - CATHY WALSH, JAMESON SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

Everyone is familiar with the phrase about making lemonade when life hands you lemons. When the housing market was handed a proverbial lemon in the mid-2000s, home builder Cathy Wal... — Updated 4/5/2023

 

Ask an expert - DR. TOM CARABALLO, PHYSICIAN

Why did you launch a concierge practice? While attending to injuries and acute illnesses, emergency department physician Tom Caraballo said he also sees the department waiting room... — Updated 3/29/2023

 

Club central - GIRLS WHO CODE

Hinsdale Central junior Jackie Vogel is fully aware that women can excel in the world of computer science. Her own mother works in the field. Yet it wasn't until Vogel attended a Girls Who Code summer camp that she ever considered... — Updated 3/22/2023

 

Ask an expert - DAVID STANG, FOREST PRESERVE ENTHUSIAST

Why is it important to support forest preserves? David Stang's relationship with the DuPage County Forest Preserve District began as he used the trails at Fullersburg Woods for his... — Updated 3/15/2023

 

Ask an expert - ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, ENTREPRENEUR

Why did you invent FlagGuard? Erin McLaughlin's life changed the day her daughter was nearly hit by a personal watercraft while tubing in the lake at her family's summer getaway. While her daughter escaped injury, McLaughlin was ha... — Updated 3/8/2023

 

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