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Volunteering looks a bit different this April

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” — John Wesley Is this ever a time to do good. Normally we would extol the virtues of a...

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Mood swings a symptom of lockdown for me

Despite my attempts to keep a positive attitude as we shelter in place, I'm not doing as well as I'd like. My husband's cousin was hospitalized Monday with COVID-19. She is on an antibiotic, her...

 
 By Katie Hughes    Opinion    April 2, 2020 

Lessons learned from 'My Corona'

Three weeks ago, I had it all. I was the lead in my school musical, "Footloose," I was going to Disney World, and I was anticipating the excitement that comes with the end of senior year. Then...

 

Thank and support first responders and medical staff

This has been a very stressful time for our front line first responders and medical staff. The Hinsdale Police and Fire departments are in need of N-95 masks and Chlorox wipes. They can be dropped off at the police or fire department at 121 Symonds...

 

Fellow Hinsdaleans encouraged to fly stars and stripes

As we all deal with the many changes to our lives, it occurred to me that we could show our support for everyone by flying our American flags. Our family is ex-military and know our flag to be the most visible symbol of the USA and what it...

 

New twist on 'Stuck in Hinsdale' for spring break

Maybe you were planning to spend spring break soaking in the rays on a Florida beach, touring the historical sites of a favorite European city or relaxing in a remote mountain cabin. Instead, you’re here, stuck in Hinsdale. For years, we’ve run...

 

New experiences help us live one day at a time

This past week has been a week of firsts - for me and so many others. Ainsley had her first experience with e-learning and Dan had his first experience as her teacher/dean/principal. The three of us...

 

Connections will keep us afloat

Recently, a friend I saw at the orthodontist's office told me her family is missing all kinds of teeth. "Me, too!" I practically shouted, excited to know someone else plagued by weird orthodontics. I...

 

Variety of ways to keep this quarantine in perspective

These are times that try men’s souls. Someone said that before me, I’m sure. But we are all facing a monstrous challenge. We take different routes in making it through the day. One friend is turning to the grape, happy to drink any wine whose...

 

Dark days offer chance for light to shine through

Last Wednesday a writer from Crain’s Chicago Business compared the coronavirus to Sept. 11. “Just as 9/11 changed us and how we live, this was the day it truly became clear that coronavirus will do the same here,” Greg Hinz wrote in his...

 

Nobody told me there'd be days like these

My dog is exhausted. It's one of the unexpected side effects of the "social distancing" we're all doing. Dogs are experiencing, as one Facebook post called it, unprecedented levels of People Being...

 

Hitting a bump in my education

My husband and I have been huge fans of the "Great Courses" DVDs for years. Each of the hundreds of courses available typically includes 24 or 36 half-hour lessons taught by student-recommended...

 

One college student's plea: Practice social distancing

It’s day two of my quarantine back from school, and I, like many other college students, am already feeling the burden of social distancing. Still, from reading various news articles and keeping up with CDC regulations, I understand how important...

 

Martin funeral postponed

Nancy Jean Martin, nee Bierdemann, 89, passed away Feb. 8, 2020. The funeral service scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Her obituary ran in the March 12 issue and can be...

 

How to save a home? It takes a village

A teardown wave is once again causing consternation in the village of Hinsdale. A generation ago, it was the scourge of new McMansions dwarfing neighboring older homes and altering the community’s landscape. Today, in an era when reality programs...

 

So glad we had this time together, revue friends

Sixteen years ago, seconds before the curtain rose on my first Community Revue, I received some great advice from our director. “Remember the moments,” he told me. I still have the list of memories I wrote after the 2004 show, “Hinsdale: The...

 

Coronavirus' reach extends to Central

It has become the biggest news story for the last month. Every social media platform and news outlet has had its eyes trained on the latest information, constantly updating their systems, as it seems...

 

Hinsdale is in no rush to have 5G rolled out here

We are being inundated with 5G commercials and how great it will be for all of us. Lucky Hinsdale, we were even selected to be one of the first for the 5G rollout. So, why are there “Stop 5G” signs popping up all over town? Well, after doing a...

 

Celebrate Women's History Month, Hinsdale-style

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contribution went unnoticed....

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Music the universal language - just turn on TV

We all have those songs that transport us back to a particular moment in time. Play Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and I'm on the dance floor at the Hippodrome in London on one of the...

 
 By Beth Smits    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Creating a new habit worthwhile

Changing habits can be difficult, especially when it's a choice and not something that is forced upon you. When I first lived in Belgium more than 30 years ago, the grocery store provided single-use...

 

Make time to see the hilarious 'Hinsdopoly' this weekend

If you have not yet seen “Hinsdolopy” at The Community House, then make time this weekend for some fun entertainment. I ended up smack in the front row because I was a late purchase on Saturday. The best part of being so close was that I had a...

 

Stop 5G is making progress, still needs residents' support

Four months ago Stop 5G Hinsdale & Neighbors was formed. Since then, we have made significant progress, but much more remains to be done. We have had town hall educational presentations. We have diligently worked with our village board and staff, res...

 

District 86 board was wrong in thwarting public comment

The Open Meeting Act provides the public a statutory right to address public bodies. Per OMA, the rules for addressing a public body may only impose reasonable “time, place and manner” regulations that are necessary to further a significant gover...

 

Four more years! Leap Day's moment has arrived

Leap Day! That quadrennial quirk of our time-marking system — rendering the shortest month a little less short and making winter seem a LOT longer — is upon us. But we shouldn’t complain about more days on the calendar. It’s a gift, really,...

 

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