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 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion 

That pesky 'just' doesn't bother me

As I'm sure was the case for many, this summer marked my family's maiden voyage from Hinsdale in 18 months. It was our first plane ride, first meal in a restaurant and first time... — Updated 9/15/2021

 

Daughter honors mom's many contributions to village

I wanted to recognize a beautiful and spirited woman in our community and local interior designer, my mother, Mary Anne Herring. In 1986 my mom opened a home design store called Robin’s Egg Blue in Hinsdale, which had a... — Updated 9/15/2021

 

Fall brings out the best in the town we all love

The autumnal equinox at 2:20 p.m. Sept. 22 heralds the arrival of what some — including many at this newspaper — believe to be the best season of the year: fall. Yes, we know some have labeled Sept. 1 as the start of “meteoro... — Updated 9/15/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

New voices join pool of contributing columnists

Today I have the privilege of introducing you to our new contributing columnists. We have quite a big group this year, so I will keep my opening comments brief. Before I jump in,... — Updated 9/15/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Love keeps us connected, no matter where we are

We passed our neighbor, affectionately known as "Farmer Tom" (for the fresh garlic and tomatoes he's always passing out) on a walk last week. We stopped so our dog, Lizzy, could... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

Looking back with sadness, ahead with hope

Americans will reflect Saturday on one of the most horrific days in our nation’s history. Two decades ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft, flying two into New York City’s World Trade Center and... — Updated 9/8/2021

 
 By Bret Conway    Opinion

The girl with the most cake

Actual texts from my high school senior on the day Lollapalooza tickets went on sale back in May. 10:51 a.m.: Do.Not.Forget.Lolla.Tickets.Get.On.The.Website.At.11:58.And.Be.Ready. 1... — Updated 9/8/2021

 
 By Peter Celauro    Opinion

The suburban dad Olympiad

"Welcome to the Hinsdale Community Pool! It's a scorcher out here today, Diane, and the competition is really heating up!" "You're right there, Bill. If you're just joining us,... — Updated 9/1/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Counting days to Ainsley's departure for college

The time will come, people would tell me. When I would complain about constant interruptions from a 3- or 4- or 5-year-old Ainsley while I was trying to cook dinner or do some work... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

Labor Day honors bygone workers' contributions

At first glance, Memorial Day and Labor Day have similar purposes. One marks the unofficial beginning of summer, the other its unofficial end. We traditionally use this space the week before Memorial Day to remind readers of the... — Updated 9/1/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

'Too much summer' not worst problem to have

One of my mom's signature phrases was, "Too much weekend." She would pull it out on a Sunday evening when I was anxious to get to bed early or a Monday morning when I was less than... — Updated 8/27/2021

 

Cartoons by Dan Ackley

Cartoons by Dan Ackley... — Updated 8/25/2021

 
 By Jen Dean    Opinion

We need more lovies in the world

My teenage boys will never forgive me for “The Velveteen Rabbit.” They insist they remain emotionally scarred, more than a decade after first hearing it. “But the rabbit... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

Much more must be learned about using 5G safely

In 1995 when we were still using a simple cell phone technology, the FCC set some safety regulations on the radiation tolerances using heat exposure to the brain when held against the head as the benchmark. Fast forward 25 years... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

Extend season's enchantment with outdoor events

Wait, summer’s not over yet! Yes, the resumption of school and the winding down of Hinsdale Community Pool operations can make it feel like the fun-in-the-sun times are setting into the horizon. But lament not, for delights... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

The dog days of COVID

Five years ago this August I wrote a guest column about the passing of our beloved yellow lab, Sam Adams. A heartbreak for all of us, but as it turns out, our hearts were again captured by another yellow lab, this time a puppy... — Updated 8/18/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Michigan trip fires up hankering for grill goodies

Getting ready to go to Michigan in August has become almost as much of a ritual as the trip itself. We've fine-tuned our packing list over the years and start gathering our... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

Masks aren't only measure to keep students safe

Students head back to school next week in Community Consolidated School District 181 and Hinsdale High School District 86. We’ve already written about the importance of getting vaccines for teens who are eligible and wearing... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

Writer shares columnist's concern over teardowns

No question, Hinsdale is demolishing the stories that reside in its old homes. The village is in the throes of a building boom. Lots of stone and brick delivered to job sights. Loads of slate roofing and copper downspouts, too.... — Updated 8/11/2021

 
 By Bill Lewis    Opinion

In a mood? You're not alone

I'm in a mood - and not a good one. I read the papers, look on the internet, get in my car, watch TV, and it seems almost everywhere I go, people are in a mood too. The world is... — Updated 8/11/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

New wave of mask debate as schools set to reopen

I walked into a meeting last week, grabbed a chair and settled in. At some point, I noticed I couldn't quite recognize the person sitting next to me because she was wearing a mask.... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

All the lessons point to getting students vaxxed

The start of school is around the corner. Unfortunately, it will again begin under the cloud of COVID-19. Thankfully this year, unlike in 2020, a majority of the population has been vaccinated, a crucial step in limiting the... — Updated 8/11/2021

 
 By Laura LaPlaca    Opinion

This old house has story to tell

The house next door to us is going to be torn down. I know that isn't news in this town where old homes are torn down everyday. But there are many things that happen all the time -... — Updated 8/4/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Former chief hopes story will keep saving lives

Pat Kenny made a list of promises to his wife, Eileen, before she died in 2016. The final one was to write a book about their son Sean's struggles with mental illness and death by... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

People-pleasing can be dangerous motive for board

In the span of six weeks, the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board voted to dismantle plans that had been in the works for months or even years. Board members voted in June to halt the shift to an integrated math curriculum and... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

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