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College visits show the kids are alright

I’ve read a few polls indicating Americans believe future generations will be worse off than the current one. That’s a sobering, depressing thought. The world seems on its heels in the face of COVID, racial unrest, political dy... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Thought COVID now was just a cold? So did I

I had every intention of getting my COVID booster. Really, I did. But I couldn't seem to find space in my schedule for a day-long recovery period - as I needed after my previous... — Updated 1/25/2023


Full-day kindergarten overdue in District 181

The time has come to stop kicking the full-day kindergarten can down the road. As evidenced at Monday night’s Community Consolidated Elemenatary District 181 Board meeting, both residents and district officials signaled a strong... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Lisa Seplak    Opinion

Embracing the season

I'm sitting at my laptop wondering how Pam does it. How does she compose a column, every single week, and one that's a lot longer than the 450 words I need to write. I don't mean... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

From reading to learn to reading for pleasure

Ham and cheddar scones. Egg and watercress sandwiches. Salmon spread on pumpernickel. Sticky toffee pudding. That's the menu for tonight's book club meeting, a perfect compliment... — Updated 1/18/2023


Brighten gloomy days by getting out of the house

The new year opened with almost three weeks of warmer than normal temperatures, with highs in the 50s last week and this week. But 2023 also has brought us more than our fair share of cloudy days as well. You can probably count on... — Updated 1/18/2023


Full year of coverage marks 150th anniversary

Happy 150th anniversary, Hinsdale! Of course, it’s a little early to extend a happy anniversary wish, seeing as the village’s incorporation date is April 1, 1873. But this is the start of the sesquicentennial (a fancy word for... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Jade Cook    Opinion

Weathering winter with new perspective

My husband and I have a running annual competition to see who can go the longest without complaining about the winter weather. This year he won swiftly when the blizzard-like... — Updated 1/11/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

Strangers' simple gesture made all the difference

The doorbell rang shortly after dinner Tuesday night. As I flipped the deadbolt and opened the door, I expected to find someone trying to sell me more popcorn or more cookies (both... — Updated 1/11/2023


Help the healing process with a blood donation

The start of the new year marks National Blood Donor Month, a time to both celebrate those who generously roll up a sleeve to keep blood products stocked for hospitals providing critical care and encourage more of us to do likewise... — Updated 1/11/2023


Leaving keys in unlocked cars is a dangerous practice

In my years as a clinical social worker (now retired), I worked with many young offenders who told me, “If I see a nice car unlocked with keys, I will take it. If the owner doesn’t care enough to lock it, I’m entitled to... — Updated 1/4/2023


Note to village board: charity should begin at home

Our community had an amazing opportunity to directly help our own residents and those from surrounding communities recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. But rather than support Trinity Sober Living homes , the Hinsdale Village... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By John Bourjaily    Opinion

A new twist to an old tradition

I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. The way I figure it, if you want to partake in self-improvement activities, why wait until Jan. 1? The date is utterly... — Updated 1/4/2023


Even 'nonresolutions' not attainable for me

I was excited to learn, while working on the Pulse feature this week, that I am not the only one who struggles with New Year’s resolutions. I found all sorts of encouraging statistics. Twenty-five percent give up their... — Updated 1/4/2023

 By Lex Silberberg    Opinion

Naughty, nice and all in between

I was making dinner a few nights ago when I heard my boys having a serious conversation - or as serious as serious gets for a 4- and 6-year-old. "Hey E," said C, the older one. "Do... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

To Ainsley on her 14th birthday

I've learned over the past three years that change is inevitable - even when it comes to cherished holiday traditions. But there's one I plan to continue as long as I can. The... — Updated 12/28/2022


Another year opens, new opportunities await

As we reflect on the highs and lows of 2022, we are also compelled to turn our collective gaze to 2023 and consider the possibilities for beneficial and constructive development as a community. Here are our resolutions for the... — Updated 12/28/2022


Nicholas Walter Waverley

Nicholas Walter Waverley, 80, a longtime Clarendon Hills resident, passed away peacefully in hospice at home on Dec. 15, 2022 after a courageous, seven-year battle with kidney... — Updated 12/21/2022


Police academy grad encourages others to enroll

Last week, I had the good fortune of completing the Hinsdale Citizen’s Police Academy. Officer Karen Kowal, who was the primary instructor, guided the class through the 10-session, once-a-week evening program that gave us a... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Katie Hughes    Opinion

Big Apple visit a holiday treat

Christmas is the most magical time of year - a time for family, friends, joy and many blessings. For as long as I can remember, I have spent my Christmases in Hinsdale with my... — Updated 12/21/2022


'Twas the night before Christmas in Hinsdale

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town The Hinsdaleans were scurrying, they rushed all around. For last-minute gifts and cards they did sprint, Armed with... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Bill Barre    Opinion

Wisdom of the winter season

The nice thing about winter is that there is nothing to do, and since there is nothing to do, there is no reason to feel guilty about doing nothing. Got that? Now summer is a... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion

The best gifts of Christmas

More than a decade ago associate editor Ken Knutson and I covered one of my favorite Christmas stories of all time. Hinsdale's Wes Gibson and his elves - or rather, employees -... — Updated 12/14/2022


SAFE-T Act revisions put public over politics

Sometimes the voice of common sense can be heard amidst the din of polarizing politics and extremism. We were encouraged when last week Gov. JB Pritzker signed off on amendments to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform measure... — Updated 12/14/2022


Help the fire department 'Keep the Wreath Red'

Some like to decorate with multicolored bulbs for holidays. Others enjoy the simplicity of all white lights. At the Hinsdale Fire Department, the preferred color is red. Every year the department teams up with the Illinois Fire... — Updated 12/7/2022


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