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 By Pamela Lannom    Opinion 

Many ways to count down the days 'til Christmas

My daughter Ainsley’s favorite Advent calendars are the ones you can find just about anywhere for $2.99. I’ve tried to substitute an upgraded chocolate calendar — whose... — Updated 11/29/2023


Shop local a profitable mantra for all seasons

Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support local shops and all they do for their communities, may have been observed last weekend. But that doesn’t mean the need to show love to local merchants is any less critical.... — Updated 11/29/2023


A cornucopia of reasons for which to give thanks

"No amount of regret changes the past. No amount of anxiety changes the future. Any amount of gratitude changes the present." - Ann Voskamp Canadian author and blogger Ann Voskamp m... — Updated 11/21/2023


Generosity is one of the hallmarks of season

Mark the holidays by making a life-impacting gift to a local nonprofit agency on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28. At the Hinsdale Humane Society, funds donated as part of #GivingTuesday2023 will help save animals’ lives by enabling the o... — Updated 11/15/2023


Special section honors veterans and their sacrifices

Two-hundred and seven. That’s how many veterans are listed in our Veterans Day special section today. And it’s a record. The number of submissions we receive has grown each year since we ran our first pages in 2015 honoring 72... — Updated 11/8/2023


D86 board is in crisis. Who can right the ship?

Help wanted: Hinsdale High School District 86 superintendent Qualifications: • Ability to help foster a healthy, constructive dynamic on the board of education that emphasizes respect and transparency along with a deft conflict... — Updated 11/1/2023


Editors demonstrate frightening sense of humor

Perhaps one of the most frightening things to happen the week before Halloween is our annual enumeration of scary scenarios that we have imagined afflicting our fair village. As always, we offer the following words of caution to... — Updated 10/25/2023


Send substance-free message for Red Ribbon Week

One in eight teenagers in the U.S. used an illicit substance in the last year. Sixty-two percent of high school seniors have abused alcohol and 50 percent of teens have misused a drug at least once, according to the National... — Updated 10/18/2023


National week exposed as a truly local celebration

Read any compelling stories recently? We hope so. After all, that’s what we aim to deliver every week. Whether it’s an update on a school board or village board activity, the latest exploit by a Red Devil sports team or a... — Updated 10/4/2023


Resignation highlights continued disorder in D86

Before the April election, we hoped the addition of some new faces on the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board would create a more cohesive governing body with less dysfunction. How naive. The recent resignation of board member... — Updated 9/29/2023


Get on board with observing rules of rail safety

Eighty-one percent of crashes at public railroad grade crossings in Illinois occur where active warning devices, such as flashing lights, ringing bells and/or gates already exist, according to government statistics. During 2022,... — Updated 9/20/2023


Talking can help save someone's life

September is Suicide Prevention Month and this week is National Suicide Prevention Week. This isn’t a topic most are eager to talk about. But talking is sometimes the one thing that can save someone’s life. Most people who are... — Updated 9/13/2023


Sept. 11 still has lessons to teach

Monday marks 22 years since the terrorist attacks that shook the nation and launched a global battle against Islamic extremism that continues today. Hinsdale residents Bob Rasmussen and Jeff Mladenik were among the 2,996 lives... — Updated 9/6/2023


A reading assignment for drivers as school opens

As students get acclimated to their class schedules, locker combinations and homework, adults also have some adjusting to do now that school is back in session. Traffic patterns have changed dramatically since the first day at... — Updated 8/30/2023


Students, start smart this new school year

Hinsdale youth are back in class! Stepping up a grade means a higher level of academic rigor — and a greater need for effective study habits. Here are some tips from “The Princeton Review” to help make the year a success. 1.... — Updated 8/23/2023


Series ends, 150th anniversary coverage goes on

The beautiful historic buildings in the central business district, the Robbins Park subdivision and many other neighborhoods in Hinsdale. That delicious smell when you walk into Kramer Foods. The crowds that line the streets the... — Updated 8/16/2023


Lots of summer left for residents to enjoy

Those back-to-school emails and football season previews are coming fast and furious right about now. But that doesn’t mean we have to rush summer off the stage. Check out these seasonal attractions and activities — both in... — Updated 8/9/2023


Five golden moments at D86 board meeting

We’ve written a number of editorials about areas of improvement for the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board. So we thought it only fair to highlight a handful of shining moments from the last regular board meeting July 27. 1.... — Updated 8/2/2023


National Night Out to promote local solidarity

Tuesday, Aug. 1, is National Night Out, an annual event designed to build bonds between neighbors and law enforcement, according to the National Association of Town Watch, which sponsors the event. “National Night Out is an... — Updated 7/26/2023


Parks and rec helps keep this community strong

You might enjoy watching Falcon Football games at Brook Park in the fall, ice skating at Burns Field in the winter or taking a run through KLM in the spring. But summer is when the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department shines,... — Updated 7/24/2023


More answers in D86, but we don't like them

The good news: the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board has finally announced the fate of Superintendent Tammy Prentiss, who has been on paid administrative leave since mid-May. The bad news: district taxpayers will foot the... — Updated 7/5/2023


Independence Day an invitation to come together

Just months after local residents were able to officially call their growing settlement the village of Hinsdale in April of 1873, they celebrated their first Independence Day as an incorporated community. Accounts of the initial... — Updated 6/28/2023


Clock is ticking on finding acting superintendent

Eight days from today will be Chris Covino’s last day in Hinsdale High School District 86. The assistant superintendent for academics is leaving to become superintendent of a La Grange elementary school district. His replacement... — Updated 6/21/2023


Defining 'Dad' up to beholder as fathers get day of tribute

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years.” — Mark Twain Fatherhood is ... That... — Updated 6/14/2023


Summertime certainly a busy time in Hinsdale

Whether you celebrate meteorological summer, which began June 1, or wait for the June 21 solstice for the official kick-off, the fun that marks the season in Hinsdale has begun. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce held its first... — Updated 6/7/2023


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