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Welcome fall, your charisma draws us in, and out

“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” — Winnie the Pooh Happy Fall! Today is the autumnal equinox, ushering in a season... — Updated 9/21/2022


'Future agenda items' affecting future in D86

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board needs a special meeting with a single agenda item — to address future agenda items. At last count, the board had more than a dozen items on a list of potential future meeting topics.... — Updated 9/14/2022


The horror, hope of Sept. 11 continues to endure

Every year in this issue, we dedicate this space to remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001, paying respects to those lost and the heroism of those who, in many cases, knew it would be their final act. As the years pile up... — Updated 9/7/2022


Working conditions altered since first Labor Day

Labor Day traditionally marks the unofficial end of summer. Vacations have been taken, the kids have gone back to school (unless there’s an extended summer construction schedule) and life gets back to normal. This year, some... — Updated 8/31/2022


Start the new school year off on the right foot

Hinsdale Central students may be going back to class a little later this fall, but it’s never too early to bone up on healthy habits for scholarship. Here are some tips from The Princeton Review: 1. Have more than one study... — Updated 8/24/2022


Let's give kids a brake as they go back to class

Students head back to school this Monday in Community Consolidated School District 181 and Sept. 6 in Hinsdale High School District 86. That means more youth and families crossing streets on their way to and from school to begin an... — Updated 8/17/2022


Tips, tricks to keep parents sane this school year

We all know what we should be doing before we send the kids back to school in a few weeks. If students heading off to college haven’t learned to do their own laundry, now is the time. They also could use some tips on getting alon... — Updated 8/10/2022


Like pricey cars? Pickleball? Hinsdale's for you!

Periodically we get emails identifying the best and worst cities and states pertaining to a variety of categories — biking, hiking, driving, taxes, etc. One recent missive identified the best states for pioneer women, as if... — Updated 8/3/2022


Join police in the National Night Out celebration

Police sometimes have to break up a party. But this week, they’re inviting you to one. Hinsdale and Oak Brook police are hosting a National Night Out celebration at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Oak Brook’s Central Park West,... — Updated 7/27/2022


Police working to keep crime low in Hinsdale

“Hinsdale is a low-crime community. It’s not a no-crime community.” Hinsdale Police Chief Brian King says it so often, we think he should get the phrase trademarked. But we understand the need for repetition. We’ve written... — Updated 7/20/2022


Country's birthday not only celebration in July

Hinsdale residents earlier this week enjoyed a great Fourth of July celebration, thanks in large part to efforts by the village’s parks and recreation department. So it seems fitting to take this opportunity to recognize all the... — Updated 7/6/2022


Fourth of July a reminder of how division can heal

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4 not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,... — Updated 6/29/2022


Add 'Vote in primary' to Tuesday's to-do list

We’re glad it’s not our job to predict voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary. “What?” you say. “There’s an election on Tuesday?” Yes, so after you drop the kids off for swimming lessons or summer camp, make sure to swi... — Updated 6/22/2022


Many ways to make Dad's Day one to remember

Know any good dad jokes? This Sunday is Father’s Day, a time to honor patriarchs everywhere by eliciting groans with corny puns (e.g. What do you call a wizard who’s really bad at football? Fumbledore). Once you (quickly)... — Updated 6/15/2022


Library makes summer reading even more fun

Ninety-six percent of educators agree providing year-round access to books is important to student learning. Ninety-four percent of parents agree reading books over the summer will help their child during the school year.... — Updated 6/8/2022


Hinsdale ready to shine with summer sensations

After a chilly April and soggy May, summer can’t come fast enough for most of us. Although the season doesn’t officially move in until June 21, the unofficial Memorial Day weekend kickoff sure was steamy enough to get us... — Updated 6/1/2022


Honoring those lost in effort to keep all free

In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard... — Updated 5/25/2022


New outdoor dining standards earn five stars

Before long, the streets of downtown Hinsdale will be dotted with brightly colored umbrellas as restaurants resume al fresco dining. OK, the umbrellas won’t be brightly colored (the village prefers neutral tones). But the... — Updated 5/18/2022


Keeping FOIA portal open a positive step for D86

Public bodies can approach Freedom of Information Act requests one of two ways. They can release only what the law requires them to release. Or they can release everything except what the law prohibits them from releasing. This... — Updated 5/11/2022


No plans for Arbor Day? We've got some ideas

Tomorrow, April 29, marks the 150th anniversary of an often overlooked but important holiday. The first Arbor Day was held April 10, 1872, in Nebraska. Newspaperman J. Sterling Morton (Morton Arboretum founder Joy Morton’s... — Updated 4/27/2022


Share stories to celebrate National Library Week

On behalf of the whole town, we wish our friends at the Hinsdale Public Library a Happy National Library Week! The celebration is underway and runs through Saturday. Recognized since 1958, it’s a time to highlight the changing ro... — Updated 4/6/2022


'Fake news' the perfect stunt as April 1 approaches

Newspapers have been a great vehicle over the decades for those looking to have some fun April 1. In 1977, The Guardian published a seven-page special section devoted to San Serriffe, a small group of semicolon shaped islands in... — Updated 3/30/2022


Save gas with spring break ideas close to home

You don’t need to venture far for spring break fun. Attractions are plentiful in Hinsdale and neighboring towns for amusement and enrichment. Here are a few to check out. Stop by the library The library is offer a spring break sc... — Updated 3/23/2022


Sunshine Week shines light on truth in dark times

It was widely reported last week that the Russian government had enacted new laws to repress internal opposition to its military invasion of Ukraine. Among them was a decree criminalizing independent war reporting, with penalties... — Updated 3/9/2022


March time to lift up Hinsdale's leading ladies

“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... — Updated 3/2/2022


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