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Make space to embrace Black history this month

Black History Month is not simply asking, “How can I remember and learn about Black people?” It is all of us asking, “How can we love Black people by seeing them, hearing them, relishing in them and creating a world where Bla... — Updated 2/21/2024


Try to protect Robbins Park before it's too late

The Robbins Park neighborhood in Hinsdale undoubtedly is a special place. The northern half was platted in 1866 by Hinsdale founder William Robbins and contains some of the oldest housing in the village, according to the... — Updated 2/14/2024


A little bit of love goes a long way to help others

As is The Hinsdalean’s tradition the week before Valentine’s Day (next Wednesday, don’t forget!), we hereby issue our own “valentines” to those helping to make the community a more kindhearted place. Here are this year... — Updated 2/7/2024


February a time to feel the love - for your heart

February is a month devoted to matters of the heart. With Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 — wait, that’s not what we’re talking about here! February is American Heart Month, a time when people are encouraged to focus on cardiova... — Updated 1/31/2024


Candor's impact healthy as ever on 50th birthday

Candor Health Education is marking a milestone this year. Exactly a half-century ago, the organization’s precursor, the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, moved into 21 Salt Creek Lane in Hinsdale, becoming the nation’s... — Updated 1/24/2024


Here's hoping for better weather in District 86

It’s been a stormy eight months in Hinsdale High School District 86, but we see signs that the skies are clearing. Board members say they’re excited about their superintendent hire, Michael Lach, who currently works as... — Updated 1/17/2024


Get new year flowing with a blood donation

According to the American Red Cross, the country is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as it faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. With January’s designation as National Blood Donor Month, this is the... — Updated 1/10/2024


Bidding farewell to 2023, sesquicentennial coverage

In our first January issue last year, we kicked off a new weekly series designed to celebrate Hinsdale’s 150th anniversary. Last week we ran the final installment. We learned a lot about our favorite village’s history over the... — Updated 1/3/2024


Make 2024 the best (or at least better) year yet

Exercising more. Eating and drinking less. Spending less time on social media. Getting together more in person with friends. These are among the resolutions found on many lists as a new year approaches. Here at The Hinsdalean, we... — Updated 12/27/2023


'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 12/20/2023


Help Memorial Building thrive in next century

The time to make a special contribution in support of Hinsdale’s enduring story is quickly running out. In commemoration of the village’s 150th anniversary, officials launched the Memorial Building Historic Plaza & Railing Camp... — Updated 12/13/2023


Practice fire safety to help 'Keep the Wreath Red"

How wonderful it is on a snowy December night to pull into the drive and see Christmas tree lights twinkling in the front window. But leaving those lights on while you’re not home is a safety hazard that can lead to a fire. And... — Updated 12/6/2023

 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


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