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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Outdoor arena bid status
  • Review of IGA/Horizon Farms status, and
  • Review final draft of Fox River Valley Hunt’s Cooperative Agreement with the Park District

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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monarch migration

Monarch butterflies roosting in a cottonwood tree.

The fall monarch migration, in which millions of butterflies travel up to 3,000 miles south to California and Mexico, is already underway in Wisconsin and Canada, with reports of the intrepid insects gathering in large groups to rest in trees or refuel in nectar-rich fields. And the spectacle will likely reach Chicago next week, according to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum chief curator Doug Taron.

Expect more monarchs in gardens, parks, forests and fields. And if you’re exploring green areas along Lake Michigan, keep an eye out for “roosts” where dozens — or even hundreds — of monarchs spend the night in a single tree.

Those who prefer monarchs-on-demand can attend butterfly festivals such as Flutter Into Fall on Sept. 12 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which will include a chance to see monarch tagging, in which tiny stickers are attached to the insects’ wings before release.

Local monarch fests include the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Migrating Monarchs Celebration in River Forest on Sept. 12, and Oak Lawn Park District’s Monarch Festival on Sept. 18.

The monarch population has been in decline for the past 20 years, spurring conservation efforts by both scientists and everyday people, who grow milkweed in gardens, fields and parkways. The butterflies, while not yet officially recognized as an endangered or threatened species, meet the criteria for inclusion, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

But millions of monarchs still make the annual trip south across the U.S. and Canada to California and Mexico, with thousands flying from Illinois to Michoacán, Mexico, a journey of abut 2,000 miles.

Read more here.

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Plum Farms

The Executive Director of the Hoffman Estates Park District will be providing a report on Plum Farms this evening to the BHPD Commissioners.

The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Hoffman Estates Park District Executive Director report on Plum Farms
  • Motion to adopt and approve a Sexual Harassment Policy
  • New outdoor arena, motion to proceed with bidding process
  • Purchase of trees & shrubs for the Riding Center grounds
  • Footing complaints affecting all arenas, and
  • The need for final footing authority?

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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RCBH

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills has released their August, 2021 newsletter.  A section includes definitions of three major types of riding trails in the Village and Cook County as:

  • Trails on private property
  • Village deeded equestrian trails, and
  • Forest Preserve trails

A copy of their newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their monthly meeting Monday evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] Ordinance Amending Title 8, Deleting in its Entirety, Chapter 5,
    Equestrian Trail License Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Approving a Text Amendment to Add Canine Day Care
    and/or Doggy Day Care with Grooming, Training and Boarding, Day Care/Child
    Care/After School Care and Church/House of Worship to the List of Special
    Uses in the B3 General Business District Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Title 4, Building Regulations of its Code of
    Ordinances to Update Code References Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing and Approving the Execution of an “Amazon
    Locker Location Agreement” Allowing Placement of an Amazon Delivery
    Kiosk/Locker in Village Hall Resolution 21 –
  • [Vote] Equestrian Commission Appointment: Tricia Wood – Term through April
    2022
  • 9th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival – Sunday, September 19th – Noon
    to 4 PM

A copy of the disappointing agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Why disappointing you may ask?  Because for the third month in a row this administration has failed to step up publicly to address a clear conflict of interest existing at our Village Hall. Matter of fact, there isn’t even a place on the agenda to report what was discussed at the specifically nonspecific Personal Committee meeting held Monday.

Residents deserve better.

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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FRVPC

Photo Courtesy of Ingrid J. Pavilanis

Despite terribly wet conditions over the weekend – pouring rain for dressage and cross-country – the Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials (FRVPC H.T.) of Area IV hosted a successful USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) Team Challenge on June 24-27, 2021. Seven IEL teams, including three scramble teams, and 27 riders competed for top honors at the beautiful Barrington Hills Riding Center in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

The scramble team of “No Gelding No Glory” won by eight points with a score of 101.4. L’Esprit Equestrian Green took second, followed by Lake Geneva Equestrian taking third, L’Esprit Equestrian Purple taking fourth, and Team V Eventing rounding out the top five teams.

Congratulations to all these courageous IEL riders and their horses for toughing it out through the rain and mud!

Read more here.

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two-horsesThe Equestrian Commission meets this evening for the first time in a year at 6:30 PM. The agenda the commission submitted (and NO, we are NOT kidding) is as follows:

  • Public comments
  • [Vote] Minutes – June 1, 2020 (None providedas of this posting)
  • Old Business As presented (None presented as of this posting)
  • New Business As presented (None presented as of this posting)
  • Adjournment

Click here to view and download the agenda as submitted.

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TeaselPer the BHPD:

“Calling ALL VBH Volunteers for a Teasel Attack at both the Horizon Farm Forest Preserve and the Forest Preserve at the SE Corner of Bateman Road and route 62 on Saturday, June 5th. We meet at the ‘Hunt House’ (small grey house at the north end of the Barrinton Hills Park District property and park anywhere you find a spot) at 9:15am. Instruction will be given before we depart with my designated “Drivers” at 9:30 am SHARP.

Both targeted fields used to be outstanding places for equine riding enjoyment and can be again if we can stop the Teasel and other obvious invasive  from spreading any further! THIS IS THE YEAR to eradicate before the Teasel spreads any further along route 62. The wind from traffic and the IDOT cuttings forward the seeds more every year and it is now along every major highway in the northwest suburbs.

Cook County Forest Preserve has given unprecedented permission for us to have June 5th as our workday. You will want to wear sturdy shoes, protective pants (jeans preferable), and a shirt material that won’t collect burr seeds on it. Bring a pair of loppers, heavy or plasticized work gloves, and if possible heavy duty snippers. Those seed heads are going to have some stray seeds & we won’t want any to fall to the ground. Safety vests & bags will be provided for carefully snipping the seed heads and any berries directly into. We can leave canes and debris stacked in the open for nature to reclaim the vitamins. Wear sunscreen and consider wearing a full, wide-brimmed hat to ward off ticks.

Jimmy John’s subs will be provided to your work spot if we haven’t finished by shortly after twelve. If we have finished, you can grab & go with your Driver back to your car. Please bring your own water!

The Rain Date will be on June 6th, same time.

I need to know in advance who plans to attend in order to share important updates so please TEXT me with your name and cell # ASAP: 847-381-9487 ~. Feel free to share this info and encourage your friends and neighbors to participate; it’s a good way to meet others. Non-Residents are definitely WELCOME​!!! P DENISE ISRAEL”

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