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Earlier this month hundreds of people gathered at an event at Citizens Park in Barrington (seeHundreds gather in Barrington ‘to educate people’ on black lives”).

Last weekend we published,Barrington cancels July 4th parade and fireworks while postponing other summer events,” and before we knew it, a reader posted a comment that was actually weighing on our minds:

“Curious as to why fireworks, parade and family fitness run, all Barrington traditions, are cancelled but BLM rally in Citizen Park allowed?”

Perhaps there was good reason for one or two event cancellations, but isn’t the 4th of July fireworks display just a peaceful gathering in a park-like setting at dusk?

If there’s some logic here, please share it or maybe someone should ask newly appointed BACOG chair Karen Darch.

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Barrington Village President Karen Darch

Officials from the Barrington Area Council of Governments have announced a new executive board leadership team for 2020-21.

Barrington Village President Karen Darch will serve as the group’s chair, with South Barrington Mayor Paula McCombie as vice chair.

Barrington Township Supervisor Amy Nykaza served as board chair in 2019-20.

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During these challenging times, we’re doing all we can to provide Library materials, services, and expertise to you and your household. While the Library building remains closed until further notice, we’re expanding and enhancing the ways we serve you digitally and in person.

Try our new Parking Lot Pick-Up service!

Parking Lot Pick-Up is an easy, convenient, and safe way for you to borrow books and other materials from the Barrington Area Library. Here’s how it works. 

  1. Search the online catalog for books and movies.
  2. Place requests on items you’d like to borrow. If you already have items on hold, those requests will be automatically changed to Parking Lot Pick-Up requests. Note that items may only be picked up at the main Library at this time. Also, Interlibrary Loan service is unavailable until further notice.
  3. Watch for an e-mail or text notification when the items are ready for pick-up. Come to the Library during Parking Lot Pick-Up hours: Monday – Friday, 1 – 5 PM.
  4. Park in a designated pick-up spot (near the book return), call the number on the sign, and tell us the number of your parking spot. Have your Barrington Area Library card number ready when you call. Walking or biking, or don’t have a mobile phone? Come to the pick-up table outside the building and follow posted instructions.
  5. A staff member will check out your materials and deliver them to your vehicle.
  6. Enjoy your Library materials, and rest assured: our building has been disinfected to EPA standards, and our staff equipped with PPE/social distancing training and equipment. Health and safety remain our highest priorities.

Questions? E-mail or chat with our Customer Service representatives, Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM. .

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Restoration efforts known as the Barrington Greenway Initiative in a 14,000-acre area covering portions of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties could get a boost through a pending agreement between seven agencies, including the Cook and Lake county forest preserve districts. The Cuba Marsh is among the preserves that would be expected to benefit from a new agreement meant to speed restoration and preservation efforts in areas covered by the Barrington Greenway Initiative. (Daily Herald File Photo, 2018)

You may have visited forest preserves in southwestern Lake County, northwestern Cook County or a conservation area in southeast McHenry County for a calming respite from the din of daily life.

Cuba Marsh, Spring Lake and Silver Creek in those respective geographic areas, for example, provide different experiences and getaway opportunities.

What you may not know is those and other protected areas in the region all are pieces of a much larger whole known as the Barrington Greenway Initiative.

Now seven agencies, including the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Lake County Forest Preserve District and McHenry County Conservation District, are working on an agreement to speed up restoration of more than 14,000 acres of prairies, oak savannas, wetlands and woodlands that comprise the Greenway.

Read more here.

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Project Patriot Troop Care Package prepared by Signal Hill, NSDAR Chapter for active- duty deployed military.

In a time of pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, members of the Barrington-area Signal Hill, NSDAR Chapter continue to “soldier on” in their mission (via Zoom to social distance) while serving others.

The chapter is currently focusing on the DAR “Patriot Project” sending care packages to active-duty deployed military both here and abroad. Some of the care packages will be sent to a military working dog section deployed overseas, while other care packages will be sent to active-duty military service men and women who are helping communities deal with the pandemic. DAR members are collecting candy, snacks of all kinds, coffee, tea and creamers, and a wide variety of personal hygiene products for the care packages. Each package will also include a hand-written note of appreciation to thank each one for their service.

The Signal Hill, NSDAR Chapter is continuing its work under the officers for 2020-2021: Joyce Wright, Regent; Kathy Boyle, 1st Vice Regent; Jenny Fisher, Registrar; Donna Cardwell, Treasurer; Lynne Backer, Librarian; Lynn Watters, Chaplain; Diane Scholten, Recording Secretary; and Lisa Davis, Historian.

The Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded in Barrington, IL in 1972. NSDAR is a volunteer women’s service organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Since its founding in 1890, more than one million women have joined both nationally and around the world. The local Barrington Chapter raises funds throughout the year and distributes them to 501 (c) (3) organizations whose missions support that of NSDAR: historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Membership in NSDAR is open to any woman age 18 and over who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. For more information: signalhilldar.com.

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The Village Equestrian Commission will meet for the first time this year at 6:30 PM at Village Hall. A copy of their agenda and minutes from their last meeting on August 13, 2019 can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The new Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website Homepage, which is designed to boost the visibility of chamber members in community and consumer searches. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a new and improved website at www.BarringtonChamber.com, designed to boost the visibility of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce members in community and consumer searches.

The redesigned website also has a dedicated COVID-19 section with the latest information on Barrington area retailers, restaurants and professional services available during the pandemic, as well as resources for businesses to connect virtually and prepare for reopening.

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website is home to thousands of targeted searches for local business resources. It shares Business Spotlight and Retail Roundup video profiles and a directory of nearly 900 area members. The site also provides considerable community information, including directories of local government, community organizations, job openings, village information and statistics and more.

“As the go-to resource for local business, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce fields more than 6,000 calls a year providing business referrals, and answering questions about community organizations, local events and nearly everything under the sun,” said Suzanne Corr, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.

“When someone doesn’t know where to go — they come here by phone, internet or, when possible, in person.”

For information, visit www.barringtonchamber.com or call (847) 381-2525.

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The Barrington METRA station appeared all but vacant this morning at 9:30 AM.

As Illinois and the Chicago region move toward establishing a “new normal” in the time of COVID-19, Metra is providing more details about the steps it is taking to ensure passengers will feel safe using its system.

“We know more than ever that passengers need to feel safe and confident using our service,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “We know more than ever the importance of providing a clean, hygienic experience on the platforms and on the trains. And we know more than ever the need to promote safe and healthy practices, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings.”

Social distancing/train schedules

Metra will provide an opportunity for responsible physical distancing on its trains as much as and as long as possible. In general, Metra will aim for trains that are no more than about half full: one passenger per two-seater on the lower level and one passenger per every other seat on the upper level. (There will be exceptions for families or others travelling together.)

Metra will continue to use the current alternate weekday schedules (view them here) at the start of June but is adding cars to trains to make sure there is plenty of room for passengers to spread out. It will add more cars as needed. If Metra suspects there is potential for a train to become more crowded, it will try to operate an unscheduled train behind that one to aid with serving awaiting passengers, or it will start to add more scheduled trains to the line. Metra will continue to add cars and trains as ridership and travel patterns dictate.

Read the complete METRA release here.

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“The members of the Barrington Area Council of Governments appreciate the efforts that have gone into developing the Restore Illinois plan. Our municipal and township governments have been compliant with the Executive Orders to keep residents safe during this COVID-19 public health situation. The Executive Board and membership have concerns, however, about provisions within the Restore Illinois plan and sent the following letter to Governor Pritzker for consideration.”

A copy of the BACOG members May 15th letter to Governor JB Pritzker can be viewed and downloaded here.

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One of four Lake County coyote pups who survived last week’s storms is recovering and in the care of Barrington’s Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. (Courtesy of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)

Four coyote pups caught in a deluge that nearly drowned them in their own den owe their lives to compassionate wildlife lovers with sharp ears and ties to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington.

In the wake of last week’s thunderstorms, a Waukegan Township employee heard animal cries near a building on township property and went to investigate, said Flint Creek founder and director Dawn Keller. Discovering two coyote pups, he recalled another employee mentioning that an adult coyote had been struck and killed by a car several days earlier, Keller said.

The employee rescued two pups and called Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources, which referred him to Flint Creek, an all-volunteer rehabilitation center. A Flint Creek volunteer then rescued a third pup from the collapsed den. He returned with the pup to the center, but Keller says they both had lingering concerns.

“I called (him) and said, ‘do you think there were more?'” she said to which he responded, “‘I know there were more.'”

Read more here.

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