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The April 8th Barrington Hills Park Board Meeting will be held via video conferencing at 7:00 PM. A phone number and access code will be made available to the public 48 hours before the meeting for anyone wanting to observe or comment during the meeting.

The Park District will also take public comments by email or written submission and will read those comments at the public meeting.

Submit by email to: office@bhillsparkd.org

Mail to: BHPD, 364 Bateman Road, Barrington, IL 60010

 

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The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce has created two Facebook groups in an effort to help local businesses manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One is the Barrington area takeout, delivery and shop small group, a public page for restaurants and small businesses to post new hours, delivery and pickup services, along with new ways to shop for products. The other is the Barrington area business forum.

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Saddle Up!

Barrington Hills Saddle Club teaches children the art of horsemanship

Starting in March and through October this year, Barrington Hills Saddle Club will offer four sessions for children ages six to 12. Classes meet on Thursdays after school from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. There will also be three-day camps on July 14, 15, and 17, with each class running from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Barrington Hills Park District, sessions will be held at the Barrington Hills Riding Center.

Saddle Club attendees will learn basic riding skills or enhance their current skill levels. Handling horses will also be taught with emphasis on safety, grooming, and tacking. Sessions will also include training on nutrition for horses, health, first-air, and bathing. The benefit of learning how to care for a horse builds a child’s self-confidence and encourages discipline. Children will also meet others who enjoy horses in the club.

Read more from Quintessential Barrington here.

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Enjoy appetizers, pampering services, shopping, prizes and a raffle at Spring Fling Girls Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington. Hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Biz Net, the event is a fundraiser for the chamber’s Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship. Tickets are $30 and available at http://www.barringtonchamber.com.

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Biz Net will host a Spring Fling Girls Night Out from 5 to 7 PM Thursday, March 19, at McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook St., Barrington.

Cost is $30 per person, which includes complimentary appetizers, one drink ticket, mini-pampering services, free raffle ticket, shopping and prizes. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and tickets can be purchased awww.barringtonchamber.com.

The Women’s Biz Net Spring Fling Girls Night Out event is a fundraiser for the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship, named after the chamber’s former head of communications who passed away at the age of 29 from ovarian cancer.

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce awards several scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 each year to Barrington area senior high school students who plan to attend a college, university or technical school following graduation.

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When Deb Quantock McCarey heard the unmistakable bugling cries of sandhill cranes flying high above her Oak Park home last week, she ran outside to see them without even stopping to put on her shoes.

EJ Roginic was at work in Chicago, meeting with her boss, when she heard the hundreds of birds and abruptly excused herself to go outside and take a video.

“I walked out on him,” she said with a chuckle.

Winter-weary Chicagoans are once again thrilling to one of the region’s most dramatic signs of spring: the return of flocks of crimson-capped, 5-foot tall, loudly bugling sandhill cranes from as far away as Georgia and Florida. In the past week, neighbors have been alerting neighbors, Facebook birding pages have lit up with sightings, and text alerts have ricocheted back and forth among cellphones: “The sandhills are coming! The sandhills are coming!”

Retiree Paul McFadden saw 1,200 to 1,500 birds resting in a field in Barrington Hills on March 5 and posted photos at the Illinois Birding Network Facebook page.

Read more here.

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Gordon “Jay” Kinzler answers a question while seated beside Jeanne Ives during the League of Women Voters candidate forum featuring candidates for the Republican nomination for the 6th Congressional District at the Barrington Area Library Saturday. (Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer)

Two Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the 6th Congressional District in the March 17 primary stressed their problem-solving skills and contrasting backgrounds at a forum Saturday at the Barrington Area Library organized by the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area.

Jeanne Ives, a former state representative and veteran who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for governor in 2018, and Gordon “Jay” Kinzler, a surgeon, colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and former Glen Ellyn park board president, agree on many issues, such as smaller government, lower taxes, supporting President Donald Trump’s border wall and Second Amendment rights.

Read more here.

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165 Algonquin Road

Trails and access roads at several Northwest suburban sites in the Forest Preserves of Cook County will receive trail and access road improvements in the next two years, officials announced.

The access road and parking upgrades include: 165 Algonquin Road near Barrington Hills $570,000 for design and improvements; Campground Road Woods near Des Plaines — $264,450 for design and improvements; Northwestern Woods near Des Plaines — $214,800 for design and improvements; Axehead Lake near Des Plaines — $343,600 for improvements; Busse Lake Boating Center No. 17 near Elk Grove Village — $399,800 for improvements; and Ned Brown Meadow near Elk Grove Village — $945,000 for design and improvements.

Planned trail improvements include: Deer Grove No. 1 to cul-de-sac near Palatine — $13,300 for design; Paul Douglas Trail near Hoffman Estates — $250,000 for improvements.

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