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Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis will be featured in a virtual discussion Oct. 4 from Barrington’s White House.

Barrington’s White House will provide an all-virtual slate of events for this fall’s 2020 season.

While the White House had hoped to be able to offer in-person events as well, the reality of being able to adequately social distance and still provide a quality experience led the venue to the determination that holding virtual events this fall would be the safest option.

As such, all events in fall 2020 will be virtual. The season opener Sunday, Sept. 13, features the return of the Lincoln Trio, which will present the world premiere of “Dash” by composer Jennifer Higdon.

On Sept. 20, Barrington’s own Patty Dowd Schmitz and friends present “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Connection to Illinois.” On Sept. 26, Robert McGinley and Judy Freeman lead a panel of experts from the Fox River Valley Heritage Foundation on “The Environment and COVID-19.”

October kicks off with internationally acclaimed Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis on Oct. 4, who will showcase his previous work and discuss the 2020 election. On Oct. 25, the Family Fun Players present a children’s musical adaptation of “Cinderella,” and Nov. 8 brings “Lost in Silence” from the Spoon River Anthology by the Midwest Dance Collective.

To view further events, visit the Barrington White House website here.

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Accomplished and highly educated yet surprisingly shy, Megan West found her voice on the journey to becoming a first-class amateur polo player.

Megan West says people are surprised to see her shy and humble demeanor melt away on the polo field where a bold, competitive spirit takes over. The sport does attract people with a competitive nature, but for West, playing polo is where she finds personal strength. “On the field someone’s got to take charge. I’ve learned that skill in a safe environment with people who are my friends. It’s a place where I’ve learned and practiced leadership skills,” she said.

When not on the field or in a barn, West leverages her doctorate in agricultural food chemistry for Mars Wrigley where she works on long-term research projects. “It’s basically a lab-based job,” she says of pre-COVID-19 times. A chemist by training, West works on projects such as product ingredient sourcing with consideration to sustainability.

Growing up in Glencoe, Illinois, West says hers was not a “horse family”. The earliest chance to ride was at summer camp in Minocqua, Wisconsin. “My first year at Red Pine Camp, I was eight years old and just one of those kids who wanted to take riding lessons,” West said. “I love the outdoors and the appeal of horses. I just gravitated towards them.” Riding at camp was a source of fun for West and her “barn rat” friends who helped take care of the horses there.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington feature story here.

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At their July 21st monthly meeting, after extended discussion our Board of Trustees approved an amended burning ordinance. The key components established with the new ordinance are:

  • The location for any open burning shall not be less than 100 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 100 feet of any structure.
  • No open burn shall be more than 10 feet by 10 feet by 10 feet in dimension.
  • No open burn shall burn in excess of six (6) hours in any calendar day.
  • Landscape burns shall be limited to the hours of 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Any open burn shall be constantly attended by an individual at least 18 years of age until the fire is completely extinguished.

The ordnance was approved by a partisan vote of 5-2. Trustee Jacobsen inexplicably voted against the ordinance at the last minute despite the fact that she verbally agreed with most if not all of the changes made by a majority of fellow trustees prior to the vote.

A copy of the ordinance can be viewed here.

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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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A monument at the entrance to Horizon Farms

For over ten years we have covering the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the Horizon Farms legal sagas in Barrington Hills. Along the way, many newspaper articles have been published, and invariable they’ve included pictures of the property signs or the majestic main entrance to Horizon Farms with two horse statues greeting visitors as they enter (one of which is pictured above).

These photos became so familiar over the years that some readers gave the statues nicknames. There was Bob and Fritz, Patty and Karen; you name it, there was some name based invariable on local politics that people identified with those statues. Well, call them what you will today, they’ve disappeared.

As the photo below shows, old spotlights mark where the statues shone at night, but there are no horses, and that leads to the quandary of where they went. So if readers know the whereabouts of our Bob or Fritz (or both), please let us know!

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The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has changed how we interact with each other and care for our horses. Visit the resources page on The Horse for the latest information on:

  • Help for horse owners and how to help other horse owners during the pandemic;
  • State guidelines to prevent COVID-19 spread at equestrian facilities;
  • The economic impact of COVID-19 on the horse industry;
  • Equestrian event cancellations;
  • Feeding horses during reduced work;
  • And more!

Read more here.

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Barrington graduate Claire Voris, one of the best softball pitchers in school history, is pictured here in the John Marshall Wilderness in Washington state, an area burned out from a forest fire. She was evacuated approximately three times from the wilderness during the forest fire season. (Photo courtesy of Claire Voris)

Shortly after she earned her master’s degree two years ago in nonfiction writing at the University of Montana, Claire Voris was riding horses that pulled mules in the Montana wilderness.

I must say I was not totally surprised when I heard that news.

Back in high school, when she was an all-area pitcher for Barrington’s softball team, Voris also found time to unwind by riding bareback on neighborhood trails aboard her quarter horse named Babe.

“My mom (Tamara) and dad (Jim) always made it a priority of having a really deep appreciation for the outdoors,” said the 31-year-old Voris, one of the finest pitchers to step on the Fields of Dreams’ pitching mound.

“And also for the wildlife, the animals and pets in our lives.”

Today, Voris is an Events and Outreach Associate at the Great Peninsula Conservancy in Bremerton, Wash.

Read more here.

 

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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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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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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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