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“Fifty-seven years ago, Emily McHugh left the traditions and southern style of Nashville, Tennessee for the Midwestern equestrian mecca of Barrington Hills.  

It was still customary in those days to extend letters of invitation to prospective guests. When George Van Hagen and his wife, Barbara, visited Nashville in 1961 for the Steeplechase Races, they met a dedicated young horsewoman named Emily Frazer Cullom, and suggested that she might enjoy a visit to their equestrian community in Barrington, Illinois. She could stay with them. Then-prevailing courtesies required that Emily’s mother receive a formal invitation for her daughter from the Van Hagens. Graciously offered to Mrs. Cullom, the letter was the signal for her daughter to step into a new environment, one with an equestrian history then barely 40 years old.”

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here.

 

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The Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials run today though Sunday at the Barrington Hills Park District located at 361 Bateman Road.

For more information, click here.

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All riders welcome. The clinic is held at the Barrington Hills Park District’s Riding Center.

Mike Henaghan is a horseman, horse trainer and instructor focusing on the basics of flatwork and using jumping exercises that educate and challenge riders. Mike makes a point of personal responsibility, encouraging each rider to “get the job done” with his signature discipline and good temperament.

For more information on the event, click here.

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Barrington Children’s Charities will be holding their 10th and last Kentucky Derby benefit Saturday, May 4th, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Rolling Oaks Farm in Barrington Hills.

“Decade of Derby” tickets are $150 and may be purchased here.

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills will also host a “Dress Down Derby Party” from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington. Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Canter Illinois and Canter Chicago. For more information, click here.

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Four years ago we asked readers of The Observer to trust our judgment when voting for 3 new trustees to be on our Village Board of Trustees (see Croll, Maison and Cecola for Barrington Hills Trustees).

In what turned out to be a hard fought, oft times contentious campaign, some may have thought we were asking for a leap of faith from our readers, and we continue to appreciate the confidence bestowed upon us by our readers. Though this year’s campaign is the quietest we’ve witnessed in 10 years, the stakes are no less high than they were four years ago.

Five residents are running for three seats on our Board of Trustees. Two residents are incumbent Trustees, one is a current member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the other two ran unsuccessfully for village positions in 2017.   Here are our thoughts on these five candidates:

Louis Iacovelli: Louis seems like an affable guy in the computer software business. His campaign website is well done, though it would be more suitable to have photo of a location in the Village on the home page and not unincorporated McHenry County.

We cannot support Louis candidacy for the simple reason his wife, Gigi Iacovelli, is the treasurer of the Barrington Hills Park District. Currently a candidate for election on the park board herself, she derives at least part of her income by providing lessons at the district. While this is not a direct conflict of interest, the potential for lack of objectivity may cause concern in a trustee position.

Linda H. Cools: Linda ran as a write-in candidate for trustee 2 years ago, and after two recent Board of Election hearings, she is running for trustee on the April 2nd ballot.

The best thing one can say about Linda is she will do anything to get elected. This was evidenced by the fact that she (‘misspoke’) under oath multiple times to the Village President, President Pro-Tem and the Deputy Village clerk (see Truth or consequences). We have no place in such a small village for unrepentant (misspeakers)!

Buettner

Debra Buettner: Debra had served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for nearly 4 years when President McLaughlin asked her to consider running for Trustee. When she asked if he needed her help, he replied “Yes.” And that’s why she’s running today.

Debra founded her law firm about the same time she moved to the village nearly thirty years ago.   She is a graduate of Barrington High School, and she has her CPA as well as a law degree. Her confident attitude and her experience on the Zoning Board warrant our endorsement for Board of Trustees.

Cecola

Brian D. Cecola: Brian became a Trustee in 2015 and was given responsibility for Roads and Bridges as well as Public Safety.   No one adequately prepared him for the conditions he would be inheriting, but as most residents now recognize, he was up for the challenge and then some.

Brian also graduated from Barrington High School and he also owns his own business. He and his wife, Stephanie, and their three children are active in the community, participating in the neighborhood clean up days and riding trail maintenance.

Brian is also very active in philanthropy, is President of the Lions Club, and helped found and run the Fourth of July tent and fireworks. Despite all this, when President McLaughlin asked him to serve another term, he agreed, and he has our wholehearted endorsement.

Bryan C. Croll: Bryan was also elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. He has been in charge of monitoring the finances of the village with the day-to-day oversight Peggy Hirsch, Village Treasurer.   He and Peggy also keep track of police pension fund performance.

Bryan and his wife Josie have three children and he manages his family business remotely in Arizona.   He donates his spare time to causes such as Barrington Area Conservation Trust and the local riding club.

We had some concerns with Bryan’s willingness to work with others early on in his first term. We now are equally concerned with his motivations in seeking a second term, and this publication cannot in good conscience unreservedly endorse him.   

Overall endorsements: The Daily Herald, Village President Martin McLaughlin and President Pro-Tem Colleen Konicek Hannigan have endorsed Bryan Croll, Brian Cecola and Debra Buettner for Trustees of Barrington Hills.

Cecola and Buettner have the unconditional support of The Barrington Hills Observer. Both have demonstrated a passion for our Village and willingness to serve our community. Both display the honesty, dedication and sound judgement that will represent the residents of Barrington Hills admirably for the next four years.

Early voting ends today, April 1.  Election Day polls open tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM.

Please Vote!

 

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Four candidates are running for three 4-year terms on the Barrington Hills Park Board: Board President Dennis Kelly, Board Treasurer Gigi Iacovelli, Board Vice President Steve Allen and Deputy Village Clerk Robin Van Castle.

Kelly and Iacovelli have returned candidate bios and questionnaires for the public to review. The other two have not. We endorse Kelly and Iacovelli.

To read the Daily Herald endorsement, click here. .

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CHICAGO – A state appeals court will allow residents and government officials in suburban Barrington Hills to resume their court fight over a now-repealed village ordinance governing horse-boarding challengers assert was enacted to benefit one particular property owner.

On Dec. 12, a three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court State reversed part of a Cook County judge’s ruling in the long-running litigation involving the village, plaintiff James Drury III and a group of residents.

The judge had rejected a settlement agreement between Barrington Hills and Drury and also granted a motion to dismiss filed by a group of residents who intervened in the case. Drury challenged these findings.

The appellate court agreed with the rejection of the settlement agreement, but reversed the dismissal ruling.

Read more here.

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