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1.24.22 Agenda

Our Village Board of Trustees meets tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to an Existing Special Use Permit to Allow an Addition to Countryside Elementary School, 205 W. County Line Road Ordinance 22 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Adopting an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Cook County Assessor’s Office to Facilitate Access to GIS Data Resolution 22 –
  • [Vote] Plan Commission Appointment: Maggie Topping, term expires 2024

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

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Horizon 2021

“The northern section of Horizon Farm is open to the public for activities like hiking, birding, photography and cross country-skiing.

Please note: There are no official trails open at this time. The remaining property is scheduled to open to equestrians and others in 2022. View a map of the open area (PDF).”

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ACROSS ILLINOIS — ‘Tis the season to make memories with friends and family, to feel gratitude for all things great and small, to share joy and spread love. We at Illinois Patch are thankful for our readers, so we asked them to share photos and stories of what makes them grateful.

We’re thankful to see these heartfelt dedications and hope you are too.

“She brings us hope and a new start.”

Patti Fahey

Patti Fahey

Patti and Marty Fahey, of Barrington Hills, writes, “My husband and I are ever so grateful for our granddaughter Savannah. She brings us such joy and fun and helps fill our hearts with gratitude. We have suffered several losses over the past few years, but she brings us hope and a new start. We love you Savannah! Gram and Grandad”

Read more here.

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BrateHearts

Veterans return from a trail ride Thursday at the Barrington Hills Riding Center. The Veterans Day ride was sponsored by the Barrington Hills Park District and the nonprofit BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. (John Starks | Staff Photographer)

After 13 surgeries on her left knee, and possibly having to face a 14th, Navy veteran Michelle Arnier has endured some extremely difficult times over the last several years.

But in the last five months, she’s found something that has helped her immensely in tackling the challenge: the horse-riding program for veterans offered by the therapeutic riding center BraveHearts.

Connecting with other veterans who understand one another effortlessly and spending time with horses has been incredibly healing for Arnier.

“Literally, it has changed my whole perspective,” the Crystal Lake resident said. “Riding, it’s beautiful. It’s so peaceful when you get on a horse, it seems like everything goes away.”

Arnier was among nearly 50 veterans who participated Thursday in BraveHearts’ special riding event hosted by the Barrington Hills Park District at its riding center on Bateman Road.

The day included a horseback ride through the adjacent trails within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, followed by lunch and socializing.

Barrington Hills Park District Board President Dennis Kelly was hard at work all day, cooking burgers on the grill. The meal’s sides were provided by BraveHearts volunteers Mike and Anne Harrington of Barrington Hills.

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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 viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Wayne Fox Hunt

The hounds and first line of riders of the Wayne-DuPage Hunt jump a short fence while following the scent of fox urine laid out for the hounds to track. (Rick West | Staff Photographer)

The first rule of the Wayne-DuPage Hunt club is don’t make assumptions about the hunt club members.

Yes, they appear to be a large group on horseback with a pack of barking hounds in pursuit of foxes. Yes, several riders carry whips. Yes, the closing ceremony is called “The Kill.”

But there are no foxes, except for those wild creatures that occasionally join the crowd of spectators. The whips are essentially noisemakers, cracked to get the hounds’ attention. Nobody carries a weapon, and there is no blood.

“We’ve never killed an animal,” says Fred Iozzo, 71, who leads the hunt as Huntsman and has held the prestigious Master of Foxhounds elected position title for the past 27 years. “We’ve never killed a toad as far as I know.”

Members talk about how much they love their horses, love their hounds, love the tradition, love dressing up, love the etiquette, love the lingo, love the camaraderie, love nature, and many even love foxes. Wayne-DuPage Hunt, a merger between Wayne Hunt and DuPage Hunt of Wheaton in the mid-1930s, has been recognized by the Masters of Foxhound Association since 1940.

From their first hunt in Wayne, generally in mid-April, to the last hunt of the year, generally in early December, the group with 65 riding members usually conducts hunts at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and enjoys a longer, more populated hunt at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Instead of a “live” hunt chasing foxes, the hounds follow the “drag,” a scent (usually fox urine) on a lure that is pulled across the grounds by riders on horseback before the hunt starts in Wayne.

Read more here.

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RCBH

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their October newsletter.  Topics covered this month include:

  • What is Working Equitation?
  • Trick or Treat Deepwood Trail Ride, and
  • Barrington Hills Park Board report

A copy of the RCBH newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Equestrian Commission will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 6:30 PM to review, and perhaps vote on, a draft of the, “Equestrian Trail License,” text amendment to our village code.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

We’ll reserve comments until it reaches the Board of Trustees (as difficult as that may be).

Related:September Riding Club newsletter released

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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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RCBH

The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their September, 2021 newsletter. One of the sections provides an “update” on the August meeting of the Village Equestrian Commission regarding, Equestrian Trail Licenses:

“The Equestrian Commission met on the 19th of August to discuss the continued need for the Equestrian Trail Licenses issued by the Village for the purpose of riding on the Village deeded easement trails. 

By Ordinance in June in 2005, certain trails traversing private land in the Village exist as easements recorded in favor of the Village. The easements are generally in and around the newer subdivisions in the Village where the Village and the Equestrian Commission worked successfully with developers subdividing tracts of land to protect the continuity of the trail network and to maintain the unique character of the Village. Easement trails are maintained by the RCBH.  As set forth in Title 6 and Section 8-5 of the Village Code, equestrian use of easement trails is allowed solely by licenses issued by the Village of Barrington Hills. 

There is an ongoing discussion with a need for further information. As soon as the Equestrian Commission has that information a date will be determined for the next meeting.”

In other words, they’d rather not reveal anything that was discussed. No surprise.

A copy of the RCBH newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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