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“INVITATION TO BID NOTICE is hereby given that the Village of Barrington Hills will receive sealed Bids until the 11th day of April 2023 at 3:00 p.m. local time at the Village of Barrington Hills, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010 at which time the Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following project: VILLAGE OF BARRINGTON HILLS 2023 ROAD PROGRAM Work description: Provide all labor, services and materials necessary for the resurfacing of various roads throughout the Village of Barrington Hills.

This work consists of: hot-mix asphalt removal; placement of hot-mix asphalt binder and surface course; replacement of drainage structures and sewers; restoration and other associated improvement required to complete the project in accordance with the plans, specifications and all other applicable standards. The Contract Documents may be inspected and purchased at Trotter and Associates, Inc., 38 W Grand Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020, beginning March 29, 2023. Contact Heidi Patla at h.patla@trotter-inc.com to purchase the contract docs. Hard and/or electronic copies are available. Payment for Contract Documents is non-refundable and shall be payable to Trotter and Associates, Inc. in the form of cash, certified check or money order. No partial sets of specifications or drawings will be issued. The non- refundable cost for plans and specifications is $50.00. Addenda will be issued only to plan holders.

Bidders will be required to provide Bid security equal to five (5) percent of the Bid in the form of a Bid Bond written by a company properly licensed in Illinois, a certified check or a cashier’s check. The successful Bidder must also comply with all the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act and all wages must comply with the Illinois Department of Labor Prevailing Wages for McHenry, Lake, Cook, and Kane Counties.

The Village of Barrington Hills, in accordance with the Laws of the State of Illinois, hereby notifies all Bidders that the Village reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive minor informalities or technicalities, to advertise for new bids, or to request confirmation or clarification from any bidder regarding information contained in a bid. The Village will affirmatively ensure that the contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement will be awarded to a responsible and responsive Bidder without discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin, but the Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids received and to waive formalities.

Your Bid will be required to be submitted under a condition of irrevocability for a period of sixty (60) days after submission. Bids shall be received in a sealed envelope addressed to Village of Barrington Hills, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010 which is marked in the lower left-hand corner EXACTLY as follows: BID: Village of Barrington Hills 2023 Road Resurfacing Program Published in Daily Herald March 30, 2023 (4597651), posted 03/30/2023”

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On August 22, 2018, the Illinois State Commemorative Dates Act was amended to include:

Sec. 195. Day of the Horse. The fifth day of March of each year shall be designated as the Day of the Horse, to be observed throughout the State as a day to encourage citizens to honor and celebrate the role of equines in the history and character of Illinois, and to recognize the benefits of the equine industry to the economy, agriculture, tourism, and quality of life in Illinois.

For the benefit of those who may be new to our Village, we’d like to provide a list of a few Village Codes applicable to the keeping of horses in Barrington Hills.  In no particular order, they are:

  • APPLICATION FOR LICENSE: As a condition to his or her use of the equestrian trails located in the village, every owner of a horse shall file an application with the village clerk or his designee, setting forth the name and address of the applicant and a description of the horse for which the license is desired. The annual fee to be paid for an equestrian trail license is ten dollars ($10.00). All such licenses issued under this section 8-5-2 shall expire on April 30 following the date of issuance.
  • MANURE PILES: It shall be unlawful to: (A) Pile manure from horses or ponies, or permit it to accumulate, closer than one hundred feet (100′) from the property line of the property on which a horse is kept. (B) Permit a pile or accumulation of manure for more than one week except in the months of December through March inclusive at any location within three hundred fifty feet (350′) of the nearest dwelling house of another.
  • BOARDING AND TRAINING OF HORSES: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this subsection (D), the boarding of horses in a stable and the training of horses and their riders shall be a permitted home occupation; provided, that no persons engaged to facilitate such boarding, other than the immediate family residing on the premises, shall be permitted to carry out their functions except between the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) A.M. and eight o’clock (8:00) P.M. or sunset, whichever is later, and further provided that no vehicles or machinery, other than that belonging to the immediate family residing on the premises shall be permitted to be operated on the premises except during the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) A.M. and eight o’clock (8:00) P.M. or sunset, whichever is later. (Ord. 16-22, 12-7-2016)
  • Lighting for outdoor activities, including: pool areas, tennis courts, paddle courts, hockey and/or skating rinks, horse arenas; provided such lighting shall be extinguished by eleven o’clock (11:00) P.M.

Questions, comments or concerns can be directed to the Village Equestrian Commission here, or to the Trustee Liaison to the Commission, Laura S. Ekstrom, here.

HAPPY TRAILS to you and yours!

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SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — Therapy dogs and small horses from Soul Harbour Ranch were taken for a walk through nature in South Barrington.

All of the therapy animals are registered with the National Registry Pet Partners. Soul Harbour has 20 percent of the nation’s pet partner miniature horses.

Soul Harbour Ranch is run by an all-volunteer team that’s looking for more people to join the team. The therapy animals will be taking a walk on the first Sunday of every month.

Watch the WGN report here.

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Lunar gets a pat during a visit to JourneyCare in Barrington. The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program has 10 miniature horses, eight registered therapy dogs, and even a therapy cat that visits in a stroller. (Courtesy of SOUL Harbour Ranch)

These days, it’s not so unusual to see therapy dogs roam hospital hallways or visiting nursing home rooms.

What may be a little more unusual is seeing sneaker-wearing miniature horses waiting their turn to offer up a little nuzzle.

The SOUL Harbour Ranch Therapy Program in Barrington brings miniature horses — as well as its trained dogs — to spread a little love to the elderly, people who are sick or those who just need a little comfort.

Jodie Diegel and her husband, Jerry, owners of SOUL Harbour Ranch, have grown the program to 50 volunteers with various therapy animals. Their hope is to continue to expand their offerings to keep spreading the joy these loving animals bring.

Jodie discusses the programs they offer and how you can join their team or offer other assistance.

Q: What is the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program? Give a brief overview of what the organization does.

A: The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 located in Barrington, home to founder and president Jodie Diegel and her husband, Jerry.

Read the rest of the Q&A in the Daily Herald here.

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SHR Christmas

The volunteers and special therapy animals of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program (therapy animals from L to R) therapy dogs Rosie, Baron, and Dakota; mini therapy horses CinderBella and CreamPuff (unicorn). Photo by SOUL Harbour Ranch

The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, the NW suburbs most experienced comprehensive animal therapy program, shared holiday joy with the residents of Alden Estates of Barrington on Christmas Day.

The registered volunteer handlers, with 2 registered miniature therapy horses (CreamPuff and CinderBella) and 3 registered therapy dogs (Rosie, Baron and Dakota) visited at the residents’ windows and then went inside to visit residents for some SOUL-filled connections.

SOUL is all about Sharing of Unconditional Love…it’s what our special therapy animals do best. And what better way to share that love that on Christmas Day! Sharing joy, laughter, smiles, and love…that is the true healing power of animal-assisted therapy.

The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, located in Barrington, is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit comprised of close to 70 volunteers, with miniature therapy horses, therapy dogs, a therapy cat, and miniature donkeys. We visit and partner with hospitals (including Rush and Loyola), veterans, schools, libraries, nursing homes and so much more. We also mentor the SOUL Buddies Animal Club at Barrington High School.

Interested in volunteering with us? We are looking for future volunteers that would like to do therapy work with our animals OR your own animal. We would love to mentor you on your journey to test with your pet through Pet Partners, the national gold standard for animal-assisted therapy, and then join us.

For more information visit soulharbourranch.com.

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National Night Out

Enjoy food, family-friendly activities and more at the National Night Out Against Crime event hosted by the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Police Department from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 5th.

Join the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Police Department for National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Cook and Station streets.

Enjoy an evening of neighbors coming together for free food, family-friendly activities, and getting to know Barrington police officers.

The event features free bike helmet and bike safety checks, the opportunity for kids to explore (and climb in and on) public safety vehicles, activities such as games, balloon art, a K9 demonstration, a nine-hole inflatable mini-golf game sponsored by Makray Golf Club, wood toys made with Home Depot, cookie decorating with Jewel, a snow cone Truck sponsored by the Barrington Police and Fire Benevolent Association and the Barrington F.O.P. and more.

This year’s National Night Out will also feature a blood drive hosted by the Barrington Fire Department and Vitalant. Sign up here and enter code 024H near the bottom of the page.

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National Night

The Barrington Police Department will be hosting National Night Out Against Crime in downtown Barrington and the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program is once again excited to be invited!

The National Association of Town Watch launched the annual observance in the 1980s as an anti-crime campaign to encourage people to flip on their porch lights, lock their doors and mingle with their neighbors and first responders on the first Tuesday in August.

Here’s a sampling of where National Night Out activities are happening:

  • Algonquin: 4 to 7 p.m., Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.
  • Dundee Township: 5 to 8 p.m., Carpenter Park, 275 Maple Ave., Carpentersville.
  • Elgin: 6 to 8 p.m. at: 55 N. Spring St.; 272 N. Spring St.; 85 S. Crystal St.; 357 Division St.; 1223 Fleetwood Drive; 533 St. Charles St.; and 1080 E. Chicago St.
  • Deer Park: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Vehe Farm Park, 23570 Cuba Road.
  • Barrington: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Cook and Station streets, downtown.

For other locations, click here.

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Handler and SOUL Harbour Ranch volunteer Carrie Podgorski is pictured May 1, 2021 with Cupcake the miniature therapy horse during the Kentucky Derby-inspired celebration the ranch held in downtown Barrington. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

Children experienced the tradition of the Kentucky Derby recently by celebrating the festivities socially distanced style in downtown Barrington. 

SOUL Harbour Ranch held its annual Kentucky Derby celebration at Barrington’s White House May 1, giving families an opportunity to actually touch and pet Cupcake and Creampuff, two miniature comfort horses, with the supervision and guidance of trained handlers.

They could also hug Marshall, a male therapy dog.

“Whenever we take the animals out, especially during COVID, I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to connect and enjoy this beautiful weather,” said Jodie Diegel, owner and founder of SOUL Harbour Ranch.

The event honored the 147th “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby.

Approximately 20 children were registered for the fundraiser event. They were treated to games and indoor activities, and there was a natural attraction to the therapy animals.

Read more here.

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With a combination of grit and determination, a little bit of luck and a lot of love, Jodie Diegel, founder of Soul Harbour Ranch Therapy Program, is literally living her dream life. She has created an organization that uses therapy dogs, miniature therapy horses and miniature therapy donkeys to share a lot of SOUL (Sharing Of Unconditional Love) throughout Barrington and nearby communities.

“I’m a very positive person. I know that my mission, my purpose in life, as a nurse and as a giver, is to help others through animals,” Diegel says.

In addition to being the founder and president of Soul Harbour Ranch, Diegel is also a registered nurse and legal nurse consultant with Kaveny + Kroll in Chicago. Diegel says that a difference is made when there is a soul-to-soul connection between humans and animals. She laughs while noting that her husband Jerry “is not really a horse person.” She credits him for the wok that he does at SOUL Harbour Ranch and his advocacy for her passion. “He sees the magic our animals bring to those we visit.”

“People often ask, ‘What is a visit and what do therapy animals do?’” Diegel’s reply: “At every visit, when others meet our special animals, there is joy, laughter, smiles, and sharing of unconditional love…that is true healing.”

Read more in Country Magazine here.

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