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The Sweet Spot 847-381-2320


We are doing Survival kits, Candy bouquets to brighten up someone’s day! (sure need that these days) Don’t forget someone’s Birthday, Easter baskets, or just to put a smile on someone’s face!  Or just want your favorites?  We are here for you!

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M.J. Miller & Co. 847-381-7900

We’re here for you! We may not be open, but you can count on us to continue to be your trusted resource for our services.

Please feel free to reach out for all of your fine jewelry needs and we will continue to assist you however we can. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Stay strong & be well!

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Remember Charlotte’s 847-387-4256

Here is the latest: Remember Charlotte’s is open for pick up and delivery 11AM until close. Our take out will work as follows: we will bring your order to your car when you text or call us that you are here. The preferred method would be for you to phone your order in with your credit card number, as this is provides the least amount of contact. But we will still be taking credit, debit, and cash as well.

You may stop in the restaurant to place your order if you cannot call ahead, but you will not be permitted to wait inside the restaurant, as per the dictate. We have decided to waive our delivery fees so as not to place any unnecessary burdens on those who do not have access to a car. Again, the preferred payment would be credit card, but cash is no problem.

We are going to have fresh salads, fresh vegetables, fresh sandwiches, all of our food service companies are delivering. Our walking pizzas freeze well, and we can par bake our pizzas if you want to enjoy them later.

We are here for you, and we’ve just been filled with gratitude to see how much Barrington and all of our customers have been here for us.

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Alexandra Lyon Singer is the face behind the Lyon Family Foundation, which honors the legacy of Robert Lyon with the 4th annual Hoosier Ball and grant-based giving. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR // HAIR, MAKEUP & STYLING BY CONSTANTINE JAMES

In a tiny farmhouse off of Old Sutton Road in Barrington Hills, something was always broken and it was drafty during the winter. There were only two and a half bedrooms, but the Lyon family of seven came out from their home in Chicago and crowded in on weekends. There was something special about that house, in Barrington, and that time together as family. The late Robert Lyon knew this.

“I have my strongest memories from that house, which felt super rustic,” says Alex Lyon Singer, youngest daughter of Robert and Executive Director of the Lyons Family Foundation. “It reminded my dad of where he grew up in Greencastle, Indiana.”

A Hoosier fan, investment banker, philanthropist, and family man with a passion for golf, history, and great parties, Lyon lost a three-year battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2007. But not before he had established The Lyon Family Foundation in 2001.

“My dad was the rock for our family,” Singer says. “He was the most generous, kind-hearted person I have had in my life. He worked in Chicago since the day I was born, but he was a very small-town guy at heart.”

Read more from Country Magazine here.

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Women veterans of every branch of the U.S. military salute as the national anthem is sung at an auditorium at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago for the announcement of the state’s first all-women Honor Flight to Washington D.C. later this year. (Photo courtesy of Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times)

Illinois’ first Honor Flight exclusively for senior female veterans will become a reality later this year thanks to the efforts of an enterprising Lisle woman.

Ginny Narsete, an Air Force veteran and former chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is the chairwoman of the newly launched Operation HerStory, which on Oct. 7 will take 100 women veterans on a flight to Washington, D.C. The effort was unveiled Tuesday in a ceremony at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in downtown Chicago.

More than 140 regional hubs across the country offer Honor Flights for veterans, but there has been a distinct lack of participation from women, even accounting for the fact that most veterans are men, said Narsete, who began working on the initiative last summer.

“The reason they are not on the flights is, they’re like my mom: they’ll relinquish their seat for a man,” Narsete said. “The second thing is a lot of them didn’t think they were veterans. The reason they didn’t know they were veterans is they didn’t get the same accolades as a man did.”

Read more about this overdue distinction here.

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Twenty years ago, a Sun-Times reporter joined a dozen families who traveled to China. ‘I can’t picture my life without her,’ one mom says of her adopted daughter.

Before it became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Chicagoans were unlikely to have heard of Wuhan, a sprawling city of 11 million in central China sometimes referred to as the Chicago of China.

But for some Chicago-area families, the city was where they welcomed abandoned or orphaned children into their families, forever changing the lives of parents and children.

Twenty years ago, a Chicago Sun-Times reporter joined the dozen families as they traveled to Wuhan to complete the adoptions. They were among nearly 1,000 adoptions in China arranged by Chicago-area clinics from 1995 to 1999.

China was the most popular destination for Illinois families seeking to adopt internationally then. With 4,100 adoptions in 1999, China was second to Russia nationwide. It’s now surpassed Russia, though the number of adoptions dropped to 1,475 in 2018.

To learn what the Barrington Hills connection to this story is, read more here.

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Popular crooner Ron Hawking will perform a Valentine’s Day show at Barrington’s White House.

Hawking will perform at 7:30 PM. Feb. 14, in the third floor ballroom for an evening of musical tributes by Chicago’s finest. Hawking, a Barrington Hills resident, is a winner of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals Windy City Award. He’s known for his renditions of songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others.

For information and tickets, click here. Barrington’s White House is at 145 W. Main St.

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This equestrian couple’s bond is destined to grow stronger as they canter into a new chapter

Photography by Chris Joriann | Styling by Joriann Maye-Keegan

Taylor McMurtry and Nick Granat’s careers pull them in many directions and lead them to many locations—but their love is rooted in Palm Beach County. Their affinity for horses and individual professional pursuits brought McMurtry, an award-winning rider and trainer, and Granat, an international competition course designer, together. The part-time Wellington residents were married in early January at the Flagler Museum, an event planned around the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Following the elegant nuptials, it was back to the saddle.

The newlyweds are currently involved in this year’s WEF, with McMurtry riding and Granat setting the courses for 10 of the festival’s 12 weeks. The date for their union was an optimal opportunity to gather colleagues and family in town while working around the intense schedule. They chose to hold it on a Sunday because, in the horse world, busy weekends mean that riders generally take Monday off. “It’s what our life is centered around,” says Granat, whose mother and stepfather are long-time Palm Beach residents. “All of our friends—everyone’s in the horse business. It’s a little bit like being in the circus: Once you’re in, you’re in.”

Both McMurtry and Granat began riding horses around age 8. A family trip to a dude ranch inspired her mother, Jennifer McMurtry, to return to her childhood pastime. “She got back into it, and I fell in love with it right away,” McMurtry, 27, recalls. In no time, McMurtry was in the ring with her own pony. “They’re just beautiful animals. They trust you and are dependent on you. They give us what we give them.”

The McMurtry family home in the rolling countryside of Barrington Hills, Illinois—a bucolic village northwest of Chicago with a deep equestrian heritage—was ideal for the mother and daughter.

Read more from Palm Beach Illustrated hereOur thanks to one of our longtime readers who shared this article.

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Running to replace State Rep David McSweeney is Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin.

He is holding a fundraiser on February 6th from 6-8 PM at McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook Street in Barrington.

To RSVP, click here.

Source: McHenry County Blog

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