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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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See the best images of 2021 from the staff photojournalists of the Daily Herald


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 Sunday. Rick West | Staff Photographer


The ninth and final race heads toward the finish line Saturday September 25, 2021 in Arlington Heights at Arlington International Racecourse. Sister Ruler ridden by Constantino Roman takes first place. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

220 Grad

Socially-distanced graduates await their turn to be called to the stage during the presentation of diplomas at the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony at Barrington High School Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Hill & Dale

The smoky sun sets over the Hill & Dale farm in Barrington Hills as smoke from the forest fires in the west continue to flow into our area resulting in to colorful sunsets in the suburbs. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

See many more photos here.

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Each box feeds a family of 6


16-year-old Madeline Hills of Barrington started the MGH Foundation to distribute hundreds of holiday meals to Chicago families in need.

BARRINGTON, Ill. — A group of teenage volunteers move boxes of food into vehicles loading up Christmas dinner into each family’s trunk Wednesday morning. It took place under the supervision of 16 year old Madeline Hills, a Barrington High School junior who started a foundation that provides meals to families in need.

“It’s just a great way around the holidays to give back to those in need,” said Madeline Hills, MGH Foundation.

The MGH foundation which stands for “making good happen” also happens to be Madeline’s initials. Hills, a rising star tennis player, is partnering with the XS Tennis and Education Foundation to distribute the meals on Chicago’s South Side. She lined up corporate sponsors to help as well.

“It puts you in the Christmas spirit and they’re doing a lovely thing for the community because there’s a lot of unfortunate people out here,” said Dewayne Peterson.

The foundation is also giving toys to several families, helping out Santa’s work just a little. Angie Weaver has a total of six adopted and foster kids who will be looking under the tree on Christmas morning.

“This is wonderful. I didn’t expect any of this,” said Weaver.

George Bady Jr. is picking up meals to help several families on the West Side.

“It’s a beautiful thing. Especially at a time like this,” said Bady.

Read and watch the full ABC7 report here.

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BHS Winterfest

The Barrington High School Fine Arts Department is proud to present the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderfest! Tickets for this district-wide event are now on sale.

Winter Wonderfest runs December 3-5, and it will be a spectacular walk-through event with lights, decorations, trees and performances from across the district. This year, the walking tour and hands on experiences will occur both outside and inside of BHS.

Please arrive during your time slot with your printed or electronic ticket to ensure that the event runs smoothly. All tickets are $10 per person. Click here to purchase a ticket.

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The Christmas centerpiece and classic ballet, The Nutcracker comes back to the Barrington community and stage this year. The Nutcracker tells the timeless tale of Clara’s magical journey into the Land of Sweets.

The show will feature professional guest artists, BDE company members, and over 100 local performers. Children and adults will be captivated by the choreography, costumes, set, score and holiday flair.

Barrington High School, 616 W Main St

Friday, November 26 at 7 PM
Saturday, November 27 at 2 & 7 PM
Sunday, November 28 at 2 PM   (Sold Out)

Tickets are $25-32 and will go on sale on Wednesday, October 20. To purchase, visit www.barringtondance.org or call 847-382-6333.

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Debra Ann Buettner

Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of Barrington Hills Trustee Debra Ann Buettner, who died unexpectedly late last week at the age of 60.

Born in Elgin and raised in North Barrington, Buettner was a Barrington High School graduate who moved to Barrington Hills in 1991 with her husband, James Hammond.

Buettner was in her first term as a village trustee, bringing her professional experience as a tax and transactional attorney to that role, as well as in her prior position as an appointed member of the village’s zoning board of appeals.

Village President Brian Cecola reflected on her contributions to the community in a written statement.

“Deb has been a friend for a number of years,” Cecola said. “I personally got to know her in 2015 during my first election campaign for village trustee. I was elated when I learned Deb decided to run in 2019 for village trustee, as I knew she would make an excellent board member.”

The strengths she brought to her local government roles were personal as well as professional, he added.

“Deb was very detailed and knowledgeable,” Cecola said. “Her heart was with the residents. She was always willing to listen to people and constantly wore a smile. She will definitely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, Jim, and her family,”

Read more here.

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Members of the Barrington High School Class of 1966 rode on a float during the school’s homecoming parade Oct. 2, 2021, which stepped off from the Metra train station and rolled through downtown to the high school in Barrington.

The homecoming theme this year at Barrington High School was “Around the World,” and officials reported that scores of students took part in what is a celebrated high school tradition.

Homecoming week kicked off Sept. 27 with a pep assembly. Other activities included a parade Saturday that stepped off from the Barrington Metra commuter train station and rolled through downtown to the school. That was followed by the football game at the stadium where the Broncos hosted Schaumburg in a conference match up.

BHS won the game 28-12, giving the school even more to celebrate at the homecoming dance that followed that night.

Read more here.

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From the Barrington High School Alumni Association (BHSAA):

“Homecoming weekend in Barrington will take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. The theme is ‘Around the World’! Since we did not get to celebrate last year, we are encouraging the classes ending in 0, 5, AND 1, 6 to come home to Barrington for a wonderful reunion of our school years past. It will be time well spent and certainly a time where we could use a few laughs and some treasured companionship. The 2021 Homecoming Parade will have the Classes of 1970 and 1971 as the parade grand marshals, along with our valued BHSAA leaders, Don Thompson (’61) and Jim Potter (’65). Check out the slate of events listed below!

Alumni Legends 2021

BHS 2021

Please help us kick off homecoming weekend on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the annual Alumni Legends event! ‘Sweet Home Barrington’ will feature musical performances from the following four gifted BHS grads turned professional musicians: Eric Slingo (BHS’ 13)Anne Trenning (BHS ’83)David Mazzie (BHS ’80) and Inderjeet Sidhu (BHS ’86). The event starts at 7pm in the BHS auditorium and is sponsored by the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. Tickets are $10 each.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Annual Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast

PancakesOn Saturday, Oct. 2 join us from 8am-Noon at Barrington High School for the Annual Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast! Carry on the tradition of eating pancakes at Homecoming! Encourage your family and friends to join you. Sponsored by the Barrington Football Quarterback Club. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children.

Homecoming Parade

HomecomingThe BHS Homecoming Parade gets underway at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 2. All participants will leave from the METRA Station and march down Main Street to BHS. Alumni floats line up behind all the high school student entries, with the exception of the 50th Reunion Class which will take their place in the front of the parade. Alumni Floats must register with BHS. Call BHS at: 847-381-1400. The theme for the parade is ‘Around the World’.

Alumni Tailgate at Chessie’s

ChessiesFrom 11am to 4pm on Saturday, Oct. 2 join us at the annual BHSAA Tailgate Party for ALL alumni and friends. The tailgate will take place in the Chessie’s parking lot at 200 Applebee Street. A shuttle bus will be running from noon to 2pm from Chessie’s to Barrington Community Stadium.

Homecoming Football Game

BHS FootballThe Homecoming football game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1pm at Barrington Community Stadium. Come cheer on the Broncos as they take on Conant High School!

Stop by the 9/11 exhibit on display at BHS

911On Saturday, Oct. 2 alumni can stop by the Clair E. Smith Gallery at BHS to view the 9/11 exhibit, created by BHS alumnus Gary Suson. Suson served as the official FDNY Ground Zero photographer in the aftermath of the World Trade Center Attacks. In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, he worked with the school district to bring his rare images and artifacts to BHS. The exhibit features 100 Images and artifacts along with BOSE audio stories narrating the history behind each display. It is a recreation of Suson’s 9/11 Museum Workshop in New York, a two-time winner of Trip Advisor’s prestigious “Top 25 Museums in the USA” Award. Tours are taking place in half hour increments.

Click here to reserve your free ticket.

Please note, on Saturday night (Oct. 2) Reunion Classes plan their own events around the area. On Sunday morning (Oct. 3) many Reunion Classes plan a brunch or meet up for coffee at local sites.

*Please note, the Class of 1965 has canceled its reunion”


The BHSAA website can be found here.

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Chicago native Gary Marlon Suson, an FDNY Hon. Battalion Chief who served 7 months as the official photographer at Ground Zero for the FDNY is donating a large cache of his image collection for the 9/11 Museum set to open at Barrington High School in Illinois.

The opening on September 10, 2021 will honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks on The World Trade Center. The 9/11 Museum at Barrington will feature 100 Images and Artifacts along with BOSE audio stories narrating the history behind each display. It is a recreation of the 5-star rated 9/11 Museum Workshop in New York, a two-time winner of Trip Advisor’s prestigious “Top 25 Museums in the USA” Award.

The new Museum and 1.5-hour BOSE audio tour will initially be open only to students in the Barrington school district. Suson — who suffered lung damage from his extensive time served at WTC — called upon 9/11 families and firefighters he is close with to assist him with creating the exhibit by way of loaning rare artifacts culled from Ground Zero.

“This exhibit is high-enough caliber to be in any major city but I chose Barrington, Illinois because it’s where I spent my childhood and have so many special memories. I want to give back to the Chicago area which I so dearly love and I want the next generation of kids to learn first-hand about this historical event that inspired true bravery,” says Suson.  “Just as there are Anne Frank education centers around the world — I don’t see why there cannot also be education centers for September 11 around the USA.”

Suson was raised in Barrington Hills and attended Barrington High School. He began conversations with the Barrington School District about creating a Museum after they presented him with the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award for Humanitarianism for his photographic work at the World Trade Center as the only photographer in the world granted full 24/7 access to every area at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. His image collection has raised charitable monies for FDNY and 9/11-related charities, garnishing him support from numerous victims’ families and FDNY firefighters.

Read more here. To reserve a performance date and time at Barrington High School, click here.

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Barrington High School alumnus and official FDNY ground zero photographer Gary Marlon Suson will be on display at Barrington High School, with tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 11, Oct 2, and Nov. 6.

Here’s a partial list of 9/11 remembrances taking place this week:

  • Rare artifacts and images from ground zero: Artifacts and images taken by Barrington High School alumnus and official FDNY ground zero photographer Gary Marlon Suson will be on display at Barrington High School, with tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 11, Oct 2, and Nov. 6. This will mark the first public display of the Islamic Steel Crescent & Moon, a 120-lb artifact cut from World Trade Center steel in 2001 in honor of the Muslim office workers who perished in the collapse. Reserve free tickets at arts-people.com/index.php?show=129461.
  • Barrington 9/11 Ceremony: 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at Memorial Park, 610 Dundee Ave., Barrington. The village of Barrington commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a solemn ceremony. For information, barrington-il.gov.
  • American String Quartet in Barrington: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington. The string quartet will perform Robert Sirota’s Triptych, written to commemorate the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. For tickets and information, click here.
  • Men’s Breakfast — 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Ride: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 Algonquin Road, South Barrington. HighRoad Riders host the memorial ride, starting in Willow Creek parking Lot E. Event will include a brief devotion, ride to Rockford for breakfast at the Stockholm Inn, and visits to the 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial and the Heroes of Freedom Memorial in Wauconda. The ride ends at the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Firefighter’s Memorial. Total distance is 150 miles. For information, click here.

An expanded list can be found here.

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