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From filming luxury high-rises to flying next to Benny the Bull at the United Center, two entrepreneurs have come a long way since their days filming their classmates’ sporting events at Barrington High School.

Drone

Indoor Drone Tours CEO Zach Dulla, left, and COO John Bach stand outside 1330 W. Fulton Market in the West Town neighborhood. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

John Bach and Zach Dulla are flying high.

Their drone company, Indoor Drone Tours, has shot real estate promotional videos inside luxury high-rises and commercial spaces across the city.

But their aerial devices have also hummed within inches of Chicago Bulls dancers, known as the Luvabulls, and alongside team mascot, Benny the Bull, dunking at the United Center. A video they shot of the clubhouse and locker room of the famed Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin during the Ryder Cup last year went viral.

The Chicago Fire soccer team is also a client.

Two years ago, as the pandemic began to grip the country, their company took off by offering “contactless drone tours” to sellers who didn’t want people in their homes.

It was initially a side project for a marketing company Dulla and Bach started after quitting their sales jobs when they were 23 but quickly became a separate business and their main focus.

Bach and Dulla, now 28 and friends from their days filming high school sports as part of Barrington High School’s video production club, found their niche in “first-person view” drones.

Pilots of the tiny devices wear a headset — they look like oversized goggles — with screens that livestream a camera feed from the drone, essentially offering the pilot a cockpit view.

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BMS

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington Middle School – Station Campus, 215 Eastern Avenue, .  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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Pepper

Barrington School District 220 board approved a construction company’s bid for renovations at Barrington High School, but also recognized costs may exceed original design plans.

Board members voted 7-0 at the Jan. 11 school board meeting to approve a $14.8 million agreement with Pepper Construction Company for an addition to the high school and renovation of it. Construction is expected to begin this summer, officials said.

However, Superintendent Robert Hunt explained the district is “taking a step back on 18 bid packages,” redefining the scope of additional work and putting those projects out to bid at a later date since many construction bids came back significantly higher than originally anticipated.

“This is not typical, it’s a higher number than any of us would like to see,” Hunt told the board.

Board members also shared their concerns.

“I am disappointed that there are so many projects that came in higher than our budget,” said board member Barry Altshuler. “That’s very concerning. I know we don’t have a crystal ball, but is there any advantage to push these bids out further hoping the supply chain improves and these numbers come down?”

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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

Wayne

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


Arlington

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

Hills

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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Nutcracker

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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DAB DH

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,”

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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.

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