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CFC Fall 2021Plant native trees and shrubs to help create bird, pollinator, and wildlife habitat. CFC’s 24th annual Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale is here! Online ordering is available through 8/31 at fallsale.citizensforconservation.org.

Pick up is Sept 11th 9am – 3pm at Frier Farm, 23585 N. Kelsey Rd, Lake Barrington (only 2 miles from CFC). All sales are preorder online only; no additional plants will be available on pickup day. CFC members will receive a 10% discount on all orders.

For more information, call CFC at (847) 382-7283.

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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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MC Fair

“The McHenry County Fair is a 73-year tradition held in Woodstock, Illinois. At the fair you can see 4-H, Open, and Junior Open livestock and non-livestock shows, educational displays revolving around conservation and agriculture, various vendors from different businesses and organizations across the county, a carnival, and a variety of ground and grandstand entertainment. It is an event for families to come to create summertime memories that last a lifetime.”

For a complete listing of all activities, times and dates click here. For directions, click here.

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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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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills has released their August, 2021 newsletter.  A section includes definitions of three major types of riding trails in the Village and Cook County as:

  • Trails on private property
  • Village deeded equestrian trails, and
  • Forest Preserve trails

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

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pheasant hunting season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — (AP) — Illinois officials are set to begin accepting permit reservations for the pheasant hunting season.

The online reservation systems opens Monday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will run 16 hunting sites and 2 additional sites will be jointly run by the department and a private company.

“Controlled pheasant hunting in Illinois is an ideal way for hunters, including young hunters, to have a worthwhile upland hunting experience, and now is the time to make plans for pheasant hunting this fall,” Director Colleen Callahan said in a statement.

On the department-run sites, daily permit fees are $30 for in-state residents and $35 for nonresidents.

Six of those locations will include opportunities for young hunters between the ages of 10 and 17. Three sites provide special vehicles for hunters with disabilities who need assistance.

The two sites run by the private company, T. Miller, Inc. are in Lake County and Kendall County.

Reservations will be accepted until 1 p.m. on Aug. 9. Information about the reservations are available on the Department of Natural Resources site.


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Mask Shot

Despite the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending schools start the year with everyone wearing masks indoors, many suburban school districts have yet to change course on decisions that make protective face coverings optional.

School boards in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, Kaneland Unit District 302, St. Charles Unit District 303, Geneva Unit District 304, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, among others, voted to make masks optional. That was in spite of earlier CDC advice that unvaccinated students and staff members be required to wear masks indoors.

None have reversed those decisions in the face of the CDC’s stricter guidelines announced Tuesday. In some cases, the districts have told parents they are aware of the CDC’s recommendations.

The Barrington Unit District 220 board indicated students in prekindergarten through fifth grade “will begin the school year wearing masks indoors.” That board is slated to meet again Aug. 10.

Some school boards voted to make masks optional even after the CDC updated its recommendations last week to advise universal masking in schools. The Lake Zurich Unit District 95 and Northwest Suburban High School District 214 boards both voted in favor of optional masks Thursday.

Read more here.

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Yet another truck strikes roof of Long Grove bridge


Another truck got stuck under the cover of Long Grove’s iconic bridge on Thursday. (Neil Holdway | Staff Photographer)

A truck became wedged under the roof of Long Grove’s iconic covered bridge late Thursday afternoon, marking at least the 15th time the bridge has been damaged since it reopened last August after major repairs from a previous crash.

Police were dispatched to the scene about 4:30 p.m. after the truck — a 2013 white Chevy — got stuck, the Lake County sheriff’s office said.

Clearance on the bridge, which is on Robert Park Coffin Road, is 8 feet, 6 inches.

The Lake County sheriff’s office deflated the tires of the truck to free it Thursday.

More here.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their monthly meeting Monday evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] Ordinance Amending Title 8, Deleting in its Entirety, Chapter 5,
    Equestrian Trail License Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Approving a Text Amendment to Add Canine Day Care
    and/or Doggy Day Care with Grooming, Training and Boarding, Day Care/Child
    Care/After School Care and Church/House of Worship to the List of Special
    Uses in the B3 General Business District Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Title 4, Building Regulations of its Code of
    Ordinances to Update Code References Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] A Resolution Authorizing and Approving the Execution of an “Amazon
    Locker Location Agreement” Allowing Placement of an Amazon Delivery
    Kiosk/Locker in Village Hall Resolution 21 –
  • [Vote] Equestrian Commission Appointment: Tricia Wood – Term through April
  • 9th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival – Sunday, September 19th – Noon
    to 4 PM

A copy of the disappointing agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Why disappointing you may ask?  Because for the third month in a row this administration has failed to step up publicly to address a clear conflict of interest existing at our Village Hall. Matter of fact, there isn’t even a place on the agenda to report what was discussed at the specifically nonspecific Personal Committee meeting held Monday.

Residents deserve better.

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Forest Trails Stables

Forest Trails’ horses guide riders through Wayne Grove Forest Preserve in Bartlett.

Ready to take the reins for a scenic ride through DuPage County forests? Longtime equestrian center Forest Trails Stables in Bartlett is now offering 50-minute, guided trail rides for riders aged 8 and up.

The guided, walk-only trail rides through a heavily wooded, scenic trail in Wayne Grove Forest Preserve are offered from 9 AM to 4 PM weekends and select weekdays. Appointments are required and available by calling (630) 774-8648. Rides cost $50 per person, with multi-ride packages available for a discount.

Located on 600 S. Bartlett Road just north of Stearns Road, Forest Trails gives Chicago area residents the chance to enjoy horseback riding in a more central northwest suburban location than many trail riding options. Owned by the same family for 30 years, Forest Trails has earned a reputation for quality care of both horses and people.

“It’s becoming harder and harder to find a way to connect families and active people to horses, and trail rides are a great way to make that introduction,” said Rita Hankins, Forest Trails owner. “No experience is required, and our trail horses are gentle and good at their jobs. I really wanted to make it easier for people to connect with horses an enjoy the beauty of our woods.”

Forest Trails’ rides are limited to five riders per outing to ensure safety and provide a more intimate experience. Helmets are available and strongly recommended for adult riders and required for children. Masks are recommended for riders under 12. All aspects of the trail ride, including mounting and dismounting, take place outdoors, and horses provide built-in social distancing, Hankins noted.

For the health and safety of riders and horses, there is a rider weight limit of 225 pounds. Riders must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Waivers are required for each rider, and a parent or legal guardian must sign for riders under 18.

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