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A great way to see the fall colors is to ride your bike, which allows you to be outside and travel a good distance to catch a lot of scenery. So where should you go? Options abound in the suburbs.

Poplar Creek Trail link to Elgin: The Poplar Creek Trail between Hoffman Estates and Streamwood, and between Barrington Road and the west side of Route 59, will show some fall colors in spots, and now the trail links to Elgin via a new connection down forested Shoe Factory Road. That extends from Route 59 to the CN railroad tracks, at which point you could ride west through Elgin to the Fox River Trail (below).

Moraine Hills State Park: In this forested state park along River Road just east of the Fox River in McHenry and west of Island Lake, you’ll find a collection of trails, and the paved bike trail seen just off River Road is being extended to connect to Lily Lake Road. Ride this trail or the roads within the park surrounded by trees and their fall colors.

Raceway Woods: The Chicago Area Mountain Bikers organization has developed mountain biking trails in Kane County’s portion of this forest preserve by the old Meadowsdale Speedway in Carpentersville. In 2019, the group reached an agreement with Dundee Township to expand the trails. Now there are about 5 miles in this pretty preserve between the Fox River and Route 31. More at cambr.org.

Barrington Hills: A tree and biking-road paradise. Check out Spring Creek Road. Getting there is wonderful, too, but residents ask that you stay single file, please.

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Martin McLaughlin, left, and Marci Suelzer

The voters in the 52nd Illinois House District have been spoiled by the representation of David McSweeney.

To all those who say individual state representatives are powerless in a General Assembly controlled by legislative leaders, we say look at the performance of the Barrington Hills Republican.

For eight years, McSweeney has served with unmatched energy and tireless efforts at building relationships on both sides of the aisle. and by keenly picking his spots, he’s been uniquely successful at getting things done.

McSweeney will be a tough act to follow, but the voters have two good options to do so — Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin and Democrat Marci Suelzer of Island Lake, who brings a well-rounded background in legal affairs and mental health.

We recommend McLaughlin, the Republican.

Read the full Daily Herald Editorial Board endorsement here.

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Two people were injured, one critically, in a crash between two pickup trucks early Saturday morning in Barrington Hills.

The crash happened shortly before 7 a.m. at Dundee and Bateman roads. Barrington Hills police said their preliminary investigation indicates that a truck driven south on Bateman by an 87-year-old man collided with a truck heading east on Dundee, driven by a 43-year-old man.

The 87-year-old man was ejected from his vehicle and taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates in critical condition.

The 43-year-old man was also taken to St. Alexius, but with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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Accomplished and highly educated yet surprisingly shy, Megan West found her voice on the journey to becoming a first-class amateur polo player.

Megan West says people are surprised to see her shy and humble demeanor melt away on the polo field where a bold, competitive spirit takes over. The sport does attract people with a competitive nature, but for West, playing polo is where she finds personal strength. “On the field someone’s got to take charge. I’ve learned that skill in a safe environment with people who are my friends. It’s a place where I’ve learned and practiced leadership skills,” she said.

When not on the field or in a barn, West leverages her doctorate in agricultural food chemistry for Mars Wrigley where she works on long-term research projects. “It’s basically a lab-based job,” she says of pre-COVID-19 times. A chemist by training, West works on projects such as product ingredient sourcing with consideration to sustainability.

Growing up in Glencoe, Illinois, West says hers was not a “horse family”. The earliest chance to ride was at summer camp in Minocqua, Wisconsin. “My first year at Red Pine Camp, I was eight years old and just one of those kids who wanted to take riding lessons,” West said. “I love the outdoors and the appeal of horses. I just gravitated towards them.” Riding at camp was a source of fun for West and her “barn rat” friends who helped take care of the horses there.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington feature story here.

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The 8th annual Hills Are Alive Fall Festival is three weeks from today

The Village mailed their Summer newsletter to residents earlier this month. Some of the topics covered included:

  • The upcoming Hills are Alive Fall Festival
  • Voting information and critical dates
  • BACOG’s annual well water testing event
  • Updates from the Police Department
  • Village roads speed limit enforcement
  • Words of prevention on theft or burglary, and
  • A pop Village knowledge quiz

If you did not receive your copy of the newsletter, you can find it here.

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Our Village Board of Trustees meets tonight at 6:30 PM. A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Social distancing and masks are required to attend the meeting. Those wishing to listen in can dial 508-924-1464.

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Audio recordings from the August 17th Zoning Board of Appeals meeting have been released. A link to the recordings can be found here.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM. Matters to be discussed and/or voted on this evening include:

  • Continued Piblic Hearing -Map Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation – 789 Plum Tree Road: Rezoning to a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”
  • [Vote] Text Amendment – MKES Investments, LLC – Amending Section 5-5-3 Special Uses of the Zoning Ordinance to include, in the list of Special Uses, “Professional Office Uses” 6.1 Text Amend
  • [Vote] Text Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation: Creating a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”
  • [Vote] Map Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation – 789 Plum Tree Road: Rezoning to a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”

Tonight’s meeting will be held at Countryside Elementary located at 205 W. County Line Rd. A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

Social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks are required for those attending. To listen to the meeting remotely, dial (508) 924-1464.

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“The Barrington Hills Police Department is investigating a ruse burglary which occurred yesterday at a residence on Route 62 east of Route 25. In this incident, the resident was contacted by a subject at her front door claiming to be with Commonwealth Edison and explaining that he needed to test the water.

Residents should be extremely wary of all unexpected visitors, especially those purporting to be contractors, utility workers, or new neighbors and attempting to enter a home or draw attention or residents away from the home. Regardless how credible a story may sound or how genuine a person may seem, never let a stranger in your home or allow them to draw you outside your home. Residents are strongly encouraged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity or for police assistance in determining the authenticity of an uninvited visitor. Victims often tell officers that despite feeling that a situation felt off, they didn’t call out of concern of being bothersome.

Should that ever be the case, please do bother us – we are here to help!”

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Barrington police have issued an alert after several reports of vehicle thefts or burglaries since at least late last month in the village and surrounding communities.

Police say burglars are targeting areas where it’s known residents leave vehicle doors unlocked. Authorities are reminding residents to always lock their vehicles and never leave valuables or keys inside them. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police via 911. Communities that surround Barrington include Inverness, Palatine, Lake Barrington and Barrington Hills.

Editorial note: The Barrington Hills Police Department issued a similar alert on July 18th regarding motor vehicles thefts (see here).

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