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The Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials run today though Sunday at the Barrington Hills Park District located at 361 Bateman Road.

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Illinois’ law banning driving and texting is now five years old, and drivers caught violating it will face a stiffer penalty as of July 1.

Scofflaws who text, talk or use any hand-held devices behind the wheel will receive a ticket for a moving violation. Three moving violations in a 12-month period will lead to a license suspension.

Lawmakers tightened the law in 2018, removing a provision giving first-time offenders a free pass.

The tougher stance reverts back to what Secretary of State Jesse White “wanted in the original bill, and it was negotiated down,” spokesman Dave Druker said. “There was a lot of feeling it was a little harsh.”

Being nice, however, wasn’t working, authorities found. White and Illinois State Police “felt it wasn’t making a dent,” said Elgin Democratic Sen. Christina Castro, who sponsored the change.

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All riders welcome. The clinic is held at the Barrington Hills Park District’s Riding Center.

Mike Henaghan is a horseman, horse trainer and instructor focusing on the basics of flatwork and using jumping exercises that educate and challenge riders. Mike makes a point of personal responsibility, encouraging each rider to “get the job done” with his signature discipline and good temperament.

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The Barrington Hills Park District issued the following statement to residents last evening via email: “The Riding Center will be closed on Friday at Noon through Sunday for the Fox River Vally Pony Club’s annual Mini Event and Combined Test. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.”

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The Barrington Hills Park District announced earlier today that the indoor riding arena will be closed to the public this Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, from the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for a, “Brad Andrews Horsemanship Clinic.”

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Four candidates are running for three 4-year terms on the Barrington Hills Park Board: Board President Dennis Kelly, Board Treasurer Gigi Iacovelli, Board Vice President Steve Allen and Deputy Village Clerk Robin Van Castle.

Kelly and Iacovelli have returned candidate bios and questionnaires for the public to review. The other two have not. We endorse Kelly and Iacovelli.

To read the Daily Herald endorsement, click here. .

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The Third Annual Public Town Hall Forum, featuring updates from local taxing bodies, will be held on at 8 a.m. April 24 at The Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Way., Barrington.

The event, hosted by The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, will provide updates on local public services in the Barrington area, as well as a Q&A session with forum speakers.

Invited speakers include representatives from the Barrington Area Library, Barrington Community School District 220, Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District, Barrington Hills Park District, Barrington Park District, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, Harper College and South Barrington Park District.

The cost to attend the event is $35 per person, which includes a buffet breakfast. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. To register call (847) 381-2525 or visit the BACC website at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

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