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honor_2 Omar Duran learned the hard way this weekend how Barrington Hills got its name.

“Whoever called you all ‘flatlanders’ needs to take it away,” said Duran, a retired Army staff sergeant from Clearwater, Florida. He was one of more than 100 wounded military veterans who joined the Project Hero 2017 Barrington Honor Ride Sunday at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center.

Duran, who rides with a handcycle because of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan, was in the Northwest suburbs as part of the 500-mile UnitedHealthcare Great Lakes Challenge that began in Minnesota and ends Monday in Evanston.

On Sunday morning, the group pedaled from their hotel in Palatine to Barrington Hills to take part in the Honor Ride.

Organizer and Barrington Hills resident Colleen Konicek said the 7-year-old event benefits Honor Ride, a national nonprofit organization that helps veterans and first responders affected by injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. This year’s event has raised more than $30,000, she said.

This is the first year the Barrington Honor Ride teamed with the weeklong Great Lakes Challenge. Konicek said the Barrington and Barrington Hills community hosted the veterans Saturday night.

“I think it’s such a gift for our community, a great way for us to give back to people who have given everything in defense of this country,” she said. “I say to them always ‘We’re the ones who should be thanking you.'”

To read the full article in the Daily Herald, click here.

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From the Village of Barrington Hills:

Cheer, Wave a Flag, Salute! Barrington Honor Ride and Run leaves the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center at 8:15 AM this SUNDAY. The route travels throughout the #Barrington Area. Check out the route, grab your neighbors and cheer on the Heroes as they ride up to 50 miles through our community. For turn by turn directions, click here.

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Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 11.21.41 AM On Sunday August 13th, Village of Barrington Hills & the Barrington Hills Park District, 361 Bateman Road,  is hosting our heritage festival. This year’s event promises to be another spectacular day!

As always the purpose of the festival is to bring Barrington Hills residents together for a day of fun, and to highlight the organizations and activities that make our community unique. This year we have also partnered with the Honor Ride & Run to celebrate our nation’s heroes.

Last year over 500 residents attended our heritage festival to celebrate our community and our neighbors. We hope to see you all again for this family oriented, fun filled day! Arrive at 11am to cheer on the recovering Veterans as they cross the finish line.

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To read the full announcement from the Village of Barrington Hills website, click here.

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honor_2 Steve Gray, a Coast Guard veteran who fell 30 feet in a 1983 shipboard accident and suffered brain and neck injuries, drove from his home in Kansas City last year to participate in a Barrington event that has been making a difference in the lives of veterans for seven years.

The Barrington Honor Ride & Run (BHRR), a non-competitive cycling event where active service members, injured veterans, first responders, and the public come together to raise crucial, life-changing funds in support of Project Hero’s local programs, will be held this year on Sunday, August 13.

Gray will be there again this year in what he says was a “life changing” event. “If it weren’t for me riding with the veterans, I’d probably be in a wheel chair now,” he explains. “My condition had been getting worse and worse. Now if I didn’t ride I’d be stiff legged and could not even get around. That Honor Ride in Barrington is where it all got started for me.”

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Brothers and sisters Mark Konicek, Colleen Konicek, and Katie Konicek
Karam have organized the Barrington event from its inception.

For a donation, you can ride, run, or walk with them. Walk a mile on your own, or bike for 47. This year’s event will feature three bike distances (10, 30 or 50 miles) through the Barrington’s idyllic scenery, and a trail run and fun walk through Spring Lake Forest Preserve.  If past events provide prologue, the day will be high-spirited civic affirmation of duty and thankfulness, though designed to do far more than engender sentiment.

It’s a day of literal healing…

The 7th annual BHRR will take place August 13 at the Barrington Hills Park District with opening ceremonies—including the Operation “Wild Horse” Mounted Color Guard—at 8 a.m. The bike, run, and walk culminate in a community festival of fun for the whole family as BHRR joins forces with Barrington Hills’ 5th annual heritage festival, “The Hills Are Alive.” Enjoy free food and music, free activities, and games for the whole family. Participants can register online or donate at honorridebarrington.com. Veterans ride for free.

You can read the full feature article in Barrington Country magazine here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District recently issued two recent press releases, one concerning renovation of the tennis courts at Countryside School, and the other announcing a survey being conducted by the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois.

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Tennis Courts Temporarily Closed for Renovation

The Barrington Hills Park District tennis courts located at Countryside School are closed for major renovation.
The courts will be resurfaced and a new 30-foot seating area for viewing will be constructed. The project is scheduled for completion in late August.
We will provide updates on construction and official reopening.
The BATA summer tennis program will be relocated to Barrington High School during construction.

Horsemen’s Council of Illinois Survey
If you own a horse, ride a horse, provide services to the horse community, sell horse related products, or teach equine science, let your voice be heard.
Take the online Horsemen’s Council of Illinois Survey: http://bit.ly/2rYi6Fg
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Note: The Observer finds it interesting the Park District to whom the majority of Barrington Hills residents pay property taxes is promoting a survey by a private special interest group using their own advertising messages and slogans.

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The following reverse-911/Blackboard emergency alert was issued by the Village of Barrington Hills Police Department at 2:00 this afternoon in the wake of the storms passing through the area today:

The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to notify you of the following road closures within the Village. Otis Road is closed between Old Sutton Road and Brinker Road due to flooding. Dundee Lane is closed north of Route 68 due to flooding. Oak Knoll Road is closed between Paganica Drive and Buckley Road due to flooding. Buckley Road is closed due to a downed power line. Please use extreme caution while travelling on all roadways. Contact the police department at 847-551-3006 with any questions or concerns.

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