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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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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.

Read more 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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“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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Audio recordings of Tuesday evenings Board of Trustees meeting have been posted to the Village website. To access the recordings, click here.

Related: Another Roadblock For InZone Project Founder Terrance Wallace, Who Plans To Bring Boys From Violent Neighborhoods To Barrington Hills Mansion

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The Barrington Hills Police Department is investigating recent reports of burglaries to motor vehicles, throughout the Village.  The offenders, are also believed to be responsible for other burglaries to motor vehicles, as well as the theft of several vehicles, in other surrounding communities.

The Department would like to remind residents to always lock their vehicles, whether parked outside or in the garage, and to never leave the keys inside the vehicle, when parked. Residents are also encouraged to always promptly report any suspicious activity to Police by dialing 9-1-1. Thank you.

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Several area police departments say they’ve seen increases of up to 300 percent in the number of noise complaints they have received for fireworks.

As the Fourth of July holiday nears, several police departments in the north and northwest suburbs say they’ve seen increases of up to 300 percent in the number of noise complaints they have received for fireworks.

Although officials say the actual number of complaints is nowhere near what Chicago police are seeing, they say the percentage increases in fireworks complaints when compared to last year are worth noting in Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Highland Park and Barrington.

Barrington Assistant Police Chief John Burke reports nine fireworks complaints since March 1, and of those complaints, seven have been since June 6. When looking at the same time period from last year, Burke said the village received only two fireworks complaints between March 1, 2019, and June 29, 2019.

He said no citations had been issued as of June 29. The citations are processed through an administrative process, he said, and fines are $250 per citation. All fireworks are confiscated by police, Burke said, and turned over to the Cook County Bomb Squad.

Read more here.

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Our Village Board of Trustees meets this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of their agenda, including instructions on participating remotely, may be viewed and downloaded here.

Tonight’s agenda is relatively routine. However, the board will be discussing the 2019 Annual Audit Report, and two of trustees won’t be deprived of an opportunity to ask inane questions given the opportunity, so the meeting will likely be longer than usual.

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A monument at the entrance to Horizon Farms

For over ten years we have covering the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the Horizon Farms legal sagas in Barrington Hills. Along the way, many newspaper articles have been published, and invariable they’ve included pictures of the property signs or the majestic main entrance to Horizon Farms with two horse statues greeting visitors as they enter (one of which is pictured above).

These photos became so familiar over the years that some readers gave the statues nicknames. There was Bob and Fritz, Patty and Karen; you name it, there was some name based invariable on local politics that people identified with those statues. Well, call them what you will today, they’ve disappeared.

As the photo below shows, old spotlights mark where the statues shone at night, but there are no horses, and that leads to the quandary of where they went. So if readers know the whereabouts of our Bob or Fritz (or both), please let us know!

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