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SOUTH BARRINGTON – “Eat dirt, spit mud.” Those were the final words of advice I heard from Eat Dirt Mud Run volunteers before I took off on my first-ever muddy 5K race at Willow Creek Community Church on Saturday. Thankfully, no dirt was consumed and I had a blast. I’ve trained for and have run quite a few races, but this one was unique and I’ll tell you why – you never knew what was going to come next. Typical 5K races are all the same, where you take a steady pace on a nice, flat bike path. You pop your headphones in and think about what you’re going to eat for lunch for the next half hour until you cross the finish line, check your time and wait to hear the names of the winners. Everyone wins at the Eat Dirt Mud Run. There was no official time record (unless requested) and I even saw some

TARAH THORNE Barrington Life reporter people completing an obstacle course and then turning around to go back and encourage their friends. My advice for mud runners – leave the headphones at home, tie those sneakers tight (with duct tape) and be ready for anything. Ladies, that manicure is going to have to wait. Gentlemen, wear shorts that fit snug. This race was the ultimate off-road experience. Flat land was nowhere to be found, and I say wear clothes that fit because loose shoes or clothing would

disappear in the midst of chaos. There were muddy hill climbs, murky pools of water, wall and rope climbs, a giant tarp-built water slide, army-man crawls and tire drills. My favorite part was the rope climbing, and I found the terrain itself to be most challenging with a lot of hills. Aside from the mud, the scenery was picturesque and the weather was in our favor. I never knew Willow Creek had 80 acres of unused land. It felt like running through a nature preserve whenever I had a chance to catch my breath and look around. You can read more about the Eat Dirt Mud Run on page 4. I hope to run the race again next year, and would encourage you all to do the same. It truly was anyone’s race – young or old, runners or walkers. Heck, I don’t even like mud, but I was ready to play in the dirt all day after conquering the challenge.



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What sets your coffee shop apart from others of its kind? What is the atmosphere and menu like? Our shop offers only the freshest and highest quality coffees. You would be hard-pressed to find such a diversified selection of coffees outside of the Loop. Everything we offer is within 10 days of roasting. Our atmosphere is calm and relaxing, perfect for meet-ups, groups, or quality study time. We offer a wide range of delicious pastries, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and lunch options. We also offer more than 10 varieties of loose-leaf teas, fresh soft-serve gelato, and 100 percent natural fruit smoothies.

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The Eat Dirt Mud Run ends with an “army crawl” under flags and ropes. Runners are sure to get a face full of mud.

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Willow Creek church hosts wild mud event Eat Dirt run draws thousands By TARAH THORNE


illow Creek Community Church has found a quirky way to make use of its 80 acres of vacant land. With an “if you build it, they will come,” philosophy, Willow Creek sports director Morgen Reynolds began planning in January the church’s first-ever Eat Dirt Mud Run – a challenge-based 5K running event full of mud pits, 60-foot mudslides, knee-deep swamp puddles, tunnel crawls, wall climbs and slippery hills that began in 2010 in Grand

Rapids, Mich. Eat Dirt creator Jeff Eckart came up with the idea for Western Michigan after visiting a San Diego mud run in 2009. Participation has more than doubled since the first 2010 Eat Dirt race, and is expected to reach 10,000 participants after this year. “It’s a lot of fun if you take it at your own pace,” Eckart said. “You have to be ready for anything. There’s a lot of different obstacles.” Mother-daughter duo Mary and Zoe Rosen took a shot at their first mud race at the Sept. 28 Willow Creek event. They agreed that the rope climbing course was most challeng-

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TOP: The Eat Dirt Mud Run on Saturday at Willow Creek Community Church ends with an “Army crawl” under flags and ropes. ABOVE: A ropes course was one of the many obstacle challenges of the run. ing. Eckart said the Eat Dirt Mud Run differs from other popular mud challenge races because there’s a focus on fun over difficulty, plus there’s a shorter 1-mile race for children. “Almost everyone is able to complete the race,” Eckart said. “The

mud pit is most difficult because it’s really tough to move.” Volunteers expected close to 2,000 runners at Willow Creek, and Reynolds noted that 80 percent of the registrants were non-church members.

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Barrington Life reporter Tarah Thorne competes in the Eat Dirt Mud Run on Saturday at Willow Creek Community Church.

• RUN Continued from page 4 “We thought it would be a great way to target a whole segment of the community who may never come to Willow for any other reason,” Reynolds said. “It’s a totally unique way to cross lines and unite the community.” Obstacles, shipped on flatbed trucks from Grand Rapids to South Barrington, filled multiple pathways of the 3.1-mile adult race and shortened kids’ run. Alternate paths were provided for those who were unable to complete specific challenges. More than 60 church volunteers cheered on runners and worked water stations. Reynolds said it’s important for community members to know that even if they don’t want to run, they can still be involved in the charitable event. Willow Creek was the third and final national Eat Dirt Mud Run of 2013, with its proceeds underwriting the cost of the ministry’s athletic organizations and heavily

contributing to the new Willow Creek Care Center and a Christian-based peerto-peer youth group, “Never the Same.” Earlier races were held Aug. 28 in Grand Rapids and Sept. 14 in Indianapolis; all races gave participants the chance to donate their muddy shoes to families in need. Reynolds said the church’s care center, new as of June, is one of the largest food pantries in the Chicago area, serving 17,000 families each month with everything from car repairs to car donations to health care and job assistance. It was open the day of the race to allow participants to see where their participation fees were being donated to. But what will the church do with all the now-muddy land? Another first-time mud runner, Sirma Arreola of Wheeling, has her fingers crossed – and so does Willow Creek. Arreola said she would definitely run the Willow Creek race again next year. “We hope to continue these events in the future,” Reynolds said. “Now, the sky is the limit.”

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Group suggests changes to school calendar By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – After countless hours of discussion and research, a decision on changing the academic calendar for Barrington School District 220 could be coming soon. The Input 220 Advisory Council, composed of 35 parents and community members, gathered Sept. 24 for a public forum at Barrington Middle School-Station Campus to present a draft of its revised academic calendar. The council was charged by the Barrington 220 school board to consider whether to realign the district’s two semesters so the first semester ends prior to winter vacation and the second semester begins immediately after the break. The council, after spending seven months researching and gathering input from more than 5,000 parents and teachers, has concluded switching to that calendar would provide

more time for learning without increasing the number of student attendance days or decreasing family vacation time. Tuesday’s forum allowed for further comment on the matter. Barrington resident and father Joe Holland said sometimes doing nothing is the right answer, and this is one of those times. “The current calendar has served Barrington well,” Holland said. “Complete changes to family schedules won’t eliminate stress – it will shift stress.” The council previously determined that the district’s current fall semester is longer than spring and the board would have three options: keep the existing academic calendar, start school in mid-August and conclude at the end of May, or flip the semesters so fall is shorter than spring. The options that would have changed the calendar aimed to move final exams at Barrington High School to before winter vacation. And

since teachers expressed a need for minimal change, the majority of council members have stated that an earlier school year would best support the needs of parents, staff, students, athletic programs and community organizations. BHS health education teacher Cynthia Guerrero said she has wanted a calendar change for a while. “The imbalance of semesters has been a nightmare for my lesson plans,” Guerrero said. “My fall students have it easier than my spring students who are rushed, and I don’t feel like I can be as good of a teacher as I want to be.” The proposed change would alleviate the average 15-day annual imbalance between semesters by adding eight to 10 days onto the spring semester with fewer annual three- and four-day school weeks. As proposed, the change would have no associated monetary cost and no change to spring break. The school year would begin no earlier than Aug. 20

and end no later than May 31, and summer vacation would remain the same number of days. The council argues that the largest benefit of the change would be alleviating the stress of high school students studying over winter vacation for final exams. Hough Street Elementary School Principal Jim Aalfs has a daughter at BHS and said before the forum it was a sensible goal. “I understand it as a parent,” Aalfs said. “More and more school districts are doing this to make it easier on high school students – and it’s a good way to prepare for college life where final exams come before break.” Other parents disagreed. Barrington mother Nancy Lebovic said she’s not sure that her children would learn any better with this proposal and expressed concern for seniors balancing school and choosing a college. “Cutting down on three-day weekends would cut down on

college visit opportunities,” Lebovic said. The study found potential drawbacks to be unexpected snow days where final exams could be postponed until after winter vacation, and the inability of high school students to use winter vacation time to study if they chose to. As recommended, Dec. 22 would be the end to the first semester, with a required “flex” attendance day on Dec. 22 following the four days devoted to high school final exams to account for inclement weather or student absence during exams. The school board will receive the council’s official recommendation Oct. 15 and could make a final decision within upcoming months. District 220 communications officer Jeff Arnett said the board typically approves the coming year’s calendar in January or February and as of yet, the district does not have a 2014-15 academic calendar.


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School’s basement has story to tell Hough Street Elementary once site of coaching facility for area sports teams By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The basement of Hough Street Elementary School holds a historical secret – something Principal Jim Aalfs guesses most students don’t know about. The elementary school’s basement storage space once served as the locker room/ coaching facility for the town’s high school athletic squads – and in the spirit of this week’s homecoming, former Barrington Middle School Principal Don Thompson gave Aalfs an eerie tour of what he called “the dungeon.” “Some of our staff members don’t even like to go down here,” said Aalfs as he walked Thompson around the outside of the building, down the humid stairwell and into the small, windowless locker rooms adjacent to a coach’s office. Hidden behind gray concrete slabs and under dimly lit pull-toggle lamps are two gender separated, green brick locker rooms with decommissioned water pipes and shower spigots. Today, storage boxes are stacked floor to ceiling with everything from old files to play and assembly props. Prior to the late 1800s, Barrington area education took place in old schoolhouses as part of a handful of districts. In 1865, Hough Street Elementary School, in its present location, became the official K-12 school for the community and the epicentre of Barrington area athletics. Aalfs said a time capsule resides behind the cornerstone of the school’s entrance. Thompson started his Barrington education as a kindergartner and attended the current Barrington High School when it was built on Main Street in 1949. “The football players

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ABOVE: The basement of Hough Street Elementary School – now used for storage – once had athletic locker rooms for Barrington’s high school teams. LEFT: Retired Barrington Middle School Principal Don Thompson steps into the basement with Hough Street school principal, Jim Aalfs. would shower in the Hough Street basement and practice at Langendorf Park,” Thompson said. “There was, and still is, such a buzz for Friday night football in Barrington.” Thompson is the founding president of the BHS Alumni Association. He graduated from BHS in 1961 before attending Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and returned home to Barrington to serve as a 38-year Barrington educator. He played football, baseball and wrestled in high school, and recalls many memories from teaching at Countryside and Sunny Hill elementary schools. He also served as the principal of three Barrington middle schools – Hickory Hill, Station and Prairie – before retiring in 1992. “The neighborhood still looks exactly the same,”

Thompson said. “Kids went to the Canteen restaurant for milkshakes when it opened in 1945.” Aalfs, who began his role as Hough Street School principal this school year, said he enjoyed Thompson’s stories as they reminded him of his grandfather who was a great storyteller. “There’s a rich history in this town and such a sense of pride,” Aalfs said. When asked how the Barrington schools have changed, Thompson said the schools reflect the changes of the greater society, and it was always his goal to pass on knowledge and create a broader scope for each student. “The schools have gotten better since I left and that’s what they need to do,” Thompson said. “We must act

today for the students’ tomorrow.” Aalfs said he believes the school district is more unified today than it has previously been. “We really work as a whole administration,” Aalfs said. “The teachers here are incredibly professional and focused on student learning.” Thompson joked that the only consistant parts of his principal career were the school bells. “There was never a boring day,” Thompson said. With homecoming days away, Thompson and the alumni association have planned a tailgate party in the Chessie’s Restaurant parking lot, 200 Applebee St., to take place before, during and after the Bronco varsity football game beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at BHS.

BELOW: Former longtime Barrington Middle School Principal Don Thompson steps outside Hough Street Elementary School to share past memories with Jim Aalfs.


BARRINGTON – Thousands gathered last weekend for the 39th annual Art in the Barn, a fundraiser organized by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Good Shepherd Hospital of Barrington – an event that blended hay, music and art on the hospital’s property. Art in the Barn, held Sept. 28 and 29, featured a variety of artwork from about 180 juried artists, including glass work, drawings, jewelry, mixed media, oil painting, pastels and more. The artists donated 20 percent of their proceeds to the Ladies Auxiliary, which wants to pur-

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Art in the Barn chase a voice activation system for the hospital’s doctors and nurses. At the event, artists received ribbons for the best of each medium and the best of show, and had the option to donate a piece of work to a public raffle. Kids enjoyed an interactive art table and pony rides. Admission was $5. Art in the Barn is one of the major fundraisers sponsored by the auxiliary, which has donated more than $7.3 million dollars to the hospital, according to the hospital’s website.

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Patrons check out Art in the Barn on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital on Saturday.

TOP, CENTER: Patrons check out various exhibits. RIGHT: People watch a performance by The Dance Exchange.

TOP LEFT: People stand inside a booth of stained glass. TOP RIGHT: Sebastian Ellis (right), 9, of Hawthorn Woods and his sister, Audi, 6, pose for a picture in a barn cutout at Art in the Barn. BOTTOM RIGHT: A couple looks at paintings during Art in the Barn on Saturday at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. BOTTOM LEFT: People enter and exit the lower barn during the event Saturday.

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Ride, run and help others to recover Barrington Honor Ride and Run supports wounded veterans By TRACY GRUEN Barrington Life Contributor BARRINGTON – The third annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run to honor and support wounded veterans is scheduled for Oct. 6. Proceeds from the event go to Ride 2 Recovery, which supports cycling programs at military and VA locations across the country. Veterans with mental and physical challenges due to being wounded participate in Ride 2 Recovery events. The mission of R2R is to help injured veterans in their rehabilitation process. “They have given up so much for us,” said Mark Konicek, one of the founding committee members. “People take for granted what it’s like to get on a bike and go ride.” The Ride 2 Recovery program provides special bikes to the veterans, such as a bike custom-made for a veteran

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The third annual Barrington Honor Ride starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Barrington. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go to Ride2Recovery, which supports cycling programs at military and VA locations across the country. who is a double leg amputee and blind. Some veterans take part in the Barrington Honor Ride, but most of the participants are community members who want to give back to those who served the country. “I got involved because of my commitment to our military and wanting to support

those who come back with not just physical injuries, but some mental injuries,” volunteer Colleen Hannigan said. “I felt like we don’t do enough for our military, and this was a small way I could contribute to helping them get back some semblance of a normal life.” Hannigan organizes a cocktail party to raise money

for Ride 2 Recovery. She said that through Ride 2 Recovery, the veterans are able to participate in something many of them loved to do before being injured in combat. The local event will feature a 30-mile bike ride and a 5K and 10K run. After the ride and run, there is also a family-oriented festival with food vendors and performances by bands Underwater People and Darryl Markette. Last year, Konicek said, about $24,000 was raised during the Barrington Honor Ride. He said the group expects to raise more than that this year. “One hundred percent of public donations go back to the veterans,” Konicek said. In addition to Honor Rides, challenges are multiday events that cover about 350 to 450 miles that push the veterans to their limit, both physically and mentally. The

challenge rides last for about three to seven days. The Barrington Honor Ride starts at 8 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial and includes the national anthem, sung by Barrington High School alumni Brett Patterson, and a Marine Corps Color Guard presentation. “It’s a very inspiring sight to see,” Konicek said. The Fitness Challenge, a nonprofit organization, produces Ride 2 Recovery in partnership with the Military and VA volunteer service office. Ride 2 Recovery started in 2008 and the first challenge event that was held involved 14 riders. The program provides customized bikes for quadruple amputees, recumbent bikes made for people with severe balance issues, and hand cycles for those who can’t use their legs or aren’t used to using prosthetics.

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CATHERINE GOETZE ACTIVE BARRINGTON HIGH STUDENT Barrington High School senior Catherine Goetze is very involved with her school and greater community. She describes herself as an “outgoing leader” and gave Barrington Life some insight on her strong work ethic and sky-high goals. Goetze reports for and is the lead reporter for BHS-TV. Did you grow up in the Barrington area? What have you enjoyed most about the area? I was born in Glendale, Calif., and moved to Westchester, N.Y., when I was 4. I moved to Barrington going into sixth grade at Station Middle School. When I got to the high school is when I realized how fortunate I was to go to live in such a great town. I think as I began to mature, I realized that Barrington, and specifically BHS, was giving me so many opportunities that I never would have received elsewhere. The staff and administration really put the students’ learning first. They want to see us all succeed.

Where do you plan on going post-graduation? While I’m proud to call Barrington my home, I am also eager to spread my wings and go out of state for college. I’ll be applying to a few universities on both coasts. I plan on continuing my language studies, traveling abroad, and of course staying involved in the media field.

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I felt very blessed. 365Barrington has allowed me to develop the reporting aspect of my career. Creating videos for them on a frequent basis has allowed me to keep my skills sharp and continue to constantly improve. I think being on camera so often helps you learn a kind of self-confidence that’s sometimes hard to teach. I have applied this confidence in my own personal career and taken the initiative to arrange interviews myself, particularly with Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. It was probably one of the worst interviews I’ve ever done. I turned to butter standing next to him. Not only that, but I had to persuade a half dozen handlers to let me get a one-minute interview with him. He was very gracious. Rihanna was also a sweet girl. She called me “grown.”

Do you plan to stay in touch with BHS after graduation? What would be your advice to younger students?

What are some of the most exciting experiences you’ve had through BHS-TV and reporting for 365Barrington? How do the two roles complement each other?

Of course! I’d love to come back and visit, maybe even get myself one of those fancy placards on that wall of famous graduates. My advice to younger students would be to find balance. Nobody’s got it all under control 100 percent of the time. Work hard, play hard, and you won’t be able to complain.

With BHS-TV last year, I had the incredible opportunity to emcee an event with Rihanna. It was certainly a

What do you enjoy doing outside of school and media work?

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Barrington High senior Catherine Goetze is the head reporter for BHS-TV. She has met pop star Rihanna and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Here, Goetze stands with BHS mascot’s, Bronco Billy. I love studying languages. I’m currently studying Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese. Language acquisition is one of my passions, and it seems to come very naturally to me – except Chinese. Chinese is very challenging, but it is so fascinating. It takes a lot of dedication to get good at it. I also follow Spanish soccer (Hala Madrid!), volunteer weekly at my church and like to spend time with my family.

What are you most inspired by? Who are your role models? I have too many role models to name. I look up to so many people for many different reasons. I love Shakira because of her confidence

and humility. I love Justin Timberlake because of his go-getter and super-chill attitude. I’m fairly certain I was married to Frank Sinatra in a past life. I want Ryan Seacrest’s job. Basically, if you built your career yourself and work like a dog but still remember where you came from and keep good values, you’d be one of my role models.

With a desire to work on a global scale, how will your incorporate your BHS technology and foreign language experience into your future endeavors? I hope to build a career that will marry the best

qualities of my two passions: media and international relations. Whether that lands me in government, in entertainment, in the U.S. or abroad, I’m not sure, but I’m looking forward to exploring and trying a little bit of everything. I’m really adventurous that way.

What is something we may not know about you? I don’t like to separate my dreams from my future plans. I’ve learned little by little over the past few years at BHS that in order to succeed, you just have to go for it. Sometimes you fail, that’s a given in life, but other times you really get far. It’s important to have dreams. It’s more important to seize them.

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Fire in Barrington Hills displaces family By STEPHEN Di BENEDETTO BARRINGTON HILLS – A Barrington Hills family was displaced Sunday and a number of their animals were missing after a fire started in their home. The Fox River Grove Fire Department was the first on the scene, requesting aid about 6 p.m. for a residential fire near 1 Algonquin Road, between Hillview Drive and Hilltop Lane. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours, while at least 15 area fire departments were on scene providing help. Fox River Grove Fire Chief Jim Kreher said the fire was under control by about 9:15 p.m., but the Fox River Grove Fire Department remained on the scene for most of the night. Kreher said he thinks three dogs died, along with a couple of birds. The remainder of the pets were saved. One resident was home at the time and she escaped unharmed, informing firefighters of the animals stuck in the house. Neighbors and firefighters said the house was large and rested on multi-

ple acres. A gated driveway led to the house, which was hidden by a line of trees along Algonquin Road. The numerous neighbors, who had lined Algonquin Road on Sunday to watch the firefighters, said the family trained between 20 and 30 dogs for competitive dog shows. Kreher said the dogs were caged and the animals’ safety, along with that of residents, was the fire department’s primary concern. “You can rebuild a house,” Kreher said. “You can’t rebuild a life.” David Davis, who lives along Hillview Drive, made a 911 call after seeing dense, black smoke coming from the house. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the location as far as Crystal Lake. Davis helped the woman inside the home rescue some of the dogs. “As soon as I called, we started walking and we saw through the trees the flames and I just bolted,” Davis said. “That’s when she was on the driveway opening up the gate.” Numerous fire departments also were dumping water near the scene because there were no fire hydrants in the vicinity. Firefighters said that roughly 80,000 gallons of water were

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Several area fire agencies battle a fire at 1 Algonquin Road in Barrington Hills around 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. used. Fire departments from Cary, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Huntley and Wauconda were among the 15 departments that assisted Fox River Grove. Kreher estimated damage to be

$1.5 million to $2 million, and said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. “The house is still standing, but it’s very damaged,” Kreher said.

– Tarah Thorne contributed to this report.




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By STEPHANIE KOHL Barrington Life Contributor SOUTH BARRINGTON – With their yellow eyes, calls of “hoot” and flying in the dark of night, it’s no wonder owls are often associated with spookiness – especially this time of year. Mark Spreyer, executive director of the Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington, said owls have often been perceived as spooky in mythology and other stories passed on from generation to generation. “Owls fly in the dark,” he said. “For most people, they perceive death as connected to darkness.” Spreyer also said the yellow eyes of some owls are similar to the eyes of monsters and other scary characters portrayed in stories. However, Spreyer said owls pose no danger to humans. Visitors to Stillman Nature Center can get up close and personal with owls and other birds of prey at several upcoming events for the Third Annual OktoBIRDfest. Stillman is home to a barn owl, a broad-winged hawk, two Eastern screech owls, a turkey vulture, a great horned owl, a red-shouldered hawk and a peregrine falcon. “All our birds are in-

jured,” Spreyer said, adding most have eye or wing injuries. “They wouldn’t survive in the wild.” Spreyer, an ornithologist (someone who studies birds), has been with Stillman Nature Center since 1995 and has been studying birds since college. In 1980, he became a certified bird bander: Bird banding is a tool used to discover the habits, migratory patterns, life spans and populations of birds. Since joining Stillman, Spreyer has been on a mission to get kids connected to nature, whether it be through programs at the nature center or the center’s Outreach Program. Spreyer regularly brings the birds — with the exception of the vulture and barn own, which he said can be a bit cranky — to school classes, garden clubs and other events. “We just had a campfire here Friday night and it was a perfect night,” Spreyer said, noting the kids heard coyotes howling and observed other aspects of nature. He added there is always something to be discovered at Stillman Nature Center, a private, nonprofit center for environmental education located on 80 acres of woods, lake and prairie located off Penny Road in South Barrington.

Mark Spreyer, executive director of Stillman Nature Center, holds a great horned owl. Several owl events are planned for OktoBIRDfest. Photo provided

One of his most enjoyable experiences at Stillman is the visits he has with all the firstand second-graders in Barrington School District 220. In the spring, first-graders visit Stillman and then return in the fall as sec-

ond-graders, allowing them to see how much nature can change in the matter of a couple months. Run by volunteers, Stillman Nature Center recently received an Environmental Preservation Award from the

Garfield Farm Museum. “It’s nice to see that all these people think what we’re doing is worthwhile,” Spreyer said, adding about 30 volunteers recently attended a volunteer appreciation picnic at the center.

OktoBIRDfest celebration Stillman Nature Center is a private, nonprofit center for environmental education on 80 acres of woods, lake and prairie off Penny Road in South Barrington. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and for special events. It also is open during the week for various groups. The nature center will host various events for OktoBIRDfest. n “Lazy Birders:” 3 p.m. Saturday. No walking is required. Attendees, ages 10-years-old and older welcome, will sit by the lake and observe birds. This is a free event. n “Bird Banding Open House:” 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Free. Watch nature center officials measure, weigh and record data about resident and migratory birds. Come prepared to hike. In the event of rain, the activity is canceled. n “Sunday Morning Bird Walk:”

8 a.m. Oct. 13. Binoculars and field guides are a must, but the center has plenty to borrow. Those who wear lederhosen to the event will receive a year’s free membership to the nature center. This event is free and open to ages 10 and older. n “Raptor Sunday:” 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Meet the screech owls at the nature center. Staff also will present a peregrine falcon, broadwinged hawk and red-shouldered hawk. Kids will have a chance to dissect owl pellets. The cost is $10 a car. n “Make a Bird Feeder:” 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Volunteer Jim Kaltsas will demonstrate how to make a bird feeder. For more information or to register for a program, call 847-4286957 or email atstillnc@wildblue. net. To make a donation, visit

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WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 WHERE: Barrington High School auditorium, 616 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Barrington High School alumna Veronica Roth has published and sold the film rights to her first New York Times best-selling novel, “Divergent.” Now she will share her story with the community. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting

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WHEN: 5:20 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday WHERE: The Catlow theater, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Loosely inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, who witnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.

8NEWS BRIEFS PORT BARRINGTON – A 46-year-old Port Barrington resident died Sept. 23 after suffering injuries from a hitand-run accident in Island Lake on Sept. 22. Lake County officials said Tracy Meger-Berry was sent to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington after she was struck while walking near the intersection of Lexington Court and Lamphere Road. The accident remained under investigation.

Action group rallies outside Roskam’s office BARRINGTON – More than 20 members of Organizing for Action rallied outside the Barrington office of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on Sept. 25. The event was co-hosted by the Northwest Suburbs and Lake/McHenry OFA Chapters. The House of Representatives has voted to shut down the federal government unless the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, is defunded. Representatives of the OFA said, “the purpose of the event was to demand that Congress fully fund the government with a complete budget, not a piecemeal one,” according to a news release from the organization.

Catlow hosts special Saturday matinée BARRINGTON – The Illinois Women’s Soccer League will be sponsoring its first in a series of special Saturday matinées at the Catlow Theater from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets for this showing of the 1978 hit “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, can be purchased at the door for $5. Visit www. or call 847-3812547 for more information.

Good Shepherd acquires Alpine Family Physicians BARRINGTON – Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has acquired Alpine Family Physicians, adding the medical practice to the Advocate Medical Group network of family practices.

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Relay for Life thanks its support ‘stars’ Barrington ranks second in Illinois in fundraising for American Cancer Society By ELEANOR SWEET MCDONNELL Barrington Life guest columnist BARRINGTON – Barrington-area supporters of Relay for Life of Barrington 2013 met Sept. 18 at Francesca’s Restaurant to celebrate finishing another great fundraising year for the American Cancer Society. This was our “Barrington Thank you and Appreciation Party” for all the wonderful support everyone in the community did this past year in helping us raise funds, which are used to find a cure for cancer and help those with cancer who are in need. This year, Barrington raised more than $315,000 to help fight cancer. Bar-

rington is ranked No. 2 in Illinois as a community in terms of raising funds with Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. In the past three years, Barrington has raised more than $1 million. Barrington businesses and Relay teams are passionate about raising funds to find a cure for cancer. One out of every two men will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, and one of every three women will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. Paul Rodriguez, team development chairman, acknowledged all the teams for their great efforts in raising funds, and helping Barrington achieve the second highest spot for raising funds for the American Cancer Society

– Relay for Life in 2013. Certificates for Recognition were given that night to the following Top 10 Team Captains: Nick Rodriguez, Cecilia Rose, Ed Dowling, Kathy Hendrix, Ingrid Drouin, Kelly Meckert, Joanne Dalessandro, Joann Holman, Susan Beattie and Caroline Dwyer. These are the real stars and winners of Barrington. Relay for Life of Barrington 2014 is now inviting Barrington residents to join our Relay for Life of Barrington 2014 committee and help us raise money. Please feel free to contact me at or 847-304-4500. Every little bit of help matters, every dollar matters, as we work to find a cure for cancer.

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Saavan Patel (from left), Tiffany Toni, Eleanor Sweet McDonnell, Kathy Kendrix, Robyn Martin and Paul Rodriguez gathered Sept. 18 to thank 2013 Relay for Life supporters. In the past three years, Barrington has raised $1 million for Relay for Life. The community ranks second in Illinois for fundraising for the American Cancer Society. If you’d like to help, contact McDonnell at or call 847-304-4500.

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The making of the “ROAR with Katy Perry” contest video at Barrington High School. Photo by BHS student Lily Moradi

Students debut ‘ROAR with Katy Perry’ music video Barrington High School’s 238 Studios student film department debuted a powerful new music video that could win BHS a visit from megastar Katy Perry later this month. They produced the video to enter “Good Morning America’s” “ROAR with Katy Perry” contest. The top prize is a live Katy Perry concert at the winning high school to be broadcast on “Good Morning America” on or around Oct. 25.

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BHS senior Catherine Goetze directed and edited the piece, which tackles the serious subject of break-

ing free from abusive relationships. It is edited to a two-minute segment of Katy Perry’s song, “Roar,” the lead single from her forthcoming album, “Prism.” Goetze says their interpretation was a bold move. “Very few of the other videos took such a ‘deep’ approach, but we ultimately decided on using the opportunity to raise awareness about unhealthy high school relationships

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4-1 Broncos hope to regain momentum after tough loss on the road By DAN VASKO Barrington Life contributor The Barrington Broncos (4-1) are heading into week six of the regular season coming off of a tough loss at Schaumburg (5-0). This is homecoming week for Barrington, which hosts Fremd in just its second home game of the season. Fremd (4-1) will look to remain undefeated in the Mid-West Suburban Conference, while Barrington will look to bounce back from a tough conference loss. Fremd comes with a solid running attack, something the Broncos will need to focus on after giving up more than 300 yards on the ground last week. Fremd running back Jeff McGlade is coming off of a big game against Hoffman Estates, where he rushed for 138 yards including a 66-yard scamper for a touchdown. Head coach Joe Sanchez feels confident that his team can maintain the fundamentals they instilled early on and rebound from their first loss of the season. “It is what it is. We just gotta get

back on the practice field, keep working at it and we’ll get better,” Sanchez said. The Broncos defense played hard last week, but wasn’t able to contain the many Schaumburg weapons. This week, they will play against a fundamentally sound Fremd squad that has made very few mistakes when it comes to turnovers and penalties. The Broncos have shown flashes of great play, particularly early in games, but last week, the offense wasn’t able to do much until late in the second half. Something that Barrington will undoubtedly have to focus on this week is playing a full 60 minutes and coming out firing right away. The coaching staff and the team will analyze the film and hope to address and eliminate mental mistakes if they look forward to a homecoming victory. “Typically what the film is going to show is that you’re not that far away from being on the other end of the scoreboard. We just have to learn from it,” Sanchez said. Kick off is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Schaumburg knocks off Barrington Barrington has been scoring early in games so far this season, but it was Schaumburg that came out firing last week in the Saxons 33-21 win. On the first play from scrimmage, Luke Gruszka faked a handoff then took the ball himself 62 yards for the opening score. Barrington started off with numerous read-options to Dumaso Mkwananzi, who rushed for 35 yards on the Broncos’ opening drive. However, the passing game was not able to get going. Barrington saw the red zone just twice in the first half with both trips ending scoreless. Meanwhile, Schaumburg continued to move down the field and posted a healthy 20-0 lead by halftime. Unfortunately for Barrington, the offense showed up too late. The Broncos put up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. “It hurts. We put a good week

of practice in… and just came up short,” BHS quarterback Dan Kubiuk said. Schaumburg’s defense was relentless and was able to get in the backfield often, stopping the Barrington offense. Kubiuk gives credit to Schaumburg but acknowledges that he and his receivers were not on the same page. “Gotta give credit to their defense, they did a good job of getting pressure. But otherwise, we just weren’t clicking,” Kubiuk said. The loss is Barrington’s first of the season, and the Broncos currently sit in second place in the Mid-Suburban West conference. “We left some things on the field tonight. I’m proud of our kids and the way we fought. We’ll get better,” head coach Joe Sanchez said. “I know this group…our kids will come back with great resolve and we’ll bounce back from this.”


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Saints will be toughest foe Bears face Hub Arkush

Hey, folks, if you didn’t want to be up all week with nightmares, you probably shouldn’t have watched the Saints dismantle the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins on Monday night to remain one of only two undefeated teams in the NFC. They are 4-0, along with the Seahawks. New Orleans has been one of the top offenses in the NFL since it won the Super Bowl in 2009, but has struggled mightily on defense in recent seasons. The Saints also had to overcome the stain of Bountygate in 2012 and play the entire season without head coach Sean Payton. But Payton is back this season, and he brought new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with him. Suddenly, the Saints are looking like they could be

the most complete team in the NFC. Along with Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Rob is one of the twin sons of legendary Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. While Rob doesn’t run Dad’s “46,” he does run an attacking, blitzing 3-4 defense that many thought the Saints didn’t have the personnel to play. So far, these Saints are proving everybody wrong. But it still all starts and usually ends in New Orleans with the NFL’s most productive offense, led by All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for more than 5,000 yards each of the past two seasons and is on pace to get there again this year. Brees gets rid of the ball as quickly as any quarterback in the league, and Payton and he seem to be able to read each other’s minds. Brees’ one foible is that he will throw the occasional interception. As quarterbacks around the league have learned, the Bears have a habit of turning those into six points. The ground game is spread fairly evenly among Pierre Thomas, Dar-

ren Sproles and Mark Ingram, with Thomas the most productive of the three. He and Sproles are as likely to be used as receivers as ball carriers. Sproles averages more than 10 yards per catch in the passing game, and is the most dangerous third-down back in the league. The Saints’ offensive line seems to shed Pro Bowlers – Carl Nicks to Tampa two years ago and Jermon Bushrod to the Bears this year – without losing too much in effectiveness. Until Rob Gronkowski gets back for the Patriots and possibly even after, Jimmy Graham is the best receiving tight end in football, and a matchup nightmare for every safety and linebacker in the league. He is Brees’ go-to guy on third down and in the red zone, and virtually unstoppable in man-toman coverage. Marques Colston is as dependable as any wide receiver in football, and Lance Moore, Nick Toon and Robert Meachem provide plenty of depth. The surprise is on defense, where

the Saints have been among the best in the league. While Ryan came to the Saints with a great reputation as a 3-4 coach, it was assumed the Saints didn’t have the personnel to play it. But Cameron Jordan, drafted in the first round out of California three years ago to play end in the 4–3, has proved a natural at the five technique and already has three sacks. Junior Galette also has been a force at one of the outside rush linebacker spots, and David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton are tackling machines as the inside linebackers. Rookie first round safety Kenny Vacarro is an early front-runner for defensive rookie of the year, and fellow defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins, Jabari Greer and Keenan Lewis are playing aggressive football and are extremely productive. It is not impossible to believe the Bears were looking ahead just a bit last week in Detroit. This Saints team definitely will be the Bears’ toughest and most telling test of the season.


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given the relative value of the next running back you’d have a chance to draft, you’d have to consider AP. 2. Peyton Manning (122) – Forget the notion that the first round has to feature running backs, running backs and more running backs. Manning is off to an unbelievable start and – given the plethora of targets in Denver – it’s hard to imagine that his success won’t continue. 3. LeSean McCoy (70) – The read option may not revolutionize the NFL, but it will undoubtedly lead to some more long runs. 4. Drew Brees (100) – Brees is currently fantasy’s second-leading scorer, averaging 25 per game. 5. Aaron Rodgers (73 in three weeks) – There is a fairly significant drop-off at quarterback after Manning, Brees and Rodgers. 6. Jamaal Charles (71) – Like

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CJ Spiller and Chris Johnson, Charles is an atypical fantasy horse in that he needs space to be effective. Unlike Spiller and Johnson, Charles is getting the space he needs. 7. Reggie Bush (55 in three weeks) – Another back that needs space, Bush has produced in all three of his starts. Of course, injuries are a real concern. 8. Marshawn Lynch (58) – Old-school workhorse has had two good weeks and two disappointing weeks. 9. Matt Forte (63) – Like Bush and Charles, he is a dual threat. He has been pret-

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Meatloaf goes Italian for kid-friendly meal Debi Stuckwisch The Personal Chef If you are tired of the same old meatloaf recipe or are looking for a kid-friendly meatloaf, this is the answer. It is a simple and easy recipe with flavors kids love, but tastes special enough to serve to company. You can use regular bread crumbs if you do not want it gluten-free, but you will not taste the difference.

Gluten-Free Italian Meatloaf 1 pound ground turkey 1 pound ground beef 2 eggs 1/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 small onion, grated 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup marinara chunky pasta sauce or homemade sauce 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend Minced parsley for garnish Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey and beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper 1/2 cup of marinara, 1/2 cup of Italian cheese and Parmesan cheese. Try not over handle the mixture too much or it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce. Bake for 40 minutes. Top with the remainder of the cheese and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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