McHenry County News Briefs

The Barrington Hills Police Department will take part in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois on June 10.

Fox Lake

Grand opening set for new outdoor photo exhibit

The village announced that a grand opening event to unveil a new outdoor photography exhibit at Fox Lake Community Garden Green, 17 E. School St., will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 1. The exhibit, featuring over-sized photos taken by several area photographers, will be available for viewing — via a walking tour — through August. The exhibit, part of the Fox Lake Summer Arts Series, includes the work of Fox Lake residents Leslie Armstrong, Tim and Diane Foster, Donovan Day, who serves as Director of Economic Development for the village, and Naperville-based photographer Sandi Sims. Following the exhibit, photos can be purchased directly through the photographers. For more information, call 847-587-2151 or visit

Barrington Hills

Police Dept. to partake in Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Barrington Hills Police Department will take part in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois on June 10. The Torch Run includes an annual intrastate relay conducted by officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state, from police officers to FBI agents. Approximately 3,000 officers will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles June 10-15, running through Illinois towns and communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination: the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Summer Games on June 15, in Normal. Leg 15 will begin at the Barrington Hills Police Department at 8 a.m. and proceed west on Route 62 to Route 31, and then proceed north to Knox Park in McHenry. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising movement benefiting Special Olympics Illinois, raising more than $47 million over 32 years. Residents can support the cause by making donations online ( or by mailing a check (payable to Special Olympics Illinois) to the attention of Sergeant Ron Riedel, Barrington Hills Police Department, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, Ill. 60010. Donations are accepted throughout the year. For more information, call 847-551-3000 or visit


Martin School student earns technology award

Huntley Community School District 158 reported that Tyler Dotson, a 5th-grade student at Martin Elementary School, has been honored as a 2018 Infinitec Assistive Technology Award winner. Dotson received the award at the Infinitec Outstanding Student Technology Awards ceremony, held in Arlington Heights, in April. Once a year, the Infinitec Coalition recognizes 12 students who excel using assistive technology to access curriculum and demonstrate functional independence at school. Dotson has apraxia, which impacts his ability to speak and use his hands. He uses an iPad with a communication app, called TouchChat, to communicate. Dotson also uses other forms of assistive technology on his Chromebook, including CoWriter and Clicker Connect, to help with his written communication. For more information, call 847-659-6158 or visit


Public Works to begin annual brush pick-up

The village announced that the Johnsburg Public Works Department will begin conducting its annual spring brush pick-up on June 11. This service is intended for the disposal of larger branches generated from trimming or storm damage and is not intended for the disposal of whole trees that have been removed. All branches must be a minimum of 4 feet in length and no greater than 6 inches in diameter, and must be placed with their cut ends pointed toward the road in neat and orderly piles. Branches that cannot safely be put through the chipper will not be taken. All brush must be placed by the road no later than 7 a.m. June 11. Crews will make only one pass through each subdivision. Any branches placed at the road after crews have passed will not be picked up. In addition, evergreen cuttings must be kept separate from other tree branches and will be picked up separately. For more information, call 815-385-6023 or visit


Rail crossing projects to cause road closures

The village announced that two upcoming road closures will significantly impact Cary commuters in June. Union Pacific Railroad will be performing general maintenance on the Three Oaks Road crossing, beginning at 8 a.m. June 4 and continuing through 5 p.m. June 13. Three Oaks Road west of Northwest Highway will be closed to traffic during the work period. In addition, the Canadian National Railroad crossing on Northwest Highway at Lake Zurich Road, in Barrington, will be completely closed, beginning June 4. This closure could last up to 10 days. The detour will route traffic through downtown Barrington. After maintenance is completed, Northwest Highway (from Cumnor Avenue to Main Street) will be resurfaced, resulting in lane closures. Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes during the maintenance period to avoid potentially long traffic delays. To view a map of the affected areas and detour routes, visit For more information, call 847-639-0003.

Spring Grove

Friday Night Fish Boil to benefit Hatchery Park

The village announced that the 2018 Friday Night Fish Boil, a benefit event for Hatchery Park, will be held from 5-10 p.m. (dinner until 8 p.m.) June 8 at Horse Fair Park Pavilion, 8105 Blivin Street. The menu includes all-you-can-eat North Atlantic cod, BBQ chicken and ribs, sweet red potatoes and onions, bread , coleslaw and dessert, as well as beer, wine and hard lemonade. The event also includes live music and a silent auction. The cost is $20 (cod and BBQ chicken dinner with BBQ ribs), $17 (cod and BBQ chicken dinner) and $5 for a kids meal (hot dog, chips and dessert). For more information, call 815-675-2121 or visit 


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