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ABOUT THIS ISSUE: Quintessential Barrington welcomed six interns for the summer to help write stories for its annual student issue. Celebrating its 10th year, QB honors students and alumni of the Barrington area as the school year kicks off.

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Featured in About Town:
Check out some amazing stories about current District 220 students, along with alumni, who are doing some newsworthy things.
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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Open Spaces - April Anderson:
Myths behind the history of Starved Rock are explored.
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Down Cellar - Jim Bryant's Wine Column: On the road in Tuscany. Jim Bryant shares his experience on the Crystal Rome to Venice Cruise, a 3-night, 4-day stay Tuscan wine adventure.
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What’s Cooking - Kathy Harrison:  A Tale of Two Cultures- Kathy Harrison interviews NEAR restaurant owner Gaetano Nardulli.
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Barrington 220 - Dr. Brian Harris:  New superintendent, Dr. Brian Harris, shares his goals for District 220. Read Now.

Community - Community- Fourth of July “Patriot Park”: The 4th of July festival took on a new approach this year, focusing solely on honoring our veterans. The Barrington Lions Club was in charge of the festivities.
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Community - KIAGA: QB intern, Stephanie Pavin, shares the story of Gary Griffin, a retired gymnast, who opened his own gymnastics academy, KIAGA, in Lake Barrington.
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Community - JourneyCare Gala: JourneyCare hosts its annual gala at The Hardy Family residence. Read now (pdf).

Community - Doug McConnell:
QB summer intern, Marissa Plescia, interviewed Doug McConnell about his involvement with raising money for ALS.
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2013 QB intern, Angelica LaVito, interviews Barbara Schechtel, executive director of Autumn Leaves of South Barrington, and Lora Ellis, director of Sales and Marketing about the grand opening of the new memory care facility. Read now.

Quintessential America

David Rutter shares the story of Fred Lines, the man behind the building of the Barrington White House. Read now.

About Town

For more information on what's happening around Barrington with events and the latest news, read About Town, which starts on page 63 in the current issue.
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QB summer intern, Bridget Garner, captures the story behind the ash tree epidemic in Barrington.
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Groundbreaking Moments After 116 Years

Guest Essay by Mary Smith

In the coming months, I ask every person here today, and every person passing by, to keep an eye on this charming old house and watch as she’s transformed into one of the finest Community Houses in the Midwest. Just think – she has been witness to more of the history of Barrington than any of us here today, and this day is arguably the most important day in her life!

As our restoration project was getting under way, some voices were raised in favor of a brand new building to replace what sits here today. The argument for replacements made one or two good points, but the village wisely saw the advantage of bringing new life to a place all of us have known for as long as we’ve been a part of the Village of Barrington.
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USE QB'S MEDIA CENTER: Calling all publicity and public relations personnel and possible QB contributors! Our Media Center is designed to be your go-to place for how to submit information about your event or organization. Also, we love to hear story ideas from our readers, and receive query letters from writers. Ideas such as how to prepare a press release are included.

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Finding Amelia

America's first media-based superstar, Amelia Earhart, is in the news today. Our profile of her, and suggestion of her plane's location being found, was in QB's summer 2014 issue.
Read that story here.

Barrington Horse Country ™

Barrington Saddlery makes a perfect fit, one saddle at a time, for Barrington’s equestrian community. Read now.

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 Sesquicentennial Edition

QB magazine is producing a Special Edition to commemorate the Village of Barrington’s 150th anniversary – it’s Sesquicentennial.
This one-of-a -kind keepsake and record of the Barrington area will be delivered in Feb. 2015. Don’t miss your copy. To order, click here.


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