BHS graduate receives Cragan Conservation Scholarship

Karen Portillo (2nd from left in photo), 2018 graduate of Barrington High School, has been awarded the Joe Cragan Conservation Scholarship offered by Citizens for Conservation and funded by the Cragan family, worth $20,000.

Portillo will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago and major in civil engineering, specializing in environmental engineering. Portillo shares that she hopes to build “structures that make us less dependent on natural resources…. Fighting climate change is a collaborative, global initiative that we all must participate in and reverse the damage we’ve all collectively done.” 

Partners For Progress Plans Set for “Denim & Diamonds” Gala

Partners for Progress Therapeutic Riding Center is celebrating the success of their students at the 14th Annual Denim & Diamonds Hoe Down, September 8 at Canlan Sportsplex (Lake Barrington).  The Hoe Down features a silent auction, world-class raffle baskets, games, live music and a down-home BBQ catered by Dorfler’s Meats. Best of all, attendees have opportunity to be part of “Miracles on Milton Road” where therapy horses help students overcome physical, mental and emotional challenges and live life to their full potential. Order tickets at or call 847.438.5400.

An Advocate for Decluttering

“You know how work seems 10 times harder when your desk is cluttered?” asks Jake Silker, Business Development Director at Zippy Shell in Lake Zurich. “The fact is, the human brain functions best when it’s not surrounded by an abundance of stuff.”

Silker offers five reasons why we should all try to declutter this summer:

  • We concentrate better in spaces that are spare, neat and organized.
  • It’s okay to let go of unfinished projects to revolutionize your perception of your space and your life.
  • While some artists thrive in a messy studio, most of us do our best work in a minimalistic space.
  • Unorganized spaces can mess with your sleep. When your belongings are at rest, you will be, too.
  • You’ll be happier in an uncluttered space. With less to clean, you have less to worry about.

Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois provides moving and storage solutions to families across the area. Learn more at or call 847.796.8002.

LZPD Offers Guidance

Recognizing an uptick nationally in violence in public places, the Lake Zurich Police Department recently met with 60 local businesses and organizations to offer preparatory advice in the event of an active shooter incident. “Adaptation by businesses of what the schools are already doing is strongly recommended,” says Deputy Chief Robert Johnson.

Among the strategies companies should adopt are creating a plan, assessing threat levels and training employees. “Most of all,” says Johnson, “pay attention to anything that’s out of the ordinary.”

To learn more, contact local law enforcement.