August 26, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
The storm clean up is progressing slower than hoped. The wood chipper broke down and a rental was put into service the next day. It's a slow process to get through the entire village as there was a lot of tree damage everywhere. Please do not trim your trees to put out; extra branches that are not storm-related are slowing things down. These subdivisions are done: Forest Ridge, North Ridge, The Preserve, Spring Dale Hills, English Prairie Estates, Breezy Lawn and the downtown area. There are still nineteen neighborhoods to get to. We apologize for the delays but please be patient as it may take a couple of more weeks to get to everyone. There is no way to know in advance where they will be when. We are also addressing the issue with the county regarding not being notified to turn on the tornado warning sirens. New procedures will be put into place so that does not happen again.
Vehicle Stickers on Sale
Vehicle sticker applications for 2020/2021 were mailed out yesterday. Make corrections or updates directly on the form. You are encouraged to use the enclosed envelope to mail in the form with your payment. You can also drop the envelope in the Municipal Centre drop-box, or make a payment at the PD website here; Choose one-time payment/police payment/vehicle stickers. Vehicles kept in the Village, whether used or stored, must have a current sticker displayed prior to October 1. This year's photo features Nick Klein's Blacksmith shop at 7711 Blivin circa 1915. Stickers must be purchased by October 1!
New Restaurant Guidelines for Customers
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New guidelines were announced yesterday which go into affect today that require customers to wear a face covering during any interaction with wait staff and other other employees at bars and restaurants. Customers must wear face coverings when placing orders, food and beverages are delivered to the table and when the tables are serviced. Face coverings must also be worn when picking up carry out orders. These new requirements apply to indoor and outdoor dining facilities throughout the State of Illinois.The updated dining guidelines can be found on DCEO's website here.
Operation Warm: More Than a Coat
The Richmond-Spring Grove Area Rotary is again partnering with Operation Warm, a non-profit organization, to provide winter coats to families in need in the Richmond, Spring Grove and Hebron communities. Please read a letter to the community, and view the order form.
Railroad Crossing Update
Work has started on the Winn Road railroad crossing. Next week the crossing will be closed to thru traffic and will be closed for one week. Detour signs will be put up in the next couple of days. Repaving of Main Street should start soon, also.
Photos of the Week
Gabe is checking out construction at The Grove and the downtown area. Don't worry, it will be all done soon, Gabe! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Girl Scouts Visit Hatchery Park
Brownie Troop 1888 visited Hatchery Park and the historic visitor's center building to work on their Wonders of Water Journey Award and finished their Celebrating Community badge. They also visited Lyle Thomas Park doing a water quality test and Take Action project by cleaning the park and the creek. They also spent some time in the Nippersink to see what they could find, which included little fish, clam shells and even a snake swimming by! The girls did their first Journey Award together to start the new year.
Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
The 2020 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign will run from August 20 thru the early morning hours of September 8. The Spring Grove Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies throughout the state with extra patrols on the road to crack down on impaired drivers. Read more here...
COVID-19 Update
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The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a map of of the United States and other countries to inform the public of potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic. Areas with increased risk of COVID-19 are based on case rates. View the map here.

View the "It Only Works If You Wear It" public awareness campaign to promote the use of face coverings. Continue to take precautions to keep COVID-19 from spreading by staying home if you don't feel well and remember the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering whenever you're in a public setting
  • Watch your Distance - Stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, in both indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Wash your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

View current stats on McHenry County COVID-19 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Blast from the Past
Paul's Garage in 1933, with his friends and sisters in the 1920s, and in his later years
Paul Weber was a native of Spring Grove. His grandparents came from Germany. He owned a Chevrolet Garage and Dealership at 1814 Main Street (the building still stands). The dealership was described as a "very fine motor hospital". Every fall when the new car models came out, Paul would get one for the one-car showroom. He had to cover it up until the chosen date to reveal it -- a very big deal in the Grove. Paul loved cars and enjoyed driving around and showing off the brand new cars.

Paul also loved to talk about everything from taxes and foreign policy to farm subsidies and the weather. If you had to take your car in for repairs, you knew you would be there a while. During WWII he would fill up the cars of soldiers who came home on furlough, even if they had no ration coupons.

He and his wife Alice were very active in the community and well-liked by everyone. Paul was a village trustee and president from 1935 - 1960. Paul was also storyteller Jim May's uncle. The village has home movies of Spring Grove that Paul took in 1941. Included on the film is the first-time paving of Main Street, cars pulling in and out of his station for gas, and farmer's bailing hay, along with his family outings. He died in 1966.
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