June 3, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
As you know, Spring Grove is gradually reopening under the Phase 3 rules of the 5-Phase Restore Illinois plan. Restaurants are allowed to open for outdoor seating only. Don't forget, you can also use the village's downtown space for enjoying the outdoors and eating takeout from our local restaurants, including alcoholic beverages. See the COVID-19 article below for additional businesses that are allowed to open. The previous stay-at-home directive was replaced with bans on gatherings of more than 10 people, instructs elderly and at-risk populations to continue staying at home, directs activities to be conducted outdoors where possible, and encourages working and other activities take place remotely wherever possible. The Municipal Centre remains closed to foot traffic but is conducting business through emails, drop-offs and phone calls. Read the Phase 3 guidelines here .
TVs and other Electronics Pickup
Did you know you can recycle up to six electronic items at a time at no additional charge (with the exception of TVs which are $15 each)? Pick-ups are done on Mondays and you must call Groot at 847-693-2700 to get on the schedule. Electronic items include computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, video game consoles, printers, scanners, fax machines, cassette recorders, disc players & more . Don't forget - electronic items are banned from landfills.
Garage Sales
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Garage sales can resume under Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Gatherings can be no larger than 10 people and social distancing must be maintained.
Update on Donut Sale Donations!
The third weekend of donut sales went very smoothly. Richardson Farm donated $2 from every dozen donuts sold, and customers contributed additional donations. All totaled, the Pioneer Center will be receiving a $1,038 donation. That puts the three weekend donations to local McHenry County charities at $7,563! The Richardson family would like to thank their loyal donut fans for their love of donuts and generous spirit!
Photo of the Week

Even the robins know Spring Grove is a great place to live! Photo taken by Karen McKee in early May in her neighbors' tree in the Pine Meadows Subdivision .
Property Taxes Due
Tax bills for 2019 (payable in 2020) have been mailed and are available on-line . Due dates are June 15 & September 15, 2020. While the first installment is due June 15, the County Board approved a 90-day waiver of late fees and interest - this means those with financial hardship due to the pandemic can pay the first installment up to the Sept. 15 due date for the second installment without penalty. However, all accrued late penalties will be charged starting Sept. 16 for failure to pay. The waiver does not apply to escrowed property tax payments. They urge property owners who are able to pay on time to do so. View the McHenry County Treasurer's website with more information .
R/SG Area Rotary Club On-Line Auction
The Rotary's annual dinner/auction which was scheduled for April, had to be cancelled. Because there were many graciously donated items before the cancellation, the auction was moved on-line to help generate needed funds for future projects. Bidding can be done from your phone or computer! Please help spread the news. Read this letter from the Rotary and instructions on how to place a bid on their Text-to-Bid auction.
Volunteers Still Helping
If you, or someone you know, still are in need, a group of volunteers would like to help seniors, or other high-risk residents by shopping for their groceries or other necessities. Contact them here .
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COVID-19 Information
Additional businesses will be able to open during Phase 3, following state safety guidelines, and small gatherings (up to 10 people) will be permitted while social distancing and using a face covering. These businesses are allowed following specific safety guidance:

  • Restaurants with outdoor seating
  • Travel following IDPH and CDC guidance
  • Health care facilities open
  • Limited child care and summer programs
  • Barbershops, hair and nail salons, and other personal care services
  • Retail stores, offices, and manufacturing facilities
  • Indoor one-on-one personal training
  • Outdoor fitness classes with up to 10 people
  • Boating/camping with up to 10 people
  • Indoor & outdoor tennis facilities
  • Golf courses with four people per tee
  • State parks open

Since you can spread COVID19 before you know you are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Limiting face-to-face contact with others is our best defense. If you have developed any of these symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consult your doctor, who will determine whether a test is necessary.

·      Loss or decrease in the sense of smell and taste
·      Fever – temperature of 100 or higher
·      Cough, Congestion or Runny nose
·      Sore throat, Shortness of breath or Flu-like body aches

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 . If you are symptom-free, take these steps to stay healthy .
Spring Grove Businesses
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Thank you for your continued support of Spring Grove businesses It is a tough time for them, but with all our help we hope they can make it through. View our business directory and restaurant websites and phone numbers .
Blast from the Past
Lewis Nulk was born in Solon Mills in 1863 and moved to Nebraska with his parents when he was two years old, then Oklahoma. As a young adult, he went off and worked as a cowboy in the Nevada/California area where he herded cattle and also learned the blacksmith trade. After his father was murdered in 1898, and his mother died of Typhoid Fever in 1899, he came back to this area where many extended family members lived. He ended up staying and meeting his future wife, Mary Tresmer. They married in 1901.

They lived at 8020 East Street and started a family. He farmed the land and became very successful with a portable steam wheat thresher. He would bring the thresher from farm to farm and with the help of 25-30 men, he would separate the grain (oats & wheat) seed-heads from the seed covering and stalks . With his blacksmith tools, he helped build the fence for Cole Cemetery on Wilmot Road which still stands.

The first photo is from about 1883.The gun he is holding was lost in a poker game by his son Frank. Frank is sitting on his father's lap in the family photo. Their house and thresher and steam engine can be seen in the background. (Frank also has a very interesting history which we will save for another time). Louis had a stroke in the early 1930s and died a few years later in 1934.
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