July 29, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Call to action response to federal funding allocated
by McHenry County for transportation projects in local communities
Hello everyone, 
 
I wanted to update you on our call to action for future funding of Winn road. Why is this so important? Because the village has very limited funding sources to maintain our large infrastructure related to our one-acre zoning. The village board is constantly looking for grants and any other way to help support the cost of our infrastructure. Many times we are turned down; I believe because of the size of our community. Most money and grants go to communities with larger populations and voter base. Why? Because it serves more people. 

I sent out a call to action letter of support for the future resurfacing of Winn Road. The project has a cost of over $1,500,000 and we were only awarded a grant of $480,000, when other communities had been awarded multiple grants.

I want to thank the 66 residents for the letters they submitted. These letters were not just simple emails, but well thought-out requests for funding. Some were very emotional. I believe we have made progress in our goal of future funding. We have their attention, and the staff committee is now working with us to help secure the needed funding by 2025.

I believe your actions have given us an opportunity to be heard and recognize that smaller communities have needs. Thank you to everyone for your support; together we can make a difference.
Summer is flying by - I hope you are able to enjoy this summer and stay safe. 

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Nature's Feed Charity Ice Cream Social
Join Nature's Feed this Saturday for the annual Charity Ice Cream Social, this Saturday, August 1, from 1:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.There will be ice cream from Rusty Malts in Ringwood for you, and Nuggets Healthy Eats for your pooch! All proceeds benefit the shelters onsite. Pet nail clipping by Fur the Love of Dogs, will be available for a donation that will benefit the shelters/rescues on site. Nature's Feed is located at 2440 Westward Dr. next to the Spring Grove Post Office. Thank you for the support!
Spring Grove Firefighter's Steak Fry & Raffle Tickets
The Spring Grove Firefighter’s Steak Fry will be held on August 15 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Horse Fair Park. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year you can order your food on-line and choose a time slot to pick up your food to go! You can also pay online. (Food can also be ordered and purchased on-site.) Please bear with them as this is their first time attempting an online format of the Steak Fry and the drive thru. Steak Fry raffle tickets are in and you can pick them up at the Spring Grove Fire Station at 8214 Richardson Road. Hurry and grab some tickets before all 225 tickets all gone! First prize is $4,000 with five other cash prices. Prizes will be based on the amount of tickets sold .
Salon Jevee Summer Specials
Call your stylist for an appointment and take advantage of Salon Jevee Winding Down Summer Specials! 10% off one retail product with any hair service and any Repechage Skincare products with any facial. View more here .
Unemployment Benefits Scam
Illinois residents are receiving unrequested KeyBank debt cards in the mail with unemployment benefits, a likely sign that a scammer requested benefits using a victim’s stolen identity, but was unable to change the forwarding address. Victims should check their credit report for possible suspicious activity and post a fraud alert. View more information and report fraud here .
Photo of the Week
This little apple blossom that started blooming in rainy May under a little umbrella, surely must be an apple by now! Photo submitted by Art Peterson in the Nottingham Woods Subdivision. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
McHenry County Recycling Events
The McHenry County Department of Health, Elgin Recycling, The Environmental Defenders of MC and Paper Tiger Shredding are partnering to provide recycling events in 2020, including electronics (some fees apply), fluorescent tubes (.50 - $1 ea.), clean Styrofoam, packing peanuts, reusable bubble wrap and cloth items, and document shredding. View dates and more information .

Please note that Spring Grove residents can recycle electronics on Mondays with Groot by calling first and there is a scheduled document shredding on October 3 in the Municipal Centre parking lot.
RB Helmet Club Golf Outing & Dinner Fundraiser
The RB Helmet Club 2020 golf outing is on Friday, August, 21 at the Fox Lake Country Club. Please come join them and help support the Rockets Football Team. Not a golfer? Join them for dinner and fundraising events at Horse Fair Park at 5:00 p.m. The most up to date COVID-19 information will be reviewed closer to the event date. All forms and payments must be in by August 7. View the registration form/dinner information . View the Sponsorship/Donation Form .
2020 Gather5K
The 2020 Gather5K annual race will benefit a community playground and walking path at a Place to Gather, a LifeSpring Community Church planned development . 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, live music, food trucks and free activities for the kids. To be Held August 15 at the Richardson Adventure Farm. Register here . Virtual options for remote runners also available via RunGo in the register link.
COVID-19
We're glad to be in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, but don't want to move backwards! Any region that sustains an 8% positivity rate for three consecutive days or sees an increase in positivity rates and simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity will need to implement additional community mitigation interventions. E ach of us needs to continue to take precautions to keep COVID-19 from spreading, so please:
  • stay at home if you don't feel well
  • wash hands frequently
  • wear face coverings that cover your nose and mouth in public places
  • social distance at least 6 feet from others.

View curren t stats on McHenry Count y COVID-19 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or emai l questions here . The Village Municipal Centre is open with normal hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You are encouraged to conduct as much business as possible online .
WLAC Fall Schedule
WLAC is ready for enrollment in all programs! They are following strict guidelines to keep our community happy and healthy. The Fall schedule will begin in August with classes in Tumbling, Gymnastics, Ninjas and Stealth. They also have spots open for CHEER! Contact them with questions at wlacfrontdesk@gmail.com or call 815-675-3005. Sorry, no drop-ins at this time.
Blast from the Past
Spring Grove Train & the Mysterious Train Robber

In 1900, the new Spring Grove train station ignited a growth spurt in town. Suddenly, many new homes were being built, along with a hotel, new saloon & more. The station received food and general supplies for the stores, coal, lumber and animal feed. Milk, cattle and hogs were shipped to Chicago.

“Fast mail” cars retrieved the out-going village mail bag by a mechanical arm and a bag of in-coming mail was kicked onto the station platform. But mail cars also held safes with money and valuables, enticing train robbers.  A brash train robbery in Maple Park in Kane County had a connection to the Village of Spring Grove.

One day in October 1899, three masked men stopped that train and gained access to the mail car. In Jesse James fashion, they blew up the safe with dynamite! The safe was reported to have held about $10,000, much of which got blown up with the safe. Later, pieces of the safe were found 200 yards away along with jewelry and other valuables.  

A lot of commotion ensued with people running all over the place when suddenly the engine of the train, which had been cut loose, started moving rapidly away with the robbers inside. Suspects were later rounded up and questioned but no one was held.
 
Two weeks later it was reported that the day after the robbery, detectives had found a new clue. An empty lunch basket which was lined with a newspaper was found discarded near where the robbery took place. The newspaper was The McHenry County Plaindealer and on the paper was a sticker with the name of the subscriber.

The subscriber was tracked down as a farmer living near Spring Grove. It was noted that the farmer did not have a good reputation and had been in trouble before. They learned that two days before the robbery the farmer disappeared and returned the next day, but left again that night.

A team of horses and a two-seated surrey were stolen from a dairy farmer in Spring Grove that night and police found them in a shed in Des Plaines. The horses were driven hard and nearly dead. A horse and buggy ride from Spring Grove to Des Plaines was a twelve-hour trip! It was thought that the robbers were "making for Chicago". 

Almost a year later, on September 27, 1900 the Marengo Beacon reported the men who committed the crime were located. It was theorized that they got $25,000 - $100,000 that day, and "after secreting the swag, committed lesser robberies for the sake of being caught and put safely out of the reach of the express company." They would spend two or three years in the penitentiary. The officers of the North-Western said they would be waiting for them when they were released.

Unfortunately, the name of the suspects were never revealed and... for now...are lost to history.
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