March 11, 2020
Dear Resident,
Did you know that Census records are not released until after 72 years have passed? It's believed that number was chosen as that was the average age at the time they passed the law. Census records reveal intriguing information for future family members and historians, like the information gleaned from the 1910 Census for today's Blast from the Past article at the end of this eNews. You will be receiving an invitation in the mail to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail in the next week or so. It is important to respond so Spring Grove gets our fair share of tax revenue, which is calculated by population. This will be the first time residents can complete the census online. Learn more on the 2020 Census website.
Celebrate Responsibly this St. Patrick's Day
The Spring Grove PD will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick's Day to crack down on impaired drivers and encourage seat belt use. This is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. Enjoy St. Patrick's Day responsibly and designate a sober driver, call a cab or ride-sharing service. Never let a friend drive drunk, buckle up, and if you're walking, be alert as pedestrians are at risk, too.
Yellow Bird Fishing Products for Spring 2020!
Yellow Bird Fishing Products is very excited about this year's fishing season! They are introducing six new colors to the "Doctor Spoon" Line up, new "Quick Grip" locking snap release, new planer board LED lights and more. View the Spring newsletter here , and their website here .
ComEd Reliability Report
This month ComEd will be providing you with a personalized reliability report so you can see the impact energy grid investments have made. The smart grid has reduced the average outage frequency by 47 percent and the average outage duration by 52 percent. For more information on what ComEd is doing to improve reliability, visit ComEd.Com/SmartGrid .
Easter Egg Hunt
This year's Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at the RB Community High School gym at 8311 Rte. 31 in Richmond. Bring your basket, meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs. Find the special eggs to win a fun-filled basket and other prizes! Starts promptly at 2 so don't be late! There is no charge, but please bring a non-perishable food item to help support the local food pantry. View the flyer here .
Photo of the Week

The brilliant reds and oranges of the February 24 sunset, beautifully diffused by hazy clouds, were captured by Carol Rix in the Rolling Oaks Subdivision. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email i t here .
Register On-Line for SGE PTO Trivia Night!
Trivia Night 2020 will be held Saturday, April 18 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Bella Vita Banquets in Burlington, WI. The evening includes silent auction, trivia and tantalizing intermission games. Grab a team and register by mailing or dropping off the form by April 10. New Early Bird Registration date!
Primary Election
The Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 17. View your sample ballot here , early voting locations and times, a list of polling locations, and more on the McHenry County website page here .
Nerf Wars this Saturday
BYO favorite Blaster (must use elite style darts – no rivals or mega darts) and they provide darts and safety glasses. Join the fun this Saturday, March 14 from 6 - 8:00 p.m. as they transform the floor into a war zone with barricades for two hours of battles. $10 per person or $30 per family Call 815-675-3005, or emai  with questions. Located at 2449 Pierce Drive.
Blast from the Past
Nicholas Roos (a.k.a. Rose or Ross) and wife Anna Maria Wagner pose in front of their home at 8020 East Street with their daughter, Christine. The 1910 census, which notes that Nicholas was an accountant, also shows daughter Mary, two granddaughters and a grandson were living there. Their son John (Cocky), who was no longer living at home, ran a tavern at 7709 Blivin Street . In 1927 John was charged (along with many other tavern owners in McHenry County) with a prohibition violation. Around town, his place was a known speakeasy. John never married and died at the age of 71 in 1947. The newspaper reported he went to his room as usual one night but early the next morning they found the light still on and him still fully clothed. An inquest determined he died of a heart attack. Nicholas, who was born in Germany, died in 1919. Mary, also born in Germany, lived on until 1928. As you can see, 2001 East Street hasn't change much in the ensuing 100 years.
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