August 25, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
Mark your calendars for our first annual community Block Party! The event is organized by our new Community Engagement Committee and is an opportunity for fun, entertainment, and a chance to meet your neighbors! To be held, Saturday, September 18 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Horse Fair Park. View the flyer with more details here.
Sunflower Festival Open through Sunday
The Sunflower Festival is open today, August 25 - Sunday, August 29 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Stroll through 13 acres of sunflowers planted in a whimsical design. There is a "pick-your-own" sunflower area, food trucks, and beer & wine tent. Also free carousel rides and games. Live music on Saturday & Sunday. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome. The gift shop will be open with donuts, fudge, kettle corn & more. Click here for complete information.
Back to School Safety Reminders
The Spring Grove Police Department reminds us to slow down and be especially alert in neighborhoods and school zones and take extra time to look for kids. Also, please put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.
Secretary of State Mobile Unit
A DMV mobile unit will be in Johnsburg tomorrow, August 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the McHenry Moose Lodge located at 3535 N. Richmond Road. Services Provided include: driver's license/state ID card renewal and replacement (no Real ID cards), license plate renewal stickers, motor voter registration, and vision screening. View more details here.
Photo of the Week
This rainbow was captured in the Pine Meadow Subdivision during Saturday's mini storm! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Vehicle Sticker Forms Coming Soon
Vehicle sticker forms will be mailed out at the end of this week. Make corrections or updates directly on the form and mail back, drop off, or come in to purchase. If you don't receive your application, please call the Police Department at 815-675-2596. Purchase your new vehicle stickers by October 1.
Help Wanted
Richardson Adventure Farm's Employment Interview Day is Wednesday, September 1, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. All ages 15 and up are welcome! Click here for an application and information needed before coming to the farm.
Golf Outing
The Firefighter's Association's 3rd annual golf outing is on Thursday, September 16, at the Twin Lakes County Club. Sign up here, and turn in by September 1st.
IDPH launches "Vax Verify" Portal
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The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched Vax Verify, a new online portal that allows Illinois adults to check their COVID-19 vaccination record and confirm their vaccination status if needed.

The portal was created as more businesses, events, organizations and employers require proof of vaccination. The safe and secure portal will go through a brief, one-time identity verification process in order to gain access to your immunization history. To find a vaccination location near you, please visit
Blast from the Past
1892 report showing farms
where thistle was growing
Sketch of Canada Thistle from 1894
E. Bower's farm
William Turner's farm
A serious invader in fields, farms and pastures, Canada Thistle has always been difficult to eradicate. In the 1890s, each Township had a "Commissioner of Canada Thistles" who filed a yearly report on the thistle condition that was read publicly at the annual township meeting. The report for Richmond Township shows farms that had thistle growing and how many patches. You can see some familiar names like Bowers, Winn, Turner, and Johonnott, who had farms on the list.

Elijah Bowers' farm was located at 2510 Route 173. William Turner's farm is still standing at 9310 Winn Road. It was reported that all the patches "were taken good care of, except five." These five went to seed and the owners or tenants paid fines of $30, to the supervisor. That is about $900 in today's dollars.

This interesting information was gleaned from the 1892 publication of Transactions of the Department of Agriculture donated to the village by resident Gerry Lorenz.
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