March 17, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
Early voting starts Monday, March 22 and goes through Monday, April 5 for the April 6 consolidate election. View early voting locations and hours here. If you're voting on Election Day, Burton Township Districts are now voting at the River Ridge Church, located at 7664 Wilmot Road in Spring Grove, Richmond Township District 2 & 4 vote at the Village Municipal Center, and Districts 1 & 3 vote at the Nippersink District Library located at 5418 Hill Road in Richmond. Find your polling place and sample ballet by entering your address here.
Easter Bunny Car Parade Next Weekend
The Village Easter Bunny will be smiling and waving to children and adults from the Horse Fair Park Gazebo on Saturday, March 27, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m! Families must remain in their vehicles and drive by slowly through the park. View details of the route to take in the flyer.
4th of July Celebration News
The Spring Grove 4th of July committee is having their first Committee meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Centre located at 7401 Meyer Road. This year is surely going to be a celebration for all!  Volunteers are needed! Please join them or email them at sg4thofjuly@gmail.com to volunteer. 
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
This week long event provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners to help advance the science of drug use and addiction among youth, and to improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our communities and nationwide. The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition put together facts, activities, and resources which you can view here. If you have any questions, or would like any additional support or information, please contact Laura Crain, at 815-701-6004 or email here.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Plan Before you Party...
drive sober
Plan ahead for a sober ride home to keep St. Patrick's Day celebrations from turning deadly by designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive impaired. View more important tips here. The Spring Grove PD will also be stepping up seat belt enforcement. Speed limit and distracted driving laws will also be strictly enforced. The St. Patrick’s Day campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation. It runs from March 12-18.
Richmond/Spring Grove Community Food Pantry
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The new phone number for the R/SG Community Food Pantry is 224-444-0117. When calling, leave a message and they will return your call. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 78, Richmond, 60071. They have a drop box at the pantry for donations of items at 5512 May Ave, Richmond or at the Spring Grove Municipal Center at 7401 Meyer Road.
Right-of-Way Damage
Right-of-way damage occurs occasionally when a snow plow leaves the road. The Public Works Department strives for no or minimal damage but realizes some may occur. In the event you believe a plow damaged your ROW please notify us as soon as possible or no later than April 15 so repairs can be properly planned for. Repairs will take place when materials become available. Call 815-675-2121 or email here.
Photo of the Week
Images of winter that is quickly fading (hopefully). If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Jim Glaser of 1911 Main Street wonders if his neighbors, whose home is nicely hidden in the summer, will be back this year. .
Fire District Blood Drive
The Spring Grove Fire District is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, March 25, from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. View ways to schedule your preferred appointment time here, facts about blood and donating blood here and about safety guidelines in place to due COVID-19. Thank you for supporting our local communities and helping to reduce the risk of local blood supply supply shortages.
ComEd Report
Look for a personalized annual service reliability reports with your March 2021 ComEd bill. The report offers you an individualized look at your service reliability from the previous year. This information is available due in part to upgrades to the grid and the installation of smart meters. The reports show detailed information for any outages that lasted more than one minute. This data includes the specific date and cause of the outage, including the amount of time it took before power was restored.
Wild Bird Seed Seminar
All attendees receive a free suet!  To be held on Saturday, March 20, at 10:00 a.m. at Nature’s Feed as well as via Zoom. Call them at 815-675-2008 or email them here to register and reserve your spot.  Also, from March 22 -27 receive a FREE 11oz suet with any purchase of wild bird seed. Limit 1 offer per household while supplies last. Located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Salon Jevee Spring Blowout Sale
Salon Jevee is having a Spring Blowout Sale! Save 20% on all Keune Care & Style Line products. Located at 2207 Route 12 in the Spruce Point Center. Visit www.salonjevee.com or call 815-675-6000.
Public Works Department Hiring
The Public Works Department has seasonal maintenance positions available. View more information here.
COVID-19 Vaccine - New Information
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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) launched the Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to or who have difficulty navigating online services in making appointments. You must have an email address (or you can use a friend's email address) when you call. Call 833-621-1284 (6am-midnight) and press 2 at the prompt, and press 2 at the next prompt and you will be connected with a live person.

By the end of March, the National Guard will be supporting vaccination efforts in McHenry County. Read more information and sign up with the heath department if you haven't already here. If you don't mind a drive to Carbondale, IL, the Jackson County Health Department has vaccines available to all Illinois residents at this time. View more information here.

McHenry County Health Department's vaccination efforts are hampered by the limited supply of vaccine. They are offering inoculations by appointment only to people who have enrolled through MCDH. Illinois is also partnering with retail pharmacies such as Walgreens and Jewel-Osco to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Information about where and how to schedule an appointment with these pharmacies is available at coronavirus.Illinois.gov.
 
Those eligible to receive the vaccine under Phase 1b include individuals under age 65 with high-risk medical conditions and those with disabilities. If you are in Phase 1B and Phase 1C, complete the MCHD enrollment form and once a clinic becomes available, information on how to schedule an appointment will be emailed to you. If you get an email to schedule an appointment but you are already vaccinated, please do not forward the email. Every appointment missed because of an ineligible person applying is a setback to eventually reaching the final Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

The Illinois Department of Health has FAQs regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. View information about getting tested here. View more information here.
COVID-19 Update
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We are still in Phase 4 mitigation. Keep physically distancing, washing your hands, and wearing your mask so we keep moving forward, and not take any steps back. A complete list of Phase 4 guidelines can be found by clicking here. Anyone who develops loss of taste and smell and has a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms might be coming down with COVID-19. That person should be tested as soon as possible and contact health professionals for the next steps.

A map and information of the status of every Illinois county can be found on the IDPH website here. View a map of the United States and other countries to view potential risks associated with traveling. Areas with increased risk of COVID-19 are based on case rates. If you have health questions, call the COVID-19 hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Blast from the Past - Then & Now
8008 Blivin Street circa 1900
8008 Blivin Street today
When Spring Grove photos like this one are discovered, it takes a little sleuthing to figure out exactly where it was taken if there is no identification written on it. Magnifying glasses come in handy to view the surrounding properties to look for clues. The home on the left is still the same and in the distance on the left also, is the old undertaker's & furniture store on Main Street. Camera negatives were different back then so it's impossible to get the exact same view, but this is close enough to figure out this was 8008 Blivin Street. Unfortunately, the family name is also lost but if they owned the home, research at the county clerk's office should solve that mystery one day.
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