July 15, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Hi Everyone,

I want to update you on the Main Street new culvert/bridge project. Construction was delayed due to a fiber optic cable being discovered in the area where they were working. All work had to be stopped until it was spliced and relocated. This should be completed now, and construction should resume this week. We are hoping the project will be completed by the end of the month. You should notice that a new sidewalk was also put in which connects to the Winn Road bike path. The new culvert and sidewalk are part of the Safe Routes to School grant we received to allow kids to walk or ride their bikes to school safely down Main Street. New sidewalks and parking spaces are also being constructed at the east end of Main Street and the road will be repaved from Blivin to Winn Road.

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Drone Camp starts Next Week!
Other S napology Summer Camps for ages 5 - 12 in July include STEAM Club, Drone Commanders, Sports Science and more. View descriptions of all of the Summer Camps o ffered. View the Snapology guidelines and safety measures t hat will be taken. Find the Registration Form here along with ways to register.
Savage Race at Richardson Adventure Farm
Savage Race is about teamwork, friendship, and community. It’s also about smiling and having a lot of fun. Make the most out of your Savage experience by completing it with your friends and family. Savage Race takes place on Saturday, July 25. Visit savagerace.com to view more information and to register for the race.
"It's Not Too Much to Mask" McHenry County
Resume McHenry County has launched the “It’s Not Too Much to Mask” campaign to encourage and promote mask wearing. To keep our county and state “open” and our economy moving forward, we must continue to do what we’ve been doing—physical distancing, frequently washing hands and wearing face coverings—so we don’t go backward. Health experts agree that wearing a mask (the proper way) is one of the best things we can do to prevent the spread of the virus. You can show off your mask using hashtags #MaskOnMcHenryCounty and #ResumeMcHenryCounty and posting to your social media channels. Tag the local business you're visiting to show them some love and your friends to encourage them to participate!
ComEd Tree Trimming
In the next few months, ComEd will perform vegetation maintenance to ensure system electrical reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of outages. Affected property owners will be notified. For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, visit http://www.ComEd.com/Trees.
Photo of the Week
Caleb Rodenkirch caught a couple of largemouth bass at Hatchery Park on May 31, with the bigger of the two weighing in at just over 4 lbs! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
November 3, 2020 General Election
Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available here .

Register to vote or check your registration status, visit here .
Join the 2020 Gather5K annual race to benefit the community playground and walking path at Place to Gather, LifeSpring Community Church's planned development to be located at Route 173 & Siedschlag Road. 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, live music with Will Kruger, food trucks and free activities for the kinds. 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.
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 .
We're glad to be in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, but don't want to move backwards! Each 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 current stats on McHenry Count y COVID-19 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email 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 . You can also drop off materials in the vestibule.
Blast from the Past
Photos of the Nick Freund family a who lived at 2110 Main Street.
Martha & Susie, George in the blacksmith shop, sisters Martha, Dora, Eleanor & Lucille, Eleanor's 1939 wedding party, a cow in the backyard, a 1940s picnic

Nick Freund, the town blacksmith who was discussed last week, had six children- five girls and a boy - in a 19 year span with his wife Anna, who died in 1918 in childbirth. Martha and Susie were the firstborns, born in 1897 and 1899, and are pictured above together..

George, who was born in 1901, worked for his father and was a little bit of a mischief-maker. When he was young, he would jump into his father's car and race down Main Street throwing up clouds of dust (before the street was paved), only to stop and park the car at Blivin Street (.2 miles away) to run some errands. This did not sit well with the women who had just put their laundry on the line. George was on the Spring Grove baseball team and retired to Florida in his later years.

Eleanor Freund, who was born in 1913, married Victor Freund from McHenry (who was not related) so she didn't have to change her last name. Freund was and still is a common name in McHenry county. She died in 2006 of Alzheimer's disease, but was still able to share her memories and these photos in 2002. She outlived all her siblings by over 25 years.

The family kept milk cows in the cement barn at the back of the house at 2110 Main Street , which still stands today. Spring Grove residents recalled bringing their small milk pails there every day in the 1930s to buy milk from Mary Freund, Nick's second wife. Eleanor had many pictures to share of family parties by the old barn throughout the years like the one above.
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