August 11, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
In 2019 the Village received a tremendous response to the on-line Community Development Survey. One of the most requested topics was for more opportunities to bring the our residents together as a community with inexpensive, family-friendly events.

As a result, (after a delay in 2020 due to...well, you know...), we created a Community Engagement Committee whose job it is to plan and organize these events. This year they designed two new events just for you and your family:

The first Community Block Party will be held at Horse Fair Park on Saturday, September 18. The fun will start at 1:00 and run through 5:00 p.m. Admission is absolutely free and you are encouraged to bring whatever you want to eat and drink (although no grills will be available). There will be a band, team and individual games for kids, adults and families, and you’ll be able to test your knowledge of your home town by playing Spring Grove Trivia. The Community Block party will be an informal way for you to meet your fellow ‘Grovers’, so grab a lawn chair and come enjoy a nice day in the park (flyer coming soon).

Also, save the date for our first annual Trunk or Treat Halloween experience Saturday, October 30, at Horse Fair Park. View the Trunk or Treat flyer with more information.
2021 Road Program
Payne and Dolan, Inc. will begin this year’s road program on or about August 16, depending on weather conditions. The streets that will be re-paved with new asphalt are Hunters Lane (Bonner Lane to Fox Bluff Lane), Bonner Lane, Monterra Drive, Alamonte Drive, Carmel Court, Tahoe Lane, and Woodview Drive.
Nature's Feed Meet & Greet
Join Nature's Feed this Saturday, August 14, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to meet some of the wonderful folks at Stardust Animal Sanctuary.
Stardust Animal Sanctuary is Nature's Feed 3rd Quarter Pay It Forward Charity. This is a great opportunity for our customers to see what their donations go towards this quarter. Nature's Feed is located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Garbage Day Reminder
According to our village ordinance, the earliest refuse and recycling containers can be put out is 7 p.m. the day before your pickup and they must be taken in by 7 p.m. on your pickup day. Please don't store the containers on your driveway, parkway, or in your front yard before or after these times.Some neighborhood HOAs require them to be stored in the garage.
Photo of the Week
This pretty little tributary runs into the Nippersink Creek from behind St. Peter Church at the back of the parking lot. Photo submitted by Linda Willis. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Fire Explorer Post
The Spring Grove Fire Explorer Post 1800 is accepting applications for new members. The Explorer Post is open to young men and women ages 15-21 who are interested in learning more about a career in the fire service. Applications are available at the fire station located at 8214 Richardson Road. For more information, contact Robert Stevens here.
Salon Jevee
Salon Jevee's is dedicated to providing a superior experience for all your salon needs, including hair, nails and face. This month, receive $10 off any custom facial. View a list of services and a photo gallery here. One chair rental or one-year commission available. Call Renee at 815-675-6000 for details. Salon Jevee is located at 2207 Route 12 in the Spruce Pointe Mall.
New CDC Mask Guidelines
Face Mask 2
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance on wearing masks to help protect against infection from COVID-19 as the highly transmissible delta variant fuels a surge of cases. They recommend that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with substantial and high transmission. Read more here.
Blast from the Past - Mayer/Meyer/Myer Family
Fred and Helena February 13, 1901
Fred (R) with his only brother, John
Helena and Fred with their children,
Mary, Eugene, Anton and Isabel
At their new residence at 2114 Main Street with their children
As we learned last week, Anton & Anna Mayer, who homesteaded on Pioneer Road in Ringwood, did well enough to be able to give each one of their twelve children a farm or cash inheritance.

Of their twelve children, only two were boys. Son Fred was born in 1876 and son John was born in 1879. In 1901 Fred married Helena (Lena) May in a wedding "of unusual interest to the residents of the vicinity". The wedding was held in Johnsburg and had 300 guests in attendance! Fred and Lena were "recipients of many useful and beautiful presents among the number being a farm from the groom's father" (at 7302 Meyer Road). Fred and Lena had four children.

Fred farmed until 1924 when he and Lena moved to 2114 Main Street. The house was built by Lena's parents, Mathias and Margaritha May around 1900 when they retired from farming. Fred then became a carpenter and in 1937 he did all the carpentry work when St. Peter's School was re-decorated, including building the new entrance and stairway to the basement. .

The farm at 7302 Meyer Road stayed in the family and their son Anton eventually took it over.

Helena died at the home on Main Street on a Monday morning in April 1950. Fred died a year later at the age of 74.

Next week, we'll learn more Anton and his life on the farm at 7302 Meyer Road.
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