August 19, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
The Main Street bridge/culvert project is finished.The barricades are removed and the final detour signs will be removed tomorrow. Repaving will be done next, and Main Street will be totally completed within a few weeks. The downtown restoration is finishing up, too. New decorative lampposts will be installed and the new parking spaces striped. Thank you for your patience with these projects that took longer then anticipated! Next up is the Winn Road Railroad Crossing repair. Detour signs should be going up in early September in advance of the work starting. That project should only take a couples of weeks once they start.
Free Admission Days
The McHenry County Historical Society has opened again to the public. Spring Grove residents free admission days are August 29 - September 4. Pre-registration is required and can be done on their website here.
Storm Damage Pickup
Public Works is slowly making their way through town to pick up and chip branches. Completed subdivisions are North Ridge, Forest Ridge, The Preserve and Clark Road where residents live. Work will continue for the week, possibly into next week. Please be patient as there was a lot of damage all over town.
IHDA Rental & Mortgage Assistance Programs
Applications for rental assistance via the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program are available. Applications will be accepted through August 21st. Apply online at the Illinois Housing Development Authority website. Applications for mortgage assistance via the Emergency Mortgage Assistance (EMA) Program are scheduled to be available beginning 8/24/20. Applications will be accepted from August 25 - September 4. Apply online here.
Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
The 2020 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign will run from August 20 through the early morning hours of September 8. Drivers in Spring Grove can expect to see stepped-up patrols on the lookout for impaired drivers and seat-belt violators. Speeders and distracted drivers should also be aware. "While celebrations marking the last days of summer may look different this year than in times past, the potential remains for an increase in the number of impaired drivers on the road," said Chief Tom Sanders. "Please plan ahead for a safe ride home. It truly is a matter of life or death."
Photos of the Week
Kenna Mae caught 16 fish her fist time fishing at Hatchery Park! Josh Johnsen caught a 6 lb bass and a 12 lb catfish which was almost as big as he is! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Firefighter's Association Annual Golf Outing
The Spring Grove Firefighter’s Association will be hosting their 2nd annual golf outing on Monday, September 14 at the Twin Lakes Country Club. Find the signup sheet here to fill out and turn in to the Spring Grove Fire Department by September 1st. They hope to see you there!
Census Update
Census takers (enumerators) have started to work in communities. If you are visited by one, please note:
  • They will not request entry into your home, will be wearing a mask and should safely adhere to social distancing.
  • They work between 9am and 9pm, including weekends. 
  • If no one is home, they will leave a notice with information about how to respond onlineby phone or by mail
  • They will have a valid ID badge with their photograph, with a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
As a reminder, the U.S. Census Bureau has accelerated the timeline to complete their counting efforts. The new deadline is September 30, 2020, a month sooner than previously announced.
COVID-19 Update
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Fourteen counties are considered to be at a warning level in Illinois. Continue to take precautions to keep COVID-19 from spreading by staying home if you don't feel well and remember the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering whenever you're in a public setting
  • Watch your Distance - Stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, in both indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Wash your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

View current stats on McHenry County COVID-19 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Blast from the Past - Spring Grove School
Photos of Spring Grove School 2018 Main Street
  1. The "new" Spring Grove two-room school opened in 1901 2. Teacher A.E. Truax with his students in this photo from 1904 3. The school right before it was torn down in 1962. The new school can be seen at right which gives us an understanding of where the old one stood.
4. 1962 Grand Opening
Spring Grove School started out as a one-room schoolhouse in the 1800s and was later enlarged to two rooms. One entrance was for the girls and the other for the boys where each hung their coats on a peg in the closet.

No photo of the original one-room school is known to exist. This is an entry from the Director's Book for April 23, 1886 - "Directors met at the Cheesefactory and disided (sp.) that we should hier (sp.) Harry Mortimer to teach the shool (sp.) for 3 months at $30 per month..."

In the late 1800s, class sizes ranged from 24 - 34 and the student ages were from as young as 4 to as old as 19. In 1898, the pupils wrote about an almost impassable snowstorm that winter, "we showed some grit to brave (the roads) and report at nine a.m. after the storm...Our school room is warm and quite pleasant, notwithstanding the fact that the walls are falling apart and the stove minus a grate. However if you could peek in each morning at about 7:30 and see Chester make a fire you would cease to wonder at the comfortable atmosphere..." The boys carried the wood in out of the wet snow each day.

In 1959 the School Board purchased 3.5 acres next to the school at $1,500 per acre. On October 28, 1962 the new $145,000 school was formally dedicated. The old two-room school house was torn down but the school bell was saved and displayed in front of the new school. However, one day in the 1970s or 80s it was discovered that someone stole it and it was never recovered...
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