April 7, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
We hope everyone enjoyed the car parade through Horse Fair Park to see the Easter Bunny on March 27! Over 75 cars came through to wave to the Bunny and play a game of count the eggs. View photos of the event here.
Outfield Advertising Spaces Available
Advertise your business at Thelen Park this year! Outfield advertising spaces at the two ball fields are now available for $300 for the 2021 ball season. Supply your own banner or order one from the village's preferred vendor and choose from a 4' x 8' or 4' x 16' banner or 4' x 8' metal sign. View more information here.
Squeez Juice Bar Now Hiring
Would you like serving up cold-pressed juices, Acai bowls, smoothies, and more? Squeez Juice Bar is looking for full- time employees to start immediately! Feel free to stop in or email Zach here.Visit them on Facebook here.
Service Repair Scheduled
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This winter, a semi-truck slid off the road and hit a pole with Mediacom's service on it, resulting in a widespread outage. Services were temporarily fixed but they will be making a permanent repair which will result in services being down on Tuesday, April 13 from 12am – 6am, but may be done more quickly. The timing in the middle of the night hopes to cause as little inconvenience as possible. 
April Happenings at Nature's Feed
Feeding Finch Frenzy - April 9: Receive a FREE Thistle Sock Feeder with your purchase of either Nyjer or Wild Finch Plus Bird Seed on April 9 while supplies last - limit one per household. Nature’s Feed also has a bird seed frequent buyer program! Please visit the store for more details.
Observance of National Pet Day - April 10: National Pet Day is Sunday, April 11, but they'll be celebrating a day early! Stop by on April 10, to receive a FREE bag of Lotus Dog Treats or cat goody bag with your purchase. Limit one free gift per household while supplies last. Plus, save 30% on all Weruva products for both cats and dogs while supplies last. Restrictions may apply. Located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Help Wanted at Tulip Festival
Richardson Farm, LLC, is looking for weekly and weekend help cashiering at the Tulip Festival. This will be for a three or four-week period when the tulips are in bloom (we hope by April 17). Half or full days are available. The employment can be carried over to other seasons if desired. Please call Carol Richardson at 815-675-9729 for more information.
Yard Waste Disposal - New this Year
Yard waste collection starts April 1 and ends December 1. Eight bags, bundles or cans are allowed each week - no stickers or subscription required. Food scraps can also be added to landscape waste. Cans can be no larger than 35 gal. and should have a tight-fitting lid (pick up "Yard Waste Only" stickers for your cans at the village free of charge). If you have more than eight items, Flood Brothers will bill you $2.20 for each one over. View more info on yard waste here. Burning of landscape waste is allowed on the weekends in April/May and Oct/Nov but you are encouraged to have it collected. View more here.
Photo of the Week
Hatchery Park has some new tenants! It's been reported there are up to five or six swans enjoying the big pond. Although swans are gentle, beautiful to look at, and generally harmless, they have their rare moments of aggression. If another swan, goose, or human gets too close to their nesting ground or young, they may chase them away. They may also bite – although they have no teeth, but they can still pinch the skin which can be irritable. So please just look and don't pester! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Photo of Swans taken on March 23 by Britonya Krakowski
Photo of swans taken on the same day by Bob Kerpec
Gift Shop Open starting April 10!
The gift shop at Richardson Farm will be open starting April 10 - May 9 selling spring and garden merchandise of hand-painted vases, wine glasses and garden rocks, local artisan garden ceramics, and more! Also enjoy wine tasting, apple cider & frosted donuts, Richardson's fudge, popcorn and kettle corn, No admission charge. Open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Located at 909 English Prairie Road. The tulips won't be blooming yet, but hoping they will be by April 17!!


Spring Special at Salon Jevee
Salon Jevee is having a Spring Blowout Sale! Save 30% when you buy two or 20% on any one of Reune Care & Style Line products. Call 815-675-600 or visit www.salonjevee.com. Located at 2207 Route 12 in the Spruce Point shopping mall.
Lou Malnati's Pizza Fundraiser
The Spring Grove Fire Explorer Post is holding a pizza fundraiser in lieu of their pancake breakfast this spring! The Lou Malnati’s Pizza Fundraiser will run from April 6 - May 1. Purchase a coupon for $13.00 for a 9” frozen pizza to be redeemed at any Lou’s location. Sausage, Pepperoni, Cheese, or Spinach available. Cash or checks accepted (payable to: Spring Grove Explorer Post 1800). Coupons will be delivered at a later date and are valid for 6 months from date of purchase. Please call the fire station at 815-675-2450 or stop by to purchase! Located at 8214 Richardson Road.
2021 Mighty Mites T-ball Information
Mighty Mites t-ball is an exciting five-week program for boys and girls. Children hit off the tee, run the bases and play different positions, not including catcher. No scores are kept as the goal is to just have fun while learning the fundamentals of the game. Team t-shirt and hat included in the fee. Volunteer coaches are needed for this league. View the registration form.
New Blood Drive Scheduled
The Spring Grove Fire District is sponsoring another blood drive on Wednesday, April 28, from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Carrie at 815-271-2910 or visit www.versiti.org/IL. View the flyer here with additional information. Make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior to your donation!
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Increased law enforcement officers will stop and ticket anyone who violates distracted driving and other Illinois motor vehicle laws. The Spring Grove PD is partnering with IDOT, the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies in Illinois during the month of April. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 26,004 people died in U.S. crashes involving a distracted driver between 2012 and 2019. View the press release.
COVID-19 Vaccine - New Information
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If you work in manufacturing, the restaurant business or the construction trades, you're now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
There are multiple ways you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including Regional Healthcare Systems, Retail Pharmacies, Mass Vaccination Sites, and Local Community Health Centers. View links to all of these options here: https://bit.ly/MCDHCOVIDVaxLoc.

The McHenry County Department of Health is now using the state's COVID-19 vaccine registration page at https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov. You may have to try several time as slots fill up quickly, but new appointment options are posted regularly. You must have an email address (or you can use a friend's email address) when you call. Call 833-621-1284 and press 2 at the prompt; press 2 at the next prompt and you will be connected with a live person.

Fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested or quarantining, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. You should still wear a face covering, socially distance and avoid crowds.

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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Once 50% of residents 16 and older have been vaccinated and stable or declining COVID-19 metrics are recorded during a 28-day monitoring period, Phase 5 will be implemented. As regulations are rolled back gradually, continue following public health guidelines that have kept us safe during the pandemic.
 
Community events, festivals and parades will be allowed to resume as soon as May if the state keeps on pace with vaccinations. This could change if vaccination progress slows or if a resurgence of the virus occurs.

A map and information of the status of every Illinois county can be found on the IDPH website here. 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 - Stella Price
Parents Richard Price & Eleanor Evans and "The Big Six". Stella is seated at right.
Teacher Stella Price (right) with class at Spring Grove School circa 1908-1911
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George James Richardson
We previously learned about Edith Price who married Howard Westlake and lived on Blivin Street until they took up farming in Wisconsin. Edith had five sisters who were affectionately known as "the big six", owing to their large size (she also had six brothers).

Her sister Stella was well-educated and hired as a teacher at Spring Grove School from 1908 -1911. In 1908, she was the only teacher, with 20 students at all grade levels in her class. She was paid $50 per month. In 1915 she married George James Richardson. They lived on the Richardson homestead, taking over from George's parents, Jesse and Cora. The farm held 207 acres which they farmed and raised dairy cows and bred cattle.

They had three children: Francis H. born in 1916, Della Edith born in 1918, and Owen Kenneth born in 1921. Owen was the last surviving of the three, having lived a full life until 2010. Stella lived 100 years, from 1890-1990. In 1980, she shard the title of 4th of July Grand Marshal with Tillie May. She is pictured here on that day at age 90.
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