June 16, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
We did it! We made it through the COVID-19 pandemic, which is finally on the downturn. Thank you all for working with the village and helping to support our businesses during this time! Our local businesses are very appreciative of your continued support. We still need to be conscious of the virus and it’s effects on others, but we can now get back to normal operations.

On Friday, June 25, please join us at Horse Fair Park for our annual Friday Night Fish Boil fundraiser for Hatchery Park. The night will give you an opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors and others for a fun night of great food, raffles, and music. See more information in today's eNews.

The 4th of July Committee has been hard at work planning a two-day event this year. On July 3, come to a good old-fashioned street dance at Main Street & Blivin downtown. Bella Cain will be performing starting at 7:30 p.m. On July 4, our popular family-fun parade will begin at noon with a 1980s theme. We will be honoring retired Police Chief and life-long resident, Tom Sanders, as the Grand Marshal. Tom has given so much to our village throughout the years and continues on as a Village Trustee. Fireworks will be held on the 4th at Thelen Park. View more information in today's eNews.

This year's Road Project includes the resurfacing of seven roads and the contract was awarded to Payne and Dolan for $836,000. This will be the largest project for a while until our fund is built back up over the next few years. Great news - this week we were notified that we have been awarded a grant for $296,000 for the extension of the Winn Road bike path to English Prairie Road. Out of 270 projects, only 99 projects received funding, including ours. This project will hopefully start next year sometime. We have been very aggressive and meeting with representatives to have our village's needs heard.

Recently, Mediacom's service had issues once again. I urge you to join me in filing an FCC complaint. I personally filed one last month. If you are frustrated with their service, the FCC needs to have a record of complaints. The form is really simple to fill out and you will receive a direct response from Mediacom. Link to the form here.

Hope to see you this summer,

Mark Eisenberg
Village President
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
A household hazardous waste recycling event will be held next Saturday, June 26, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Lake in the Hills. This event is free and open to all Illinois residents and is for residential waste only. Make sure all waste materials are clearly labeled and safely packaged for transport. View the flyer here for acceptable items. For more information on recycling in McHenry County please visit www.mchenry.edu/green.
SG Firefighters Association Steak Fry & Golf Outing
The Spring Grove Firefighter’s Steak Fry will be held on Saturday, August 21, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Horse Fair Park. The Steak Fry raffle tickets are in and can be purchased now at the Fire Station at 8214 Richardson Road. Only 225 $100 tickets will be sold with twenty prizes in all! First prize - $4,000, Second prize - $2,000, Third prize - $1,000, and Fourth prize - $750. Fifth - Twentieth prizes are $500 - $150. Cash prizes are based on the amount of tickets sold. Sign up now for the Spring Grove Firefighter's Association's 3rd annual golf outing on September 16 at Twin Lakes County Club. View the Sign Up sheet here.
Chamber of Commerce Car Show
Mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerce Car Show on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 7777 Winn Road, rain or shine! The show is fun for the whole family with vendors, food trucks, crafters, and of course, cars! $5 car registration. 21 trophies will be awarded! View the flyer for more details.
Friday Night Fish Boil Next Friday!
Come to the Friday Night Fish Boil fundraiser for Hatchery Park at Horse Fair Park next Friday, June 25. Serving all-you-can-eat boiled cod, BBQ chicken & ribs, red potatoes & onions, bread, coleslaw & dessert prepared by Fitzgerald's of Genoa City. Kid's meals available, too. Three silent auctions and live music by the Judson Brown Band from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the upkeep and beautification of Hatchery Park. View the flyer with more information.
Help Create a Brighter Future
The second public survey for the McHenry County Connection Trails Master Plan is now available! They are asking for our feedback on path types and goals. It's very important that all our voices are heard. Link to the survey here: http://metroquestsurvey.com/xd2t2h.
Photo of the Week
A deer is wondering if they should jump the fence to enjoy a dip in the pool with the mallard duck couple. Submitted by Kevin Gray in the Orchard Bluff subdivision. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Spring Grove 4th of July Update
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The 4th of July Committee is so excited to be back and we've got a great weekend planned for you! On Saturday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m., thanks to the sponsorship of Ray Auto Group and Scot Forge, Bella Cain will be performing in our new park at Main Street & Blivin downtown. Gates open at 4 p.m. and there will be food trucks and beverages for all ages. Parking in all lots is $10 per car.
 
On Sunday, July 4, the parade starts at noon. Main Street closes to vehicular traffic at 10 a.m. Our new beverage tent will still be up and watch for updates on food trucks in attendance. Parking is $10 per car in all lots. Want to be in our parade? Its FREE! Sign up here: https://www.sg4thofjuly.com/blank
 
On Sunday, July 4, at dusk, fireworks are back at Thelen Park! Parking in all lots is $10 per car. Watch our website at sg4thofjuly.com or our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

~Kelly Popelka, President 4th of July Committee
ComEd Peak Time Savings Program & Grants
You may be able to earn credits on your electric bill this summer by enrolling in ComEd's Peak Time Savings program and reducing energy usage when you participate voluntarily on days with Peak Time Savings Hours. There is no cost to enroll and you can remain in the program for as long as you like. For more information or to enroll, visit ComEd's webpage here. They also offer a program that provides residents who may struggle with financial hardships a grant of up to $500 to help pay past energy bills. Learn more by clicking here.
Father's Day Special
Yellow Bird Fishing Products wants to celebrate Dad in a big way with some fishing gear! They put together three different packages to choose from that you can shop by visiting their website here. "Fishing" all a Happy Father's Day! (Offer valid June 10 - June 20.)
Keep Pets Calm through Fireworks Season
July 4th is fast approaching as well as thunderstorm season. Dogs (and cats!) can be very reactive to loud noises. Here are tips from Nature's Feed to help keep your pets safe:
  • Consider walking your dog on a leash rather than letting them out in the backyard. Even fenced-in dogs can escape and run off when spooked.
  • Give your pets a safe space whether it's a corner in your bedroom, a closet with an open door, or the security of a crate. Let them feel they have a secure place to stay.
  • Update your pets' tags and microchips. In the event your pet does get scared and run off it's a good idea to make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Put on background music. A radio or TV can drown out the sound of thunder and even be enough of a distraction for your pet not to hear the loud booms when fireworks go off.
Nature's Feed is also offering up to 20% off select calming products, including CBD oil & treats. There are many options available to help ease your pets' nerves. The staff at Nature's Feed is happy to help with any questions you have, so feel free to stop at 2440 Westward Drive.
Blast from the Past - 8104 Blivin & the Foulke family
8104 Blivin, eight years later, with James Edward Foulke and Emily Eliza Price
Eight years after the Moss family posed in front of 8104 Blivin Street, James and Emily Foulke posed with a proud possession - a bicycle - on the front porch of the house. The trees and bushes are mature now and the house shows a little bit of age. There is one more person in this photo who can't be seen, and that is Lawrence Foulke who was waiting to be born soon on July 25, 1908.

James was the railroad station agent and telegraph operator for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. He was born in Ohio in 1872. At age 28, in 1900, he boarded in a private residence at Pleasant Prairie when he worked as a railroad station agent there. He married Emily at age 31 in October 1903. (Emily was one of "the big six" Price daughters who we learned about in past stories. Her sister Stella, was a Richardson, and sister Edith married Howard Westlake.) James was 36 when Lawrence was born. They didn't stay at 8104 Blivin for long, but moved into a large home next to the train station. There the family grew and we'll learn more about them and their life in Spring Grove in next week's newsletter.
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