May 12, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Saturday, May 22 - McHenry County Recycling event (see more info below)
Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Ceremony at Horse Fair Park
Friday, June 25 - Friday Night Fish Boil at Horse Fair Park
Saturday, July 3 - Concert in the Park - (corner of Main & Blivin) featuring Bella Cain
Sunday, July 4 - 4th of July Celebration

More information will follow in future newsletters.
Help Connect McHenry County Master Plan - Tonight at 6 PM
The participation of our residents on the last Zoom call meeting made a huge impact and we want to keep that going! Join the discussion or just listen in. The new Trails Master Plan can provide:

  1. Safety for our school-aged kids by making it possible for them to bicycle safely to Richmond/Burton High School or Nippersink Middle School without having to cross or travel down busy roads. Approximately 2/3 of our kids go to school in Richmond.
  2. Regional tourism, creating economic growth by creating a bicycle thoroughfare for tourists between the IL Prairie Path and Chain of Lakes State Park, with access to our business district and the Richardson Adventure Farm, a major tourism attraction. 
  3. Greater access to regional trails = more users by allowing users from Spring Grove and Richmond to reach the regional trail systems without having to load bikes on cars or travel over unsafe on-road routes, encouraging more users to use the system.
 
The public meeting will be held tonight, May 12, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. The input of our community is critical in the development of the plan and the recommendations their advisory committee puts forth.
 
To register for the meeting, use this link. You can also register after the meeting is over to watch it. Submit questions ahead of time or email Emily at ekdaucher@mchenrycountyil.gov.
Recycling Event & the 2021 Green Guide
McHenry County residents can bring their old documents, clean Styrofoam, textiles, light bulbs and electronic recyclables to McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake, on May 22 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. View more information on this event here.

The 2021 Green Guide will answer all your how-to-recycling questions. Also learn more about reducing single-use plastics and about hard-to-recycle items.
Salon Jevee News
Summer is hair at Salon Jevee! Call today to book with your stylist. Salon Jevee also has a chair rental available. Call Renee at 815-675-600 for details. Located at 2207 Route 12 in the Spruce Point Mall. View the flyer here.
Junior Golf Lessons
Students get 4 hours of golf instruction from a PGA professional held on both the range and around the green at Pro-Circle Golf and one course instruction at Twin Lakes Country Club. Ages 11 & up. Lessons available for adults (high school & up), too. See page 8 in the summer rec brochure link below!
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2021 Summer Recreation Guide Brochure
The Summer Recreation Brochure is now available! View the Rec brochure with exciting new programs and old favorites. Download full-page registration form.
Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination & Micro-chipping
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The McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center is holding a low-cost micro-chipping and rabies clinic for cats. $15 for one year rabies vaccination and $30 for three years. Microchips are free if the pet is receiving its rabies vaccine and registration but costs $5 otherwise.View information on registration fees and more here. Call (815) 459-6222 to schedule. Held at 100 N. Virginia Street in Crystal Lake on Tuesday, May 18, from 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Photo of the Week
Can you see the moon in this sunset photo taken by Claudia Tribuzio in Spring Grove Estates? If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Orchard Bluff Neighborhood Garage Sale
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Orchard Bluff is having a neighborhood garage sale starting Thursday, June 10 - June 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sponsored by Peggy Raynor with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group and her Assistant Ray Wojciechowski. Please contact them if you would like to participate in the garage sale, or if you have any real estate inquiries. They are also looking to help sponsor other Spring Grove neighborhood garage sales. Call Peggy at (224) 587-6666, or email her here, or Ray at 815-451-8881 or email him here.
Birds of Paradise Prom Flowers
Order your prom flowers early from Birds of Paradise! Located at 2404 Spring Ridge Drive. Call 815-363-8568.
National Pet Month
Nature's Feed celebrates pets this month! Of course we celebrate our pets every month, but this month we spend a little extra time appreciating our furry friends. Did you know that pets can improve our physical and mental health? Studies have shown that we can see the following benefits from pet ownership: 
  • Lower stress levels 
  • Decreased blood pressure 
  • Improved immune system 
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities 
  • And so much more!! 
PLUS! Stop by Nature’s Feed on May 15 to receive a FREE gift with any purchase! Limit 1 offer per household while supplies last. Located at 2440 Westward Drive.
RB Helmet Club Golf Outing
The RB Helmet Club is holding a Golf Outing and Dinner/Fundraiser in support of the Richmond Burton Rockets Football Team on Friday, June 25 at the Fox Lake Country Club. View and download the registration with more information here and the Sponsorship Donation Form here!
2021 Cheerleading Registration
Registration is now open for the 2021 WLAC Cheerleading Season for 1 - 8 grades! Practices begin in July on Monday & Thursday evenings. See more information in the flyer here. Westosha Legacy Athletic Club is located at 2449 Pierce Drive.
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivered to Physicians
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COVID-19 vaccines will start being delivered to primary care physicians for them to administer directly to their patients. The MCDH is now accepting walk-in appointments at its sites in McHenry, Crystal Lake and Harvard. (Even though the MCDH is taking walk-ins, it's a good idea to make an appointment here - https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov.)

If you got your first shot at another clinic, but failed to follow through and get the second, the MCDH will give it to you, regardless of where you received the first. Click here for more information. Get vaccinated and let's reopen McHenry County and the rest of Illinois!

You also can receive the vaccine through retail pharmacies - a list of participants and their locations, is available here - http://coronavirus.illinois.gov, or here - http://bit.ly/MCDHFindVaccine.

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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Governor JB Ptitzker announced the entire state will move into the Bridge Phase (transition period between Phases 4 and 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan) this Friday, May 14. After a 28-day monitoring period, the state could move into Phase 5 (Illinois Restored) as early as Friday, June 11. This could change if a resurgence of the virus occurs.

The CDC said this week that it's safe for fully vaccinated people to go outdoors without face coverings in many situations, with the exception of events with large crowds. Illinois will be updating their guidance to be in line with the CDC's new mask guidance. Previously Illinois required masks outdoors whenever people weren't able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance. The CDC guidelines say those who are at least two weeks past their final shot don't need to wear masks when attending small outdoor gatherings, even if unvaccinated people are also present.
 
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.

If you have health questions, call the COVID-19 hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Blast from the Past - Elizabeth Mayer (Meyer) & the Schmitts
Elizabeth Mayer and Nickolas Schmitt
wedding photo in 1899
Elizabeth Mayer and Joseph Schmitt
wedding photo in 1909
8020 Blivin Street in background in 1947
8020 Blivin Street today
Elizabeth Mayer (Meyer) was born in 1881 on a farm near Ringwood, one of 13 children. She lived there with her parents until 1899 when she was united in marriage to Nicholas Schmitt of Spring Grove. They had two sons, Edward and Fred. Sadly, Nicholas was ill for some time with a "complication of diseases" and died in 1908 following an operation at the age of 29. The remains were brought home to St. Peter Church where it was noted that the church was crowded to its "utmost capacity" with a "large concourse of friends following the remains to their last resting place" in the church cemetery.

A year and four months later, Elizabeth married Nickolas's older brother, Joseph, which was not an uncommon practice back then. Together they had three daughters, Viola, Margaret and Virginia. who were step-siblings and cousins to their brothers. Instead of nephews, the boys were now considered Joseph's sons. They lived at 8020 Blivin Street. Elizabeth died at her home in 1939 at age 57 of pneumonia after bouts with heart trouble.

Their friends, John and Emma Jung, who rented a place nearby moved into 8020 Blivin to help Joseph around the house. The Jungs had lost a lot of money when the Ringwood Bank failed in 1926, so the arrangement helped them both out. Joe lived until age 94 in 1966. He was survived by his three daughters and one son (Edward preceded him in death), nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He and Elizabeth are buried together in St. Peter's cemetery.
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