July 1, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
It is hard to believe we are in July already. I wanted to thank everyone who has sent a public comment email message about the Winn Road future funding grant. This money is for a 2025 resurfacing grant that we have been denied full funding for through the current process.

I don’t know what the outcome will be but your help has brought Spring Grove to the discussion point and we will work hard to secure whatever funding that is available. In case you missed last week's discussion on this topic and/or want to have your views heard, click here .

Covid 19 update: Now that we are in Phase 4, it has been great to see a lot of you out and visiting our local restaurants. The feedback from our restaurant owners has been very positive and they are very appreciative of your business during this pandemic. The indoor seating is open now with restrictions. I understand that many are still staying away and ordering take out, which is also great. I believe we are all doing what is right to protect our health and support our local businesses. Thank you. Playgrounds are now open with social distancing. See Phase 4 of Restore Illinois below for more information.

This time of year is normally the time of one of Spring Grove's largest celebrations. Our 4th of July celebration with the parade, fireworks and other activities has always been a great time for family and friends to get together and celebrate.

Because of COVID-19 and the restrictions, along with fundraising concerns and not wanting to ask our businesses and families for support during these hard times, the 4th of July Committee and the Village thought it was best to cancel. This decision was very difficult for the committee. Hopefully everything will be back to normal next year.

The Richardson family, with their large farm property and parking area, has stepped up to the plate. This year the fireworks will be displayed at the Richardson Adventure Farm. They will adhere to the social distancing rules, much like a drive-in theater. View more information on their website and keep up-to-date on their Facebook page by clicking the links in the article below.

Thank you for your support of our local businesses and I hope everyone stays healthy.

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
4th of July Fireworks at Richardson Farm!
Richardson Adventure Farm is excited to partner with the Richmond-Spring Grove Area Rotary Club to provide a fireworks show on Saturday, July 4th! There will be plenty of parking with excellent sight lines to the fireworks show ( view map here ).

Parking opens at 6:00 p.m. at 909 English Prairie Rd.
Entry fee of $20 per car - cash only .
Phase 4 social distancing will be in place.
You are encouraged to stay in your car or set up chairs in front of your car.
3 food trucks will provide food to take back to your car.
Golf carts will drive through selling beer, kettle corn, and fresh donuts.
You are welcome to bring coolers with drinks and food.
No Grills - No Fireworks - No Walk-ins.
No Parking on any streets or in subdivisions - on grounds parking only.
View more details on their website here !

F ireworks are expensive! They could use your donation or sponsorship! Donate and bring a banner, sign, product or vehicle to proudly display your support for our community. Names of donors contributing $100 or more will be displayed on the Richardson Farm and R/SG Rotary websites. Read more here...

Also check their Facebook page - " Richardson World's Largest Corn Maze " - for further and updated information. Questions can be sent to info@richardsonfarm.com .
The Grove Bar & Grill Entertainment this Weekend
Friday, July 3
Jimmy Nick from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fourth of July
Judson Brown Band from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
& Tommy Knox 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 5
Sunday, July 5 - Blues Jam hosted by Marie Martens 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Mai Tais and Packaged Beer
Stop by the Grove on the way to the Fireworks to pick up to-go Mai Tais and packaged beer.
Disposable cups & ice included! Located at 2008 Main Street
44th Annual Spring Grove Ladies Golf Outing
This year's Spring Grove Ladies Golf Day will be held on August 13 at the Nippersink Golf Resort located at N1055 Tombeau Rd. in Genoa City, WI.18 hole scramble - rain or shine. Same great location and no price increase! Registration is due by August 1. Download the registration form and read more details here .
Happy Fourth of July
The Village Municipal Centre will be closed this Friday, July 3, due to the 4th of July holiday. Garbage and recycling pick-up will not be affected by the holiday.
Now Hiring!
The Shores of Turtle Creek is now HIRING seasonal/part time help!
·          Maintenance
·          Janitorial
·          Lawn Care
·          Cleaning
Janitorial - Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings, based on event schedule. Lifting required. Cleaning - Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings, based on event schedule. Detailed oriented a must! Maintenance and Lawn Care - Flexible hours, would prefer one individual willing to do both. This individual can also cover Janitorial duties. If you are dependable and motivated, e-mail anna@shoresofturtlecreek.com for consideration. Located at 7908 Winn Road.
Photo of the Week
I mages of spring flowering bushes, trees and tulips in Spring Grove. Submitted by Frank Adenau and Emily White. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
Phase 4 of "Restore Illinois"
We have now moved into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois . Continue to wear face coverings that cover your nose and mouth. Maintain social distance of 6 feet and frequently wash your hands. Here are some highlights for all industries:

  • Outdoor playgrounds are open so long as no more than 50 persons are present at the playground and social distancing is followed
  • Fitness centers and gyms may open with capacity limits at 50 percent and restrictions on classes of up to 50 with social distancing
  • Meetings, social events and other gatherings are limited to 50 people with social distancing
  • Youth and recreational sport games and tournaments permitted with capacity and group size limits
  • Retail, service counters, offices, personal care (including salons, barber, nail salons), manufacturing and other industries allowed to reopen in Phase 3 will continue to operate at a reduced capacity.

The Village Municipal Centre is open with normal hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You are encouraged to conduct as much business as possible online . You can also drop off materials in the vestibule.
Snapology 2020 Summer Camps
S napology Summer Camps for ages 5 - 12 begin in July at Horse Fair Park. Camps include The Amazing Race, STEAM Club, Drone Commanders, Sports Science and more. View descriptions of all of the Summer Camps o ffered. View the Snapology guidelines and safety measures t hat will be taken. Find the Registration Form here along with ways to register.
67th Annual Spring Grove Men's Golf Outing
This year's Spring Grove Men's Golf Outing will be held on August 20 at the Nippersink Golf Resort located at N1055 Tombeau Rd. in Genoa City, WI. Sponsors are key to their success! Some proceeds go to support the community food pantry and other local groups. All registration is due by August 10. Download the registration/sponsor form and read more details here .
RB Helmet Club Golf Outing & Dinner Fundraiser
The RB Helmet Club is excited to move forward with the 2020 golf outing on Friday August, 21 at the Fox Lake Country Club. Please come join them and help support the Rockets Football Team. With golf courses open, we thought it may be nice to “get out” and have some fun with your family and friends on the links. Not a golfer? Join them for dinner and fundraising events at Horse Fair Park at 5:00 p.m. The most up to date information regarding Covid-19 will be reviewed closer to the event date. All forms and payments must be in by August 7. View the registration form/dinner information . View the Sponsorship/Donation Form .
COVID-19 Update
Continue physical distancing and wear face coverings --the two most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keep practicing regular and diligent hand washing. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve and stay home if you are sick. Remember these symptoms . Continue to wear face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. Since you can spread COVID19 before you know you are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms.

View current stats on McHenry Count y 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
Photos of 4th of July Celebrations throughout the years. Collage from 2002 Centennial Book, the parade line-up on Main Street from the1940s and the corner crowd in 2015

Fourth of July Celebrations have a history of over 120 years in Spring Grove! The earliest news of one is from 1904. Even then, local businesses created floats that were judged for their merits, "the most comical" being a popular category. Nick Freund won the grand prize, but Jake Freund's and many others also caused "much amusement".

In 1907, the 4th of July committee plan a celebration that was "a rousing good time". There was even a spectacular display of fireworks that evening.

In 1912, the citizens of our town were making extensive preparations for the 4th and extended "a special invitation to the people of McHenry, Johnsburgh, Volo, Ringwood and Richmond to be their guests".

In 1976, our bicentennial year, a huge celebration was planned and the day included horse exhibitions, games of all kinds, fire department water fights, a fun run/walk and more.

In 1980, Tillie May and Stella Price Richardson (top left of collage photo) were the grand marshals, given the honor as being the oldest Spring Grove residents. Stella was born in 1890 and was a teacher at Spring Grove school in 1910. Tillie May was born in 1889 and lived until age 103! She lived downtown on North East Street with her husband Frank, a cement contractor, and their children.

The largest parade was in 1999 when all the area farmers were honored as the grand marshals. They drove antique tractors, new tractors, horses pulling wagons, and brought goats, geese and sheep. The parade lasted over two hours and the crowd was in awe!

We will miss the parade this year but hope we can see everyone at next year's celebration!
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