July 8, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Hi Everyone,

Great job on the public hearing response for the Winn Road funding grant we didn’t receive full funding for. To date we have had 66 emails in support of Spring Grove receiving funding. 
There is still time to help out. On July 14 at 6pm MCCOM will be holding a virtual public hearing to inform the public about the STP program and MCCOM. They will be going over each project. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about and comment on the Spring Grove project, as well as others. You will have the opportunity to comment on either platform. Trustee Mike Lee and I have prepared some talking points if you would like to participate. Please note that the presenters are not elected officials and are only making the presentation. 
Where: McHenry County DOT Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/McHenryCountyDOT ) or Zoom ( https://us02web.zoom.us/s/84119967462 )
What: Emily Daucher, Planning Liaison for the McHenry County Council of Mayors, and Scott Hennings, MCCOM Executive Director, will present on the MCCOM Surface Transportation Program (STP). They will discuss what MCCOM is, what STP is, the transportation projects they’ve selected for funding, and other information. They will be present to answer any questions about the Council of Mayors, Surface Transportation Program, or other general topics as part of the public comment period.
Talking points:
  • Express support for the Winn Road improvement project referenced in the Village’s proposal – rather than disappointment that we did not get the amount asked for.
  • Winn Road is becoming an increasingly busy arterial road, connecting IL Rt. 173 with US Rt. 12 and Spring Grove Road, which in turn connects with other communities in the county. This should make Winn Road a priority.
  • Interestingly, the county has identified this corridor as an important one and demonstrated that by awarding Johnsburg $1.5MM to improve Johnsburg Road, a North/South corridor. 
  • Winn Road is in need of repair now, and the condition will only get worse as we wait for 2025 funding. And even then, the amount granted to the Village is only $481,000 of the $1.5MM requested.
  • Spring Grove is a small community with a limited revenue base with which to work. We have a vision for both commercial and residential growth, but the needed infrastructure cannot be completed without financial support from outside programs such as this funding. 
  • Its been 16 years since the Village has received any grant of this type, while the larger communities continue to receive more and more financial support. 

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Thank You from Richardson Farm
Beautiful weather, a full moon, wonderful guests, lively music, and exciting fireworks were all part of the fun evening at the 4th of July fireworks at the Richardson Adventure Farm! The Richardson's want to give a very special thank you to their sponsors for helping make the day a great success! You can view their names here !

They also send out a big thank you to the Village of Spring Grove, the Spring Grove Police Department, the Spring Grove Public Works Department, the Spring Grove Fire Department and the Fox Lake Police Department for their assistance.

Thanks also to Jack DeStephano for a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. And...finally, they want to thank all their guests who were at the farm for the 4th of July celebration. Everyone was enthusiastic, supportive, conscious of social distancing, and picked up their garbage, leaving the parking/festival area very clean!
Census 2020 Follow-Up
Starting on August 11, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin their efforts to follow-up with households that have not responded to the Census. These efforts will include in-person and door-to-door interviews. If you have not yet responded to the Census, there is still time. Households can respond online at my2020census.gov , by phone at (844) 330-2020 or by mailing directly back to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Charity Dog Wash at Nature's Feed
Calling all dogs......Join the fun on July 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Nature's Feed annual dog wash fundraiser to benefit L.E.A.R.N. (Labrador Education and Rescue Network). This is the rescue that owner Dorothy's fur kids; Apollo, Irie and Nika came from.  They will be offering dog washes for dog of all sizes. 100% of the proceeds will benefit. L.E.A.R.N. Nature's Feed is located at 2440 Westward Drive, next to the Spring Grove Post Office. Thank you for the support!! 

$12.00 Dog under 40lbs
$17.00 Dogs 40lbs & Over
$ 3.00 Nail Trim with bath
$ 5.00 Nail Trim no bath
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 .
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.
Income Tax Filing Due
Both state and federal returns are due on July 15. This year’s deadlines were extended three months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Illinois taxpayers can file their Form IL-1040 free using the MyTax Illinois website. Some lower-income taxpayers can also file their federal returns for free through the Internal Revenue Service’s FreeFile program; visit IRS.gov for more information.
Photo of the Week
I mages of beautiful Spring Grove skies: storm clouds by the Jewel from Jessica Heather, sunrays shooting through the backyard of Mike White in The Vintage subdivision and a rainbow taken from the deck of Cris Sutherland in the Oak Valley Estates subdivision. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
Join the 2020 Gather5K annual race to benefit the community playground and walking path at Place to Gather, LifeSpring Community Church's planned development to be located at Route 173 & Siedschlag Road. 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, live music with Will Kruger, food trucks and free activities for the kinds. To be Held August 15 at the Richardson Adventure Farm. Register here . Virtual options for remote runners also available via RunGo in the register link.
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 .
ComEd Summer Camp
ComEd Summer Camp is open all day, every day at ComEd.com/STEMActivities , with no registration required! The site features short educational videos for students in grades K through 12, and corresponding creative activities to help children and students learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and, energy efficiency lessons that can help the entire family save money and energy at home.
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.

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 . 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.
Blast from the Past
Photos of Blacksmith Nick Freund. - As a young man (bottom row right) with his family, In front of his shop, His car from the early 1930s, His blacksmith shop at a later time

Nick Freund was one of several blacksmiths in Spring Grove. He was born at Pistakee Bay in 1869, one of fourteen children of Peter and Susan Freund. He did farm work until he was 31 and then took up blacksmithing in1896. He took over William Shotliff's shop that was built in 1889. It was located in the vicinity of 2025 Main Street . Nick sold Janesville buggies & sleighs, did horse shoeing & general repairing.

It is interesting to note that an old jail called "the calaboose" was built in 1903 behind the building (the foundation is still visible). It was built mostly for those who imbibed too much at the taverns and became unruly. The calaboose was built slightly over the creek, to eliminate the need for a separate outhouse.

Nick married Anna Freund, who died in 1916, and Mary May, who was discussed last week. He and Anna had five children. Nick was very successful and lived in the home across the street at 2110 Main Street .

Willy Harms, who was a young boy in the 1920s, said he would go along for a ride to town to Freund's blacksmith shop whenever a farmer needed to have a hinge fixed on his wagon or a horse shod. There was no place better to go to watch them create whatever metal piece was needed. They used large bellows to keep the coal-burning fires burning. Ten years ago the building's owner donated a horseshoe that was found on the property during a remodel.

Nick suffered a stroke in 1930 and was forced to retire. Herman Dennison took over the running of the shop and Nick continued to spend his free time there. He actually died in the shop in 1940. Herman Dennison retired in 1945 and the fire department used the building for the storage of their trucks in the late 1940s. In 1949, Jess DeGroft bought the building to use as a warehouse. In 1951, he tore down the old blacksmith shop and built a cement block building, moving his screw machine shop there.

Nick's 1940 obituary stated he was one of Spring Grove's oldest and best-loved residents. Next week we'll learn about a few of his children.
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