August 5, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
A message from Resume McHenry County:
Lake and McHenry County officials are working together to slow the recent resurgence of COVID-19. The two counties make up the North Suburban Region identified under the State’s new plan.

While our region’s metrics currently meet State targets, Lake and McHenry County Health Department leaders are concerned about the recent spike in cases and are proactively evaluating future interventions. As of July 24, the North Suburban testing positivity rate is 4.7%, and this has increased every day for the last eight days.

Any region that sustains an 8% positivity rate for three consecutive days or sees an increase in positivity rates and simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity will need to implement additional community mitigation interventions, according to the State’s plan. Those measures could include restricting the size of social gatherings, reducing capacity at businesses, or scaling back operations in industries that pose a higher risk of transmission.
Main Street Bridge Update
Progress is being made on the Main Street bridge/culvert. Once the guardrails are installed next week it should be ready for opening. Paving will be done with the use of flaggers to keep the road open and move traffic
Midwest Breakfast Co.
Midwest Breakfast Company is open for dine-in or drive-thru at the carry-out window. Choose from fresh breakfasts, burgers, soups, salads, wraps and more or just pick up a cup of coffee on your way to work. View the menu and place your carry-out order here. Indoor capacity set at CDC guidelines; outdoor seating also available. Drive thru opens at 5:30 a.m. Hours: Monday - Friday from 5:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 6:30 a.,. - 2:30 p.m. Located at 2207 Route 12 in the Spruce Point Mall.
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Solicitors
If a solicitor comes to your door, please ask to see their Spring Grove solicitor's permit which should be dated for that day. If they do not have one, please contact the PD at 815-675-2596 while they are still in your neighborhood. If possible, make a note of the make and model of their vehicle and license plate number. "No Solicitors Invited" signs for your front door are available at the Municipal Centre located at 7401 Meyer Road. Solicitation hours are 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
Firefighter's Association Annual Golf Outing
The Spring Grove Firefighter’s Association will be hosting their 2nd annual golf outing on Monday, September 14 at the Twin Lakes Country Club. Find the signup sheet here to fill out and turn in to the Spring Grove Fire Department by September 1st. They hope to see you there!
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Photos of the Week
More beautiful sunsets after storms! A panoramic view with her kids is from Kathy Krashoc; a view from Sandy Peterson's street in Nottingham Woods; and a nice view from Bob Kerpec's front porch. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Spring Grove Firefighter's Steak Fry & Raffle Tickets
The Spring Grove Firefighter’s Steak Fry will be next Friday, August 15, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Horse Fair Park. Due to the pandemic, you can order your food on-line and choose a time slot to pick up your order to go. Food can also be ordered and purchased on-site. Steak Fry raffle tickets are available at the Fire Station at 8214 Richardson Road. Hurry and grab some tickets before the 225 tickets are all gone! First prize is $4,000 with five other cash prices. Prizes will be based on the amount of tickets sold.
Voting Options for November 3 General Election
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Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. McHenry County has sent out a Vote by Mail Ballot application to registered voters. You can also request a ballot from them here. Register to vote or check your registration status here.
Salon Jevee Summer Specials
Call your stylist for an appointment and take advantage of Salon Jevee Winding Down Summer Specials! 10% off one retail product with any hair service and any Repechage Skincare products with any facial. View more here.
COVID-19
Currently, Spring Grove and the rest of McHenry & Lake County is in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. The Illinois Dept. of Public Health recently said 11 counties are considered to be at a warning level but not McHenry or Lake County. Continue to take precautions to keep COVID-19 from spreading:
  • stay at home if you don't feel well
  • wash hands frequently
  • wear face coverings that cover your nose and mouth in public places
  • social distance at least 6 feet from others.

View current stats on McHenry County 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.
Blast from the Past - The Nippersink Creek

  1. Photo of the Nippersink Creek circa 1910 from the Blivin Street Bridge, 2. "The beautiful Nippersink at Colemar" circa 1935, 3. Cows by the creek circa 1907-1915

The Nippersink Creek gently flows through town, zigzagging on its way to the Fox River. For thousands of years the creek has provided food, water, transportation, power, and recreation to all sorts of life.

"Nippersink" was derived from an old Native American name. In 1872, R. Crosby of Richmond, who spent a lot of time with the Native Americans and understood their language well, said it was a corruption of the word Ni-bish-ing, (with the accent on the second syllable) meaning "the place of small waters". In fact, research backs his assessment. The Ottawas called all small inland lakes, "nish" or "nibishing". Neversink was an earlier pronunciation of the original word, according to folklore.

In 1843, a gristmill was built on the banks of the Nippersink by Joseph Blivin to grind wheat and barley into flour, thus saving local farmers a wagon trip of many days. The mill was in operation until 1882. For 38 years, Spring Grove was also known as Bliven's Mills.

In the early 1900s some worried that a town divided by a creek could never prosper. For many years, the business district south of the creek was called Sunnyside and the part of town north of the creek was called Shadyside.

In 1905, Howard Churchill drowned "while bathing" in the creek. He had "been unable to swim across the creek as he had undertaken to do, and sank." His brothers and friends tried to save him. He was born in 1887 and was 17 years old. He had four sisters and three brothers.

Jean Miller Green remembered in the 1920s she would sit on the banks and fish for dinner, lamenting that the fish she caught were very bony.

In 1937, the illegal still that was set up in the old Wieland Dairy Building used the old drainage system for for the dairy, pouring out the waste products from the distillery into the Nippersink. The joke in town after the still was raided was everyone wanted to go fishing to catch drunk fish.

In 1938, a great storm caused the creek to overflow its banks. The newspapers reported, “Old Devil’s Bridge went out so the only way for anyone to get from the south side of town to the north side was by going by way of Solon Mills, taking ten miles to get there.”

In the 1900s, kids would skate on the frozen Nippersink in the winters and swim in the summer while cows waded in the water right next to them.

At one time, the fire department would draft water from the creek for use in putting out fires.

These days, the creek is mostly used by people in canoes and kayaks enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
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