April 22, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
I hope everyone is continuing to do well. I wanted to add the following CDC recommendation to my comments as I feel it is very important:

The CDC recommends  wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

I’m proud of our community; please continue to practice social distancing, follow the recommendations of the CDC and shop locally.

Stay healthy,

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Post Office Lobby Rules
The post office is requiring the use of face masks before entering the lobby. The lobby is limited to no more than 10 people at a time and customers are required to keep a minimum distance of 6 feet between one another. According to WHO, the risk of catching the coronavirus from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions is low. But health experts suggest hand-washing follow the handling of packages.
Thank You from Billy's & The Grove
Bill and Tammy Linardos want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support they have received from the community at both Billy’s and The Grove, not only during these difficult times, but also ever since Billy’s opened in 2002. Also, thank you for supporting all of the other businesses in the area.  By supporting them all, we stand as a strong and successful community that Bill and Tammy are really proud to be a part of! They can’t wait for this to be over and to see you in their new “Grove Patio”! Thanks again for supporting them and they wish you all to stay healthy and safe!
Richardson Adventure Farm Drive-up Donuts
Richardson Farm is having a drive-through pick up of delicious apple cider donuts this Friday and Saturday – April 25 & 26 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for $14/dozen. $2 from each dozen sold will go to the local food pantry.
Medical staff, police and firefighters showing an ID will receive a free dozen as a token of appreciation. Richardson Adventure Farm is located at 909 English Prairie Road . Credit card payment preferred at pick-up but they can accept cash. Staff will be wearing masks and gloves.
Photo of the Week

"Our lights are on........to HONOR doctors, nurses, and other health care workers, those working in food service, Jewel/Osco, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Meier, local restaurants doing carry-out, truck drivers and many others. We HONOR & THANK YOU! Stay safe." From Jerry & Joan Bodden, Fox Bluff Lane. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
Food Pantry Needs Our Help
The village is still collecting food for our food pantry which can be dropped off on the table in the front foyer. Food pantries are facing the worst-case scenario of an unprecedented increase in need at the same time that donations are dropping off, as more and more people seek food assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
canned food
Volunteers Want to Help with Shopping
A group of volunteers would like to help our seniors, or other high-risk residents, by shopping for their groceries or other necessities. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, please contact them here .
Essential Businesses
Thank you for your continued support of Spring Grove essential businesses It is a tough time for our businesses, but with all our help we hope they can make it through. View our business directory and restaurant websites and phone numbers .
Hatchery Park Still Closed
Work continues at Hatchery Park. We hope to have it open soon and will keep you posted on our w ebsite and Hatchery Park Facebook page !
Other COVID-19 Information
If you need help with food, utilities, rent, unemployment, business assistance or other vital issues, visit McHenry County's resource page to get the help you need.

If you have developed any of these symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consult your doctor, who will determine whether a test is necessary.

·      Loss or decrease in the sense of smell and taste
·      Fever – temperature of 100 or higher
·      Cough, Congestion or runny nose
·      Sore throat, Shortness of breath or Flu-like body aches
If you are symptom-free, take these steps to stay healthy .

View current stats on McHenry County cases and cases by zip code .You can text “COVID” to 312-500-3836 to register to receive current information and updates about COVID-19. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here .
Blast from the Past - Rauen Motor Sales
1916 ad above and 1919 ad below

The building was first the post office, here around 1907 with Herb Peacock, Postmaster.
Just north of 8004 Blivin Street, in a spot that is now a side yard, once stood a small garage. The year was 1916 and in this little building Joseph Rauen had a "motor sales agency" and repair garage. Born in 1865 in Spring Grove, Joseph spent his entire life here. As a young man, he worked as a rep of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Spring Grove and the surrounding area was his territory, where he would sell and repair that most important machine. But soon he saw a new career for himself in the arrival of the new horseless carriages.

He first partnered with Nick Klein, who was a town blacksmith (the first gearheads). By 1919 he was the sole proprietor and sold Oakland models. In 1926 he opened a new show room and service station in McHenry at the corner of Front and Main Street, but also continued his sales and service in Spring Grove. He was well-known throughout the northern part of McHenry county as an "experienced automobile man" and sold a complete line of Buicks and Oaklands.

Cars were involved when the end came for Joseph in 1936. It was the 4th of July holiday weekend and traffic was "very heavy on the highways". The roads were dirt at that time, but cars could still get up some speed. He was cutting down weeds on his property at Main Street & Wilmot Road when a Ford Coupe and a Whippet Sedan collided. One of the cars "turned turtle" striking Joseph, and he died a few hours later. The community was "deeply shocked" and his many friends mourned the passing of the 71-year-old bachelor with funeral services held at St. Peter's Church. The only consolation was it wasn't a beloved Oakland that wrenched the life out of him.
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