June 10, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Richmond Burton ACES are STATE CHAMPS!!! Congratulations to RB Rockets ACES Team (Academic Challenges in Engineering and Science) for taking first place in State. We are very proud of all the hard work these students and coaches put into this effort.

This program, initially run by the U of I Urbana-Champaign, was designed to allow high school students from Illinois to study and take tests on collegiate-level material in the sciences and English. Each member of the team competes in two of these academic areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, Mathematics, and Physics. The team is open to all high school students and some have chosen a major based on their experiences.The program is now run by Eastern Illinois University.
 
Congrats to these team members:

JP Elder
Tyler Fossum
Kiley Kennedy
Connor Lindsey
Cassie Luedke
Simran Patel
Amelia Persons
Nick Porter
Danny Sullivan
Manas Trivedi
...and their coaches: Paul Schuerman, Katie Murphy, Justen Lyon & Diane Kane.

Congratulations, again!

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Peaceful Protest March Scheduled
The Village is aware of a peaceful demonstration scheduled to occur at Horse Fair Park this Friday, June 12, from 3 - 6:00 p.m. The parade of protesters will organize at Thelen Park, march south down Winn Road to Westward Drive, to Short Street, east onto Route 12 for a short block, then north on Blivin Street to Horse Fair Park. Speeches will be made at the park, then the march will return via the same route to Thelen Park.
 
The Police Department is working with organizers to learn more about the details and scope of this event, and we want to assure our residents and business community that your safety is our top priority. 
Neither the Village nor the Police Department are involved in the planning of this event; however, we fully support our citizens’ rights to have their message seen and heard. We appreciate the event organizers working with our Chief of Police to allow us to prepare.   
 
The Village is committed to taking all reasonable steps to make sure any such event proceeds in a safe and peaceful manner for all those involved and impacted. As a precaution, during the event our officers will be present to ensure the safety of the community and support all those who wish to have their voices heard. As it is unknown at this time what the size of the event will be, we would like to forewarn our community that there may be potential impacts to the normal traffic flow through the surrounding areas. Should the Police Department need to close streets in order make the event safe for everyone, we ask for your patience and understanding in the event you encounter an unexpected street closure.
Nippersink Library News
Though still closed to patrons, the library is now offering curbside pickup of library materials. Curbside hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Request items for pickup either by placing holds on materials in the library catalog, sending an e-mail to nippersink@nippersinklibrary.org , or by calling 815-678-4014. When the items have been pulled, they will call you with a time for pickup.
 
The summer reading program begins this Saturday, June 13, and will be online using a reading log program and app called Beanstack. Kids, teens, and adults are all encouraged to participate - simply keep track of your reading and be entered in to win prizes when you complete your reading goals. You can read library books or books from your own collection (including e-books & audio-books)! The library's website will continue to have the most up-to-date information.
Vehicle Emissions Testing
Vehicle emissions testing has resumed at most Illinois Air Team locations https://illinoisairteam.net/ No passengers or pets are allowed in the vehicles during testing and masks must be worn. In order to reduce traffic volume and wait times, it is recommended motorists with a March or earlier vehicle registration expiration date have their vehicles tested in June. Vehicle registration expiration dates have been extended by at least 90 days, allowing you to wait to have your vehicles tested and renew vehicle registrations. Those 65 and older, healthcare workers, first responders, and those with pre-existing health conditions are encouraged to visit during the first testing hour of each day (8:00 - 9:00 a.m. M-F and 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays).
Birds of Paradise Celebrates 28 Years
The Birds of Paradise Flowers and Gifts is celebrating 28 years in business! They are offering these specials: Birds of Paradise tropical vase for $28.00, 8 beautiful roses arranged in vase for $28.00 or a dozen for $42.00. There is a variety of colors to choose from! Call 815-363-8568 to reserve your pick up or doorstep delivery is available. Located at 2404 Spring Ridge Drive .
Photo of the Week
This spring's rain caused the Nippersink Creek to flood it's banks. Photo submitted by Lois Petska. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
WLAC Cheer Registration
WLAC Cheer Registration is OPEN! Risk-free deposit and easy monthly payments! No tryouts and no experience is needed for their program which begins for those in grades 1 - 8 in the fall. WLAC Cheer is recreational/competitive cheerleading with 3 competitions during the season. They will follow all guidelines specified by IDPH, so Cheer will be a little different but still a lot of fun! Questions – 815-375-3005 or  wlacfrontdesk@gmail.com.
Walking Your Dog in Spring Grove
Just a reminder... whether you're walking your dog through a park, neighborhood or on a walking path, please be courteous and pick up after your pet. A village ordinance also requires you to do this. Your neighbors and fellow pet owners thank you in advance.
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ComEd News
For residential or business outages, please contact ComEd's Customer Care Center at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) or report the outage via www.ComEd.com , ComEd has a mobile app for iPhone and Android smart phones that gives you the ability to report power outages and manage your accounts. Download the app at www.ComEd.com/app . Always stay clear of downed power lines and call 911 if you feel there is immediate danger. 911 should not be used to call in power outages.
Volunteers Still Helping
If you, or someone you know, still are in need, a group of volunteers would like to help seniors, or other high-risk residents by shopping for their groceries or other necessities. Contact them here .
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COVID-19 News
Illinois is opening its testing sites to anyone, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed at state operated drive-thru sites and testing is available at no cost to the individual. View a list of public and private testing sites . Testing will be crucial to identifying new cases and taking immediate action to prevent additional spread as we move through the Restore Illinois plan and into a full reopening of the state.

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. Limiting face-to-face contact with others is our best defense. 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

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 . If you are symptom-free, take these steps to stay healthy .
Blast from the Past
Last week we learned about Lewis Nulk, a hardworking farmer, blacksmith and entrepreneur, who raised his family of two boys and a girl at 8020 East Street . Here's the story of his son, Frank, who we learned last week lost his father's rifle (a Hawken Trapdoor?) in a poker game. He's standing in a comfortable, loving embrace with his mother in the first photo and on his father's lap in the second.

Frank was born in 1906, with his twin, Johnnie, who didn't survive the birth. Maybe this is why Frank became his mother's favorite son... who could do no wrong. As they grew up, his older brother Hank and sister Matilda resented Frank as they took on the farming and household chores that Frank never had to do.

When he got older he never had a real job but always had money and new cars, according to his sister. He ran rum for a gangster out of Fox Lake to taverns all the way to Chicago, played poker and hung out with unsavory types in Fox Lake. He was lucky and never got arrested for bootlegging, but one day he got pulled over in his panel truck while driving in Chicago. The police thought he was someone else they were looking for. But after they snooped around and found over 50 ducks in his truck, he got arrested for poaching. He spent six months in the county jail for that one.

He caused more than a little heartache for his family. He spent a lot of money on booze, fast cars and woman, and lost a lot of money gambling. His father never did forgive him for losing that favorite hunting rifle in a poker game. He hid his silver boot spurs from Frank or he might have lost those, too.

Those were fun years for Frank, but living a fast life endangers one's own well-being. He died at the young age of 29 - the obit said from pleural pneumonia, but the family descendants always questioned that. They thought it was of something of a more sinister nature that Frank's mother wouldn't speak of. He is buried in Cole Cemetery, next to his twin. The family plot also includes his mother, father, sister & her husband and his uncle. Hank left town years before due to animosity in the family.
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