May 20, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
I wanted to let everyone know about an email I received this week from a resident. This person is a front-line grocery store employee who feels that some patrons are becoming threatening. He and others have had some confrontations with patrons over following the rules issued by the Governor's executive order. This did not occur in Spring Grove but can happen anywhere.

Sometimes we may be inconvenienced for a few minutes, but we must remember many of our front-line workers never signed up for an epidemic and may feel very vulnerable in their job.

I want to thank all of our front-line workers for the great job they are doing; the Village of Spring Grove is very appreciative and supports you.

Congratulations to our Graduates!

On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to say congratulations to all our 2020 Richmond Burton High School and college graduates. Congratulations on your accomplishments and we wish you success in the future. The Village Board passed this resolution in honor of our RB graduates, making the month of May, RBCHS Senior Recognition Month, Class of 2020.

Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. Unfortunately we will not be able to have our parade and ceremony while under the Governor's executive order.

We still want to honor all the men and women who have given their lives while serving and protecting the lives and rights of this great country, so the Village would like to invite you to show your respect by visiting our monument at Horse Fair Park on Memorial Day. You can drive through without exiting your vehicle.

The Village has designated the property located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Blivin Street for use by families who are looking for a public space to sit down and enjoy their takeout food and beverages, purchased via curbside pickup from Spring Grove restaurants only, while social distancing from others. Picnic tables will be set up and spaced correctly. View questions and answers about this policy . We hope you enjoy this outdoor space, and thanks everyone, for shopping and eating locally!

Enjoy the holiday weekend and please remember the ones that have given their lives for our freedom.

Mark Eisenberg
Village President
Hatchery Park Pier and Parking
The large pier repair job which was performed by our Public Works Department is now finished! It looks great! Did you know funds for upkeep and repairs partly come from non-resident parking fees? Parking fees are $5 per day or a yearly pass is $25. Payment can be made online at our website, mailed, or dropped in the drop box at the Municipal Center and the parking pass will be mailed back. Cars are monitored for a village vehicle sticker or a parking pass and tickets will be issued for noncompliance.
Full Service Repair Shop
Jr. Mike's Auto Works is a full service repair shop for cars and trucks of all makes and models. They handle tires, brakes, diagnostics and drivability issues. Jr. Mike's Auto Works is still open during these difficult times and takes care to sanitize the shop and your vehicle. Appointments can be made online or call 815-675-1039. Visit them at www.mikesautoworks.com . Located at 2509 Highview Street . Open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F.
Utility Bill Help
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to assist those in need with money towards utility bills. The amount of the benefit is determined by income, household size and more. Please call them at 815-338-7752 for more information or visit the McHenry County Housing Authority here .
Garden Plants
Visit the curbside garden shop at Birds of Paradise Flowers & Gifts Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special on 7.5" pot geraniums - two for $25. 10" hanging baskets are $25 each or two or more for $20 each. Located at 2404 Spring Ridge Drive . Call 815-363-8566.
Photo of the Week

On April 28, a startled pair of deer peered through an early morning fog by Oak Street in the Oak Grove Subdivision off Main Street. Photo submitted by John Flood. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
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Garage Sales
Garage sales are considered retail activities, which are only curbside pick-up and delivery right now. In Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, these activities will be open with capacity limits and IDPH approved guidelines. See more information in the COVID-19 article below.
Squeez Juice Bar
Squeez Juice Bar specializes in cold pressed juices, Acai Bowls, and smoothies. Cold pressed juices keep more vitamins and minerals in the juice, resulting in a healthier you! Located at 2450 Route 12 in the Spring Creek Plaza. Phone 815-581-0027 or visit them here . Hours of operation are Monday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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Volunteers Want to Help
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 .
Breathe Cleaner, Fresher Air
S&R Heating & Cooling has options to help you get rid of viruses, mold, bacteria, and other pathogens in your air during this pandemic. iWave and UV Lights air purifiers are both designed to make the air in your home clean and safe! Let your HVAC System do the work for you. Get a free furnace or A/C clean and check with the purchase of an air purifier. Call 815-675-1747 for details.
Essential Businesses
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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 .
COVID-19 Information
Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-32 effective Friday, May 1 through May 29. This order allows us to leave our homes for essential activities only, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A face covering is required in public places when a six-foot social distance is unable to be maintained .

Illinois is poised to advance to Phase 3 under "Restore Illinois" -- the five-phase, regional plan to reopen Illinois -- at the end of the month.
 
Under Phase 3, these would be allowed to open with safety guidelines: non-essential manufacturing, barbershops and salons, and retail stores. Bars and restaurants would remain closed except for delivery, pickup and drive-thru.

Free testing is available for those who meet certain requirements. Read IDPH’s guidance on who can get tested. Here is a list of available test sites .

If you're facing a mental health emergency, call Northwestern Medicine at 1-800-892-8900. 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

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
Ms. Adams in front of her millinery store c. 1905
Blivin Street looking north with the millinery store on the left. Originally named after the Bliven family, Blivin Street was spelled incorrectly here.
In 1905 Miss M.M. Adams from Johnsburg opened a branch Millinery store at 8003 Blivin Street. In a newspaper ad, she stated, "I now have my new stock of fall millinery and am showing one of the finest lines I have ever been able to produce. Before buying that fall hat come and see my display." A close look at the postcard photo of Ms. Adams' store reveals that she sold McCalls Patterns and displayed her hats on stands in the front window. The building still stands, but has changed much in appearance.
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