October 20, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
The Village is accepting applications for the position of Public Works maintenance worker. This position performs maintenance on Village roads and right-of-ways, equipment, buildings and grounds, including parks. Minimum two (2) years experience in the public works/ maintenance field is preferred but will train the right candidate with related relevant prior experience (construction, etc.). Link to more information and an application here.
Rec Basketball and Dodge-ball Registration
Recreation Basketball registration for ages K - 8 is on November 7 & 14 from 10 AM - noon at the Spring Grove Elementary Gym at 2018 Main Street. Please bring the children you are registering with you at time of registration. They are also looking for volunteers for various positions. View fees and more information. Spots are still available for dodge-ball. View more information on dodge-ball here.
Salon Jevee News
Salon Jevee will be closed for repairs and maintenance from Saturday, 11/6 - Monday, 11/14. Please book your appointments with your stylist now as the holidays are fast approaching. Get 10% off all retail products with any service! Expires 11/05/21. View the flyer here. Visit them at www.salonjevee.com. Located at 2207 Route 12.
Purchase Stickers by November 12 to Avoid a Ticket
Do you still need to purchase your vehicle stickers? The 2021-22 vehicle sticker fee doubled on October 1 to $40 per vehicle. If stickers are not purchased by November 12, tickets will be issued. The police will be making periodic subdivision checks to make sure stickers have been purchased for all vehicles and that they are being displayed properly. Drop your envelope in the Municipal Centre drop-box, purchase in person, or make a payment on-line here.
Halloween Drive Sober Campaign
The Spring Grove Police Department is stepping up impaired driving enforcement for Halloween. Motorists are reminded of the importance of planning for a sober ride home and keeping watch for little goblins walking along the road after dark. Read some simple tips to help keep everyone safe this Halloween!
  • Plan for a safe and sober way home before you go out: designate a sober driver, take a ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member.
  • Remember, walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired so have a sober friend walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement when it's safe to do so.
  • If an impaired person is about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.
Halloween Trick or Treat Hours
Halloween Trick or Treating is on Sunday, October 31, from 3-7 PM.
Photo of the Week
Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of the amazing double rainbow we had last week! Here is a sampling of them. Thanks to Tim Madsen, Lynette Rodriquez, Robert Fesus, Cayla Sarcia, Sandy B, Tonya Peterson, Kevin Gray and Joani Banner! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Low-cost Rabies Vaccine and Microchips
The McHenry County Animal control has added another clinic for dogs-only on Wednesday, October 27. The cost is $15 for a one-year vaccine and $30 for the three year. Registration is required by law in McHenry County and tags must be purchased for all pets at the time of vaccination. Registration tag pricing is available at http://bit.ly/MCACregistration and an appointment must be made in advance. To reserve your spot, please call (815) 459-6222. View more information here.
Trunk or Treat
Come to Trunk or Treat at Horse Fair Park on Saturday, October 30 from 1 - 3:00 PM. Prizes awarded for best adult, child & pet costumes and best decorated car, trunk or table! Admission is free. Register by October 28 if you would like to decorate and pass out candy. Brought to you by the Community Engagement Committee. View the flyer here.
The new Chamber of Commerce
The Richmond/Spring Grove/ Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce now includes the Volo Chamber and has a new name: Chain O' Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber hosts activities and events for the betterment of small businesses and our communities. View the Community Guide here.
Spooktacular Howl-o-Ween Festivities with Nature's Feed
Nature's Feed will have treats for 4 & 2-legged ghouls on Saturday, October 30, from 9 AM - 3 PM! Costumes encouraged but not required. (Pets must be present to receive their Halloween treat.) Then visit Horse Fair Park from 1 - 3 PM to see Dorothy & Irie for more Halloween treats. But you don't have to wait until then for Halloween fun! SNACKENSTEIN is back, a monster made out of freeze-dried body parts they carry at Nature's Feed. Guess the most correct body parts and win the entire treat display! The winner will be announced on October 30! View the flyer here.
Place to Gather Playground Survey
Life Spring Community Church is surveying the Spring Grove Community regarding plans to build an adventure playground at Rte. 173 and Siedschlag Road and are asking you to please take just a couple of minutes to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PlacetoGather
More Parade & Other Photos Added
More photos have been added to the 4th of July photo link. Thank you Daisy Brown for the great pictures you shared! Check them out here!

Blast from the Past
Vivian Esh
Vivian Esh standing in back 2nd from left. His father, Robert is sitting 2nd from right
Spring Grove Ice Cream Parlor stood
at Blivin and Main Street.
The Esh house stood at 8009 Blivin Street where the post office was located on the porch
Vivian (Vyvian) Stugdale Esh was born in Spring Grove in 1891. His father was Robert Esh, who came here from England in 1886 and opened a general merchandise store in downtown Spring Grove. His mother was Esther Richardson. Vivian had a sister, Lorena, who died in infancy, and two brothers, Glen & Richard.

In 1909, 18 year-old Vivian took a job with the Spring Grove Telephone Company installing new phones and "chasing trouble on the line". The next year he was employed at Weiland Dairy. Although he sustained a back injury there while helping to load a train car of ice cut from the pond (now Hatchery Pond), he continued his employment for some time with Weiland.

In 1913, he married Bertha Mae Bell and they had a daughter, Lois Mae, born in 1915. That was the same year they took over his father's general merchandise store and turned it into an ice cream parlor. They had three more children in quick succession: Glendale in 1917, Lorena in 1918, and Lucille in 1920.

But all was not well with the family. There were reports of his drinking and he died February 29, 1920 at the age of 29, although the cause of his death is lost to history. Little Lucille would be born just five weeks later.The funeral was held in Spring Grove but he was buried in Ringwood Cemetery in a family plot with his parents, sister Lorena, and wife, Bertha.

Bertha lived on in the house that stood next to the ice cream parlor at 8009 Blivin Street. Frank J. Wagner took over the ice cream business. (Later he would become village president). Bertha was appointed Spring Grove Postmaster in 1930 and the mail office was moved to her enclosed front porch. She held the position for 23 years until 1953. She died in Spring Grove in October of 1957.
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