December 16, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Thank you to the following families, groups, businesses and families for volunteering their time to the Adopt-a-Highway Program and keeping Spring Grove a clean and beautiful place to live!

In Loving Memory of Jake Vinyard
Green United Clever Clovers
Gary & Amy Stark Family
Spring Grove SnoGrovers Snowmobile Club
Craig Lesperance, Stateline Dream Homes
Scot Forge
Boy Scout Troop #340
Breezy Lawn Homeowners
Langlois and Turnbull Families
Re/Max Suburban Carol Schaul
Schmitt Family Farm
Richard Graves Family
Smiles by Design
Burke Family
Burlini Families
The Rosemeyer Family
Totes for Goats
Thank You to our Sponsors!
Support Our Small Businesses
Please support our small businesses and thank them for all they do for our community! Small businesses create jobs and boost our local economy. Thank you to all the small businesses in Spring Grove for supporting and enriching our community!
Shop Fur the Love of Dogs
Fur the Love of Dogs is selling gift certificates this holiday season! They offer dog daycare, grooming, boarding, training & self-dog wash. Now celebrating over 12 years of service in Spring Grove! Located at 2400 Highview Street. Call 815-675-3877. Thanks for shopping local!
12 Days of Christmas Deals at Nature's Feed
The 12 Days of Christmas sale will be going on until December 24 at Nature's Feed! Each day will feature a different sale. Follow them on Facebook for daily sale updates, but here's a sneak peak: Dec. 17 - Purchase any brand goats milk and receive a FREE Weruva Pumpkin Patch-Up, Dec. 19 - Buy 1 Ziggy Bar dog treat, get the second FREE, Dec. 21 - Buy any 2 Weruva brand dog cans and get 1 FREE, Dec. 22 - FREE cat toy (up to $6 value) with any purchase of Weruva brand can or pouch for cats Restrictions and limits may apply to each sale. Located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Squeez Juice Bar
Don't forget to visit Squeez Juice Bar and check out their new food menu. Everything is made in-house to order including salads (big enough to share), sandwiches and wraps. Soup of the day is organic vegetarian vegetable. You can order online for pick up and delivery through their website at Curbside pick-up is available. Located in the Spring Creek Plaza at 2450 Rte 12. Call 815-581-0027.
Letters to Santa
From now until Christmas, the "Letters to Santa" mailbox is installed at the Village Municipal Centre. At nightfall, drive thru Horse Fair Park and enjoy the holiday lights, then drop your letters off to Santa! Include your return address for a letter back from Santa! (You must exit your car to deposit letters in the mailbox which is located by the glass front doors under the portico.)
Photo of the Week
The colors of this early November sunset look like they are straight out of a Maxfield Parrish print. Taken from the backyard of Kristi Andrus. Thanks for sharing! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Operation Feed 33 this Saturday
The Jake Vinyard Foundation's Operation Feed 33 pick-up date is this Saturday, December 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Platinum Terrain, LLC.  at 7701 Blivin St.  Volunteers will load the food boxes into your car. If you know of someone that you'd like to pick up a meal for, or a family that may not be able to make it to pick up food, please let them know.  They have plenty of food but want to be sure there is enough to serve all that come. Please call or text 815.354.7990 with your name by Thursday, December 17. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this great cause.  This is definitely a community that cares. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays - The Vinyard Family.    
Beautiful Holiday Centerpieces
Birds of Paradise has created beautiful holiday centerpieces for your holiday. Choose from pine cone winter baskets, poinsettias, and birch pole planters (shown). They deliver or curbside pick up is available. Please call 815-363-8568. Located at 2404 Spring Ridge Drive.
Flood Brothers Waste Receptacles
Flood Brothers has started dropping off trash & recycling containers to all of our residents. Do not start using the new containers until January. Use your Groot container through the last week of December when they will take them away on the last pickup day or within a couple of days. Your garbage day will remain the same in the new year.
Recycle Old Holiday Lights
If your lights have lost their twinkle, don't throw them away - recycle them at the Municipal Centre! Located at 7401 Meyer Road, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM all year round. Click here to see which kinds of lights and cords are accepted.
Toys for Tots Drop Off
Eclipse Hair Studio is collecting for Toys for Tots. Final pickup day is December 15 but they will continue collecting until December 23 in case there are any last minute needs in the area. Located at 2020 Route 12, Suite U. Open at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. Closing times vary. Visit them here.
January Weight Loss Challenge
Join the Spring Grove/Richmond 11-week Weight Loss Challenge hosted by Salli Renz at The Grove Pub & Grill. Sign up on January 5, 2021 any time between 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. at The Grove at 2008 Main Street. Weekly prizes, support, coach. View the flyer with more info here!
COVID-19 Update
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The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), in partnership with the State of Illinois, announced free COVID-19 testing sites throughout December in Crystal Lake, Johnsburg, Harvard and McHenry.

The Tier 3 mitigation requirements has been extended through January 9. The mitigations aim to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some businesses and industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place.

Keep practicing the 3 Ws: Watch your distance, wear a mask properly (covering your mouth AND nose) and wash your hands frequently.

A map and information of the status of every Illinois county can be found on the IDPH website here. View a map of the United States and other countries to view potential risks associated with traveling. Areas with increased risk of COVID-19 are based on case rates.

If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Spring Grove COVID-19 Relief
If you or anyone you know is at risk of the COVID-19 virus and need help with grocery shopping or with purchasing other necessities, please contact a volunteer helper at
Blast from the Past
In the early 1900s, you might have done some of your Christmas shopping in a store like the one Nick Weber (pictured at right above) ran from 1907-1932 at 1928 Main Street. His daughter Eva and her husband Charlie Freund took over the business after Nick's shocking and untimely death in the summer of 1932...

Nick was born in Burton township in 1873. He married Anna Schumacher in 1903 and they had three children. She died in 1924 and he remained a widow until his death 8 years later at the age of 59.

As a young man, he worked in stores in Wilmot and McHenry until around 1899, when he invested in a merchandise wagon and began selling his wares from Volo to Spring Grove. From 1902 - 1907 he operated a shop in the Esh Building at the southwest corner of Main & Blivin and then moved to the building above.

August 6, 1932 was a beautiful day for the annual summer social at St. Peter's. Everyone looked forward to the festivities and, as it was during prohibition, it was just good, clean fun. After the festivities wrapped up, Nick and Reverend Ambrose Weitekamp (who came to the church in 1929) decided to visit Arthur Dreesbach at his cottage in Lily Lake. Arthur had been a big help that day at the summer social and was a friend of Nick's.

The men enjoyed a few drinks together, with Arthur imbibing too much. His wife Alice came home and they started to argue. Dreesbach was mad that she had been gone all afternoon and evening with her friend, Eva. His angry disposition was magnified by the drinking. Despondent, Arthur asked Rev. Weitekamp to say a prayer for them because he was going to kill himself and his wife. Then he pulled out a small automatic and started shooting. Nick tried to shield Alice from the bullets and take the gun from Arthur, but one of the shots hit him in the stomach. Alice and Eva ran outside and Weitekamp hid in the bedroom and locked the door.

Nick staggered down the road to Betty's Barbecue & gas station where he called out that he had been shot. A doctor was called and he was rushed to the hospital. He died a few hours later due to loss of blood, but not before making a statement to the Sheriff. When Weitekamp emerged from his hiding place, he found the cottage deserted, and left looking for Nick, only to find that he had already been taken to the hospital. Nick might have survived if someone had come to his aid sooner. Bullets were found lodged in the screen door, the floor and the couch.

On December 13, 1932 a trial was held. Dreesbach, who had been arrested the next day and claimed not to remember anything, was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years in the Stateville Penitentiary in Lockport. Father Weitekamp was transferred to another church shortly thereafter.
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