June 9, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
The second public survey for the McHenry County Connection Trails Master Plan is now available! They are asking for our feedback on recommendations, path types, and goals. It's very important that all our voices are heard! Link to the survey here: http://metroquestsurvey.com/xd2t2h. Email ekdaucher@mchenrycountyil.gov if you have any questions.
Public Information Meeting/Open House
The Village has scheduled a Public Information Meeting/Open House for the Winn Road Resurfacing and Multi-Use Path Project. The Preliminary Engineering Study is for the resurfacing of Winn Road from Main Street to Route 173, including a north/south bike path between Thousand Oaks Subdivision and English Prairie Road. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the project, the project schedule, and to seek public input. The meeting will be held on June 15 at the Municipal Center location at 7401 Meyer Road from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. View more information here.
Summer Recreation Programs Have Started
These mini-kickers, shown here with their instructors, were excited to start learning the game of soccer on their first day! View more upcoming Summer Recreation programs here.
Chamber of Commerce Car Show
The Chamber of Commerce car show is on Sunday, July 25, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 7777 Winn Road, rain or shine! The show is fun for the whole family with vendors, food trucks, crafters, and of course, cars! $5 car registration. 21 trophies will be awarded! View the flyer for more details.
Friday Night Fish Boil
This year's Friday Night Fish Boil fundraiser for Hatchery Park will be held at Horse Fair Park on Friday, June 25. Serving all-you-can-eat boiled cod, BBQ chicken & ribs, red potatoes & onions, bread, coleslaw & dessert prepared by Fitzgerald's of Genoa City. Kid's meals available, too. (Serving until 8 p.m.) Three silent Auctions and live music by the Judson Brown Band from 6:30 - 9:30 PM. All proceeds go to the upkeep and beautification of Hatchery Park. View the flyer with more information.
Pet Nail Clipping Event this Saturday
Nature's Feed's is hosting a pet nail clipping event this Saturday, June 12, from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Donations are requested to benefit Helping Paws Animal Shelter Nature's Feed is located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Photo of the Week
These wild turkeys stopped to check out the Olson Family Buffet in the Orchard Bluff subdivision. Photo submitted by Judy Olson. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Outdoor Job Fair
The McHenry County Workforce Network is a great asset for businesses looking to hire, and for people looking for jobs. From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, they will be holding a job fair in the parking lot of the McHenry County Courthouse. The Workforce Network offers a number of programs and services for employers and job seekers seeking assistance in meeting the challenges of today's job market. View more information here.
National Junior College Athletic Assn. Softball Championship
RBCHS Alum and softball player, Kaitie Regnier and her college softball team at Rock Valley College won their 7th straight NJCAA DIII National Championship on May 30 in Syracuse, NY. RVC owns the record for most consecutive national titles across all three NJCAA divisions with seven. Kaitie contributed to her team's success by batting .833 with 5 hits, 5 walks, 5 RBI's, 7 runs and no strikeouts. Congratulations to Kaitie and RVC!
RB Helmet Club Golf Outing Registrations due Friday
The RB Helmet Club is holding a Golf Outing and Dinner/Fundraiser in support of the Richmond Burton Rockets Football Team on Friday, June 25 at the Fox Lake Country Club. Not a golfer? Join them for the dinner/fundraiser! View and download the registration with more information here and the Sponsorship Donation Form here!
Orchard Bluff Neighborhood Garage Sale this Week
Orchard Bluff's neighborhood garage sale will be held this Thursday, June 10 - June 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
COVID-19 Update
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All COVID-19 capacity limits on Illinois businesses, gatherings and events will be lifted this Friday! Fully vaccinated people can resume public activities without masking, although masks will still be required for mass transit, hospitals, congregate settings, and schools and day care centers.

The McHenry County Department of Health is partnering with Curative, a COVID-19 healthcare service, to oversee operations at the mass vaccination site in McHenry at 1900 N. Richmond Road, which will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Vaccinations are free, but people with health insurance will be asked to provide information when scheduling an appointment.
To schedule an appointment through Curative for either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine, visit http://bit.ly/MCDHCOVIDVaxLoc, or call the county's COVID-19 Call Center at 815-334-4045. The website also lists ways to get vaccinated through private pharmacies and other entities - choose whichever method is quickest and easiest for you.

If you want to keep your vacation plans local, check out Visit McHenry County's events calendar at for an outstanding list of activities for kids, families, and adults.
Blast from the Past - 8104 Blivin & the Moss Family
8104 Blivin, looking newly built, with a family (possibly the Moss family) in front circa 1900
Harvey Warren Moss
holding a Cornet
8104 Blivin Street
Headstone in Cole Cemetery
Warren Cole Moss (a.k.a. Colby) was born on May 1862 in Belvidere. In the 1880 census, his name was shown under the Fred Hatch family, (whose farm was on Main Street), as a boarder. His occupation: farm laborer. He was 18 years old. In March 1886, he married Isabelle (Jennie) Neish. She was the sister of Andrew Neish, the proprietor of the Palace Store, which stood at 1928 Main St.

The Moss family moved to Belvidere and started a family. Sometime by 1900 they were living back in Spring Grove at 8104 Blivin according to the 1908 Burton Township Assessor's map above. In 1905 Warren was a village trustee, the tax collector for Burton Township and a constable for the village.

They had five children who were born between 1888 and 1902. Shown above is son Harvey who played in the Spring Grove Cornet Band.

Around 1908, the family moved to Libertyville, and Warren died there in 1920. Jennie lived until 1948 and would visit her old friends in Spring Grove often. They chose Spring Grove as their final resting place and you can visit them in the Cole Cemetery.

The house was sometimes thought to be connected to the Methodist Church next door, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Next week we'll learn about the family who moved in after the Moss family.
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