September 16, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
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Trick or Tricking will be held on Saturday, October 31 with recommended hours from 3 - 7:00 p.m. These hours are consistent each year. More information on COVID-19 Trick or Treating guidelines will be shared soon.
Document Destruction Day
Get ready for Document Destruction Day to be held Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Municipal Centre parking lot located at 7401 Meyer Road. Read more information here!
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November 3 General Election
Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. You can request a ballot on-line here. Early voting will start on Monday, October 19. Check hours and locations here. The closest early voting place is the McHenry Township building located at 3703 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg. A Ballot Drop Box is also available there during voting hours. Register to vote on-line here.
Help Support Cub Scouts!
Community support helps Cub Scout Pack 340 provide fun and engaging programming to 50 local boys and girls. With the risks associated with COVID-19, they will not be selling popcorn outside of Jewel... but they have a new way to sell and purchase popcorn with a (delicious) new vendor! Popcorn orders can be taken by your local scout, or you can order and pay online and have it shipped directly to you. Orders over $30 ship free for a limited time! Please consider supporting our local Cub Scout Pack 340 and impacting the lives of our local girls and boys! View Trails End products!
Covid-19 Temporary Drive-Up Testing Site
The McHenry County Department of Health is hosting a temporary drive-up COVID-19 testing site on September 17 & 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Woodstock North High School located at 3000 Raffel Road in Woodstock. Testing is open to anyone who is interested whether they have symptoms or not. No appointment is needed and there is no cost for the test. If you have insurance please bring your card. A simple nasal swab will be used, and results will be ready within 4 to 7 days. View more info at Access to Healthcare page.
Burning Regulations
Please consider other ways to dispose of yard waste, including composting, disposing of through Groot by purchasing landscape stickers or taking it to a landscape collection site like Thelen Sand and Gravel. Landscape waste is allowed to be burned on the weekends in October and November with these restrictions.

Photo of the Week
Views of Hatchery Park! The aerial view was submitted by George & Wendy Richardson taken from their airplane. The ground level views are from Becky Johnson who captured her images on a misty Monday morning before the great storm hit! If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Responsible Pet Ownership Day
Fur the Love of Dogs, located at 2400 Highview Street, will be hosting the 10th annual Responsible Pet Ownership Day event Saturday, September 19 & 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • Pet Nail Clipping by Fur the Love of Dogs (donations requested)
  • Raffles for the whole family
  • Pets available for adoption
Nature's Feed will be there this Saturday, September 19, offering small Farmina pet food for FREE with a $7 donation, and nutritional tips on using dog food toppers. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the participating rescues and shelters that are in attendance at the event.
Storm Debris Clean-up Update
The Vintage, Wilmot Farms and Stone Creek Crossing subdivisions are completed. This leaves the neighborhoods south of Route 12: Fox Woods, Orchard Bluff Estates, Nottingham Woods, Highland Estates, Fieldstone Ridge, Spring Grove Estates and Stonegate to be finished up this week.
Position Available
The village is seeking a qualified individual to take over the role of Village Treasurer due to the impending retirement of our current Treasurer. View position details here.
Vehicle Stickers Expire October 1
Simply use the enclosed envelope you received with your application to mail in the form with your payment. You can also drop the envelope in the Municipal Centre drop-box, or make a payment at the PD website here. Choose one-time payment/police payment/vehicle stickers. Stickers must be purchased and displayed by October 1!
Political Signs
Political campaign signs are allowed in all zoning districts. Political campaign signs must be on private property and setback from any public right-of-way. Stealing a political campaign sign is an act of theft (along with trespass to property), misdemeanors that can carry a penalty of fines and jail time. Signs must be removed within seven days following the election.
COVID-19 Update
Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of a $16.6 million program to expand job opportunities for Illinoisans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will fund training and hiring in jobs that assist local disaster relief programs and industries in high demand amidst the pandemic. Read more on Get Hired Illinois here.

View a map of the United States and other countries to view potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic. Areas with increased risk of COVID-19 are based on case rates.

Continue to take precautions to keep COVID-19 from spreading by staying home if you don't feel well and remember the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering whenever you're in a public setting
  • Watch your Distance - Stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, in both indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Wash your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

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.
Blast from the Past
The Death of Dr. Furlong
  1. Dr. Furlong in his WWI uniform 2. 1931 Oakland Coupe. 3. House at 8005 Blivin where he saw patients at the rear porch entrance
In the 1930 Census, Dr. John C. Furlong was listed as a "country doctor" who lived on Blivin Street. He was Canadian and had graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1891. He spent his first years of practice in several small towns in Illinois, before coming to Spring Grove in 1909 where he spent the next 25 years. He enlisted the the Medical Corps of the Army during WWI.

After the war he became a member of the American Legion in Richmond, which played a role in the story of his death.  It was a foggy fall evening in 1934 – in the midst of the depression – when he disappeared. His wife, Emma, watched him drive off in his Oakland Coupe to his monthly American Legion meeting. When he didn't return home by 11:00 p.m., she got a little nervous and called their son in Chicago who assured her that he probably was just delivering a baby somewhere. But in the morning, when there was still no word from him, a search party was organized. They searched all day Friday into the night but there was no sign of him anywhere.

But then on Saturday, a driver who pulled over with car trouble on the then new Route 12 just south of the Solon Mills bridge, heard a moan coming from the bottom of the 10 foot steep embankment by the road. He looked over the edge and there he saw an overturned Oakland Coupe, with Dr. Furlong pinned underneath. He had been missing for 40 hours.

He was still conscious, but in shock and suffering from exposure with a severely bruised leg that had been pinned under a wheel of the car. He was brought to to a Janesville hospital where he seemed to be okay until an infection set in his leg and he soon died, as this was before antibiotics. He was 71.

The people of Spring Grove would miss the kindly cheerfulness which he brought to sick rooms at all hours of the day or night. And for many years after, Emma would continue to receive envelopes with money from families who still owed the old country doctor money from delivering their babies.
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