April 29, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
The Governor's "stay-at-home" executive order has been extended through Saturday, May 30. On May 1, a new order requiring a face-covering or mask to be worn in public spaces where a six-foot social distance can't be maintained will take effect to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Face-coverings are also required in public indoor spaces, such as stores and the post office. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask. The McHenry County Emergency Management Agency sent us this link on how to properly put on and take off a face mask.

Thank you for practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and shopping locally!

Stay healthy,

Mark Eisenberg
Spring Grove Village President
Cancelled Events
The May 25 Memorial Day Ceremony is cancelled, but the flag will be lowered in Horse Fair Park and a wreath laid at the Veterans War Memorial. You may drive by the flag and memorial to pay your respects, if you wish.

The Friday Night Fish Boil that was to be held on June 26, has also been cancelled. A decision about the 4th of July Celebration will be made at a later date.
Lucky Bernie's will be Opening for Pick-up and Delivery
On May 1, Lucky Bernie's will be offering store pickup and delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Did you know they also sell their Boar Head meats and cheeses deli-style? So, when you're ordering that favorite sandwich you've been missing, get some sliced meats and cheeses for a midnight snack. Lucky Bernie's is located at 2450 Route 12 . They are very excited to be back serving the community!
"Resume McHenry County" Task Force Created
The McHenry County Board has created a task force called Resume McHenry County, which is made up of local business, industry, and health care professionals, to ensure that the eventual reopening of McHenry County businesses is successful and safe, by working with the governor's office. However, the task force, or local units of government, can't override the governor's stay-at-home order or give non-essential businesses permission to re-open or resume full service. The McHenry County Small Business Stabilization Grant Program is providing one-time grants of up to $5,000 for small businesses with five or fewer employees that meet eligibility requirements. Information and application instructions can be found here . The application deadline is May 8.
Parking on Grass Not Allowed
This is a reminder that passenger, commercial or recreational vehicles, trailers, shipping containers or motorcycles must be parked on asphalt, concrete, or other approved permanent hard surfaces. Permits are required to install a driveway extension for this purpose. The permit application can be found here . Call 815-675-2121 with questions or concerns, or email the building inspector.
Photo of the Week

We enjoyed some beautiful sunsets this month! Thank you to Patty Anderson for her sunset through the tree branches from 4/8, April Enger with a snow cloud in her photo from 4/13, Kathy Brooks' sunset after a very gloomy, rainy day on 4/25, and Karen Mckee's backyard this Monday with a sky on fire and freshly cut grass. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here .
Grass Cuttings in Street Prohibited
Please be aware that discharging grass clippings into the street is a violation of the Village's Ordinance. It is dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, besides being unsightly. It is also not good for the roads - causing grass to grow in small cracks that eventually break up the street. Letters and/or fines will be sent to violators.
Thank you for the Outpouring of Support!
Thanks to everyone who dropped off food for the food pantry last week. Cases and bags of food were received which will really help out our less fortunate neighbors. The village continues collecting food Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the vestibule.
canned food
Volunteers Want to Help with Shopping
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 .
LifeSpring Community Church
LifeSpring Community Church is here for you! They are currently meeting online at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings and would love to get to know you. Please let them know you visited by clicking on the "Connect" button on the website.
Essential Businesses
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
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 are symptom-free, take these steps to stay healthy . 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 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here .
Blast from the Past
Main Street looking east from Blivin Street c. 1905-1920
Spring Grove looks deserted in this photo, with no sign of life. On the right there is a tree where the Spring Grove Bank building, built in 1923, now stands. Next to that is a vacant lot where the brick building that started out as a Chevy garage in 1929 stands. Then there is the two story furniture & undertaker building, then Freund's Hardware store, and lastly the Village Hall building which was built in 1896. On the left side of the photo is Nick Weber's General Store which still stands, a small garage which is gone, a two story barber shop with an upstairs meeting/dance hall, now gone, and some homes built c. 1900 which still stand.
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