November 13, 2019
A Letter from the Village President
Dear Residents,

I would like to address the issue of internet options available in our village, as I understand it is the cause of some frustration. In 2007, Illinois passed a franchise reform bill, allowing cable and video service companies to obtain state-issued authorization to provide services throughout the state and removing local governments from the decision-making process. This bill was intended to enable rapid and widespread entry by competitive providers, providing consumers with more choice, lower prices, higher speed and more advanced Internet access. However, Spring Grove's one-acre zoning requires an infrastructure investment greater then that in higher-density communities, which providers have declined to do, leaving us with not as many options.
 
With that being said, I contacted Mediacom's Sr. Director of Operations and discussed the reliability issues we are having. A major problem is the lack of redundancy in our area. Spring Grove is at the end of the line and there is no loop back to the facilities. So if someone accidentally cuts Mediacom's fiber optic cable in Popular Grove or any place on the way to our town, we lose all service. I pushed for a solution and was told the first option, which is to lay a second fiber line for 40 miles, isn’t cost effective. So they are looking into a second option of leasing a fiber line from a local provider to give them the backup loop. 
 
The village board understands your frustration and we will continue to pressure Mediacom for better service. Residents who work out of their homes should consider upgrading to  Mediacom's Business Service  with higher speeds and faster support if they are experiencing issues. For a list of other providers,  click here .
 
Mark Eisenberg
Village President
Family Reading Night
It's time for Family Reading Night at the Nippersink Library! Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Registration is not required. To be held next Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 PM. The Nippersink Library is located at 5418 Hill Road in Richmond.
Landscape Waste Pickup
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Landscape waste will be picked up by Groot through Wednesday, November 27. You must either have the yard waste subscription service or purchase blue yard waste stickers for $2 each at the village hall or Jewel to be placed on yard waste bags, or around the twine of bundles of branches, or on the handle of your own 33-gallon garbage can which must be marked "Yard Waste Only" (you can pick up free red "Yard Waste Only" stickers at the Village Municipal Center). Raking or blowing leaves on village streets is prohibited by Village Ordinance.See burning regulations here .
Annual Warehouse Sale - One Weekend Only!
Coffee Masters is holding their annual warehouse sale - one weekend only - December 6 & 7 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Stop in to take advantage of the awesome deals they will have. Located of Route 12 at 7606 Industrial Court . Choose from holiday gifts, Cocoa Amore cocoa, gourmet coffee, Ashby's Teas and more.
Toys for Tots Collection Locations
Help a child in need have a happy Christmas by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at one of the following locations by December 15! The Nippersink Library 5418 Hill Rd. in Richmond ,      Eclipse Hair Salon - 2020 Route 12 Suite U, New Leaf Home Furnishings - 2449 Pierce Drive and Spring Grove Fire House - 8214 Richardson Road
Photo of the Week
Debra Stumbris captured this image of zig-zag clouds in the sky east by the fire station on a mid-October morning. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email i t here .
Affair of the Arts
This Fine Art & Artisan Indoor Fair will be held this Sunday, November 17, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at The Shores of Turtle Creek . 10,000 sq. ft. of unique, handcrafted items - including Jewelry, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Fiber Art, 3D Mixed Media, Fine Art, Home Accessories, Fashion Items & more. Cocktails and Artist Demonstrations. One day only. Located at 7908 Winn Road. Free Admission. Visit affairofthearts.org .
Carriage House Gallery Art Sale
The Carriage House Gallery at 2110 Main Street (in the stone barn in the back) will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday in conjunction with the Affair of the Arts Show. They offer utilitarian Art Pottery, Sculpture, Photography and more. Many items are at half price. Call David at 815-219-9834 with any questions or email him here .
Winter Choir Concert
Mark your calendar for the RBCHS Winter Choir Concert on Wednesday, December 4 at 10:00 AM. It will be held at the Community Church of Richmond at 5714 Broadway Street in Richmond. Come enjoy the beautiful sounds of the season sung by our talented RBCHS Choir! Refreshments will be served.
Last Day for Basketball Registration
Basketball & Little Dribblers registration for kids in K - 8 is this Sunday, November 17. Stop in anytime from 10 AM - 12:00 PM at Spring Grove Grade School, 2018 Main Street. This is an opportunity for boys and girls to learn some basic basketball skills, work as a team, and compete in a recreational basketball league. Please bring your children. View page 4 for more info .
Ninja Night
Flip, Climb and Roll at WLAC! Come on out to learn advanced skills, new skills, and burn off some energy! This event is for those age 5 and older only please. $10 Members/$12 Non-Members. More event info here or call 815-675-3005. 2449 Pierce Drive.
Blast from the Past
The Swenson brothers, Herb, Earl, Roy & Al enlisted in the service during WWI. This photo taken on the Oscar Swenson farm (the James Cary Farm) located at the NE corner of Wilmot Road and James Road. You can read a letter sent from Luxemburg in 1918 from Corp. Roy A. Swenson to his fiance Evelyn Mildred Orvis here . He was in the middle of a battle with the Germans when the bombing ceased because the armistice was signed. Veteran's Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of WWI. All four brothers survived the war. Their sister, Anna Madeline Swenson enlisted in WWII and was awarded a Bronze Star for her service.
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