October 16, 2019
Dear Village Resident ,
Thank you to the 550 residents who completed the Comprehensive Land Use Plan survey. The survey will be used as an important basis of future planning discussions that will be taking place over several upcoming Village Board meetings. These meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Center and are open to the public.
Recycling Event for Richmond and Burton Townships October 26
Richmond Township is hosting a recycling event by McHenry County Defenders next Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM for Richmond and Burton Townships. It's time to get rid of things like batteries and fluorescent bulbs, Styrofoam, CDs and more. There is a fee for some items. View the full list here .
Hatchery Park Closed
Hatchery Park will be closed starting tomorrow afternoon until 7 AM on Saturday, October 19, for the opening of Fall Trout Season.  All anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout. View more info here . Parking fees are waived for non-residents during trout fishing season.
Fall Festival Open House
Come by on October 26 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for a Fall Festival Open House at Launch Enrichment. Tour the facility, meet the staff, make a fall art project and play fall games. Enjoy a hot dog and chips and learn about their programs - infant care, preschool and before and after school program. Located at 2850 Route 12. View the flyer with more information!
Registration Due Tonight
Grab your know-it-all friends and family and sign up your team for the 5th Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, October 19, at the Richardson Farm located at 9407 Richardson Road. Doors open at 6:00 PM. First question is at 7:00 PM. View the flyer with more information and registration form. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Halloween Hours
Halloween Trick or Treating is Thursday, October 31, from 3 - 7 PM.
Photo of the Week
The colors from this sunset bounced off streaks of clouds over the driveway of Claudia Tribuzio in the Spring Grove Estates subdivision. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email i t here .
Ninja Night
Flip, roll, run, jump, fly at Ninja Night this Saturday, October 19 at WLAC from 7:00-8:30 PM for a night devoted to Ninjas! Open to the public and a great time for kids 5 and up to tackle the warped wall, try the Ninja Line, run obstacles and more! Find more info here or call 815-675-3005. Located at 2449 Pierce Drive.
Halloween Event at WLAC
Stop by Saturday, October 26 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM for a free, fun, family Halloween event at WLAC! Lots of free activities including the ever famous warped wall.  Fundraising raffles with awesome prizes! Stay up-to-date on all the details and prizes here. Located at 2449 Pierce Drive.
5th Annual Craft Show
St. Peter's Church is holding their 5th Annual Craft Show on Saturday, October 26 from10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, October 27 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Very talented crafters will be participating, so get your Christmas shopping done early! Located at 2118 Main Street.
Burning Regulations
Burning of landscape waste is allowed on the weekends in October and November with restrictions. View them here . Consider composting yard waste, disposing it through Groot by purchasing landscape stickers or taking it to a landscape collection site like Thelen Sand and Gravel . View more info here .
Blast from the Past
Circa 1925 photo of Ellen Cole Baker (on drums). Ellen's mother was Anna Cole Baker who's father was Franklin Cole, an early pioneer who came here in 1838 and became one of the wealthiest farmers in Spring Grove. His white-pillared house still stands at the NW corner of Wilmot Road and Main Street. When he died, he left Anna a "great fortune". Anna invested her money in a new venture making perfume from the Lotus flowers which grew in Grass Lake. Unfortunately, the Chicago-based business failed and Anna committed suicide on the shore of Lake Michigan in 1916, shooting herself three times. A note she left behind stated in part, "Be kind to Ellen". Ellen died in 1974 and is buried by her mother in Cole Cemetery on Wilmot Road.
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