December 18, 2019
Dear Village Resident,
At last night's Board Meeting, Village President Mark Eisenberg proclaimed the week of December 15 - December 21 as "Richmond Burton Community High School 2019 Class 4A State Championship Football Team Week". View the Proclamation. Pictured above with the Proclamation are the Football team Captains, Coach Mike Noll, and President Eisenberg. Coach Noll was also presented with a football signed by the players. Congratulations, once again, to our Rockets Football Team!
Waste & Recycling Collection News
The Christmas Eve pickup schedule will not change, but the Christmas Day pickup will be delayed one day. Also, Christmas trees may be placed out for collection during the month of January for no extra charge. 2020 monthly rates for basic services will go .41 cents to $20.91, senior monthly rates will increase to $18.87, landscape waste stickers will be $2.05 each and the landscape annual subscription will be $105.00.
Tips to Ensure a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season
drive sober
The holidays are a time for celebration, but please drive merry bright and sober when the party ends. Our Police Department is partnering with IDOT and the State Police to get impaired drivers off the road. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns run from December 13 through January 1 and are funded with federal highway safety dollars. View these tips to ensure a safe and joyful holiday season.
Holiday Happenings this Saturday
New Leaf Home Furnishings will be hosting a unique holiday shopping experience with live Christmas music by Abikus Unplugged, free gifts, delicious refreshments, and smiling, welcoming faces this Saturday, December 21. Everyone is welcome so bring your best friends, your beloved family members, and even your adorable kiddos! View the flyer here .
Photo of the Week
Geese walking on water at Hatchery Park...at least on the slightly icy version... Photo submitted by Art Peterson. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email i t here .
Christmas Flowers
Order your Christmas arrangements, poinsettias & centerpieces from Birds of Paradise to make your holiday festive. They deliver! Located at 2404 Spring Ridge Drive.
Ninja Nights
Run Obstacles and learn tricks at WLAC’s Ninja Nights! Join them this Saturday, December 21, from 7:00-8:30 to learn advanced skills and tricks. $10 members / $12 non-members. For more event info click here or call 815-675-3005. WLAC is located at 2449 Pierce Drive.
Recycle Old Holiday Lights
If your lights have lost their twinkle, don't throw them away - recycle them at the Municipal Centre! Located at 7401 Meyer Road, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM all year round. Click here to see which kinds of lights and cords are accepted.
Blast from the Past
This is Anton Schaefer and his wife Katherina. Anton was the first president of Spring Grove. He was also the village undertaker, carpenter, and store owner at 1921 Main Street from 1901 into the 1920s. As the undertaker, Anton would hitch two horses to his wagon hearse, and wearing a shiny silk stovepipe hat and sitting tall on the wagon seat, would take the deceased in his handmade coffin to the grave site. He would construct the coffins in the basement of the building and line each one with satin fabric. The store was on the first floor and later a music store was run upstairs by one of his daughters. You can see from the ad he also made furniture and sold other household goods. He and Katherina had ten children. The building still stands (photo was taken in the 1930s) but was turned into an apartment building in the 1960s.
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