September 6, 2023

Dear Village Resident,

The Fall Recreation Program is here!

Fall programs include:

Art Class


Little Ninja

Ninja Zone White

Mini Kickers ages 3-4

Tumble 1

Men's Basketball

Visit our website to sign up.

We need youth basketball coaches, click here to sign up.

Tax Bills Due

The second installment of the 2023 property tax bill is due September 12. View your tax bill by filling in either your name, address or PIN # here.

Springdale Trails Park Improvement Project

Recently, a private citizen approached the Village about donations for improvements to Springdale Trails Park. As of this newsletter's date, $44,900* of a $100,000 goal has been raised toward adding new swings, climbing structures, slides, benches and an improved playground surface.

This is where your help is needed! A very generous donor offered to match any donations received between now and October 18, 2023.

Donations can be made at this link or in person at the Village Municipal Centre, 7401 Meyer Road. Please note on your check or donation "Springdale Trails Playground". For more information please visit our website.


Chain O' Lakes Weight Loss Challenge

Would you like a fun weight loss challenge where you can win big money and some weekly prizes? The Chain O' Lakes Weight Loss group is also designed to support each other before, during and after the competition. Accountability and friendships are also a great reason to join our challenge. We are looking for participants as well as sponsors. Let’s work together to find things that work for us and share with each other in our journeys. Join their Facebook group for more information.

Spring Grove Elementary School Garden

The Spring Grove Elementary School Garden through the Spring Grove Elementary PTO has been thriving this year! The whole school is involved in seed starting, planting and watching the plants sprout, then planting them in the garden, watering and weeding. Students and their families volunteer over the summer to water and weed the garden. After harvesting the goods from the garden , they are shared with students and staff and donated to the Helping Hands Food Pantry for the community to enjoy! They have already started preparing for next spring. The garden is a beautiful way to bring everyone together through the school. Follow their progress at their Facebook page.

Richardson Corn Maze

Get set for a Jurassic-sized adventure starting Sept. 9 at Richardson Adventure Farm. With 2023 marking the 30th anniversary of “Jurassic Park,” the Richardson family landed on an intricate dino design for this fall’s corn maze. “We always look for the anniversary of something spectacular, and dinosaurs are forever popular,” said George Richardson. The maze features five maze games and everything from 10-minute trail options for parents with younger children to hour-and-a-half treks for intrepid corn crawlers. Grab your fall pumpkins and visit the beautiful sunflower fields while you are there. Click here for the press release that includes hours and admission information.

Photo of the Week

Delicious vegetables grown in the Spring Grove Elementary School Garden, photos submitted by Jaime Magnus. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share email it here.

Salon Jevee Now Hiring

Salon Jevee is looking for business professionals to join their team! Click the flyer here for more information.

Document Destruction Day

Saturday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon bring your sensitive and private documents for secure document destruction by Flood Brothers Disposal Co. The event will be in the Spring Grove Municipal Centre Parking Lot located at 7401 Meyer Road.

shredded paper

Textile Recycling

In conjunction with our Document Destruction Day at the Village Hall, Helping Hands Recycling* will be on site to collect items such as clothing, small home goods, kitchen items, and toys. See a complete list here of what they will accept.

Helping Hands Recycling collects unwanted textiles effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing from landfills, they will collect items until 1:00 p.m.

*Helping Hands Recycling is not affiliated with our local food pantry, Helping Hands Food Pantry. Please do not drop off items to be recycled at Helping Hands Food Pantry.

Spring Grove Fire Explorers

The Spring Grove Fire Explorer Post 1800 is accepting applications for new members for young men and women ages 15-21. Applications are available here or for more information contact the Spring Grove Fire Department at (815) 675-2450.

Village Stickers

Vehicle sticker applications have been mailed out, you can make any corrections or updates directly on the form and mail back, drop off, or come in to purchase. If you don't receive your application, please call the Police Department at 815-675-2596. New vehicle stickers must be purchased by October 1! This year's photo features the Oxtoby House which is the location of our new Main Street Park.

Crossing Guard Needed

NOW HIRING... Dedicated Citizens needed!

Crossing Guards for Spring Grove Grade School

· Serve the community and keep the children of Spring Grove Grade School safe!

· Work a BRIEF shift in the morning and in the afternoon.

· Training provided.

For more information see the flyer here or contact the Spring Grove Police Department at 815-675-2596.

Blast from the Past - 8014 East Street

8014 East Street circa 1922

Current view of house

Mary, Mattie, Lewis, Frank & Henry with thresher in the background

Iron fence at Cole Cemetery

In 1901, newlyweds Lewis Nulk and Mary Tresmer built a new house at 8014 East Street after purchasing the lot from Otto Hasse and lived there for over 30 years. Lewis was born in Solon Mills in 1863 and moved out west with his parents in 1865. As a young man, he worked as a cowboy herding cattle, and also learned the blacksmith trade. After his parents died, he came back to Solon Mills and met Mary. They married in 1901 and had three children: Henry, born in 1903, Frank, born in 1907, and Mattie born in 1909.

Lewis farmed and became very successful with a portable steam wheat thresher shown in the photo above. He would move the thresher from farm to farm and go to work threshing with the help of 25-30 men. One year they threshed over 18,000 bushels of oats and 1,500 bushels of wheat. With his blacksmith tools, he helped build the fence for Cole Cemetery on Wilmot Road which still stands.

When son Frank was in his 20s, he became involved in bootlegging (and other unwholesome activities) and family lore says Al Capone’s men once stopped by the house looking for Frank who wasn’t there (lucky for him). Apparently, he was pushing into their turf, and they weren’t very happy about that. Lewis had a stroke in the early 1930s and died a few years later in 1934. After his death, Mary moved to Chicago to live with Mattie and her family.

The house originally had front two porches with turned spindles and carved brackets.  Each porch had a front door on either side of the Queen Ann style bay window. The house still sports the decorative brackets above the bay windows. The gable roof would also have had decorative trim at the peak. The north side porch was entirely removed at some point and the south porch was enclosed. The wood porch stairs were replaced with cement stairs and cement blocks, maybe made by neighbor Frank May, the concrete contractor who lived across the street. 

Story by Laura Frumet

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