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Franklin Grove Christmas Light Contest

Judging on Dec 12, 2018

Winners announced Dec 14, 2018


Franklin Grove Park Board is inviting you to “Light them up” with A Christmas light contest.
The contest area is village limits, in conjunction with Christmas in the Grove, December 14th, 2018.
Categories for the contest are "Traditional", "Most extreme" and “Best Dressed Door”.
The date by which houses must be decorated for the contest is Wednesday December 12th.
Have your lights on judging begins at 5:30 pm on December 12th.
Announcement of the winners will take place at the village Hall at approximately 6:30 pm during the festivities of the Christmas walk,
December 14th, the night of Christmas in the Grove.





Listen to holiday music!






20th Annual Christmas In The Grove
Franklin Grove, Illinois
Friday, December 14, 2018

This evening's events are sponsored by Fr. Grove Area Business Boosters


"Family Fun"
Book Sale
6 - 8 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.
H.I. Lincoln Building
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
6 - 8 p.m.
Downtown by Bank
Door Prizes
5 - 8 p.m.
Throughout the Village
Kid's Passport Adventure
5 - 8 p.m.
Start at Village Hall
Gingerbread House Contest
5 - 8 p.m.
Village Hall
Barber Shoppers Singing
8 p.m.
Presbyterian Church


"Come And Get It"
Holiday Refreshments
5 - 8 p.m.
Throughout the Village
Hot Chocolate & Cream Puffs
5 -8 p.m.
1st National Bank of Amboy Franklin Grove
Kettle Corn
5 - 8 p.m.
Farming Heritage, Inc. Downtown
Firehouse Chili
5 - 8 p.m.
Fire Station
Cookie Sale
5 - 8:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Church
Homemade Soup
5 - 8:00 p.m.
Methodist Church (at Am. Legion)
Full Menu
Until 8:00 p.m.
Lincoln Way Café
Cookies baked as you watch
5- 8 p.m.
Stenzel Insurance Store & Bradford Victor, Adams Insurance
"Warm & Toasty" Warming Center at Village Hall hosted by FG Parks and Recreation



"What A Deal"

Shopping — Downtown and On the Highway

Casey's — gasoline, pizza, Headon's Meats, etc.

Franklin Grove Fresh Market -- groceries, gift cards, magazines, etc.

H. I. Lincoln Store — general store, antiques, books, Lincoln Hwy items




"Chances Are" Raffles

Fr. Grove Area Business Boosters
2 Prizes — Overnight Stay at The Lincolnway Bed and Breakfast/ Radio Flyer Wagon w/merchandise, gift certificates, etc.
Tickets available at Stenzel Insurance Store,
Franklin Grove Fresh Market, Lincolnway Café,
Unique Embroidery, Lincolnway Bed and Breakfast, and Lincoln Building
Also Raffles at the Library
“Light them up” A Christmas light contest. Winners announced 6:30 sponsored by FG Parks and Recreation all through the town.






Cookie Sale and Music

Friday, December 14th

5-8 pm

$6.00 per pound

Christmas Music in the Sanctuary
at approximately 7:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church of Franklin Grove

Don't miss the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin Grove at 106 South Walnut during the Christmas in the Grove Festivities on Friday, December 14th. Step inside and you will be invited to have a cookie and hot drink. But wait, there's more! You will see a wonderful variety of cookies that you can purchase for $6.00 per pound from 5-8 pm. Although it is not necessary, you can even preorder by calling Nancy Petersen at (815)994-0622, Mary Wetzel at (815)453-2428, or Bev Bartmess at (815)456-7008.
In addition, at approximately 7:30 pm all are invited to the church sanctuary to enjoy the music of Christmas. What a great way to enjoy the season!




Franklin Grove Parks and Recreation
Ginger Bread House Contest

2018 Contest RULES
A $5.00 entry fee
First through third place certificates/prizes will be awarded.
1. One Gingerbread House per participant group.
2. Group entries are allowed.
3. Gingerbread House kits are allowed to be used ONLY by participants under age 10.
4. All components must be edible. For example, foil or plastic wrapped candies must be
unwrapped; contestants may not use Lollipops with paper or plastic stems etc.
5. You may add battery operated electric lighting only to your entry.
6. Entry must have been constructed in 2018.
7. Entries will be penny judged by the public. Judging ends at 7:30 pm.
8. The entry must be delivered in completed form, attached to a plywood base, enabling it to
be freestanding. Bases should be no bigger than 18" L x 18" W. Entries may not be taller
than 26" H. We suggest using ½ or 3/8-inch plywood as your base. Cardboard bases will not
be accepted. Bases may be of, and covered with, non-food related material.
9. Please write your name and address, on the underside of your base. Please include, on a
separate sheet of paper that will be displayed in your area, the materials used in the gingerbread
house construction process. The top of your sheet should have the name of your
gingerbread house, Please DO NOT include your name in the name of your gingerbread house. Doing
so will disqualify you from the competition.
10. Participants early registration for the competition is November 27, 2018. Entry forms are
attached or may be obtained by calling Marilyn Spangler 815-456-2695. A registration fee of
$5 is due for each show entry by December 14th. All entries must be delivered to the Village Hall
during the hours of 4:30-5 pm on December 14th. The entries will remain on display at the Village Hall
from December 14, 2018 until 8:00pm. Entries must be picked up no Iater than 8:20pm,
December 14th.





Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival Planning Meeting

January 15, 2019

Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival planning meeting at the Library on January 15, 2019.

A representative from all interested Franklin Grove support organizations is invited to share their input for plans for the coming summer.





This is to notify all registered voters of the Village of Franklin Grove, that the following is a list of vacancies for the Village and Library Board that will appear on the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election.

Three (3) Village Trustee
4-year term

One (1) Village Trustee
2-year unexpired term

Four (4) Library Trustee
4-year term

Petitions are available from the Village Clerk starting September 18, 2018. Petitions must be completed and returned to the Village Clerk no sooner than Monday, December 10, 2018 and no later than Monday, December 17, 2018. Anyone Interested in running for the above positions can pick up the petitions from the Village Clerk by calling 815-456-2131 (office) or 815-440-2616 (cell) to set up an appointment.

Thank you,
Stephanie M. Sprague
Village Clerk





A. Interference With Snow Removal:
1. After an accumulation of three inches (3") or more of snow has occurred and until both sides of the street, alley or public way have been plowed, it shall be unlawful to allow any vehicle to remain parked from the same side of a public street, alley or public way for more than twelve (12) hours after the opposite side of the street, alley or public way upon which the vehicle is parked has had the snow plowed by the village.

(Ord. 503, 9-6-1983)


2. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on Elm Street between Highway 38 and Brown Street at any time within twelve (12) hours after a snowfall of three inches (3") or more has occurred.

(Ord. 452, 3-4-1974, eff. 3-4-1974)


B. Towing Vehicle, Costs: Any motor vehicle parked or standing in violation of this section may be towed or moved to another location or to a village impoundment area by a village vehicle or private towing service. No vehicles towed to a village impoundment area shall be released to the owner, lienholder or other person entitled to possession unless proper proof of entitlement to possession is first furnished to the village and all storage charges and towing charges incurred by the village are paid to the village.

C. Nonliability Of Village Or Towing Service: The owner and lienholder of vehicles parked or standing in violation of this section shall not be entitled to any claim for damages to any motor vehicle unless wilful and wanton misconduct shall be established.

(Ord. 503, 9-6-1983)











Reminder to parents of AFC Elementary school children - Avoid Elm Street in Franklin Grove, IL

Elm Street in Franklin Grove is for buses with children to drop-off and pick-up

Children who do not take the bus are released through the north doors on Lahman Street

Park on Lahman to pick up your children

If you send grandparents or friends, inform them of this

Passing a stopped bus with the stop arm out can result in fine, court cost, and 3 months suspension of your license


Information courtesy of Franklin Grove Police Dept





The Village of Franklin Grove, IL, invites you to plant a free tree!

Our beautiful old maples are living on borrowed time and we need to replenish our natural forest.

Tree-lined roads improve curb appeal, and trees cool off our streets to cut your energy bills.

The variety of trees available this year are Crimson King Maple, Sugar Maple, Sunburst Locust, Hackberry or Pin Oak


In addition, McCormick's Nursery has agreed to extend the discounted offer to residents that would like to plant a tree on their own property!

$69 for 8'-9' Crimson King Maple, Sugar Maple, Sunburst Locust, Hackberry or Pin Oak.

If interested in taking advantage of this offer, contact McCormick's by August 5th at 3602 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, or call 815-626-4422.

Trees can be picked up, or marked and delivered with the village tree in time for September planting.


Get your free tree by calling Nick Sprague at 815-973-0705 today. We'll even plant it for you.

Help keep the grove in Franklin Grove - plant a tree today!


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The Franklin Grove Cemetery Association is in need of funds to keep the grounds in pristine condition.

The Board was just made aware of the law that "PROHIBITS" funds charged for perpetual care when purchasing lots being used for maintenance, i.e. mowing and general upkeep. Thus, the board must determine what legal options are available for funding this important maintenance upkeep.

The Board is seeking donations, as our funds are in very short supply due to the low interest rates on our Certificate of Deposit and the State Law, which prohibits using those funds from perpetual care.

We are in the process of assessing our options, but the funds for keeping the grounds mowed and trimmed are about to run out. At this time, donations to keep us going until we have a more definite solution are our only option.

We hope you will respond to our request. The donations may be turned in at the Franklin Grove Branch of the First National Bank in Amboy with the specific notation to hold for THE FRANKLIN GROVE CEMETERY MAINTENANCE FUND.

We would appreciate whatever you can do to keep the grounds in pristine order.

Thank you very much,
The Franklin Grove Cemetery Board



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Franklin Grove IL


Effective Immediately

Any water, sewer or garbage customer who receives a shut-off tag must pay the bill at:

Franklin Grove Village Hall

105 E. South Street

Franklin Grove, IL

Any questions contact the Village Clerk at




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Bill payment for Franklin Grove, IL

Bill Payment Information for Residents of Franklin Grove

Pay your water, sewer & garbage bills at the following locations:

*1st National Bank in Amboy (Franklin Grove Branch)

Village Hall - 105 E. South Street (East Door Slot)

Mail - allow 7 to 10 days for delivery

Village of Franklin Grove,IL

105 E South St

P.O. Box 206

Franklin Grove, Illinois 61031


*The bank no longer collects water bills for accounts targeted for shut off


For more information, see the minutes from the September 2016 meeting




Burning Ordinance

May burn tree leaves and twigs on private property only. Anytime between sunrise to sunset during the period from
March 15 through May 15 and September 15 through November 30



Brush Pickup

All garbage cans and yard waste to be set in front of the house not in the alley. Also grass clippings, etc. should be placed in a paper bag, not plastic.

All tree branches and brush no longer than 4 feet and tied in bundles of 40 to 50 lbs.


Building Permits

Any new construction or remodel needs to have a permit as well as any decks, fences, dog runs, etc.

When in doubt, call the Village Hall to inquire if a permit is needed.

Dumpsters and Street Obstructions

All dumpster and any other street obstructions require a permit to be obtained by the Village Zoning Officer


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