Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
Towanda’s Christmas party will be on Wednesday, December
14th from at the
Pork chop dinner Dec. 9th, , at the Legion Hall on
Winter Music program, K-2, Thu. Dec. 15,
Unit 5 Winter Break begins Thu. Dec. 22
to school on Thu.
Towanda Area Historical Society
Logo and Slogan Contest entries are due Thu.Jan.5, 2006
Mail to: TAHS;
Include a sketch and/or phrase.
Welcome New Neighbors
Towanda Library News (on the web at towandalibrary.org)
Mitten Tree Project Through Jan.
The Towanda library is working
with radio station STAR 107.7 and other local public libraries on a MITTEN
TREE project. We will collect scarves, hats, mittens and coats at the library
until Jan. 3. New and used items are welcome (used
items must be cleaned and in good condition). These will be distributed to
kids in need in the
Teen movie nights 3rd Friday of the month, (12/16, 1/20)
For students 7th grade & up. Registration is helpful but not required. Movies are carefully selected and will be G, PG or PG13.
Holiday Family Movies (no registration is necessary)
Thurs., Dec. 15, 6-7:30pm: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” movie and craft.
Sat., Dec. 17: 1pm: “Prancer”
Wed. Dec. 28, 1pm: “The Princess Bride”
Kids: Make an inexpensive home-made holiday gift to give to mom and dad Tues., Dec.6,
Children’s volunteer and former resident of Towanda, Keri Marley, will have everything you need to make holiday gifts for your mom and dad or for another special adult. Cost is $4.00 to cover the cost of supplies for two gifts. Register on Sat., Dec. 3. Payment is due on the date of the program. This program is open to children in the library district in grades K-5.
Friends of the Towanda District Library Wed., Jan 11 from
Next regular meeting, at the library. All are welcome!
TOWANDA READS book discussion group Wed., Jan 11 from .
We will discuss the #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
Winter Soups with Chef DeAnna
Chef DeAnna from Kitchen Connection, a personal chef service, will offer a program full of tips on how to make tasty winter soups. She will make a soup for you to eat, so bring your appetite and have a light supper of bread and soup on us! Max. 12 participants; Register in advance.
STORY TIME for 3-5 year olds
The 11:00-11:30am eight-week Wednesday
morning sessions are as follows for the 05-06 school year:
Register for any of these programs by stopping by or calling the library at 728-2176.
Indian Creek Fall Work Day - Phase 2
On a cool and overcast fall day, November 12th, a small group of neighborhood volunteers, Sue Arnold, Dennis Maze, Jim Russell, Brian Krause, and Helen Mogill, tackled the second phase of the planned nature area restoration project. The group cleared the area around one of the magnificent oak trees that stands along the right side trail leading out of the meadow area after you pass the well head. People who walk the trails will now be able to completely see and fully appreciate this magnificent tree. Clearing this tree to its drip edges brings in more light and will encourage new red oak samplings to sprout. We had hoped to find some existing saplings, but found none.
An interesting article, Woodlands of Central Illinois, by
Mr. Hassler states, “Oak-Hickory woodlands were probably
the most common type of wooded community in pre-settlement times. Various
species such as red oak, white oak, and several species of hickory dominated,
but you would find maples, elms and other trees in them as well. In spring
there would be a plethora of spring perennial wildflowers such as trilliums,
Dutchman's britches and
The oaks needed periodic fires to reduce under story in order for the young oaks to survive. We hope to take the place of the fires with our clean up efforts.
The savannahs also needed periodic files to maintain them. “Despite their previous abundance, savannas are almost nonexistent today. Because of their dependency on fire, if they weren't tilled under for cropland, an oak-hickory woodland or closed canopy forest invaded the area and succeeded the savanna.” The periodic mowing that we do in the nature area can give us a slight hint of what a savannah may have been like. Today true savannas “…are so rare that very little is known for sure about the savanna habitat.”
To see a local prairie, savanna, and woodland restoration
area, travel just a few miles down the Gridley blacktop to the Parkland
Foundation Merwin Preserve. The main entrance is accessible from the
west gate just north of the
The work day originally planned for December 10th has been canceled due to weather. There will be more work days planned for next spring.
Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship
Towanda Lions is pleased to announce that Brant Kaufmann is this year's 2005
recipient of the Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship. Brant is the son of Jim and Nancy Kaufmann,
Brant's high school activities included: Soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bowling Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award recipient, and Big 12 Scholar Athlete. He was also an Eagle Scout and worked summers for Charlie Knapp Construction.
This scholarship was made in honor of Steve Liebenow who was a great educator, community leader, and fellow Lion.
THANK YOU to all those who supported our recent fundraiser! Your contributions added up to just over $7000 and will help pay for projects for the students and school. With some of the money that was earned, a new entry rug and 3 runners were purchased. All the rugs are black and orange. They vary in designs with school name and pictures of a bulldog and paw prints. They should last a long time and will help to keep the bad weather from being tracked into the school. Be watching the office and entryway for their arrival!
NEW SCRIP ADDITIONS and IMPROVED PTO WEBSITE
Do you give gift cards during the holiday season? Consider buying them all in one place-using SCRIP - it's easy just call Amy Kinsella 728-2000. There are new additions to the list of what is available. You can view them on the newly redesigned PTO website. Just go to "school websites" from your choices on www.unit5.org; click on "Towanda" and choose "PTO"; then choose "links" and "Scrip." While you're there, check out the new website. PTO is very appreciative of all Mr. Nourie's hard work on the website! Thank You!
Ask your kids if they are cleaning their hands before lunch. PTO recently purchased aloe free hand sanitizer for the optional use of all students at lunch time.
Blowing Garbage Cans