compiled by Helen Mogill,
Don’t forget to vote, Tuesday, November 7
Proposed Levy for Ambulance Service
Because the Bloomington/Normal
LifeLine is ending their transport service in the near future, the Towanda
Fire Department has purchased an ambulance.
They are now a transporting agency for emergencies for the entire Towanda
Fire Protection District which includes Indian Creek. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days
per year, and have a licensed staff of
dinner Friday, Nov. 10, serving
from to , at the Legion
Digital vs Traditional Cameras
HCE’s November meeting will feature a lesson by Jeanie Wager on 'Digital vs
Traditional Cameras': keys to purchasing and tips on taking good
pictures. Contact Cindy Kelley
Monday, Nov.13, at the
Towanda Library News (on the web at towandalibrary.org)
Family Movie Night
Fri., Nov. 10 from : Cars
Fri., Dec. 8 from 6:30-7:30pm: The Year Without a Santa Claus
Pajama story time on Family Reading Night Thur., Nov. 16th
Come join librarian Mary Williams for library stories and a bedtime snack. All ages of children are invited, and parents, too! After Mary reads stories, parents may find a cozy corner to read to their own children.
Make greeting card boxes for holiday gift giving Mon, Nov. 27 6:30-7:30pm
These little boxes can be used
to box homemade gifts but are also pretty enough to be used as gifts
themselves! Volunteer Pat Pulokas from
the Towanda Home Extension will show you how to make the boxes and will supply
greeting cards and samples. You will
need to bring a ruler and scissors with you to the program. Please register for this program by calling
TOWANDA READS! Tues. Dec. 5th at
The Friends of the Towanda District Library invite you to join them in a book discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks at president Kay Liebenow’s house. Attendees are invited to bring a few homemade Christmas cookies to share. Call the library for more details.
Look What I Can Do
The library has a supply of “Look what I can do” brochures, posters, magnets, growth charts and pencils from the Illinois Dept. of Human Services and State Board of Education, for parents to track the developmental progress of their children from birth to age 5. This is an early intervention program and we are pleased to offer these materials to you free of charge. These materials are located near the Parenting Section in the library.
Board meeting time change
Due to the new library hours, the library board has changed its meeting times from on the 2nd Monday of the month to on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
A note from the Library Board President
The Towanda District Library is continuing to find ways to enhance the library experiences for you, your children, and the used-to-be resident patrons of our library (expanded hours, downloadable digital audio books and videos, and programs for all ages, to name a few). We are, however, losing property and income to the Bloomington/Normal expansion as they annex Towanda District Library property and thus take tax revenues with them. We want you to know that the Board of Directors of the Library is looking at this situation - and we would surely welcome your participation! - Tim Mogill, President, Board of Trustees.
You and your library board
Do you love your library? Are you over 18? How about running for a library board seat? There will be three positions available for the May 2007-2011 term. We need you! Contact the library director or the library board president, Tim Mogill, for more information.
Towanda Historical Society
begun on the LSTA grant project.
Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division
of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the
An OPEN HOUSE will be held from 2:00-4:00 on Sunday, December 3 at the Library. Your items can be scanned at that time (or left to be scanned later). Or, items can be brought to the library during open hours and they will be locked in our file cabinet. Anyone loaning items to be scanned will fill out an ‘information and contact form’.
meeting of TAHS is Tuesday, Nov.28, at the
by Sue Arnold
The topic for the October Nature Club meeting was bird identification. Dale Birkenholz and Les Allen from the local John Wesley Powell Audubon Society talked to us about the birds which make their home in our subdivision in winter, summer, or year-round. The discussion was very informal and interactive. Dale and Les passed around stuffed specimens from the ISU collection. Here's a few fun facts which you may not know:
a. Robins are year-round residents of
b. The drab olive-colored birds you see on your sisal feeders in winter are the same bright yellow goldfinches you see in the summer. They change their feathers twice a year to throw us off!
c. We have two types of nuthatches. The larger, more common White-breasted Nuthatch is a year-round resident. The smaller Red-breasted Nuthatches are less common and are typically seen during migration and during the winter months.
d. The Indian Creek Nature Area has been included in the annual Bloomington-Normal Christmas Bird Count for many years. It's part of a larger, nationwide bird count.
A couple of members relayed sightings of a large, white owl in the subdivision. If anyone has a picture of this owl, please submit it for identification. The two common owls we have are the Barred Owl and the Great Horned Owl. A Barn Owl would be an extremely rare find!
(not a local photo)
The next meeting of the Nature Club is planned for the end of January.
Indian Creek Fall Work Day
by Jim Russell
After a dreary gray week we had a beautiful Saturday for the Indian Creek Fall 2006 work day. The neighbors who volunteered were Jon Rosenthal, Helen Mogill, Greg and Carol Beneze, Jim Larson, Dave McCarty, Sue Arnold, Dennis Maze and Jim Russell. After coffee, juice and doughnuts (thanks Carol!) we got to work.
The bird houses in the nature area and along Eastwood were cleaned out. This required Helen to evict a few mice who thought they had a nice place to stay for the winter! Jim L and Jim R dismantled the goals in the soccer field which much improved the view of that area. Greg and Carol braved the strong winds coming off the fields and picked up multiple bags of trash along the highway.
Everyone pitched in on honeysuckle control in the nature area with much pulling, cutting, clipping and spraying. We made a lot of progress in the on-going battle against invasive species in our nature area.
Please consider joining your neighbors for the next Indian Creek work day Spring 2007.
Towanda Elementary PTO News
By Karen Showalter
A BIG THANK YOU to all who supported Towanda Elementary through the Beich Candy Sales Fundraiser. Over $7000 was earned this year! Delivery of items will take place starting Nov. 13.
to the students. They raised $1238.21
offering: Bergner’s Community Day on Nov. 11 for $5 (100% of which goes to
the school). You will receive a $10
coupon good towards any purchase and 7 other money saving coupons. Contact Amy Kinsella at
Mr. Smock trained the staff on CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver recently in order to provide a safer school environment. Thank you to Mr. Smock who is a Captain on the Towanda Fire Dept.
Residents are also invited to attend our annual Turkey Trot for fitness on Nov. 22 from . The kids will ''trotting" around a special course during their gym classes looking for turkeys.
looking into starting a chess club after school. If anyone would be interested in helping,
please contact Principal Sarah Edwards at the school
Information provided by Jim Larson and Dave Schulthes
There has been a lot of discussion
about the assessed property value increases seen on the most recent
assessment notices by people in Indian Creek. The property tax multiplier used for
Indian Creek is based on sales in the township which includes
an 8.15% multiplier was applied. This
year a 9.46% multiplier has been applied.
When the multiplier is applied, the result is your new assessed value
and is permanent unless you file a complaint and have your assessment
changed. The multiplier is determined by
It is up to the homeowner to determine whether to file complaint or not. This is a judgment call. Each property is different and some properties can actually be under assessed. Appeals need to be filed by November 13th. The Assessment Notice has information on how to file and where to get the forms. The complaint form and instructions can also be printed or downloaded from http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/Assessor/complaint_forms.htm . You will need to be prepared to state your case and provide evidence of why you believe your property is over assessed. The complaint form requires information about your property that you can obtain from your assessment notice or from the McLean County Assessor's website (http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/tax/main.aspx).
The complaint goes to the assessor for review to determine if your complaint is valid. You will receive a notice whether or not an adjustment is made. If no adjustment is made, you will have seven days to contact the Assessor's office to set up a meeting with the McLean County Board of Review. At that meeting you would have an opportunity to state your case further.
have questions or would like further information, including a copy of the
McLean County Sales Analysis report, you may call or email Dave Schulthes,
There have been more complaints of ATV riding in public areas of Indian Creek on the soccer field, in the woods surrounding the soccer field and along the creek, and on Eastwood, Candle Ridge and even once on Bent Tree.
One of the purposes of the Homeowner's Association is to preserve the natural woodlands and wildlife. At the March, 2006 homeowner’s meeting it was noted that no wheeled motorized vehicles are permitted or appropriate for use in the common areas. To re-emphasis this, a formal vote of homeowner’s can be taken at the next homeowners meeting. If you or your child has been riding an ATV in the common areas, please cease. And note that riding ATV’s on public roadways is against the law.
Towanda 4-H Club - Chili Supper
A chili supper will be held at the
Photo by Janet McCarty
Janet and David McCarty have been welcoming hosts this summer to a groundhog that has made its home under their deck. They have enjoyed observing its activities.
The groundhog, also called a woodchuck, is a rodent and a member of the squirrel family. Few of the groundhogs’ natural predators are present to control their number. Some people consider them nuisances because of their tunneling habits and their lack of fear of humans.
The groundhog’s sight, hearing, and smell are all reported to be keen. It produces a shrill whistle when alarmed. Although it lives on and underground, the groundhog can also swim and climb trees.
The groundhog lives alone in a burrow near a source of food. Favorite foods are grasses, clover, alfalfa, and crops like corn, so burrows are typically in fields and meadows. There is a separate summer and winter den, and the latter will often be sheltered by trees or shrubs. The burrow dug by the groundhog may be 5 feet below ground and extend for 30 feet. The groundhog prepares a nesting chamber, where it can sleep, and also makes a separate excrement chamber for its toilet needs. Old groundhog burrows may be used by other animals, such as skunks and foxes.
The winter den is generally used from October through February. With a thick layer of fat in the fall, the groundhog retires to its winter den, seals the sleeping chamber with dirt, and curls into a ball on its nest to sleep. A true hibernator, the groundhog’s heart rate slows down to about 4 beats per minute, its body temperature is lowered to about 40 degrees, and its breathing is slowed considerably.
The legend of the Groundhog and its shadow is the basis of Groundhog Day. It is said that on that day, February 2, the Groundhog will leave its burrow. If it sees its shadow, it returns to its den to wait out six more weeks of winter. However, if its cloudy and the groundhog does not see its shadow, it remains outside because winter is over. There is no truth to the legend. Groundhogs in the southern United States do not hibernate and those in the far north do not come out of hibernation until April.