Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
compiled by Helen Mogill,
The Annual Village Christmas Party is on Monday, December 18th from
The Towanda Seniors will be meeting Wednesday, December 13th
A Note from the Common Grounds Chairman
by Jim Russell
1. The re-graveling of the well-head trail has been completed. This will provide good access for service vehicles for many years to come in case the well ever needs servicing.
2. Fresh beaver damage has been spotted along Money Creek. Its time to wrap chicken wire around any trees you want to protect.
3. If anyone left
a tent out in the nature area, contact Jim Russell
4. The recent ice storm downed several limbs across nature area trails. Anyone interested in helping clear the trails is welcome to do so.
Downed Tree on Nature Trail – due to ice storm
Shih Tzu Puppies for
The Shih Tzu is a
sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. The Shih Tzu was
developed as a favored pet of Chinese emperors of the Manchu Dynasty from the
middle of the 19th Century. But his history begins centuries earlier, as one of
These Shih Tzu
puppies will be ready to go to new homes around Christmas time. Call Judi Doubet at
Gregory’s Cookie Service
Gregory Mason will make delicious cookies
for sale through the holidays. Call ahead to place your order and you will
receive fresh baked cookies, delivered, in a nicely wrapped box, to your
front door. Cookies are $4.00 a dozen.
Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, Swedish tea cakes, sugar, peanut butter, and
more are available for purchase. Let
Gregory help you with your holiday baking! Call him at
Towanda Fire Department News
The Towanda Fire Department would like to say a big thank you for all the support in passing the recent referendum. We will continue to give you the best care possible.
November Fire Calls:
Car accidents – 3, Medical - 5, Field Fires – 2, and 1 investigation of a gas leak.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Towanda American Legion is hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration. Join them for an evening of dinner and dancing on Sunday, December 31st at . The cost is $20.00 for a single or $35.00 for a couple. The menu is a choice of 12oz., 6 Jumbo Shrimp, Surf & Turf (Shrimp & Steak), or Pork Chop and salad, potatoes, and dessert. Contact any Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons member for a ticket and celebrate the New Year right.
Towanda PTO News
By Karen Showalter
Box Tops and Labels:
December 15 is the deadline for a send-off of Campbell's & Tyson
Labels & Box tops for Education.
Please send in whatever labels/box tops you have at this time. This is the last chance to get credit for
front labels from
Do you give gift cards for the holidays? Do you shop at Kohl's? SCRIP is one stop shopping for gift cards from many stores. You spend the same amount you normally would and the school gets a percentage of the money you spend. It's a win-win situation! You can also pay your Kohl's charge bill use using SCRIP gift cards. You can check the available stores and place an order on the web. Just go to www.unit5.org/towanda/PTO/Links.htm and then click on SCRIP. Thank you!
Unit 5 winter break will begin on Friday, December 22, and school will
The Towanda VFW
Post 462 sent a care package this month to Cindy Singley
in Irag. The
Post will send another care package on
On Saturday, November, 25, Sheriff (and Indian Creek resident) Mike Emery was able to locate and stop five ATV riders on the south edge of the subdivision along the tree line and Doug Reeves Fields. All five were identified (none were Indian Creek residents) and warned that the wooded area was private property and further violation would result in trespass charges. Doug Reeves arrived at the location where Mike had the five stopped and stated to them that his property is posted ‘no trespassing’ and further violation would result in charges being pressed. Hopefully this action will alleviate the problems we have had out here concerning this activity. However, Mike will be sending the five men a letter from the Sheriff's Office and a copy of the law. That way if they are caught again both incidents can be used to press charges.
On a good note, while waiting to catch these five riders Mike observed the largest 12 point buck he has ever seen. The buck was in the field on the south end of Indian Creek and when the riders came into the area he ran into the woods just east of the water tower.
White Tail Deer
Mike Emery mentioned seeing a
large buck the other day. Tim and I
have enjoyed seeing deer nearly every day as we take our morning walks in the
Nature Area - sometimes seeing as many as five deer together. A brief search on the internet turned up
some interesting facts and history about the deer population in
Back in the
late 1700s, there was an abundance of deer. But the early settlers exploited
the resource — clearing timbered areas and using the deer for food and
clothing. By the mid-1850s, the
white-tailed deer had declined to the point where 15 counties made deer
hunting illegal for half of each year. Things didn't get better. By the start
of the 20th century, there were only 500,000 deer nationwide. In 1901, the
The white-tailed deer is a highly versatile animal. It doesn't need large tracts of forest, and it doesn't mind living alongside corn and bean fields. In fact, deer prosper in sparsely timbered counties loaded with corn and bean fields. Rather than browse, the deer feed on corn and beans, and resort to browsing during the winter months when there aren't crops in the fields. A doe matures at 2 or 3 years, and then typically gives birth to twins each year for 10 or more years. A deer herd that has plenty to eat and is not hunted by humans or other predators will double in size every 3 years!
In 1991 the Department began promoting antlerless-only permits to emphasize harvesting females as a way to control herd size. The concept is achieving its desired effect. The trend for hunters to "hold out" for a buck, which had progressively increased from the reopening of the modern deer season and peaked in the late 1980s, has been reversed. Female deer currently make up a much larger part of the harvest as compared to 5-10 years ago. Last year's harvest of more than 142,000 whitetails consisted of a balanced mixture of bucks and does, as well as old and young, attributable in large part to antlerless-only permits. This means that the odds of harvesting a mature buck have actually increased.
The number of mature bucks -
those at least 3 1/2 years old, which would be considered trophies by most
hunters-has gone from just a few hundred 25-35 years ago and a few thousand
as recently as the 1980s to more than 7,000 in 1995 alone. Those figures
prove that while controlling herd size through the issuance of anterless-only permits, the Department has maintained the
big bucks that
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