Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
compiled by Helen Mogill, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Annual Indian Creek Association Meeting
The annual Indian Creek Homeowners’
Association meeting will be ,
The agenda will include, but is not limited to:
Please contact association president, Brian Krause (email email@example.com), with additional items you would like discussed at the annual meeting.
Towanda Scouting Organization’s
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
Saturday, February 10 - to , at the school
Advance tickets: Adults: $4.50, K-12: $2:50, pre-school: free
At the door: Adults: $5, K-12: $3, pre-school: free
Contact Scouts, Read's, Grain Co.,
Meat Orders may be made through Mike Potts,
· Whole hog, 2.95/lb:
o bulk sausage, 2 lb packages;
o links, 5 lb; back ribs, 5 lb;
o bacon, 1 lb packages
· Italian sausage, 2.95/lb:
o bulk, 2 lb packages;
o links, 5 lb packages
· Chicken breasts, boneless/skinless, 5 lb packages, 4.00 / lb
Girl Scout Cookies
Be on the lookout for your local
girl scouts! Cookie sales have begun
and will run through Jan.20. Cookies will be delivered Feb. 22 through
Mar.9. If you would like cookies and
don't know a girl scout, you may contact Becky Domkuski,
troop leader at
Girl Scouts will be having a bake sale at the Boy Scout Pancake and Sausage Supper on Feb.10. However, cookies will not be available for sale on that day.
The next Nature Club meeting will be “Inspired by Nature”. Linda and Terry Garbe have used colors, shapes, and images from Nature as inspiration for their art work. Nature shows up in Terry stained glass work, in Linda's beadwork and wall hangings, and in the extreme cakes they have made.
On February 15th, they will demonstrate
how they created this
Learn how to develop your own website:
volunteer and computer advocate Helen Mogill will offer a "how to develop a website" class
during the month of February, which is computer instruction month at the
library. Helen will show you how to
create your own website using Microsoft Word.
Please call the library at
Learn Microsoft Word:
director Mary Williams will also offer a beginning and intermediate word
processing class using Microsoft Word (Office 2003) at the library during the
month of February. Classes will be
held: Tues., Feb. 13, 2-3:00pm,
Thurs., Feb. 15, 5-6pm for beginning word processing and Tues., Feb. 20,
2-3:00pm or Thurs., Feb.22, 5-6:00pm for intermediate word processing. Participants must register by calling
The next book for Towanda Reads is The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. The book discussion will be held in March – date and time to be announced in the next newsletter.
From amazon.com: “One of the greatest and most socially significant novels of the twentieth century, Steinbeck's controversial masterpiece indelibly captured America during the Great Depression through the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads. Intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity, The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is not only a landmark American novel, but it is as well an extraordinary moment in the history of our national conscience.”… “ For this marvel of observation and perception, [Steinbeck] won the Pulitzer in 1940.”
Unit 5 Public Meetings
Planning for Growth Progress Report
Towanda Area Historical Society
Entering information about historical
items into a database is a major effort at this time. Volunteers who have as little as an hour or
two a week and some computer knowledge are needed to enter data provided on
description forms; training will be provided.
Additionally, assistance in sorting the accumulated artifacts and
scanned materials is being sought.
PLEASE contact Gail Ann Briggs,
Audio interviews will be conducted beginning in January. Suggestions of people to interview are welcome!
We also continue to need any historical items you have that document our area's history, which includes Indian Creek and Lamp Lighter subdivisions, Merna and of course, all of Towanda and surrounding farms. We would like to borrow these items for digital scanning and identification. These items will be accessible on the Internet in a couple of months for people doing historical research. Thank you from all of us interested in local history! Development of the website - www.towandahistory.org - is in the planning stages.
Annual Chili Supper and Basket Raffle
Thursday, February 15 – , at the school
Chili, hot dog, dessert and drink:
calendars for Towanda Elementary's Annual Chili
Supper and Basket Raffle. Ticket sales
are scheduled to begin
Subdivision Tractor Usage
After the last snow, a couple of residents of Indian Creek asked if they could use the subdivision tractor to plow out their drives. While the tractor is very good for mowing and the occasional light use of the end loader for moving gravel or dirt; in its current configuration, it cannot move snow around much less move itself. With the turf tires and light weight differential, it is just not heavy enough for snow removal. At this time the tractor is being stored in Jim Kellenberger's shed. It will be parked back in its usual place in late March or early April, weather permitting.
Towanda 4th of July Planning
Open to everyone.
February meeting of the Towanda Home & Community Education (HCE) will be
held at the
The McLean County HCE is sponsoring a Cultural Enrichment contest. See more details at the HCE website at www.mcleanhce.org. Bring entries to the Extension office on January 22 at .
On Saturday, February 24, there will be a
quilt workshop at the McLean County Extension Office Auditorium at
Red Carpet Corridor Weekend Event - and Spring Area Garage Sales
A coalition of
communities and private business have developed the "Red Carpet 90 Mile Family Fun
Experience" to be held May 5 and
6, 2007. From Towanda to
our Towanda Area Spring Garage Sales are held in April. In 2007, Easter is April 8. PLEASE
LET ME KNOW whether you want to hold your garage sale with this larger
event, or, if Thu-Sat April 12-14 or April 19-21 is desired. If I don't hear that an April date is
preferred I will plan on coordinating sales for May 5-6. Thank you!
Gail Ann Briggs
Hedgeapple (Osage Orange)
Most of this information is from http://hedgeapple.com/
have been walking in the woods, along the streets of the subdivision – or
even your own yard, you have seen the ubiquitous hedgeapple
When Lewis and Clark set off to explore the
the 19th and early 20th centuries the tree was planted throughout the
The tree's fruits contain a chemical that has been proven to repel many insects that get into homes: cockroaches, crickets, spiders, fleas, box elder bugs, and ants. The chemical does not kill the insects but for some reason effectively repels them from the area where the fruit is located. Whole ripened fruit left sitting on the floor in places where insects are a problem will usually repel pests for up to two months.
Squirrels and deer find the fruit hard to resist in their natural habitat Squirrels spend considerable time working their way into the pithy core to consume the seeds contained inside.