Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
compiled by Helen Mogill, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Vote on Tuesday, Apil.17 -
Five Cent General Fund Tax Rate Increase Referendum
Towanda District Library is seeking a five cent tax rate increase. This question will appear on the
increase is being requested to cover the costs of inflation and rising
electric costs. The library also seeks
to keep up with expenses associated with dramatic increases in library usage
while revenues decrease due to shrinking boundaries as
Five cents is $0.05 per $100 of assessed value of a home. The Towanda District Library Board of Trustees believes that this increase in funds will allow the library to continue to provide the current level of service. The following table lists examples of how a 5 cent tax rate increase would increase monthly and yearly tax bills:
Unit 5 Board of Education Election – April 17
Four candidates are to be elected to the Unit 5 Board of Education. One (1) will be elected from Normal, two (2) will be elected from outside Normal; and the 4th seat will go to the candidate with the highest number of votes between the 2nd high in Normal and the 3rd high outside Normal. The candidates are:
Red Carpet Corridor Weekend Event
The Red Carpet Corridor committee
met on March 21st and discussed selling Route 66 T-shirts, Route 66 bottled
soda and pens. Vendors are still needed for the celebration on May 5th and
6th. Help Towanda celebrate the 90
miles celebration of Old Route 66 by attending our garage sales, vendors in
the park, food and entertainment. If
you have any questions, please call Jim or
Order Your Route 66 T-Shirts Now
The Red Carpet Corridor Committee
is taking orders for Route 66 T-Shirts to wear for the May 5-6 weekend
event. The shirts should arrive in a
week. They are a black medium weight shirt with the Route 66 Shield in white
with black lettering. Under the shield it says
order by calling Jodie at
Annual Spring Area Garage Sales will be held during the Red Corridor weekend Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6....and
on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4
for those who want to hold them earlier.
By Monday, April 23 send Gail Ann Briggs,
At the March meeting of the Nature
Club, Master Gardener, Helen Leake, discussed gardening in shady areas. Grass does not grow in shady areas,
especially under maple trees. Their
close to the surface roots suck up water and nutrients. Effective fertilizers are horse, cow, and
llama manure, compost, or a balanced
The next meeting will be in May – date, topic, and host to yet to be determined. Please call or email me, Helen Mogill, with ideas or suggestions.
TAHS-TDL / LSTA Grant
by Gail Briggs
Work on the grant from the Illinois State Library to the Towanda Area Historical Society / Towanda District Library to digitize Towanda area history on the web is preceding in fine fashion! Numerous volunteers have dedicated many hours to sorting the artifacts that area residents have so generously loaned or donated to the Historical Society, writing descriptions and/or entering the information into the database. A 'thank you' is inadequate for their contributions to this project - but I'll say it anyway. Thank you!!
Our work with Milner Library's digitizing center at ISU is proceeding well and we are very pleased, and appreciate, their advice, collaboration and their invaluable assistance!
On Thursday, March 22 a site visit by the state monitor from the Illinois State Library met with Project Manager Gail Ann Briggs, Library Director Mary Williams, Technical Advisory Helen Mogill and Researcher/Interview Coordinator Pat Pulokas to discuss the status of the grant work and general issues. During the meeting we learned that the state monitor is very pleased with the work that is being done, that ours is the most organized digital imaging grant project he has seen, and that we are their first comprehensive local history digital imaging project at the small town level (most are limited to a specific category such as buildings, cemeteries or other).
We are in the proofing stage of our posters, brochures and bookmarks. You can expect to see them in April. Information about the grant, contact information and general appearance is accessible now at www.towandahistory.org.
Another aspect of the grant work is the oral interviews of long-time residents. We know you'll be excited to hear them 'live' when you access our website. Their comments are being transcribed so those who have difficulty hearing will be able to learn what has been said by reading their stories. The history they bring to life is rich and awesome!!
don't feel left out - we are still soliciting artifacts, volunteers and
suggestions. Call and offer - Mary
Towanda Area Historical Society
by Gail Briggs
Towanda Area Historical Society (TAHS) will meet at on Tuesday, April 23 at the
Lightning Strike at Water Tower
by Water Commissioner, Kurt Patti
Saturday, March 24, during the mid-morning thunderstorm, lightning struck at or near the water tower tripping the breakers and burning out both chemical feed pumps (chlorine and fluoride) and damaging the starter relay for the pumps. We caught the power outage within a couple of hours of the strike thanks to the ‘green’ light on the tower being out.
We never lost water pressure, and no boil order was required. Frank Cottrell and Mike Laesch were called out and all necessary repairs and pump replacements have been made.
by Pat Pulokas,
Towanda Home and Community Education will be meeting on
April activities will include a local leader school on "Ground
Covers" presented by UI Horticulture Extension Educator, David J.
Robson. This class is open to the
public and will discuss ways to reduce mowing, save water and add color and
texture to your landscape. The class
is held on Friday, April 13, This program is free but please
Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club
from Brandon Bonner, Club Reporter
The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 17th at at the Towanda Library. The program that night will be Personal
Finance. Please contact one of the
organizational leaders for more information.
They are: Tom and Janet Morris,
I regret to report that neighbors Patti and Neil Walsh and their son Tyler are moving from Indian Creek. I spoke with Patti yesterday. She told me that they have loved living here in Indian Creek and loved the wonderful neighbors here, but found that their home was too small to comfortably accommodate visits from their adult children and their many grandchildren who continue to accumulate.
Here’s a note that Patti asked me to share with you: “We have enjoyed the area and the people. Since our family is growing with new babies, we need more space. By this time next year, I will probably have two new grandchildren on the way. We are so blessed to have such a big and loving family.
address will be
v Woodstove, $175
& Neil Walsh,
Solid oak, made by Whitacre’s:
v Dining room table and chairs
v Roll top desk
Month-by Month Gardening in
2007 Master Gardener Second Thursday Classes
following classes are offered by the McLean Country Extension Office,
April 12 – Designing for Low Maintenance
May 10 – Salsa Gardening (small scale vegetable gardening)
June 14 – Keeping Your Garden Lush in the Summer Heat
July 12 – Leaf Casting (make concrete castings of leaves)
August 9 – Think Cool (late season gardening)
September 13 – Butterflies (how to attract / tagging Monarchs for research)
October 11 – Houseplant Clinic
November 8 – Bonsai
Native Plants in the Garden Workshop
Saturday, April 14th,
is free. Call
Saturday, May 19th,
are native plants beautiful, they are adapted to our long, cold winters and
hot, dry summers. They require no
fertilizer and, once established, do not require watering.
Spring Nature Day
Admission is free; however there will be a small fee for some activities.
& Bird Hikes, some binoculars will be available; no experience necessary
Wildflower Walk with Don Schmidt, the Dean of Green
Bird Feeder & House Workshop, construct a Feeder ($3.00 fee), or House ($5.00)
- Migration Stations, migrate through a variety of stations to identify bird songs, learn about bird banding, and make a nesting material bag to take home
Music in the Woods, throughout the day.
Leaf Case Stepping Stones Workshop ($3.00 fee per stepping stone)