Indian Creek Newsletter

June, 2007

on the web at

compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048




Steak Fry

Friday, June 8, 5:30 – 7:30 at the American Legion

The Sons of the Legion are hosting a Steak Fry on Friday, June 8th. Steaks, baked potatoes, and more are available from 5:30-7:30 at the American Legion.  Cost is $10.00. Carry outs are available.  All are invited to dine.



Water Tower Painting & Boil Order

from Kurt Patti



Starting some time this week or next week, there will be painting and repairs done to the inside as well as outside of the water tower by Putnam County Painting.  The large blue tank with a pump that you see next to the water tower will serve as our temporary storage and supply tank while the painting and refurbishing is occurring. 


There should be no service interruption provided everything goes according to plan. However, as a precautionary measure there will be a temporary boil order at the time that we switch to the temporary tank until we can get a sample tested and back from the EPA. 


While the boil order is in effect, there will be signs posted at both entrances to the subdivision.  I will also be sending email notification.  If you are not already on my email mailing list and would like to be, contact me at or 728-2048. Contact Kurt Patti at or 728-2065 if you have any water questions.



Towanda Fire Department


Fire Station reports for May:

·         Accidents – 4

·         Medical – 7

·         Fuel spills – 2

·         Alarm - 1






Towanda PTO

from Karen Showalter

In an effort to make the outside of our school reflect the greatness we have inside, PTO has been hard at work on a beautification project.  Many local builders and realtors generously made donations.  Drive by our school and check out the new landscaping and new sign!  There is also a special new tree!  Starting with this year, each 5th grade class will do research to select a tree that will be planted on school grounds in their honor.  We believe it will be a neat feature for alumni of Towanda Elem. to return to the school and see how their tree has grown.



        Jon Hofmann in Iraq


Sgt. 1st Class Jon Hofmann, a medic in the U.S. Army Reserves, was deployed Feb. 3.  He is the son of Wilbur & Jeanne Hofmann on Bent Tree Lane.  After 2 months of further training at Ft. Bragg, NC and Kuwait, he is now in Tikrit, Iraq, 90 miles north of Baghdad.  He is the only medic for his civil affairs unit of 25 personnel.  His wife and 3 children remain in their home in El Paso, Illinois.



Towanda Blood Drive 
from Pat Pulokas


The Towanda Busy Bees 4-H Club is sponsoring the 14th Annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 26.  Donation times are between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Towanda Community Building. If you donated blood on or before May 1, 2007, you are eligible to give blood again on June 26. 


Every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. There is an immediate and ongoing need for blood, especially in the summertime. But less than five percent of the eligible population actually donates each year. Each unit of blood collected is able to help three people. 


Donors must be in good health; feel well the day of the donation; weigh between 110-350 #; be at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate in Illinois with the approved consent form signed by a parent.); have vital signs within criteria. The blood donation takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the process. Remember to bring IDENTIFICATION so you can donate!  Help us reach our goal of 40 donors.


As an added incentive, all presenting donors at the Towanda site will be entered into OUR VERY OWN RAFFLE for a chance to win a $25 gas card. To make an appointment call Marilyn Marquis, 728-2129 or Pat Pulokas, 728-2118.  Walk-ins will be accepted. Be a “Holiday Hero” and give the gift of life.





Towanda 4th of July Planning Meeting


Monday, June 25, 7:00 p.m. - 4th of July Celebration Committee will meet at the Towanda Community Building to finalize plans for the events on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4.  Help is always appreciated. 


See more at the official Towanda 4th of July informational website:



         4th of July Festivities



Tuesday, July 3, 2006

     4:30–7:00pm    Community Building              Spaghetti Dinner            

          Advance tickets ($5/adult;

          $3/child) - call 728-2118

          or 728-4796 (+.50 at door).

      6:00 pm           South Park                             Pet Contest (for Youth)

      7:45pm            South Park                             Miss / Master and Theme Winners       

      8:00–12:00pm South Park                             Community Dance     Music by ‘Sister Groove’   


Wednesday, July 4, 2006

      All Day              North & South Parks             Flea Market

                 To be determined                                Towanda Area Historical Society display 

      See slide show, help label photos.

      All Day              Community Bldg & Parks      Food Concessions              

      8:45-9:30am     School                                   Parade Lineup                    

     10:00am                                                          Parade Begins

      Evening            School                                   Olde Tyme’ Games begin          

      Dusk                                                               Fireworks



Towanda 4th of July – 2007  Miss and Master Contest


The Contest is for girls and boys 5-10 years old.  Previous Misses or Masters are ineligible.   Complete the Entry Form and turn it in at the Library by Saturday, June 23 (NO PHOTOS).  Winners will be notified by Thursday, June 28. Winners will be introduced before the dance (7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 3) and ride in the Parade on Wednesday, July 4 (lineup is at 9:30 a.m. in front of the school). 


Questions?  Call Heather Lueschen 728-2840

Text Box: Miss and Mister Entry Form

Please print

Child’s Name: ________________________

Gender:          ________

Parent’s Name: _______________________

Child’s Age:  ____  (birthdate) ___________

Phone Number: ______________________



Library News

on the web at, phone 728-2176


   Friends of the Library

Our Friends group is growing.  To join, contact Mary Williams at the library at 728-2176 and she will put you in touch with the Friends’ group president.  We usually meet once a month and are involved in many library support projects. The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be held Thursday, June 21 at 6:00pm at Helen Mogill's home.


  Towanda Reads

The next book for Towanda Reads is Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. The book discussion will be held Thursday, June 21 at 7:00pm at Helen Mogill's home.



Join us for any of these How-To-Do-It workshops.  Workshops will run from 6:30-7:30 pm at the library.  Registration is required—call 728-2176 to register

·         Wed., June 6 - Basic Plumbing, with Renee Collins

·         Wed., June 13  - Digital Photography Basics, with Towanda 4-H Busy Bees

·         Wed., June 20 - How to Find Arrowheads, with Lyle Merritt

·         Wed., June 27 - Household Repairs, with Renee Collins


  Mission READ: To the Library and Beyond  Summer Reading program!

For kids ages 3-18.
Registration begins Mon., June 11 at
10am and will continue throughout the program.
Kick off with the movie “Rocketman” on the library lawn at dusk on Friday, June 15.

For younger children (a Pre-K-Kindergarten): 10:00-10:30am story time)
Programs will run from
11am-noon, except for June 27, which will run from 9-10 pm.

·         Wed. June 20: Ecology Action Center/DeAnna Belz

·         Wed, June 27: Star Gazing with Joseph Dehoff (9-10pm!)

·         Wed, July 11: Storyteller Jeanette Otis and a bubble show.

·         Wed, July 18: Magic Show with Chris Bohnes

·         Wed, July 25: Kids Concert by Downs, IL band, Midnight Crisis


  Teen reading program:

We will have reading logs and teens who complete the 3 hour per week goal will be eligible for prizes at the end of the program.


  Summer Movies 

Bring your friends and family and meet us at the library for Friday night movies.  The June 8 film will be indoors at 6:30.  The remaining movies will be under the stars and will start at dusk.

·         Fri, June 8 - "Goosebumps: A night in Terror Tower", for 3rd grade & up

·         Fri, June 15 - “Rocketman” PG

·         Fri, June 29 – “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” PG-13

·         Fri, July 13 – “The Ant Bully” PG

·         Fri, July 27 – “Speedy” G




Towanda Area Historical Society

by Gail Ann Briggs


A small, but enthusiastic group of people stopped at the Towanda Village Offices during the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Event on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2007 to see the Towanda Area Historical Society display.  Videos of past Heritage/Settler Days and a driving tour of the Towanda area were shown as well as a slide show of photographs that will be on our website.  The new brochure and bookmarks about the LSTA grant, Illinois State Library and our historical website were available....and photographs, programs, Towanda High School yearbooks and other artifacts were on display.


The grant work is in the proofing stage.  We will continue to add artifacts to our own website collection, but the timeframe for submitting information to our contractor for uploading to the Illinois State Library website has expired.  Interviews with long time residents are being concluded as well.  We are very excited about the unique and valuable information that has been provided to the Society by our community members!  Thank you - from us, and from those who will be viewing and listening to it in the near future!


Historical Society volunteers who have been

gathering, documenting, and preparing historical items on the internet.


Pictured (L to R):  Kay Liebenow, Pat Pulokas, Pat Kelley, Tish Hamblen, Mary Williams,

Gail Ann Briggs, Ruth Parsons, Judy Zimmermann, Nancy Miller

Not Pictured: Bevery Meginnes, Helen Mogill




     Towanda Home Community Education (HCE)

from Pat Pulokas


 The Towanda HCE will have their June Outing on Monday, June 11, meeting at Shannon’s Five Star Restaurant, 1305 S. Mercer Ave, Bloomington at 6:00 PM.  The Towanda Unit and their guests will then tour the Midwest Food Bank, 1703 S. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington.  Husbands and guests are invited but reservations need to be called to Kathleen Emery, 728-2784 by Sunday, June 10.


The Townada HCE is also getting ready for their 2007 July 3 Spaghetti Supper, 4:30-7:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are available from HCE members after June 11 at Adults/$5.00 and Child (9yr and younger)/$3.  Tickets are 50 cents more at the door.  There will be Avanti spaghetti, salad and bread, and homemade desserts and drinks. Carry out is available.  Come preview the Towanda Flea Market and enjoy some good food.  Questions and tickets: Pat Pulokas, 728-2118 or Cindy Kelley, 663-4796.





Lake Bloomington / Money Creek Watershed

from Sue Arnold


There is a report about the Lake Bloomington/Money Creek watershed on the web at discussing the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of the watershed.  The TMDL is the total amount of pollutant load that a body of water can take in and still meet water quality standards established by the Clean Water Act. 


Angelo Capparella (who provided consultation on our nature area restoration efforts), is representing the JWP Audubon society on the committee.  He has asked us for an update on our restoration efforts and to see how we might want to be involved in this effort.  This could be an excellent opportunity for Indian Creek residents to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem.  Please contact Sue with your thoughts regarding this effort.









       To Give Away

Lauri and Stephanie Jurovic, 728-2243

v      Baby Dwarf Hamster


       Job Wanted

Adam (15) and Ryan (18) Doubet, 728-2463, 

v      Lawn Mowing




                New Baby

On May 1st, parents Brad and Stephanie Busing and big sister Kaylee welcomed Ainsley Isabella. She weighed 6lbs. 15oz. and was 19inches long. Everyone is doing great!








Towanda Lions sponsored Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship.


The Towanda Lions Club is sponsoring a $500.00 scholarship for a 2007 High School college bound senior and/or currently enrolled college student attending classes full time from the Towanda area.  This is a one-time scholarship, not open to renewal.  


Applicants for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:


1.      The applicant must have a Towanda mailing/residence address.

2.      Average grade of at least a C, verified by a high school transcript.

3.      In 250 words or less, submit a letter of application containing a brief biographical profile which includes your college plans, school activities, community service activities, and work history.  Indicate your plans for using the scholarship money and why you are deserving of the award.

4.      Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher, counselor, or administrator, and one from a non-relative in the Towanda area.

5.      Submit a copy of your fall 2007 class schedule of the college/university you will be attending.

6.      Letter of application, recommendation, transcript, and class schedule must be received by the Scholarship Committee Chairman by September 15, 2007.


 Mail to:     Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship
                  c/o Robert Hancock
7 Bent Tree Lane
Towanda, Illinois 61776


The Towanda Lions Club committee will review all applications and select one scholarship winner.  All applicants will be notified by mail of the committee's choice.







The Towanda Seniors will be meeting Wednesday, June 13th at Noon at the Community Building for their monthly pot-luck luncheon.  Meat and drinks will be furnished.  Please bring your own table service.  Hosts will be Helen Guth and Beverly Meginnes.  Any questions contact Beverly Meginnes at 728-2769.





Annual Consumer Confidence Report


To see the annual Consumer Confidence Report for the Indian Creek water system with EPA ratings of our water quality, go to this link: