Indian Creek Newsletter

July/August, 2007

on the web at

compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048




Water Tower Update

by Kurt Patti, Subdivision water commissioner


Investigations by all three insurance carriers - first our property/liability carrier and their work comp carrier, and now their liability carrier -- all were completed by July 11, 2007.  We know from the insurance claims departments that experts will be required to help determine what happened and why.  We are eager to move forward with clean up of the site, scheduled for Friday, July 13, and expect the tower painting to resume sometime the week of July 16. 


The boil order is still in effect.  It is still strictly precautionary and not due to any known problem.  The sample will be taken to the lab on Thursday, July 12, and the boil order will be lifted on Friday, July 13, at the earliest if all is clear, but it might not be until Monday, July 16, depending on lab scheduling.  The signs will be removed and an email will be sent out when the boil order is lifted.  We all still need to continue to conserve water.  No watering unless absolutely necessary.  No filling pools of any size or washing cars.


The loss of pressure this past week was caused primarily by two holes in the column pipe in the well.  Small holes were probably already present as a result of normal aging in the column pipe, and when we switched over to the smaller holding tank a few weeks ago, the increased back pressure from the temporary tank probably caused those holes to become enlarged at a more rapid rate.  When the pump and column pipe were repaired, water pressure was restored on July 11.


During the night, in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 12, the breakers had kicked out and we again lost water for a time – our water operator has the pump running again.  He is contacting Kickapoo, the contractor that made repairs yesterday to determine the cause.


If you are not receiving email updates and would like to, please make sure to share your email address with Helen Mogill at  As always, water conservation should be a regular practice at all times of the year and its necessity is only magnified during times like this.   






              A Watering Alternative


Pete and Denise Spenser have found a solution to watering their extensive new plantings without drawing upon the Indian Creek water supply. 


They are pumping water from the creek to keep their new plants alive.  Pete would be happy to explain how he did this.  You can call him at 728-2916.






Towanda Area Fall Garage Sales .


Note the New Time


A suggestion to hold garage sales before Labor Day is going to be tried this fall.  The area sales will be held August 23-25.


     Thursday, August 23,    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

          Friday, August 24,    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

      Saturday, August 25,   8:00 am - 2:00 pm

     or other times as desired.


To be included in a Pantagraph ad, send a list of items and times, with $5 for advertising expense to Gail Briggs by Wed., August 15 (112 Hunt St, Lamplighter) or Email list of things to be advertised to Gail at (preferred).  You will receive a response.  Questions?  Call 728-2187



McLean County Fair


The McLean County Fair is August 1 – 5 at the Interstate Center.  See animals, 4-H exhibits and competitions, dog shows, clowns, children’s activities, old cars, tractor pull, pick-up truck pull off, demolition derby, carnival rides, concerts, food of all kinds, McLean County ‘Idol’ contest, and much, much more.


Free admission for seniors at the Young at Heart Day on Thursday, August 2, 2007


See for more information.






Towanda Fire Department


The Towanda Fire Department has three new licensed EMT’s; gold stars to Tom Wagner, Adam Richard, and Jennifer Lingel.  The Towanda Fire Department now has 17 licensed EMT’s, which is a high percentage for a volunteer department.  In light of the recent deaths of several people, please be aware of motorcycles, slow moving farm machinery, and children playing when you are out on the road.

Fire Station reports for June:

·         Accidents – 9

·         Medical – 11

·         Fuel spills and alarms - 3

·         Mutual aid - 2





Towanda HCE

                                  by Pat Pulokas


The next meeting of the Towanda HCE will be on September 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Towanda Community Building.  Cindy Kelley will be presenting the program, “Food & Fitness- Fact or Fiction”.  The Fact Find will be on “Healthy Desserts”.  We invite all men & women to attend to hear informative, educational programs.  All HCE activities are open to the public.  Call Cindy Kelley for further details at 663-4796



Towanda Area Historical Society (TAHS)

by Gail Briggs, project director


Grant Update:  We are in the final weeks of work on the $19,141 grant we received last fall!  Nearly 1500 images have been scanned and are in the process of being prepared, with descriptions, for uploading to the Illinois State Library website in late July.  Twenty interviews of local people and descriptions of ten photographs are being completed for listeners to enjoy.


Although we are still fine-tuning our local website, you may see examples of the results of our work at  We've conducted a Usability Survey of the site which has yielded valuable input.  PLEASE explore the website and offer your observations of it.


Many people are owed a debt of gratitude for their work on this project.  'Thank you' to each and every one!


Next Steps:  TAHS will not meet in July, but we expect to renew work on the history book in the fall.  Please continue to gather your memories and memorabilia and we'll let you know when we are ready to add more material to our website and the history book.



Project volunteers (V) and Interviewees (I) rode the TAHS tram in the 4th of July parade

Front row, left to right: Beverly Meginnes (V), Nancy Miller (V), Judy Zimmermann (V),

Esther Reeves (I), Ottilie Womack (I), Natalie Womack, Ray Temple (I), Gail Ann Briggs (V)

Back row, facing the camera, left to right: Jack Jenkins (I), Helen Mogill (V)




Towanda Library News

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TOWANDA READS book discussion group 

Midnight at the Dragon Cafe  by Judy Fong Bates, published in 2005


From  Su-Jen Chou, six, meets her elderly father for the first time when she and her beautiful mother leave China to join him in a small Ontario town in the 1950s... The mounting suspense of family secrets makes this first novel a breathless read, even as the simple, beautiful words make you want to stop and read the sentences over and over again.”


The discussion will be Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5:30-6:30pm, at the library. 


Library Book Sale:

The Friend’s of the Towanda District Library book sale at the 4th of July flea market was a success, raising in excess of $600 for the library.  Thank you to everyone who donated books and to those who purchased them.  And special thanks to Jim Kellenberger who provided the hay rack used to display the books on sale.

Please donate your no longer needed books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audio books.  Books appropriate for resale include:

·         Hardcover fiction books published since the early 80’s

·         Up-to-date non-fiction items (ex., travel, medical and science items less than five years old) or non-fiction items that will never be out-of-date    (how-to’s, biographies, etc.)

·         Paperbacks in good condition (clean, bright pages, sturdy spines only)

WE CANNOT ACCEPT textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, “book club edition” books, encyclopedia sets of any kind, musty books, yellowed books or books in poor condition. These items can’t be put in our collection nor do they sell at our book sales and we do not have the resources to pass them on or recycle them. 


Someone left a car key and fob at the library about a month ago.  They should call the library to identify it and we'll give it back to them.             









This young groundhog saw no sign that said "Birds Only" on the birdbath this morning.


There are two adults and this young one living under our deck.

Ron Parsons








Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club Meeting Notes

by Brandon Bonner, Club Reporter


The Towanda Busy Bees met on Tuesday, June 19th.  They had a short business meeting where the minutes of the May meeting were approved and the financial statement for the club was accepted. During the meeting they discussed the upcoming Red Cross Blood Drive on June 26. They also discussed the upcoming McLean County Fair. The Club voted to partner with the Towanda 4-H club to plant a tree for the Children’s and Elders Forest at the Interstate Center.  “Talks and Demonstrations” were given by Brandon Bonner and Kelcey McKeon. Following the Business portion of the meeting the Busy Bees had a Kickball game.


Upcoming opportunities for the club members include: Red Cross Blood Drive on June 26th from 3-7; Taste of Technology July 12th; and a Pool Party July 13th.


The Busy Bees conduct their meetings on the third Tuesday every month @ 7:00 p.m. at the Towanda Community Building.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m.  The program that night will be Visual Arts.  A “Talk and Demonstration” will be given by Stacie Cler and Emma Rients.  Please contact one of the organizational leaders for more information.  They are: Tom and Janet Morris, 664-0360 or Phillip and LeAnn Korty, 663-8014.







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.






When we made phone calls notifying residents of the boil order the other evening, we were unable to reach several residents who have evidently changed their phone numbers.  If you did not receive a call and have changed your number, please send me your new number at or 728-2048.


Also, if you would like to receive emails of subdivision news and do not currently, send me your email address.


And – if receiving this newsletter online is sufficient and you do not need a copy delivered to your newspaper mail box, please let me know.