Indian Creek Newsletter

September, 2007

on the web at

compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048





Learn how to tell your stories!

With Linda Garbe, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 7-8pm, at the library

Everyone has an interesting story BUT not everyone is a good storyteller. You have unique experiences, lessons from the school of life. Share your wisdom.  Learn how to tell your stories!

Indian Creek resident and neighbor, Linda Garbe, professional storyteller, retired Asst. VP of Creative Services at State Farm, corporate trainer and personal communication coach will teach you how to tell your stories.




On September 5 (Wed) from 3-8pm, there will be a special event in the library parking lot.  NASA is coming!  Come and see what NASA is doing in aeronautical research and space exploration by visiting the traveling AeroSpace bus.  When you arrive, you will be invited into the bus to sit in comfortable, rotating and reclining captain's chairs to watch high-tech movies about space exploration research and about living in space.  All ages are welcome and admission is free.  Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to see what NASA is doing at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.  This exhibit will come to us thanks to NASA, thanks to donors to our summer reading program, and from general library funds.  Come see the biodiesel-powered AeroSpace Bus at the library!


         Towanda Reads



The book for the next ‘Towanda Reads’ will be Midnight at the Dragon Café, by Judy Fong Bates, published in 2005.


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









Steak Fry

The Sons of the American Legion is hosting their Steak Fry on Friday, September 14th at the American Legion from 5:30-7:30.


The menu includes a steak, salad, potato, roll, and dessert.


Cost for the Dinner is $10.00. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Carry outs will be available.






     ITALY: Tuscany, Rome and the Mediterranean

Wed., Sept. 19 6:30-7:30pm
Slideshow by Jim Ferrier and Mary Williams

Thinking of planning a trip to Italy or do you just want to do some armchair traveling?  Jim Ferrier is a travel planner for State Farm and recently returned from a 3-week stint in Italy and Mary Williams, library director, traveled to Rome and throughout Tuscany in July, and they will share their beautiful photos with you.  No registration is necessary.





Welcome New Neighbor


Welcome to Mary and Steve Kerber who moved from Normal to 9 Fox Creek Road in May.  Mary tells us: 


“We have two great kids. Our son, Scott (25) lives in Bloomington and works in the Bank Response Center at State Farm.  Our daughter Aimee (23) just graduated from I.S.U, and is working as a supervisor at State Farm Day Camp.  In August, she will be temporarily moving to Florida to pursue an internship at Disney World.  Steve and I just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on July 11th.  I also have a calligraphy business called ‘Mary Kerber Calligraphy’.  I hand address wedding invitation envelopes, dinner place cards, fill in certificates, and much more.  If interested in my services, I can be reached at 728-2047.  You may also email me at


“Steve and I both work at State Farm.  Steve works at the MRSF Central and I work in the Agency department at Corporate.  I've been there 28 years and Steve has worked there for 14 years.  In our spare time, we enjoy antiquing, bowling, reading, playing tennis, restoring vintage automobiles and spending time with friends and family.  Steve grew up on a farm near Merna, and I grew up at Lake Bloomington and El Paso.  It's great to be living in the country again! “







For Sale

     Jim Russell, 728-8042

·         Snow thrower, Sears "Eager 1", 4-speed, self propelled, 10 hp, 32" path, pneumatic tires with chains.  Little used, runs well.  $500 OBO


     John Boyd, (309) 531-0442

·         Florida Condo for Sale: second home and/or vacation rental property

Beautiful fully-furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in gated golf course community in Fort Myers. Minutes to beaches of Sanibel Island & Fort Myers Beach. Golf equity included. Pictures/information at


     Mike Hutson,  (309) 825-6894 

·         2002 Ford Explorer XLT, AWD/4WD, Rear Air, 3rd Row Seat, Towing Package, Keyless entry, Running Boards, Luggage Rack, power locks and windows, Looks and Runs great,  $9,800, Listed in



     Jim Russell, 728-8042

·         Aquariums of various sizes and conditions and plus accessories. 






2007 JWP Audubon Bird Seed Sale is Coming Up!


We will mail order blanks for the fall bird seed sale around September 14.  Please contact Sue Arnold at 728-2614 or email to be added to the mailing list, or you may also find order blanks on the website at


Past profits from the sale have been used to purchase trees for Ewing Park and Hidden Creek Sanctuary, for developing and maintaining the JWP Audubon Garden along the Constitution Trail, providing bird houses and benches, and bringing programs such as Raptors go to School and Audubon Adventures to our local elementary schools.






Towanda Area History Website is Ready

The Towanda Area History digital imaging project is coming to a close.  Many Towanda area residents participated in this project to document the Towanda area history before it is lost, including Indian Creek residents Tish Hamblen, Kay Liebenow, Ruth Parsons, and Helen Mogill.  Go to the recently completed TAHS website at  You will find plenty of interesting information about the Indian Creek subdivision and of the Indian Creek area, which was one of the first locations to be settled in this part of Illinois.




    Recycling Bin

The village of Towanda will have a recycling bin available on the third weekend of each month, starting September15th and 16th.  The bin will be located at the village maintenance shed at 211 W. Washington Street.  If you have any questions, call Sharon Arteman at 728-2811, weekdays from 8-12pm.







McLean County Home and Community Education

by Pat Pulokas


The McLean County Home and Community Education group will on Monday, September 10, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Towanda Community Building.  The major lesson program will be on Food and Fitness, Fact or Fiction presented by member, Joyce Theobald.  The minor lesson Fact Find will be on Healthy Desserts. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome. Call Cindy Kelley with questions or information about the Towanda HCE group.


Check out the HCE website at for all program and workshops listings and groups meeting.  McLean County HCE believes education is a lifelong activity and they provide the lessons for learning




Peace Meals Volunteers Needed

by Sharon Arteman


Volunteers are needed for as little as one hour a month delivering Peace Meals to approximately 5-6 people in Towanda. A special thanks to all of you who have helped in the past and also to our current volunteers: Jim Arteman, Jim Brown, Mary Lou Hutson, Jerry Lehan, Lyle & Mary Merritt, Tim & Helen Mogill, Heather Nolan and Pat Pulokas.  Please call  Sharon Arteman , Village Clerk at 728-2811 during morning hours to volunteer.







Towanda Fire Department


The fire department will be moving into their new station the first part of September.  It will be located at 203 Jackson, beside Zorn Trucking.  There will be much more room for the trucks and a large area for training and storing things.  They will have a chili supper and raffle on October 6 from 4 to 8.  Enjoy dinner and take a tour of the new station.


Fire Station reports for August:  2 Accidents, 3 Medical, 1 Vehicle fire, 1 Mutual aid, and 3 Investigations.