Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
compiled by Helen Mogill, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Safely dispose of your household and lawn chemicals and pesticides, paint products, fluorescent bulbs, lead acid batteries, fire extinguishers, etc. and/or recycle cell phones, eyeglasses, computers, and other electronics.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING: latex paints, medical wastes, business/commercial wastes, agricultural waste, explosives, fire works, smoke detectors, institutional wastes, farm machinery oil
Open House - Chili Supper - Raffle
will be door prizes, goody bags for kids, and a rock climbing
wall. The department is now located at 203 W
Note: If you have an emergency or need to report an emergency, call 911. The fire dept. does not have an emergency number. There is only a business phone number, and if no one is at the station you will get the answering machine. The 911 operator will take all your information and then page the firefighters.
Legion is hosting a Fish Fry at the legion hall,
Friday, October Cost: $7.00
Halloween Costume Contest
A Halloween costume contest will be held on Sunday, October 28th at the
will be treats and cookies at
Jason at the Post Office will also give out treats on Halloween night from .
submitted by Terry Giannoni, Township Supervisor
There will be a special meeting on
The Township Board of Money Creek has determined that the purchase of land and the construction of a township road maintenance equipment storage building, with small office area, would be for the welfare of the township inhabitants and would better enable the township to utilize its resources to the fullest extent possible at the least expense to the residents and taxpayers of the township.
Details of the land and early working specifications of the building will be available at the meeting.
Towanda Library News (on the web at towandalibrary.org)
Monday, Oct. 15: GONE FISHING! 6:30-8:00pm
invited to join local fisherman Jerry Martoglio who will talk about how to
fish successfully in local lakes. He’ll discuss how and where to fish from
your boat in Evergreen , Dawson, Clinton and Spring Lakes and Lake
Bloomington; tips on how to best catch saugeye, crappie, muskie, bluegill and
bass; and the kind of equipment that works best to catch each. You’ll
also learn what to look for in the water and how to use electronics (fish
locators, temperature gauges, etc.) Please register for this program by
Thurs., Oct. 26: Fright Night, (date is tentative)
Scary stories and creepy crafts for 3rd
through 5th graders, only. Advance
registration is required, by stopping by or calling the library at
Thur., Dec. 13: Towanda Reads China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford.
This will be will be the book club’s annual Christmas party and will be held at at Ruth Parson's home. Bring an appetizer to share.
Autumn Celebration at
Towanda Elementary PTO News
The Towanda Elementary students
will begin the PTO Fall Fundraiser on Friday October 5th. Funds are
being raised to complete a much needed update to the Instructional Media
Towanda Historical Society
by Gail Ann Briggs
The grant work has been completed. You are invited to take a look at our website towandahistory.org and at the Illinois State Library Digital Archives idaillinois.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Ftdl If you find errors in the information, please let us know! A final grant report, containing some awesome statistics, will be posted on our website soon. The community can take great pride in this accomplishment!
Work to update the history book was the primary topic when the Society met Tuesday, September 25. Areas to be researched during the next month are cemeteries (specifically Pennell, Bishop-Zion, Holy Cross) and
families for whom little or no information has been received to date. Locations and residences in photographs (circa 1970s), provided by Don Story, a former resident, are being identified. Fundraising ideas were discussed including calendars with photographs of our history, and a meal, but no decisions were made.
urged to provide names of families and contact information to the
Society, either by sending information to TAHS,
by Thomas Wagner
As a member of Post 462, I am
proud to welcome home Cindy Singley and the rest of the 33rd Military Police Battalion
from their recent tour of
member of 462, Kim Shwab has been deployed to
Post 462 would like to thank Jeannie and Donald Wager for their recent donation of clothes that will be sent up to the Mantino VA hospital. The veterans will greatly appreciate them.
are any knitters in the neighborhood who would be interested in making helmet
liners for our troops, visit www.geocities.com/helmetliner
or contact Kathy Dumler
Skateboarding ramp – “Grind Spine” $25 Contact
Mary Ann Boyd,
Florida Condo for
Beautiful fully-furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in gated
golf course community in
Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club
by Craig Morris
The Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club next
meeting will be held on October 16th
at at the
McLean County Home and Community Education
by Pat Pulokas
Friday, October 12, at the Extension Office Auditorium,
Wednesday, October 24, : “Ride Around McLean County”, #2 will depart the south parking
lot at the McLean County Extension Office. Tour includes the
Thursday, October 25, , at the
McLean County Extension Building Auditorium: there will be a presentation of
the culture and geography of
at the Towanda District Library during the month of October will showcase
past HCE activities and upcoming 07-08 programs. Anyone may join our
group. Call Robin Pearson,
from Kurt Patti
In mid-June this
summer, workers began to clean and repaint the interior and exterior of the water
tower. On Tuesday, June 13, an
explosion occurred at the water tower.
Two workmen were injured, but fortunately, not seriously. Work on the tower was halted while
investigations were conducted by all three insurance carriers: the Indian
Creek Homeowner’s Association property/liability carrier, the contractor’s
work comp carrier, and the contractor’s liability carrier. The investigations were all were completed
While the water tower was unavailable, a temporary holding tank was used to hold the water for the subdivision. A loss of water pressure in early July 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 the increased back pressure from the temporary tank probably caused those holes to become enlarged at a more rapid rate. Once pump and column pipe were repaired, water pressure was restored on July 11.
Work resumed on the tower in mid-July and by August 25th we were up and running water from our own tower again. Thank you to all for your patience and to all those who practiced water conservation throughout the summer and beyond.
These statistics comparing water usage between 2006 and 2007 show the extent of the water conservation:
If you have questions, please contact Kurt Patti or another board member.
A branch from a small tree I had never previously noticed was hanging over the trail along the creek. Dangling from the branch were fruits the like of which I had never seen before – so I picked one and showed it to Sue Arnold, our resident tree and plant expert. She knew immediately what it was – an eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus).
The is a small tree (up to 15 – 25 feet) that grows in moist soils, especially thickets, valleys, and forest edges, and which is related to the commonly planted Asian burning bush. White-tailed deer browse on the leaves and young shoots. Although a food to some birds, including the cardinal, catbird, eastern bluebird, and wild turkey, the seeds are toxic to humans. An extract was used to kill head lice in earlier times. The powdered bark was used by American Indians and Pioneers as a purgative.
The wahoo is said to have red fall folliage and fruit, so I intend to keep my eye on this tree as the fall progresses. See illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/wahoo.htm for more on the wahoo tree.