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                 Legion Auxiliary Pork Chop Dinner



Pork chop dinner Friday, November 9th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Legion Hall on Hely Street on the south edge of town (just before the curve on the Towanda Barnes blacktop).  The cost of the meal is $7.00 and includes a pork chop sandwich, French fries, veggie and dessert. Carry outs are available.



Veteran’s Day Breakfast


The Towanda American Legion is hosting a Veteran's Day Breakfast on Sunday, November 11th from 8:00-11:30am. The breakfast is to celebrate our Veterans and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The cost $8.00 and the meal includes Eggs, Biscuit and Gravy, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, and Toast. Carry outs are available.




Librarian of the Year


Towanda District Library Director Mary Pasek Williams was awarded the Alliance Library System "Librarian of the Year Award."  The ALS' Librarian of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding risk-taker, innovator or change agent contributing to the field of librarianship and library development. 


Library board member, DeAnna Belz, nominated Mary, citing Mary’s transformation of our small town library into one that rivals many big city facilities.  During Mary’s tenure, library circulation has tripled and visits to the library have increased five-fold.  The ALS noted that Mary is a librarian’s librarian; skilled as an administrator as well as a community and library leader.


The Alliance Library System, headquartered in East Peoria, is a high tech training and continuing education center covering 256 libraries across 31 counties in central Illinois.


Mary Pasek Williams receiving the

‘Librarian of the Year’ award, standing

with DeAnna Belz, who nominated her.


                 Help Wanted – Treasurer


The Village of Towanda is looking for a treasurer for the village.  The position requires 5 to 10 hours a month.  Quickbooks and accounting skills are helpful.  Apply at the Village Clerk's office in the Towanda Community Building from 8-12:00 weekdays.




Towanda Area Historical Society


Towanda resident Lucile Woodrum, husband

Ray and their son, Terry, taken in 1943

Calling all Veterans!!  The Society is collecting names and contact information for area veterans and/or their families.  WILL-TV and the Alliance Library System are working on the Veterans History Project in conjunction with a Library of Congress effort to honor and preserve the memories of American war veterans and civilian workers and we'd like to participate to the extent possible.  The first step is to develop a list of our local veterans, of any war (WW II, Korean, Vietnam, and both Gulf wars).  Please help us identify people who can be contacted.  A list of names with years and types of services, and stories will be included in our history book and added to our website www.towandahistory.org.


Then we will begin the process of recording interviews with our veterans.  If you are interested in helping to organize, document, record, or in any other way participate in this exciting project, please contact us.


Work has begun on developing a formal organizational structure for the Society including the possibility of becoming a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) State of Illinois Corporation.


Have you seen our new History Corner, located in the SE part of the library?  Area and state historical print materials, dedicated computer for searching our website, scanner/printer, and our locked file cabinets are conveniently arranged near a study table for the convenience of history buffs.  The support Director Mary Williams and the Library Board in making this space available is appreciated.


Interested in a program about our grant project, the process and the outcome, including details about our website?  Questions, suggestions, request a program, and/or to volunteer?  Please - let us hear from you!  728.2118 (Pulokas) - 728.2810 (Merritt) - 728.2048 (Mogill) - or Gail Ann Briggs, 728.2187 rgbriggs@frontiernet.net


Our next meeting is Tue.Nov.27, 7:00 p.m. at the Towanda Community Building; everyone is welcome!



            Christmas Party


The Holiday Committee is planning on having Towanda's Annual Christmas Party on December 19th. Mark your calendars now; watch your favorite newsletter or child's Friday Folder for more information.



Towanda Library News (on the web at http://towandalibrary.org)


RSA Cat is Coming!

RSA Cat is the new online public access catalog website that will be up and running in early December 2007.  It is patron-centered and features a modern look and more functionality - more of an Amazon.com look.  Through this website, patrons will be able to locate and place holds on items from their home or office.  In spring 2008, patrons will be able to place holds online for items in libraries anywhere in the 14,000 square mile Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA) area, and request to pick them up at any RSA library in this area. 

"Story time with Joanna"

Our fall session continues through Nov. 14th on Wednesday mornings from 11:00-11:30am.  All 3-5 year-olds are welcome to attend this interactive story time, which includes stories, snacks and activities.  Winter session runs from Dec. 5- Feb. 26th.  Call 728-2176 to register.


Mon., Nov. 26, 7:00-7:45 pm:  “Breast Awareness”

McLean County Health Dept. will present "Breast Awareness: Healthy Habits that Can Save Your Life".  Register by Nov. 23 at 5pm at 728-2176 or towandalib@yahoo.com.

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 7:00pm at Ruth Parson's home.   Bring an appetizer to share.



Towanda in Patagonia

by Greg Beneze



Elisa Beneze, Indian Creek resident and a third-year student at Scripps College in California, is spending this semester studying abroad in Argentina.  She is taking classes at the University of Buenos Aries and has an internship monitoring the Argentine presidential elections. 


On a recent excursion to the southern coast in Patagonia, she passed a coffee shop that reminded her of home.  She said that Towanda has no Spanish translation and believes it comes from the Welsh ancestry that has settled this area of Argentina.


Towanda Fire Dept would like to thank everyone for supporting their Chili Supper & Raffle. Thanks to everyone for donations. They hope everyone had a good time and took a tour the new station.


Calls in October: vehicle accident 1, medical 1, mutual aid 10,  control burn 1, vehicle fire – 2




Towanda Elementary PTO


Towanda Elementary PTO would like to thank neighbors who supported our fall fundraiser.  The items orders will be delivered in mid November.  Final tallies are not yet in but preliminary results indicate that the fundraiser resulted in nearly $7,500 toward renovating the school library!!!!



HCE News


The Towanda Home and Community Education group will meet on Monday, November 12, 7:30 pm at the Towanda Community Building for the program “Fostering the Creative Spirit in Yourself and in Others”.  The Fact Find will be “Creating Holiday Tables.”  Guests are always welcome.  Call Cindy Kelley, 663-4796 for more information about this meeting.


Your reservation for the Tuesday, December 4, 1-3 pm county wide program, “BRIGHTEN YOUR HOLIDAYS” is due by Thursday, November 29 along with $5.00 pre-registration fee to McLean County Unit, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington, 61704.  Call 663-8306 for more details. 


Check out the McLean County HCE website at www.mcleanhce.org  for details about all the upcoming programming in the county.  All HCE programs in the Towanda area and at the county level are open to all.  Locally, call Robin Pearson at 815-579-1650 or Pat Pulokas, 728-2118 for membership information.



An Invitation From Linda Garbe


Regardless of my mailing address, I have always spent a lot of time at the place where Tantalizing Color and Compelling Texture intersect. This is a place that has always existed for me. Recently, my time at this magical intersection has been spent creating unique jewelry. These pieces will be on exhibit at:


The Bead Parlor

318 N. Main Street

Bloomington, Illinois


November 16, 4:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.

November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Please stop by. I’d love to see you. I am interested in your reactions to the pieces as well as your recommendation for galleries and stores I should contact. Please extend this invitation to anyone who might be interested.