Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
compiled by Helen Mogill,
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Sunday, March 9 at
Set clocks ahead 1 hour
The first standard times
zones in the
During the oil crisis in 1974, daylight time began on January 6th and in 1975 it began on February 23rd. After those two years the starting date reverted back to the last Sunday in April. Beginning in 1987, the starting date of daylight time shifted to the first Sunday in April. Beginning in 2007, daylight time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. For a more detailed history of daylight savings time, see http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/daylight_time.php.
Friends Group To Sell Kringles!
Friends of the Library is taking orders for Kringles, to be delivered from
time for your Easter celebrations! Kringle is a Danish coffee cake known for its feather-light flaky texture and delicious butter pastry. The pastry is rolled into a ring shape and is filled with fruit or nuts and then covered with icing.
Cost: $8.00 per Kringle (choose from eight flavors); $10 for the “7 Sisters Coffee Cake”. Orders must be paid for in advance and will be delivered the week before Easter (date to be announced). The deadline for ordering is March 10.
You may order Kringles at the library or through any
Friends members, including Indian Creek residents Kay Liebenow
Funds raised will help support special library projects, which in the past have included a digital
projector and screens, a copier add-on, and chairs for the library’s computers.
Towanda Lions Club - Ham & Bean Supper
Cost: $4.00 per person in advance $5.00 at the door
Ham & Beans
Coffee & Juice
Dessert - Pie/Cake
Hot Dogs, Chips & Bun (for kids)
Towanda Library News
(on the web at towandalibrary.org)
Friends of the Towanda District Library Wed., Mar 12,
Next regular meeting at the library. All are welcome!
TOWANDA READS book discussion group Wed., Mar 12, .
The next meeting of the Towanda Reads book club will be Wednesday,
March 12, at .
The book to be discussed will be Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New
York by Marge Piercy.
The novel is set in post–Civil War
Wednesday Morning Story Time for 3-5 year olds, Spring Session: Mar. 5—May 19
Story Time exposes preschoolers to library books and introduces them to socializing in a small group setting. Story time runs from 11-11:30am. Parents are encouraged to accompany their child until the child is comfortable sitting on their own. Please register.
Welcome New Neighbor
Please welcome David Durham who has moved into
the log cabin at
A Public Meeting
will be hosted by McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District to
review the Lake Bloomington Watershed Plan Draft--Thursday, March 6th at
The report includes recommendations to reduce stream bank erosion and to increase urban awareness of lawn care practices that do not contribute excess nutrients to the watershed. It also includes a brief write-up of our very own Indian Creek Nature Area. See it at http://mcleantmdl.com
Towanda Area Historical Society
By Gail Briggs
We plan to become engaged in 3 projects that will go on simultaneously:
· Developing a collection of Veterans' histories. These will be written stories, audio and/or video interviews. Forms are available on our website and at the Library for those who have not yet added their name, or their family member's information, to our contact list.
Formalizing our organization with Bylaws and
as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit State of
· Updating our history book. This project will include securing additional contributions, sorting artifacts and determining the content, and publishing the book and companion CDs. Fundraising for this project is necessary.
Jacob and Sarah Moats cabin home, built ca 1856, northeast
of the present location of the Indian Creek water tower.
These projects are aggressive - they will take a large number of volunteers to accomplish! Please be in touch with us about your ability to help! Thank you!
Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the
Contact us at: Gail Ann
for the 2008-2009 General Assembly Scholarship are now available. Anyone who
lives in our Senate District and will be attending a state university
next fall may apply for the scholarship.
Minutes of Indian Creek Home Owners Meeting
submitted by Barbara Ulbrich
The Annual Meeting
of the Indian Creek Water and Homeowners Association was held January 23rd at
Jim Russell gave the groundskeeper report. We continue to engage Gene Heitz to mow the ditches and soccer field area; Gene's done a good job and cost is reasonable. VP/Secretary Barb Ulbrich thanked Helen Mogill for preparing Indian Creek's Newsletter, which is now available electronically. Residents should feel free to provide Helen with their email addresses for electronic receipt.
Discussion turned to water activity. Outgoing Water Chair Kurt Patti reported that in 2007, 8,226,000 gallons of water were used. In 2006, 7,838,400 were used; in 2005, 9,161,000 gals. were used. The high month in 2007 was May - 854,800 gallons used; low was February- 589,200 gallons used.
Treasurer Dave Schulthes reported that this summer's incident at the water tower was investigated by our insurance company and the painter's insurance companies. OSHA has yet to weigh in with its report, so the insurance claims are still pending. Our insurance company has reimbursed us $5,785 for the clean up after the incident at the water tower.
Dave reported that we began the year with $102,960 and ended with $18,743. Water tower expenses were $93,953. We continue to invest money in interest bearing CD's, which currently receive 4.4%.
Joe Mikulecky from Farnsworth Group spoke to history, and also future projected cost, of water tower maintenance. He recommends a warranty inspection this June, as well as a washout and inspection in both 2010 and 2013, at a cost of $3000-$5000 each time. He also recommends an interior repaint, assessment, and exterior maintenance in 2016-17; cost estimate--approximately $175,000.
Given our low reserves and these projected future costs, the Board recommended an increase in the water assessment. Currently, homeowners pay $75 each quarter ($65-water $10-grounds). If the assessment was increased to $100 each quarter ($90-water $10-grounds), this would generate enough revenue over the next five years to allow us to pay for the recommended tower maintenance. There was agreement that this made sense and that the increase should take effect in third quarter billings.
Spring Break in Unit 5 begins with the dismissal of school on Thursday, March 20 and ends when school resumes on Monday, March 31.
There is also no school on Monday, March 3 for Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday.
Towanda Lions Easter egg Hunt
Saturday, March 22 @
The Egg Hunt is open to youth all ages thru 5th grade; bring your own basket and register for prizes. Meet at the community building. The egg hunt will be held in the city park.
donuts, juice and coffee will be available at the Seniors Breakfast
Bake Sale (prior to and during the egg hunt) at
McLean Country Home/Community Education
from Pat Pulokas
The Towanda Home & Community Education Unit will hold their meeting
Those interested in knowing more about HCE and the Towanda Unit should
contact Robin Pearson,
This month is the IAHCE Annual Conference in Effingham on March 11-13.
The McLean County HCE has an April 23 day trip planned to
Red Carpet Corridor Weekend Event
The second annual "Red Carpet 90 Mile Family Fun Experience" will be held May 3 and 4, 2008. From Towanda to
Planning meetings for the Route 66 event in Towanda are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. The next is Tue. Mar. 4, at the Community Bldg. The link to get information about the 'big picture' is http://www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org
If anyone is interested in being a vendor or wants to be
on the committee, please contact Jim or Sharon Arteman at
The Towanda Area Spring Garage Sales will be held during the 2nd Annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Event again this year. Published sale dates will be Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 4. Details about participating, including the fee for shared advertising, will be available in the April newsletter.
by Karen Showalter
A BIG Thank to everyone who voted Yes for the Referendum!! Towanda Elem. is scheduled to receive some changes to its building starting this summer. Among things that will be updated for safety and efficiency are the gymnasium, stage area, cafeteria and kitchen.
We also want to say thank you the community for their support with the annual Chili Supper and Basket Raffle. It appeared to be another successful year! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves!
TFD calls for February:
Car accidents - 4, Medical - 2, Alarm - 1, Mutual Aid - 3, Car fire - 1
v 3 or 4 bedroom home at
Asking Price: $280,000
Square Footage: Main Floor = 2,100 (not including
four season room) Fully finished basement = 2100
What a long and wet winter this has been! Jim Ferrier took this photograph by the bridge after the heavy snows and rains in early February.