Indian Creek Newsletter

March, 2008

on the web at

compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048




Daylight Savings Time Begins


Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 a.m.


Set clocks ahead 1 hour



The first standard times zones in the United States were established in 1883 by the railroads and were not made U. S. law until 1918.  Daylight savings time was established during World War II. 


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





Friends Group To Sell Kringles!


The Friends of the Library is taking orders for Kringles, to be delivered from Racine, WI, just in

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 (728-2427), Helen Mogill (728-2048), and Tish Hamblen (728-2981).


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

    Friday, March 14, 2008, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Towanda Community Building

             Cost:  $4.00 per person in advance    $5.00 at the door



*      Ham & Beans

*      Corn Bread

*      Coffee & Juice

*      Condiments

*      Dessert - Pie/Cake

*      Hot Dogs, Chips & Bun (for kids)




Towanda Library News

(on the web at


Friends of the Towanda District Library  Wed., Mar 12, 6-7pm

Next regular meeting at the library.  All are welcome!


TOWANDA READS book discussion group Wed., Mar 12, 7pm. 


The next meeting of the Towanda Reads book club will be Wednesday, March 12, at 7:00pm.  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 New York with a true-life cast of characters.  It dramatizes the early feminists' zeal and the high stakes of the gender wars it set in motion, and offers a wealth of period detail.


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 8 Bent Tree Lane. David is from North Carolina and has been relocated to Illinois by his company where he works in sales. He is 30 years old and single. He has no pets now but maybe will have a dog some time in the future.  David says, “So far I love it here in Indian Creek. Having some land, woods and space was a priority in looking for a home....and I have found it here.”  David’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, anything outdoors and golf.





Lake Bloomington Watershed Plan

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 Lake Bloomington's Davis Lodge, 25515 Waterside Way. Information will be available for review at 5:00 p.m. with a meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m.


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





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 IL Corporation.


·         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 Towanda Community Building at 7 p.m.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 25.


Contact us at: Gail Ann Briggs, 728.2187 -, Helen Mogill, 728.2048 -, Pat Pulokas, 728.2118 -







Applications 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.

Applications and instructions are accessible from the website of Senator Dan Rutherford: by clicking on the General Assembly Scholarship link. Completed applications, along with letters of recommendation, must be returned to Senator Rutherford’s district office no later than April 1, 2008.

The General Assembly Scholarship is a one-year tuition waiver to a state university in Illinois. To qualify, applicants must live in the 53rd Senate District, which includes all or parts of Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, McLean, Tazewell, Vermilion, and Woodford counties. Rules for eligibility are posted on the website.





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 the Towanda Community Building.  Board members and homeowners introduced themselves.   President Brian Krause related that the position of Water Chair is now vacant; anyone interested should contact him


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



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 @ 10:00


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.


Baked goods, donuts, juice and coffee will be available at the Seniors Breakfast Bake Sale (prior to and during the egg hunt) at Community Building and in North Park





McLean Country Home/Community Education

from Pat Pulokas


The Towanda Home & Community Education Unit will hold their meeting at the Towanda Community Building on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Members and guests will hear the program: “Finding your get up and go,” to be given by Pat Pulokas.  Hostesses for the evening will be Jeanie Wager and Colleen Hepner. The Roll call will be “How do you begin your day?” and the Fact Find will include a long list of senior and family discounts around McLean County.


Those interested in knowing more about HCE and the Towanda Unit should contact Robin Pearson, 1-815-579-1650 or or call Cindy Kelley, 309-663-4796. Also check our McLean County HCE website at  We welcome Joann Steinberg back to Towanda Unit and new member Connie Carstens.


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 Shellsburg, Iowa to Villa Comagena, home to Austrian-born Inge Schminke, whose family fled Russian oppression in their homeland when she was a child. Cost for the trip is $79-members; $84-non-HCE members.  For more information, check the website or call, Mary Ellen Gottselig (309-663-1689 or e-mail:



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 Joliet, the weekend will feature a self-guided driving tour of towns and rural areas along the "Mother Road" - Route 66.  Historic sites, flea markets, hand-crafted items, museums, displays and demonstrations, car shows, good country cooking, antiques, hospitality, entertainment and garage sales are just some of the activities.


Planning meetings for the Route 66 event in Towanda are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month.  The next is Tue. Mar. 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Bldg.  The link to get information about the 'big picture' is


If anyone is interested in being a vendor or wants to be on the committee, please contact Jim or Sharon Arteman at 728-2169. 




                                                                       Garage Sales


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.






PTO News

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!






Fire Department

TFD calls for February: 

  Car accidents - 4, Medical - 2, Alarm - 1, Mutual  Aid - 3, Car fire - 1







       For Sale

The Smalleys  728-2839

v      3 or 4 bedroom home at 35 Candle Ridge Road

      Asking Price: $280,000

      Square Footage: Main Floor = 2,100 (not including

      four season room)  Fully finished basement = 2100





Winter Weather


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.