Indian Creek Newsletter

April, 2008

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compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048



Towanda Area Historical Society

By Gail Briggs


Duncan Mansion Program, Tuesday, April 22, 7:00pm at the Community Bldg.



The Duncan Mansion, southwest of Towanda, is visible from Route 55.  Built around 1869 by cattleman William R. Duncan, the mansion has a long and varied history.  You can read about the Duncan Mansion at the Towanda History website (


Diane Sullivan, the new owner of the Duncan Mansion, will present a program at the April 22 meeting of the Towanda Area Historical Society.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Building.  Diane, President of the Old House Society, will discuss how she and her husband became interested in the Duncan house and share their plans for renovation and future residency in our community.  She will also speak about the Old House Society (  Refreshments will be served.  Please attend!!


Route 66 Red Carpet Event, May 3 & 4, 8:00am5:00pm at the Community Bldg


Plans are underway for the Society's display of historical items and information in the Board Room of the Community Building during the Red Carpet Corridor Event.  On May 3-4 from 8:00am - 5:00pm people will be available to answer questions.  Anyone able to help set up, take down, and/or available to stay with the exhibit for a couple hours is asked to call Gail Ann Briggs 728-2187 to volunteer.  Everyone is invited to drop in and find out more about TAHS plans and progress.




Soon, appointments will be made with those willing to be interviewed in connection with developing our collection of Veterans' histories.  Questions?  Contact Helen Mogill at 728-2048.





Spring Work Day

by Jim Russell, IC Grounds Chairman



An Indian Creek work day is great way meet fellow Indian Creekers, give something back to your neighborhood and show your appreciation for the beautiful area we are so lucky to live in.  A work day will be organized for Saturday May 3rd or 17th or 24th.  


Please respond to Jim Russell ( or 728-8042) if you're interested in volunteering, which Saturday is best for you and what ideas you have for the work day.  Thanks!





Towanda Library News

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Library Director Leaving 

Library Director, Mary Pasek Williams, will be leaving the Towanda District Library on June 30 to move to Chicago where her husband will continue his medical research and where she hopes to find another library position.  Mary says that she will miss everyone very much!  We will miss her as well!  A search for a new director has begun by the library board's search committee.  For more information on this position, go to:


Mary Pasek Williams

New Employees

The library has two new employees, Robin and Sharon.  Besides working at the circulation desk, Robin is the director's assistant, handling the library's interlibrary loans as well as working on other projects; Sharon is the children's programs coordinator and also works at the circulation desk.


Parking Lot

Have you noticed that the library's parking lot is overflowing at certain times lately?  That's because an ISU Special Education class comes in to tutor Towanda Elementary school 2nd graders every Monday and Wednesday from 10-11:50am at the library.  Though it may be difficult to find a space to park during those times, the library is open and you are welcome to come in.  This spring semester class will finish after the 1st week of May.


Story Hour

Story hour for preschoolers ages 3-5 continues every Wednesday from 11:15-11:45 until early May when they will resume their regular schedule of 11am-11:30am.  Registration for story hour is open for any interested families of preschool-aged children.  Come join us for stories, crafts and a snack!






Fire Department

                                                           by Patti Smock


This April, Assistant Chief Robert "Skip" Nelson will be retiring.  Skip has been with the fire department for 20 years. In that time he has been involved in all aspects of the department, from being on scene to training and administrative duties.  He was also been involved in writing grants for the department.   Skip has been involved in many of the changes for the department and his contributions are many and greatly appreciated. He will be greatly missed but we hope to see him at the station occasionally. Unofficially Skip will continue to help in administrative and computer duties.   We're sure he won't miss getting up at 1 or 2 in the morning to answer that pager tone!!  Good luck Skip.

TFD calls for March:  Accidents - 4, EMS - 2, Investigations – 3





Welcome New Neighbor


Please welcome the Ben and Nicole Hartman, who have purchased the Lockhart home at 30 Candle Ridge Road.  Ben and Nicole have two children Avery 4 and Samantha 2 as well as two canine children: Riley, a Shih Tzu, and Jim, a 9 month old Brittany.  They have moved from Owatonna, Minnesota, but are originally from Wisconsin and are ardent Packard fans.  Ben was promoted to district sales manager with Federated Insurance and he has 8 marketing representatives.  Ben loves to hunt, fish, golf, shoot bow - basically anything out doors. Nicole is a stay at home mom.  Her previous career was in education; she taught for 7 years.  Nicole loves to read books, exercise and just plain be outside.  As a family, they love to go for walks, explore the woods, go up to their cabin in northern Wisconsin, 4-wheel, watch movies and play games.  Nicole says, “We've heard many great things about the Indian creek subdivision and are anxious to meet everyone.”





Garage Sales

Garage sales will be held Thursday, May 1 – Sunday, May 4 in conjunction with the Red Carpet Corridor Event.  Please contact Gail Ann Briggs with the days, times and location of your sale in addition to your contact information, $7 fee, and the items you have to sell by Wednesday, April 23 to be included on the map.  Sales are at the time and days of your choosing....and do not have to be held on all 4 days!  Mail to 112 Hunt St.  Emailed information will receive a reply:






by Pat Pulokas, 728-2118;


The Towanda Home and Community Education group will be meeting on Monday, April 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Towanda Community Building.  The program will be given by Charlotte Talkington, U of I extension McLean County Program Facilitator on “Know Your Credit History & Credit Score”.  Questions can be directed to Cindy Kelley, 663-4796 or Robin Pearson 815-579-1650.  The public is invited to attend.





4th of July – Theme and Grand Marshal


Suggestions for both the theme and a grand marshal for the 40th Annual Celebration of the Towanda 4th of July are being accepted.  A list of former themes and grand marshals is posted at the Community Building, Post Office and Library.  Suggestions are requested by Wednesday, April 9, 2008 to:  Towanda 4th of July Parade Committee; 112 Hunt St; Towanda  IL  61776

Theme - please include:  theme suggestion, your name, your phone number, and your address.

Grand Marshal - please include the person's name, address and phone number, and information about your nominee.





Steak Dinner           

Friday, January 11, 5:30 – 7:30 at the American Legion


The Sons of the Legion Post 931 are hosting a steak dinner on Friday, April 11 from 5:30 - 8:30pm.  The cost is $10.00. The meal includes steak, baked potato, salad, roll, desert and drink.  Carry outs will be available.








       For Sale

             Mike Hutson,  825-6894

v      42” Craftsman riding lawn Mower, 15.5 h.p. Kohler engine, Hydrostatic drive, Mulching blades, 8 years old, asking $600.  






Bloomington Farmers Market


The Bloomington Farmers Market starts May 17, and runs every Saturday until fall.  Opening time has been changed to 7:30 a.m. and market runs until 12:00 noon. It is held on the square in downtown Bloomington.