Indian Creek Newsletter
on the web at frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
By Sue Arnold
Saturday, October 15th is the first official nature area restoration
workday. Please contact Sue Arnold or
Jim Russell if you are able to help out.
There should be plenty of work no matter what your abilities. Start time is
If you missed the
informational walk on Sept. 11th, you might be wondering about the brightly
colored ribbons at the nature area entrance.
That area will be the focus of our first workday. The trees with the orange ribbons are the
ones that we plan to keep, and those with the yellow ribbons will be
removed. The ground layer (mostly
multiflora, honeysuckle, pokeweed) will also be mowed down.
Further in, there are also
a few young oak and hickory saplings marked with orange ribbons. For those that are growing within one of
our targeted oak/hickory restoration zones, they will be "spared the
axe". For those outside the
targeted zones, just a few surrounding species will be removed in order to allow
them more room to thrive.
In a recent editorial
(Pantagraph, 9/13), Angelo Capparella, biology professor at ISU who visited
our site back in July, wrote this about local volunteer groups working to
"Other groups are
also springing up locally. I am
particularly impressed with the actions of the residents of Indian Creek who
are protecting and restoring their local ecosystem." "It may be difficult for local
citizens to save the rainforest, but our own special places - prairies,
savannas, woodlands - are just waiting for volunteers."
The Indian Creek Nature
Area appreciates your help and support!
The JWP Audubon annual bird seed sale is
underway. Offerings include sunflower,
The Towanda Legion
Auxiliary is hosting a Fish Fry at the legion hall,
Towanda Area Historical Society
to help with expenses for the TAHS History Book
Chili, Hot Dog w/ Chips,
or Chili Dog
Tea, Coffee, HiC
Advance Tickets - $6.00
At the door - $7.00
Children with small
appetites eat free
All you can eat
Special Features of the evening:
PowerPoint show of some of
the materials that have been gathered.
Sign up to help with the
Make a donation to the
Plan to participate
Contributions of work time
and supplies for the supper will be gratefully accepted. For information or to get tickets contract
Lyle/Mary Merritt (728. 2810), Robin
Gould (728.2125), Gail Ann Briggs (728.2187), the Village office, Library and
The Towanda Halloween
Party will be on Sunday, October 30th
(on the web at towandalibrary.org)
STORY TIME FOR 3-5 YEAR-OLDS.
11:00-11:30am eight-week Wednesday morning sessions are as follows for the
05-06 school year:
Session 1: Aug. 24 -
Session 2: Nov. 2-
Session 3: Jan. 18 -
Session 4: Apr. 5 - May 24, 2006t
register children by calling 728-2176.
Mon., Oct. 3: BREAST HEALTH PROGRAM.
County Dept. of Public Health will offer a program on facts & figures,
early detection methods, self-exams, risk factors and more. At the library.
Thurs., Oct. 29: Chilling Stories and
Watch the library web site at towandalibrary.org
or call the library at
309-728-2176 for time and details.
Friday, October 7 – No
School – Teacher Institute
Friday, October 14-15 –
Homecoming Weekend at NCHS
The Group will enjoy
dinner at Ming's Restaurant,
Towanda Area Seniors
area Seniors group meets monthly, the second Wednesday of each month, at
History of Indian Creek Subdivision
This is an excerpt from the full
history and more photos and links at the Indian Creek web site: frontiernet.net/~indiancreek
Indian Creek in 1978
The area that we know as
Indian Creek subdivision was covered by a glacier about 12-15,000 years ago during
the last ice age that created the Bloomington
Moraine. As the ice receded
it created a number of drainage rivers and Indian Creek was on the banks of
one of these in what geologists call an "area of discontinuity".
More recent history of this land included
occupation by Pottawatomie and
Kickapoo Indians up until
about 1830. The area around Money Creek was a campground.
The original owner of most of Indian Creek was a
family named Moates. They occupied the land after it was surveyed in the
1830s. Later the Underwood family owned the property for nearly 50 years. The
Underwoods had a log cabin which was located just north and east of the
current water tower. During the first half of the 20th century,
this area was known by local residents as "the campground". Even
more recently most of the property was owned by a veterinarian named
Wainscott along with the Rudisill, Slagel, Sachs and Funk families. Up until
the 1960s there was a wiggle in Road 1900E near the water tower in order to
go around the settlement of the
A partnership consisting of lawyer Leon Zanoni,
realtor Paul Ball, and banker Jerry Gummere bought the property for
development in the late 1970s with Peoples Bank as trustee. At that time, the
area generally bounded by 1900E and
The original plans for Indian Creek called for three tennis courts to be located on the common ground between 6 Eastwood and Money Creek. In the late 1970s interest rates were climbing and reached near 18% by 1980. The lots were not selling well and the tennis court plans were abandoned as the partnership broke up.
The first home built and
occupied was at
School of carp under the bridge
Greg Beneze sighted this
large school of carp under the bridge, noting “… there [were] over a hundred
under the bridge. They were all 12-18 inches long.”
I (Helen) wondered why
such a large group of carp would be gathered in one spot until I took a walk
through the nature area one day and saw that in many spots the creek was
totally dry. Obviously the carp had
all been forced to move to areas that still contained water.
This reminded me of the
flood we experienced the first year we lived here, in the spring of
1998. Hundreds of carp were stranded
in the common area behind our home after the high waters receded. At right is a photo of our beagle examining
one of the carp.
A Water Tale
This summer we experienced deterioration in the
quality of water in our home. We
started to experience staining in the shower and other plumbing fixtures,
discolored tap water and discolored laundry.
Since many other Indian Creek residents had been complaining of the
water quality this summer and attributing it to excessive watering during a
draught period, we gritted our teeth and put up with what we thought was
inevitable - until one day I’d had enough and asked my husband to look into
getting some kind of filter system added to our water supply.
Imagine our chagrin when
we discovered that our 19 year old water softener was no longer working. Evidently water softeners have a life span
of 15 to 20 years and ours had reached the end of its. Well, we got a new water softener and that
filter that I mentioned, and the difference is amazing: crystal clean water
in toilets and tubs, and white laundry again.
I guess that the moral of the story is that poor water quality does
not have to be the price we pay for living in paradise.
Towanda Elementary PTO News
The PTO bought new
playground equipment this summer and wants to give a big thank you to all
those who have supported the fundraisers.
Fund raisers this coming year
include collecting box tops, recycling computer
printer cartridges, cell phones, used laptop computers, and PDAs, and selling
are gift cards for a variety of department stores, home improvement stores,
automotive stores, grocery stores, retail stores and restaurants. If they are
bought through the school, the school selling them earns a percentage of the
price that was paid. So say you wanted
to buy a $25 gift card, you would buy it from the school for $25 (what you
normally would pay) but the school gets 5-50% of that $25 depending on what
store it is. For example, a $5 Krispy
Kreme cards earns the school 50% or $2.50.
Another store is Kohl's, buy cards to pay your monthly bill and the
school earns 5% of that money! If your
Kohl's bill was $100, the school would get $5 just for you taking the time to
buy SCRIP. The reason why it's
effective is that revenue is generated through purchases that families
NORMALLY make. Do you give gift cards
as gifts? This is a great way to get
them all in one place. A full list of what's available is at www.glscrip.com
or you can see an order form and purchase cards from Amy Kinsella, who is PTO SCRIP program
coordinator. Her number is 728-2000.
are still needed to start with chess and computer clubs. If you have any
questions or an interest, please contact Mrs. Erickson at 728-2278.
the Indian Creek Web Page
New: A brief history of Indian Creek, by long time resident Ron Parsons.
Expanded: Copies of all Indian Creek newsletters since October, 2004.
Additional: Photos on the Pets and Wild Animals web pages.
The web site also has
information and photos about subdivision covenants, phone numbers, the nature
area, native trees, wild flowers, birds, and animals, links to area web sites
of interest, and much more!
If you have trouble
remembering the web site name, you can always find it by searching for
‘Indian Creek Mogill’ in Google. It
should be the first thing that pops up in the list.
If you have information or
photos for either the web site or for the newsletter, email me, Helen Mogill,
at email@example.com or call
me at 728-2048. If you would like to
be notified of upcoming newsletters or other subdivision events, send me your