Indian Creek Newsletter

October, 2007

on the web at

compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048





Saturday, October 6 2007,  8:00 am3:00 pm

Interstate Center

2301 W. Market Street, Bloomington, IL


Safely dispose of your household and lawn chemicals and pesticides, paint products, fluorescent bulbs, lead acid batteries, fire extinguishers, etc. and/or recycle cell phones, eyeglasses, computers, and other electronics.


PLEASE DO NOT BRING: latex paints, medical wastes, business/commercial wastes, agricultural waste, explosives, fire works, smoke detectors, institutional wastes, farm machinery oil


For more information contact the University of Illinois Extension at 309/663-8306 OR OR contact the Ecology Action Center at  309/454-3169 OR




Open House - Chili Supper - Raffle

The Towanda Fire Department has successfully moved!! They will be celebrating their new station and fire prevention week on Saturday, Oct. 6, with a dedication ceremony for all past trustees and past firefighters at 3:30 and an open house, chili supper, and raffle 4:00pm - 8:00 pm


There will be door prizes, goody bags for kids, and a rock climbing wall.  The department is now located at 203 W Jackson (behind FS Station). Tickets are available from TFD personnel or at the door. The chili supper tickets are $5 and the raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Need not be present for the raffle drawing.

Calls in September: accidents 5, medical 7, investigations 3, mutual aid 2,  brush fire 1


Note: If you have an emergency or need to report an emergency, call 911. The fire dept. does not have an emergency number. There is only a business phone number, and if no one is at the station you will get the answering machine.  The 911 operator will take all your information and then page the firefighters.



    Fish Fry


The Towanda Legion is hosting a Fish Fry at the legion hall, Hely Street, on the south edge of town (just before the curve to the Towanda Barnes blacktop). Green Beans, Cole Slaw, and Dessert are included. Carry outs available.


  Friday, October 12         5:30pm - 7:30pm        Cost: $7.00




Halloween Costume Contest


tricktreatA Halloween costume contest will be held on Sunday, October 28th at the Community Building. Judging will start at 3:00pm. The contest is for newborns to 5th grades. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group. There will be Treat Bags for all kids who wear a costume.  Any one interested in being a judge is encouraged to call Heather Lueschen at 728-2840.





               Halloween Treats


There will be treats and cookies at Community Building on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00 – 8:00pm, provided by the Baptist Church.


Jason at the Post Office will also give out treats on Halloween night from 5:00 – 8:00pm.




Special Meeting of Money Creek Township

submitted by Terry Giannoni, Township Supervisor


There will be a special meeting on October 8, 2007, at 6:30pm at the Lexington Community Center for the purpose of ratifying action taken by the Township Board of Money Creek.


The Township Board of Money Creek has determined that the purchase of land and the construction of a township road maintenance equipment storage building, with small office area, would be for  the welfare of the township inhabitants and would better enable the township to utilize its resources to the fullest extent possible at the least expense to the residents and taxpayers of the township.


Details of the land and early working specifications of the building will be available at the meeting.




Towanda Library News (on the web at

Monday, Oct. 15: GONE FISHING!   6:30-8:00pm

You are invited to join local fisherman Jerry Martoglio who will talk about how to fish successfully in local lakes. He’ll discuss how and where to fish from your boat in Evergreen , Dawson, Clinton and Spring Lakes and Lake Bloomington; tips on how to best catch saugeye, crappie, muskie, bluegill and bass; and the kind of equipment that works best to catch each.  You’ll also learn what to look for in the water and how to use electronics (fish locators, temperature gauges, etc.) Please register for this program by calling
728-2176 or by e-mailing



Thurs., Oct. 26:  Fright Night,  6:30 - 8:00 (date is tentative)

Scary stories and creepy crafts for 3rd through 5th graders, only.  Advance registration is required, by stopping by or calling the library at 728-2176.  Parents may drop the children off at 6:30 and pick them up at 8:00.




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.





  Autumn Celebration at Sugar Grove Nature Center


The Sugar Grove Nature Center is hosting an autumn celebration at the center on Saturday, Oct. 20, 10am – 5pm.  It will feature music, wagon rides, Old Tyme Medicine Shows, storytelling, a Native American encampment, blacksmith and woodturning demonstrations, crafts, pumpkins, good eats, plenty of kids’ activities, local artisans and crafters, and much more.  Take the Shirley exit on RT 55 south of Bloomington and turn right and then left onto old Route 66 to Funks Grove and follow the signs.  Admission $2.00, children under 3 free.



Towanda Elementary PTO News


The Towanda Elementary students will begin the PTO Fall Fundraiser on Friday October 5th.  Funds are being raised to complete a much needed update to the Instructional Media Center (IMC), which formerly was the library....but now includes books, computers and more).  The students will be selling Kathryn Beich Candies, Gifts, Wrapping Paper and Magazine subscriptions until October 15th.




Towanda Historical Society

by Gail Ann Briggs


Photograph taken around 1900 of Harlan Sachs, Ward Sachs, and Horace Henderson


The grant work has been completed.  You are invited to take a look at our website and at the Illinois State Library Digital Archives  If you find errors in the information, please let us know!  A final grant report, containing some awesome statistics, will be posted on our website soon.  The community can take great pride in this accomplishment!


Work to update the history book was the primary topic when the Society met Tuesday, September 25.  Areas to be researched during the next month are cemeteries (specifically Pennell, Bishop-Zion, Holy Cross) and

families for whom little or no information has been received to date.  Locations and residences in photographs (circa 1970s), provided by Don Story, a former resident, are being identified.  Fundraising ideas were discussed including calendars with photographs of our history, and a meal, but no decisions were made.


People are urged to provide names of families and contact information to the Society, either by sending information to TAHS, PO Box 217, Towanda, calling Gail Ann Briggs, 728.2187, or through the website: (click 'Contact Us').  Or, better yet, write up the histories, save them to a disk or flash drive, and get them to us. Thanks in advance for letting us know how you can help research our history....many hands make light work....and it is a LOT of fun! The next meeting is Tue.Oct.23, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Building.



VFW Report

by Thomas Wagner


As a member of Post 462, I am proud to welcome home Cindy Singley and the rest of the 33rd Military Police Battalion from their recent tour of Iraq. All of your donations for the care packages were greatly appreciated. 


Another member of 462, Kim Shwab has been deployed to Kuwait and Iraq for one year.  He is a Blackhawk pilot. We will be sending him care packages also, so pray for a safe tour and may he come home soon.


Post 462 would like to thank Jeannie and Donald Wager for their recent donation of clothes that will be sent up to the Mantino VA hospital. The veterans will greatly appreciate them.





                  Helmet Liners


If there are any knitters in the neighborhood who would be interested in making helmet liners for our troops, visit or contact Kathy Dumler (728-2009) who has the directions to make them. She says it's her understanding they can't get enough of these.





For Sale

     Kurt Patti, 728-2065

Skateboarding ramp – “Grind Spine” $25 Contact


     John and Mary Ann Boyd, (309) 531-0442

·         Florida Condo for Sale: second home and/or vacation rental property

Beautiful fully-furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath condo in gated golf course community in Fort Myers. Minutes to beaches of Sanibel Island & Fort Myers Beach. Golf equity included. Pictures/information at




Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club

by Craig Morris


The Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club next meeting will be held on October 16th at 7:00 at the Towanda Community Center.  The program will be given by McLean County Federation members.  The Club's focus for the year is Animal Science.  We'll have many programs on animals and animal science this year.   New members are always welcome!




McLean County Home and Community Education

by Pat Pulokas


Friday, October 12, 1:00-4:00pm at the Extension Office Auditorium, 402 N. Hershey Rd, Bloomington: there will be a Gourd Decorating Workshop ($5.00 fee). Call Judy Mohr, 963-5552 by October 8 to reserve a spot.


Wednesday, October 24, 9:00am3:30pm: “Ride Around McLean County”, #2 will depart the south parking lot at the McLean County Extension Office. Tour includes the Gridley Telephone Museum, the Furrow Winery in El Paso, lunch at the El Paso Tea Room, and a stop at the El Paso Antique Mall.  Cost is $20 and includes transportation, but lunch is on your own. Call Mary Ellen Gottselig, 663-1689 to make reservations and for further information.


Thursday, October 25, 6:00pm, at the McLean County Extension Building Auditorium: there will be a presentation of the culture and geography of Greece and a demonstration of preparation of Greek foods. Call Cindy Kelley, 663-4796 for more details and information.


A display at the Towanda District Library during the month of October will showcase past HCE activities and upcoming 07-08 programs.  Anyone may join our group.  Call Robin Pearson, 815-579-1650 or e-mail at  for more information or ask any HCE member.





    Recycling Bin


The village of Towanda recycling bin will be available on October 19 - October 24 this month.  The bin will be located at the village maintenance shed at 211 W. Washington Street.  If you have any questions, call Sharon Arteman at 728-2811, weekdays from 8-12pm.




Water Summary

from Kurt Patti


In mid-June this summer, workers began to clean and repaint the interior and exterior of the water tower.  On Tuesday, June 13, an explosion occurred at the water tower.  Two workmen were injured, but fortunately, not seriously.  Work on the tower was halted while investigations were conducted by all three insurance carriers: the Indian Creek Homeowner’s Association property/liability carrier, the contractor’s work comp carrier, and the contractor’s liability carrier.  The investigations were all were completed by July 11, 2007, but experts were required to examine the evidence to help determine what happened and why.  At this point we have no definitive answers.


While the water tower was unavailable, a temporary holding tank was used to hold the water for the subdivision.  A loss of water pressure in early July was caused primarily by two holes in the column pipe in the well.  Small holes were probably already present as a result of normal aging in the column pipe, and when we switched over to the smaller holding tank the increased back pressure from the temporary tank probably caused those holes to become enlarged at a more rapid rate.  Once pump and column pipe were repaired, water pressure was restored on July 11.


Work resumed on the tower in mid-July and by August 25th we were up and running water from our own tower again.  Thank you to all for your patience and to all those who practiced water conservation throughout the summer and beyond. 


These statistics comparing water usage between 2006 and 2007 show the extent of the water conservation:

June ‘06 

832,900 gal

June ’07

692,400 gal  

July ’06 

856,400 gal

July ‘07

670,700 gal

August ’06

664,000 gal       

August ’07

745,900 gal       


If you have questions, please contact Kurt Patti or another board member.







A branch from a small tree I had never previously noticed was hanging over the trail along the creek.  Dangling from the branch were fruits the like of which I had never seen before – so I picked one and showed it to Sue Arnold, our resident tree and plant expert.  She knew immediately what it was – an eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus).

The eastern wahoo is a small tree (up to 15 – 25 feet) that grows in moist soils, especially thickets, valleys, and forest edges, and which is related to the commonly planted Asian burning bush.  White-tailed deer browse on the leaves and young shoots. Although a food to some birds, including the cardinal, catbird, eastern bluebird, and wild turkey, the seeds are toxic to humans. An extract was used to kill head lice in earlier times.  The powdered bark was used by American Indians and Pioneers as a purgative.

The wahoo is said to have red fall folliage and fruit, so I intend to keep my eye on this tree as the fall progresses.  See for more on the wahoo tree.