Indian Creek Newsletter

January/February, 2008

on the web at

compiled by Helen Mogill,, 728-2048


(There will not be a separate February newsletter – please make note of important dates)



Library News



Jan. 9 (Wed.) 7-8pm: Iraq War Veteran Cindy Singley

Cindy will speak about her wartime experiences at Camp Bucca near Basra, Iraq.  Cindy is in the US Army National Guard and was gone for 17 months during 2006 and 2007.



Jan. 22 (Tues.) 7-8pm A Salute to Veterans: Honor Their Service, Preserve Their Stories

Sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, this program will show you how you can interview or be interviewed for the Veteran's History Project through the Library of Congress.  Denise La Grassa from WILL-TV's Central Illinois World War II Stories will also be present to preview a segment from her series (part of the "Prairie Fire" series in February on WILL-TV) and share her experience of collecting oral history from local WWII veterans.


Friends of the Library and Towanda Reads

The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be Wed. March 12 at 6:00.  The book club meeting will follow at 7:00pm.  The books to be discussed will be Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy.


Towanda Library Board Meetings

The Towanda Distrist Library Board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Community Building, starting January 15, 2008.  The public is encouraged to attend.





Annual Indian Creek Homeowners’ Association Meeting


The annual Indian Creek Homeowners’ Association meeting will be 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at the Towanda Community Building. 


    The agenda will include, but is not limited to:

    • Election of new board members
    • Treasurer’s report
    • Water report
    • Ground chairman report
    • Possible increase in quarterly assessment

The board position of water commissioner is open.  Please consider volunteering for this important community service.


Please contact association president, Brian Krause (email, with additional items you would like discussed at the annual meeting. 





             Steak Dinner           

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


The Sons of the Legion are hosting a steak dinner on Friday, January 11 from 5:30 - 7:30pm.  The cost is $10.00. The meal includes rib eye, a baked potato, salad, and a desert.  Carry outs will be available.





Towanda Area Historical Society


Instead of our regular meeting in January, please plan to attend the Tue, Jan 22 program "A Salute to Veterans: Honor Their Service, Preserve Their Stories" at the Towanda District Library at 7:00pm


Remember, you can join with the Towanda Area Historical Society and the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project to preserve and honor the memories of local veterans.  Fill out our veteran information form at the library or at the TAHS website:


How you can participate:

·         Provide your service information for the Towanda Area History book and website.


·         Allow us to interview you and have the recording of the interview archived and  available to the public at one or more of the following websites:

WWII Veteran Albert Miller was captured by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge in Dec., 1944.  He returned home safely at the end of the war


·         Towanda Area History:

·         WILL TV:             

·         Illinois State Library:

·         Library of Congress:

·         Volunteer to organize, document, record, interview, or in any other way join in this exciting project.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Society is Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Building.  Please plan to join us as we develop our organizational structure and renew energies to update the Towanda area history....both the history book and our website.






                     Viet Nam Exhibit


January 26, 2008  through August 7, 2010, the McLean Country History Museum (in the old courthouse in downtown Bloomington) is featuring an exhibit called: A Turbulent Time:  Perspectives of the Vietnam War.  It explores the complex ways McLean County residents perceived and responded to this crucial 20th century event. See  more information at the museum’s website:


Indian Creek resident and Viet Nam veteran Terry Garbe is pictured in the poster advertising the event.  Terry provided many of the photographs included in the exhibit, as well as boots, medals, a piece of shrapnel that almost killed him, and some of his other mementoes.





           Book Fair


Towanda Elementary School is having a book fair at Barnes and Noble on January 7th.  The school will receive 25% of total sales in new books for our school library.  There will be games and special guest story tellers from 10 am until noon. Student artwork will be displayed in the coffee shop.






Fire Department

On December 14 the fire department held their annual dinner.  John Lueschen was presented an award for Rookie of the Year and Tom Wagner was named Firefighter of the Year. 

For the year ending Nov 30, there were a total of 186 calls.  The ambulance has had much use, and we are happy that we have gone to a transporting department, so we  can give you the best level of care. 


Calls this month... vehicle accidents - 11, Medical - 1, Mutual aid - 4, semi fire - 1, investigation - 1.  
We wish everyone a safe and happy new year.



Girl Scout Cookies

Be on the lookout for your local girl scouts!  Several neighborhood girls will be selling girl scout cookies from January 11th through January 27th.  If you are craving some Thin Mints or  another favorite girl scout cookie and a Girl Scout has not contacted you please call Martha Rients 728-2178 and she will make sure a local Girl Scout rings your doorbell to get your order. 







Unit 5 School District Referenda

Two referenda for Unit 5 are on the ballot for the General Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.  A number of public forums will be held during the month of January to discuss this important local issue which affects the education of our students.  Information about the two questions on the ballot can be found at "Our Growing Community" and the campaign website at 


The Citizens' Committee will KICKOFF the campaign at Oakdale Elementary School, 601 S Adelaide, Normal, on Thursday, January 10.  From 6:00-8:00 p.m. school officials and supporters will be on hand to answer questions, distribute handouts, and show a PowerPoint presentation.  A newly renovated classroom will be open to allow people to see the improvements that are planned for existing schools.




Towanda PTO Meeting

submitted by Karen Showalter


As always, everyone is invited to Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meetings.  The PTO meeting for January will be held January 8th at 7:00 pm at Glenn school in the remodeled classroom so that we might gain more perspective about what classrooms might look like at Towanda should the referendum pass.  


Please take a few moments to browse the website at for more information on the referendum and vote Yes for Unit 5 on February 5, 2008.






General Primary Election – Feb 5, 2008


The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, January 8


You can register to vote by mail.  The form is available online at  If you prefer to register in person, Principal Sarah Edwards (728-2278) and Gail Ann Briggs (728-2187) are deputy voter registrars.  


There is a grace period to register and vote in person at the McLean County Clerk's office between January 9 and January 22. 


An application for an absentee ballot is available at online at  Simply fill it out and mail it in.  An absentee ballot will be mailed to you.  You must return it to the McLean County Clerk by election day.


For more information about the upcoming election, visit the League of Women Voters website or the McLean Country Clerk’s website:





Towanda Scouting Organization’s Pancake Breakfast


Saturday, February 9 - 8:00am to 2:30pm, at the school

Advance tickets: Adults: $5.50, K-12: $3:50, pre-school: free

At the door:   Adults: $6, K-12: $4, pre-school: free


Contact Scouts, Read's, Grain Co., 728-2631 or any scout for tickets.


Advance Meat Orders may be made through Mike Potts, 728-2384, or any Cub or Boy Scout.


·         Whole hog, 2.95/lb:  bulk sausage, 2 lb packages; links, 5 lb; back ribs, 5 lb; bacon, 1 lb packages

·         Italian sausage, 2.95/lb:  bulk, 2 lb packages; links, 5 lb packages

·         Chicken breasts, boneless/skinless, 5 lb packages, 4.00 / lb




Annual Chili Supper and Basket Raffle

Thursday, February 21 – 6:00, at the school


Mark your calendars for the annual Towanda PTO Chili Supper and Basket Raffle on Feb. 21st at 6 pm at the school.  We have a lot of new items in the basket raffle this year including 4 Parkhopper tickets to Disney World.  Items will be on display at the annual Boy Scout Pancake and Sausage Supper.  Raffle tickets can be bought there, at the school office, or from students.  Remember you do not need to be present to win! 


A full list of available baskets for the basket raffle will be listed on the school website by the end of January.




submitted by Pat Pulokas


The Towanda HCE will meet on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Towanda Community Building. The lesson, “Blues, Blahs & Bouncing Back” will be presented by Nutrition/Family Program Coordinator, Robin Bagwell. 


Hostesses for the evening will be Dorothy Jones and Debbie Kinsella. This is also the traditional Snowman Show & Tell. Members and guests may bring snowman related items to display.


For more information about the Towanda HCE group contact Robin Pearson, 815-579-1650 or Cindy Kelley, 309-663-4796. Guests are always welcome.  Come and learn about beating the winter blahs.


There will be a Read & Share on January 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Participants will be discussing the book, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Everyone is invited to attend this Cultural Enrichment activity at the Extension Auditorium at 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington.



Towanda Boy Scouts Receive Recognition
submitted by Jeremy Fahling, Troop 56 Scribe



Indian Creekers Jacob and Keanan Schroeder, Preston Brown, Matthew and Jeremy Fahling, Matt Bly, and Ian Todd were among the members of the Towanda Boy Scout Troop 56 who celebrated achievements and rank advancements at the bi-annual Court of Honor.  The boy scouts were recognized for merit badges, rank advancements, and special awards.  In total, 17 scouts were recognized. 



Mickey Lang, Troop 56’s Scoutmaster, was awarded with the honor of the highest achievement for adult leaders – the Wood Badge.  The Wood Badge is a training course for leaders involved in the scouting
program, and was designed by Lord Baden-Powell in 1919.


A commemorative Eagle Scout plaque was dedicated to the troop's current and past Eagle Scouts.  In the Towanda Boy Scout troop, there are scouts from Towanda, Lexington, Ridgeview, and Normal.


Scoutmaster Mickey Lang, on right,

receiving the Wood Badge





Wanted to buy

     Judi Doubet, 728-2463

used treadmill


For Sale  

     Greg & Becky Powell, 728-2436

Weslo Cadence Treadmill 825, 0-6 MPH   1.25 HP  Adjustable Incline

Cost $25.00  (Buyer responsible for picking up merchandise)


Help wanted

     Judy Schulthes, 728-2927

Reliable, non smoking, female caregiver needed Saturday and Sunday mornings for approx 1 to 2 hours to assist Mom with bathing/dressing, making the bed, doing dishes and other miscellaneous tasks. Also needed on a weekly basis is someone to do laundry, ironing, change linens, and other small jobs. (Washer/dryer on-site) Transporting to and from doctor appointments as well as light grocery shopping would be a great help also.  I’m also looking for a used C-PAP machine to replace one that was destroyed in a fire. Do you have one you no longer need?




Tracks in the Snow


After a fresh snow you can find many tracks in the snow.  Here are some you might find when you walk the streets and nature trails of Indian Creek.  For more on animal tracks, see