February 2015 - Indian Creek

February 2015
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Towanda 4H
Contact us by email at [email protected]
Towanda Busy Bees 4H
The February meeting of Towanda 4H will be
Feb. 3, 2015, at the Community Building.
Our topic for the month will be "How to
Complete a Simple Circuit-Electricity". Our
club topics for this year are Natural Resource
& Environment and Technology &
The club will be collecting items for the food
pantry. 4H is open to everyone, ages 5-19.
If you have any questions, please contact
Kathy Schultz 309-728-2137 or Jeanne Wager
The Towanda Busy Bees 4H Club held their
January meeting on January 20th. Members
were honored during the Annual Awards and
Recognition Night. The members also
planned for an outing to the Pepsi Ice Center
for ice skating on February 1st. The next
meeting will be held on February 17th at 6:30
p.m. At the Towanda Community Building.
New members and visitors are always
welcome. For more information please
contact: Martha Rients 728-2178
Local Calendars
February Calendar
Unit 5’s February Calendar
Sat.Feb.14 – VALENTINES Day
Sat.Feb.14 – Annual Boy Scouts Pancake
& Sausage Breakfast, School - 8-2
Sat.Feb.14 – PTO Basket Raffle, School –
drawing at 2 pm
Mon.Feb.16 - Presidents Day - Legal
Mon.Feb.23 – 4th of July Planning Meeting
– Community Building – 6:30 pm
Wed.Feb.11 – Late Start (1 hour)
Mon.Feb.16 – Presidents Day – No School
Tue.Feb.17 – School Improvement Day – No School
for Students
Wed.Feb.25 – Late Start (1 hour)
Unit 5 - Upcoming in March
Tue.Mar.17 - Kindergarten Registration – 1:30-3:00
- More details in March and from the school at (309)
Mar.23-­‐27 – Spring Break – No School
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Faith in Action
Though Towandans may be just a frac5on
Mee5ng their needs can gain more trac5on
When vision grows dim
Helpful op5ons are slim
Un5l you unleash Faith in Ac5on.
To be part of the “unleashing” of services for seniors in the Towanda area,
Please read on…
Faith in Action of Bloomington-Normal (FIA) is an interfaith not-for-profit ministry that provides
practical services to adults age sixty and over by coordinating volunteers to meet their nonmedical
needs. Driving seniors to medical appointments and grocery shopping form a major part of Faith in
Action’s efforts. Up to now, services have only been available to residents of Bloomington-Normal.
However, efforts are now underway to expand FIA services to Towanda, including its subdivisions
and rural residents.
A steering committee of Towanda residents headed by Denny Redick met recently to learn more
about FIA and to provide feedback to FIA staff. Members of the steering committee are Bob
Hancock, Sherry Shipley, Lyle and Mary Merritt, Gail Ann Briggs, Randy and Robin Pearson,
Connie Priess, Kay Liebenow, Judy Schulthes, and Debbie Kinsella. Members of the steering
committee are available to answer questions and provide additional information for potential
volunteers as well as seniors over age 60 who might need services through FIA. Interested
persons are invited to contact a member of the steering committee or the FIA office to learn more.
FIA is located in Normal and can be reached at 309-827-7780. Its website is www.bnfia.org.
Volunteer efforts are coordinated through an online database of needs that maximizes volunteer
autonomy and flexibility. As soon as five Towanda volunteers are ready to serve, Faith in Action will
begin accepting applications from Towanda seniors who need services. There is no cost and
services are provided regardless of the senior’s financial circumstances. An orientation for new
volunteers will take place at the Towanda Community Building at a date and time to be announced
soon. For additional information or to register for volunteer orientation, please contact Faith in
Action’s Volunteer Coordinator, Carolyn Wetzel at 309-827-7780 or [email protected]
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Garden Tips
by Helen Leake
The holidays are over and it is too cold to work outside in the yard. While
you are sitting by the fireside and relaxing, think about how your 2014 yard
Did a tree or shrub grow and what used to be sun, is now shade? That
could be why the "full sun" plants didn't do so good. Or maybe a branch
broke off of the tree, or worse, the whole tree had to be removed. Now, what
used to be shade, is now full sun. That is really hard on a lot of plants. Make a list of what will need
to be moved and where you can put them.
If you saved some seeds from last year, this is a good time to check and see if they are still good.
Wet a paper towel and spread 10 seeds on it. Cover that with another wet paper towel and roll it
up. Place the roll in a plastic bag and leave it on the counter, out of the sun. In about 4-5 days,
open it to see if any of the seeds are starting to grow. Some seeds take longer to germinate than
others, so you will have to check again.
If you had 7-8 seeds germinate, just plant the seeds a little thicker than usual. If you only had 5 or
less to germinate, time for new seeds.
For years, all of our flower pots were brown, clay pots. Then because plastic pots
were cheaper, lighter, and easier to handle, plants are sold in plastic pots. The
clay pots, now called terra cotta, are still used by a lot of people.
After the clay pots have been used for awhile, we notice a white crust or film built
up on the pots. That shows a build up of soluble salts, which comes from the
fertilizer you are using or from the water. Especially if it is hard water. The clay is porous, so water
seeps thru it. That is why plants dry out faster in clay containers than plastic containers. The water
evaporates, but the salts remain on the side of the pot.
To remove the white markings, mix one part bleach with nine parts of water. Take the plant out of
the pot, and scrub the inside and out using the solution. Rinse the pot thoroughly with plain water
and let it dry completely and then return the plant to the pot. Another way would be to make a
paste of baking soda and water, use that to scrub off the salts. Salts on the outside of the pot will
not hurt the plant. However a build up of salts in the soil can damage the plant.
To prevent the build up, every few months leach the salts out of the soil by flushing it with a large
amount of water. Sit the pot in the sink and let water run out of the bottom of the pot for a few
Research has shown that the nutrient value in our food today has declined over the past 50
years, significantly. Wheat grown 100 years ago had twice as much protein as modern varieties.
The nutrient value in our fruits and vegetables is also declining. Scientists believe that the high
rates of synthetic fertilizers and irrigations bring higher yields, but they lower the nutrient value.
Also the developing of "improved" varieties could also have inadvertently caused the lower nutrient
value. Look at the newer varieties of roses, they don't smell as good as the older varieties. Some
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people prefer the heirloom tomatoes for
flavor but they are not as disease resistant.
Therefore you need to plant a few extra
Years ago, just about every farmer raised
cows, pigs, chickens, and horses. In the
spring, they cleaned the manure out of the
barn and spread it on the fields. The
earthworms, bacteria, insects and fungi
would break that down and return the
nutrients to the soil. That was their fertilizer.
Today you can buy bags of cow manure
and compost to spread on your lawn and
garden. You can also have your own
compost pile to continue adding to it. It does not contain the salts that synthetic fertilizers do, so it
is better for the soil. It could also raise the nutrient and flavor value of the food.
Now is a good time to take a good look at your trees while you can see the
bare branches. If any of the branches are dead, they should be removed
before they fall and hurt something. If any of the branches are rubbing on
each other, one of them should be removed. Maybe the tree has some
branches that are too low and you bump your head on it. Remove that one
also. When cutting a branch, use the 1-2-3 cut. Go out about 3 feet from the
trunk, make the first cut by cutting from the bottom of the branch up about 1
inch, that is so when the branch falls, it will not tear the bark down the side of
the tree. Number 2 cut will be to cut from the top of the branch and cut the
branch off. Before you cut, make sure everyone is out of the way of the
branch falling and the branch will not fall on something. Number 3 cut, now
you have the weight of the branch removed, you cut from the top at the collar
of the branch. The collar is the wrinkled part where the branch connects to
the trunk, to leave a smooth cut.
You do not need to cover the wound.. It will heal better if left open so the air can get to it. Now
stand back and see how the tree looks and see if you should trim some more.
You can also prune grapes now. They produce on new wood, so don't be afraid to cut back.
Do not prune the roses until you see new growth in the warmer weather.
Towanda Post Office
Beginning Sat.Feb.7 – New Towanda Post Office RETAIL Hours
Monday-Friday ~ 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. AND 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (Closed 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Saturday ~ 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Sunday ~ Closed
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Towanda HCE
Towanda HCE will meet at Feb 9, 7pm at the Towanda Community Building to study "the silent
killer of teeth" presented by Kathleen Emery. The fact finds on Plantains and star fruit will be given
by Cindy Kelley. Hostesses are Jeanie Wager and Connie Carstens.
Members and guests are welcome to attend our special February 14 HCE Friendship and
Membership Tea held 2 p.m. at the McLean County Extension Auditorium, 1615 Commerce
Parkway, Bloomington. This is a free event if you RSVP by Feb 6, 309-830-0224. A program by The
Olive Bin will inform us about varieties and uses of olive oil. Bring a favorite cup and saucer if you
like. Contact 309-830-0224 for questions.
Other programs and workshops- Feb 9, 1-4p, 309-662-5520 for fees, supplies; Feb 10, 9-12n, card
making class, 309-242-6187; Feb 16: 9-12n, comfort quilts, 309-533-1135; 1-4p, children's
dresses, pants, and shorts, 309-242-6187; 2-3:30p, Read & Share-The Book Thief by Markus
Zusak, 309-661-6391; Feb 23, 1-3p, Dr. Kathryn Bohn will present program, "What every woman
should know about varicose veins," 309-310-9205. These free programs and classes will be held in
the McLean County Extension Auditorium at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington. The public is
welcome at all meetings.
Guests are cordially welcome to attend all Towanda and county HCE programs and workshops.
Call Jeanie Wager, 728-2852 for more information.
Indian Creek residents meet in Florida
From left to right: Ben and Mary
Daily, Ron and Ruth Parsons,
Jim and Faith Russell, Kay
Liebenow, and former
neighbors Dennis Maze and
Sue Arnold. They were all
vacationing on Sanibel island
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Towanda Library
4th & 5th Grade Book Club: A middle school prankster lands in the “gifted” class – thanks to a
major mix-up. Ungifted by Gordon Korman is a funny story proving that the underdog can come out
on top! Join the Bulldog Book Club to discuss this book on Wednesday, February 11 – right after
school. Parent reminder: You can read to your child a-chapter-a-night --- so they can join the club,
if reading the entire book alone is too daunting. Reading together is a very calming bonding
CSI: Crime Scene Investigator, Nicole Fundell, shares tricks-of-the-trade with school-aged children
@ 3:30 on Wednesday, February 25th. Adults can enjoy a CSI program at 5:00 that same
Wednesday Morning Story Hours:
February 4: Hearts, the letter H, and Love Bug Headbands.
February 11: Valentine’s Day and the letter V.
February 18: Bedtime, Stars, and the letter S.
February 25: Star shapes and Letter review with picture BINGO.
Affordable Care Act: Questions about your new health insurance options? Wondering how
the Affordable Care Act affects you? Beat the mid-February deadline. In-Person Counselors from
the McLean County Health Department will be available to answer questions and assist with
enrollments on February 6th, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm.
Missing Valentines: Linda Garbe will present the details of the “Missing Valentine” project at 5:00
pm on Tuesday, February 17. You are invited to attend and also to become a part of the project.
Your writing may appear in a book, anthology, or another work of art.
Crochet, Knitting, and Felting Group: Every Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 join this group for
craft ideas and socializing.
American Legion
The Towanda American Legion will have a breakfast on Sunday February 8th from 7:30 – 11:00.
Breakfast includes eggs, egg casserole, sausage, bacon, hash browns, pancakes, French toast,
fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, juice, milk and coffee for $9.
There will be a Fish Fry at the Legion on Friday February 20th from 5:00 to
7:00. Dinner will include fish, baked beans, coleslaw, roll, drink and dessert for
$9. Note the dinner is a week later due to the Boy Scouts 59th Annual
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Saturday February 14th at the Grade
School from 8-2. To place an advance meat order call 728-2384.
The Legion, Sons of the Legion and the Legion Auxiliary will have their regular
meeting on Thursday February 19th at 7:00 at the Post. The Legion is available for rent for
reunions, parties and meetings. For more information contact Mike Potts at 728-2384 or Tom
Wagner at 287-7861.
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Towanda Boy Scouts
The Towanda Boy Scouts 59th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be Saturday February
14th from 8-2. To place an advance meat order call 728-2384 or contact any Cub Scout or Boy
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February brings new Spring Pampered Chef products and catalogs.
Contact Annette Hancock to schedule your Spring Party!
Call Home - 728-2990
Text or call cell - 309-242-1802
Email - [email protected]
Website - http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/annettehancock
For Hire:
Lauren and Myles Smith, will provide child care and pet care - call 728-2930
Grace Rients and Emma Rients will babysit for you! Both would be willing to babysit while you run
errands, mow the lawn or have a date night. Both are certified by the Red Cross and have CPR
training too! Grace and Emma Rients are also experienced pet caretakers. Please call them at
728-2178. In addition to dogs, we have experience with hermit crabs, hamsters and rabbits too!
Bloomington Extension hosts Illinois First Detectors Training
Invasive Pest Workshop
Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop University of Illinois Extension offers an invaluable
program called the "Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Workshop" in an effort to educate the
community on invasive threats to our Illinois landscape. Invasive threats like the Emerald Ash Borer
have drastically reduced the number of Ash trees. Another common threat is garlic mustard whose
invasive qualities cause it to dominate the forest floor by choking out desired native plants. The ...
Read full post at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/eb255/entry_9430
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