Upcoming Events in
The Towanda American
Legion will have a breakfast on Sunday, January 4th from 7:30 to 11.
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 steak dinner at the Legion on Friday,
January 9th from 5 to 7. Dinner will include steak, baked potato,
salad, roll, drink and dessert for $12.
Legion, Sons of the
Legion and the Legion Auxiliary will have their regular meeting on
Thursday, January 15th at 7pm at the Post. The Legion is available
for rent for reunions, -parties and meeting. For more information
contact Mike Potts at 728-2384 or Tom Wagner at 287-7861. Thank you
for your continued support of the Legion and our Veterans.
The January Village
Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 5th at 7pm in the board room
at the community building. The board will be voting on an update to
the Liquor Ordinance which will include a pouring license for convenience
stores/gas stations. A pouring license is required for Fast Stop to
be able to establish a Video Gaming area.
Winter weather is
approaching. Please make sure that you keep your garbage cans/bags
back far enough that the snow plow will not hit them.
The January meeting
of the Towanda 4-H will be held on January 6th at 6:30pm at the Towanda
Community Building. 4-H is open to everyone ages 5-19. Our
club themes for this year are Natural Resources & Environment and
Technology & Engineering.
If you have any
questions, please contact Kathy Schultz at 309-708-2137 or Jeanne Wager at
Winter hours @
your library: Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 6pm; Tuesdays
from 1pm to 7pm; Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 5pm; Saturdays from
10am to 4pm. The library is open everyday after school. Use
your library card for 24/7 access to our World Book Encyclopedia.
The online catalog of Towanda District Library - plus 200+ other libraries
- may be searched from your home 24/7. You can see if this library
owns an item or if the item is currently on the shelf before making your
drive to the library. RSACat shows the shelf-status of items in all
surrounding libraries - except Bloomington Library.
Story Hours @
10:30 each Wednesday: January 7th - Birds, the letter B and read
a Big Book; January 14th - Ducks, the letter D and shapes games; January
21st - Owls, the letter O and puppet play; January 28th - Pigeons, the
letter P and make cheerios bird feeder.
Tax Workshop @ 4
on Monday, January 12th: Lula Zimmermann, an H&R tax
representative shares tax information and answers questions you my have.
Felt Group @ 5 each Tuesday: This group continues to grow and to
share project ideas.
Bull Dog Book Club
@ 3:30 on Wednesday, January 14th: Discuss Sadako and the
Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. How many cranes can you
The Towanda Home and
Community Education group will meet on Monday, January 12, 2015, 7pm at
the Towanda Community Building. The program "Where do I want to live
when I grow up?" will be presented by Clara Lehan. This lesson
informs us of living options as we grow older and our needs change.
The fact find is on Plantains, a tropical fruit that looks like the
banana. Hostesses are Pat Pulokas and Sandy Whalen. This is
also our annual snowman meeting where members and guests may bring or wear
snowmen items to show and tell. We have some very memorable items
brought every year. Contact Robin Pearson for more information
Other HCE county
activities include an embroidery workshop on January 12th, 1 to 4pm at
Culvers on Hershey Road. RSVP to Edna (309-662-5520) by January 5th
for supplies and fee information. There is a card making class on
Tuesday, January 13th from 9 to 12 at Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington.
You can make cards from scratch or from used cards. These cards are
sent to the soldiers for their own use. Contact Barb (309-242-6187)
for more information.
The McLean County
Extension has moved. Their new address is 1615 Commerce Parkway,
Bloomington, south of Veterans Parkway. Free classes will be held
there on January 19th, 9 to 12 at Comfort Quilts, Eileen (309-533-1135);
Hats, scarves, gloves for children workshop, 1 to 4pm, Barb
(309-242-6187). On January 26th, Dr. Kirk Noraian DDS will present a
free program, "The silent killer of teeth". For more information
contact Joann (309-310-9205). The public is invited to all meetings
of the Towanda Unit and county HCE activities.
Busy Bees 4-H
Towanda Busy Bees 4-H will be meeting at
the community building on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30pm. New
members and guests are always welcome. For more information, contact
Martha Rients at 309-728-2178.
Start the New Year with your friends at
the First Baptist Church of Towanda. All are welcome, come as you
Your Towanda Fire Department had 140
calls in 2014. This month your Towanda Fire Department ran 4 EMS
calls and 1 Mutual Aid call for a total of 5 calls. Fire FF Killian,
FF Hotlz & Lt. McConnell attended an 8 hour Illinois Fire Service
Institute course on confined space/trench and water rescue and are now
certified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to the Awareness Level.
FF Welborn completed his Firefighter II course and is now a State
Certified Firefighter by the Office of the State Fire Marshal; making 75
percent of TFD firefighters State Certified Firefighters.
During our December training meeting all
Towanda firefighters completed their physical agility test. Which is
a 5 station agility test that includes climbing a ladder and dragging 50
feet of fire hose 50 ft., all while wearing full turn out gear and a SCBA
Beginning in January 2015, TFD will move
our training nights to Tuesday at 6:30. TFD was the only department
in the county that met on Wednesday nights. We hope this will enable
us to training more closely with our neighboring departments.
Interested in becoming an Emergency
Medical Technician or a Firefighter? Contact Chief Brett Lueschen at
728-2353. Follow us on Facebook @ TowandaFireDepartment or our web
page at TCFPD.org or TowandaFire.org.
Faith in Action
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.
Efforts are now underway to expand FIA services to Towanda, including its
subdivisions and rural residents. There is no cost and services are
provided regardless of the senior's financial circumstances.
A steering committee of Towanda
residents has been formed: Denny Redick, 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.
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
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
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