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Register to vote.
The next Consolidated Election will be Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
Election of Municipal Officials, School Board Members, Library Members and
more. See the McLean County website for detailed information.
Watershed Social Assessment
The McLean County
Soil and Water Conservation District, in collaboration with Illinois State
University, has received funding from the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency to conduct a watershed social assessment. A random
sample of residential households in the Village of Towanda will be
selected to complete a household survey. The survey will be
administered in person during the last three weeks in May 2015 by ISU
Please be advised
that the Towanda 4H will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015,
at 6:30pm at the Towanda Community Building. There will be a
demonstration on "How to Pour Candles", from a local candle maker.
Towanda 4H is open to
everyone from 5 to 19 years old. If you have any questions, please
contact Kathy Schultz at 309-728-2137 or Jeanne Wager at 309-728-2852.
Come join the FBC
Family and worship with us. March 6th - family movie night, March
14th - craft day 9am. Tuesday nights 6pm Bible Study.
The Towanda American
Legion will have a breakfast on Sunday, March 7th from 7:30 - 11.
Breakfast includes eggs, egg casserole, sausage, bacon, hash browns,
pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, juice, milk and
coffee for $9.
Patrick's Day at the Legion. There will be a dinner on Tuesday,
March 17th. Dinner will include corned beef, cabbage, carrots, new
potatoes, rye bread, dessert and drink for $10. Dinner will be
served from 4:30 to 7:30pm. All dinners are open to the public.
Carry outs are available.
Thank you for your
continued support of the Legion and our Veterans. Legion, Sons of
the Legion and the Legion Auxiliary will have their regular meeting on
Thursday, March 19th at 7pm 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.
The Towanda HCE will
be meeting on Monday, March 9th, 7pm at the Towanda Community Building.
Bev Hornickel will be giving the program on "what every woman should know
about varicose veins". The fact find will be on sweet almond will be
given by Kathleen Emery.
Towanda HCE meets on
the 2nd Monday of the month, September through June for educational
programs and fellowship with others to discuss timely topics.
Consider attending our meetings. Call Cindy Kelley, 309-663-4796 or
Robin Pearson, 815-579-1650 or
March 10th: TOWANDA
READS Book Discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony
Doerr at 5. This discussion is open to the public. March 10th:
FRIENDS of the Library meet briefly at 4 at the library. New members
are always welcome. March 10th: Tessa Gilfillan-Jones, from
Morton Audiology Center, presents a program - Your Hearing Health at 5.
March 11th: Bulldog Book Club for 4th and 5th Graders.
Discussion of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Enjoy
banana boat treats. March 17th: Attend a Relaxation Workshop
presented by Vanessa Houssian. Learn the benefits of essentials oils
and other relaxation techniques. Each Tuesday from 5 to 7:
Knitting/Crochet/Felting Group meets to share projects. Some members
are currently making sleeping mats for the homeless - using plastic
grocery bags. Story Hours each Wednesday at 10:30am; March 4th:
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! -- March 11th: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! -- March 18th:
Caterpillars and Butterflies -- March 25th: Spiders and Webs.
The Towanda Seniors
will meet at noon on March 11th at the community building for a potluck
dinner. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert and their
own table service. Helen Guth and Beverly Meginnes will be
hostesses. If you have any questions please call Beverly Meginnes at
Busy Bees 4-H
The Towanda Busy Bees
4H club met on Tuesday, February 17th. The members enjoyed a
presentation by two dietetic interns on Heart Healthy Eating. Jaxson
Carlson presented a Lego activity. Each member received a sack with
62 Legos to make their own creation. There are enough Legos in the
world for every person in the world to have 62 Legos each.
The next meeting of
the Towanda Busy Bees will take place on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6:30pm at
the Towanda Community Building. The program will be Talks and
Demonstrations. For more information please contact Martha Rients at
Faith in Action
Faith in Action of
Bloomington-Normal (BNFIA) will begin extending its volunteer services for
older adults in the Towanda area beginning March 18, 2015, subject
to volunteer availability. BNFIA is an interfaith ministry that
partners with local congregations and community members to provide
screened volunteers to transport residents over age 60 and to provide for
other non-medical needs such as grocery delivery, friendly visiting and
light home maintenance. Towanda seniors who are in need of services
of this type are invited to contact BNFIA at 309-827-7780 beginning
March 18, 2015, to apply for services. Services are delivered
FREE of charge and there are no financial eligibility
requirements. Faith in Action also provides a flexible volunteer
opportunity for those who might wish to serve their Towanda or other
nearby neighbors. To become a volunteer, a two-hour orientation
(held monthly) and a background check are required. More information
is available by calling BNFIA or by visiting the website at
Towanda Elementary School
Kindergarten Registration -
Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Parents should bring a certified birth
certificate, current immunization and health records and proof of
residency - and bring incoming kindergarten students with them for
registration activities. Questions? Call Towanda school
309-557-4426 or Unit 5 District Office 309-557-4400.
New Law Regarding Immunization Requirements - Beginning with the
2015 - 2016 school year, Illinois law requires that all students entering
6th and 12th grade MUST have a meningococcal vaccine (MCV). UNIT 5
STUDENTS IN 6TH AND 12TH grades WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START SCHOOL
WITHOUT THIS IMMUNIZATION! Questions? Contact your school
nurse or the District Office 309-557-4400.
The Towanda Scouting Organization would
like to thank the community for their support at the 59th Annual Pancake
and Sausage Breakfast. This tradition could not continue without the
continued support of the community members who volunteered their time to
work in the kitchen and dining room, who placed advance orders and
attended the breakfast. This year we served over 1,050 people.
With the support of the community, Scouting will continue to thrive in
The Towanda Area Historical Society is
looking for ANY information about a woman born in 1924 in Towanda.
Mary Jane Kath was known by radio, TV and recording names 'Sally Carson'
and 'Bonnie Lou', and called the 'Yodeling Sweetheart, Mary Jo'. She
graduated from BHS, was married to Glenn Ewins (Carlock) and then Milt
Okum (OH). Bonnie Lou became a popular Country Music and Rock & Roll
vocalist during 1950 - 1970. Please be in touch with Gail Ann Briggs
firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Pulokas
This month your Towanda Fire Dept. ran 5
EMS calls, 1 Mutual aid call, 7 Motor vehicle accidents, 1 Fire for a total of
14 calls. Year to date TFD has
ran 31 calls. TFD training for the month of February consisted of 2
classes one with former McLean County Sheriff Deputy, now an arson
investigator with FireTech Vicki Schaffer on the do's and don'ts before
the arson investigation team arrives. Our second class was with the
McLean County Sheriff Department on the protocols of a death investigation
scene. Towanda Fire Protection District is starting an auxiliary if
you are interested in becoming a member of the auxiliary call the station
at 728-2121 and leave a message for Marcia Kocar or Asst. Chief Schowalter.
We are looking for men and women 18 years and older, willing to volunteer
some of their time and/or talents to support our firefighters and
rescuers. Auxiliary members do not need to reside within the fire
protection district or have any type of affiliation with the fire
department. The auxiliary mission statement is "Our mission is to
support the firefighters and rescuers of the Towanda Fire Protection
District in their pursuit of Life Safety, Incident Stabilization, and
Environmental/Property Preservation of the citizens they serve and their
respective memberships. The Towanda Fire Protection District
Auxiliary will pursue their mission through activities supporting the
fiscal public service and response support needs of the Towanda Fire
Protection District firefighters and rescuers."
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.
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