Upcoming Events in
The Towanda American
Legion will have a breakfast on Sunday, August 3rd 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 $8.
There will be a pork chop dinner on Friday, August 8th from 5 to 7.
Dinner will include pork chop sandwich, French fries, green beans, dessert
and drink for $9.
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, August 21st at 7 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 Wager at 287-7861.
Come join us on
Monday, August 4th from 9 to 10:30 at the Towanda Community Building for
coffee and fellowship. The Coffee Group will meet the first Monday
of each month from 9 to 10:30am.
The Towanda Seniors
will meet at 12 noon on August 13th at the community building for a
potluck dinner. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert
and their own table service. Joe and Sharon Joplin will serve as
hosts. If you have any questions please call Beverly Meginnes at
information, the 2014-15 school calendar and other related school news,
please check out the Unit 5 website:
http://www.unit5.org/ The first
day of school for students is Monday, August 18th. Please note: ~Students
MUST have their immunizations before starting school!! Unit 5
students will NOT be allowed to start school without the required
immunizations. Labor day is Monday, September 1st. Students in
Unit 5 do not attend school on Tuesday, September 2nd (Teacher Institute
Fall Garage Sales
Want to share advertising cost.
This year's dates are September 4 - 6 (Thursday - Saturday). To be
included on the list of area sales, please provide ~ by Wednesday, August
27: Sale location, Contact information (phone & email), Days and
times of your sale (you do not need to have your sale each day), List of
items (include a much as you like, in priority order, and depending on
space available, they will be listed on the flyer and by category in the
Pantagraph ad), $7 fee (for flyers, Pantagraph ads), checks payable to
Gail Ann Briggs. Email info to
(preferred) or Send to 113 Hunt St; Towanda IL 61776, Call
(728-2187) with questions. Anyone with items they particularly want
to sell may want to take out an individual ad as well.
4th of July
Thank you to the many volunteers who
helped make this year's parade the best one yet!! More units, more
variety, more floats, and more people than EVER before participated!
The Normalite (a small weekly newspaper), published a full page of photos
taken by Heather (not Noelle) Lueschen in their July 18th issue.
Additionally, several other articles and photos were published in the
weeks leading up to our Annual Celebration. Copies can be obtained
at their office, located at 1702 W College, Suite G, Normal. Check
out their website: http://www.normalite.com/
Rt. 66 Wednesday Weeders
Rt. 66 Wednesday Weeders would welcome
others interested in helping make this community asset attractive to
visitors. We work one hour each Wednesday morning on the garden
areas of this linear park. Contact Mary Merritt at 728-2810 or Carol
Myers at 728-2749 for more information.
August is Get Your Child Ready for
School Month: Visit our library for daily tips to get your children
ready for the new school year! Like our Facebook page, Towanda
District Library, and follow us on twitter, at @towandalib to view the
daily parenting tips. Games and activities to help your child
develop the skills he or she needs to start kindergarten will be available
each day at the library! Drop in each week to work on a different
skill!...or to socialize with other children and parents.
Save the Date! - On Saturday, November 15th the library will celebrate 75
years as a library and 25 years in this library building.
Back to School Night - Watch for the library at Towanda Elementary School
on August 14th from 6 to . Readers are leaders!
Preschool Story Hours resume the Wednesday after Labor Day at 10:30am.
A comprehensive Early Literacy Program developed by leading scholars and
organizations engaged in early literacy research will be the basis for our
curriculum this year. Come and enjoy the Very Ready Reader Program
at our library.
Towanda Reads: Interested readers are invited to join an
open-to-the-public book discussion at 5 on Tuesday, September 9th.
September's selection is: Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta
The Towanda Home and Community Education
wants to thank everyone for the great support you showed us by attending
our 21st annual July 3rd Spaghetti Supper. We served 317 ticket
holders. We appreciated the wonderful weather. We received
many rave reviews on the homemade desserts. Our money earned from
this money making project give us the funds to give back to the Towanda
community and also to other good causes within McLean County.
The Towanda Unit of the Association for Home and Community Education
usually meets each month, September through May at the community building
on the second Tuesday of the month. "HCE" is celebrating 96 years of
excellence in educational programming. Ten Towanda HCE members
attended the 96th McLean County HCE Annual meeting last month at the Parke
Regency Hotel and Conference Center. We plan special community
service opportunities and invite our family and friends and the community
area to join us and also to attend our monthly programs at the Towanda
Our next meeting will be September 8th, 7pm. The program will be
"Why do we need garlic in our diet?" We have hostesses serve light
refreshments (delicious of course) at our meetings. We welcome YOU
to join us. While most of us are women, we invite men to attend and
learn along with us. This organization is geared for everyone past
4-H age and it's often mentioned that HCE is like "adult 4-H". We
believe in life-long learning!
To learn more about Towanda HCE, please contact President, Cindy Kelley,
309-663-4796 or Membership Chair, Robin Pearson, 815-579-1650.
Bible study Tuesday nights at 6.
We will be having our Sunday service in the park on the 17th of August at
10:15. Come and worship with us. FBC of Towanda will be
looking to help kids get ready for school. If you know of any kids
in need of school supplies please contact Adam Wilson 531-4794 or Sandy
Busy Bees 4-H
The Towanda Busy Bees are busy
completing all of their 4-H projects for the fair! The club met on
July 15th for project night. Members shared projects they had
completed. The fair is just around the corner running from July 30
through August 3. The next meeting will be an end of the year
celebration and records turn in at Pheasant Lanes, Bloomington on August
10th. The first meeting for the 2014-15 year will be held on
Tuesday, September 16th, 6:30pm at the Towanda Community Building.
Visitors and new members are always welcome. 4H is open to all youth
between the ages of 8 and 18. For children age 5 through 7 there is
a Cloverbud program with special hands on activities geared toward this
age group. For more information please contact: Martha Rients
This month your Towanda Fire Department
ran 4 motor vehicle accidents, 6 EMS calls, 1 vehicle fire and 1 mutual
aid structure fire for a total of 12 calls. Year to date TFD has ran
93 calls. During the month of July your Towanda Firemen hosted a 4
hours hands on training exercise on vehicle stabilization and extrication
with Hudson Fire Department and Normal Fire Department #3 station engine
crew. This class was taught by an instructor from the U of I Fire
Service Institute. Several Towanda Firefighters also attend an 8
hour auto extrication workshop with Lexington Fire Department which was
sponsored by U of I Fire Service Institute. During our 4th Wednesday
night training meeting we continued to practice what we had learned in our
previous extrication training classes. Towanda Fire would like to
welcome our newest firefighter, Nick Holtz. Nick is a graduate of
the Bloomington High School BACC Jr. Firefighter program. This
program is taught by firefighters from Bloomington & Normal Fire
Departments and earned Nick high school credits while teaching him a real
life job experience. Your Towanda Fire Department would like to
thank everyone that stopped by our July 3rd concession stand and purchased
a hotdog or a walking taco. Interested in becoming an Emergency
Medical Technician or a firefighter? Come see us on the 2nd, 3rd and
4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm or contact Chief Brett Lueschen at
728-2353. Follow us on Facebook @ TowandaFireDepartment. Or
our web page at TCFPD.org or TowandaFire.org
Unit 5 Website
4th of July Website