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103 S Jefferson St
PO Box 213
Towanda, IL 61776

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Village New

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 students.

Towanda 4-H

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.

Baptist Church

Come join the FBC Family and worship with us.  March 6th - family movie night, March 14th - craft day 9am.  Tuesday nights 6pm Bible Study. 

American Legion

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. 

Celebrate St 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.

HCE

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 rbnprson@mchsi.com.

Library

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.

Seniors

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 728-2769.

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 728-2178.

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 www.bnfia.org.

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.

Boy Scouts

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 Towanda.

Historical Society

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 309-728-2187, rgbriggs@frontiernet.net or Pat Pulokas 309-728-2118, palp@mchsi.com

Fire Department

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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