From the May 18th edition of the Manito Review:
Green Valley Sesquicentennial
Green Valley Sesquicentennial will be held August 26, 27 and 28,
2022. So, to help prepare for the upcoming events, the
Sesquicentennial Committee is hard at work to getting things
ready for a great event!
T-shirts with the Sesquicentennial logo are being offered for
prepaid orders. Contact Vivian Gerrietts at 309/360-4871 or
Darlene Curry at 309/369-4250 to purchase one of these awesome
For anybody who would like to help, the next meeting will be
held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19 at the Methodist Church
(Basement Meeting Room).
To keep up-to-date on
events and fundraisers, be sure to like “Green Valley
Sesquicentennial” page on Facebook.
Youth Invited to
Learn Computer Programming at STEM Academy
Have you ever wondered how Facebook suggests the names of
friends in photos or how apps recognize the sounds of birds or
the plants in your yard? STEM Academy 2021 will be looking at
just those questions as we dive into the world of neural
networks and machine learning (tinyML). Students will be
working with an Arduino Tiny Machine Learning Kit and Edge
Impulse to train the device to recognize images and sounds.
STEM Academy sessions this year will be June 14-18, from
10-11:30 a.m. online. Participants will pick up a kit at the
University of Illinois Extension office in Peoria prior to the
sessions that will include the materials they need for the
sessions, as well as some fun additional activities.
STEM Academy is open to youth entering 6th-8th grades. Due to
the limited capacity of the academy, there is an online
application process. Applications are due May 17 and selected
participants will be notified by May 21.
Students will keep their project at the end of the STEM Academy
and will have opportunities to continue working with the
Interested youth can learn more go.illinois.edu/STEMacademy.
STEM Academy is an annual program made possible through the
collaborative work of Pearl Technology, Richwoods Township,
Caterpillar, and University of Illinois Extension, 4-H.
information about 4-H, in addition to other youth and adult
programs offered through University of Illinois Extension,
Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, visit our website at
Manito Forest City
The Manito Forest City Rotary Club will hold its monthly Senior
Meal at Lee’s Family Restaurant in Manito. The lunch is Friday,
May 21st, at noon. Open to anyone over 55. The meal will be
carry-outs. We request that you make a reservation by the
Wednesday before the meal, for the sake of the sponsor and the
restaurant. Make reservations to Lynn Coers by calling
309-840-0420, please leave a message. The meal sponsor this
month is The Lodge at Manito.
Ready for some summer fun? Come join our Summer Reading Program
at Forman Valley Library. Our reading theme this year is Reading
Colors Your World! We have some entertaining programs planned.
From magical performers to colorful clues, there should be
something for everyone to do! The Summer Reading Program is
simple: You read books and earn prizes. Anyone from preschoolers
to adults can join. Program registration will be May 17th
through June 5th, so stop in, call, or e-mail to get signed up.
For more details, please call the library at 309-968-6093 or
e-mail us at email@example.com. As always, library
programs are FREE! We hope to see you there!
Drive Thru COVID Vaccine Clinic May 25
Mason County Health Department is offering a drive thru COVID
vaccine clinic Tuesday, May 25th at two locations. Johnson &
Johnson COVID vaccine will be administered at this clinic. These
clinics will be DRIVE THRU style and all patients are asked to
remain in their vehicles.
Date: May 25
(310 S Adams Manito)
Date: May 25
Location: Mason City
(853 N Main St Mason
• Person’s 18+ years old are
eligible for Johnson & Johnson
Please wear appropriate clothing to receive a vaccine in your
vehicle (short sleeves)
• Please bring photo id and insurance card(s)
• Patients are asked to remain in their vehicles and follow
directions of clinic staff
• Plan for 15-30 minute observation following vaccine
• Please wear your mask when staff approaches your vehicle
Cooperative Youth to Washington Scholarship Awarded
Menard Electric Cooperative is honored to award a $500 Youth to
Washington Scholarship to Avery Wilson of Topeka, a senior at
Midwest Central High School.
Manager Alisha Anker says, “The spirit of this scholarship
embodies one of our core values – Commitment to Community. Avery
demonstrated this value in her application essay when she wrote,
‘A community should never just be a shared living space; it
should embody warmth and unitedness and be the prime example of
the good that humans can do for one another.’ We wish her the
best of luck in her studies at Illinois Central College this
This is the fourth year for the scholarship program, which was
open to seniors whose parent/legal guardian is an active member
of the cooperative. Criteria emphasized community service and
its importance, along with academic achievements and school
activities. Applications were judged by a panel of impartial
individuals chosen from within the electric cooperative industry
but without direct ties to Menard Electric.
Menard Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and
employer committed to providing superior service to its members
in eight counties based on Touchstone Energy’s four core
principles of integrity, accountability, innovation and
commitment to community. Visit www.menard.com.
DAR Youth Citizenship and Good Citizen Award Winners
Pierre Menard Chapter of the National Society | Daughters of the
American Revolution would like to recognize the 2020-2021 school
year Youth Citizenship Award winners and the Good Citizen Award
winners from area schools.
Youth Citizenship Award winners are members of the 8th grade
class and selected by their teachers on the qualifications of
Honor, Service, Courage, Leadership and Patriotism.
Citizen Award winners are high school seniors and are chosen
based upon the qualities of a DAR Good Citizen: Dependability,
Service, Leadership, and Patriotism. Those chosen in their
respective schools must complete a comprehensive application and
may choose to compete at the local DAR chapter level by
completing an essay which is judged by a non-DAR panel of three
independent judges. The students must complete a “secret” essay
question within two hours in a monitored setting. This year’s
essay title was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility
for Preserving It.” The focus question was “How do the combined
actions of so many good citizens keep our nation moving
Midwest Central High School’s 2020-2021 DAR Good Citizen is
Sydney Wilbur of Manito. Sydney scored excellently on school
activities, responsibilities, and community involvement, and was
highly recommended for her leadership skills, talents, and
character deserving of this award. She plans to attend the
University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, where she will
be studying in a pre-law program, majoring in Political Science
with a minor in Legal Studies. Sydney received a DAR Good
Citizen Award Certificate and pin along with a $50 check at a
recent awards program at Country Hills Golf Course in Greenview.
Other area Good
Citizen Award winners:
Francesca Boston –
A-C Central High School.
Lucas Schultz –
Greenview High School.
Brooklyn Richardson –
Havana High School.
Haley Atwater - PORTA
Athens High School.
Schlueter’s essay was chosen to advance to competition at the
DAR District V level.
Area 8th Grade Youth
Citizenship Award winners:
Carson Arthalony –
A-C Central .
Allison Aper -
Heather Godsil –
Remi Kraft – Midwest
Savannah Gurnsey -