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From the January 27th edition of the Manito Review:

Manito Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Manito area businesses are invited to attend the Manito Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting that will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Willett’s Winery banquet hall.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with social time, meal at 6:00 p.m., with the program to follow around 7:00 p.m.  Reservations can be made by calling Anthony Parkin at Havana National Bank at (309) 968-1113 prior to Friday February 13th.  Two free meals will be provided for paid chamber members.  Any additional attendee’s will be charged $12 for their meal.  Please join us for dinner and networking and help make 2015 a great year for your Manito Area Chamber of Commerce.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 12:00 noon till 1:30 p.m. Remember no proxies unless approved by President Dave Cragger or Rosemary Palmer. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.


Delta Waterfowl Foundation Annual Banquet Sat., Feb. 28th

Delta Waterfowl is North America’s oldest waterfowl conservation organization with roots dating back to 1911. Delta’s main focus is and has been to supply the waterfowl world with research and information that gives a better understanding of waterfowl and wetlands. This research has propelled Delta to the forefront of the waterfowl conservation world. Delta attracts graduate and doctoral level students from around the United States and Canada to do research at our field stations. This gives the students the opportunity to learn about waterfowl, wetlands, and the field of conservation. This has given Delta the nickname,
The University of Ducks.”

Delta also engages in demonstration projects each year. Delta’s Adopt-a-Pothole program along with it’s Voluntary Restraint program have been widely accepted and emulated by waterfowlers everywhere, showing that duck and goose hunters truly care about the  resource.

Along with the above mentioned programs, the Lincoln Land Group actively works on the local front to promote hunter safety. The Lincoln Land Group assist with several hunter safety programs throughout Central Illinois to offset the cost so there is no financial obligation to educate future hunters about gun safety and safe hunting practices.

In addition, the Lincoln Land Group continues to maintain and add to local nesting structures for geese and wood ducks. Changes are you have seen our name on the side of a nesting tub. We are always looking for additional places to place new structures.

The Delta Waterfowl Foundation banquet will be held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at the American Legion Hall in Mason City. Several hundred people are expected to attend and tickets must be purchased in advance. Guzzardo’s will be catering a prime rib dinner again this year.

Tickets may be obtained from Tommy Cecil by calling 217/648-2829.


Pancake & Sausage Day in Manito

The Manito Popcorn Festival Committee met recently to plan for the 2015 Pancake and Sausage Day.  This year’s P&S Day will be held on Saturday, February 28.  All you can eat whole hog sausage and pancakes will be served at the Midwest Central Elementary Cafeteria from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

As usual we will be asking for volunteer help for that day.  We need assistance in the dining room, kitchen and especially with set-up and tear-down.  If you would like to assist in this venture please contact Dorothy Kreiling or Lee Lacey.

Sausage and meat orders are now being taken by calling Manito Oil & Propane at 309-968-6703.

Raffle ticket sales will begin very soon.  With the purchase of a book of six tickets you will receive a free meal.  Tickets will be available from any member of the Popcorn Committee.


Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) Training

There will be a six hour disaster response training held on Saturday, February 7th at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Sand Prairie), Green Valley. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and class ends at 4:30 PM. The registration fee is 35.00 and includes picture ID badge, disaster vest, manual, certificate of completion, and lunch. The certifications are recognized by FEMA, which allows L.E.R.T. members to immediately respond where other volunteer groups are prohibited. Anyone may attend this course, but only Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregants will be certified.

The event will include many important topics as it relates to disasters, including deployment, liabilities, proper attire, chain of command, collections of personal property, chainsaw applications, counseling, flood clean-up, and many more topics are covered.  

Stephen Born, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), Disaster Response Regional Coordinator, is a trainer for the teams in Central Illinois. “FEMA and other agencies are extremely important in times of disaster, but it is equally important to have local certified volunteers assisting their own local communities. When federal and state agencies have completed their work and depart, the community volunteers will still be here utilizing their skills and assisting when disasters strike”, Born says. If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact St. John’s Lutheran Church at 309-348-3180.


From the Chief: Distracted Driving

At the last Manito Village Board meeting, Police Chief Scott Montgomery stated that the Manito Police Department will begin a serious enforcement of the laws concerning distracted driving.  Since there is a noticeable disregard for the laws concerning the use of cell phones, a previously published article is being repeated in the hopes that it will be read and the laws obeyed.

The amount of technology that is so readily available today contributes quite heavily to the plight that is distracted driving. This is not to say that using a cell phone or GPS is the only thing that contributes to distracted driving. According to the distracted driving is any non-driving activity that has the potential to distract the vehicle operator.

Distracted drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 out of every six seconds. At 55 MPH, that means a texting driver travels the length of a football field, including the end zones, without looking at the road. This is the same as a football player trying to run the length of the field with his eyes closed for 9.8 seconds. A football player running at 20 MPH only takes about 13 seconds to reach the other end zone. Neither situation seems too promising. There are three different classifications of distracted driving:

• Visual- taking your eyes off the road

• Manual - taking your hands off the wheel

• Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing

Being manually distracted is probably just as worse as being visually distracted. The difference is that you are looking at where you are going, but you are not controlling the car. Manual distraction is often caused by operating a cell phone, changing the radio, eating/drinking, and grooming. Not having your hands on the wheel leads to a delayed reaction time. When you are visually distracted you don’t see the problem quick enough so you have less time to react than if you were looking at the road. You have the same reaction time from when you see the hazard to when you react but you have less time to react. Manual distraction causes a delayed reaction because you see the hazard but have to take the time to reposition your hands before you can react and that’s where the delay comes from. The split seconds it takes to put your hands on the wheel can lead to an accident.

Cognitive distraction is caused by something taking your mind off driving or just generally losing focus of what you’re doing. There are a lot of possible distractions in a car these days whether it be cell phones, other passengers, or singing along to the radio. A study conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showed that being cognitively distracted can often be the most dangerous form of distraction. These studies were conducted by testing drivers’ performances while talking on a phone held to the ear and comparing them the performances of drivers that were using hands free devices. The tests showed that the drivers from both groups did equally as poorly in their performances.

Beginning on January, 1 of this year, drivers are no longer allowed to use a hand held cell phone at the wheel says Manito Chief of Police Scott Montgomery “It’s going to be an accident saver and a life safer.”

The law is expected to cut down on accidents caused by distracted driving.

“When you have a cell phone held up to your ear it is limiting your field of vision and it is distracting you from your driving,” said Montgomery.

If you want to talk on the phone, you’ll need to use speaker phone or a headset.


Pancake Breakfast to be Held

The Ridgelake Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 7th from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the firehouse. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs and sausage with coffee and orange juice. There is a reduced cost for children under 12 years old.

A 50/50 drawing will also be held, need not be present to win.


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