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From the May 26th edition of the Manito Review:


Forman Class of 1973

The Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet will be during the annual Popcorn Festival on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Forman Center in Manito, Illinois. If you graduated or attended the Manito/Forman High Schools with the classes of 1932 through 1973, you are invited to attend. We would like to locate the following 1973 graduates: David Fry, Steven Keen, Steven Lovell, Denise Edmonds, Laurel Musch, Debra Smith, Vickie Byrd and Karen Brooks.

To give us any information, please contact Helen Cox options@mtco.com 309-692-1931;  Bill Wills bill.wills@hotmail.com (309) 261-1667; Randy Maas 309-267-6158 maasfh@centurylink.net.


Tri-County JFL Charity Auction

The 2015 Tri-County JFL Charity Auction will be held on June 6, 2015 at the Forman Center in Manito, IL. All 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to the Tri-County Junior Football League. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with silent auction bidding and food being available. The live auction will start at 6:00 p.m.

Visit our Facebook page to see auction items, who donated, and all updates. www.facebook.com/tricountyjflcharityauction

The Tri-County JFL is a member of the Junior Football League of Central Illinois (JFLOCI) and based in San Jose, IL. It is open to all children in Mason, Logan, and Tazewell Counties. The Tri-County JFL serves the school districts of Delavan, Hartem, Havana, Illini Central, and Midwest Central. The goal of the Tri-County JFL is to provide a safe place for our children to learn and play the game of football. For more information on the Tri-County JFL you can visit www.tricountyjfl.com and for more information on the JFLOCI you can visit www.jfloci.com.

Any donations that can be made (monetary or auction items) would be greatly appreciated! Feel welcome to send business information with your donation to be displayed at the auction.

Donations are due by Sunday, May 31, 2015.

501 (c) 3 Tax ID available upon requests.


Manito Community United Methodist Church is Planning VBS “Jungle Safari”

Jungle Safari is designed to bring kids closer to God by discovering who He is and what that means to us. Not a ton of bells and whistles. No over-the-top video productions. Just simple Bible teaching, coupled with real-life relationships and a heart for service. Here’s how it works:

Groups of kids will move from place to place during each session, experiencing Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks, and more. But they’ll hear the same language from leaders at every site, helping kids remember what’s really important. In the large-group opening, kids will learn about who God is and what it means to them. Then they’ll repeat what they’ve discovered at each and every stop along Jungle Safari (“God is CREATOR. I can count on Him!” etc.)

Our natural response to God’s love and grace is to serve Him gratefully. There will be Bible stories that teach about the nature of God. When kids know who God is and what it means to them, they’ll want to serve God because they love and appreciate Him. VBS “Jungle Safari” will begin July 12-17.

Please contact the Manito Community United Methodist Church for more information.


It’s Time to Shake, Rattle or Roll

to the Forman Valley Library for


Forman Valley Library will Kick Off it’s “READ TO THE RHYTHM” Summer Reading Program on Wednesday June 10th @ 10:00. During the next 2 months, the Library will host a range of free activates for children, teens and adults that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants who pre-register also can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. 

We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn and discover what’s available for their enjoyment. Themed events include a kick off with inflatables, games, hotdogs and snow cones. There will also be stories, animals, music, crafts, food and prizes.

These programs are free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register at the library to pick up your book bag, reading log and calendar of events. Registration will be held starting May 26th through June 5th. If you do not register in advance of programs, you will not be eligible for prizes.  Lets make this the Best Summer Ever!  Please call the Library if you have questions. 309-968-6093.


Let’s Make Manito Proud!

A unique garden tour “Glads, Gerbers, and Giggle Tea” is being planned by the Manito Historical Society for Saturday, June 27th from 1 to 5 p.m. Seven Manito gardens, along with Memorial Park will be on display with additional activities being planned.

Our town is blessed with a number of lovely landscaped yards and businesses. Now is a good time for residents to be planning a little extra for visitors.


That is a great choice for accenting established perennials, as well as a blending with colorful annuals.

Don’t forget. Put June 27th on your calendars for a gorgeous day in our town.


Teen Night At Aquatic Center

Memorial Park Aquatic Center Teen Night will be held June 1st.

Start your summer break poolside with friends!

Anyone 12-18 years of age can attend from 5:00-9:00 p.m. There is a small cost to attend.

Concessions will be available.


Nutrient Loss Reduction Seminar

The Mason County Farm Bureau is partnering with the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) to host a Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) meeting June 18 at 9:00am at Warner Library, 310 N. Quincy, Clinton, IL. 

Intended for those living and/or farming in the Sangamon River watershed, which includes Mason County, the meeting will focus on best management practices (BMPs) specific to each region of the state.

 “Our state stretches more than 400 miles from north to south. Soil types and farming practices change depending on where you are,” said Chris Hausman, CBMP President and District 12 Director, Illinois Farm Bureau. “This meeting will give farmers and other stakeholders the opportunity to discuss how the strategy will impact them at their local watershed level and will arm them with information about on-farm BMPs they can use. Farmers also will learn all that is being done to reduce nutrient losses and how to build on current successes.”

Scheduled for release in July, the strategy provides a framework for reducing nutrient losses, improving local water quality and improving the quality of water leaving the state and entering the Gulf of Mexico. Faced with raising more food while protecting natural resources, the Illinois agricultural community is taking on that challenge. Illinois farmers have the support of CBMP and of other organizations as they adopt voluntary enhanced nutrient stewardship and conservation practices.

The meeting is one of 11 being hosted across the state in June. For a complete list of meeting locations, visit www.illinoiscbmp.org.

Farmers are invited to bring water samples from their farms to be tested on-site during the meeting. A meal will be provided and the event is free. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Mason County Farm Bureau at 309-543-4451 or masonfb@casscomm.com 

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, a non-profit 501-c (5) organization, was formed in 1998. Its mission is to assist and encourage adoption of best management practices to protect and enhance natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois. Member organizations include Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Syngenta Crop Protection, Monsanto and GROWMARK.


Mobile Vet Center to Visit Mason County

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Springfield Mobile Vet Center will visit the Havana VFW Post 6408 located at 415 W. Adams Street, Havana on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Vet Center staff will be available to speak with veterans from all eras from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Vet Center staff encourages all Veterans to come learn more about Vet Center and VA programs that they may be eligible for.

MVC Outreach Staff consists of outreach specialists and readjustment counselors, most of which are veterans and are trained and certified to assist veterans, family members and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis on a wide range of veteran issues.

Their visit to Mason County coincides with VA Service Officer Bob Sloan’s weekly office hours at the VFW. Veterans and/or their family members are encouraged to stop by the Havana VFW on any Tuesday between  9:00 - 3:00 to talk to a VA VSO on benefits they may be eligible for.


10th Annual Katlyn Wooding Honorary Golf Outing

The 10th Annual Katlyn Wooding Honorary Golf Outing will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Parkview Golf Course Pekin, IL. The cost is per team (includes 18 holes, cart and meal or just a meal price is available). A 4 person scramble shotgun start. $10,000 Hole In One Contest (free).  All Proceeds to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Any questions call Evan or Laurie Wooding at 309/222-6339 or 241-4285.


Gospel Sing at First Baptist Church in Manito

Pastor Larry Sauter invites you to a Gospel Sing on Sunday, June 14th at 2:00 at First Baptist Church of Manito, 105 S. East Avenue(next to grade school). We will serve a luncheon at 1:00 and sing at 2:00. Bring a song, instrument and a friend for a wonderful afternoon of praise to the Lord. New life Singers, The Peeks, New Jerusalem Singers and many others will be joining us for your listening pleasure. Any questions call Loren Mutchler 309-346-2012.


Manito Popcorn Festival

Grand Marshalls Named-Saturday Entertainment

The Manito Popcorn Festival Committee held it’s regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May16 in Veteran’s Park    Committee members in attendance were Rayeann Meeker Dorothy Kreiling, Ken Lacey, Judy Lacey, Rita Roberson,  and Lee Lacey.

The committee voted to name Allison “Babe” Himmel and Garnet Gosda as Co-Grand Marshalls for the 2015 Festival Parade.  Both of these area ladies celebrate their 100th birthdays in 2015.

Dorothy Kreiling  presented information on a group she had been in touch with for Saturday night entertainment after the Lip Sync.  The group is “Project Two Music” and is from the Chicago area.  They perform  music suitable for all ages.  You can listen to them by going to their website at www.projecttwomusic.com

A contract has been signed with Cass Communications to promote this year’s Festival.

The Committee also set August 1st as the deadline for any additions or other changes  to the schedule. 

A letter will be sent to the schools inviting the students to be a part of this year’s Festival.  The Lip Sync and Talent contest is a great way for them to participate.  It could also be a good money maker for groups who operate a booth.

Sunday morning parking permits will be issued to members of the Methodist Church so they will be able to park on Washington street during church.  The Manito Police Department will help to enforce this.

Please check the website for available openings in the schedule, there are many.

  For more information, ontact any member of the committee or join us at our next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 15.  Meetings will be held under the pavilion in Veteran’s park unless stormy weather prevents it.

For the most current information about the Popcorn Festival, go to www.manitipopcornfestival.com

This week marks the beginning of Festival Friends.  The Popcorn Festival depends on the donations of business, organizations and individuals in order              to have a successful celebration      

The Popcorn Festival Committee is accepting donations for the 2015 celebration.

Donations can be mailed to: Manito Popcorn Festival; Festival Friends; PO Box 540; Manito IL 61546.

Please indicate if you would like your donation to be a memorial, or used for a particular event.

Donations can also be taken to Manito Community Bank.

Our first donation for 2015 was given at the end of last year’s Festival and is from Beverly Schimmelpfenning in the amount of $150.00 to be used for the parade and/or children’s activities.


Manito Farmers Market,

“Junk In Your Trunk” and

Pork Chop Tuesday Begins on June 9th!


Every Tuesday (beginning on Tuesday, June 9th) we will be downtown with our fundraiser for Friday Night on Broadway's “It's a Wonderous Life in Manito”. We will be grilling our pork chops and brats, serving from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Don't want to hassle with a garage sale but have some things too good for the curb? Load them up and bring them downtown. Although, you can sell any items, each week we will offer a specific theme. The “Junk in Your Trunk” will begin on Tuesday, June 9th. If you have any questions concerning the “Junk in Your Trunk” please call Debbie Kalhammer at 968-6853 Diane Beebe at 968-6111.


Also beginning on Tuesday, June 9th will be the Farmers Market. Come shop all the fresh offerings Manito residents have available and enjoy the wonderful music provided. Everyone is welcome to bring a lawn chair to sit and relax! If you have any questions or would like to play music or sell at the Farmers Market contact Alex at 309/339-3737 or Jennifer 620-3764.


We are looking for groups who want to help with this AWESOME weekly event. If you are interested, contact Debbie Kalhammer at 309/968-6853.

We look forward to seeing you downtown!!!


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, June 13th, 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.

Please call Rosemary Palmer at (309) 545-2423 for any needed information.

Visit Downtown Manito for

“Made in the USA!” Event

Saturday, June 20th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for “Made In the USA!” Saturday, June 20th, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Egypt Station Gallery & Studio invites you to join us in downtown Manito, for a day of community & family fun. Bring your lawn chairs, sit for a spell, visit old friends and meet new ones.

Festivities include:

• Art from local artists

• “Make and Take” projects for youth

• Live music featuring “Projekts,” plus Manito musicians Ben Nickerson &  Lainnee Abbott

• Interactive bongo drum demonstration for kids

• Family Day at Manito Memories Museum, special five dollar family admission  and a trivia quiz with prizes

• Manito Farmer’s Market & Junk in the Trunk

• Car Enthusiasts invited to bring their classic, antique or custom cars  down

• Bert’s Hot Stuff food tent

• Visit Manito’s unique specialty shoppes: Wilett’s Winery, Rustic Roost Antiques and Sharon’s Jewelry

Any questions, particularly regarding Manito Farmer’s Market or Junk in the Trunk, can be directed to Paula Charlton 309-840-3002.

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