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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 looking t-shirts!

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 platform. 

Interested youth can learn more

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.

For more 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 Rotary Club

Senior Meal

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.



Summer Reading Program

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 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   

     Time:1:00-2:00 PM          

Location: Manito Foods

(310 S Adams Manito)

      Date: May 25

  Time: 9:00-10:00 AM          

Location: Mason City

Christian Church

(853 N Main St Mason City)    

      • Person’s 18+ years old are eligible for Johnson & Johnson

• No appointment required

• 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 administration

• Please wear your mask when staff approaches your vehicle



Menard Electric 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 fall.”

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



DAR Youth Citizenship and Good Citizen Award Winners

The 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.

DAR 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.

Good 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 forward?”

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 High School.

Rachel Schlueter- Athens High School.

Miss 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 - Athens.

Heather Godsil – Greenview.

Remi Kraft – Midwest Central.

Savannah Gurnsey - PORTA



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