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From the July 26 edition of the Manito Review:

Summer Fun at Memorial Park Aquatic Center!

Join Memorial Park Aquatic Center for the rest of the summer!

Toddler Time (ages 3 and under) is held Thursday mornings from 10-11 am. Senior Swim (55 and up) is held Saturday mornings from 7-8 am. Only one dollar admission for all!

Memorial Park Aquatic Center is a family-friendly pool for all ages. We have a slide for kids who are 48 inches and a zero depth for the little kids!

We also have chairs, for those who just want to get a tan. Come check us out! Regular admission is $3.50 daily. Regular hours are open 7 days a week from 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial Park Aquatic Center is located at 400 E Southmoor St, Manito.


New Scholarship Offered By The Rotary

The Manito Forest City Rotary club will have a new scholarship for students who have completed at least one year of continuing education.  The student must be a graduate of Midwest Central .  The scholarship is for $1,000.  We have a form available by emailing Lynn Coers at  Please put in the email subject $1000 scholarship.  The deadline is Aug 1, 2022 and the money is available for the 2022/2023 school year.


Card Making Class at Forman Valley Library

Forman Valley Library will be holding a Card Making Class the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Come in and take a class in card making! Programs will be from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Library (located at 404 S Harrison St in Manito). The class is limited to 12 participants, so, stop in or call us at 309/968-6093 to get signed up.


Midwest Central Announces Registration Dates for the 2022-23 School Year

Midwest Central announced registration information for the 2022-23 school year.  To ensure the process is as easy as possible for parents and students, online registration will be offered again this year. Families can register easily at home.  Online registration opened on Wednesday, June 15th and will be completed in your TeacherEase account.

For Raider families unable to register online, we will hold and in person registration also.   Please note, if you complete registration online, you do NOT need to attend the in person registration. The location of registration is held in one place for all three buildings in the school district.  During the August 4th registration, families will be able to use one of the school computers to complete the online registration. We will have onsite help available that day should anyone need it.

Date: Thursday, August 4th from 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Location: Midwest Central Primary School, 450 Southmoor Street, Manito, IL 61546

Although registration is being completed online, we will still need to have physical copies of all student’s health documents:

All students (district-wide):

• New students are required to have proof of residency, a parent photo I.D. (at the Primary School only), a certified birth certificate from the county in which they were born, and immunization records.

High School students:

• Incoming freshman are required to have physicals, a dental exam, and the appropriate immunizations.

• Seniors are required to have appropriate immunizations.

• Basic book fees will be $80.00 (other fees will apply and vary by courses enrolled in).

Middle School students:

• 6th grade students are required to have physicals, a dental exam, and the appropriate immunizations.

• A sports physical is required for all 7th and 8th grade Middle School students who plan to participate in sports.

• Fees: Basic Book Fees - $85.00, Band - $7.00, and 7th grade students and new 8th grade students to the District will be required to also pay a $7.00 fee for Constitution Books.

Primary School students:

• The Primary School Book Fees will be $65.00 for K-5th.

• FREE Preschool is available either as a full or half day for 3 and 4 year old children per screening team placement.

• First time students and kindergarten students are required to have a physical, eye exam, and proper immunizations.

• Dental exams are required for Kindergarten students, students entering 2nd Grade, and new students.

Immunizations required by the State of Illinois:

• DTP - The month, day, and year of four or more immunizations, with the last booster received after the 4th birthday.

• Polio - The month, day, and year of four or more immunizations, with the last booster received after the 4th birthday.

• MMR - The first dose between twelve and fifteen months and the second dose no less than 4 weeks later.

• Varicella (Chickenpox) - The IDPH is requiring any child entering kindergarten for the first time must show proof of receiving two doses of varicella vaccine or have documentation of prior disease. The healthcare provider must verify past infection.

• Lead Assessment - Must be completed on physicals by health care provider for school enrollment for all children under age 7. Blood tests for lead screening may be done through your local health department.

• Diabetes Screening - Actual blood tests are not required. However, the screening must be documented on the physical form by a healthcare provider.

• Tdap and Meningitis Vaccinations Required for all incoming 6th graders.

• Meningitis vaccination – All incoming seniors in High School.

For more information, parents are invited to contact the school directly.  Parents can mail or drop off necessary documents at any school in the district for your student and they will be routed to the appropriate building. Please note: the buildings are closed for the month of July.  Health records may be dropped off between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM June 1-30 or August 1 until the start of school.


Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet Underway

The Forman Class of 1972 will host the annual Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet on Friday, September 2nd, 2022 at the Forman Center , located at 308 S Harrison, Manito,IL.

The registration and hospitality hour is 5-6 pm, followed by a catered meal by Ms Bridget’s, Manito. Tickets purchase deadline is August 1st.

Invitations to the banquet have been mailed.  If you attended or graduated between the years of 1932 -1980 you are invited!

Addresses still needed:  Thomas J Evans (72) , Beverly  Davis Amadji, Cathy KnuppleLopez,  Lois Jean Winnett, Bill Allen (80),  Jim Lindig (80),  William McGinnis (80), Cynthia JeanMonroe (80), Scott Litz.

Please contactSusan Frank, 309-968-7231, or or mail to Susan Frank, 7356 Mason Road, Manito, IL 61546 .

All class members of 1972 are invited to attend the next planning meeting, Thursday July 7th at the Forman Valley Library, 404 S Harrison Street, Manito, IL.  And also on July 23rd at the library, 10am.


Forman Valley Community Foundation Grant

The Forman Valley Community Foundation (FVCF) is taking grant applications for the second half of 2022.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 1, 2022.  The FVCF’s purpose is to assist projects in the fields of education, arts, health, human services, community service or community development, and community issues.  Qualified organizations within the Midwest Central School District #191 boundaries may apply for a grant.  Request a current grant application by emailing and an updated application will be emailed to you.  Applications are updated each grant period and are no longer available at Manito Community Bank.


Cruise-In at Green Valley Celebration!

HoBoCo Custom Automotive will be sponsoring a Car Show for the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Show will be held on Saturday, August 27th from 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.

This Cruise-In is FREE to enter and will be located at Centennial Park in Green Valley. As you come into town from Route 29 it will be the 2nd park entrance. Parking behind the softball diamond. There will be cones to follow on where to park. Mark it in your calendars to come and see us!

Contact Shane Butler at 217-737-1258 for any questions.


Manito Popcorn Festival Car Show

Come out to this year’s car show, put on by Shane Butler of HoBoCo Custom Automotive. All rides are welcome! Let’s fill the streets!

The car show is held on Sunday, September 4th cars start parking at noon. This event is held on Washington Street between State and Mason between the main park and the church.

We hope to see you there!


Popcorn Princess Pageant Returns

Calling all little princesses! The Popcorn Princess Pageant will be returning to this year’s Manito Popcorn Festival on Friday, September 2nd at 6:00pm! Girls must be between the ages of 5 to 9 years old and live in the Midwest Central or Spring Lake School District. Applications can be printed off the Popcorn Festival’s website ( or picked up at Bernshausen Automotive or Manito Community Bank! A special thank you to the Manito Community Bank for once again sponsoring this year’s pageant. If you have any questions, please contact Tera Butler at 309.213.1458.


Miss Mason County Fair Queen Candidates

The pageant will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 7 p.m. at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Havana.

Bailey Krause, daughter of Dean and Julie Krause of Easton.

Alexis Nall, daughter of Clay and Tiki Nall of Kilbourne.

Karley Kramer, daughter of Josh Stone and Desiree Wyzard of Bath.

Also pictured is the 2021 Miss Mason County Fair Queen, Kristen Nall. She is the daughter of Clay and Tiki Nall of Kilbourne.


Mason County 4H and Jr Show

The 2022 Mason County 4H and Jr Show will be here soon! The fair opens to the public on Monday morning (July 25th) and is over at noon on Thursday (July 28th).

The General Show Schedule includes:

Sunday, July 24: 5:00 p.m. Earliest time of arrival for ALL livestock (except cats and dogs); 9:00 p.m. Fairground Gates Closes.

Monday, July 25 (all exhibits must be checked in by exhibitor prior to being judged): 7:00 a.m. Fairgrounds gates open; 8:00 a.m. check-in sewing, textiles, fine arts & interior design - JR Show; 8:00 a.m. check-in floriculture and crops & soils - North Building - JR Show; 9:00 a.m. Judging of Floriculture and Crops & Soils - North Building - JR Show; 12:00 p.m. All Livestock must be in place; 3:00 p.m. Jr Show Floriculture and Crops & Soils Ribbons Placed; 3:30 p.m. Judging of Sewing, Textiles, Fine Arts & Interior Design - JR Show; 3:30 p.m. check-in cats - South End of Poultry Building; 4:00 p.m. Cat Show - South End of Poultry Building; 5:30 p.m. check-in horses - Lower Arena; and 6:30 p.m. Horse Show - Lower Arena... Also on Monday will be: The Zoo Lady will do face painting (from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.); Funbelievable Balloons will do balloon twisting at same time.

Tuesday, July 26 (all exhibits must be checked in by exhibitor prior to being judged): 8:00 a.m. check-in horticulture (vegetables) - North Building - JR Show; 8:30 a.m. check-in education & natural history, foods, visual arts & photography - South Building - JR Show; 8:30 a.m. weigh-in market poultry; 9:00 a.m. Judging of Horticulture; 9:00 a.m. weigh-in market goats; 9:00 a.m. Judging of Education & Natural History, Foods, Visual Arts & Photography - JR Show; 9:00 a.m. Poultry Show; 10:00 a.m. weigh-in steers; 10:30 weigh-in barrows and crossbred gilts; 10:30 a.m. weight-in for carcass / non-slaughter class; 12:30 p.m. check-in dogs - South End of Poultry Building; 1:00 p.m. Dog Show - South End of Poultry Building; 6:00 p.m. Talent Show; 7:00 p.m. Miss Mason County Queen Pageant... Also on Tuesday will be: (from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) Illinois State Police will be there with a squad car for the kids and a safety education demonstration with The Seatbelt Convincer.

Wednesday, July 27: 9:00 a.m. Beef Show; TBA Bucket Calf Class (immediately following beef show); 9:30 a.m. Rabbit Show; 12:00 p.m. All Scramble Signups are due in Fair Board Office; 1:00 p.m. Sheep Show; 1:30 p.m. Goat Show; 5:00 p.m. Mason County Pork Producers Pork Chop Dinner; 5:00 p.m. Mason County Farm Bureau Complimentary Ice Cream; 5:30 p.m. 2022 Pig Scramble Meeting for scramble sign ups - North End of Poultry Building; 5:45 p.m. Presentation of Awards - All Award winner please make way to South End of Stage Area at 5:40; 6:00 p.m. 2022 Calf Scramble Meeting for scramble sign ups - East side of the North Building; Egg Scramble will be held in between the following events. Times following are approximate times: 6:30 p.m. Pig Scramble Show; 7:45 p.m. Calf Scramble Show; 8:15 p.m. Pig Scramble; 8:45 p.m. Calf Scramble... Also on Wednesday will be: Inflatables, Mechanical Bull, Skee Ball and Barn Playground (from 4:00-8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, July 28: 8:00 a.m. Swine Show; 9:30 a.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull - South End of the Poultry/Rabbit Building; 12:00 p.m. Removal of General Exhibits (not livestock); 12:30 p.m. Trailers may enter Fairgrounds to load tack; Livestock will be released at 1:00 p.m. (as long as the Swine Show is complete); TBA Clean Pen Award Given Out... Also available on Thursday will be: Inflatables, Mechanical Bull, Skee Ball and Barn Playground (from 8-11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, July 30: FFA Section 12 Livestock Show at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, July 31: FFA Section 12 Horse Show at 6:30 p.m.


Popcorn 5K Race Shirts

The Manito Popcorn Festival’s online apparel store is now OPEN! Order your items this month to be sure that you have them in time for the festival!

The 5K Race shirts are also on here for order! *The store closes Friday, August 5th at midnight.*


Back-to-School Shot Clinics

Mason County Health Department has scheduled the following Back-to-School Shot Clinics:

By appointment on Tuesdays at Mason County Health Department. Call 309-210-0110 to schedule.

Walk-In School Shot Clinic on Wednesday, August 3rd at Mason County Health Dept.  Walk-in from 7:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. for schools shots. Any student is welcome. No appointment needed.

Walk-In School Shot Clinic on Thursday, August 4th at Illini Central School. Walk in from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for school shots.  Illini Central students only.  No appointment needed. The location  is on campus in the Health Services Modular with parking in the West Lot. 

Parent or guardian must be present with student (unless student is 18+). Please bring insurance card(s).


Linda Weimer to Retire
from Havana National Bank

Linda Weimer is retiring from Havana National Bank after 27 years of service. Please join us in celebrating her retirement on Friday, July 29th. Stop by during regular business hours at the HNB Green Valley Branch for cake and punch and to wish Linda a Happy Retirement.

Jeffery Bonnett, President & President & Chief Executive Officer of Havana National Bank says, “During those 25+ years, Linda has seen many changes in community banking, especially with our community bank. When Linda started, we only had the main bank location in Havana. In late 2006, Linda was our main employee at the Manito Branch, which was leased space from Manito Pharmacy. Then in 2012, she was there to help us grow our footprint into the wonderful facility we have in Manito today. June 10, 2012, the Manito Branch grand opening, was indeed a wonderful day, and Linda was a huge part of making it such a success... Yes, it is safe to say that Linda has seen many changes throughout her career here at the Bank. We are truly thankful for her dedicated years of service and wish her a long and enjoyable retirement. Rumor has it that she plans to do more traveling with her husband Stan. They will also be spending more time with their grown children Katie, Maggie and Sam.”

Please join us in wishing Linda a Happy Retirement. On July 29th, we will be honoring Linda in the Green Valley lobby to share cake and punch with our customers and friends.


Charles A. Beebe Scholarship
 Committee Meets

The committee for the Charles A. Beebe Scholarship met at Manito Community Bank on June 22, 2022. Committee members are Don Lazarz, Midwest Central High School Principal; Andrew Mihm, representing First Mid Wealth Management, where the trust is located; Nancy Proehl, member at large and Mike Canada, Senior Vice President, Morton Community Bank. The scholarship trust was established by Mr. Charles A. Beebe who was past President and Director of Peoples State Bank. The income derived from the scholarship trust is paid out annually to graduates of Forman and Midwest Central High School for the purpose of assisting them in higher education. Since inception in 1976, and including this year, $2,067,997 has been paid out in scholarship funds. This year eighty-three recipients will be receiving a total of $70,000. Letter of instructions will be mailed out to the recipients.


2022 Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair

The Tazewell 4-H Show and Jr. Fair is set for Monday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 3 at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin. Lots of fun events including 4-H exhibits, kid-friendly games, and activities make this an enjoyable fair for all ages. Exhibits, shows, and activities will take place throughout the livestock barns, Livestock Review Building, Parkside’s indoor tennis courts, and the Veterans Memoria Arena.

Tazewell County Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial is sponsoring a Kiddie Tractor Pull on Tuesday, August 2 at 10 AM. Youth and adults are welcome to participate and pull their way to victory! The pull will take place on the basketball courts closest to the Livestock Review Building.

The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held Monday night, at 7 PM with an Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Tazewell County Farm Bureau. Come see who the 2022 Tazewell County Fair Queen will be!

The fair will conclude on Wednesday evening with the Veterans Memorial Fair Project Auction. Youth exhibitors will be auctioning off some of their hard work, so be sure to in and support them.

The 4-H Show and Jr. Fair is a free event focused on showcasing our county 4-H members’ exhibits, as well as giving families a safe event to have fun together.

The invitation is also extended to get involved in the fair as a volunteer. There are a variety of volunteer roles available for all ages, skills and times available. Contact Katharine Girone at the University of Illinois Extension office for all of the details, 309-347-6614 or

For the current schedule of events, checkout the 2022 Show Book, Be sure to watch our Facebook page for scheduling updates,

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about joining 4-H or becoming a 4-H volunteer in Tazewell County, contact Katharine Girone, Tazewell County 4-H Program Coordinator via email:, phone: (309) 347-6614, University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, 1505 Valle Vista Blvd; Pekin, IL 61554. Visit the Extension unit website at or view our social media pages for more information.


St. John’s (Sand Prairie) to Serve Meal

Mark your calendar for August 27th.  St. John’s (Sand Prairie) Lutheran Church, of rural Green Valley, will serve the Saturday evening meal in the park during the upcoming Green Valley Sesquicentennial in late August.  From 4:30 - 6:30 pm, a pork chop or bratwurst meal, including dessert, will be served.  Sandwiches and ala carte items will also be available.  All proceeds from the meal will be donated to the LCMS Help for Displaced Ukrainian Fund.  While you’re at the 3-day festival, please watch for our church Float in the Parade at 10:00 am on Saturday (8/27), and stop by and visit our Hospitality Booth.  See you there


Green Valley Memories

The GV150 Book Committee is looking for memories to include in a section called “They Touched Our Lives”.  Please share a favorite memory you may have of Olivero’s Cafe, Bussone’s Grocery, Beal’s Iron Works and Mini Mall, Flairty’s Dairy Freeze, Danny’s Pizza, GVHS principal Harry H. Koch, etc. 

Submit your brief paragraph by July 31, 2022.      

Send to:  GV150 Book,  PO Box 464, Green Valley, Illinois 61534.  Email to:  or drop off at the Green Valley village hall. 


TN&W Irrigation Sponsoring Chicken BBQ

TN&W is sponsoring the annual Labor Day Chicken BBQ on Saturday September 3rd Following the parade.

The Jack Woiwode Family and Friends, in recognition of his love for the festival, will be preparing the chicken. Proceeds will go towards Midwest Spirit Softball, who will be serving the meal again this year.

Midwest Spirit Softball will also be benefactors of the proceeds from the Woiwode Family Booth.  They will be serving Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Ham & Beans, French Onion Soup and “Jacks” famous Kettle Korn.

Plan to stop by both of these booths during the festival.

Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, August 13th at Emmanuel’s Warehouse (108 N. Adams Street, Manito, IL). The times are by appointment only, call 309-267-6185 (Heather Williams) to make your appointment.

Be sure to have your license (ID card or even bill with your name and address) to confirm your name and address.

Remember no proxies unless approved. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Please call Heather Williams at (309) 267-6185 for any needed information.



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