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Notice to Manito residents & businesses:

Before starting any projects near Village streets such as driveway work, cement, white rock, etc.  Please contact the Village Hall, 309-968-7080, hours Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.  Thank you.


From the April 12th edition of the Manito Review:

Annual Nostalgic Indoor
 Invitational Auto Show

Presented by the Early Ford V-8 Club of America Central Illinois Regional Group 51 will be hosting the 36th annual Nostalgic Indoor Invitation Auto Show on Saturday, April 16th, 2022. This event will be held at Exposition Gardens, 1601 W. Northmoor Rd., Peoria, Illinois.

The show will feature antique cars, street rods, customs, trucks, classics, bicycles, motorcycles, tractors with indoor and outdoor swap spaces. To show vehicles is by invitation only.

Doors open at 7:00 a.m. with awards at 3:30 p.m. There is a small admission for adults, children 12 and under free with parent/guardian. Free admission to anyone confined to a wheelchair and one guest. Parking is free.

There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Early Ford V-8 Club of America Central Illinois Regional Group 51 website:

Auto show contacts: Steve Swingle, 309-202-2374, and Larry Turner, 309-256-8534,

Swap meet contact: Alan Doubet, 309-645-6013,


Green Valley

Sesquicentennial History Book

Celebration of 150 Years

Green Valley, Malone, and Sand Prairie Townships

The article entries for the following topics are due July 1, 2022.  Please submit your family story, Green Valley memories, and photos you are willing to lend to the book committee.  (If you submit photos to be returned include the who, what, where, and when, as well as name and address for returning them).

Areas of interest include the “1997” 125 year celebration of Green Valley.  We are interested in information from the past and present of Green Valley, Malone, and Sand Prairie Townships.  We are including community organizations, schools, churches, businesses, historical homes, and older barns.  Their Time to Remember will include interviews with some of our elder citizens.  The Orphan Train history will be a part of the book with a tribute to our Civil War soldier.  We are taking submissions on any of these topics.

At this time, you can reserve a book for $30 with the final price to be determined at a later date.  Tentatively, the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Book will be published in December of 2022.  The book will include the celebration that will be held August 26, 27, and 28 of 2022.  You can purchase a dedication or memorial page or partial page, as well as sponsor a page. 

Information can be sent to Sesquicentennial Book, P.O. Box 464, Green Valley, Illinois  61534.  You may email to but please make sure you get an acknowledgement from the email account.  Any information may, also, be dropped off at the Green Valley Village Hall 109 E. Main Street.  Order forms and further information may be acquired at the Green Valley Village Hall.  Other contacts are the Village Hall, 309 352-3590, Marlena Woll, 309 347-8737, or Kathy Coriell, 309 353-4290.


Charles Beebe Scholarship

For the 2022-2023 school year... A scholarship trust was established by Mr. Charles A. Beebe, past President and Director of Peoples State Bank, now Manito Community 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 in higher education. Since inception in 1976, and including 2021, $1,997,997 has been paid out in scholarship funds!!!

Applications for the Charles A. Beebe Scholarship Fund are now available at MCHS or at Manito Community Bank. Applications must be filled out, signed and returned to Manito Community Bank, PO Box 646, Manito, IL 61546 or emailed to no later than May 13, 2022. You must be a graduate of Forman High School or MCHS and be furthering your education to qualify for this scholarship.


Midwest Central Kindergarten Screening for School Year 2022-23

Midwest Central Primary School Kindergarten Screening for the school year 2022-23 will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Midwest Central Primary School in Manito, IL. Children are screened by appointments only.

Call Midwest Central Primary for appointments 309-968-6464.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1st.

Please bring the following information at time of screening: Certified Birth Certificate from court house; Photo ID; Proof of Residency; Kindergarten Physical; Immunization Records; Lead Screening; Dental Exam; and Vision Exam.

If your child is currently enrolled at Midwest Central Preschool or attends Mason County Head Start at Midwest Central, they do not need to make an appointment.

Those students will be screened during their regular school day. Those students will still need to have Kindergarten physical, immunization records lead screen, dental and vision exam.


Forman Junior Womens Club Easter Egg Hunt Is Back!!!

After two long years, the annual FJWC’s Easter Egg Hunt IS BACK!!! It will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 3 p.m. SHARP in front of the Midwest Central Primary School in Manito. This event will feature five different age groups for children ages 0-10. Bring a basket to carry your eggs. The Easter Bunny will be there so make sure and bring your cameras for photos!!! The rain date for this event is Sunday, April 17, 2022, at 3 p.m. at the school.

This event is free and sponsored by the Forman Junior Women’s Club, which is made possible from our fundraising activities and community support. Donations are always gladly accepted at FJWC, PO Box 583, Manito.


Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club News

Enrollment time is now! Youth ages 8-18 years old who are interested in learning the about the 4-H Shooting Sports projects of Shotgun, Air Rifle, Rifle, Pistol, Archery, or Hunting & Wildlife, should enroll in the Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club. This club teaches safe and responsible use of firearms, marksmanship, and awareness of related career opportunities. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders give young people a chance to develop skills in decision making, self-responsibility, teamwork, and leadership.

Enroll in the program at  Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure you receive any club news and updates!

Mark your calendar! The club’s first meeting will be Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Mason County Extension office lower level. This meeting will be a mandatory informational and safety meeting for members and their parents/guardians. Completion of online enrollment, medical and liability forms, and payment of all fees will be required before youth are allowed to participate in club events. There is a $20 annual 4-H enrollment fee which can be paid online at time of enrollment, or by check (payable to U of I.) Enrollment fees paid by check should be mailed or dropped off at the Mason County Extension office at 127 South High Street, Havana, IL 62644.

Shooting sports discipline fees (which cover costs of supplies, ammunition, and targets) must be paid directly to the Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club with cash or check at the first club meeting. Discipline fees are as follows: $10 each- shotgun, .22 rifle, .22 pistol; $5 each- air rifle, air pistol, archery, hunting & wildlife. Discipline fees will cover 6-8 shooting sports weekly sessions.

Club meetings will take place at the 4-H shooting sports range in rural Havana. Meetings are planned for Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. April 24, May 1, 15, 22, 29. Back-up dates June 5 &12. Meeting dates and times are subject to change due to inclement weather.

Shooting sports equipment including firearms, ammunition, and safety gear, is provided. Youth who own their own equipment may bring it for inspection by an instructor, and must receive permission to use it on the 4-H range.

ABOUT EXTENSION:  Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about joining 4-H or becoming a 4-H volunteer in Mason County, contact Joli Pierson, Mason County 4-H Program Coordinator via email: , phone: (309) 543-3308, University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Tazewell-Peoria Unit, 127 S. High St. Havana, IL  62644. Visit the Extension unit website at or view our social media pages for more information.


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, April 15, at noon. Open to anyone over 55.  Meals will be available for dine in or carry out. 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 Nickerson Insurance.


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.


Rotary District 6460 Scholarships

Rotary District 6460 is offering $3,000 scholarships available to current college students. We have had much local success in winning these scholarships. Midwest Central Graduates have received $21,000 from these scholarships.

Go to for details and application.

The deadline May 27, 2022


Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship

The Minier Police Department is proud to announce that they are accepting applications for the Bob Quarello Memorial Scholarship.  Officer Quarello served with the Minier Police Department and other law enforcement agencies for nearly 40 years.   

Officer Quarello committed his career to helping others, especially youth.  He served as a police explorer and later started numerous police explorer posts for various police agencies in Mason County and Tazewell County.  Officer Quarello also taught the D.A.R.E. program for six different school districts. 

The recipients must be enrolled in classes in preparation for a career within law enforcement or a related field.  Current law enforcement officers returning to school for ongoing education are eligible as well.

Applicants must be a permanent resident of Fulton, Mason, Peoria, or Tazewell County.  Members or former members of an explorer program in the W.D. Boyce Council are also eligible to apply.  Scholarship winners will be awarded a minimum of $500.00 depending on availability of funding. To date, over $18,000 in scholarships has been awarded since the inception of the scholarship.

The scholarship application is available from the Minier Police Department by calling 309-392-2442 ext. 5 or via e-mail at  Applications are due by May 1, 2022. 


Adult Volunteers Needed for the 2022 Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Program

Adults who are looking to become more active in their community should consider volunteering to assist youth in one of the fastest growing sports/activities in the country. The University of Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program trains adults to become instructors and mentors to youth interested in  shooting sports, shares Joli Pierson, Mason County 4-H program coordinator. Adults interested need no prior experience or equipment to volunteer for the program. The volunteer training and certification will provide adults with the necessary skills to teach youth and the local club will provide the necessary equipment.

The program provides a supportive, adult-supervised environment in which young people, ages 8 to 18 years, can learn the shooting disciplines of compound and recurve archery, air and .22 caliber rifles, shotgun, pistol, and wildlife/hunting. Youth can also learn about wildlife management and conservation ethics. The Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club offers youth the opportunity for local and state level competitive shooting events.

Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club has a number of instructors and assistants all working together as a team, and more are needed. Instructor certification requires volunteers to participate in a one day, in-person shooting sports discipline training, as well as complete online 4-H volunteer training. “We are especially in need of more discipline instructors for the shotgun, air/.22 rifle, and archery disciplines,” stated Pierson.  There is a strong interest in the program and local youth have been very successful at state and national level competitions. The success of the Mason County 4-H Shooting Sports Club is a direct result of the dedicated coordinators, instructors, and assistants who give of their time, share their knowledge and skills along with their personal passion for the sport.  More youth enrolling in the program means more adult volunteers are needed.

 Pierson shares, “The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, safe and responsible use of firearms, as well as the principles of archery and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders give young people a chance to develop skills in decision making, self-responsibility, teamwork and leadership.”

2022 4-H Shooting Sports Adult Volunteer Certification Trainings

Contact your local Extension office if you are interested in attending one of the following 4-H shooting sports instructor certification trainings. Certifications in Archery, Shotgun, Rifle, Pistol, Coordinator, and Hunting/Outdoor Skills (May 7 only) offered. One discipline per day/per person. All programs run 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and are active range time instruction.  A volunteer application, and background checks must be completed for all 4-H volunteers. To receive Adult Volunteer Shooting Sports Instructor Certification, you must attend one of the three scheduled state trainings listed below.           

Sat., May 7, 2022  

4-H Memorial Camp,

Monticello, IL (central Illinois)

Sat., July 16, 2022  

Bi-State Sportsman’s Club, Colona, IL (N.W. Illinois)

Questions regarding the trainings may be directed to Curt Sinclair at

ABOUT EXTENSION:  Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about joining 4-H or becoming a 4-H volunteer in Mason County, contact Joli Pierson, Mason County 4-H Program Coordinator via email: , phone: (309) 543-3308, University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Tazewell-Peoria Unit, 127 S. High St. Havana, IL  62644. Visit the Extension unit website at or view our social media pages for more information.


Deadline to Sign-Up is April 19th!...

Manito’s Annual Town Wide Rummage Sales will be held April 22nd & 23rd

‘Tis the season for Rummage Sales and nothing beats when a whole town gets together to hold their sales on the same weekend!

Twice a year in the Spring and Fall the Manito Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Town Wide Rummage Sale. Homeowners all around town go through their closets and storerooms bringing out treasures to sell; treasures you might not find anywhere else. It’s also an opportunity to meet your neighbors and catch up on Village events.

Held the third weekend of April, this year the Spring sales will be on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd. A few ambitious residents will even have sales on Thursday.

Everyone knows how much more productive the quest can be when there are a lot of sales all close to each other so you’re not wasting time driving around. To help with your search, maps will be printed and will be available at select Manito businesses.

You can sign up for inclusion on the map  at the Manito Branch of The Havana National Bank during their normal lobby hours. A five dollar fee will be collected to help offset printing costs. Deadline to be included is April 19th.


Green Valley Town Wide Sales

The Village of Green Valley will be sponsoring Town Wide Sales on Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Green Valley residents interested in participating may pick up a form at the Village Hall. The village is sponsoring the sales, so no fee will be charged; however, any resident planning to have a sale is asked to return the form to the Village Hall by May 4, so that a map and items available can be provided to shoppers.

For any questions, please call (309) 352-3590 or stop by the Green Valley Village Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.


2022 Forman Park District House League

It’s time to sign up for T-ball / Coach Pitch, Softball or Baseball! Registration forms have been sent home with MCPS students.

Forms may also be picked up and returned to: Bernshausen Automotive, 108 N. Washington Street, Manito during business hours 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Leagues are available for children in grades preschool (minimum age 4) - 5th grade. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and is expected to have his/her own glove and helmet, if possible. A registration fee applies.

Registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 2022.

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Green Valley Town Wide Clean Up

The Green Valley Town Wide Clean Up will be held on Saturday, May 14th. X-Waste will begin pickups at 6:00 a.m.

Please observe these guidelines:

1. All garbage must be bundled or contained in bundles weighing 50 lbs. or less.

2. X-Waste will not pick up yard waste, tires, batteries, TV’s, computers or chemicals, including liquid paint. Any paint in discarded cans must be solidified with cat litter or paint-dry.

3. Mattress must be bagged in plastic.

4. Per Village of Green Valley ordinance, scavenging will not be permitted.

For questions, please call the Village Hall at 309/352-3590 (hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.).




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