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From the March 3rd edition of the Manito Review:  

Midwest Central Screening:  Children 3 Through 5 Years

Midwest Central School District #191 will conduct a free screening Thursday, March 19, 2015 for children 3-5 years old who reside in the Midwest Central School District.  The screening will be held at the Primary School in Manito. This screening is to identify pre-school age children who have delays in any of the following areas: speech, concept development, physical coordination or behavior, who may benefit from an early childhood program. Children will be screened by appointment only.  Please call 309-968-6464 Ext. 228  to schedule an appointment.


Get Blued! For Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know colon cancer is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States?  But it doesn’t have to stay this way.  Early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk.  This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 50, or sooner if you are at higher risk.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, March 6 is National DRESS IN BLUE DAY.  Help slash these stats by joining the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Dress in Blue Day movement.  Through this national campaign and their screening, research and patient support initiatives, we can knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers for good.

Visit www.ccalliance.org to learn more about colon cancer and how you can get involved. And don’t forget, screening saves!

Please join me on Friday, March 6th all dressed in BLUE!

Jeanne Hintz

Colorectal Cancer Survivor


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

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

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


Trinity Lutheran Lenten and Easter Services

Trinity Lutheran at 110 So. Park Avenue in Manito invite you to join us as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter throughout the Lenten Season.  Each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 18th through March 25th we will have a Lenten service at 7:00 pm.  “Taking On Something for Lent” is the theme for these worship services.  Continuing on into Holy Week we will have Holy Thursday service at 7:00 pm on April 2 and Good Friday service at 7:00 pm on April 3.  Easter morning we will gather to celebrate Christ’s resurrection at 9:00 am.  We welcome you and want to share this time with you.


World Day of Prayer

The United Methodist Women of Manito Community United Methodist Church will be observing World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6th at 9:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church.  All area Churches are invited to share this special day of prayer with us.

We will be serving a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. followed by a program of gospel music.  Chris Himmel who sang with Anticipation Gospel Group, and well known to this area will present the program.

Reservations would be appreciated by calling 309-968-6226 or 309-968-6993.

Our world needs prayer as never before.  Please join us.


Green Valley Presbyterian Women’s Society to hold Soup & Sandwich Supper

The Green Valley Presbyterian Women’s Society will be having their annual Soup & Sandwich Supper on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Menu consists of Homemade Vegetable Soup & Chili, BBQ Sandwiches, Hot Dogs & Dessert for a donation. Carryout is available, but please bring your own containers.   Serving is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 300 South Church St., Green Valley, IL. The church is handicapped accessible. Proceeds will go to support the Women’s Mission Projects.



Pancake Breakfast to be Held

The Ridgelake Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 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.


M.C. Middle School Receives Donations From First Presbyterian Church of G.V.

Various donations were received from the First Presbyterian Church of Green Valley at the Midwest Central Middle School

Donations consisted of numerous items that could help teachers with their class room needs or special projects.

The teachers truly appreciate the church’s generosity!


Retired Teachers To Meet

Mason Co. Retired Teachers will meet Tuesday, March 10 at the San Jose United Methodist Church.  The meal, served by ladies of the church, will be served at 12 noon.  A program will be presented by Michael Hickman from the Havana Probation Office. 

Please call in your reservation to your area rep. by Friday, March 6.

 Havana–Marilyn Stout–


 Illini Central–Pat Showalter– 309-241-6265

 Midwest Central–

Wilma Embree–309-597-2130


Help Us “Go For The Gold” Next Week!

The National Honor Society of Midwest Central High School will be hosting the annual Luck of the Irish American Red Cross Blood Drive next Thursday, March 12, 2015. Donation hours will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the high school library. 

We need your help to reach our goal of collecting 70 pints of blood for those in need of blood and blood products. Please contact Linda Doty at (309) 968-6766 or doty@midwestcentral.org  to make an appointment to donate. You may also make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org . 

Remember, donating blood during a NHS sponsored blood drive provides you the opportunity to give a lifesaving gift as well as support the members of our National Honor Society. We hope to see you there!


 Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at Library

Come and help us celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss @ the Library.

The fun will start at 5:30 on Tuesday March 3rd.

We will have stories, crafts, games and of course Birthday Cake!

We also hope to have a visit from “The Cat In the Hat”.

Come and enjoy the fun!


Charles Beebe Scholarship

Applications for the Charles A. Beebe Scholarship Fund may now be picked up at Midwest Central High School or at Manito Community Bank in Manito.  Applications must be filled out and returned to Manito Community Bank, PO Box 646, Manito, IL 61546 no later than May 15, 2015.  You must be a graduate of Forman High School or Midwest Central High School and be furthering your education to qualify for this scholarship.


St. Patrick’s Day “Malarkey Time”

The St. Patrick’s Catholic Church invites everyone to a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration appropriately named “Malarkey Time.” The fun-filled afternoon will be Sunday, March 15, 2015, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Town House, 116 W. Market St., Havana, IL.

The dinner will be a choice of Corned Beef with baby potatoes, carrots, salad, and dessert or Roast Beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, salad, and dessert for fifteen dollars. The child’s dinner will be Chicken Strips, smiley fries, salad, and dessert for five dollars. Tea and coffee will be served. A Cash Bar will be open - serving any bar drink, Green Beer, Killian’s Irish Red, and Wine.

The entertaining Irish band Exorna will play again this year, back by popular demand! There will be a 50/50 Raffle plus a Silent Auction with many great things on which to bid. This year the proceeds will be donated to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Building Fund, which is being built right now in Manito, IL. A donation will also be made to Havana’s Back Pack Program at the Grade School.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Jenny at 309/357-0307 or Sue at 309/543-3849 or the church office at 309/543-6373. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Please come and have an enjoyable Irish celebration at “Malarkey Time!”

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