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Manito Chamber of Commerce Welcomes The Rustic Roost to town with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Manito residents and Chamber of Commerce members gathered together on Saturday, November 15th to welcome The Rustic Roost and owners Stacey and Brian Brienen to the village with a Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Rustic Roost offers...
a variety of antiques and gifts. They also have a large selection of architectural salvage elements. The Rustic Roost is located in the former Ironstone Restaurant building, next to Willett's Winery on Market Street.

Front row, L to R: Jayson Brienen, Conner Brienen (toddler), Becca Brienen, Stacey Brienen and Josh Brienen.
Middle row, L to R: Nancy Proehl, Phil Frederick (past chamber president), and Jim Bernshausen.
Back row, L to R: Dee Hohenshell, Brody Bernshausen and Butch Gilroy.

From the Nov. 18th edition of the Manito Review

Forest City Community Church Bazaar & Cookie Walk

“Food for the Soul" is the theme for this year's Forest City Community Church Bazaar and 8th Annual Cookie Walk which will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.  Among the delicious goodies available are homemade cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, white and wheat rolls, cakes, cupcakes, breads, brownies, etc. all made by church members. Also candies, pickles and pecans will be available.

 All your favorite cookies will be available at the 8th Annual Cookie Walk (plus some new ones). Just purchase a container and fill it with your favorites.  Homemade candies and sweets will be available, and the Men's Fellowship will serve their delicious lunch.  There will also be additional crafts this year, and crafters will be set up in the new front foyer of the church.  


Christmas Basket Donations Needed

The American Legion is now taking donations toward our Christmas basket program.  We distributed 157 baskets last year thanks to the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals of our community. 

Send your donations to: The American Legion, P.O. Box 23, Forest City, IL 61532.


MCHS Yearbook Fundraiser

The MCHS Yearbook’s Annual Fundraiser of Selling Fruit Baskets and Cheese/Meat Trays is back! Orders can be taken now through December 1st; payment is also required by December 1st.  See a yearbook member or contact Ms. Brodbeck at 309/968-6766 or at Brodbeck@midwestcentral.org to order.


Chosen Ones to Appear in Manito

Southern Gospel recording artists, The Chosen Ones, will be appearing December 7, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.  The concert will be held at Manito Community United Methodist Church, 109 S Washington in Manitio.

The Chosen Ones feature two generations of smooth family harmony, blending both traditional and progressive Southern Gospel music. Their unique approach to Gospel Music appeals to a diverse audience.

The Chosen Ones are celebrating 40 years in Gospel Music, having begun their ministry in 1974. They have sung throughout the United States and abroad, performing over 160 personal appearances annually as well as appearing on Gospel Music Television. They have released over 20 recordings, which have included 4 national radio releases. Their latest recording, “So Blessed” was released in August 2012. The Chosen Ones were recently awarded the Mid America Gospel Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. To learn more about their ministry you can visit www.thechosenones.org

It is the desire of The Chosen Ones, to present more then just a concert, but a worship experience. They medium of Southern Gospel Music to present the Gospel Truth and encourage the Church.

Make plans to attend this exciting event and experience The Chosen Ones in concert. For more information about this event, please contact Lee Lacey at 309-657-8667.


Donuts with Santa

Mark your calendars now! Santa will be at the Forman Center Cafeteria on Saturday, morning, December 6, 2014, at 9 a.m. For “Donuts with Santa” sponsored by Forman Junior Women’s Club.  Please come and enjoy donuts and milk with santa and make sure to bring your list!!  There is a cost per child and adult.  Parents, don’t forget your cameras!!  Profits from this event as well as other Forman Junior Women events benefit our “Christmas for Kids” Program.    Hope to see you there!!


Christmas for Kids Program Coming Soon!!

Only a couple weeks until the Forman Junior Women’s Christmas for Kids program.  The event is held in early December for underprivileged children in the Midwest Central School District.  Shoppers purchase gifts for these children and are wrapped and given to the children at a Christmas Party with Santa.     This is our main focus for the FJW Club events and fundraisers like the Easter Egg Hunt, Labor Day Strawberry Shortcake, Pumpkin Patch, Memorial Trees, and Donuts With Santa.  Also, this event would not be possible without outstanding community support as our costs continue to rise every year.  If you would like to donate to this worthwhile program, please mail to FJWC, PO Box 583, Manito.  Thank you in advance for your donations!!



Thursday, Nov. 20
1 to 5 pm
at The Forman Center

Manito Tour of Homes Trip Fundraiser on Friday, December 5

Julie DeSutter will be taking approximately 30 young adults from the Manito/Forest City/Green Valley area on a week-long science based trip to Costa Rica in June of 2015. They will be touring the Tirimbina Biological Reserves, Sarapiqui River, Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and the Monteverde F
rog Pond. While visiting these places, they will be performing science based experiments and expanding their knowledge of the rainforest and water ecosystems, study of bats, birds, frogs, mammals in the area and cultural information.

To defray expenses for the students, a tour of homes is planned in Manito from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, December 5th in cooperation with “It’s a Wondrous Town” celebration. The tour
includes the homes of Darrell and Bonnie Kammeyer at 201 North Pollard, Jason and Dr. Erika Hunter and family at 108 N. Park, Bruce and Jess Guy and Family at 100 N. Park, and Bryan and Julie DeSutter and Daughters at 100 S. Park. All homes are within in a two block walking area.

Tickets may be purchased at the Winery on Friday, Dec. 5 between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Visitors may not tour the homes before purchasing a ticket. Tours end at 7 p.m.

In addition, another fundraiser is planned for Saturday, November 22nd from 8:00a.m.-10 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Pekin. The breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, butter, bacon, and a beverage. Tickets may be purchased from the students, at Applebee’s door or from

Julie DeSutter at jedesutter@yahoo.com or by phone or text at 309-208-3434. The kids and their parents will be serving you!

If you are unable to attend any of the events on Saturday, November 22nd or December 5 but would like to make a donation, you may mail that to Julie DeSutter, 100 S. Park Ave., Manito, Il 61546.

Forest City Community Church Bazaar & Cookie Walk

“Food for the Soul” is the theme for this year's Forest City Community Church Bazaar and 8th Annual Cookie Walk which will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. Start thinking about all those homemade goodies -- cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, cookies, etc., and be sure to mark your calendars for the big day! More information to follow.


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