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From the April 9th edition of the Manito Review:  

Summer Positions Available for Teens at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, near Havana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program tentatively scheduled to begin June 3 and end July 26. YCC enrollees work on wildlife habitat improvement projects, refuge maintenance projects, trails, boundary posting, brush cutting, and other outdoor work. Environmental education field trips are scheduled to provide enrollees a diverse experience with other conservation activities.

Applicants must be at least 15 when the program begins (June 3) and must not turn 19 before the program closes (July 26). Enrollees will be selected in a random drawing to participate in the 8 week program. YCC enrollees will be paid the state minimum wage per hour, 40 hours per week. The daily reporting site is the refuge headquarters located 9 miles northeast of Havana, just off the Manito Blacktop. Working hours are 7:30 AM-4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Applications must be received at the refuge headquarters by 3:00 PM on Friday, April 12. If selected, applicants under the age of 16 will be required to obtain a work permit before May 3. The work is primarily outdoors so exposure to insects and poison ivy is inevitable. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided by the refuge.

Information on obtaining YCC enrollee applications is being provided to area schools. Applications can also be downloaded from the following web site

For more information, please contact Ron Fisher at 309/535-2290.


St. Paul Lutheran, Manito to Hold Afternoon Services During Lent

This year, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Manito, IL will change its Lent midweek services times to 3:30 p.m. beginning with the Ash Wednesday service on March 6.

St. Paul’s pastor, Rev. James T. Batchelor, said, “Given the graying of America, we and our sister congregations around the nation have many senior saints who can no longer drive after dusk. This prevents them from attending the traditional evening services. We at St. Paul Lutheran Church decided to move our service to the afternoon so that all those in the area who are unable to attend evening services may have the opportunity to receive the gifts of our Lord during this special season.”

Holy Week services will be at the tradition times; 7:00 p.m-April 18: Maundy Thursday full Divine Service. (about 90 minutes).

7:00 p.m.-April 19: Good Friday Tenebrae Service. (about 60 minutes).

The Easter morning schedule is: 7:30 a.m.-April 21: Resurrection Sunday (Easter) full Divine Service. (about 90 minutes) followed by Easter brunch and other activities.

Join us in the countryside between Manito and Green Valley at: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 21819 N Co Rd 3300E, Manito, IL.


FMCS to Hold “Be a Star” Red, White, and Blue Fundraiser

Fulton-Mason Crisis Service (FMCS) invites you to don your favorite, red, white and/or blue casual attire and “Be A Star” during the annual fundraiser dinner, silent and live auction to be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Big Horse Vineyard, Lewistown. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for viewing of auction items and dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased per person or tables of eight. Dan Kieswetter will be the Master of Ceremonies, along with Jake Fidler auctioneering.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for continuation of FMCS services for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their family members. We hope you will join us!

Anyone interested in donating items for the auction or purchasing tickets for the fundraiser may call: 309-647-7487 (FMCS business line).


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, 2019.  You must be a graduate of Forman High School or Midwest Central High School and be furthering your education to qualify for this scholarship.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, April 13th at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 11:30 a.m. till until everything is gone.

When in line for the giveaway, 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 by President Dave Crigger 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.


Deadline to Sign-Up is April 24th!...

Manito’s Annual Town Wide Rummage Sales will be held April 26th & 27th

‘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.

This years the Spring sales will be on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 (please note the date has been adjusted to accommodate for Easter). 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.

Sign up for inclusion on the map will start at the time of this publication. You can sign up 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 24th.


Sunday Evening Worship

The Manito Community United Methodist Church is now hosting a Sunday Evening Worship for those people who have a hard time getting started early on Sunday morning.  Pastor Steve Oaks provides the sermon and music is provided by a newly formed praise band called The Commission +.  The service begins at 5:00 P.M. and lasts approximately an hour.

This service is a little more relaxed and not as structured as the morning service.  Join us and encounter Jesus at each and every service. We embrace a spiritually healthy mixture of the newest modern worship songs, classic hymns, as well as original worship music.


Manito Spring Clean-Up

Manito Town-wide Spring Clean-up will be held on Thursday & Friday, May 2 & 3

All items MUST be at curbside no later than 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

There will only be one opportunity for pick-up. Trucks will NOT backtrack or make repeated checks for pick-up. There will be no dumping at sewer plant.

Regular garbage, yard waste, old tires, building materials, or electronics WILL NOT be picked up.


2018 Mason County Final
Multiplier Announced

Mason County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.  This equalization is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts).  If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

Under a law passed in 1975, property in Illinois should be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value.  Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland assessed at one-third of its agriculture economic value.  Farmland is not subject to the state equalization factor.

Assessments in Mason County are at 33.49 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2018 taxes, payable in 2019.  Last year’s equalization factor for the county was 0.9826.

The final assessment equalization factor was issued after a public hearing on the tentative factor.  The tentative factor issued in January 2019 was 1.0000.

The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor.

If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of the market value, the equalization factor will be one (1).  If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1).  And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1).

A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease.  Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens.  If the amount requested by local taxing districts is not greater than the amount received in the previous year, then total property taxes will not increase even if assessments increase.

The assessed value of an individual property determines what portion of the tax burden a specific taxpayer will assume.  That individual’s portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier.


Meadow Lawn Cemetery
Annual Clean-Up

Each year the Meadow Lawn Cemetery, the board holds an annual “Clean Up Day”, when we ask for volunteers to help us in the process of removing old worn decorations and yard waste. This is an important process, as it improves the general appearance for the community and is a service to those who have loved ones who are buried there.

This year the Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday, April 13, starting at 8am. Any and all who are willing to donate an hour or two of their time on that day will be welcomed and appreciated!

Any questions may be directed to Scott Nickerson, (309)968-7628.


Legion Meeting

The Hill-Palmer Post 561American Legion and it’s Auxiliary will meet on Monday night April 15th at  the Legion Hall in Manito.  Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and a short meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m.   All members are urged to attend.

All Veteran’s, WWII through Afghanistan  are welcome to join the American Legion.  Please call Lee Hottell, Adjutant, at 309-840-1601 to become a member.


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 April 19th, at noon. Open to anyone over 55. 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 Rebecca Switzer by calling 309-968-6139, please leave a message. The meal sponsor this month is Gathman Farms.



Green Valley Townwide Sales

Sat., May 4th

Green Valley Townwide Sales will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Rain or shine.

The Townwide Clean-Up will be held Saturday, May 11th.

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