From the April 9th edition of the Manito Review:
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
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 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Chautauqua
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Meadow Lawn Cemetery
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.
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
Manito Forest City
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
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.