VILLAGE HALL / VILLAGE CLERK / WATERWORKS OFFICE - 968-7080
The Village of Manito is accepting bids for the construction of
concrete curb and guttering on both sides of the 300 Block of
West North Street, between Adams Street and Timberlane. Bids
must be submitted by 4:00pm, Friday, December 3, 2021. The
Village reserves all rights to refuse any or all bids. Any
questions, please contact the Village Hall, 309-968-7080.
From the November 30th edition of the Manito Review:
Midwest Central High School Marching Band Marching with Mickey Fundraiser
High School Marching Band is traveling to Orlando, FL this spring to March
with Mickey! Please help support our students as they embark on this amazing
Students are selling raffle tickets for a chance
to earn one of four prizes: a $460 Dooney & Bourke Disney Satchel and
matching wristlet wallet, a $300 Yeti Hopper M30, a $160 Lego Millennium
Falcon set, and a $100 Disney x Loungefly mini backpack. Tickets are $10
for one, or $40 for 5. Tickets will also be sold at boys and girls home
basketball games leading up to the event. Four winners will be drawn during
the Midwest Central boys basketball game on December 10. Please see any
Midwest Central Band student to purchase or contact Midwest Central High
School at 309-968-6766.
Green Valley, Illinois
August 26, 27 & 28, 2022
The Green Valley Sesquicentennial Book Committee has begun collecting
information to publish a book celebrating the One Hundred and Fifty Years of
Green Valley becoming a town. The two townships involved are Malone Township
and Sand Prairie Township. Within these two townships is a rich history of
settlement, farming, and family history. The plan is to bring forward
history from the 135th Celebration Book of Green Valley to the present 150th
Celebration. The 125th Celebration was very thorough and detailed and
covered a lot of the history of the community. The 150th year book will
include the Green Valley Celebration of August 2022 so the book will be
published after August of 2022 as well as there will be aspects included
that haven’t been shared before as well as updating the information in the
former books of Green Valley’s history. The Committee is asking for current
and former Green Valley citizens to submit articles that “Enhance the
History of Green Valley Through Your Family Story”. Also, information on the
history of the street names and older homes in the original city are a new
aspect of the book to be included so the committee is looking for any
information people have on these two areas of Green Valley History. If you
can share history of ownership of your home, the committee would like people
to share any information on original owners, additions to the homes, as well
as changes to the home for the book.
The committee is interviewing elder residents of Green Valley. A centurion,
a number of +90 and +80 year olds are contributing their memories and
information about Green Valley and the two townships over the years as it
impacted them and their growing up in the area.
Information and several documents are being assimilated about the long
history of the Grain elevators and Railroad on the east side of Green
Valley. The name of James Robert Barker is present in this information with
the first Barker Grain being built around 1896. He will be mentioned further
in the book as he is, according to some recollections, was one of the last
survivors of the Civil War in Illinois having died in 1940. He lived his
final years on the corner of Main Street and Barker Street but is buried
across northwest border of Malone Township in Mason County in Langston
One topic new to this book is about the Orphan Train. A number of books have
been written about this but Clark Kidder has written a three volume in depth
history of this event and the New York Asylum from which many children were
housed and their journeys westward. Children were at this home and others
for various reasons such as being an orphan or parent/parents that couldn’t
care for the children. An ancestor of Cyrus B. Chase, Sr. and his wife
Hannah (Annis) Chase was approached about information Clark Kidder, the
author of the three volume A History of the New York Juvenile Asylum and
Its Orphan Train had found. The Orphan Train concept was formed to move
children from New York area west to other locations as adoptees, farm labor,
or indentured servants in some cases. Cyrus Chase was found in 1856 records
about the Asylum children by Mr. Kidder and was involved in getting children
to Illinois which was a state of several “conductors”. Illinois was one of
the prime areas for the Orphan
Train journey. The 1860 census shows five extra children living in the Chase
home in the location of Belfami (northwest corner of Malone Township) which
Mr. Chase was postmaster of. This story as related to Green Valley history
will be further detailed in the book. Anyone who has any other information
about “conductors” or children that came to this are can submit information
to the book committee.
Coats for Kids
Cooler weather has set in, Fall is in the air and winter is not far behind.
Once again, we are asking for your help, with outgrown coats, hats and
gloves in sizes small, medium, large and x-large. The need is always there.
We appreciate any and all donations. Articles of clothing may be dropped off
at 202 E. Glendale, Manito or call Charlene Nall at 309/202-2105 for more
Notice for Retired
All retired teachers are welcome to attend the next meeting of the Mason
County Retired Teachers Association. It will be held on December 7 at
Trinity Lutheran Church in Manito. Lunch begins at noon, followed by a
program and business meeting. A musical program will be given by the Midwest
Central Band. Annual dues will be collected at the meeting. If you are
attending, please call your area chairman by Friday, December 3: Havana -
Marilyn Stout - 309-562-7428; Illini Central - Pat Showalter -
309-241-6265; Midwest Central - Connie Friedrich - 309-253-2690 (Please
leave a message.)
Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on
Saturday, December 11th at Emmanuel’s Warehouse (108 N. Adams Street,
Manito, IL). The times are by appointment only, call 309-267-6185 (Heather
Williams) to make your appointment.
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. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in
need in the Midwest Central communities.
Please call Heather
Williams at (309) 267-6185 for any needed information.
MCAC to present
Holidays Around the World Fundraiser
The Mason County Arts Council in Havana will be hosting a progressive Taste
of Havana holiday fundraising event, Holidays around the World, Sunday,
December 5th, from 2 to 8pm. This event includes three downtown
restaurants, 2 specialty shops, and Havana’s new downtown art gallery.
Starting at 2pm, ticket passport holders will travel downtown to sample
holiday finger food from Mexico, Germany, China, England, and the USA with
live music, an art show, and a fundraising auction.
Ticket passports are forty-five dollars each and are available for sale at
the Cove Center Gallery and Stella Mae’s coffee shop, 120 & 122 North Plum
Street in Havana or call 309-640-0005 to purchase by phone.
Ticket passports are
limited so get yours soon. This event is sure to put you in the holiday
spirit so come join us in the holiday fun.
The Mouse Races are Back!
The Mouse Races are back! Friday evening, December 3, Pub 29 in Green
Valley will be hosting the Mouse Races. You can reserve and pay for a table
at Pub 29 or the Green Valley Village Hall. Proceeds from this event will
benefit the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Fund. If you have questions,
please call Randy Allen at 309/241-6088 or Darlene Curry at 309/369-4250.
The next meeting of the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Committee will be
Thursday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Village Hall.
In order to make this event a great success, many volunteers are needed.
Please come to the meeting and bring your ideas for making the celebration a
Offering Coupon Books
& T-Shirts for Christmas!
The village of Green Valley will be celebrating their Sesquicentennial next
summer, August 26, 27, 28, 2022.
They are currently selling coupon books. These coupons are for businesses in
Pekin, Peoria, Bloomington, and the surrounding areas. They contain coupons
for Restaurants, Services and Retail, and Fun and Recreation. Coupons
expire at the end of December, 2022.
These make a great stocking stuffer. If you are interested in purchasing
one, call George Gerrietts at 309/696-7272 or Darlene Curry at 309/369-4250.
The committee is also
selling T-shirts with the Sesquicentennial logo on the front. Another idea
for a Christmas gift! Please call Vivian Gerrietts if you are interested in
ordering one. 309/360-4871.