From the June 18th edition of the Manito Review:
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.
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
It’s that time of year again! Forman Valley Public Library would
like to present: Showtime at Your Library! We have lined up another
summer full of fascinating presentations and crafts all summer long
Anyone from the ages of preschool to adults can join and it’s always
free. Register now through June 7th, so stop on in at Forman Valley
Public Library to get registered! For more details call the library
SHOWTIME AT THE
June 19 Curtain Call…
Munch A Lunch
(provided by Subway)
June 26 Intermission…
Storytime with Chris McBrien
July 3 Cut!...
Make and Take it Craft Day
July 10 That’s a Wrap…
Pool Party: includes hot dog, chips, and soda
The Forman Class of 1969 will host the annual Manito-Forman Alumni
Banquet on Friday evening, August 30, 2019, during the annual
Popcorn Festival at the Forman Center in Manito. The Class of 1977
will be added. If you graduated or attended the Manito-Forman High
Schools with the Class of 1932 through 1977, you are invited to
attend. Please SAVE the DATE!!
To add your address and phone information or revised address and
phone information, contact Becky Peplow by email at email@example.com.
You may also call/text her at (309) 202-0701. Invitations will be
mailed in late May.
Committee Coordinator, Bob Skaggs, welcomes any class member of
1968, 1969 or 1970 to attend the meetings every Tuesday morning at
the Forman Center at 8:30 a.m. The Forman Center is located at 308
S. Harrison St., Manito, IL.
PCD is Looking For
Mason County’s Next Generation of Leaders
Are you interested in revitalizing your community, ensuring it is
the place of choice to live, work, own a business, raise children
and retire? Not sure how to get involved or what skills you can
offer to make this vision a reality?
Prairieland Community Development (PCD), based in Havana is inviting
volunteers between the ages of 21 and 45 to attend the Midwest
Community Development Institute (CDI) later this summer and join the
PCD Advisory Council. Midwest CDI is the premiere training ground
for the skill sets needed to help shape the future of Mason County.
“They strive to make the training fun, interactive, and practical so
that it can be immediately applied in our communities,” said Tia
Mortensen, a member of Prairieland Community Development Advisory
Council. “In addition to learning new skills, CDI helps
participants to build relationships and develop a network of allies,
resulting in an on-going source of support throughout their
careers,” she added. PCD has secured the cost of tuition and will
be seeking local sponsors for lodging and travel for the selected
group of community leaders. “We are seeking residents from each of
the three local school districts Havana, Illini Central, and
Midwest Central to attend the 4 day training from August 12th to
15th,” Mortensen said. The current PCD advisory council will also be
attending as second year participants.
Upon completion of the training, participants will then be asked to
commit to a monthly, casual roundtable with other participants from
Mason County to discuss local issues, potential development
activities, and avenues to utilize their newly learned skill sets.
Participants may then have the opportunity to attend year two and
three of the Midwest Community Development Institute and those who
commit to all three years and work in the Community Development
field are eligible to test for the Professional Community and
Economic Development designation. At the present time only 400
individuals have earned these credentials across the country.
If you are interested, would like to nominate someone to attend, or
if your business/organization would like to sponsor an community
leader, please contact Tia Mortensen at The Lodge at Manito,
309-968-5330-0110 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no
later than June 19th. Space is limited and based on funding
availability. To learn more about Midwest Community Development
Institute, visit https://www.midwestcdi.org.
The national Pollinator Partnership (https://pollinator.org/), has
joined forces with several organizations and agencies to launch a
new initiative called Project Wingspan, and they are seeking
volunteers to collect seed throughout the states of Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. All of the seed
collected across the six states will be processed initially right
here in Central Illinois, at the IDNR’s Mason State Tree Nursery.
University of Illinois Extension in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and
Tazewell Counties is pleased to partner with the Mason State Tree
Nursery to host a Pollinator Partnership workshop in Topeka,
Illinois to teach volunteers interested in contributing to Project
Wingspan how to identify and collect seed from their target list of
native plants that support monarchs, rusty patched bumble bees, and
other native pollinators. Participants will also learn proper data
collection techniques using a GIS app for mobile devices.
This free training will take place during National Pollinator Week
2019 on Tuesday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Mason
State Tree Nursery, 17855 N Co Rd 2400 E, Topeka, IL. Registration
closes on June 11 or when the workshop is full. You may read all the
details of the workshop and register here: https://tinyurl.com/Illinois-PWSeedCollectionWS
As Project Wingspan
notes, this is a wonderful opportunity--by combining efforts with
volunteers in six states--to make a valuable contribution to
supporting migrating monarchs and the imperiled rusty batched
bumblebee! To find out more about Pollinator Partnership visit
July 11 • 1-5:30 p.m.
The Bloodmobile will be held on Thursday, July 11th from 1:00-5:30
p.m., at the Forman Center Main Hall, located at 308 S. Harrison in
Call Rosemary Palmer
at 309/545-2423 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Church to hold
Ice Cream Social
Trinity Lutheran Church, 110 S. Park Ave, Manito, will have their
Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 23, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Menu
will consist of hot dogs, bbq, chips, fruit pies, cake, and homemade
ice cream. What a good way to start your summer! Please plan on
attending for good food and fellowship.
Buildings Open House
This summer, the Manito Historical Society will be hosting an open
house of our historic Old Jail and Old Red Schoolhouse. The dates
these buildings will be open are July 13 and August 10. On these
Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, the buildings will be open to tour, view
our local artifacts, and ask questions of our historical society
Our MCHS History League students teach local history to Midwest
Central 5th graders in these buildings. Fundraising by the Manito
Historical Society has gone toward maintaining these buildings.
Please come check this out. Our original Manito History book will
be for sale at these locations.
This open house is
free; donations are appreciated.
Praise In The Park
The Manito Community United Methodist Church will host “Praise In
The Park” on Saturday evening, June 22 in Veteran’s Park in Manito.
The evening will feature “Revive Worship” a group of worshipers
from Pekin who are hungry for leading God’s people into a Fresh and
Intimate experience with Him! Also performing praise songs will be
the Methodist Church’s Praise Band.
The men from the Methodist will be cookin up a bunch of hot dogs
with all the trimmings and serving them with chips, ice cream and
Everyone is invited to attend, a free will offering will be taken.
Bring your own lawn
chairs and join us rain or shine.
Popcorn Festival News
Can you believe summer is coming and so is the Popcorn Festival. The
committee has already started meeting and working hard to provide a
fun filled week-end.
We talked about our theme this year and choose “WE’VE GOT THIS” for
1) without the physical help of so many people of all ages this
festival would not be a reality
2) without the generous donations of you our festival friends and
local businesses, this festival would not be a reality. Because we
have been very careful with the donations you have given us each
year we, the committee, have enough funds set back that we can
afford to pay for the festival this year. This is in honor of each
and every one of you who have been so supportive of us in the past.
If you still want to honor your loved ones or make a donation we
will not turn it away but just know that you all are so appreciated
in everything you have done for us, the committee. You are the
village that has supported us thru thick and thin years.
SO THIS ONE IS FOR YOU WITH OUR GREATEST APPRECIATION!!
Floats this year can reflect how your support of the popcorn
festival has affected you over the years. You choose your float
theme this year. We are looking forward to working with you all
again this year.
financial secretary and all the committee members who work so hard
so that you will enjoy the Festival!