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From the August 26th edition of the Manito Review:

Pancake Breakfast to be Held

The Ridgelake Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 6th from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the firehouse. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs and sausage with coffee and orange juice. There is a reduced cost for children under 12 years old.

A 50/50 drawing will also be held, need not be present to win.


Spring Lake School Board Member Vacancies

Interested individuals may submit a letter indicating the desire to fill a vacancy on the Spring Lake CCSD 606 Board of Education. With the letter of interest, please detail specific qualifications, experiences, and motivation to become a District 606 Board Member.

The timeline for application is:

A. Letter to School Office or Gloria Lovelace (Board Secretary) postmarked by September 4, 2014.

B, Board review of candidates with possible interview on September 18, 2014 (Time to be determined)

C. Seating of new member(s) on September 18, 2014, or within one week of the interview

Questions? Contact Mr. Reising at 309/545-2241.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 12:00 noon till 1:30 p.m. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Look for the signs to line up at 12:00 noon. someone will start along the drive thru line up to sign cars in.

The Peoria Area Food Bank will deliver 10:00 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to help unload the food truck, bagging each box and are encouraged to stay and volunteer to help with the drive thru pantry until 1:30 p.m. to help clean up.

Emmanuel’s Warehouse volunteers and volunteer board members are here to serve you every second Saturday of the month from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the drive thru pantry.

Please call Rosemary Palmer for donation pick up at (309) 545-2423 or to arrange your emergency needs between the dates of Emmanuel’s Warehouse pantry or if you are unable to get to the pantry.


St. Jude St. Louis to Peoria Run 2014  

There were 65 caring runners from St. Louis and surrounding areas, Peoria, and East Peoria that made the two-day 187 mile trek from St. Louis to Peoria.  These runners received $391 from the Forest City Jubilee's Princess Pageant. The Manito stop raised $405 in the donation can. Great appreciation goes to everyone that helped make another year successful as this group raised $115,000 all for the kids of St. Jude. Many people locally helped to make the run go smoothly through Mason County.

They include the Happy Handful 4-H Club from Havana with their families and friends who prepare and serve the breakfast at the Havana High School; the Havana School District for the use of the High School and the refreshing showers for the runners.  Jo Hinkle and her many volunteers prepare and serve the lunch for the runners; the Forman Firefighters and Ambulance for letting them use the Forman Fire Department Springlake Firehouse; Illinois State Police, Mason and Tazewell County Deputies, Havana, Forest City and Manito Police and Firefighters all assisted with escorts.

Others who donated time and/or materials included Manito Foods, Manito Oil and Propane, Kroger's in Pekin, Country General, Proehl's Subway, Larry, Nina, Evan, Laurie, Katelyn and Hunter Wooding, Bob "Butch" Gilroy, and Dave and Sheri Ledgerwood.

 It is always good to see the St. Louis to Peoria St. Jude Runners, all 65 of them, running into Manito!  This amazing day was shared with a Manito family; Wyatt and Erin Meyer and family and their daughter Kylie, who is currently a patient at St. Jude.  Appreciation goes to this group of amazing people, along with Rick Towery from Manito for raising $115,000 for the Kids of St. Jude!!  We especially appreciated the local businesses that put "Welcome St. Jude Runners" on their signs. These are great communities that we live in and we appreciate that everyone made this another great year to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to St. Jude.


Manito Farmers Market

They were worried about the weather this past Tuesday but the rain stopped early and stayed away. One of the produce vendors had just won quite a few awards at the State Fair this year. There were brats and pork chops, local art, antiques, Junk-In-Your-Trunk sellers, handwoven rugs, handmade wood carvings, baked goods, embroidered tea towels, and lots of produce! The market will be open this coming Tuesday from 5-7pm on Broadway Street. Some of the vendors set up as early as 4:30 if you'd like to peruse then. They are always looking for more vendors and musical talent if you'd like to talk to them call either Alex at 309-339-3737 or Jennifer at 309-620-3764. They hope to see you there!


Egypt Station Gallery & Studios Welcomes RDR Farm Toys

Egypt Station Gallery & Studios is excited to have RDR Farm Toys, by Dale Rankin, on display in the gallery during the Manito Popcorn Festival. Dale is a retired farmer and graduate of Forman High School in 1969. He and his wife Raylene reside in Earlville, Illinois. Inspired by an old barn built for him by his grandfather, Dale became interested in building farm implements, barns and sheds a few years back and expanded from there. Dale's intent is to capture farming of the 1950s and '60s in the toys he creates.


Egypt Station Gallery & Studios' Featured Artist Series

Egypt Station Gallery & Studios will present its Co-Director, Erin Parkin Woods, as the featured artist for September. Erin is a native of Manito, Illinois. After many years away she returned to the area to marry a former classmate, Wayne Woods Jr., and became an active participant in day-to-day activities at the gallery and studio.

Erin has been creating jewelry since the 1960s when she would take apart her grandmother's old costume jewelry and turn it into something else. In 1975, she and her family relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she learned to string Native American-style necklaces and then learned silversmithing in Gallup (just outside of the Navajo reservation). Erin worked as a silversmith out of her family's garage for two years during high school. She also attended the Albuquerque Jewelers' School, after completing high school. Erin is a self-taught bead and wirework artist but has taken classes in polymer clay, precious metal clay, glass fusing, bead embroidery and knotting. 

Everything she makes is one-of-a-kind, with only the  best  of materials,  including  precious  and  semi-precious  gemstones,  minerals,  fossils, freshwater pearls, Austrian crystals, Czech, German and Japanese glass, and lots of vintage and antique beads, components, cabochons and even the occasional found object. Erin's pieces are created from a combination of things she has collected for much of her life and across many states.  Each piece has a story to tell. Erin and her husband have also designed and created a line of biker inspired one-of-a-kind handcrafted necklaces.

Erin's creative journey took a turn when her father, Joe Parkin, passed away two years ago. Joe began his Native American jewelry business in the early 1970s and traveled all over the country selling to businesses and individuals for many years. Most recently, he owned the White Buffalo on the Peoria Riverfront. Erin decided to continue on with her father's legacy and is now a proud owner of White Buffalo II along with her husband, Wayne Woods Jr. Erin and Wayne expanded upon her father's collection of vintage Native American jewelry by adding art, pottery, decorative weaponry and other items to their inventory. White Buffalo II is primarily located at Egypt Station, 200 N. Broadway in Manito. Their collection may also be viewed on Facebook or by appointment.

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Mark your calendars all walkers and art lovers and anyone looking for a great event:

The second annual Manito Volkswalk will be held on Saturday, October 18th at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery.  The Hatchery is located in Sand Ridge State Forest just west of Manito on 25410 Fish Hatchery Road.  Sponsors are the AVA (American Volkswalk Association) and the Manito MAPPING Committee.

The beautiful autumn walk beginning at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. will include 5K or 10 K (or 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile) walks through the State Forest surrounding the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery. In addition, tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning.

Other events scheduled in Manito that day include an Art Fair and Bazaar on Broadway where dozens of artists will have their art available for sale and viewing.   The Classic Car Museum will be open, and  scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area.

The Mason County Ag of the Past Tractor Club will have antique tractors on display. 

In addition, local Food items of various kinds will be available all day.

For more information, please contact Ruth Rademacker (309) 202-0506.

Village of Manito immediately seeking an individual for a supervisor position.
Applications may be picked up and dropped off at the Village Hall.
Accepting applications until
August 29th at noon.
Any questions can be directed to Susan at the Village Hall.

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