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From the August 6th edition of the Manito Review:

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-Forman Alumni Banquet

The Forman Class of 1969 is hosting the annual Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet on Friday evening, August 30, 2019, at the Forman Center in Manito. Registration and Hospitality hour is from 5:00 p.m.-6:00p.m. The buffet begins at 6:00p.m. and will be catered by The Valley Inn. Tickets are thirty dollars per person. Reservations with payment should be sent as soon as possible and no later than August 20, 2019, to: Manito-Forman Alumni Association, c/o Bob Skaggs, P.O. BOX 5 54, Manito, IL. 61546. Invitations have been mailed.

We need help locating our classmates, Robert Zimmerman and John Biehl. If you have any information, please contact Becky Peplow by phone/text at (309) 202-0701. She can also be notified by email at

Committee members are Calvin Willard, Larry Bernhausen, Bob Arms, Steve Wilson and Becky Peplow. Committee Coordinator, Bob Skaggs, welcomes any class member to attend the weekly meetings at the Forman Center at 8:30 a.m., located at 308 S. Harrison St., Manito, IL.


Manito Historic Buildings Open

This summer, the Manito Historical Society will be hosting an open house of our historic Old Jail and Old Red Schoolhouse.  The date these buildings will be open is Saturday, August 10 from 11am to 1pm, the buildings will be open to tour, view our local artifacts, and ask questions of our historical society members. 

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.   


Spring Lake Registration

District 606 will be registering students for the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, August 6th, from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Registration fees are $60 for grades K through 6. Fees not paid before November 1st will increase to $65.  Fees are waived for those who qualify. Applications are available at the time of registration.

Children entering Kindergarten are required to have a vision exam by October 15th and a copy of their certified birth certificate. Children entering Kindergarten and Sixth Grades are required to have a physical with up to date immunizations by October 15th. Children entering Kindergarten, Second and Sixth Grades must show proof of a dental exam by May 15th. Any student enrolling in an Illinois school for the first time must provide all of these. You are welcome to contact the school at 545-2241 with any questions.


Mark Your Calendars for
Thursday, August 15th 

“Meet the Teacher Night” & “Student/

Parent Open House & Orientation Night”

Midwest Central Primary School will be holding “Meet the Teacher Night” & Midwest Central Middle School will be holding “Student/Parent Open House & Orientation Night.” Both events will be held on Thursday, August 15th.

Midwest Central Primary School and Midwest Central Middle School are working together to coordinate two important upcoming events to prepare students and parents for back-to-school. The Primary School will have its doors open for students and parents to come meet the teachers and bring in school supplies with them that evening from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

The Middle School will also be having an Open House for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and parents that same evening from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. 6th grade students, new students to the district and parents are encouraged to attend the Orientation Night which will start at 7:00 pm in the gym with a brief presentation. We look forward to seeing everyone that night!


Does Your Child Need Shots For School?

If your child will be entering Kindergarten, 6th, or 12th grade, they most likely need shots!

Shots required for school and grade when typically needed:

• Kindergarten: DTaP, Polio, MMR, & Chickenpox

• 6th Grade: Tdap, Meningitis ACWY

• 12th Grade: Meningitis ACWY  (2 doses or 1 dose if received at 16yrs or older)

• All grades: must have 2 doses of Chickenpox or proof of immunity

• Some colleges: Meningitis B (2 doses)


The Mason County Health Department will be holding an immunization clinic on Wednesday,  August 7th, 2019 from 7am-11:30am during Havana’s school registration at  Mason County Health Department. This is a walk in clinic so NO appointment is needed. Please bring a current shot record and current insurance card.

The Mason County Health Department will be holding an immunization clinic on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 at Midwest Central school during part of their registration. MCHD will be on site at Midwest Central from 8:30am-10:30am. This is a walk in clinic so NO appointment is needed. Please bring a current shot record and current insurance card.

If not able to attend these walk in clinics please call and schedule an appointment. Call soon our slots are filling up fast!!


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, August 10th 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.


Midwest Central Announces Registration Dates For The 2019-20 School Year

Midwest Central announced registration information for the 2019-20 school year.  To ensure the process is as easy as possible for parents and students, the location of registration is held in one place for all three buildings in the school district. 

Date: Thursday, August 8th from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Midwest Central Primary School, 450 Southmoor Street, Manito, IL 61546

To expedite enrollment, parents are asked to bring documents listed below to registration and take note of the following information:

All students (district-wide):

• New students are required to have proof of residency, a parent photo I.D. (at the Primary School only), a certified birth certificate from the county in which they were born, and immunization records.

High School students:

• Incoming freshman are required to have physicals, a dental exam, and the appropriate immunizations.

• Seniors are required to have appropriate immunizations.

• Basic book fees will be $80.00 (other fees will apply and vary by courses enrolled in).

Middle School students:

• 6th grade students are required to have physicals, a dental exam, and the appropriate immunizations.

• A sports physical is required for all 7th and 8th grade Middle School students who plan to participate in sports.

• Fees: Basic Book Fees - $85.00, Band - $7.00, PE Shirts and Shorts - $5.00 each, and 7th grade students and new 8th grade students to the District will be required to also pay a $7.00 fee for Constitution Books.

Primary School students:

• The Primary School Book Fees will be $65.00 for K-5th.

• FREE Preschool is available either as a full or half day for 3 and 4 year old children per screening team placement.

• First time students and kindergarten students are required to have a physical, eye exam, and proper immunizations.

• Dental exams are required for Kindergarten students, students entering 2nd Grade, and new students.

Immunizations required by the State of Illinois:

• DTP - The month, day, and year of four or more immunizations, with the last booster received after the 4th birthday.

• Polio - The month, day, and year of four or more immunizations, with the last booster received after the 4th birthday.

• MMR - The first dose between twelve and fifteen months and the second dose no less than 4 weeks later.

• Varicella (Chickenpox) - The IDPH is requiring any child entering kindergarten for the first time must show proof of receiving two doses of varicella vaccine or have documentation of prior disease. The healthcare provider must verify past infection.

• Lead Assessment - Must be completed on physicals by health care provider for school enrollment for all children under age 7. Blood tests for lead screening may be done through your local health department.

• Diabetes Screening - Actual blood tests are not required. However, the screening must be documented on the physical form by a healthcare provider.

• Meningitis vaccination – All incoming seniors in High School.

We accept cash, check or credit card. 

The Mason County Health Department will be at registration from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to host an immunization clinic.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to receive immunizations.

For more information, parents are invited to contact the school directly.  Offices are closed the month of July and will reopen Thursday, August 1st. 



Former Muslim to Speak at Manito’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Hesham Shehab grew up in a world of bitter animosity between Muslims and Christians, which he experienced personally in a physical attack when only about 7.  By age 13 he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood (Lebanese Chapter) and later fought against Christians in the 1975 war in Lebanon.

In 1980, while Hesham was going to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (AUB), for premedical studies, his brother was killed by a Christian militia.  Hesham’s response was to study by day, and by night take out his revenge in attacks on Christians.  However, hearing the Sermon on the Mount, in a course of cultural studies (at that college), brought him to faith.  Hesham found in Jesus Christ a way of forgiveness and reconciliation with God instead of hatred and revenge.  Ultimately, the Lord led Hesham to the vocation of pastor.

In 2008, with the support of local churches, Rev. Shehab planted Salam Christian Fellowship, a mission to Muslims in the western suburbs of Chicago.  This mission reaches out to refugees and new immigrants from eight Middle Eastern countries and shares the Gospel with Muslims in three languages (Arabic, Farsi, and English).

Rev. Shehab has earned an MA in the History of the Arabs and Ph.D. studies in Islamic History.  He has worked as a journalist at two Lebanese newspapers and adjunct professor at AUB.

Rev. Shehab will be the special guest of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Manito, IL on August 25, 2019.  He will conduct a special Sunday School hour and preach at the church service.  He will answer questions about the Middle East, Political Islam, and Terrorism at a potluck after the service.  Then He will make a special community-wide presentation that afternoon.  St. Paul’s invites all members of the community to take advantage of this special opportunity.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is in the countryside about half-way between Forest City and Green Valley IL.  Our street address is:

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,

21819 N. Co. Rd. 3300E,

Manito, IL. 61546.

The schedule for the day will be:

9:00 AM-Sunday School in the Parish Hall.

10:00 AM-Service in the main church building.

NOON-Potluck Dinner in the Parish Hall.

1:00 PM-Community-wide Presentation in the Parish Hall.




Calling All Cooks/Bakers

The Manito Popcorn Festival is again sponsoring the Pie Baking and Jam/Jelly Making Contests.  It’s time to dust off your aprons and spatulas and show us what you’ve got!  Date is Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the main staging area in the park.  All products must be dropped off to the main staging area by 4:30 p.m. so judging can start promptly at 5:00.  We have added a new category this year – a children’s division for the pie baking contest.  Children up to 12 years of age can participate.  Same rules apply to children’s division as the adults.

To fill out an application, go to the Manito Popcorn Festival page, click on Pie/Jelly/Jam Contest and click on application. 

Pies and jellies will be judged on presentation, originality and flavor.  Due to Health Department regulations, we will only be able to accept fruit pies or pies that do not contain eggs. (We will NOT to able to accept cream pies, pumpkin, or pecan pies due to egg contact and refrigeration needs.)





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