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From the Nov. 13th edition of the Manito Review:

Trustee Application Packets Available

Trustee application Packets are now available at the Forman Valley Public Library. Qualified, Registered voters will need at least 6 signatures to qualify for the ballot. Petitions must be notarized and returned to the library December 10 - 17, 2018, during regular Library hours. The hours are as follows: MWF 9:00 to 4:30, TTh 9:00 to 6:30, Sat. 9:00 to 1:00. “First hour filings” on the first day, Dec. 10, will determine how candidates are placed on ballot. Please call the Library if you have any questions. 309-968-6093.


Manito Community Blood Drive

Thursday, November 15th • 1:00-5:30 p.m.

Manito Community Center and Midwest Central High School NHS will be holding a Blood Drive on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Forman Center located at 308 S Harrison in Manito, Illinois. For an appointment, please calll Rosemary Palmer at 309-545-2423. Bring a friend and help save lives together and by donating at this drive you are also helping one or more graduating seniors earn a scholarship.

You can streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.


Chili/Oyster Soup Supper

at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21819 NCR3300E, Manito, IL, will hold their annual Chili/Oyster Soup Supper, Wednesday, November 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Menu will include: Chili, Oyster Stew, Hot Dogs, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Cakes and Pies, drinks.  There will also be a bazaar and bake sale.

The proceeds from the soup supper will be donated to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Pekin.


Petitions for Manito Park Board

Petitions and paperwork for anyone who wishes to run for the Forman Park District are available at the Manito Village Hall. Ask at the desk.

The election will be held in the spring. There are 2 six year terms and 1 partial term open.


Forest City Community Church

Bazaar & Cookie Walk

Baking will begin soon for all those delicious goodies that will be available at the Forest City Community Church as they prepare for the Annual Bazaar and 12th Annual Cookie Walk with the theme of “God’s Bountiful Harvest.”  The event will be held Saturday November 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.  Among the delicious goodies will be homemade cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, dinner rolls, breads, cobblers, mini pies, and lots of other baked goods.  Homemade candies and sweets, pecans and seasonal napkins are also available.

Our 12th Annual Cookie Walk will include trays and trays of homemade cookies.  Just purchase a container and fill with your favorites.  What a wonderful way to prepare for the upcoming holidays!  There will be pre-packaged cookies available also.

The men’s fellowship will serve a lunch of homemade chili and vegetable soup, hot dogs, and drink.  Be sure to pick up a delicious dessert after your meal.

Craft booths will also be set up for the event with lots of got to have items for sale.  Come spend part of your day with us on Saturday, November 17!!



Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Please Note Date and Time Correction

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, November 17th at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 11:00 a.m. till until everything is gone. 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.


Manito Forest City Rotary Club

Senior Meal

The Manito Forest City Rotary Club will hold its monthly Senior Meal at Lee’s Family Restaurant in Manito. The lunch is November 16th, 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 Allen Forsythe by calling 309-597-2263, please leave a message. The meal sponsor this month is Havana National Bank, Manito branch.


Coats for Kids

Cooler weather has set in, Fall is in the air and winter is not far behind. Once again, we need your help, if you have any gently used coats, hats and gloves, boys, and girls, size small 4-6, medium 8-10, 10-12, large 14-16. We appreciate any and all donations.

For more information, call Charlene Nall at 968-7972.


Christmas Drive

Join us as 6 area locations for our Annual Christmas Drive!... The Drive will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 16th & 17th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day.

The Six Stops for your Shopping Enjoyment are (starting with Route 29): Rustic Roost (located at 308 Broadway, Pekin); Christmas in the Barn (located at 11372 Skyaire Drive, Green Valley); Christmas on 29 - which has 12 Vendors!; Past Times Antiques (located next to Casey’s at 608 W. Main Street, Green Valley); The Red Barn on Connell Road (located at 21482 Connell Road, Tremont); and 4 Rocks Arena (located at 24865 IL Rt. 122, Delavan) - You’ll Find 14-15 Vendors to find your Holiday Items!

Items that will be offered will include (but not limited to): Live Greens, Vintage Christmas, Primitive Wares, Lovely Handmade Items... A Good Combination of Christmas and Holiday Gifts for your Holiday Needs and Wants.

Maps are available at each stop, as well as Past Times Antiques. Further information and pictures will be available on Past Times Antiques, Green Valley Facebook Page.

If you have any questions, you may contact Past Times Antiques Owner Sue Stoneking at 309-360-1752 or Nancy Linehart at 309-840-1587. Mark your calendars! And, invite your family and friends and come out for a day of fun!


Hearth & Home Show

The Christmas Season begins with the Hearth & Home Show in Delavan, IL. This year's event will be held at the Delavan United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 17th from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Shoppers will find a diverse array of exclusively hand-made goods, each vendor hand-picked for their dedication to craft and quality. Featured vendors include...

Quilted Treasures by LeAnn; Icing on the Cookie; P2Creations Jewelry; Vintage and Primitive Decor; Teri's Baskets; Art for the Homestead; January's Child; Fire Maple Pottery; Chestnut Street Creations; From the Flames Jewelry; Paisley Lane Soaps & More; and Vinyl Designs by Katie.

Delavan United Methodist Church is located at 417 S. Locust St., Delavan.


 Legion Meeting

The Hill-Palmer Post 561American Legion and it’s Auxiliary will meet on Monday night  November  19th 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 member.



On December 16th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Taggart VanEtten will be completing a run-a-thon to raise funds for his brother-in-law Jason Babin who is married to Amanda (Hipsher) Babin, formerly from Manito.

 In August of this year Jason went in for surgery to remove a tumor on his neck. On August 9th a fine needle biopsy indicated results of lymphoma were located inside Jason’s lymph nodes. Just eleven days later the cancer was found to be stage 4 Burkitt’s from a tumor biopsy. Since this time Jason has been in and out of the hospital. Chemotherapy treatments along with emergency room scares have flooded their family.

On top of everything Amanda has been forced to take time off work to take care of Jason. The hospital bills are starting to pile up for the Babin Family. With Jason not collecting a paycheck and Amanda earning a partial check funds are tight.

As many of you know Taggart is a devoted runner, he wants to do his part with by using his skill to help his sister’s family. By finishing this run-a-thon Taggart is asking participants to sponsor each mile of the 26.2 mile run. For example, donating $1 per mile will indicate a $26.20 donation.

 Instead of a normal fund raiser running event Taggart will be doing the running for everyone (let him do all the hard work for you!). This run will be a totally self supported marathon that will begin on the Rock Island Trail in Dunlap go down through Peoria, onto the Peoria Riverwalk that connects to the East Peoria River Front Park then stretching through the Fondulac Park District Trail ending in Morton. Taggart will be running with a live Garmin Tracker and will post his results upon completing the course.

 This is not an official race, there will be no timing mats. This marathon will include only himself.

Taggart has set up a Go Fund Me page entitled “Miles for Jason Babin” however, it is shown that Go Fund Me takes out about 7.9% of the total donation plus .30 cents per transaction. So, if you would like to send a check please feel free to reach out to him at anytime, he is available on Facebook, his phone number is (309)202-6673 and his email is

Please make out any checks to Amanda Babin.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse News

The October food delivery was a blessing, filled with a generous amount of baskets and a variety of items. Volunteers moved food from the pantry accumulation and donated to the American Legion to be added to from the Peoria Food Bank truck on Friday. What an array of food to put in each basket! A heart rendering appreciation to the students from Midwest High School, student council, FFA organization, the Dollar Tree store, Sand Prairie Church, all the monthly monetary gifts, all the feet and hands and all the adults who helped make it possible to fill and send out 102 baskets to vehicles from our Midwest Central school district,  that were lined up to receive baskets. We also serve families out of the district if it is their first time and see that they have a pantry in their own area.

We meet on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. for our next board meeting to discuss needs and answer questions on ways to fulfill the needs in our area and prayers for those unable to come. Please call Rosemary Palmer if you are unable to pick up at 309-545-2423, and Heather Williams will help with delivery if a signed proxy per prior phone call.

The November delivery is scheduled for the 17th and suggestions always welcome. If you have a need for an item to make a meal before the next delivery please call Rosemary to make arrangements. Wishing you all a Blessed holiday.

“I can do things you cannot and you can do things I cannot, but together we can do great things!” Mother Teresa

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