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From the November 26th edition of the Manito Review:



Coats for Kids

Summer has ended and cooler fall days are ahead. 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 may be dropped off at 202 E. Glendale, Manito or call Charlene Nall at 309/968-7972 for more information.



Green Valley Sesquicentennial Logo Contest

The members of the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Committee are looking for local artists to design a logo for our upcoming sesquicentennial.

The winning logo will be used for advertising, T-shirts, parades, and for whatever else we need.

There will be one winner with the stipulation that we might decide to combine designs from other logo entries to get exactly what we want. (Each of the winning artists will receive recognition for their talent.)


1. The entries may be computer generated, sketched in black ink or pencil, or color.

2. The logo must contain:

        • Green Valley, Illinois

        • Sesquicentennial or 150 years

        • 1872-2022

3. Use your imagination! This is a historical event! Be creative!

All entries are due Friday, December 13, 2019. Please turn them in to your school office, the Green Valley Village Hall, or mail to:  Crystal Deppert, 15151 Christmas Tree Rd, Green Valley, IL 61534.

If you have questions call Crystal Deppert at 309-348-2345 or email me at



Midwest Central Screening: Children Ages Three through Five

Midwest Central School District #191 will conduct a free screening Thursday, December 5th, for children 3-5 years old who reside in the Midwest Central School District. The screening will be held at the Primary School in Manito. This screening is to identify pre-school age children who have delays in any of the following areas: cognitive, physical, communication, adaptive, social/emotional or who may benefit from an early childhood program. Children will be screened by appointment only. Please call Jayne Wood at 309.968.6464 to schedule an appointment.



Green Valley Town

Christmas Party

Green Valley will be holding a Town Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Midwest Central Middle School Gym (formerly the GV High School Gym). Bring a canned good for the GV Food Pantry.

Come home for Christmas! Enjoy Prizes, Christmas Carols, Photo Opportunities, and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.

Santa will be there with treats for the children!!

Sponsored by the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Committee.



First Friday Book Club Special Event

Forman Valley Public Library’s First Friday Book Club will be having a special event on the 6th of December at 10 am. We will be viewing The Glass Castle which is based off of the novel The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls. A memoir about a young girl and her siblings growing up in poverty with her dysfunctional parents. Also being held the same time will be a Christmas party. If you are interested in coming please bring a dish to share and a wrapped book for the book exchange. The program will be held at Rebecca Switzer’s house at 208 N. Park Ave, Manito, IL. 61546. For more information contact Rebecca at 968-6139 or call the Library at 968-6093.



American Legion Donations

American Legion Post 561 in Manito is now accepting donations toward our Christmas Basket Program.  We distributed about 150 baskets last year thanks to the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals of our community  You may send your donations to: American Legion Post 125, P.O. Box 125, Manito, IL  61546.

Thank you, Rick Schimmelpfenning, Commander



Donuts with Santa

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! Santa will be at the Forman Center Cafeteria on Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, from 9-11 a.m. for “Donuts With Santa” sponsored by the Forman Junior Women’s Club. Please come and enjoy donuts and milk with Santa and make sure to bring your list!!! THERE WILL BE A CHARGE PER ADULT AND PER CHILD. Parents do not forget your cameras!! Profits from this event as well as other FJWC events benefit our “Christmas For Kids” program. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!



Christmas for Kids is Coming!!!

Only a couple weeks until the Forman Junior Women’s Club “Christmas For Kids” program. The event is held in early December for needy children in the Midwest Central School District. Shoppers purchase gifts for these children and are wrapped and given to the children at a Christmas party with Santa. We have drivers that pick up the children before and take them home after the party.

This event is our main focus each year and all our fundraising projects throughout the year go towards this great program, including the Easter Egg Hunt, PLINKO at Popcorn Festival, Pumpkin Patch, Memorial Trees, and Donuts with Santa. In addition, this event would not be possible without outstanding community support as costs continue to rise every year. If you would like to donate to this outstanding and worthwhile event, please mail checks to: FJWC, PO Box 583, Manito, IL 61546. Thank you to all for your continued donations and future donations as well!!!!



MCHS Honors Veterans

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Midwest Central High School honored local veterans with a breakfast, student performances, and an assembly featuring guest speaker Major Don Lazarz.  Despite the snowy morning, many local veterans were able to come out and be honored by the students of MCHS. Several organizations collaborated together for the success of this event.  History League coordinated the event, mailed invitations, spoke, and helped serve the veterans. Arbor Foods donated both their time and the food needed to provide our veterans with breakfast.  Cary Club had student volunteers helping veterans to and from the building.  Interact Club lined the sidewalk with flags and decorated the foyer.  Student Council set up the table centerpieces.  Art Club made a welcome sign.  NHS helped check in veterans and hand out thank-you cards.  FCCLA put together goodie bags and passed those out to veterans. The FFA presented the colors and conducted a flag folding ceremony.  The MCHS Chorus sang patriotic songs, and various students wrote thank-you cards to the local veterans.

The morning started with an address led by History League president Abby Kammeyer thanking the veterans.  The chorus then sang the National Anthem while the FFA presented the colors.  Afterwards, the chorus sang the Armed Forces Salute in which the local veterans stood as their branch was mentioned. A prayer led by Camryn Picken commenced the breakfast that the veterans enjoyed in the company of their friends and family members.  While enjoying their breakfast, five freshman English students read patriotic poems, and History League vice president Isaiah Sondag gave a brief history of Veterans Day.  In closing Alyssa Sondag again thanked our veterans.

The breakfast was followed by a student assembly in which the FFA conducted the flag folding ceremony and presented the flag to speaker Major Don Lazarz.  Assistant principal/ Athletic Director Don Lazarz showed himself in a different role as he addressed the students as Major Lazarz of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  Major Lazarz shed light on the obvious and not so obvious sacrifices our service men and women make every day for our freedoms.  The ceremony came to a close as the MCHS Chorus sang God Bless America and there was a final thank-you issued to Major Lazarz and all the veterans in attendance.



ALICE Training held

at Midwest Central

School administrators have been dealing with school safety issues since the inception of public schools.  After the fire at the private Catholic school Our Lady of the Angels in 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, fire safety became much more urgent for schools. Shortly after, school fire drills were instituted and tornado drills were added.  In some parts of the country, schools do earthquake drills.  These all seemed like logical steps to keeping our students safe, and parents understood the need for them.  Today, Illinois law requires schools to conduct 3 fire drills (one with the fire department), 1 shelter-in-place drill, 1 bus evacuation drill for all students, and one active shooter drill with law enforcement. 

As school violence increased, schools began locking all entrances and controlling access for visitors.  They then started conducting what many places called “code red” or “lock down” drills. These drills involved getting all students to a secure location, locking the door, and remaining silent.  Law enforcement also changed their response to a school shooting incident.  They started with securing the perimeter and waiting outside.  Then they moved to an active response where they waited to have a team of four to enter the building in a back-to-back formation.  Today, law enforcement actively responds to a school shooter incident by having the first to arrive move to neutralize the threat.  In the same way that law enforcement has evolved with their responses to school violence, so schools have also had to change as better plans became available.

Recently many schools have adopted ALICE training for their school shooter emergency protocol.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.  It’s a different mindset for teachers and students who have been trained for years to use a lock-down only approach to an active shooter.  Midwest Central recently had all schools, including staff and students, trained in an ALICE response to an active shooter scenario.  The general premise is to try to remove yourself from the situation if possible by using a lockdown approach, but also using things in the room to barricade the door.  It also promotes taking action to distract the shooter if you are unable get away by creating noise or using distance and distraction.  Finally, ALICE encourages students and staff to evacuate the building if possible.  If students have the opportunity to lock themselves in a classroom with a window, they should try to use the window as an evacuation route. 

While the training had to be done in phases, first with teachers and then with students, Midwest Central found the training very powerful.  According to administration there was positive feedback from both teachers and students.  They felt empowered and were more confident they could react to an active shooter scenario should they ever have to.  Midwest Central’s Superintendent, Dr. Todd Hellrigel, stated, “Student and staff safety are a priority, and we spend a lot of time on safety drills with the hope that we’ll never need to use them.” 



Retired Teachers Meeting

Mason Co. Retired Teachers will have their next regular meeting on December 3 at the United Methodist Church in Mason City. Lunch will begin at 12:00 noon, followed by musical entertainment by Illini Central music students. Officers for 2020-2021 will be installed, and annual dues will be collected.  All retired teachers are welcome and encouraged to come to the MCRTA meetings. The organization has five regular meetings per year. Please call your area representative no later than Friday, November 29, if you are attending:

 Havana - Marilyn Stout - 309-562-7428

 Illini Central - Pat Showalter - 309-241-6265

Midwest Central - Connie Friedrich - 309-968-7728 (Please leave a message.)



Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, December 14th 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 Rosemary Palmer. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Please call Rosemary Palmer at (309) 545-2423 or Heather Williams at (309) 267-6185 for any needed information.



Pets Without Parents Quarter Auction

Pets Without Parents Quarter Auction will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at Grandpa’s in Havana. Doors open at noon. Lunch menu available.

Mason County Pets Without Parents is a 501C3 non-profit organization. All net proceeds go directly for the animals.






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