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From the Nov. 27th edition of the Manito Review:

Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, December 8th at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 11:30 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.


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.



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.


 Valley Chapel Presents

A Night in Bethlehem

A Hands-On Holy Land Experience

Ready to take your family back in time? Want to make some family memories you’ll treasure forever? And would you like to have a blast as you do it? Then reserve December 7th OR December 8th for a Night in Bethlehem! You may arrive at the gates anytime between 5:30 and 8:00 on the night you choose. As soon as you set foot in their church, your family will travel back to ancient Bethlehem. You’ll taste, see, and smell what daily life was like when Jesus was born. You’ll find shops and activities for kids of all ages-so bring the whole family.

Mark December 7th OR 8th on your calendar now. The doors open at 5:30 and they will keep the city gates open until 8:00. There’s something for everyone! If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, please call Rachel Best at 309-202-3467 or Janet Woodrow at 309-352-2457. If you call ahead, you can bypass much of the registration process when you arrive at A Night in Bethlehem and you will have even more time to enjoy shops and activities. This is a FREE event at Valley Chapel, 5903 Chapel Road, Green Valley, Illinois.


Donuts with Santa

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! Santa will be at the Forman Center Cafeteria on Saturday morning, December 1, 2018, 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!!!!


 Donuts with Santa

Donuts with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Green Valley Fire Department (106 N. Church Green Valley).

Come have a donut and see SANTA!  Don’t forget your list to be dropped in the Secret Santa Mail Box to be delivered back to the North Pole.  Stop in and see us and SANTA and have a donut and some hot chocolate. Don’t forget your camera to snap a few pictures.

This event is FREE of charge: Sponsored by the Village of Green Valley.

Monetary donations will be accepted, or bring a canned good to be donated to local food pantry. 


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 561, P.O. Box 23, Forest City, IL  61532.

Rick Schimmelpfenning, Commander


Retired Teachers Meeting Notice

Mason Co. Retired Teachers will have their next meeting on Tuesday, December 4, at The Lodge at Manito, 1303 South East Ave. (by Sunrise Ag)  Lori Canada, from The Lodge, will  present a program about this assisted living and memory care facility.

Lunch will begin at 12:15. Annual dues will be collected before the meeting. Music will be performed by Midwest Central band members, with director Chuck VanDelinder..

Reservations for lunch need to be called in to your area representative by Friday, November 30:

Havana - Marilyn Stout - 309-562-7428

Illini Central - Pat Showalter - 309-241-6265

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

Submitted by Rita Badger


Discounted Manito Money Now Available at Havana National Bank

Manito residents are advised that Manito Money is still available at the Havana National Bank in Manito.  This money may be purchased to be given as gift certificates and used at any business in town. 

The Manito Money project is sponsored by the Manito Area Chamber of Commerce. 

During the month of December, Manito Money will be discounted 20%.  This means you only pay $20.00 for every $25.00 in purchasing power at all Manito Area businesses.  (Limited to $100 in “free” money or to a total of $500 purchased for each individual)  The Manito Chamber has limited funds and will distribute these dollars on a first come, first serve basis.  Remember to Buy Local!


Coats for the Cold

The Bayer Crop Science Seed Company is sponsoring Coats for the Cold. Please donate new or gently used coats. All sizes are needed, especially children sizes. They are collecting from November 9, 2018 - November 30, 2018. Coats will be distributed through the local outreach program. Any monetary donations for the purchase of new children’s coats can be dropped off at the Mason City Bayer Crop Science Plant at 36142 East State Route 10, Mason City, IL 62664. Their phone is 217-482-3841.

The following businesses are drop off locations for the coats; Mason City IGA, Mason City National Bank, Curry Comb Salon in Mason City, the Havana National Bank in Manito and Green Valley,  the Post Office in Mason City, Encompass Grain in Greenview, County Market in Havana and Farm & Home in Havana.

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