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From the July 27th edition of the Manito Review:


Purchase a Brick in the
Frederick Family Playground

The Manito Veteran’s Park Playground Project invites you to purchase a personalized brick for the Frederich Family Playground. 

Purchasing a personalized brick gives you the choice to honor a friend or family member, memorialize someone special, promote a business, honor a Veteran and support your community or Purchase a blank brick just to show support. 

Two sizes of brick are available: 4x8 for 14 characters on three lines, or 8x8 for 6 lines of 14 characters.

Order blanks are available at Manito Village Hall.

For more information you can contact Monica Charlton at 309-241-3650 or at monicac@

Deadline to purchase is October 1, 2021.


Forman Valley Community Foundation Grant

The Forman Valley Community Foundation (FVCF) is taking grant applications for the second half of 2021.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 1, 2021.  The FVCF’s purpose is to assist projects in the fields of education, arts, health, human services, community service or community development, and community issues.  Qualified organizations within the Midwest Central School District #191 boundaries may apply for a grant.  The grant applications are available at Manito Community Bank.


School Vaccination Clinics


Illinois school requirements for Fall 2021 school entry and grade typically needed:

• Kindergarten (DTaP, Polio, MMR, Chickenpox and Lead test)

• 6th grade (TDaP, Meningitis)

• 12th grade (Meningitis- 2 doses or 1 if received at age 16 or older)

School Vaccination Clinics will be held at:

• Midwest Central (Primary School) Thursday, August 5th from 2pm-3pm

• Mason County Health Dept Wednesday, August 11th 7am-11:30am and 12:45pm-4pm

NO appointment is needed for any of these clinics. Please bring a current shot record and current insurance card.

If not able to attend this clinic please call 309-210-0110 to schedule an appointment.


Manito Historical Society

Open House

The Manito Historical Society will have the old village school open to visitors on Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The school is located across from Corr’s Bakery  on State Street. We encourage everyone to come and take a look at Manito memorabilia


 Rotary Senior Meal

The Manito-Forest City Rotary Club senior meal will meet in person starting in August.  For August, we will meet at Subway on Friday, August 20th around noon.  You still need to make a reservation by calling Lynn Coers at 309-840-0420.  Please make your reservation by August 17. The sponsor for August is Roger and Connie Warner.  Call if you have any questions and the same rules as in the past apply.


Menard Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting Set for Aug. 5th

Menard Electric Cooperative encourages its members to attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 5th at PORTA High School in Petersburg.

Registration is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Each registered membership receives an attendance gift and is entered into a drawing for bill credits. A pork chop dinner prepared by Mason County Pork Producers will be served to-go style from 4:30 – 6:45 p.m. and a Business Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Additional information was printed in the Official Notice mailed to all members. Visit and or call 800-872-1203 for more details about the event.

Menard Electric Cooperative is headquartered in Petersburg and serves more than 10,900 meters over 2,500 miles of line in rural areas of Cass, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon and Tazewell counties. Menard Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, August 14th. Please note that Emmanuel’s Warehouse has a NEW LOCATION (108 N. Adams Street, Manito, IL). The times are by appointment only, call 309-267-6185 (Heather Williams) to make your appointment.

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. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Please call Heather Williams at (309) 267-6185 for any needed information.


Food Pantries

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, enough food is produced globally to feed everyone on the planet more than 1 ½ times. And yet each year, millions of people go hungry. A staggering 811 million to be exact. The fight against hunger has been going for quite some time now and it showed. The number of people dealing with hunger and malnutrition was on a steady decline for well over a decade. But thanks to factors such as climate change, natural disasters, conflict, among many others, hunger is once again on the rise. COVID 19 brought shockwaves to all of us and the effects have been felt worldwide in so many ways. For those already dealing with poverty, the pandemic greatly exacerbated food insecurities. And for some who thought they would never know the struggle of hunger, the pandemic proved them wrong, throwing hurtles towards them that they never thought they would face. The FAO now expects there to be between 860 and 909 million people suffering from hunger by 2030.

Luckily, the world is armed with many organizations fighting back against hunger. The government has many programs dedicated to helping those struggling with hunger. And organizations such as Feeding America, The Hunger Project, Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry among many, many others are doing their part to put an end to hunger throughout the world. Some provide direct food distributions at no cost. Some are there to help with crisis relief. Some provide education and much needed resources. Others cater directly to a certain group such as children, providing summer programs and free breakfasts and lunches. But each is there to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Here in our rural communities in central Illinois, we are blessed to have a plethora of helping hands. From free breakfast and lunch grants throughout some of our schools to Meals on Wheels for our more vulnerable residents in need, our little towns are giving back in big ways and doing their part to help end the hunger crisis.

The Mason City Area Food Pantry is open to all of those within the Illini Central school district. Located at the American Legion building on Court street across from the pool, the food pantry is available and open to the public the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 1-2 pm. The Manna Project Food Distribution is also available in Mason City and services all of those residing within the Illini Central School District as well as New Holland, Middletown, Greenview, Emden, and Delavan. Manna is available each Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 pm at the First Christian Church 853 N Main St Mason City, IL. Check “The Manna Project” Facebook page for announcements.

Hopedale offers a helping hand within it’s uptown square. Located at the four way stop uptown, Hopedale’s Food Share Table resides within the Willis Snowmobile Museum.

Manito is home to Emmanuel’s Warehouse - a monthly drive thru food pantry serving those in need within the Midwest Central communities. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is located at their new address of 108 N Adams St Manito, IL. The next date set is on Saturday, August 14th. Times are by appointment only and they ask that you bring your license with you to your appointment to confirm your name and address (ID card or bill with your name and address listed if no license). They also do not accept proxies unless previously approved. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Heather Williams at 309-267-6185.


Anna Hamann Celebrates 100th Birthday!

Anna Hamann will be turning 100 years old on July 29!! Anna is a lifelong resident of Green Valley.  Please help Anna celebrate her 100th birthday with a card or note!! Anna still drops her water bill off in person to the Village Hall, so she probably picks up her own mail too!! Let’s surprise her with PO Box full of birthday cards!! Cards or letters can be addressed to Anna at PO Box 181, Green Valley, IL 61534


Redneck Tourney Returns to Battle Asian Carp Infestation

The Redneck Fishing Tournament returns to the waters of the Illinois River next month after a two-year hiatus caused by historic flooding in 2019 and then a global pandemic last year.

“We’re back and the fish had better look out,” said event organizer Betty DeFord. “People have been waiting two years to get back out there. It’s going to be a great event.”

The unique fishing tournament is Friday Aug. 6 and Saturday Aug. 7. It features bands, food vendors, a beer garden and charity raffles benefiting veterans organizations. Admission to the riverfront festivities is three dollars a day or five dollars for the weekend. Find more information at the Facebook page: @Redneck Fishing Tournament.

What makes the tournament unique are the fish and how they are caught.

The fish are invasive Asian carp species. They have taken over numerous waterways including large sections of the Illinois River, part of which runs alongside Bath. The fish destroy natural ecosystems and worse, they literally jump out of the water when startled by passing boats.

There are no fishing poles in this tournament. Rather, teams head out to see how many of the jumping fish they can net out of the air or have land in their boats. Past winners have landed hundreds of these fish in just two hours.

DeFord started the tournament more than a decade ago to spread the word about the dangers of the invasive species and also give the community an outlet to protest the aquatic invaders. It has grown into an annual event that attracts people from across the region and around the world to the tiny Mason County town of 300 located along Illinois Route 78 south of Havana. Enthusiasts have traveled from Canada, Sweden and New Zealand to participate.

“Anyone who wants to battle these terrible fish, help us raise money to help veterans and have some fun is welcome,” said DeFord.

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