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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: June 13, 1974 Oops – even the best of plans can go awry, and that was the case for the grand opening of the Municipal Golf Course. According to the paper: “Extensive preparations had been made to make the day a gala affair, but the weatherman refused to cooperate.…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: June 7, 1974 “Peotone American Legion Award Winners” “Sally Daum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Daum, and Randall Fleck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Fleck, both of Peotone, were presented the American Legion Awards at the high school graduation on Sunday. LaDonna Reed and John McCaslin IV…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: May 31, 1974 “Class of 1974 to Graduate Sunday” “The Class of 1974 of Peotone High School will receive their diplomas in ceremonies Sunday at 3 p.m. in the high school gym. The valedictorian address will be given by Cheryl Lynn Hay and the salutatorian address by Alice Jane…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: May 23, 1974 Here’s what was featured on the front page of The News that week…topics sound a bit familiar? “Legion Auxiliary Plans Annual Sale of Poppies,” with Legion Auxiliary members stationed around town on Friday and Saturday, to collect and distribute the red flowers. Monies collected would be…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: May 16, 1974 This seemed to be a “getting ready and transitional” issue, as the school year was ending, including end-of-year concerts, students honored at sports banquets, or for achieving honors at the State Science Fair, plus plans also were being made for summer activities. Manteno Legion Post 755…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: May 9, 1974 From “As We See It…Mother’s Day” “The observance of Mother’s Day is a recent one in the United States, beginning only in 1907. It was the idea of Miss Anna M. Jarvis, a Philadelphia school teacher, formerly of Grafton, West Virginia, that at least once a…

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By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: May 2, 1974 “Fr. Tony Nugent Celebrates Mass for Children Here” “A special Children’s Mass was celebrated yesterday afternoon in the former chapel of the St. Joseph Religious Education building. The Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Nugent, who often served as an altar boy in this same…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: April 25, 1974 “Village Denied Postal Service” “Correspondence continues between the Beecher Village Board and United States Postal Service. In answer to the letter sent by the board on March 8, a reply was received from William Booras, manager of the Chicago District Office. “He stated in part: ‘We…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: April 18, 1974 And still another tragic fire… “White Family Left Homeless by Fire” “The Roy White family suddenly was left homeless last week when fire destroyed their trailer home north of Beecher. Fire officials said they were delayed in responding to the scene because the first caller failed…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: April 12, 1974 “Tree Trimmers in Peotone” “Mayor Howard Scrivens told the village board Tuesday night he was not happy with the kind of work being done by Nelson Tree Service, the company that has been trimming trees for Commonwealth Edison where the trees interfere with utility wires. He…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: April 4, 1974 “Storm Water in Sanitary Sewers Still a Problem” “The problem of storm water draining into the sanitary sewers continues to pose a problem for the Village of Beecher, and the subject was brought up again at the village board meeting Monday night. “It was decided to…

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By Arline Adamsick We’ve missed some Manteno history reflections in the past few months, but I hope to rectify that with this edition. Today’s Looking Back will only feature Manteno, so here’s what was happening 50 years ago – beginning with the January 3, 1974, edition… “Ho, Ho! Look What Santa Left Behind” “Christmas has…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: March 22, 1974 “Will County Voters Fought Losing Battle Against RTA” “Although Will County voters turned thumbs down on the Regional Transit Authority in Tuesday’s election, as did all the other ‘collar counties,’ the RTA appears to have squeaked through to passage by way of a three-to-two majority vote…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: March 15, 1974 “Let More Bids for Hall Improvement” “Convening in the Firemen’s Hall, because the meeting room was torn up with carpentry work, the Peotone Village Board Tuesday night awarded three more contracts on bids in connection with village hall remodeling. The bid of $1,738 for lumber and…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: March 7, 1974 “School Board Seeks Village Aid on Pre-Annexation Pact” “Ms. Betty Johnson, member of the Board of Education of District 200-U, attended the Beecher Village Board meeting Monday night to present a resolution passed by the school board concerning a recommendation for pre-annexation agreements with developers. “The…

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By Arline Adamsick The Beecher Herald: February 28, 1974 From the police department… Not really a title you would wish to hold… “Beecher Schools Have Lowest Base Salary in County” “A recent Illinois teacher’s salary study conducted by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has revealed Beecher School District 200-U and Wilmington District…

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By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: February 22, 1974 “School Board Debates Early Graduation Policy” “The subject of policy regarding early graduation from high school was discussed at length by the Peotone School Board Monday night, but no conclusions were reached. In a report to the school board, Supt. Jack Pierce said that during the…

Retired Manhattan Police Chief Wold was given the 9 month Village Administrator position for Manhattan for $146K. Photo submitted.
New Administrator and Police Chief for Manhattan
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Vedette Sports Report
Counselor Marie Kress poses at her reception counter. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Manhattan Thriving With New Business, Counseling Center Opens
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Monee Historical Society June Events
Monee Cops raised dough for Special Olympics Illinois. –Photo submitted.
Cop on a Rooftop Raised Dough For Special Olympics
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Peotone’s Claude Werner Appointed to Fire Commission
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Golf Cart Ordinance Gets Updated in Peotone
The Manhattan Township building will receive improvements thanks to ARPA funding. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Manhattan Township Improves Food Pantry With ARPA Grant
Rene Bennett criticized the board for recent statements and decisions. –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Several Upcoming Events in Manhattan
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Nine Women Who Shaped History
Monee American Legion Post Commander David Batzek with VillageTrustee Michael Wilson, a Vietnam veteran, who rang the memorial bell during Memorial Day ceremonies. Photo by Karen Haave.
Monee Memorial Day Ceremony Honored Community’s Fallen Heroes
Flags flutter, a bugler plays, and residents remember on Memorial Day, May 27, in Manteno. –Photo by Diane Gerber.
Manteno Remembers Memorial Day
Veterans Honored with Banner Ceremony During Memorial Day Weekend
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Monee Historical Society Hosting Charity Tea for Worthy Causes
Betsy Youdris drew a full house for her presentation at the Monee Heritage Center. –Photo by Karen Haave.
MHS Presentation Shows Importance of Quilts
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Marion Resigns From Manteno
Culture a Topic Again at School Board
Some of the volunteers and supporters for L.E.A.D. were in the line-up for the Blue Line Parade on Saturday in Monee, including (from left) State Rep. Jackie Haas, Tracey Henson, Monee Police Chief Scott Koerner, Dr. Therese Bogs - Mayor of Monee, Deputy Chief Anthony Lazzaroni, Patrol Officer Jared Hoekstra, and event founder John Henson.  –Photo by Karen Haave.
Monee Celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Crete Discussed Upcoming Events, Preparing for Memorial Day
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Crete Police Locate Missing Woman