Red Cross announces blood drives

The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets. Scheduled blood drives are: Cross Road United Methodist Church, 1289 Ullin Ave., Ullin from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 9; and Fellowship Baptist Church, 890 Senior Ave., Vienna, from noon until 6 p.m. Monday, March 15. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 gift card via email, courtesy of Amazon (restrictions apply). To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Tacoma Lake Road temporarily closed

Tacoma Lake Road on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Marion is closed to thru traffic from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays now through March 10 due to roadside maintenance. For more information, contact the refuge visitor center at 618-997-3344 or email

Native Plant Society meets March 16

The Southern Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society will host a virtual presentation — “Dalea’s Disjunct Distribution: Understanding the Implications” — at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16.

Leafy prairie clover (Dalea oliosa) is a federally endangered legume with an unusual, disjunct distribution. Dr. Ashley Morris of Furman University will demystify glade systems and explain her work to help conserve this rare plant. To register for the free presentation, visit 4w9a2tc6.

ISP holding roadside checks in March

Illinois State Police District 22 will conduct Roadside Safety Checks in Massac County during March. Officers working the detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence, safety belt and child restraint use, speeding, distracted driving and all Illinois vehicle code and criminal violations. The project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Webinar focuses on safe farmers market sales

University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance will host the webinar “Sell It Safely at the Farmers Market” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Participants can learn about the latest legislation concerning Illinois Cottage Food law and how to comply with safety standards to ensure that cottage food products are safe, healthy and enjoyable for all. A Q&A session will follow. To register, visit For more information, visit

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