Historical Society meets MondayThe Massac County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St. Masks, social distancing and other COVID guidelines will be in place. Everyone interested in history is invited to attend.

Still time to order Superman bricksRenovations to the base area of the Superman statue are scheduled to begin in the spring with funding from a brick campaign that is now underway. Bricks can be purchased online at supermancelebration.net or by calling the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at 524-2714. A 4-inch-by-8-inch brick is $100. The brick may be engraved with up to three lines of text with each line having up to 13 alphabetic or numeric characters and any spacing or punctuation. A rededication ceremony of the statue area is planned for June 2021 during the annual Superman Celebration when all work will be completed.

USDA Rural Development accepting RBDG applicationsUSDA Rural Development is accepting Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program applications for fiscal year 2021. Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office for the State where the Project is located by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants or call 618-658-3411 ext 2.

Prepare for hummingbirds with Cache River State Natural AreaCache River State Natural Area is helping residents prepare for the spring migration of hummingbirds. “Hummingbirds — Winged Jewels” will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Participants will learn how to prepare their yard or flower garden with the best selection of feeders, types of food, native plant garden and nesting sites possibilities for the hummingbirds to make a neighborhood home. The event will be held at the Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center. For more information, call 618-657-2064.

ISP holding roadside checks in MarchIllinois 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.

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