The media often receives a bad rap. Some people may think there is too much negative news and not enough positive, while others might feel there is too much “fluff,” and not enough hard news.

We’ve written editorials about the drug and crime problems in this town and our county and focus at times on the bad. But, let’s take a moment to celebrate a few good things that have happened in our community.

Let’s start with giving a big Kudos to Legence Bank and all of the other participating businesses along Market Street that participated in the Progressive Dinner  benefiting the Weekend Blessings Program. Organizers said $1500 was raised from the dinner.

There was live music in addition to the various foods offered at each participating business. There were people walking up and down Market Street enjoying a nice evening in Metropolis.

The weather was perfect, and the money raised went to a great cause. It was great seeing so many community members partaking in the event.

We hope there will be more progressive dinners planned in the future to help raise funds for other not-for-profit organizations. The hashtag might be #makingadifferenceonmarket.

Just recently there was an old fashioned ice cream social of sorts held at Sissy’s A Sweet Shop, which also featured a cruise in of some very old and cool cars lining Market Street. That evening featured the music of Metropolis’ own talented and entertaining Cory Evitts. There were people out and about participating in that successful event. In conjunction with that event, the Save the Massac Theater organization also sold pork burgers as a fundraiser.

Of course the big recent event was the 45th annual Fort Massac Encampment, which saw 7350 people during the Friday Education Day, 132,500 on Saturday and 17,000 on Sunday, for a grand total of 156,850, which according to Illinois Department of Natural Resources is down by about 14,250, but still, an impressive number of people, many of whom were visiting the Encampment for the first time.

Just this past weekend, Fort Massac was also the site of the popular Trunk or Treat event sponsored by the Metropolis Police Department. This year’s event had an attendance of 6500, which is awesome. The event continues to grow.

This weekend the Super Museum will host Fall Back to Metropolis, which is geared toward the Superfriends of Metropolis who come to the annual Superman Celebration each year, but it is open to the public and local folks as well.

This might even be a chance for some people who live in Metropolis to meet and get to know some of the Superman fans who come to our town each year away from the craziness of the Superman Celebration. For more information on it, check out the SuperMuseum’s website or Facebook page.

With the holiday season fast approaching, there will be more events coming up we hope community members will  take part in.

One event we hope people will mark on their calendars is the Planet’s yearly food drive, Groceries for Good, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Big John and Save-A-Lot in Metropolis. Shoppers who visit either store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. have the option of shopping for groceries or donating money so Girl Scouts may shop. This year items collected will be given to COPE Food Pantry, Guardian Family Service and Hope Unlimited.

We encourage civic organizations, churches or social clubs with upcoming events, to take advantage of the Planet’s website www.metropolisplant.com, and check out the calendar located at the lower right of the homepage. There is a link to submit events and will be visible on the calendar online.

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