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While Thanksgiving and other holidays will look different for many of us as we forgo getting together with friends and extended family, and instead opt to connect virtually to help prevent spread of COVID-19, cooking and baking likely will continue to be staples of the holidays. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Safety and Finance Committee meetings scheduled for Nov. 30 and the village of Godfrey Village Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Dec. 1 will take place via audio conferencing.

The Alton Area Optimist Club named Reigh Thompson of Alton Middle School and Annika Wilfong of Lovejoy Elementary School as Students of the Month for November. 

Members of the Madison County Transit Board of Trustees, along with MCT staff, local elected officials, contractors, and the owners of nearby Eastgate Plaza, donned hardhats and wielded shovels Nov. 23 to break ground on the future MCT Eastgate Park & Ride facility.  

Illinois American Water is reminding customers of the company’s customer financial assistance program H2O Help to Others and available payment plans. Customers who are behind in payment should call (800) 422-2782 as soon as possible to discuss options and prevent service interruption.  

To ensure high-quality, dependable care for the brave men and women who have served this country, state Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is joining the Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday to examine the handling of the COVID-19 crisis at the LaSalle Vetera…

The Money Match program, which automatically returns lost money to Illinois residents without the usual need to gather paperwork or file a claim, is expected to return $1.2 million in unclaimed money to nearly 13,000 residents in the coming weeks, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs sa…

United Way’s annual Community Christmas kicked off in November collecting monetary donations to purchase items for people in need across the Riverbend this holiday season. The program collects donations through Dec. 11. Donations can be made online at HelpingPeople.org/Christmas2020. 

The Illinois Office of Tourism has released its annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide featuring one-of-a-kind products by small businesses around the state.

Granite City Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities will host a toy drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the front parking lot of the Granite City High School Memorial Gymnasium.