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BEE Healthy Tip – What to do if you get the flu

Your December Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team at Metropolis Drugs II:  from left: Tim Lawson, Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.


What To Do If You Get The Flu

I’m guessing that the flu isn’t on your top-10 wish list, right? But just in case you get sick this flu season, here’s a list of 10 things you can do to help ease your symptoms—and to stop the flu in its tracks and protect others.

  1. Stock up. A few supplies may make it a bit easier to manage the flu. It’s best to have these on hand before you get sick. Otherwise, send a healthy member of your family out on an errand, if you can.
    • Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen for reducing fevers and easing achiness
    • A thermometer
    • Cough syrup or cough drops
    • Saline nose drops or sprays
    • Drinks such as fruit juices or tea (avoid caffeine)
    • Easy-to-eat foods such as clear soups, crackers, or applesauce[1,2]
  2.  Stay home! The first day you have symptoms, you may be tempted to venture out to work or school. Please don’t! Not only do you need the rest, but this is also when you’re most contagious.[1] Try to nap—and read or binge-watch your favorite television episodes.
  3. Prevent the spread In addition to staying home, wash your hands often and cover your cough and sneeze into your sleeve.[2]
  4. Drink fluids, breathe steam. This is a great way to thin your mucus, making it easier to cough up. This may help prevent a lung infection. Using a humidifier (a cool mist) or breathing in steam from a hot shower may also help ease congestion.[1]
  5. Calm your cough. It can be exhausting, I know. Try over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines—an expectorant helps thin mucus. Do not give a child under age 4 any type of cough medicine. Sucking on lozenges may also help your cough or scratchy throat.[1]
  6. Ease nose woes. You—or your kids—can try saline nose drops or sprays to ease nasal congestion. First, put a few drops into one nostril. Then gently blow the mucus and saline out. Repeat on the other side.[1]
  7. Treat other symptoms. Sure, a fever—along with chills and achiness—is a sign your body is fighting off the virus. But that doesn’t mean you need to suffer in silence. Ask me if you have any questions about which fever reducer to take. But don’t forget: Never give aspirin to someone younger than 19—it can lead to a serious illness.[1]
  8. Ask about antivirals. Your health care provider may advise you to take one. If you do this within 48 hours of when symptoms begin, you have a fighting chance of reducing their impact.[1,2]
  9. Know when to seek medical help. If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, call the doctor:
    • Dark urine
    • Dizziness
    • Fever of 100 degrees F for 3 or more days
    • Returning fever or sore throat after feeling better
    More serious symptoms require immediate medical care:
    • Wheezing or shortness of breath
    • Coughing up blood
    • Chest pain or pressure
    • Balance problems or confusion[2]
  10. Talk to us here at Metropolis Drugs II. And of course it goes without saying: If you need guidance about any products—or any questions whatsoever—let us know, and we’ll try to steer you in the right direction.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.



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Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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to help keep you and your family healthy!

Red Cross Blood Drive is Dec. 11

Monday, Dec. 11
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church gym, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis

Did you know nearly every second of every day; someone is assisted by the Red Cross? Your donations can make an impact in your community and help save lives!

Why Donate Blood?

Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.  And  you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.

You will receive a mini physical to check your: Pulse, Blood pressure, Body temperature, and Hemoglobin


Getting ready for your appointment.

1. Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.

2. Wear Something Comfortable: Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

3. Maintain Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donation:  If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

4. Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking:  We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.

5. Bring an ID:  Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

6. Bring a Friend: Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.

Eligibility Requirements.
Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit website, or use the Blood Donor App.

Scholarship Contest Entries for 2018 Seniors accepted through Feb. 2

The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking offers 16 scholarships to top Illinois high-school seniors statewide each year. The scholarship awards available this year by the Foundation total $22,500. These scholarship awards help deserving students highlight the importance of community banking to the local economy. You could win up to $4,000 for higher education, and your school is eligible to win $500.

Deadline is 5 p.m. on February 2, 2018.
Scholarships will be awarded on May 30, 2018.

City National Bank of Metropolis is offering an additional $250 scholarship to one high school senior in Massac County.

Students are asked to write one paragraph on each of three topics:

  • The impact /importance of community banking to me or someone I know
  • The impact/importance of community banking to a business or agricultural concern in my area.
  • The impact/importance of community banking to my community in general.

Judging Criteria are:

  • understanding of community-banking philosophy
  • accurate information
  • clear and concise sentences
  • logical organization
  • proper grammar
  • correct punctuation and spelling
  • conclusion/summary

Visit the CBAI website to review the essay requirements.

Submit your essay to:
City National Bank
Attention: Maggie Rzechula
423 Ferry Street, Metropolis, IL 62960


Main Bank
423 Ferry St., Metropolis, 618-524-2161

Branch Bank
2017 E. 5th St., Metropolis, 618-524-2162

Metropolis Tour of Homes is Dec. 3

Sunday, December 3, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Old and new will meet on this year’s event sponsored by Massac County HIstorical Society. Featured homes are:

  1. Rhonda Hausman, 3054 Lakeview Drive, which is less than a quarter century old.
  2. Shelby Pack, 308 Park Street, which is approaching the century mark.
  3. Quante Home/Fisher Hospital/Riverview Mansion, 205 Metropolis Street, which is almost a century and a quarter.
  4. Misty Meadows, 2550 Devers Road, which has yet to have its fifth birthday.
  5. First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road. The church was organized in the 19th century but the building was constructed in the 21st.

Refreshments will be served in the dining room at the Curtis House located at 405 Market Street which will be decorated by the Metropolis Garden Club. Tickets are $7 and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end at any point. Balloons will mark each stop on the tour.

Metropolis Holiday Happenings Wrap-Up

Metropolis will be the host city for many favorite & traditional holiday happenings.  Plus – several new events have been added throughout the season!  Here are a few of them:


Saturday, Nov. 25 – Dec. 14
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive
Linwood Motors, 1634 E. 5th St., Metropolis
New, unwrapped toys will be collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union.  Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16th at the Metropolis Community Center. For information, call 618-638-2426 or 618-645-0512.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Shop Small – Market Street in Metropolis
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Metropolis Merchants are open and ready to greet you on this special day.  Many will be offering special prices.  Please show your support for local businesses who serve the community all year long. For details, click here.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Kiwanis Pancake Day Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 5th & Ferry sts., Metropolis
It’s a Parade Day Tradition! This annua Pancake Day breakfast  includes “all you can eat” pancakes, bacon and sausage. Adults are $8 and children eight and under eat for free when accompanied by an adult. For information, contact Bob Wessel at  270-217-2925 or  Website.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Refuge Church Holiday Bazaar
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
309 Ferry Street, Metropolis
Come get beautiful home decor, Christmas decorations or the perfect present for your love one. This is the perfect opportunity to get a gift with a powerful faith message. Our event will be held at our church and the Christmas parade that will pass right in front of our store front.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Annual Christmas Parade in Metropolis
1:30 p.m.
Theme is “Christmas Now and Then”. Route is Washington Park, on E. 3rd Street, up Ferry Street, left on E. 5th Street, around Superman Square, up Market Street to 9th Street. The Metropolis Chamber invites any organization or business to participate in the parade. The alternate date in case of rain is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Please listen to WMOK for rain out information. For information, contact the Chamber at 618-524-2714 or

Saturday, Dec. 2
Bring a Toy to the Christmas Parade
1:30- p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cub Scout Pack 101 is partnering up with the Marine Corps Reserves, Psi Eta Sorority, and Firefighters Local 3367 (that’s the Toys for Tots and Christmas for Kids campaigns) this year. Pack 101’s parade float will be a giant drop box for toys. Bring a new, unwrapped, unopened, toy to the parade, and as the Scouts walk the parade route, they will collect the toys you bring.

Saturday, Dec. 2
6th Annual Santa at the Library
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Come to the library and meet Santa Claus after the Christmas Parade. The kids are welcome to come and tell Santa what they want for Christmas and take a picture with him. The library will have special Christmas treat bags for the kids. Everyone is welcome to stop by. For information, contact Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or

Sunday, Dec. 3
Metropolis Tour of Homes
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Massac County Historical Society hosts an annual tour of interesting homes and one church with holiday decor from yesteryear, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe and antique tree ornaments. The Curtis House is featured every year and will offer refreshments.  Tickets are $7 and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end at any point. Balloons will mark each home on the tour. 618-524-8297.

Sunday, Dec. 3
Annual Community Advent Walk

6:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St.

All are welcome to come and enjoy four beautiful church sanctuaries decorated for the Christmas season. The prayer and music services start at:
6:00 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St.
6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St.
7:00 p.m. First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St.
7:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 605 Metropolis St. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
9:00 a.m. – noon
First Christian Church, 5th and Catherine streets, Metropolis
A large selection of freshly baked cookies will be available for $6 per pound. Proceeds are used to benefit local families in need throughout the year. Come early because they go fast.

Saturday, Dec. 9  (register by Dec. 1)
Snowman Fishbowl Craft
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Metropolis LIbrary, 317 Metropolis St.
Come and turn fishbowls into snowmen. All materials will be provided. This craft may be a bit messy so the kids might want to wear old clothes. This program is intended for kids ages 8 and up. Please call 618-524-4312 or come into the library by Friday, Dec. 1st to make sure there will be enough supplies.

Sunday, Dec. 10
Olde Tyme Christmas
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
The Massiac Marines will be a part of “The Olde Tyme Christmas” at the visitors center. They will show how a traditional Christmas might have been for the French soldier or villager in 1759. There will be music, refreshments and decorations at the visitor’s center. For more information, call 618-524-4712.  Facebook.

Tuesday, Dec. 12   (register by Dec. 8)
Homemade Christmas Cards Craft

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Come and make homemade Christmas Cards. The library will provide a variety of materials for the kids to use when making their cards. This program is intended for anyone 5 and up. Please call 618-524-4312 or come in to the library to register to make there are enough supplies. For information, visit Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive Distribution
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Toys collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union will be distributed. For information, call 618-638-2426 or 618-645-0512.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa at City National Bank
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Main bank location, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
Santa will visit with children in the bank lobby. Parents are welcome to take pictures at this free event.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa and Movies in the Park: Prep & Landing
Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Movie is free and will be held inside the Visitor Center. Concessions will be available for purchase. Santa will be making an appearance and cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center,  900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Visit with Santa and make your own reindeer food, wooden ornaments, Grinch dust and decorate cookies. The cost is $10 per ticket. Space is limited. To reserve a spot call 618-638-3161. Proceeds benefit the MCHS cheerleaders travel expenses to London for New Year’s Day parade.

Saturday, Dec. 16santa winter wonderland
Santa’s Winter Wonderland
6:00 p.m.
Community Building, Brookport
Santa Claus will visit Brookport children and friends.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
5:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
6:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Children’s Christmas program.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
6:30 p.m. Carols
7:00 p.m. Mass
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 E. 3rd St., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Service
7:00 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Children’s Christmas Eve program.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7:00 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Pastor Keith will share the Christmas story from the Scriptures. Following will be the Communion Service and the lighting of the candles.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
7:00 p.m.
Zion United Church of Christ, 1132 Country Club Rd., Metropolis
The story of Christmas in Scriptures and carols, with communion and candlelight service.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service
9:00 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis
Service of Scripture, Carols, Meditation and Holy Communion. For information, contact Pr. David Deem at 618-524-4628 or

Sunday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis

Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service
8:30 a.m.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 E. 3rd St., Metropolis

Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service
10:00 a.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 3464 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis

Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day Service
10:00 a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Christmas carol service.

SCC Holiday Vendor Expo is Dec. 4

Monday, December 4, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shawnee Community College invites you to the Holiday Vendor Expo in the K Atrium on the Main Campus. Come and support your local vendors for great gift ideas.

  • Arbonne
  • Avon
  • Customized Creations
  • Designs by Teri
  • G & B’s Creations and More
  • Girly Nature
  • Gold Canyon
  • Grandma’s Goodies
  • Lindsey Childers Skincare
  • Lip Sense
  • Little LoveLee Shop
  • LuLaRoe
  • Natural Cures and Creations
  • Pampered Chef
  • Paparazzi by Lou
  • Perfectly Posh
  • Scentsy
  • Simple Times Mercantile
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Taylor Made Travel
  • The Southern Spread
  • Valiant Forge
  • We Made It
  • Younique


8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, Illinois

Christmas in the Village in Cobden is Dec. 2

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Open Houses at the Village Shops and Union County Museum, and Hayrides.

Day Long Events, Activities, Arts and Craft Vendors, Hospitality Table with cookies and treats, Photo Booth, Caroling, Sandwiches, Snacks and more at the Old Feed Store.

Noon – 3:00 p.m.  Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Pinata, The Cobden High school Band and Lighting of the Village Tree at teh Downtown Village Park. Union County Museum Open House and Nativity Display.

Union County CEO Program Raffle and Free Car Raffle chances courtesy of Marion VW.

Free candy bags for kids courtesy of Cobden Community Business Association. Come for a great day of Family Fun and shop local.