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Saturday curbside hours added
    Breese Public Library is operating under curbside service only at this time: Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Beginning Jan. 16, the library will be open for curbside services on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The library is operating strictly under curbside and foyer pickup services for items to be checked out, returned, and for services such as lamination, fax, printing and copying. Call the library for assistance.
    Desktop computer use is permitted by appointment — a mask must be worn at all times and the space sanitized before departure.
    No programs or gatherings are scheduled at this time, nor is the study room available.
    Everything is subject to change based on regional COVID-19 statistics. Keep in touch with the most updated information on or the Breese Public Library Facebook page.

College scholarships available
    New Baden Lions Club is seeking applicants for two $1,000 college scholarships. Applicants must attend Wesclin, Mater Dei or Mascoutah high school and have a New Baden, New Memphis or Trenton mailing address. See your school counselor for details.
    Applications must be postmarked by April 3.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is online
    Do you know someone who may be abusing alcohol or drugs? The Southern Illinois Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) group meets each week to provide hope through education and support. The Southern Illinois PAL group conducts an online Zoom meeting each Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. We hope to resume meeting at the Breese Activity Center at some point in the future. 
    Contact Craig at (618) 567-6095 to receive the link for the Zoom meeting, or if you have questions. You can find more information at
    PAL is for parents and loved ones over the age of 18 who have someone in their life who is struggling with, or recovering from substance use. PAL respects your anonymity. Educational material is provided at each meeting, and PAL meetings are free of charge.

Messiah Lutheran pork chop dinner
    Messiah Lutheran Church will hold a pork chop dinner, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church Fellowship Hall, 14th and Kane streets in Carlyle. The menu is a smoked pork chop, twice-baked mash potatoes, vegetable, applesauce and homemade deserts, at $12 per meal.
    This will be carryout or curbside pickup only.

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