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Keep your river clean

Tom Birkenmeier, one of the board members of the St. Louis Chapter of the Riverkeepers, records where river water samples were taken Friday on a boat trip to test for E.coli bacteria with Capt. Mike Bush, the chapter's founder.

Remove the water, carry the water

Capt. Mike Bush, left, founder of the St. Louis chapter of the Riverkeepers collects a water sample from his boat on a creek near Grafton Illinois Friday. He will have the sample tested for E.coli bacteria on the river. Riverkeepers is a volunteer non-profit organization devoted to keeping area waterways clean and healthy.

Falling into disrepair

This Nov. 1, 2010 photo shows the historic Huhn-Harrison house at 340 S. Lorimier St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Lynn Hoffman sees the 105-year-old local landmark in Cape Girardeau as a cherished family heirloom. "I think the home will eventually come down," Hoffman said from her Denison, Iowa, home. "And I just hate that. I wish the house could be saved, but I just don't see that happening."

A decade of Black Friday shopping

Jennifer Ray, left, of Wellsville, and Cassie Borcherding, of Mexico, seek out the toys from their list of Christmas gifts at Target on Black Friday. The pair had started their bargain hunting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and had not slept since. Borcherding has been hunting for bargains on Black Friday for ten years.

Early shoppers

Shoppers stream into a Best Buy to take advantage of the store's early opening Friday in Dartmouth, Mass.

Waiting for bargains

Quezya Miner and Brandon Deacon wait in below freezing temperatures with hundreds of other Black Friday shoppers of Target, which opened at 4 a.m. on Friday. The couple had been waiting outside the store since 12:30 a.m. Friday in hopes of purchasing a TV offered as a "doorbuster" deal.

It's time for pie

Lyndsy Moore and Nick Rodriguez plate pumpkin pie in the kitchen of Stamper Commons on Thanksgiving Day. Moore said about volunteering for the first time, "It's fun. I want to take some of this food with me, but it's fun."

50 turkeys baking in a row

Turkeys cook in a deck oven in the kitchen at Stamper Commons. Bill Sullivan, owner of Longhorn Steakhouse, helped to cook the turkeys using the oven that has five rotating paddles. The oven was full with 50 turkeys at a time on Wednesday in preparation for the Everybody Eats! meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Ways to avoid holiday spending pitfalls

A woman looks at a DKNY holiday window display in New York on Tuesday. The holiday season is full of pitfalls that can drain your bank account, and if you're not careful, you can end up taking a year to pay for all the spending, financial advisers say.

Ready to dish up Thanksgiving Day dinner

From left, Lisa Berry, Dawn Brandon and Debbie Self volunteer for the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner at Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken on Thursday. After receiving their dinners, the patrons picked up drinks from The Columbia Falcons semi-pro football team and ate in the dining room of the restaurant.

Green beans ready for Thanksgiving dinner

John Fischer prepares green beans with the help of his daughters, Elizabeth, 10, left, and Abigail, 7. Fischer co-owns Lee's Famous Chicken, where the Salvation Army passed out free Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday.

Fresh from the oven meals to go

Pam Reed, general manager of Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, pulls boxed meals out of warming ovens to be delivered by a Meals on Wheels driver on Thanksgiving Day. Meals on Wheels delivered twice as many meals today as on a normal Thursday because it won't be making deliveries on Friday.

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