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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Thursday Banquet in Salem to feature fried chicken

SALEM– The Banquet in Salem will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Salem Memorial Building in memory of Norma Hale by her children. The menu will include fried chicken, mased potatoes and gravy, peas or corn, cole slaw, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit and ice cream sundaes.

Meeting on Salem Memorial Day procession set

SALEM– The Salem Memorial and Patriotic Association will hold a meeting for public input on this year’s Memorial Day procession at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Salem AMVETS Post 45, 750 Broadway Ave.

South Range board to interview candidates for seat

BEAVER TWP. — The South Range school board will hold special meetings at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the K-12 campus auditorium for executive sessions to interview candidates to fill the board’s vacant seat. The board will reconvene in open session on Thursday to select an individual to appoint someone. Prior to entering executive session each day, public comment will be heard concerning the candidates and considered by the board in its decision-making process.

Red Cross blood drives set in area

CLEVELAND– The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Columbiana: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 30, Crestview High School, 44100 Crestview Drive.

Leetonia: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 30, Leetonia High School, 450 Walnut St.

Salem: 2 to 7 p.m., Jan. 27, Allegheny Wesleyan College, 2161 Woodsdale Road.; 2:30 to 7 p.m., Feb. 3, Elks Lodge 305, 824 E. State St.

Canfield: 2 to 7 p.m., today, Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St.; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 13, Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Drive.

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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