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Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations during National Preparedness Month

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

 

Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.

 

“September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” Anna Sanderson Donor Recruitment Director for the Midwest Blood Services Region. “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”

 

Donors of all blood types are needed as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities around our area:

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Ainsworth

9/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church, 87804 Bumblebee Road

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Mullen

10/5/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bullseye Building, 203 N. Grant Ave

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Thedford

9/19/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thedford High School, 304 Maple Street

 

 

Week 3 Pigskin Prediction Winners

Two people got just 1 pick wrong for this past week's pigskin prediction contest. The Nebraska yardage of 430 broke the tie, so Cheryl Bennett placed first and Marty Jesperson placed 2nd. Congratulations to Cheryl and Marty. Be sure to stop by the studios of KVSH to pick up your Peppermill gift certificate.

 

Winners on the card:

North Dakota State

TCU

Alabama

Oklahoma State

Virginia Tech

LSU

Texas A&M

Michigan State

Ohio State

Stanford

California

Nebraska

 

Tie Breaker Net Nebraska Yards: 430

 

Air Compressor Theft Under Investigation

The Valentine Police Department is investigating the theft of a Bostitch Air Compressor from Ohlmann Building Center. The theft occurred some time between 9:30am and 5:30pm on September 14th, 2016. Unknown persons removed the air compressor from a vehicle then left the area on foot north through the alley. If you have any information on this or other crimes, contact the Valentine PD at 402-376-3055.

   

Lions Club Ice Cream Social and Membership Drive Sept 15

The Valentine Lions Club is celebrating 30 years with an ice cream social and membership drive from 5 - 7 pm at Colburn Park in Valentine on Thursday, September 15th. Everyone is invited to join them.

 

Kids' Discovery Hike at Fort Niobrara NWR on National Public Lands Day

Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR) park rangers will present a guided Kids’ Discovery Hike on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24th. Participants should meet at the Fort Falls Trailhead—past the bison corrals—at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge at 10:00 a.m. to see the trail like never before.

The hike will lead to the beautiful Fort Falls waterfall and beyond. At the Niobrara NSR, children may use dip nets to discover the aquatic creatures living below the surface. Park rangers will loan a limited number of binoculars and magnifying glasses to participants, so that they may get a closer look at birds and bugs along the way. Children will discover the fascinating life that is often overlooked, but is really within feet of them.

As part of the National Public Lands Day celebration, kids will help keep the lands everyone owns pristine by picking up litter along the way. Gloves will be provided, and park rangers will pick up anything the children should not touch.

This event is part of the year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). Established in 1916, the NPS manages over 400 special places protected by the American people, including most of the Niobrara NSR. Participants may pick up a Centennial Junior Ranger booklet to discover more about national park sites.

This event is targeted toward children 6-12 years old, but participants of all ages are welcome. The hike will be up to one mile in length, and last one hour. This program is sponsored by the Niobrara NSR and the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. The Niobrara National Scenic River is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service throughout the Refuge, and the NPS for the remainder of its length.

For more information, please contact the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center at 402-376-1901.

   

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