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Donate blood for Red Cross Month

Blood donors are everyday heroes who help save lives. During March, Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.

Since World War II, the Red Cross has been meeting the needs of patients throughout the U.S. and today partners with more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers, providing blood products and specialized laboratory services. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone needs blood every two seconds.

To make an appointment to give blood and become an everyday hero, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Sheboygan County include:

March 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lincoln Erdman Elementary, 4815 County J, Sheboygan.

March 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Sheboygan Chapter, 2032 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

March 11 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Random Lake High School, 605 Random Lake Rd., Random Lake.

March 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Elkhart Lake High School, 201 N. Lincoln Ave., Elkhart Lake.

March 13 from 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ, 217 Salem Dr., Plymouth.

March 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Sheboygan Chapter, 2032 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by former President Franklin Roosevelt. Since then, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The Red Cross has been helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies for more than 130 years.

WWI history UW-S speaker topic

The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan and its faculty, instructors and staff invite the Sheboygan community to a new Speakers’ Series that will feature UW-S instructors sharing presentations on their research and interest areas. Each semester, the campus will offer a new series of speakers and topics.

The next presentation will be held Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) in the Main Building on the UW-S campus. UW-Sheboygan Assistant Professor of History Dr. Mark Karau will discuss “Throttling the Kaiser: The Impact of the British Blockade on WWI Germany.”

According to Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan director of university relations, the new lecture program will allow UW-Sheboygan instructors to showcase their interests and scholarly research in a new way to the community at large.

“As faculty and instructors, these individuals share their knowledge every day in the classroom, but each of them also have special interest areas that they enjoy learning more about whenever they can,” Hoppe said. “This series will allow the presenters to share that research and knowledge with others who might also share similar interests and give the community direct access to the skills and talents of UW-Sheboygan’s outstanding professors to further encourage lifelong learning.”

All presentations will be held in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the community and students.

For more information on the new Speakers’ Series or UW-Sheboygan, contact Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Director of University Relations, at (920) 459-6612 or e-mail

Life Line screening offered

Residents living in and around Plymouth community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

Christian Life Church, 933 Krumrey St., will host Life Line Screening Monday, March 18.

Four key points every person needs to know:

• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability

• 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke

• Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke

• Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $159. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit go to the website at Pre-registration is required.

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