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Community Blood Drive Tuesday

The Plymouth Lions Club and American Legion Post 243 are hosting a Community Blood Drive Tuesday, May 21 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1808 Eastern Ave., from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Sign up now at or call 1-877-232-4376; drop-in donors are always welcome.

As the weather warms, it’s easy to forget when the blood drive is scheduled; please add ‘Giving Blood’ to your to-do list this spring.

Remember, even if you’re taking seasonal allergy medication, you can still donate blood.

The need for O negative donors also rises with warmer weather as traffic accidents require critical care to transport patients to the hospital.

BloodCenter provides the solid foundation for treatment and surgery every day to 55 Wisconsin hospitals, including Aurora HealthCare, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. While there are other ongoing blood drives in the area, only blood donated to BloodCenter of Wisconsin returns to these local hospitals.

Many people are aware of a friend or family member that has received care for cancer or recovered from surgery; more than 600 donations are needed daily to provide blood products for our community.

To ensure a great donation donors should drink plenty of water, have a snack before giving, and don’t forget a picture ID – it’s required.

Almost anyone can donate blood. Basic requirements for donating include being at least 17 years old (16 year old donors with parental consent), weighing at least 110 lbs., and good general health.

It takes less than an hour to donate a pint of whole blood, and with one donation, you can save up to three lives.

Learn about acupuncture

Plymouth Community Education and Recreation is offering a new introductory course on acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture for Stress Relief will explain this often misunderstood form of alternative medicine and how acupuncture can be used to correct imbalance and reduce stress in your body. Participants ages 16 and up will meet with instructor Sarah Atkinson of Healthy Living Acupuncture from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 in the Plymouth High School Library; fee is $5 until May 17, then $10.

In addition, there’s still room in Kids Spring Sampler: Boys and girls in grades two through five will do something new each week, including jewelry and beading, smoothies and homemade ice cream, fabric art, and fun in the garden with a scavenger hunt. Class will meet from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays from May 14 to June 4 at Plymouth High School; fee is $28 (includes all supplies).

Online registration is available at This option, which carries a $4 service charge, allows people to pay with a credit card and also to receive immediate confirmation of enrollment.

To learn more, visit, call 892- 5068 or visit Plymouth Community Education & Recreation on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

April safest on highways since WWII

Last month, 28 people died in 25 crashes on Wisconsin roadways, which made it the safest month of April in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The deadliest April was in 1977 with 113 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities last month were 17 fewer than in April 2012 and 16 fewer than the five-year average for the month of April. As of April 30, a total of 134 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including five motorcyclists, 11 pedestrians and one bicyclist. Traffic deaths through April were 22 fewer than the same period in 2012 and seven fewer than the five-year average.

“Consistent safety belt use by all drivers and passengers is a key to reducing traffic deaths. To prevent deaths and serious injuries, law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will be out in force during the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2. Whenever officers observe unbuckled drivers and passengers, they will stop the vehicle and issue citations,” says State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Officers are serious about safety belt enforcement because lives are destroyed, families are devastated, and society suffers substantial economic losses when people are needlessly killed or seriously injured in crashes because they were not wearing a safety belt.”

Bring the family swimming

Families are invited to spend a fun afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in the Plymouth High School pool.

This is a family event sponsored by Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and participants should bring their own towels. One lap lane will be available.

Cost is $6 per family; no registration is necessary, but come early because the pool may close if there are not enough participants.

To learn more, visit, call 892- 5068 or visit Plymouth Community Education & Recreation on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

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