News Digest

Blood drive Monday at Redeemer

The Plymouth Lions Club and American Legion Post 243 will hold a Community Blood Drive Monday, March 24, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1808 Eastern Ave., from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin relies upon local donations to provide blood to community hospitals. Sign up now at or call 1-877-232-4376; drop-in donors are welcome. Great snacks and treats will be provided following your donation.

Donations of blood are needed to offset recent blood drive cancellations due to the weather. There is no way to make up for lost donations if you don’t give blood.

Your donation helps patients in our community and those seeking care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Medical Center, and Aurora HealthCare. Many people are aware of a friend or family member that has received care locally 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 seventeen years old (16 year old donors with parental consent), weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good 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.

DOT reinstates road restrictions

Due to warming weather, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that effective Thursday, March 13, at 12:01 a.m., the frozen road declaration ends and Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions take effect for Zones 4 and 5 in the southeast portion of the state. Announcements regarding Wisconsin’s other three frost zones will be made as weather conditions warrant.

Class II roads include about 1,400 miles of state highways susceptible to damage from heavy trucks during the spring thaw period as frost leaves the ground. More information regarding Class II roadways and roadway postings can be found on WisDOT’s website at: gov/travel/truck/weightrestrictions.htm.

Declaration of Spring Thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits. Information on overweight permits can be found at A recorded message with information on road restrictions is available by calling (608) 266-8417.

County highways, town roads, and city and village streets may also be posted or limited to legal load limits or less. Decisions to place or lift weight restrictions on those roads are up to local units of government.

Crane count volunteers sought

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) will sponsor the 38th Annual Midwest Crane Count Saturday, April 12, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and the public is invited to participate.

The count has grown to over 2,000 volunteers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Indiana. The count is used to monitor the general population trend of Sandhill Cranes in the Upper Midwest, as well as to promote awareness of cranes and wetland conservation throughout the count area.

New volunteers interested in taking part should first contact their local county coordinators: Janet or Andy Raddatz by phone (920) 892- 6335 or email

New volunteers are encouraged to attend an organizational training meeting Tuesday, March 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Maywood, 3615 Mueller Rd., Sheboygan. At this meeting, participants will select survey sites and receive observation forms and instructions.

The nonprofit International Crane Foundation (ICF) sponsors the Annual Midwest Crane Count as a part of its efforts to preserve and study the world’s 15 species of cranes and the natural communities on which they depend. Sandhill Cranes once experienced severe population declines in the late 1800s to early 1900s in the upper Midwest, but have recovered successfully.

The Annual Midwest Crane Count has documented the growth of the Sandhill Crane population, and allows ICF to monitor crane abundance and distribution. Observations of the abundant Sandhill Cranes can lend insight into the endangered crane species of the world.

One local example is the flock of Whooping Cranes being released in central Wisconsin and led on migration to the Gulf coast of Florida by ultralight aircraft. Whooping Cranes from this project have been known to land in both Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois during their migrations. Participants may have a chance of sighting a Whooping Crane during the count.

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