News Digest

Red Cross blood drive Sept. 11

The next Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Plymouth Woman’s Club is set for Thursday, Sept. 11, at Salem United Church of Christ.

The drives are back at Salem UCC until next summer. The drive will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome, but it is faster for donees to make an appointment, even if it is only the day before the drive. Appointments can be made by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-red cross.

As always, a delicious lunch will be served to all donees, and those who, for various reasons, are deferred from donating.

Summer is always a time of high demand for blood and blood products, and also a time of lower donations because of vacations and such. So, donating in September is very important to increase the supply of blood and products which has been depleted over the summer. Most of the blood gathered in drives here in southern Wisconsin stays here in southern Wisconsin. The need for blood is constant, for unexpected traumas and for scheduled surgeries. Our goal is to collect 100 units of blood at our September drive.

Try woodcarving or hoop dance

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering classes in woodcarving and hoop dance this fall.

Register by Sept. 12 and save $10 on the following courses, which meet at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave., unless otherwise noted:

· Art of Woodcarving: Learn and expand on your knowledge of this art form. Class will meet with instructors Pam Moir and Darrell Abston from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28; fee is $60 ($48 for district residents ages 62 and up) until Sept. 12, then $70 ($58).

· Hoop Dance: This class will introduce beginner hoop dance movements and techniques. Participants will use their core muscles to help increase stamina, balance and flexibility. Hoops are provided for the classes, but also are available for purchase for $20. Class will meet with instructor Sarah Woelfel from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 24 to Nov. 19 at the Plymouth Youth Center, located next to Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Circle; fee is $42 (seniors $33) until Sept. 12, then $52 ($43).

Visit for more information about these classes and others offered this fall, as well as a printable registration form that can be mailed to Community Ed & Rec. Online registration also is available; this option, which carries a $4 service charge, allows people to pay with a credit card and also to receive immediate confirmation of enrollment.

For more information, email, call (920) 892-5068, or stop by the Community Ed & Rec office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Sartori donates first aid kits

The Sartori Co. of Plymouth recently made a generous donation to all Sheboygan County law enforcement agencies to fund the purchase of individual first aid kits, commonly known as an IFAK. As a result, an IFAK will be placed in every law enforcement vehicle in Sheboygan County.

An IFAK is designed to replace the aging single-bandage kits that law enforcement personnel carried in the past.

The IFAK has several basic components: two tourniquets, a chest seal bandage, pressure bandages, compressed gauze, scissors, various bandages, gloves, tape, quick-clot combat gauze and a nasal airway in a durable bag.

“With the continued gun violence facing law enforcement, we would like every officer to be able to treat a victim of gunshot/penetrating wounds,” Lt. Mark Rupnik of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release announcing the donation. “Our primary goal is equipping officers to immediately treat themselves or another officer on the street. Officers will also be able to treat a civilian victim in a massshooting scenario.

“As is sometimes the case, law enforcement is the first on the scene and the first to start treating victims until the scene is safe for EMS to begin their work.”

The Sheriff’s Department thanked Sartori for stepping up to make this equipment available to all police officers.

“Very simply, these kits save lives,” Rupnik noted. “Police budgets have become very limited and our organizations seek private sector assistance.”

Health focus of candidate forum

Candidates for the 9th state Senate District and the 26th and 27th state Assembly districts will discuss their positions on local health topics in a moderated question-and-answer format at a Sheboygan County Candidate Forum Friday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Wombat Room at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, 1 University Dr., Sheboygan.

The forum is sponsored by four local entities working to improve health where we live, work, learn and play. Representatives of Healthy Sheboygan County 2020; Mental Health America in Sheboygan County; Re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network; and United Community for Youth will present questions to the candidates on health issues specific to alcohol, access to mental health, tobacco and more.

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