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Blood Drive set for Monday

community blood Monday, Sept. 29 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1808 Eastern Ave., from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Sign up now at www.bcw.edu/Plymouth or call 1-877-232-4376; drop-in donors are welcome.

Festivals, Labor Day, and going back to school have kept everyone very busy and many blood donors are unable to make their regular donation. Along with that, all of the fun outdoor activities tend to increase the number of people who end up in emergency rooms. The need for volunteer blood donors is higher than ever around the holiday. Can you help?

All blood types – as well as O Negative blood – are in constant demand, so please make an appointment today. And ask someone to join you – who knows whose life might need saving.

BloodCenter provides the solid foundation for treatment and surgery every day to 55 Wisconsin hospitals, including Aurora HealthCare, 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.

The Legion and the Lions have set a goal of 50 donations throughout the day.

To ensure a great donation donors should drink plenty of water, have a snack before giving, and don’t forget your 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 lbs., 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.

This is the fifth in a series of six blood drives to be held during 2014. The Nov. 24 blood drive will be the last one for this year.

LTC offers welding class at PHS

The Lakeshore Technical College Community Education Center is offering a welding class in the LTC-Plymouth Science and Technology Center at Plymouth High School.

Welding Basics and Beyond covers general shop safety, introduction to oxygen/fuel gas supply systems, the oxy/fuel cutting process, plasma cutting, basic cutting and finishing equipment and the GMAW (Gas Metal Arc-Welding) system, equipment and process.

The class, Course Number 64141, will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 1 to Dec. 10 at PHS. The fee is $135.83 ($41.44 for those ages 62 and above).

To register, visit http://www.gotoltc.edufor a registration form or call 1.888.GO TO LTC, Ext. 1366.

Crash Reports available online

Individuals involved in vehicle crashes on Wisconsin roads now have the convenience of getting copies of their crash reports online. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now offers crash reports online at the official Wisconsin DMV website: www.wisconsindmv.gov or the Crash Reports webpage: https:// app.wi.gov/crashreports.

The Crash Reports application enables customers to request and purchase crash reports on a computer or smart phone.

Getting an electronic copy of reports will require one of three incident details: The date of the crash and driver license number of one of the parties involved; the DOT document form number; or the DOT accident number. Each report can be printed or saved in a PDF format.

The cost of each report is $6. Payment can be made online via electronic checking (ACH) or credit/debit card. Up to 50 reports can be purchased per transaction.

Crash reports may take up to two weeks from the date of the crash to be received from law enforcement and recorded into the DOT database. If the crash record is not found, then DOT probably has not received the crash report from law enforcement.

If a crash occurred more than 90 days prior to requesting a report, then requests for the crash report can be made by emailing DMV at traffic-accidents.dmv@dot.wi.gov. Include the crash information received through this application and the name and mailing address of the person requesting the report. An invoice for $6 per crash report will be mailed to the customer with the copy of the report(s).

DMV may receive up to 1,000 requests for crash reports in a week. This new online service is one more way DOT continues its strategic goal of greater transparency, better customer service and ultimately, safer Wisconsin roads.

“We know that there are a lot of details to address in the weeks after a crash. We’re glad to offer DOT customers this convenient new online service,” said Darlene Schwartz, DMV supervisor.

When accessing transportation-related forms, note that only the website with the extension .gov is the official state website. Others with.org and.com are not official and may have extra charges for forms or list information that is dated or incorrect. While these unofficial sites are not illegal and may have disclaimers, DOT cannot guarantee their accuracy or control their added fees.

In addition to the expanding services on its website, DOT connects with customers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DOT and Twitter at https://twitter.com/WisconsinDOT (@WisDOT).


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