Local News: Red Cross blood drives

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Red Cross blood drives

MARION – The American Red Cross is calling on donors of all blood groups, especially those with Type O blood, to race to donate blood and help replenish the blood supply.

This spring, the Red Cross is partnering with INDYCAR to urge people to help maintain the blood supply by donating blood or platelets. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross blood donation app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or activating the blood donation skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Those who donate blood or platelets until April 15 will be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the Indianapolis 500 2022. The Red Cross will also be engaging anyone who donates in April for a chance to win one. five electronic tickets of $ 1000. gift cards to a merchant of choice.

There are several opportunities in Marion County to donate blood. The Alber Red Cross Center will host blood drives on April 5 and 12. There will be a collection at the American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584 in Marion on April 8th. La Rue Baptist Church will host a blood drive on April 10. .

Reduced daily limit for Lake Erie yellow perch

COLUMBUS – A declining Lake Erie yellow perch population in the central basin has caused the daily limit to be reduced to 10 from Huron to Fairport Harbor starting May 1, according to the Wildlife Division of the Department of Natural Resources of the ‘Ohio.

The lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota system. Each jurisdiction regulates its catch to comply with annually determined safe harvest levels that ensure sustainability.

The poor abundance of Huron at Fairport Harbor led to a very conservative quota for the yellow perch fishery from May 1 to February 1. 28. The abundance of yellow perch in the western basin remains high. The daily Ohio limits will remain at 30 in the western basin from Toledo to Huron and further east from Fairport Harbor to Conneaut.

USDA Has Resources for Ohio Maple Syrup Producers

COLUMBUS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides technical expertise and financial assistance to help Ohio maple syrup producers finance their operations, conserve natural resources, and recover from natural disasters. Maple growers are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center to learn more about resources to support their operations during the harvest season and throughout the year.

The On-Farm Storage Facility Loan Program provides low-interest financing so that producers can build or upgrade facilities to store certain products. Both maple sap and maple syrup are eligible, and equipment and facilities such as sap tanks, certain transport trucks, and storage space for maple syrup are eligible. In addition, there are several types of agricultural loans available to help maple syrup producers finance their businesses.

Maple growers are encouraged to visit farmers.gov/fund or contact their local USDA service center to learn more about USDA funding opportunities.

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