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December 30, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Tri-State Writers Society

to meet Jan. 14 at library

STEUBENVILLE - The Tri State Writers Society, led by award-winning, local author, Karen Majoris-Garrison, will hold their first meeting of 2014, on Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Schiappa Library.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Karen at 740-424-1243, or Susan Guy at 740-632-9507. You may also visit

Club, guild holding blood drive

CHESTER - The Sacred Heart Ladies' Guild and Chester Arts Club are sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Center located at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue.

The American Red Cross will give a gift certificate for a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee to the first 19 blood donors.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood or in volunteering at the event can call Chair Kitty Binkowski at (304) 564-3689.

Senior Center holding dance

WEIRTON - The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a New Year's Eve dance Tuesday.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and Sands of Time will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will include a midnight buffet, favors and a New Year's toast.

Tickets are on sale at the center and available at the door. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held Thursday.

For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Need for blood donations continue

PITTSBURGH - Central Blood Bank, the supplier of blood services to more than 40 hospitals in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.

A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel.

Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a Central Blood Bank community donor center, fixed site or mobile drive to give blood. To learn more about donating blood, visit

"We are in need of all blood types to assure that we maintain our blood supply for the hospital patients in our community," said Central Blood Bank spokesperson Tamara Kilgore. "Donations decline during the holiday season, so we're asking people to help support local patients and respond by giving blood over the next few weeks."

Central Blood Bank offers 25 conveniently located community donor centers and fixed sites throughout western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

Donors may call to schedule an appointment or visit any blood drive listed online at

All blood type donors are welcome to help. Those who can't donate are asked to encourage others they know to donate.

To schedule a blood drive or an appointment to donate, or to find the nearest blood donation centers and hours, call (866) 366-6771 or visit

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