03-30-2017 Letters and Commentary

Congratulations to the new Miss Blossomtime

Dear Editor,

Watervliet Charter Township would like to extend our congratulations to Kaylee Chapin, Miss Watervliet 2017, on becoming the 2017 Miss Blossomtime.  We are proud to have her represent our community and the Blossomtime area, and hope she has a wonderful time fulfilling her reign.

Watervliet Charter Township

Board & Staff

Downtown improvements

Dear Editor,

Downtown Watervliet will slowly be getting a makeover. The DDA has recently approved the start of beautifying the town.

Over the next few weeks our buildings will brighten up as Precision Cutz, LLC trims the trees back, giving them a fresh start.

Please be aware of the men working and understand they will do their best to work efficiently and effectively.  We are also pleased to announce that Kris Krogel, owner of The Flower Basket will be assisting the next stage as she heads up the Beautification Team as they prepare to add a splash of color and plant life to the downtown streets.

All this made possible through the dedication of your Watervliet DDA Board.

We’re excited to see what’s next for our town.

Rochelle Ulleg

DDA Board Member

CWACC Board Member

Watervliet Business Owner

Red Cross calls for type O negative and AB blood donors

Blood donations essential to patient care

The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations.

Type O negative blood and type AB plasma are two of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals. Those who give can help patients locally or across the country as the Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.

“All blood types are needed to meet the constant need of patients, and there is a significant need now for type O negative and AB donations to help some of the most vulnerable patients,” said Todd Kulman, external communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “We ask that you schedule an appointment to roll up a sleeve to help save a life in the coming days.”

Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often needed in emergency situations when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, hospitals depend on frequent O negative donations to ensure it’s always available for patients in need. Type O negative blood donors are an important part of the Red Cross trauma team.

Type AB is the universal plasma type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting and immunity. Plasma can be donated through a blood donation.