Your Town, March 7, 2010

More than 1,000 Western Slope residents were honored Thursday night during the St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center Pheresis and Gallon Donor Awards Celebration, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Donors were invited to the event because they reached gallon donation milestones in 2009. While not all who reached milestones attended the celebration, those who were present received appreciation awards and all milestone names were included in the program.

Noted achievements ranged from one gallon milestones to those who had given up to 29 gallons during their lifetime, as well as pheresis donors who gave from five to 14 donations in 2009. As the lifeblood of western Colorado, donors were thanked for demonstrating their respect for human life each time they give blood.

I decided to put my elementary school math to work, eventually relying on my desk calculator to figure the time involved, because I couldn’t grasp the incredible figure I was getting.

Donors can give blood every eight weeks (the blood has a shelf life of 42 days). I calculated that Western Slope residents Lonnie Shenold and Charlie Stockton — both 29 gallon donors — have donated blood approximately 232 times to reach that milestone.

If they donated every eight weeks, it would take 35 1/2 years to reach that milestone. See what I mean? Incredible.

Jeffrey Shuldener has reached 27 gallons; John Ranyon and Neil Tripp have achieved 25 gallons; Douglas Kahl, 23; Larry Koller and Romaine Webb, 23; Gregory Kolsky and Deanna Plunkett, 22; Margaret Raabe and Joseph Schumann, 21; Thomas Pinger, 20 ...

I wish I had more space.

Just as important in those calculations are the more than 325 donors who reached the one gallon milestone and the many more in between — one pint at a time, you are saving lives.

Friendship Force International Western Colorado Chapter has invited the public to join them and the 374 chapters worldwide in celebration of “World Friendship Month” from 3 to 5 p.m. March 20 at the Lakeside Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeside Drive.

The 34-year-old nonprofit international travel and cultural exchange program’s mission is to establish friendships across the barriers that separate the people of the world.

The celebration will include information on 10 countries from the most recent cultural exchange trips as well as wines and snacks from those regions on display. The local Authors’ Guild members who have authored travel books will also be on hand with book sales and signings.

Call 243-5456 or 216-6804 for more information.


Traditional Irish fare will be offered at three fundraising events later this week.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary of Clifton will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner to help veterans programs at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the VFW, 3244 F 1/4 Road in Clifton.

The all-you-can-eat dinner includes home made desserts and drinks. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for ages under 10.

Call 434-0326 for more information.

The Fruitvale Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clifton Community Center, 126 Second St. in Clifton.

Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes — plus cake and a beverage — is $5 for adults or $4 for ages under 6.

Call 254-8408 for information.

The 78th annual Maggie and Jiggs Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish Stew Dinner is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Fruita United Methodist Church, 405 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita.

Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under.

Call 858-3490 for information.


Mesa County Spellbinders completed its second storyteller class for the year and graduated five new storytellers for elementary school children: Chuck Kornman (who also has donated 18 gallons of blood), Bob Smith, Judi Sammons, Holly Reed and Jeannie Finch.

The next training will take place in the fall.

Call 243-7303 for information.


The Mesa State College Sociology Club and the Tree House have coordinated a prom dress donation drive to assist girls who would like help with obtaining a prom dress this year.

More than 150 dresses and many pairs of shoes have been collected for girls in financial need and will be given away from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  March 26 at the Tree House, 1505 Chipeta Ave.

Call Alison Deshotels, president of the Mesa State Sociology Club, at 832-439-4204 (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Cody Moore with the Tree House at 241-8801, (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for more information.


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Glover: Help Ohio plant, shun Hugo Boss at Oscars

CLEVELAND — Actor and activist Danny Glover is calling on Academy Awards nominees and others in the film industry to not wear Hugo Boss suits at Sunday’s awards ceremony.

The “Lethal Weapon” star, in collaboration with the Workers United labor union, made the request in a letter on behalf of 375 Cleveland-area factory workers who’ll lose their jobs if the German company closes the plant at the end of next month as planned.

The Feb. 26 letter asks Hollywood to “take a small stand for American workers.” It asks Oscars attendees to wear on their lapels a pin reading, “Keep the Hugo Boss Plant Open.”

Workers United, which represents most of the plant’s employees, said the plant is profitable and the company is shutting it because it can make clothing more cheaply in Europe. The clothing company, famed for its stylish fashion, has a facility in Turkey and contract workers in Romania and Bulgaria.

The union, affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, is asking fans to join Glover by signing an online petition urging Hollywood to shun Hugo Boss at the Oscars.

Hugo Boss AG, based in Metzingen, Germany, said the plant is under capacity and isn’t globally competitive. It makes two lines of men’s suits there.

During union negotiations last year, the company told workers it wanted to lower wages from $13 an hour to $8.30, Ohio union director Dallas Sells said.

Bode Miller tries to help woman

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A helmet worn by U.S. skier Bode Miller in the Vancouver Games is being auctioned off to help raise money for a woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The five-time Olympic medalist’s helmet is being auctioned through eBay to help Pam Warman of South Lake Tahoe, a former U.S. Ski Team technician.

The signed helmet was worn by Miller in the Feb. 27 slalom. He skied out 8 seconds into the race.

Warman, who was diagnosed with cancer seven weeks ago following a routine mammogram, calls Miller an “extremely generous guy.”

Comedian Kathy Griffin takes aim at Sarah Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Comedian Kathy Griffin has brought her “Life on the D-List” show to Sarah Palin’s home state, skewering the former Alaska governor at a raucous show in Anchorage.

Griffin was escorted on stage on Friday by Playgirl model Levi Johnston, who fathered a child with Palin’s oldest daughter and is involved in a child support battle with Bristol Palin.

Griffin said she spent a day ice fishing with Johnston in Wasilla, and was surprised when 19-year-old Levi’s friend brought along a camera — but only to photograph the fish they caught.

Griffin helped Johnston’s celebrity star to rise, taking the aspiring actor to an awards show last year as her date. While in Wasilla, Griffin said she also went to Palin’s home. There she left a note, inviting Palin to Friday’s performance.

She asked the crowd to look around and see if anyone was doing a beauty pageant wave. While in college, Palin finished third in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant.

Griffin said John McCain picked Palin to be his running mate on the Republican ticket after “talking to her for 10 minutes.”

Of Palin’s comedy monologue this week on “The Tonight Show,” Griffin only promised the audience she would never try to be a mayor.


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