CITY FILING PERIOD OPENS MONDAY


Candidates for municipal offices in the city of Pawhuska will file declarations of candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4.


Andrea Conner, secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Dec. 6.


Declarations of candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office for the indicated offices for each of the following offices:


Ward 3: 3 year term


Ward 4: 3 year term


The municipal offices at stake in the city of Pawhuska will be filled if needed in the nonpartisan primary Eelection scheduled Feb. 13, and the general election, if needed, is scheduled for April 3.


For more information, contact the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036.


RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES


The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.


At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules– but the need for blood remains. To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient:


RapidPass – Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet or computer.


Blood Donor App – Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders and keep track of total blood donations – all from the palm of their hand.


Online appointment scheduling – Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org.


“The Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of donors who help keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products, but we know that the holiday activities that we cherish most can make it difficult for many regular donors to find a moment to donate this time of year,” said Jan Hale, communications manager, Southwest Blood Services Region. “We hope technologies like online appointment scheduling, the Blood Donor App and RapidPass will make it a little easier for donors to give more life for patients this holiday season.”


Patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions, and all blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply is available. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To learn more about RapidPass, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 20-Dec. 15


Osage County


Barnsdall


DEC 13: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Barnsdall High School, 200 S. 8th St.


Skiatook


DEC. 4: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Skiatook First United Methodist Church, 1007 S. Osage St.


Washington County


Bartlesville


DEC. 2: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge #284, 610 NE Washington Blvd.


DEC 10: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Adams Boulevard Church of Christ, 3700 SE Adams Blvd


DOLESE BROS.


DONATION


Oklahoma City-based Dolese Bros. Co. donated $5,300 to Marland Community Center Friends on Nov. 15. The donation will allow the center to replace broken heat and air units in the facility.


Dolese Environmental Manager and Community Relations Committee Member Tom Dupuis presented the check to Marland Town Chairman Sally Buxton at the Marland Community Center. The donation came after Catherine Robinson, member of Marland Community Center Friends, sent Dupuis an email describing what the center meant to the town of Marland and how the contribution would help Marland citizens.


“The community center is a central gathering area for our town,” Robinson said. “Having lived here all my life, I am very proud of this building and the purpose it serves the community such as hosting the annual Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser, meetings for the local clubs and county competitions. We appreciate this donation more than we can express.”


The building was constructed in 2001 using grants to fund materials and numerous volunteer hours. Since the construction, all heat and air units have stopped working and grant applications are on hold in the town of Marland.


The monetary donation will help the Community Center replace heaters so the Marland residents can continue to gather for meetings, lunches, weddings, church services, educational programs for the youth and seniors, birthday parties, reunions and more.


“Dolese is committed to improving the communities we serve with our products, actions and our support,” Dolese Communications and Community Relations Director Kermit Frank said. “We believe in being partners with the communities in which we operate and helping the Marland Community Center is a great way for us to give back and show our support to our neighbors in Marland.”


Dolese Headquarters is in Oklahoma City with numerous locations around the state. The nearest plant to Marland is 7 Mile Mine in Ponca City.