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The supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels. Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

The Red Cross urges eligible donors with O negative, B negative, and A negative type blood to make or keep appointments in the upcoming days to help restore the blood supply. A shortage of type O negative blood often occurs during the summer months when fewer donors are giving because of summer vacations and schools on summer break hosting fewer drives.

Eligible blood donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make an appointment.

Doug Townsend, director of technology services for the city of Medford, has graduated from the National Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Government.

The program is designed for local government information technology directors and chief information officers and covers management, leadership, legal, regulatory and enterprise topics. The course is approximately 240 hours in length.

Townsend is one of the 13 public sector leaders in the nation who completed the course this year and is the first graduate from Oregon.

Friends of the Animal Shelter will hold the Waggin' Tales used book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, in the lobby of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix.

All proceeds will benefit shelter animals.

Dr. Philip Paden will discuss how a 70 to 80 percent reduction in total health care costs is possible through dietary changes alone.

His talk will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fireside Room, 1900 Greenwood Ave., Medford. His talk will address how people can make simple changes to their diets to live longer, be healthier and prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and dementia. Admission is free. Call 541-779-2804 for more information.

The Phoenix High School band and the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will operate a fireworks tent from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 25 to July 4 in the Ray's grocery store parking lot, 735 N. Main St., Phoenix, as a fundraiser for their organizations.

The funds raised from the sale will allow the Phoenix High School Band to go to camp and possibly obtain new uniforms and will help the chamber with its operating expenses.

Compiled from staff reports

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